Therapeutic Recreation

James City County Parks & Recreation offers a variety of programs and activities for youth, teens and adults with disabilities. Each program is designed to meet the emotional, physical, social and cognitive needs of the participants. Below is a general list of programs. For more specific information about dates of current offerings, please refer to the Inclusion/Therapeutic Recreation section of the Destination Recreation Activity Brochure. If you have questions about any of the programs offered, call 757-259-5354.
  1. Classes/Events
  2. Days of Discovery Break Programs
  3. Days of Discovery Summer Camp

Music, Movement & More

Ages 3-5 all abilities (with parent/guardian)
Enhance your child's development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. Explore the rhythm, melody and tonality while nurturing physical, social and intellectual skills. Join our rhythmic community and make new friends! Parent/guardian must attend class with child. For more information, please call 757-259-5354. 



Sensory Friendly Movie Night

Ages 3+ with disabilities (and their families)
Enjoy a feature film with family and friends in a safe and accommodating environment. The lights will be turned down low and special sensory seating areas will be provided. Popcorn and snacks included. For more information, please call 757-259-5354.   


TOPSoccer

Ages 4+ with disabilities
The Outreach Program for Soccer is a community-based training and team placement program for youth athletes with disabilities. Players are grouped based on size, ability level and age. Games begin in September. Program provided by the Virginia Legacy Soccer Club and The Arc of Greater Williamsburg. To register, please call The Arc at 757-229-3535.

Buddy Ball


Ages 5+ with disabilities
Buddy Baseball is provided in partnership with the Williamsburg Youth Baseball League. Players are assisted, one-on-one where appropriate, by volunteer buddies, who make it possible to adapt play to individual player needs. For details, call Joel Schwartz at 757-879-6222.

Buddy Art


Ages 7+ with disabilities
A variety of art activities are offered based on participant age, ability level and interests. Participants are assigned a volunteer ‘buddy’ to work with them one-on-one. For more information, visit thiscenturyartgallery.org/BuddyArt or contact buddy.art.kids@gmail.com or 757-879-4328. Sponsored by Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center in partnership with volunteers from the College of William and Mary.

Teensational Socials


Ages 13-21 with disabilities
Explore, Engage, Excel…Socialize with peers and practice social skills through fun recreational activities and field trips in the community. Offered in partnership with Capernaum. For more information and a complete schedule of events, call 757-784-6226.

Yoga


Ages 13+ with disabilities
Move through a series of postures to allow the body to become flexible and healthy in a state of deep relaxation. Offered in partnership with The Arc of Greater Williamsburg. For more information on The Arc events or to become a member call 757-229-3535 or visit thearcgw.org.

Day Support Program

Ages 18+ with disabilities
This program provides adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to receive educational, life skills and vocational training, as well as engage in social and recreational activities with their peers, instructors and the community. For more information, call The Arc at 757-229-3535.

Healthy Rhythms for Seniors


Ages 55+ all abilities
Strengthen the immune system, relieve stress and express yourself through recreational music making! Studies have shown that playing musical instruments can lead to a reduction of stress levels and improved moods.  No experience necessary.  This program is backed by peer-reviewed scientific research found in the international journal titled "Medical Science Monitor." For more information, please call 757-259-5354. 

Family Health Fair


All ages and abilities
Join The Arc of Greater Williamsburg and learn about the health benefits our community has to offer to you and your family!  Enjoy activities for all ages, healthy recipes and cooking demonstrations, giveaways, nutrition workshops and Zumba and Yoga demonstrations.  For more information on The Arc events or to become a member call 757-229-3535 or visit thearcgw.org

View dates, times and/or fees for individual programs in the Destination Recreation Activity Brochure.