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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 intellectual disabilities who are comfortable in water depths over six feet. Classes provide personalized instruction focusing on water exercise and stroke development.

Adapted Parent & Kids Holiday Night Out (6-18 yrs)

(6-18 yrs) Children with disabilities will participate in holiday crafts, snacks, games and a holiday movie while their parents enjoy a night out for holiday shopping. There will even be a visit from Santa. Supply fee of $10 payable at the door.

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 Swimming-Preschoolers (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.

Learn to Swim Teens/Adults w/Disabilitie 13+

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.

Sensory-Friendly Cookies with Santa (2-10 yrs)

(Ages 2-10) At this sensory-friendly event, children with disabilities will visit with Santa in a smaller and quieter setting. Take a photo with Santa, send your holiday wish list back to The North Pole, enjoy cookies and start your holiday season with festive crafts and activities. Siblings welcome; every child must be registered, and a parent/guardian must accompany children.

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