Outdoors and Sports

Got a kiddo with a competitive streak?  We’ve got just what you’re looking for: a list of the best outdoor activities and sports programs for kids with differences and disabilities.  

Check out the programs below, and be sure to take a look at our article, “Activities for Kids with Differences and Disabilities in the Fort Worth Area.”

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Acing Autism (Fort Worth) — This unique program is designed to help build connection and fitness amongst children with autism. It meets at the TCU tennis center on the weekends and classes run quarterly. The program directors are all trained and have their own personal connections to autism, and everyone else involved volunteers their time. Ratios are 1:1 or better. 

ASI Gymnastics Gymmie Kids — A strength- and motor-control-growing program tailored to children with disabilities with the goal of integration into a recreational gymnastics class.

Aqua Tots SNAP Class (Fort Worth) — Here’s an aquatic program for kids with disabilities. Not all children with autism struggle to swim, but many do for various reasons. Aqua-Tots is a great place to address those concerns in a safe environment.

Challenge Air (Dallas) — Give your child with differing abilities the opportunity to soar — to fly in a small plane, and possibly even help with the controls!

Encore School of Dance (Saginaw) — Here’s a co-ed class for kids with disabilities. All ages are welcome! Students will build confidence and improve motor skills.  

First Tee (Fort Worth) — While not specifically for children with autism or other disabilities, First Tee is a low-cost, relationship-based program that focuses on meeting the individual’s needs. 

Fort Worth Zoo — All exhibits are accessible by wheelchair. Pro tip: Visit in the afternoon after the field trip groups have gone. The zoo is also offering a new sensory camp this summer for children with sensory sensitivities. 

Fossil Creek Little League Challenger Division — This separate division enables boys and girls (ages four through 18) with physical and mental challenges to participate in baseball. Serves Haltom City, Keller, northeast Fort Worth, Saginaw, and Watauga.

Hippotherapy — Professionals use therapy horses to treat children with autism and other emotional, mental, and physical disabilities.

All Star Equestrian Foundation (Burleson)

New Hope Equine Assisted Therapy (Argyle)

Stars and Strides Stables (Weatherford)

Victory Therapy Center (Roanoke)

White Bridle Learning and Therapy (Keller)

Wings of Hope (Cleburne)

Keller Soccer Association Miracle League — Children (ages five through 16) with mental and physical challenges can train in weekly sessions for a season-end scrimmage. 

Miracle League — Provide your child with disabilities to play in an organized youth baseball league.

Miracle League DFW

Miracle League of Parker County

Miracle League of Southlake

Special Olympics Texas —  This year-round program holds more than 300 local, regional, and state competitions. Divisions are based on age, gender, and ability level. Every participant receives a medal or ribbon following events. Events include summer, fall, and winter games, equestrian, sailing/kayaking, and flag football.

Spirit Xtreme REJOICE (Southlake) — Check out the coed cheer squad exclusively for children with disabilities. Boys and girls enjoy weekly practices, full uniforms, and competitions.

Story Stage — Story Stage is a company focused on communication, a core deficit in autistic persons. They have loads of resources, programs, classes, and fun interactions to help build communication confidence and social skills in children. 

Urban Air Adventure Park — Check out your local park’s calendar to catch the next sensory-friendly jump. Enjoy time at the park without loud music or flashing lights.