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Social Opportunities

Social Opportunities occur on occasion and include various learning components, but focus heavily on social networking and building relationships. Registration is required for each individual social. At times there may be a cost associated, but the majority of these opportunities are free.

Below are the Social Opportunities available for Spring 2024. New social opportunities are offered each quarter.

Spring 2024 Social Opportunities

DS/ASD Playdate

Ages: all ages (siblings welcome)
Date: Saturday, March 9       
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center- 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Cost:  Free
Description: Does your loved one have a dual diagnosis of Autism and Down syndrome? Join us at the DSAGC Empowerment Center for an easy, relaxed family playdate. Connect with other parents and encourage playful interactions with other children/teens/adults with co-occurring diagnoses in a welcoming, comfortable environment. Light refreshments provided. Registration is required.  Questions about this event can be directed to Amy Iten at amyi@dsagc.com.

DSAGC Around the World Festival

Ages: all ages (entire family welcome)
Date: Sunday, May 5
Time: 3 – 5 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center- 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Cost:  Free
Description: Join us for an open house to celebrate the diverse cultures within our DSAGC family! Visitors will be encouraged to take their ‘passport’ around to the different booths to learn more about other heritages.

Would you like to showcase your country of origin at the first DSAGC Around the World Festival?  We invite you to host a table with information about your heritage including food samples, festive attire, games, crafts, songs, or anything you’d like to share. Contact amyi@dsagc.com for more info!

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Summer Picnic

Ages: all ages (entire family welcome)
Date: Sunday, June 9   
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Location: Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields - 4850 Groh Ln, Fairfield, OH 45014
Cost:  Free
Description: We invite DSAGC families of all ages to our annual Summer Picnic! Enjoy kickball, mini golf, basketball, face painting, and more. The DSAGC will provide concession food and drinks.

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Respite Care

Ages: all ages (siblings welcome)
Date: Sunday, April 7   
Time: 4 – 7 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center- 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Cost:  Free
Description: Our respite care provides parents with short-term care services in a safe, supportive, and structured setting. After drop-off, parents will have three hours to themselves to do whatever they please! Our “care assistant” volunteers are trained and must pass a background check.

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The Lucky Few St. Patrick’s Day Social

Ages: 0 – 5 (whole family is welcome)
Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center- 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Cost:  Free
Description: Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together with our LUCKY Few! We’ll have fun St. Patrick’s Day themed activities, pizza, and special treats for all the little leprechauns to enjoy.

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Early Matters Play Group

Ages: 0 – 5 (whole family is welcome)
Date: every Wednesday
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center- 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Cost: Free
Description: The Early Matters Playgroup is an opportunity for parents to socialize with each other while children interact and play together. Each playgroup will start with circle time (introductions and a welcome song) and the rest of the time will be spent as open play. Siblings are welcome to attend.
Registration: Registration is required. Please register if you are interested in joining us for one Wednesday or every Wednesday. We will send reminders out each week, and you can join if it fits into your schedule!

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Rise and Shine - New Parent Welcome Brunch

Ages: New families to the DSAGC with a child ages 0 - 5
Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 9:30 – 11 am
Location: DSAGC Community Room - 4623 Wesley Ave., Suite A, Cincinnati, OH 45212
Description: Rise and Shine is a brunch where we welcome the newest families to the DSAGC community. This is an opportunity for our new families to hear from some of our organization’s leaders and adults with Down syndrome as well as get a chance to meet other new families in the group. Registration is open for the entire family, siblings and grandparents included! There will be a short program and time for families to mingle and play in the Empowerment Center.

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A Morning of Make Believe with Mommy* and Me

Ages: 0 - 5 & mom or grandma or aunt or special person
Date: Saturday, May 11
Time:  9:30 – 11 am
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center - 4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite B Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Join us for a magical morning of marvelous make believe! Enjoy a cozy meet and greet with Elsa and Spiderman while nibbling on yummy breakfast treats. Then it’s off to princess and superhero training camp where you’ll learn everything from the princess walk and twirling to super poses and smart catch phrases! Feel free to come dressed as your favorite character or dress up with some items we have on hand to share.

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Dad’s Night Out

Ages: Dads of kids ages 0 - 5
Date: Thursday, June 13
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: Hi-Wire Brewery - 4600 Beech St Suites 100 & 300, Norwood, OH 45212
Cost: Free
Description: Whether this is your first Father’s Day or your fifth come enjoy a casual evening on the patio connecting with other great dads at the DSAGC. There will be some food and drinks provided.

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Play with the Pros (at the park)

Ages: 0 - 17 (siblings welcome)
Date: Saturday, June 29
Time: 10 - 11:30 am
Location: West Fork Park - 4764 W Fork Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45247
Cost: Free
Description: This month we are taking Play with the Pros outside and will focus on ways to incorporate your therapy goals into your playtime at the playground!

“Play with the Pros”, is a non-directive approach to provide parents with therapeutic information. Parents and child(ren) are free to play in their own way like any playgroup. At “Play with the Pros”, a trained therapist will observe and help you with any OT/PT concerns you may have at your request.  By observation and with input from you, the therapists can give you ideas for next steps to aid in enhancing your child’s fine/gross motor skills.  

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Sibling Social – just for sibs!!

Ages: 4 – 14 (sibs only)
Date: Sunday, April 7
Time: 1 – 2:30 pm
Location: USA Ninja Challenge - 4727 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Cost: $5
Description:  Join us for a fun day at USA Ninja Challenge celebrating SIBLINGS of individuals with Down syndrome!  You’ll get to have fun with some friends while completing ninja warrior obstacle courses.  Participate in exciting activities like gymnastics, climbing, cross training, and more!

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Ninja Warrior Day

Ages: 6 - 17
Date: Sunday, May 5
Time:  1 – 2:30 pm
Location: USA Ninja Challenge - 4727 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Cost: $5
Description:  Join us for a fun day at USA Ninja Challenge!  You’ll get to have fun with some friends while completing ninja warrior obstacle courses.  Participate in exciting activities like gymnastics, climbing, cross training, and more! Each participant with Down syndrome should bring one friend/parent who can accompany them throughout the event to help with safety. Friend or parent does not need to register or pay.

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Bowling Social

Ages: 18 and up
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 12 – 3 pm
Location: Madison Bowl – 4761 Madison Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
Cost: $10
Description: Join us for an afternoon of bowling! Includes three games of bowling, shoe rental, drink tickets, and entry in a drawing for door prizes.

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Decades Dance Party

Ages: 18 and up
Date: Friday, May 17
Time: 6 – 9 pm
Location: DSAGC Empowerment Center – 4623 Wesley Ave Suite B, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: $10
Description: Join us at our Decades Dance Party for a fun night of dancing, dinner, and music. Dress in the style from the decade you were born in for some extra fun!

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Art and Apps

Ages: 18 and up
Date: Friday, June 14
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: DSAGC Community Room – 4623 Wesley Ave Suite A, Cincinnati OH, 45212
Cost: $10
Description: Join us for an evening of art and apps! Each person will get to create a piece of art to take home! Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

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