Therapeutic Recreation Programs

The Therapeutic Recreation program provides an opportunity for physical activity, emotional release, social involvement and creative expression for those with disabilities. The City of Whittier offers a diversified program for persons of all ages and with various disabilities living in the City of Whittier and surrounding cities.

Program Goals

The Therapeutic Recreation program looks to provide constructive, enjoyable and creative leisure activities for those with disabilities. It helps participants develop a positive self-image and feelings of individual worth. The program encourages participants to develop healthy and continuing relationships. Activities increase physical condition and coordination. The program also helps to improve the morale and quality of family living by helping each individual become independent and autonomous. It provides resources to participants and family members for activities and organizations available in the City.

For the 2016 Therapeutic Recreation Program Flier.... click here

New Frontier Players

A drama class for those ages 12 years and older who are developmentally disabled. Class is offered in ten-week sessions, culminating in a one-act play. Acting and technical skills are taught.

Music Does It!

This new program provides classes for families with members of the autistic spectrum who wish to learn piano, voice or guitar.
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Tuesday Game Night

A weekly program for those 15 years and older who have developmental disabilities. Activities include fitness, cooking, crafts, indoor and outdoor games, self-improvement classes, swimming and other special events. Family potlucks are scheduled throughout the year. Game Night is held Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Palm Park.

Special Arts Program

An art class for those 12 years and older who have developmental disabilities. This class gives participants an opportunity to mold, fold and be bold with your creativity through different kinds of art. Class is offered for 6 weeks in the summer, and 10 weeks in the fall, winter and spring sessions at the Whittier Community Center.


To see the how you can volunteer to help persons with disabilities.... click here

Friday Night Dances

Rock n’ Roll, Disco, Hip-Hop, Oldies! Bi-monthly dances for those 15 years and older who have developmental disabilities. Come dance to your favorite tunes the first and third Fridays of each month, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Palm Park. Friday Night Dances are held September through June.

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Saturday Excursions

The 2nd Saturday of each month an excursion is planned for those 15 years and older who have developmental disabilities. Sporting events, amusement parks, museums, fairs and much more. Fees vary with trips.


Special Olympics

A weekly sports program for those 8 years and older who have developmental disabilities.

Bowling: September – May
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – Noon
La Habra Bowl- 370 E. Whittier Blvd, La Habra

Aquatics: January – June
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.   For Flyer....
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Uptown YMCA

Athletics-Track & Field
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.,  till June 6
Whittier High School, 12417 Philadelphia, Whittier

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Whittier Club of the Deaf

A monthly social and education program for those 18 years and older who are hard of hearing or deaf. Club meets the first Friday of each month, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Parnell Park.