Several summer events scheduled for special needs community

Sarah Bates

CULLMAN – The Cullman Autism and Special Needs Family Support Group has several group activities planned for this year’s summer break in addition to their regularly scheduled events.



Their special events for the summertime include summer bowling held on June 9 and 23 and July 7 and 21. Each night of bowling fun will be hosted at Cullman Bowling located at 1710 Talley Ho St. SW in Cullman from 5-7 p.m. Free for all age ranges of the special needs community, who are allowed to wear their own shoes if desired, bowling will be $5 for family members who will be required to wear bowling shoes.


Family Fun Day at Sportsman Lake Park

A family fun day will be held at Sportsman Lake Park on Saturday, June 11 from 3-7 p.m. with confirmation requested by June 10 to Sarah Bates at 256-338-1301 for a group discount if twenty or more participants RSVP.

Tents will be set up near Memorial Pavilion and the splash pad to provide shade, so families are encouraged to come enjoy the relief from the heat by playing in the water area at the splash pad from 3- 5 p.m. Sportsman Lake Park will provide one free round of putt-putt golf and one free train ride for each special needs attendee and one parent. There will be a charge for additional family members of $3 per person. Little ones under the age of 1 will be allowed a free train ride and those under the age of 2 qualify for free golf.

Dinner of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers will begin at 5 p.m. The meats, buns and drinks will be provided; however, donations of side dishes and desserts are needed. Please let Bates know what you will be bringing when you call to RSVP. Also, please bring your own chairs as seating will be limited.


Sensory-Friendly Trip to Cullman Fire Station No. 2

On Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m., the gang will head out for a free sensory-friendly trip to Cullman Fire Station No. 2 which will include safety tips and a tour of Cullman’s newest fire station by the fire fighters and a visit from members of the Cullman Police Department. The fire station is near Marvin’s at 1711 Main Ave. SW in Cullman. Lunch at Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits, at 1821 Cherokee Ave. SW, will follow the tour. Bates has requested RSVPs via the group’s Facebook page for this event.


Sensory-Friendly Movies

Sensory-friendly movie days will continue this summer at the Carmike 10 in Cullman at 1950 Marketplatz Center. The movies are free to all aged special needs folks and the cost to accompanying family members is $4 each. The cost covers a drink and a popcorn. Families who plan to attend are asked to RSVP with Rhonda at 256-962-2208 or Sarah at 256-338-1301.

With Thursday morning showtimes of 10 a.m., the movies this summer will include “Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Chip” on June 2, “Home” on June 23 and “The Peanuts Movie” on July 28.


Monday Night Free Swim

Monday night free swims will continue to be sponsored by the Cullman City Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Program ( Free swims are held from 6-8 p.m., and swimmers and their families are asked to sign in at the front desk of the Cullman Wellness and Aquatics Center upon arrival.


Find the Cullman Autism and Special Needs Family Support Group on Facebook at