2017 Events:

-ATA Cleveland Martial Arts Class

We teamed up with ATA Cleveland in Solon to provide a 1 hour trial class for individuals ages 4-12 and 13-adulthood. Families had a great time and 2 individuals signed up for classes for the trial classes.  Friendships were made and it was an overall success!

RSVP to Morgan Forsythe: morgan.rec2connect@gmail.com by March 20, 2018
Include Child’s Name, Age, & Class Attending
Limited Space, so please RSVP quickly!

For more information on Beyond Words Music & Dance Center visit:

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by author Sam McBatney and
illustrator Anita Jeram
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

April 15, 2018 • 11:30 a.m.
Ohio Theatre
Tickets:$10 • Runtime: 60minutes

Playhouse Square is committed to ensuring that all individuals
in the Cleveland community have the opportunity to experience the transformative power of the arts regardless of their age or ability. To further this commitment, the Community Engagement & Education Department will give individuals with autism, sensory challenges or developmental disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the ne arts by presenting a special sensory friendly performance of Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My little Storybook.

For individuals with sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities,
a trip to the theater can be challenging. While entertaining for most audience members, the bright lights, big voices and over- the-top theatrics typical of a traditional theater experience can quickly lead to sensory overload. For this performance, Playhouse Square will transform the Ohio Theatre into a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all.


  • Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds.
  • Guests are free to talk, leave their seats and move freely during the performance.
  • Designated quiet areas within the theater.
  • House Lights will be left on low throughout the performance.

216-241-6000    playhousesquare.org/sensoryfriendly

Akron Rubber Ducks Day at the Ballpark

Past Family Events

Splash Bash Family Pool Parties

-Family Pool Party

We hosted our 3rd annual pool party at the Gemini Center in Fairview Park for 125 individuals with special needs and their families.  The Gemini Center has a playground, splash zone area, zero depth entry, large water slides, lazy river, vortex, hot tubs, lap lanes, and diving boards for use during the party.  Pizza was provided by Marcos Pizza and Giant Eagle, Grand Slam Treats and Target donated additional items for the party.  Families enjoyed a photo booth area, the opportunity to, meet new friends and families, and have fun! This event is always a great time and we are hoping to increase the frequency in years to come!

Rec2Connect Foundation & Beyond Words
Proudly Present

Try It Saturday!
Saturday, March 24, 2018
6048 Royalton Road, North Royalton, OH 44149

Learning Groove Try It Class
(Ages 0-5) 1pm-1:45pm
“The Learning Groove is a holistic music enrichment approach. We are interested in the whole child, and we see music as the instrument (pun intended) to promote development in music aptitude, pitch, melody and rhythm, as well as language, imagination, motor skills, cultural awareness and creative expression.”

Cleveland State University Vikings Basketball Game

Family Day at the Ballpark with the Cleveland Indians

We can’t thank you enough for the suite seats at the game yesterday! That was truly so kind of you. Being able to relax and enjoy the ENTIRE game was wonderful. Derek, Cailyn, Rylan and I had a blast. And we will cherish the memories. I hope you enjoyed yourself too! Thank you for all you do!

-Leslie, parent

Performing Arts Social Skills Try It Class
(Ages 6-9) 2pm-2:45pm
(Ages 10-15) 3pm-3:45pm
“Group lessons will be individualized to target social play and/or daily social routines, including but not limited to: greetings, appropriate body space, turn taking, and using gestures and language appropriately. A variety of music and arts-based activities will be used to enhance programming.”


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-Family Indians Game 

The Cleveland Indians donated 200 tickets to the game on May 13th, where Rec2connect Foundation was able to offer to families of individuals with special needs in the Northeast Ohio area.  FOX Sports donated 14 tickets ​​in their suite that included food and beverages, as well as a quiet place for families to enjoy the game. ADA seating was available and seats close to exits and bathrooms were provided as well.   25 individuals also had the opportunity to enjoy batting practice before the game and meet the players. It was a memorable day for all!

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Save the date for our next event! 

Rec2connect Foundation Winter Pool Party

February 25, 2018 from 3-5:30

Gemini Center in Fairview Park