Just because your child is blind or visually impaired doesn’t mean they can’t have any fun. There are activities that you can do throughout the Summer to ensure your child feels included. Activities for the blind or visually impaired children can be educational and fun for kids of all ages. Here’s a list of summer activities you can do with your child to make lasting memories.
Swimming is a favorite activity for kids to enjoy during the Summer. Whether it’s in a public pool or a pool in your backyard, swimming is a great physical activity. Visually impaired children don’t have to miss out on the fun.
If your child does not know how to swim, the Summer is a great time to take them to classes. There are swimming courses available designed to help teach kids who are blind or visually impaired. They will learn swimming basics and how to stay safe in the water.
You can never go wrong with a little music. Summer is the perfect time to take your child out to experience an outdoor concert. You don’t have to worry about them missing out. If your child is sensitive to loud noises, you might want to take some ear plugs along.
Nebraska is full of different kinds of music. You can always go to listen to the Omaha Symphony perform. The Nebraska Wind Symphony is also known for putting on free shows. Or, you can always catch a local concert in Midtown.
Let the creativity of your child shine by taking them to a weaving class. They can get the hands on experience of creating a unique piece of art. It gives them a way to let their imagination shine and take home a piece of art they are able to show off.
Not sure where you can find a weaving class? No worries. Outlook Nebraska is having the Please Touch the Art Summer Art Class: Weaving. The event takes place on July 20th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UNO Weber Fine Arts Building.
Farmers Markets are a great place full of fun experiences. Your child will have the chance to learn about the local produce.
Nebraska has great farmers markets that include:
- Bellevue Farmers Market
- Omaha Farmers Market at the Old Market
- Papillion Farmers Market
- Village Pointe Farmers Market
Visit the Zoo
Visually impaired children enjoy the zoo. Many zoos have hands on exhibits and petting zoo areas for your child to participate in.
Once a year, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo sets aside a day specifically for kids with visual impairments. This gives them the opportunity to experience the zoo through their hands. The Henry Doorly Zoo, also has a petting zoo and other interactive exhibits.
Your child’s vision loss should not prevent them from experiencing summer fun. Outlook Nebraska programs build confidence in visually impaired children while encouraging them to have fun. Check out our enrichment programs throughout the year.