Sensory-Friendly Swim Opportunities

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Families are invited to Fairfax County Park Authority’s sensory-friendly events this summer at Our Special Harbor and The Water Mine!

Sensory-friendly time is designed to allow individuals with special considerations and disabilities the opportunity to cool off with a fun water playdate in an enjoyable and accessible way. Opportunities include:

Our Special Harbor
Wednesdays, June 21-Aug 16, 2023
A unique and accessible water play destination for families with children of all ages. Enjoy a sensory-friendly hour every Wednesday this summer, 10-11 am. Admission is free.

The Water Mine
June 20 & Aug 8, 2023
At the center of this old-western-themed park, surrounded by tubing, is Pete’s Craggy Mountain, boasting twin water slides. There are plenty of water creatures in the open swim area to climb on, and Tenderfoot Pond is perfect for the smallest explorers with its pint-sized slides and gentle fountains. Enjoy a sensory hour on June 20, 2023, and August 8, 2023, 10-11 am. Fee-based admission.

Our Special Harbor • Alexandria, VA (Map)
The Water Mine • Reston, VA (Map)


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