Check out adaptive programs for people with disabilities offered this spring in Minneapolis Parks!

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Adaptive Programs 

Kids holding purple baseball bat during an adaptive sports program at Matthews Recreation Center

Adaptive Programs

Many adaptive programs offered this spring in Minneapolis Parks!

Sports, activities and events available for adults and kids with disabilities in Minneapolis Parks this spring


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MRPB) offers a wide variety of programs and events for people with disabilities. Check out the list of upcoming adaptive programs below and register today!

Register online by clicking the “REGISTER” link at the bottom of each program description or visit and enter the registration number in parentheses next to the activity title.

Questions? Call 612-230-6478 or email

Youth Adaptive Yoga

Adaptive Yoga for youth with disabilities is a new, free program beginning this spring! Our youth-centered and experienced instructors will meet each child at their level while integrating games, breathing techniques and playful poses.

All equipment provided. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle to each class.

Mondays, 6:15 pm-7:15 pm
April 6-May 11; June 15-July 20
FREE, pre-registration required
Brackett Recreation Center, 2728 29th Ave. S.

TO REGISTER: Call 612-370-4924, email or visit Brackett Recreation Center in person.

Adaptive swim lessons at Phillips Aquatics Center

Adaptive Swim Lessons 

Adaptive Swim Lessons are free for youth and adults at Phillips Aquatics Center! Gain comfort and confidence in and around water as trained instructors facilitate games, skill-building and water safety in a safe environment with peers.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, with 10 minutes of unstructured free swim time built in. Lessons are held once a week, with four lessons each session.

Youth Lessons

Wednesdays, two classes each session: 4:00-4:40 pm or 4:50-5:30 pm
February 5-26; March 4-11
FREE, pre-registration required
Phillips Aquatics Center, 2323 11th Ave. S

Adult Lessons

Fridays, two classes each session: 10:30-11:10 am or 11:20 am-Noon
February 7-28; March 6-27
FREE, pre-registration required
Phillips Aquatics Center, 2323 11th Ave. S

TO REGISTER: Call 612-370-4859, email or visit the Phillips Aquatics Center in person.

Children stretch before adaptive sports at Matthews Recreation Center

Youth Adaptive Sports Sampler

Interactive fun for people of all ability levels. Learn a variety of sports through games, drills and activities!

Spring Sports Sampler (#10633)

Thursdays 4:00-4:45 pm, March 19-April 23, 2020
Ages 5-12, $40 Minneapolis residents, $60 non-residents
Matthews Recreation Center, 2318 29th Ave. S


Adaptive Gymnastics 

Go Gymnastics Adaptive program is a fun introduction class to gymnastics for girls and boys with disabilities. It features a station-based gymnastics course set in a smaller environment with a smaller class size and coach-to-student ratio. 

We will introduce basic gymnastics skills like forward and backward rolls, cartwheels, handstands, walking on beams and hanging from bars.The 45-minute class includes warm up, flexibility, balance and conditioning. Progression in class is based on individual abilities.

All sessions on Wednesdays
Ages 3-5: 3:00-3:45 pm; Ages 5-12: 4:00-4:45 pm
$65 resident, $98 non-resident
Painter Recreation Center, 620 34th St. W

February 19-March 13 (3-5: #103672; 5-12: #103682)
April 15-May 10  (3-5: #103673; 5-12: #103683)


Special Olympics Basketball Team at Harrison Recreation Center

Special Olympics Basketball (#104309)

Special Olympics and MPRB have teamed up to bring you a great winter sport — basketball! Sign up today to join MPRB’s NEW Special Olympics Basketball Team. Compete at the Area Competition in April and possibly make it to the Summer Games June 19-21, 2020. Additional medical paperwork for Special Olympics MN required. Equipment and uniforms are provided.

Tuesdays, 6-7 pm, Feb. 25-April 21, 2020
Ages 8+, $40 residents, $60 non-residents
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE


Adaptive Open Gym

Shooting hoops and other gym activities with your friends are good ways to get into shape and have fun! This is an ActivePass Program for drop-in play. Get an ActivePass from staff at the desk. Youth under the age of 18 need a guardian's signature to receive a pass. Proper gym attire must be worn to participate.

Second Saturday of the month, 2:00-3:30 pm, year-round, (next one is Feb. 8)

Ages 13+, FREE, no registration required, just drop in
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE

Bonfire Bunch (#104395)

Enjoy a bonfire, nature-inspired arts and crafts, guided nature walks, snacks and visiting with friends. It will be "bunches" of fun! This program takes place outside so please dress for the weather.

Tuesday, May 19, 6:00-7:30 pm
Ages 18+, $5, pre-registration encouraged, but not required
Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 North Mississippi Drive


Interpretive signs identifying local bird species at North Mississippi Regional Park

Trail Trekkers 

Spend the morning walkin’ or a rollin’ on park paths with a naturalist guide in search of nature’s treasures during this program for adults with developmental disabilities or families that have children with disabilities. Use different tools like binoculars and magnifying glasses to examine high up in the trees or down low under logs. Come enjoy the exploration - who knows what we may find?

Saturday, May 2 and June 6
Ages 18+: 10-11 am; Families (All Ages): 11:15 am-12:15 pm
FREE, but please pre-register
Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 North Mississippi Drive


Brunch and Bingo

What is better than bingo and brunch? Enjoy a delicious brunch followed by bingo. Follow the Register button below to register online or call 612-668-2478.

Various Saturdays, 10 am-Noon
Ages 18+, $5, pre-registration required
Next one is March 28 at Bryant Square Recreation Center, 3101 Bryant Ave. Dates/Locations vary through the year


Two pairs of feet at a dance class at Sibley Recreation Center

Jammin' at Northeast

Get your groove on at our social program for adults with developmental disabilities. Once a month, join your friends for a night of dancing and socializing to the best classic and new dance jams. A light snack and beverage will be provided.

Typically third Saturday of the month, 6-8 pm, year-round (Next one is Feb. 22, moved to fourth Saturday to accommodate Valentine's Day Weekend)
Ages 18+, $5, no registration required
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE

Family Fun at Coyle

Parents and children meet weekly on Sundays to chat and engage in various recreation activities geared toward Somali families of children with autism. A portion of the program will be dedicated to programming specifically for children and the other portion will engage families together in activities.

Sundays, Noon-2 pm
Youth ages 11 and under and their families, FREE, no registration required
Coyle Community Center, 420 15th Ave. S

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411

612-230-6400 /