Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Things to Do (Near) Austin: Rabb All Abilities Park in Round Rock

Though Rabb Play for All Abilities Park is not technically in Austin, Round Rock is a major suburb just north of the city limits, a straight journey up IH-35, and well worth the drive to check out this amazing and unique park!

Though Central Texas has their fair share of parks (Austin alone has nearly 200!), the Play for All Abilities Park in Round Rock differs in that, as the name suggests, the park is ideal for the differently abled. With six different "pods" - sections of the park focusing on activities and interests like sand play, music and water play (during the summer) - each section provides opportunities for children in all different developmental stages to engage and learn. Though the space is a park, it is also designed for use by physical and occupational therapists. How wonderful is it that there is a park where a child in a wheelchair can use a swing with ease, an Autistic child can have his sensory needs met and respected, and another child can engage his or her imagination in the little "village" reconstructed in one of the pods.

Here are a few shots of our experience at the park:

And, for those of you looking for more activities in the Round Rock area, look no further than this great new site, 'Round the Rock! While you're there, why not stop by and enter her amazing giveaway of local prizes totally nearly $3000!

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