Animals, Arcades, and Art for Recreation Group

A group of five adults sitting on a train ride, looking back at the camera and waving/smiling.

The Arc of Essex County’s Community Inclusion and Recreation participants visited the Turtle Back Zoo, Dave & Buster’s, and Studio Arc during a fun-filled April.

On April 16, a group of 18 visited the Turtle Back Zoo, exploring the animal exhibits, feeding the giraffes, getting hands-on with sea life in the touch tank, and riding the train together

In preparation for Mother’s Day, participants gathered at Studio Arc on April 23 to make a gift bag that featured handmade soaps, bath bombs, lip balms, and essential oils.

And on April 30, the group traveled to Dave & Buster’s at the Willowbrook Mall to try their hands at a variety of arcade games and other interactive activities.

The Community Inclusion participants also made their regular trips to the movies (to see Ant-Man and the Wasp:Quantumania at the Clifton AMC on April 2) and enjoyed their Saturday bowling sessions.

If your loved one with intellectual or developmental disabilities is interested in educational programming, community experiences, seasonally themed events, or weekend group respite programs,, you can learn more about all of these programs at The Arc’s Recreation Services page, and view the Spring-Summer Recreation Catalog. For any questions, contact Assistant Director of Adult Services Dacia King-Sarkodie at (973) 535-1181 ext 1272 or