The South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs is a proud participant in TryCAN, a collaboration of communities that provide an array of recreational opportunities for youth with special needs.  There are no residency restrictions or non-resident fees, so youth from all participating communities (including South Orange and Maplewood) are welcome in TryCAN programs!

A list of winter programs is below. All are being held at the Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue (except where noted). Details regarding programs, fees and registration can be found online HERE.

  • MLK Family Movie - January 20, 2:30 pm
  • Game Club, Ages 6-21 - Tuesdays
  • Social Skills Programs, Ages 3-18 - Thursdays or Saturdays
  • TryCAN Reading Program, Pre K through Grade 7- Mondays
  • Basketball, Ages 6-21 - Wednesdays
  • Cooking Class, Grades 6 and Up - Wednesdays
  • CommuniPlay with Mrs. J, Ages 3-6 - Saturdays
  • Yoga, Dance and Movement, Ages 5-17 - Sundays
  • TryCAN Mentor Training - Monday, January 20
  • Theater for Everyone, Ages 7-21, Saturdays at the Plainfield Arts Center

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More About TryCAN


TryCAN was established by a group of parents and its mission is to help provide community-based programs and other events for youth with special needs to foster life skills, socialization and community inclusion of such youth as well as increase general public awareness of and sensitivity to youth with unique needs. TryCAN carries out this mission by helping community partners establish and operate recreation programs and other events.  TryCAN also helps train and arrange for volunteer teen peer mentors to work with youth with special needs in special needs and other appropriate programs or events. TryCAN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.