Special Needs Santa Visits and Events Guide – 2013

Special Needs Santa Guide 2013 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

I posted a guide last week of places you can visit Santa. Visiting Santa at a crowded mall can be overwhelming for any child (or even adults), and especially challenging for children with special needs. These events are designed with children with special needs and their families in mind. Events vary, but they attempt to accommodate sensitivities to crowds, noise, and lights as well as physical needs. Most require registration so plan ahead and it’s always a good idea to call before you go even if registration is not required.

Special Needs nights at the Santa House – Naperville Riverwalk, Jackson & Weber, Naperville

  • Tuesday, December 3 – Thursday, December 5
  • 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Registration required; register online
  • Free; photos available for purchase

Special Kids Day – Wilder Mansion, 211 Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst

  • Wednesday, December 4 
  • 3:30 pm-8:00 pm
  • Free, no registration required
  • Meet Santa for photos and gifts, face painting, music, activities

Holiday Fun for Families with Autism – Spectrum Support, 1575 W. Lake Shore Drive, Woodstock

  • Saturday, December 7
  • 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Registration required; register online
  • Visit with Santa, bounce house, games, crafts, snacks, balloon animal artist, raffle

Caring Santa – Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg

  • Sunday, December 8
  • 8:00 am-10:00 am
  • Registration required. Email name, email address, mall of choice, time of choice, total number of people in group to events@gatepath.com to register.

Caring Santa – Gurnee Mills, Entrance B, 6170 W. Grand Avenue, Gurnee

  • Sunday, December 8
  • 9:00 am
  • Registration required. Email name, email address, mall of choice, time of choice, total number of people in group to events@gatepath.com to register.

Caring Santa –  Orland Square Mall – Upper Level, Carson’s Court, 288 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park

  • Sunday, December 8
  • 8:00 am
  • Registration required. Email name, email address, mall of choice, time of choice, total number of people in group to events@gatepath.com to register.

 

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