The Academy at Morgan's Wonderland to Offer Summer Day Camps for Children with Special Needs

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June 22, 2016
The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland will host three different summer day camps for children with special needs.

“We want to make it possible for kids with special needs to have fun ‘summer camp’ experiences just like children who do not have cognitive challenges,” said Dr. Susan Bineham, head of school.  “Lots of enjoyable activities have been planned, and of course, day campers will get to experience Morgan’s Wonderland, the one-of-a-kind theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment.”

Founded by philanthropists Gordon and Maggie Hartman in 2011, non-profit The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland focuses on preparing students with special needs for life and work.   The school at 5235 David Edwards Drive next to the unique theme park in Northeast San Antonio welcomes students ranging in age from 12 to 24.

The three summer-camp opportunities available at The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland are as follows:
  • Week-long YMCA of Greater San Antonio Summer Day Camp for special-needs kids and siblings ages 9-16 – Managed by the YMCA, the camps will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the school.  Sessions will be available June 13-17, 20-14 and July 5-8, 11-15, and Y members will receive a 10 percent discount on the camp registration fee. 
“Our camps will keep participants moving, thinking and creating,” said Sandy Morander, YMCA chief executive.  “Camp activities will be based on the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith”
Registration information is available at (210) 924-2277 or at Online registration can be accomplished at
  • Cheer and Dance Summer Camp – Led by Spurs Sports and Entertainment dancer  Amanda Hall, this camp that focuses on cheerleading and dance for youngsters ages 10 and older with and without special needs will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 6-8.  Activities will focus on cheerleading, dance and related team-spirit activities. 
To register, go to, or call (210) 479-3311.
  • Creative Arts Camp – Nikki Young, The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland creative arts instructor, will conduct this camp from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, July 25-29.  Artistic endeavors will include music, puppets, improv, poetry, art, acting and film. 
“Kids and teens ages 8 through 18 with and without special needs can come together for fun and an incredible creative-arts experience,” Young said.

Visit, or call (210) 573-6091 for registration and other details.

Nationally-accredited The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland will resume classes Aug. 19.  In addition to the website, information about the school is available at (210) 479-3311.

​The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, a school for students with special needs next to the unique theme park, offers three different summer day camps in June and July.  
Bob McCullough, PR Director
(210) 495-5888