Carousel House, located at Belmont Avenue and Avenue of the Republic, is dedicated to providing socialization, recreational and educational services to persons with disabilities who reside throughout the Philadelphia area. It is the first of its kind in the United States sponsored by a municipality. The year-round program is conducted within a 6.4 acre indoor and outdoor complex which includes a picnic area, an accessible garden, playground, and a fitness track. The state-of-the-art indoor facility, which is air-conditioned, includes an auditorium, meeting room, computer lab, gymnasium, exercise room with wheelchair accessible weight equipment, arts and crafts room, fully equipped kitchen, game room, first aid station and swimming pool with an adjustable floor.
Participants are referred primarily by associated agencies, social workers, physicians, schools (public and private), hospitals, recreation centers, diagnostic centers, public health services as well as friends and relatives.
Our primary purpose is to provide a program that contributes in a positive way to the mental, physical, social, cultural and emotional growth and development of persons with disabilities through recreational programs. Some of the activities include swimming (recreational and instructional), music, dance, athletics, arts and crafts, ceramics, summer day camp, martial arts, game room, weight lifting, nature walks, physical fitness, club groups or organizations, forums, discussions, and trips to places of interest and special events.
Special events include bingo parties, social dances with disc jockeys, track meets, picnics, holiday celebrations, athletic tournaments, carnivals and the Carousel Ball.
An Advisory Council composed of parents of participants, adult participants and volunteers work closely with the professional staff in developing programs, assisting with special events and coordinating fund raising activities.