Youth & Teen Programs

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Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation has a variety of programs for Youth & Teen participants with disabilities. Please review this season’s events below or in our program guide!


Ages 5-22

Fill your afternoons with games, sports, arts and crafts, cooking, and hanging out with friends at the CUSR Center! We offer an amazing and safe atmosphere where participants will laugh, play, grow, and learn new skills. To reserve your spot, pay the $10 non-refundable deposit per child, per month. The remaining balance will be due on the deadline listed below by 5pm. Participants will be dropped if payment is not made by the deadline in order to offer the spot to a wait-listed participant.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: CUSR’s After School Program starts at 2:30pm. It is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to coordinate a drop off time with the bus responsible for transporting their child to ensure an appropriate drop off time. Early drop offs may not be able to be accommodated.

GOALS: Improve verbal and social skills, build new friendships and gain self-confidence and independence. Expand knowledge of leisure activities.


Oct 2 – 31* | $260/$390

Nov 1 – 30* | $247/$370.50

Dec 1 – 21* | $200/$300

No Program*:  Oct 12, Oct 13, Nov 10, Nov 22-24, Dec 22
Day: Monday – Friday
Time: 2:30-5:30p
Location: CUSR Center
Deadline: One week prior to month starting

No Door-to-Door Transportation

After-School Registration


Ages 5+

*Weight limit of 250 lbs*

Dreaming of riding horses and learning how to care for them? At Healing Horse Stables, you will learn riding skills through an hour-long lesson including various exercises and activities from a P.A.T.H. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified instructor. You will also have a ground lesson where you will learn how to groom and saddle a horse.

GOALS: Increase in concentration and balance, improved coordination, gross motor skills, improve overall orientation and body awareness, muscle tone, posture, flexibility, increase of knowledge about horses and riding, improved emotion well-being, and forming a connection with a nonjudgmental being.

NOTE: Closed-toed gym shoes are required and no high heels. Due to safety concerns, you will not be able to participate in improper footwear. Cowboy boots are welcome! Long pants are highly recommended to protect your legs from the saddle and horse. Bring a water bottle each week!

Date: Sept 2 – Oct 7
Day: Saturday
Time: 10a-12p
Location: Healing Horse Stables
Fee(R/NR): $286/$426
Min/Max: 4/8
Deadline: August 26
Transportation: : Transportation to and from the stables from the CUSR Center is TBD. Coordinator will reach out with specific details if available. Otherwise, program will meet at the stables by 9:45am and be picked up at the stables at 12pm. The stables are at 378 CR 700 E, Pesotum, IL.

No Door-to-Door Transportation

Horseback Riding Registration


Ages 8-14

Are you a young chef ready to learn new skills? Hop in the kitchen to learn kitchen safety and great cooking skills with our Disney inspired dishes!

Date: Oct 10, Nov 7
Day: Tuesday
Time: 5-6:30p
Location: CUSR Center
Fee(R/NR): $20/$30
Min/Max: 4/6
Deadline: Oct 3, Oct 31

No Door-to-Door Transportation

Junior Chefs Club Registration


Ages 5-12

Join us boils and ghouls for a night of fun with spooky dancing, crafts, games and food!

GOALS: Enhance socialization with peers, increase turn-taking skills, and enhance creativity.

Date: Oct 27
Day: Friday
Time: 5:45-7p
Location: CUSR Center
Fee(R/NR): $45/$67.50
Deadline: Oct 20

No Door-to-Door Transportation

Hallowscream Registration


Ages 5-High School Graduate

Break is never boring when spent with friends! Students will stay active and learning by playing games, cooking, trying creative projects, and enjoying field trips. Please pack your child a sack lunch. All CUSR Camps and programs are NUT FREE.

GOALS: Enhance social skills, learn new leisure activities, and increase independence.


Dec 26 | Tuesday

Dec 27 | Wednesday

Dec 28 | Thursday

Dec 29 | Friday

Time: 8a-5p
Fee (R/NR): $62/$93
Location: CUSR Center
Deadline: December 19

No Door-to-Door Transportation

Winter Break Camp Registration

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