Parent Night Out

UPS for DownS has a popular Parent Night Out program, which offers planned evenings - just for parents - throughout the year. These evenings are meant to be a way for parents to ‘refresh’ and ‘recharge’ away from the kids, and to develop connections with other parents at UPS for DownS. Much-anticipated, full of warmth and friendship, Parent Nights Out are held every other month at different venues in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. These casual evenings provide a comfortable social environment where parents can:

  • Be themselves, mingle and get to know other members in the group,
  • Form friendships with others who share lives similar to their own,
  • Be with parents who know what it feels like, and breathe easier, knowing they are not alone,
  • Ask questions of one another that they may not feel so comfortable asking in a more formal setting,
  • Connect with other dads for understanding and mutual support,
  • Talk with other moms about things that are hard to talk with family about,
  • Develop a connection with UPS for DownS, and board members, to know what the organization is all about.
  • Have fun!...and
  • Look forward to more UPS for DownS activities!
Can I help my Friend?

Yes! Play with and talk to people with Down syndrome. If they are having trouble playing a game, give them time and a little extra help or ask them what game they would like to play. Be clear in what you are saying. Find out what your friend likes to do. Just hang out together and see what happens. You are more alike than you are different.

Why does my friend with Down Syndrome act differently than other kids?

People with Down syndrome have difficulty with language and talking.  Many kids want to interact and play with their friends, but don't know how, are afraid they won't be understood, or afraid they will be told "no, you can't play". Some kids with Down syndrome get overwhelmed when too many things are going on at the same time.