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IDD activities are designed for any individual, youth or adult, with a mental or physical disability who chooses not to participate in regular Hays Recreation Commission Programs.  The IDD Section develops, implements, and evaluates a variety of recreation and leisure programs and special events to meet the interests and needs of children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities. Programs are designed to develop, enhance, and/or maintain leisure skills, motor skills, socialization, and overall well-being as well as to promote fun and enjoyment.

We look forward to working with IDD individuals more and making this program grow!

To participate in these activities, a person must:
-be diagnosed with intellectual disabilities
-have a significant learning or vocational problem

To sign up for these activities by the deadline you can contact:
-Haley Nixon at HRC @ haley@haysrec.org or (785)623-2650
-DSNWK Members - Scott Stults @ scott_stults@notes1.dsnwk.org or (785)625-5678
-ARC Members – Brent Kaiser @ activities@arcofcentralplains.org or (785)628-6512
-Visit haysrec.org and sign up online!

We want to thank Scott Stults, DSNWK, Brent Kaiser, and The ARC of Central Plains for all their support and hard work, and for making these programs a possibility here at HRC.

IDD – ICE CREAM SOCIAL
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream! Are you up for a good old-fashioned banana split? A variety of ice cream flavors and toppings will be available you just have to make your creation!
Entry Deadline:   September 6
Entry Fee:  FREE
Held on:   Thursday, September 7
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD – BEADED CREATIONS
Use your artistic side to create a few different art projects using jewelry beads, perler beads, key chains, and more!
Entry Deadline:   September 13
Entry Fee:  $2.00
Held on:   Thursday, September 14
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD - PUTT-PUTT
Meet us at Precision Valley for some fun team putt-putt!
Entry Deadline:  September 20
Entry Fee:  $3.00
Held on:  Thursday, September 21
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Precision Valley - 1500 West 27th
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 40

IDD –CREATIVE COOKING
Come join us in cooking your own fun, creative meal. We’ll be mixing, measuring, and creating! Bring your creativity and your appetite and be ready to give your taste buds a whirl!
Entry Deadline:   September 27
Entry Fee:  $2.00
Held on:   Thursday, September 28
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD - MOVIE NIGHT
Bring your friends and enjoy treats, along with an excellent movie! Movie will be chosen closer to date.
Entry Deadline:  Session 1: October 4
  Session 2: February 21
Entry Fee:  $2.00
Held on:  Session 1: Thursday, October 5
  Session 2: Thursday, February 22
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitation:   Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD - BINGO NIGHT
Come get your BINGO on with us!  We’ll have snacks provided and prizes for our winners!  Don’t miss this fun evening.
Entry Deadline:  Session 1: October 11
  Session 2: January 24
Entry Fee:  FREE
Held on:  Session 1: Thursday, October 12
  Session 2: Thursday, January 25
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD - PUMPKIN CARVING
It’s time to get creative and messy while carving and decorating a pumpkin that you can take home to use for Halloween décor!
Entry Deadline:   October 18
Entry Fee:  $4.00
Held on:   Thursday, October 19
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD - HALLOWEEN PARTY
Come to the party dressed in your favorite costume while we dance the night away.  If you’re not into dancing then stay active in many of the games going on in the gym. Snacks and prizes will be part of this fun evening.
Entry Fee:  FREE
Held on:  Thursday, October 26
Times:  7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center

CITY LIGHTS
It’s time to see the twinkle of lights!  Saturday we will take a hay rack ride (truck & trailer) departing from Westview Church, Sunday we will enjoy the comfort of the HRC passenger bus departing from the Recreation Center. Both nights we will enjoy some Christmas music provided by the Hays High Chamber Singers. Don’t forget Mrs. Claus will be busy with stories and crafts, while Santa listens to your Christmas wish lists. Cookies, cider and hot chocolate will be provided before your ride.  Please show up 15 minutes before your schedule time. Tickets on sale at the Rec Center Mon. Oct. 30 through Friday, Dec. 8. Thanks again to this year’s sponsor: Ameriprise Financial Michael Schaffer & Associates!
Held on:  Sunday, Dec. 10
Time:   6:00pm
Location:  Recreation Center

