Family Hope Foundation and Celebration Cinema present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. 



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Enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome.

With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!

  • The last Saturday of every month
  • Celebration! Cinema North – 2121 Celebration Drive, NE, Grand Rapids
  • 10:00 a.m. showing
  • all movies in 2D and Open Caption
  • $5 per ticket – first come, first served seating
  • Seating questions can be directed to the box office at 616-365-2051


Upcoming Movies

  • October 25 - Book of Life (PG) 
  • November 29 - Big Hero 6 (PG)
  • December 20 (One Week Early) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG)


Special Families Fun Fest, November 8, 2014 from 10am-4pm

deltaplex.jpgThe DeltaPlex Arena and Family Hope Foundation are hard at work planning the Third Annual Special Families Fun Fest. Once again, Fun Fest will provide a low-cost, low-stress day filled with resources and fun activities perfect for the whole family of individuals with special needs, no matter their age or disability.  This event focuses on details special families need:  quiet rooms, accessible bathrooms, sensory room, sign language interpreters, and volunteers at every exit.

Location and Details

DeltaPlex Arena
2500 Turner Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
10AM - 4PM
$5 per person, includes 10 carnival game tickets (ages 2 and under are free)
*No outside food or beverages allowed.  Concessions are available or you may leave and come back in with hand stamps.

Event Attractions 

Fire Truck, Walker Fire Department (From 10AM-12PM)
Music Therapy Sessions by the Franciscan Life Process Center (at their booth 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM)
Carnival Games for all ability levels
Resource Fair - click here for list of community organizations attending
Petting Zoo
Bike Track with a Variety of Adaptive Bikes
Sensory Room by Easter Seals - Michigan
Mascots from the Grand Rapids Griffins, West Michigan Whitecaps & Buffalo Wild Wings  
Craft by Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
Finger Printing by Kent County Sherriff
Face Painting
Door Prizes

Stage Show Schedule for the Day 

11:00-11:30AM - “The Patchwork Pear” Mat & Deb Mime & Music
11:30-11:45AM - Dance Performances by Arts in Motion's Special Needs Dance Troupe
12-12:30PM - Interactive Puppet Concert by Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe
12:30-1:00PM - “The Patchwork Pear” Mat & Deb Mime & Music
1:00-1:15PM - Dance Performances by Arts in Motion's Special Needs Dance Troupe
1:30-2:00PM - Interactive Puppet Concert by Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe
2:00PM - Kids Signs, learn basic sign language with Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
2:30-2:45PM - Dance Performances by Arts in Motion's Special Needs Dance Troupe
3:00PM - Kids Signs, learn basic sign language with Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services

2014 Sponsors

Herman Miller Cares
Gill Staffing
Crazy Horse Steakhouse & Saloon
Koele Godfrey Investment

2014 Supporters

Hart & Cooley Inc.
Holland Litho Printing Services
Jenison Meijer
Down Syndrome Association 
Founders Bank
Developmental Enhancement
South Shore Speech
Geib Movement & Wellness

Want to get involved?

Contributing to Special Families Fun Fest will impact lives of special needs families and help bring a joyful, stress-free day for attendees. We would be happy to accept any monetary or prize donations and volunteers.

To volunteer please call: (616) 364-9000 or click here.

For donations or organizations servicing the special needs community who are interested in having a booth at the resource fair, contact Lara Kitts at (616) 780-3839 or through our Contact page here.

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 It's not difficult for us to imagine where our son might be if we hadn't learned about the developmental issues he would face early on, and begin the continual process of getting him all the treatment and support we could find to help him grow and learn. Even though he has delays and struggles to process information, his instincts are amazing and his sense of humor is witty and silly. We very much appreciate the generous support from Family Hope Foundation, for helping to ease the financial strain that comes with building our son's future. It is so comforting to know there are people who understand just how important this support is to families. Watching our son grown and learn these past years – understanding the many challenges he's faced – we can't help but be extremely thankful for all the encouragement he's received. It's a blessing to not be focused on where he might be, but inspired by how far he's come, and encouraged by what he will achieve next.

-The Weaver Family