Park Commission Invites Santa To Take Pictures With Children With Disabilities

BRIDGEWATER – The Somerset County Park Commission has extended a special invitation to Santa Claus to take up residence at the Therapeutic Recreation Activity Center at Park Commission Headquarters, 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater on Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon to 3 p.m.

The Therapeutic Recreation staff has arranged a peaceful and sensory friendly environment that is conducive to having Santa visit with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. As opposed to the mall, the TR Activity Center will be devoid of crowds, music, and the chaos of the holiday season.

While waiting for the opportunity to meet with Santa and have a photo taken, children with a disability will engage in a game or a craft nearby under TR staff supervision and not have to stand in line. If a child is not ready to visit with Santa when it is his or her turn, an opportunity will be provided when he or she is ready.

“We want to provide families a chance to capture a holiday portrait and memories of a child visiting with Santa that many families may take for granted,” commented Dina Trunzo, CTRS, manager, therapeutic recreation. “Families want to experience those same joyful holiday moments; we just approach it differently.”

Photos may be individual or the entire family providing one member has a disability. Each family will receive a 4 x 6 photo with Santa. The TR department will keep all photos on file and email upon request.

The fee for photos with Santa is $10 per family residing in a participating TR municipality and $15 per family if residing outside of TR municipalities.

The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 26. Reservations may be made by calling the TR Department at 1-908-526-5650 or Relay Service 711 for speech and/or hearing impaired.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at

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