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Social & Recreational Activities

There are a variety of social and recreational activities available in the Westside community. Many community programs have therapeutic recreation as part of their services. Although Westside Regional Center does not fund social/recreational programs, WRC families frequently request information regarding these services. We have compiled an initial list of these social/recreational resources and will provide on-going updates. Please keep checking for new resources!


Aquatics

Team Santa Monica - Team Santa Monica is a swim club, non-profit, parent-run organization. It serves Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Culver City, Venice, Marina del Rey, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and the Westside of Los Angeles. As a swimmer with Team Santa Monica, you will meet new friends and participate in exciting swim competitions throughout Southern California.

Adapted Aquatics

Your local city pool offers many types of swim programs for children and adults. The American Red Cross - Adapted Aquatic Swim Program is held at many city pools in the Westside area.

Celes King III Pool
5001 Rodeo Road
LA, CA 90016
213-847-3406

E.G. Robert’s Pool
4526 West Pico Blvd.
LA, CA 90019
323-936-8483

Venice Pool
2490 Walgrove Ave.
LA, CA
310-478-7019

Westwood Pool
1350 Sepulveda Blvd.
LA, CA 90025
310-478-7019


Camps & Clubs

Special Camps for Special Kids for Southern California - a guide to summer camp for kids with special needs in Southern California

Boys and Girls Club - In every community, boy and girls are left to find their own recreation an companionship in the street. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging an influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow -- all while having fun.

Shane's Inspiration/My Play Club - is a community outreach program of Shane’s Inspiration that brings children of ALL abilities together at one of our inclusive playgrounds for a play date. Our goal is to Build Common Ground® between the children through play. We buddy children with challenges with typically developing kids, giving both the opportunity to get to know about each other. My PlayClub is free to the public. We provide face painting, arts & crafts, and snacks (but please feel free to bring a sack lunch). We always have great volunteers from local community groups and schools who buddy with children with disabilities.  It’s a great way for families to spend the day at the park!

ebuddies.org - Do you want a friend over the Internet? e-Buddies will match you up with a friend who will send you e-mails on a weekly basis! Click here to sign-up for this fun new program


Local City Recreation Departments

Culver City Senior and Social Services

The City of Culver City Senior and Social Services Division Goal is to provide information and referrals to government programs, senior citizens services, and other community resources. All services are offered at the Culver City Senior Center unless otherwise noted. They provide: Facilitation of Paratransit Transportation Program for qualifying Disabled Residents age 18 and up, Referrals to programs or services that meet expressed needs,  Variety of recreational opportunities and special events, Communication with City Departments as needed to address barriers and expressed concerns, Friendly Phone Call Program, Support Groups, Seminars, and Workshops, Home Delivered Meal Program for At-Risk Senior Citizens, Merlin Magnification Machine for Public Use, Dining & Entertainment Events for Adults with Disabilities, Large Print Library Books for Public Use, Accepts requests for accommodations, interpreters, materials in accessible formats, and/or any other form of access for any City sponsored meeting, Responding to complaints regarding non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act in conjunction with the City's ADA compliance officer, Craig Johnson.

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Culver City, CA 90230

(310) 253-6625

(310) 253-6729
(310) 253-6711 (Fax)

Elysian Park Therapeutic Recreation Center

Elysian Park Recreation Center provides quality recreation programs for persons with disabilities to maximize their cognitive, social, and recreational growth. Activities, programs, and special events are designed for individuals with disabilities to promote wellness, increase self-esteem, provide opportunities for socialization, and improve psycho-motor development in a safe and well supervised environment. This facility has an amphitheater with outdoor seating that can accommodate 200 to 300 people.

A therapeutic program for children and teens with disabilities is available.

929 Academy road
LA, CA 90012
323-226-1402
323-266-1400 (FAX)

Martin Luther King Therapeutic Recreation Center

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center is an inclusive recreation facility that offers a variety of programming for youth with and without disabilities. Our focus is promoting healthy lifestyles through recreation; we empower families to develop healthy habits through fitness and exercise, nutrition, and life long learning. We provide support for busy families through our Afterschool Club, Homework Time, Camp and free LA Kids Classes. We invite the community to take advantage of all MLK Jr RC has to offer for both adults and youth; our primary goal is to improve the quality of life for our participants. Parks Make Life Better!

3916 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
213-237-0878

City of Santa Monica Therapeutic Recreation Programs

Ken Edwards Center for Community Services  - Community and Senior Programs Division

1527 Fourth Street, Room 106
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-458-8300
310-395-9683 (FAX)

     Adaptive Recreation and Sports- Santa Monica Adaptive Recreation & Sports (SMARS) is offered by the City of Santa Monica. These are year-round social programs for people with disabilities    and their friends. Click here for the SMARS monthly newsletter.

  • Social Club - Social Club meets every Thursday evening and travels to a different event each week. Once you have signed up with the program, you will be eligible to sign up for the Social Club events that interest you. Social Club activities include going to local restaurants to sample cuisine from around the world; visiting local museums; attending concerts, plays and musicals at entertainment venues throughout Los Angeles County and going to local movie theaters to see the newest releases.
  • Explorer's Program -Explorers participate in day, overnight or weekend trips to amusement parks, sporting events, fairs and other community events.  Some trips involve visits to the beach or hiking and camping.

SPORTS

American Youth Soccer Organization(AYSO) is a nationwide non-profit organization that develops and deliver quality youth soccer programs in a fun family environment.

AYSO "VIP" Soccer Program

AYSO Region 7 (Westchester, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Inglewood, Ladera Heights) conducts an AYSO VIP soccer program for athletes with mental or physical challenges every fall from September through November. Started locally in 1999 and winner of a 2001 WRC Excellence Award for community based programs, AYSO Region 7 provides a full soccer experience for special needs athletes regardless of age, ability, experience, or where they live.

For more information check the AYSO VIP website or contact Dan Koskovich (VIP Commissioner) at dkoskovich@earthlink.net or 310-645-6352.

Little League Baseball - Challenger Divisions

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three. In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance to bat. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster, or when a pre-determined number of runs have been scored, or when three outs are recorded. Little League recommends that no score be kept during Challenger games. The Challenger players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Little League players. For more information on the Little League Challenger Division, contact 570-326-1921, ext.2254; or email challenger@LittleLeague.org.

Culver City has a Challenger League, for more information click here.

Special Olympics -

Westside Special Olympics - Special Olympics Southern California-Westside offers year-round sports programs and competitions for athletes in Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, West Hollywood, West LA, Century City, Westwood, Culver City, Mar Vista, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey and Westchester.

Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley Region Special Olympics - Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley regions of Special Olympics offers 12 Olympic-style individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition activities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

     Summer Season (February - May): Athletics (track and field), Aquatics, Basketball, Bocce, Golf, and Gymnastics.

     Fall Season (July - November): Bowling, Floor Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.


Queue-Up - The Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program for all youth and adults including Veterans, those with Disabilities, PSTD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Multiple Sclerosis and Learning or Language Disabilities.  Members learn the art and technique of horseback riding.  We have had enormous success in paring members with horses. The program provides an all-around social integration with members that have different abilities.

We have brought together a list of places to go and things to see. We hope you find them useful.


Sony Pictures Studio's Jeopardy  - A free taping of this game show can be seen in Culver City. Application for tickets.

Sony Pictures Studio's Wheel of Fortune - A free taping of this game show can be seen in Culver City. Request for tickets online.

Vermont Studio Center - A nonprofit, year-round, international creative community, dedicated to serving artists and writers in an open, nurturing, supportive work environment.