Fun for kids with special needs

Now that summer is nearly here, it’s time to get out of the house for a little fun. 

Cyrano de Bergerac. The Artists Breaking Limits and Expectations (A.B.L.E.) ensemble, 21 young adults with Down syndrome and other developmental differences, perform. This adaptation stays true to the classic story, but also features pop-rock musical numbers and sword fight sequences devised and inspired by the ensemble. $15. 7 p.m. May 17. The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Navy Pier, Chicago.

Play Day: Treehouse Groundbreaking ceremony. Rain or shine, the Sensory Garden Playground, 2751 Navistar Drive, Lisle, will hold a free play day for kids 2-5 with facepainting, planting and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19. Play Days are held rain or shine. For weather-related delays or cancellations, visit

Everyone at Play. A special morning at the museum 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 20 with lower sound and lights, with limited attendance to allow families to explore the exhibits. Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy will be on-hand for one-on-one sessions with therapy dogs. Due to space limitations, families must register in advance online.

Unstuck OCD movie screening. Screen the critically acclaimed movie Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie, a light-hearted success story documentary made by children, for children. This interactive event will include Q&A with expert panelists, as well as a “make-your-own squishy ball” fun craft activity for kids. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Siblings encouraged to attend. $5. 4:30-5:45 p.m. June 3, Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago.

Abilities Celebration. Fun free festival with entertainment, play tables, petting zoo, train ride, crafts, face painting, food and more. Registration required. 5-8 p.m., June 8; Chapelstreet Church, 3435 Keslinger Road, Geneva.

Play for All. Chicago Children’s Museum opens early for families with special needs to play at the museum’s multisensory exhibits and programs. The first 250 visitors receive free admission. 9 a.m. June 9. Navy Pier, Register in advance.

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