Started in 1990, Special Kids Day began as a holiday event for children with special needs and their families to visit Santa Claus without obstacles.
The Special Kids Day Holiday Event features photos with Santa, crafts, homemade cookies, music, face painting and balloon blowers, as well as a quiet reading area. Families can drop in for as long as they like.
The atmosphere at Special Kids Day is designed for kids for whom a regular holiday party is too overwhelming or technically challenging. There is no standing in long, hot, crowded lines to visit Santa, and a professional photographer will spend as long as the child and parent needs to get the right shot.
The event is open not only to kids with disabilities but individuals of all ages with special needs, as well as families and siblings. Rosenberg is especially sensitive to the struggles that siblings can have feeling left out or unable to participate in regular events, and he takes pains to include them in the event.
Special Kids day is a free holiday event every December, located at the Wilder Mansion in Wilder Park, 211 Prospect Ave, Elmhurst.
Today, Special Kids Day has evolved into a not-for-profit, 501(c)-(3) organization dedicated to providing celebratory events for children with disabilities and their families in environments designed to accommodate their special needs.