The dunk tank, the fish pond, skill games, crafts and face painting are what most kids might expect to find at a typical carnival. But at the Take Me Out to the Ballgame Picnic and Carnival, these activities have been adapted so they can be enjoyed by children of all abilities.
Presented by Akron Children’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center for the sixth year running, this event is designed around the needs of children with cerebral palsy and other chronic diseases that require them to use wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
As you’ll see in the following video, the kids had a blast dunking their doctor, pinning the syringe on the physiatrist, designing the latest fashions and visiting with a variety of animals, including members of the hospital’s Doggie Brigade.
There were also plenty of volunteers on hand to help ensure each child had a memorable evening.
For parents, 20 vendors and organizations shared information about ways to help their children live life to the fullest, including a special presentation tailored to athletes with special needs.
Of course, the evening wrapped up with a trip across the canal to the Akron Aeros game capped by fireworks. I’m sure there were plenty of parents and kids sleeping soundly later that evening.