Upcoming 2016 Events & Activities
DSAMT holds a number of events & programs throughout the year to celebrate our friends and family members who have Down syndrome, support each other, spread awareness and information to our families and communities and raise funds to support these wonderful programs. While we are rebuilding our website, the best way to stay informed on all our activities is to check the Scoop, our enewsletter.
SPRING FAMILY PICNIC - May 1, 2016 DSAMT is pleased to host our annual Spring Family Picnic at the Nashville Zoo! Families can pick up their wristbands at the gate as early as 10am and can stay in the Zoo until close at 6pm. DSAMT families will enjoy a catered grilled lunch (vegetarian and gluten-free options available), misting hut, and music at our private, covered pavilion. We'll enjoy a very special up-close animal encounter with a zookeeper and 2 or 3 animals, so bring your camera. If the animals are in a good mood, you may even get to pet one.
Families can enter the zoo starting at 10am and stay until the zoo closes. The DSAMT Pavilion, misting hut and games station will be open from 12pm to 3pm. A catered lunch will be served at 12:30pm. Up-close animal encounters at the Pavilion start at 1pm.
Cost: Suggested donation for DSAMT families is $21 per family with a child/adult with Down syndrome. This can include immediate family members and grandparents. Extended family members and friends are welcome to join us for $30 per person, age 2 and up. NO NEED to register anyone under 2.
The $30 cost for additional guests (not immediate family & grandparents) applies even if you are a Nashville Zoo member, as this is considered a private event. Wristbands will be required to access DSAMT activities and food.
Registration: Important! We must turn in a final count and guest list to the zoo, so advanced registration is required by April 15, 2016. Unfortunately, we simply cannot take late registrations.
CREATIVE ARTS CAMP is a fun-filled creative experience for kids, teens & adults with Down syndrome and their peers. Campers will not only explore their creativity to make some cool crafts but will also engage in other typical camp fun, including music, creative movement, physical activity and games and so much more! Campers bring their own lunch each day. All participants will receive a camp t-shirt. CLICK HERE for flyer.
For Ages 14+
Dates: July 13-17
Time: 8am to 4pm
Cost: $150 per individual with Down syndrome; siblings & typically developing friends are $50.
Location: Christ Church YMCA, 15354 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37211
Register: CLICK HERE After you register, you'll be sent an email within a few days with the necessary paperwork and payment options for camp.
Volunteers: We require several volunteers for this camp - especially those with PT, OT, SLP or BCBA students, so if you are interested in helping and having a great time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS is a monthly gathering for teens and adults who have Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities. Meetings provide opportunities for education, socialization and creativity in a fun and safe environment. Activities often include Tae Kwon Do, arts and crafts, service projects and more.Participants at Circle of Friends get a chance to develop a social network and spend some time away from parents, while caregivers get a chance to catch up on errands or spend time with other siblings. The group meets monthly at a Nashville-area church. Circle of Friends usually doesn't meet during the summer months.
Membership: Open to anyone with DS, ages 12+
Meetings: Monthly - August through May, Nashville Area
Cost: $10 activity fee per meeting, financial assistance is available
Contact: Erin Kice at email@example.com or 615.386.9002
DSAMT is excited to partner once again with the Pujols Family Foundation to host the second annual Tennessee Autumn Prom, a very special, formal, invitation-only event where people with Down syndrome are truly the stars of the evening.
Individuals ages 16 and up who have Down syndrome are invited to attend along with one guest each. We have gathered a mailing list of individuals in Tennessee ages 16 and up who have Down syndrome. If someone you know is age 16 and up and has Down syndrome, and you would like them to receive an invitation for next year's prom, please contact DSAMT at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2015 date TBD
BUDDY UP TENNIS is in Murfreesboro and DSAMT is proud to support this wonderful opportunity for individuals with Down syndrome. Buddy Up Tennis, Fitness and Fun is a High-Energy Adaptive Tennis and Fitness clinic designed for individuals with Down syndrome. We feature 90-minute clinics that include fitness activities and professional tennis instruction, as well as participation by our volunteer Buddies, who work alongside the athletes to maximize the experience. Anyone 5 years and older can join Buddy Up. We will provide tennis racquets, team shirts and fun! No prior experience is required. With our help, athletes will join a team, improve their motor skills, enhance their coordination, and build up their confidence. Most importantly, both our Buddies and our athletes will make new friends and have a great time!