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

  • May 31 - Bears (G)
  • June 28 - How to Train Your Dragon (PG)
  • July 26 - Planes: Fire and Rescue (G)
  • August 30 - Nut Job (G) Flick Family Film Fest - Free for kids and $4 for 12 and above
  • September 27 - Box Trolls

Family Night with the Visser YMCA on June 28

Kick off your summer with a FREE evening of family fun.  Family Hope Foundation is hosting a Family Night at the Visser YMCA from 6:30pm until 9:00pm on June 28.  Plan to join us for dinner.  We'll be serving pizza, fruit and dessert.

The Visser YMCA will have respite certified staff working alongside activites like the rock wall, swimming, basketball and soccer.  There will also be an opportunity to use the cardio equipment with the assistance of the Visser's Special Needs Fitness Staff.

This event is a great opportuity for familly time in a fun and safe environment.  It's also a great event to meet and connect with other families in our community.  





FHF Glow-073Glow in the Park 5K Run at Millenium Park - July 26, 2014

The ultimate party fun run!  Over 700 runners participated in our 2013 event, and we want to to top that number for this year's run!  Trivium Racing donates a generous 25% of the event’s proceeds to Family Hope Foundation’s mission.  

YOU will light up the night as you run a 5k – no speed needed!

Before the race, you and your family and friends will each get a goody bag of glow accessories and paint to adorn yourselves to the height of glowy fashion.

Now to brave the seas of foam (industrial machines spewing foam to the beat of some hot music), the rain storm of UV glow water (volunteers will spray a rainbow of glow water as you run past), and the dust cloud of neon powder (volunteers will toss handfuls of neon goodness to make sure you are covered in color and glowing like a champ)!

Once you have triumphantly reached the finish line you will be greeted by a celebratory dance party and a chance to show off your accumulation of glow and your fabulous dance moves.

For more event information or to sign up to volunteer, go to www.glowintheparkrun.com

Don't miss our family picnic before the GLOW Run!!

So many of you have asked for an event to meet and connect with other families.  So, we hope you can join us for our Family Picnic under tge pavillion at Millennium Park on Saturday, July 26, from 6-8pm.  Come out, have dinner, socialize and have fun together!  You bring your dinner; we'll provide dessert, drinks and fun.  At 7:40, we will join the runners of GLOW in the Park and do a mini lap to prep them for their big race!  We encourage you to stay after the race and volunteer or join the run.

Please RSVP to us for the picnic at: 



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.


DeltaPlex Arena
2500 Turner Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
10AM - 4PM
*No outside food or beverages allowed.  Concessions are available or you may leave and come back in with hand stamps.

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 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For donations please call: (616) 364-9000 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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Can you imagine the joy we felt when we received news that we were receiving a scholarship from Family Hope Foundation to help pay for Grace's Occupational Therapy at The Center for Childhood Development? Steven and I still get emotional talking about this today. Family Hope Foundation understands the emotional and financial strain that comes with helping a child with special needs.

The scholarship was the difference between our daughter continuing to develop her skills or experiencing setbacks during her fundamental years. Thank you for believing in Grace and making this dream a reality for so many families.

-The Kolenda Family