Socialization through Recreation

Variety’s Recreation programs, which include Adventure Camp and social groups, aim to introduce lifelong friendships through engaging activities.

Making Friends and Having Fun

Variety’s Recreation programs give children with disabilities unique in-person and virtual opportunities to enjoy engaging activities while socializing with friends old and new.

From Adventure Camp to Social Groups, and more, these programs, which are open to Variety Kids living in the greater St. Louis region, help participants learn new skills, gain independence, build confidence, and more, by having fun. 

Winter Camp 2022

At camp, Variety Kids are empowered to form new friendships, try new things, grow in self-esteem and explore the world around them with independence and confidence. Each camper is paired with a counselor “buddy” to ensure their needs are met each day.

Winter Camp registration is open to children and teens ages 4 – 20 and will be held December 26-30, 2022. The location of camp will change daily to accommodate different activities and adventures. Each will be located within the St. Louis region. Winter Camp is open to all Variety Kids who attended the Summer Adventure Camp.

Campers will be split into groups based on their age, with activities geared towards each age group. These activities may include swimming, ice skating, fishing, playing games, making crafts, music time, visiting area attractions and more – all under the guidance of a caring and enthusiastic staff.

Want to become a Camp Counselor? Paid and volunteer positions are available – learn more and apply today here.

Summer Camp 2023

Summer Camp 2022 will be held in-person from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is sure to be filled with all sorts of exciting adventures for our campers.

Summer Camp 2023 Schedule:

  • Week 1: June 5 – 9
  • Week 2: June 12 – 16
  • Week 3: June 19 – 23
  • Week 4: July 10 – 14
  • Week 5: July 17 – 21
  • Week 6: July 24 – 28

Registration for Summer Camp 2023 will open in January 2023. Contact us to receive email updates.

See you this summer! 

“At Adventure Camp, I got to go places I had never been before and I got to do activities I didn’t think I could do!”

– Variety Teen Andrew

Activities at Adventure Camp


Making Music

Playing Games


Exploring STL

Ice Skating

Rock Climbing

Variety Family Social Groups

Planned by Variety Families for Variety Families, Variety Family Social Groups are open to Variety Kids and their families. This Variety Family Council program is intended to give area children and teens with disabilities a chance to socialize while participating in various in-person and virtual activities as well as outings throughout the area.

Activities have included virtual hangouts and game nights, trips to the movies, bowling, playing at the park, and more. During the pandemic, Social Groups have shifted to a completely online format, with plans to move back to in-person outings as soon as it is safe to do so.

Families participating in Social Groups are also the first to be offered complimentary tickets to community-sponsored events and attractions when they are occasionally made available to Variety St. Louis.

Sign up for Social Groups today to be notified when new outings are planned and when complimentary tickets are available. We hope to see you soon!

Other Ways We Help

TherHappy Kids


Performing Arts

Become a Variety Family

You can apply to become a Variety Family now – the only requirements are that you live in the greater St. Louis region and have a child with a medically diagnosed disability. After this application is accepted, you will be added to our exclusive Variety Family email list and will receive notifications of free family events and outings, registrations for our programs such as Adventure Camp and Performing Arts, and more.

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