Save the date for our next event! 

Rec2connect Foundation Winter Pool Party

February 25, 2018 from 3-5:30

Gemini Center in Fairview Park

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!

Rec2Connect Foundation & Rec2Connect 

Proudly Present-Try It Saturday!

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Rd, Fairview Park, OH

Parent & Me Swim Class
(Ages 1-5) 12pm-12:45pm
Explore beginning swimming skills such as blowing bubbles, safety, going under water/getting face wet, increasing comfort in the water, floating in supine and prone. Parents will accompany child in this class.

Razorsharks Swim Team
(Ages 7+) 12pm-1pm
Participants can join our swim team for a day! Swim with Coach Dan and Coach Laura to work on swim stroke refinement, increase speed, learn competitive dives and techniques. Participant is required to swim independently 1 length of the pool.

Aquatic Therapy/Adapted Aquatics Group
(Ages 13-Adulthood) 1pm-1:45pm
(Ages 6-12) 2pm-2:45pm
This "Try it" Class will highlight activities commonly used in our aquatic therapy programming with focus on strengthening, motor planning skills, and balance. We will also feature our Adapted Aquatics programming through a variety of swimming activities. 20 minutes will focus on Aquatic Therapy Activities and 25 minutes will focus on adapted aquatics activities. This will be offered in a group setting for the "Try it" class but is typically offered in a 1:1 setting. If 1:1 assistance is needed, we do ask that parent or caregiver assists in the water.

Aquatic Exercise Class
(Ages 13-Adulthood) 2pm-2:45pm
A high energy class that is adapted to assist with individual needs. We will focus on strength training, endurance, core strength, motor planning skills, swimming laps in shallow pool, working with resistance and weights in a group setting. If 1:1 assistance is needed, we do ask that parent or caregiver assists in water. 

​RSVP to Morgan Forsythe: morgan.rec2connect
by June 28th, 2018

Include Child’s Name, Age, & Class Attending
Limited Space, so please RSVP quickly! 

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.


-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!

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.”

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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.”


-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!

Past Family Events

Rec2Connect Foundation & Beyond Words
Proudly Present

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

RSVP to Morgan Forsythe: 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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Rec2Connect Foundation Family Day at the Ballpark

Sunday, May 27, 2018, at 1pm
Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros
Key Bank Kids Fun Day

Each individual with special needs receives 2 free tickets.
One for the individual with special needs and one for accompanying caregiver.
Additional tickets are $10 apiece and benefit R2C Foundation Programming and Scholarship Fund.

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Summer Pool Party Friday

July 27, 2018 3pm-6pm

Ledge Pool

Hinckley Reservation

1151 Ledge Road, Hinckley, OH

*Burgers & hot dogs with light snacks will be served*

RSVP by 7/25:

-Number of attendees (Immediate family only)

-Number of swimmers

-Dietary concerns

Pool Party is for individuals with special needs and their families.
The Ledge Pool includes: Basketball, hiking trails, parking, pavilion, play area, pool, and volleyball.
Rec2Connect Foundation is unable to provide 1:1 supervision for swimmers for this event.

Stay after for a FREE Dive-In Movie


Lego Ninjago Movie

Bring something to sit on and enjoy the movie from the lawn or watch the movie while relaxing in the pool on an inner tube!