Child/Family event – Flower Peace – Midland

Link to register: http://www.kiddsandcanvasparties.com/Events/Event/10770

Join Kidd’s & Canvas to paint our Peace Flower. This painting is so beautiful and fun to paint! The instructor will guide you step by step in creating your painting. Lets have some fun! Peace Y’all!

Age limits for Kidd’s & Canvas events are recommendations only. You know your child best. If you are willing to assist your younger child through out the event we would love to have younger siblings attend as well. Kidd’s & Canvas is happy to provide a template for younger children upon request.

Online registration is required for all event participation; however, you may also reserve a seat for your child by calling Kidd’s & Canvas at 432-312-0273.

Movies in the Park – Secret Lives of Pets

FREE Movies in the Park – Presented by Neighbors ER & Odessa Parks Foundation

2017 Summer Schedule:
May 6 – Sherwood Park – “Zootopia” – PG
May 27 – McKinney Park – “Secret Lives of Pets” – PG
June 10 – Jim Parker Park – “Monster Trucks” – PG
June 24 – Noel Plaza Park – “BFG” – PG
July 8 – Lawndale Park – “Jungle Book” – PG
July 22 – UTPB Park -Classic Movie Night – “Jurassic Park” – PG-13
August 5 – Floyd Gwin Park – “Sing” – PG
August 19 – Sherwood Park – “The Lego Batman” – PG

Movies in the Park is one of the main annual attractions that has become a tradition with most families in Odessa. The movies are hosted throughout the summer months and attract hundreds of families to the parks each year to watch some of the best movies available. Skip the lines at the Theaters and enjoy FREE movies. Don’t forget about something to snack on, as we have concessions available at each movie. You and your family will NOT want to miss out on this year’s season!!

*Movies start around 9:00pm (Dusk)
*Food Trucks on-site
*Concessions will be sold on site – $1/ea

*Visit our website for more information. http://www.odessatxparks.org/movies

*Parental Guidance is suggested for any and all movies. The films shown do have ratings in which the City of Odessa suggests Parents be aware of before and during the movie. These are free events open to the public and are subject to one’s own judgment. These films do not reflect the views or opinions of the City of Odessa. If you have questions about a movie and it’s ratings, please call the Odessa Parks and Recreation Department below.

*Movies, Dates, Locations are subject to change.

Contact Information
Parks and Recreation
1100 W. 42nd Street
Odessa, TX 79764
Phone: (432) 368-3548
Email: challmark@odessa-tx.gov

Native Bees

On Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 AM, Sibley’s Museum Scientist, Michael Nickell, will present a two-part program on bees. The first part will focus on the traits and behaviors that differ between wasps and bees. The second part will highlight five families of native bees and how to tell them apart. The program will conclude with a short video on the challenges all bees face as pollinators and for survival.

This is a free program for older students and adults.

Adult Paint & Sip – Tangled Tree – Midland

Link to Register:
http://www.kiddsandcanvasparties.com/Events/Event/10774

Tangled Tree – Paint & Sip Event for Adults

Join us for a fun and creative night painting Tangled Tree! You will learn step-by-step how to paint this AMAZING painting while you kick back, relax and paint your masterpeice in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Invite your friends and get registered now! This painting is in our brand new Kidd’s & Canvas studio. Our studio is BYOB! We have glasses, openers, and ice!

Be A Unicorn – Child/Family Painting Event – Odessa

Registration Link: http://www.kiddsandcanvasparties.com/Events/Event/10778

Join Kidd’s & Canvas to paint Be A Unicorn. We are so excited for this one! The instructor will guide you step by step in creating your painting. Lets have some fun! We will have color choices available so you can personalize your Unicorn!

Age limits for Kidd’s & Canvas events are recommendations only. You know your child best. If you are willing to assist your younger child through out the event we would love to have younger siblings attend as well. Kidd’s & Canvas is happy to provide a template for younger children upon request.

Online registration is required for all event participation; however, you may also reserve a seat for your child by calling Kidd’s & Canvas at 432-312-0273.

