Shine Free Events for Families with Special Needs

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The Shine Project Foundation Enrichment Events are specially designed for special needs families: children, teens, and young adults to provide opportunities for fun, to be active, to be creative, to explore interests, to meet other families and make friends, to connect with local resources and businesses, and to provide access to a more inclusive community and life. 

We also have events and projects for others in need. See list for upcoming Shine events, opportunities, and other community happenings. 

*Events are free unless stated otherwise and may have a nominal fee.


*Please note that events with an asterisk are fundraisers. Fundraisers are not free events but families are still welcome to attend. 

Upcoming Events

June 2022

Saturday, June 18th:  Discovery Fair for Families with Special Needs at Helia Brewery

This event is a FREE and OPEN event for anyone who is interested in connecting with other families as well as meeting a diverse group of vendors and creatives who support or are part of the special needs community. This event is now closed.


July 2022

No events this month!

August 2022

Saturday, August 13th: Sip and Shine at Village Rock Shop

We will be hosting our first ever Sip & Shine in collaboration with Village Rock Shop and Wild Gold Gift Shop. This event is a fundraiser where guests will get to shop, enjoy live music, and sip on delicious drinks! 20% of all sales will be donated to The Shine Project Foundation.



September 2022

Sunday, September 24th: Beach Fun Day at Moonlight Beach

The Beach Fun Day Series provides a fun, safe, and structured day at the beach for families with special needs. As the ocean provides healing and therapeutic energy, our community and peer volunteers will help guests learn how to surf, engage with them in the water, play sensory games with them on the beach, and let parents relax and enjoy the beautiful day. A catered lunch will also provided, and all our guests will receive a goodie bag. 



October 2022

Sunday, October 9th: Beach Fun Day at Ponto State Beach

A continuation of our Beach Fun Day Series. 

Sunday, October 23rd: Beach Fun Day at Oceanside Harbor Beach

A continuation of our Beach Fun Day Series. 



November 2022

Saturday, November 12th: Surf and Turf Fundraiser at Goat Hill Golf Course

Teams of 4 will get to compete in a scramble format in a full round of gold, golf contests, and ability awareness challenges at the Goat Hill Golf Course in Oceanside from 12-9pm. Food, drinks, swag bag, prizes, and after party with live music, dinner, and raffle are included in the purchase of a team ticket. More information on tickets and sponsorships to follow.

Sunday, November 13th: Surf and Turf Fundraiser at Tamarack State Beach

We will host the surf contest from 8am-5pm at Tamarack State Beach in Carlsbad. Teams of 4 will get to compete in a relay format. The winners of the Surf Contest will be announced at the free Awards Ceremony that evening at 6pm at Senor Grubby’s, 377 Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad.


December 2022

Nothing planned yet, but stay tuned!

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