Variety offers help to children ages 21 and younger who qualify. Variety Caring provides help with medical needs such as therapy, prescriptions and other services. Variety Freedom offers help by providing mobility devices. This includes items such as wheelchairs, walkers, specialized bikes and therapies. Variety Future Kids provides funding for special education resources and equipment.
Variety also offers several camps and programs at the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children. The retreat was founded in 1984 in memory of Charles Schreiner V. Charles died at the age of eleven months from a congenital heart defect. Variety has been associated with Peaceable Kingdom since 1997. They merged with them in 2012. The long-term goal for the union is to strengthen and sustain programs for children with disabilities. The camp serves over 4,000 children each year.
Trailblazers is a 2-day camp open to children of all abilities. Swimming, games, movies, and miniature golf are a few activities available to the campers. The- Environmental Education Program currently serves 15+ school districts in the central Texas area. They offer nature trails, science and math activities, swimming and more. Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom’s Weekend Program is available to groups for a weekend retreat. Details about their Summer Program will be available on the website in the near future. There is something for everyone.
Variety also hosts family events such as baseball games and hockey games. Admission to museums, aquariums and sensory movies are often free or at a reduced price.
Variety is located at 5555 North Lamar Blvd., Suite K113 in Austin. You can call them at 512-328-5437. You can also search our Find Services, Groups and Events page for more services and events in your area.
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