Families of children with special needs are invited to attend a kickoff party Saturday for the 2014 Harker Heights Parks and Recreation’s Superhero Adaptive Sports season.

The daylong party at Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children is free and includes fun activities and grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks for lunch. No advance registration is required.

Lori Briere, Heights recreation superintendent, said the party is a way to introduce the Superhero program to the community and help boost the confidence of children with special needs.

“This event is a great way to get the surrounding communities involved and to introduce what the Superhero Adaptive Sports program has to offer kids and young adults with special needs,” Briere said. “Kids with special needs will get a chance to play and succeed at sports that they didn’t think they could do.”

Outdoor activities at the party will include team sports, individual sports, making s’mores over a campfire and hiking through the scenic countryside. Indoors, party-goers can watch cartoons at the movie theater, make arts and crafts, and play arcade and board games.

About 10 to 20 volunteers and Peaceable Kingdom staff members will supervise the event.

Jeff Achee, Heights athletic coordinator, said the party and the program offer safe and fun sporting opportunities for kids with special needs that they may not otherwise get to enjoy.

“Peaceable Kingdom Retreat is a great site for kids to just be kids and have a fun day,” he said.

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