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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Adapted Deep Water Aqua Fitness 13+

This class is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities who are comfortable in water depths over 6 feet. Classes provide personalized instruction focusing on water exercise and stroke development.


Adapted Fitness Training (13-22 yrs)

(13-22 yrs) Designed for students who have mild intellectual disabilities who can participate in a class with a 4:1 ratio. Learn fitness and wellness skills in a fun and social environment. Class may include weight room exercises, team games, yoga, swimming, outdoor activities and nutrition instruction. Students must be able to ambulate independently.


Adapted Ice Skating (13-Adult)

This foundational/transitional class offers additional staff supervision and support to help students with disabilities develop basic skating skills.


Adapted Ice Skating (6-12 yrs)

This foundational/transitional class offers additional staff supervision and support to help students with disabilities develop basic skating skills.


Adapted Intro to Basic Strokes (8-Adult)

Prerequisite: Students must be able to swim 15 yards independently. This class is designed to prepare students with disabilities for more advanced competitive swimming and focuses on the basic steps and progressions of the four competitive strokes.


Adapted Park Explorers-Spring (6-11 yrs)

(6-11 yrs) Children with disabilities explore nature and history through hands-on activities. Topics vary by month. Mar.: Reptiles and Amphibians; Apr.: Wildflower Walk; May: Ice Cream. Parent must participate with child..


Adapted Pilates (Adults)

This class modifies Pilates fundamentals, exercises and sequencing for a slower-paced practice. Transitions and progression are designed to maximize Pilates exercise benefits with accommodations for people with disabilities or other health considerations that prevent participation in a standard class. ~


Adapted Swimming 1 (6-12 yrs)

Students engage in activities to overcome fear of water and gain basic swimming and water safety skills in a group setting. Skills include entering and exiting water safely, blowing bubbles, floating, gliding and using arms and legs to swim with flotation assistance. Parent participation may be required.


Adapted Swimming 2 (6-12 yrs)

Prerequisite: Swimming 1 or equivalent skill proficiency. Students increase confidence and ability to perform swimming skills with and without assistance or flotation devices. Skills include blowing bubbles with face submerged under water, floating on front and back and gliding or swimming at least two body lengths using arms and legs. Parent participation may be required.


Adapted Swimming 3 (6-12 yrs)

Prerequisite: Swimming Level 2 or equivalent skill proficiency. This class is designed to increase endurance and independent swimming skills. Skills include treading water, retrieving objects, and swimming front crawl and back crawl without flotation devices. Parent participation may be required.


Adapted Yoga (10-22 yrs)

This class for individuals with developmental disabilities focuses on basic yoga positions to improve strength, balance and flexibility and introduces breathing techniques for physical and mental relaxation. Please bring a mat. Parent/caregiver participation may be required.


Aqua Fitness-Ind w/Physical Disab (13+)

Students with physical disabilities (cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, MS, etc.) work at their individual ability levels as they pursue their personal fitness goals. Shallow water exercises and swim program improve body awareness and increase range of motion, flexibility and muscle tone. Wheelchair users welcome.


Learn to Swim Teens/Adults w/Disabilitie

Classes take place in depths of less than five feet. Skills include entering and exiting water, floating, gliding on front and back, breathing techniques, and using arms and legs to perform front crawl and elementary backstroke. Parent/caregiver participation may be required.


Preschoolers w/Disabilities (3-5 yrs)

Through play and individual attention, preschoolers and their parents work on adjusting to a new environment. Focus is on entry and exit skills, water safety, blowing bubbles and arm and leg propulsion on the front and back. Parent participation is required.


Riverside Connection (11-21 yrs)

This four-week adapted recreation series introduces teens to several different types of outdoor fun: hiking, fishing, orienteering, and kayaking in our safe and accessible sit-on-top kayaks. Our experienced instructors focus on safety and fun for students who may have never enjoyed the great outdoors quite like this. Parents must be accessible during the program. Students are responsible for personal care during the length of each class.


Sensory-Friendly Baskets & Bunnies Egg Hunt

(1-4 yrs) At this sensory-friendly event children with disabilities will hop on down to Burke Lake Park to visit Sunny the Bunny. Ride our hippity-hoppity train to catch a peak at the blossoms, take a spin into spring on our carousel, get egg-cited for crafts and games, play a round of mini-golf and visit some of our festive vendors. No refunds unless event is canceled. Contact Burke Lake Park for additional information. Children younger than age 10 must be accompanied by an adult for rides. Please be on time for your egg hunt as space may not be available in another time slot. Egg hunt time is specified upon registration. Before or after your egg hunt enjoy Basket and Bunnies activities between 10am-5pm.