The First Inclusive Party Place for Kids with Special Needs Is Here!

By City Moms Blog Guest Contributor on February 3, 2019 in Children with Special Needs, Community & Non-Profits

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Gatepath, a nonprofit serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 98 years, has launched a new social enterprise, Grins ‘n’ Giggles.

Located in Burlingame, Grins ‘n’ Giggles is a party place for children of all abilities ages two to five.   The new social enterprise will operate at the nonprofit’s Learning Links Preschool in the McCarthy Center for Children & Families.  The party space was designed with specialized indoor and outdoor play structures to accommodate children with special needs and disabilities and is available year-round, rain or shine.

Parents and caregivers can work directly with party planners to customize their child’s party to the unique needs of the child and their guests. One of the elements of Grins ‘n’ Giggles that sets it apart from most party venues is that the parties are hosted by early childhood educators who will help parents have a fun-filled day of activities, which could include face painting, art projects, bounce house jumping, parachute games, and guided play.

“The staff went out of their way to make sure all of my son’s and other party attendees needs were met,” said Andrea Chamberlin, who was one of the first to host her son’s party at Grins ‘n’ Giggles. “The sensory-friendly activities were well planned, the snacks were just right, the decorations were above and beyond, and the time capsule was a great surprise.”

Andrea went on to say that all of the parents said their children had a wonderful experience and that it would be a party remembered for years to come.

Party packages and parent’s night out are offered on most weekends. Learn more about our $50 off grand opening special offer that runs through February 2019 and host your child’s special day with Grins ‘n’ Giggles by visiting GrinsNGiggles.org.

About Gatepath

Gatepath has been a cornerstone of our community for more than 98 years, providing support services to individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities in the greater Bay Area. Our mission is to empower people with special needs to achieve their full potential through innovative, inclusive programs and community partnerships. With educational, therapeutic, vocational and family support services, we are distinctive in providing support to an individual throughout his or her lifetime. We collaborate with businesses, third party providers, local nonprofits and various organizations to bring the highest quality services to the children, youth and adults in our programs. Together, we are creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respect and included in all aspects of life – in the classroom, the workplace and in our communities.

For more information, visit Gatepath.org. Our local online resource center is available at Smcfrc.org where families can connect to invaluable resources and support services.

Let’s Celebrate! 13 Peninsula Birthday Spots

Red Tricycle | 2018/12/09 | Sandra Lee

Just like that, another year has passed which means it’s birthday time! You’ve got to celebrate the occasion at a spot that’s fun for the kids but also works for you. From ballerina-themed parties to bounce-off-the-wall action, the Peninsula has it all. Allow us to lend a hand by sharing our top picks that are sure to delight the birthday superstar. Let the planning begin!

This extra-special spot just opened and we could not be more thrilled. Grins ‘n’ Giggles party space was designed with specialized indoor and outdoor play structures to accommodate children of all abilities and accessible for those with special needs and disabilities. Best of all, it’s available year-round, rain or shine. Grins ‘n’ Giggles is staffed by credentialed early childhood educators with experience in caring for children of all abilities, who will help parents plan a fun-filled day of activities, which could include face painting, art projects, bounce house jumping, parachute games and guided play.

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