IDD – FOOD ART
It’s time to get artistic with edibles! There will be 4 food art stations; you must assemble each food item before enjoying your delicious meal as a whole!
Entry Deadline:  November 1
Entry Fee:  $3.00
Held on:  Thursday, November 2
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD – CRAFTY COLLAGES
Using poster board, photos, magazines, markers, stickers and more we will create a creative collage for you to display in your room! Feel free to bring some of your own pictures if you’d like to add these to your collage!
Entry Deadline:  November 8
Entry Fee:  $1.00
Held on:  Thursday, November 9
Time:  5:45pm
Grades:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD - THANKSGIVING GIFTING
To celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, we will put together art projects, crafts and more! You can keep these items for yourself or gift them to someone special for the holidays.
Entry Deadline:  November 15
Entry Fee:  $3.00
Held on:  Thursday, November 16
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD – BREAKFAST BINGO
Bring your appetite to Bingo Night! Breakfast food will be served upon arrival, and then Bingo will be played following. Everyone wins a prize before the night is over!
Entry Deadline:  Session 1: November 29
  Session 2: February 28
Entry Fee:  $3.00
Held on:   Session 1: Thursday, November 30
  Session 2: Thursday, March 1
Time:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD – GLOW BOWLING
It’s time to bowl in the dark! Join us for a night of glow bowling at Centennial Lanes. Remember to wear something that will glow in black light.
Entry Deadline:  November 29
Entry Fee:  $11.00
Held on:  Friday, December 1
Times:  7:00 – 9:00pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Centennial Lanes – 2400 Vine
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 30

IDD - HOLIDAY GIFTS @ POTTERY WORKS
Come make your own holiday ornaments or decorations at Pottery Works!  Use them as gifts or keep them for yourself! Instruction and assistance will be provided for anyone who wants it! Bring your creativity and be ready to make something unique!
Entry Deadline:  December 6
Entry Fee:  $10.00
Held on:  Thursday, December 7
Times:  4:30 - 5:30pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Pottery Works - 126 West 9th
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 30

IDD - GINGERBREAD HOUSES
Come create your own mini gingerbread house using graham crackers, frosting and decorative treats.  Bring your appetite for construction and gingerbread.
Entry Deadline:  December 13
Entry Fee:  $3.00
Held on:  Thursday, December 14
Time:  5:45pm
Grades:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD – CHRISTMAS DINNER
Let’s celebrate Christmas together by having dinner at HRC! We will provide a home cooked meal to celebrate the holiday. Come and enjoy with friends!
Entry Deadline:  December 20
Entry Fee:  $5.00
Held on:  Thursday, December 21
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD – WINTER SNOWGLOBES
We will be creating a winter wonderland inside of your very own snow globe! We’ll use mason jars, glitter, and more to make this masterpiece.
Entry Deadline:  January 3
Entry Fee:  $2.00
Held on:  Thursday, January 4
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD - JEOPARDY NIGHT!
Gear up for a fun evening of competing against other groups in a jeopardy face off! We will break into two groups and see who can answer the most trivia! Snacks will be provided!
Entry Deadline:   January 10
Entry Fee:  $1.00
Held on:   Thursday, January 11
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD - BOWLING
Meet us down at Centennial Lanes for some fun team bowling! You can choose your teammate or we’ll find you one when you get there. We’ll see who can cheer on their team the most!
Entry Deadline:  January 17
Entry Fee:  $4.00
Held on:  Thursday, January 18
Times:  5:30pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Centennial Lanes – 2400 Vine
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 30

IDD - VALENTINE’S CRAFTS & CARDS
This Valentine’s season, we will make Valentines cards and crafts to celebrate the holiday.  Don’t miss out on an opportunity to make someone feel special with a one-of-a-kind craft & card from YOU!
Entry Deadline:  January 31
Entry Fee:  $3.00
Held on:  Thursday, February 1
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:   Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD - VALENTINE’S PARTY
Need a place to take your sweetheart out for Valentine’s Day, or just a place to socialize and meet friends around this LOVEly time of year? Bring your dancing shoes and be ready to dance the night away. If you’re not into dancing then stay active in many of the games going on in the gym. Snacks and prizes will be part of this fun evening as well!
Entry Fee:  FREE
Held on:  Friday, February 9
Times:  7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center

IDD –CRAZY PAINTBRUSHES
It’s time to get artistic; we will paint and create with the use of bubble wrap, marbles, salt, and more!
Entry Deadline:  February 14
Entry Fee:  $1.00
Held on:  Thursday, February 15
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD – PICTURE FRAME ART
In your own creative design you will paint, color, glue and decorate your very own picture frame to take home with you!
Entry Deadline:   March 7
Entry Fee:  $2.00
Held on:   Thursday, March 22
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

IDD – EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
This fun filled evening will include Easter egg dying and an indoor flashlight Easter egg hunt!
Entry Deadline:  March 28
Entry Fee:  $2.00
Held on:   Thursday, March 29
Times:  5:45pm
Ages:  All IDD Individuals
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 25

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