All paintings will also receive a free kids meal.

Fiber Arts Workshop Series: Spinning

Ever wanted to learn how to knit, crochet, or sew? Ready to find a new hobby? Get a free introduction to the Fiber Arts at the library! Each class will focus on the basics of one type of Fiber Art. Registration is recommended, but not required. 12 and older please. All supplies are provided! See you at the library!

March 27 –Crochet
April 10 –Knitting
April 24 –Cross Stitch
May 8 –Weaving
May 22 – Spinning on a Wheel or Drop Spindle
June 5 – Embroidery
June 19 – Sewing

Centennial Library
5:30-6:30
Call 742-7420 or email libsc02@co.midland.tx.us to register or for more information

Child/Family Painting Event – Smurfs- Midland

Link to register: http://www.kiddsandcanvasparties.com/Events/Event/10769

Join Kidd’s & Canvas to paint THE SMURFS. We are so excited for this one! Your child gets to choose which Smurf they want to paint! The instructor will guide you step by step in creating your painting. Lets have some fun! I Smurf you!

Age limits for Kidd’s & Canvas events are recommendations only. You know your child best. If you are willing to assist your younger child through out the event we would love to have younger siblings attend as well. Kidd’s & Canvas is happy to provide a template for younger children upon request.

Online registration is required for all event participation; however, you may also reserve a seat for your child by calling Kidd’s & Canvas at 432-312-0273.

Entertainment & Recreation

Chris Davidson Opportunity Park

This park will be breaking ground and moving from its current location on North “A” Street and Ventura Avenue to Briarwood Avenue, adjacent to the Bush Tennis Center.  This land has been generously donated and will include significant improvements and updates that will offer a variety of developmentally appropriate activities designed to promote the physical and social inclusion of all children, regardless of abilities.

To read more about the park, check out the Midland-Reporter Telegram article here  and video here

Cinergy Cinemas in Midland, TX

Movies are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, which is exactly why Cinergy has introduced sensory friendly screenings. One Saturday a month at 9:30am, Cinergy will present a family friendly film in an auditorium dedicated to guests affected by autism and sensory processing disorders. These showings will feature brightened light levels, reduced sound volume, and room for guest interaction and movement.

The current sensory-friendly screening schedule can be found here:

We reached out to the local contact and found out Midland, Odessa, and Copperas Cove all feature this schedule!

 

MISD – Special Needs Services

Midland Independent School District (MISD)

MISD provides special needs services through the Special Needs Services Department of MISD. Midland ISD provides a comprehensive educational program for students with disabilities from birth through age twenty-one. A free, appropriate public education is offered through the provision of special programs and related services designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

In special educational, as many parent advocates already know, understanding and following timelines and deadlines are critically important to making sure your child has his or her needs met.  Many request for services, expected response letters, request for IEP meetings, and applications for appeals must adhere to specific number of day deadlines.

If you plan to request special need services from MISD it’s important to read and familiarize yourself with their operation guidelines.

Operating Guidelines for Special Education Services

MISD provides the opportunity for some special needs services for preschool students in a general education preschool classroom at a few local schools in Midland.  Please call their office to inquire about criteria for special education preschool requirements.

MISD also provides transition services from high school and believes that parents are an important member of the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee and have a particularly important role in helping students during the transition process from high school into the world of adult activities.  The better you understand the transition process, the better able you will be able to help your student design a high school program that will facilitate the attainment of identified postsecondary goals.

Transition services must begin by the first IEP in effect when a student turns 16 years old. Transition planning should begin before the student is 16 years old (age 14 in Texas). All students with disabilities should receive transition planning as part of their IEP meetings. The student and his or her IEP team create a vision for the future, and then each year specific goals and services are identified to work toward that vision.

Transition Planning in Texas: Fast Facts for Parents (English)

Transition Planning in Texas: Fast Facts for Parents (Spanish)

Midland ISD provides a long list of resources for parents here.

Many on the list are local or Texas organizations that may be helpful when researching and looking for information and services for your child.

For more information about MISD Special Services, call them at (432) 240-1401.