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. 

Summer Camp

Registration for next summer’s Adventure Camp will open in January 2024. Stay tuned!

We had a blast at Adventure Camp 2023! Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, we can’t wait for next summer.


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.

Adventure Camp takes place in week-long sessions offered in June and July, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The location of Camp changes each day to accommodate different activities and adventures, all within the St. Louis region.

Questions? Contact Renee at or at 314-720-7718.

Winter Camp

Registration for Winter Camp 2023 will open in the Fall.

Winter Camp will take place at the Center of Clayton December 26-29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Winter Camp is only offered to campers who participated in this year’s summer Adventure Camp.

If you’re planning ahead and want to be a Camp Counselor, please contact Renee at or 314-720-7718.

“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.

Support Our Cause

Every dollar you donate stays in St. Louis to help make the most positive impact on the greatest number of children.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.