Recreational Activities in Tulsa for Kids with Special Needs

A resource guide for Tulsa families looking for extracurricular activities for children with special needs.


Aim High Academy

Aim High Academy provides opportunities for children with special needs to improve their strength, balance, and coordination. Activities and specific types of movement include the back and forth movement in swinging, the rotational movement as in twisting, and the up and over movement used for rolling. An hour of activities combined with social interactions of friendships developed makes this a very special and fun time for all. Call or visit their website for more information.
Contact information:
7020 E. 38th St.
Tulsa, OK
(918) 664-8683

Ainsley’s Angels

Ainsley’s Angels provides opportunities for kids and adults with special needs to participate in endurance events from 5ks to Marathons.  Volunteer runners push our Athlete Riders in special racing strollers and incredible friendships are created.  We have at least one event here in Tulsa every month and participation is always free for our Athlete Riders.  Register your child at no cost on our website and see our website or Facebook page for a list of all upcoming events.
Contact information:
Tulsa Ambassador: Jana Rugg, 918.899.4117

American Therapeutic Riding Center

ATRC provides opportunities for people with varying ability levels and physical disabilities to challenge themselves physically and emotionally by setting goals to improve quality of life through equine facilitated therapy. For more information, watch this video.
Contact Information:
395 N. 177th W. Ave.
Sand Springs, OK
(918) 246-9450

BA Challenger Sports

BA Challenger Sports has developed sports programs for mentally and physically disabled youth and adults to enjoy the full benefits of participation in athletic environments structured to their abilities. They also have a Special Olympics Team, BA Challenger.
Contact Information:
Molly Faucault
7613 E. Broadway St.
Broken Arrow, OK
(918) 357-5012

Bit By Bit Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center

This program is designed to meet the special needs of individuals that cope with challenges in their daily lives. Special needs or considerations may be in the areas of cognitive, developmental, behavioral, physical or a combination of several disability areas. Bit by Bit provides a safe, regularly scheduled equine experience based on the individual goals of each student.
Contact Information:
14674 S. Hwy 169
Oologah, OK
(918) 371-1750

Chuck E. Cheese: Sensory Friendly Sundays

On the first Sunday of the month, Chuck E. Cheese opens 2 hours early for children with autism and other special needs. This includes reduced lighting and noise, a trained and caring staff, and food and games.
Contact Information:
7108 S. Memorial Dr.
Tulsa, OK

Clark Youth Theatre: The Penguin Project

The Penguin Project® provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to develop creative skills related to the arts. Informational meetings will be held on August 5 and 19, 2018, at 2 p.m.; September 9 and 16, 2018 at 2 p.m., and October 1 at 6:30 p.m. All Informational Meetings are held at Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave. Participants do not need to attend all meetings, just choose one that best fits your schedule.
Contact Information:
4825 S. Quaker Ave.
Tulsa, OK

Discovery Lab: Sensory-Friendly Family Time

Every second Sunday of the month, Discovery Lab hosts Sensory-Friendly Family Time, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This event is held before the museum opens for the day for families with children on the Autism Spectrum and/or who have sensory processing disorders. Families can enjoy the museum before the rush and play together in a supportive environment.
Contact Information:
560 N. Maybelle Ave.
Tulsa, OK

Green Country Shining Stars: Special Athletes Cheerleading Program

This is a competitive cheer squad for special needs students ages 5 and up. For more information contact Michelle Adams at (918) 289-1071 or go to

Kids Connections

Activity group for Kindergarten through 5th grade serving children with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism. The group meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Contact Information:
TARC Office
2516 E. 71st St., Suite A
Tulsa, OK
Contact: Sherilyn or Steve
(918) 582-8272 

Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church and Kirk Crossing Special Buds Program

The Kirk in Tulsa offers a unique special needs ministry that allows children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families to attend church activities at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.
Contact Information:
Crystal Fulda
(918) 494-7088
Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church
4102 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK
Kirk Crossing
11420 S. James Ave.
Jenks, OK

Metro Tulsa Soccer Club:  Special Needs League (SNL)

Open to 4 through 18 year-old-youth athletes from any school district with special needs (physical or developmental disabilities). The focus is on player participation, fundamentals of soccer, appreciation for the game, team friendships and fun.
10715 S. Delaware
Tulsa, OK
(918) 298-0190

Miller Swim School

Private lessons for children with developmental disabilities are available. Call for more information.
Contact Information:
6415 S. Mingo Rd.
Tulsa, OK
(918) 254-1988

Miss Shelly’s School of Dance

A class for children with special needs meets on the first and third Saturday of each month for 45 minutes. There is no tuition for this class and enrollment is open all year.
Contact Information:
8032 S. Sheridan Road
Tulsa, OK
(918) 496-9549

Night to Shine

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. It was started by the Tim Tebow Foundation and is organized locally by The Assembly at Broken Arrow. Registration opens in the fall and fills up quickly. Learn more in this blog post by Diane Morrow-Kondos.

Oklahoma Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Contact Information:
6835 S. Canton Ave.
Tulsa, OK

The Right Path Riding Academy

This program is designed to help children with special needs achieve their highest potential — physically, emotionally, and cognitively — through the unique avenue of therapeutic horseback riding, cart driving, and other equine-assisted activities. Therapeutic riding is offered for children 4-18. We also offer a youth enrichment program for at-risk teens and a literacy project for elementary aged children.
Contact Information:
16620 Old Shamrock Highway
Drumright, OK
(918) 352-4110

Teen Connections

Teen Connections is a social skills group for middle and high school students on the autism spectrum. They meet together for fun activities such as board and video games where they can practice social skills. Teen Connections meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4:30-6 p.m. at the TARC Office in Tulsa.
Contact Information:
2516 E. 71st St., Suite A
Tulsa, OK
Contact: Sherilyn or Steve
(918) 582-8272


The Owasso Soccer Club is proud to support the local TOPSoccer program in this area.

TOPSoccer, The Outreach Program for Soccer, is a community-based soccer program for athletes with physical and mental disabilities that provides a safe and fun environment for these children to participate in organized sports. Learn more here.
Contact Information:

TSHA (Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access)

TSHA hosts several social events, both yearly and monthly, for individuals of all ages with hearing loss. Monthly events include Silent Dinner at Woodland Hills Mall and Deaf Teen Club. Special events include a Children’s Holiday Party and Summer Camp. Visit for more information.
Contact Information:
8740 E. 11th St.
Tulsa, OK
918.832.8742 v/tty

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