On Friday, January 24, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Superkids program held its monthly activity at the Salt River Community Building. The Superkids and their families enjoyed an evening with farm animals from My Petting Zoo at the Recreation Pop Warner Football Field.
The children had the opportunity to hold and pet a variety of animals including goats, a pig, rabbits, chickens, ducks and a pony. They also had the chance to get up close and personal and pick up and hold some of the smaller animals. Some of the children took a pony ride around the park area.
This experience helped the children with physical or mental disabilities connect with the animals and learn to love and care for all creatures. At first the children were hesitant to pet the animals, but with help and guidance from parents and staff, the children became attached to the animals. By the end of the night, most of the children were holding the rabbits and ducks, and some even attempted to hold the little goats.
“My daughter has severe ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and my other daughter had high-end but a moderate case of autism. [Events like this] help us to do different things with them,” said Teresa Flores about how the program has benefited her children. “Being here and participating in the events, it lets them be themselves. I like this program (Superkids). We’ve been participating for the last year. Their favorite activity is going to the movies.”
The Superkids program has been giving these children and their families the opportunity to participate in many different activities within the Community and around the Valley, including arts and crafts, outings, games and sports.
SRPMIC Community-member families with a child who has a physical or mental disability and is age 18 or under are encouraged to apply anytime. For upcoming events, please contact the Salt River Recreation Department at (480) 362-6360.