Houston's Special Needs Children Get a Fun Night Out, Courtesy of First Choice ER and Bouncin' Bears

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Exclusive event lets special needs families network while having fun at safe indoor playland.

I don’t have to worry so much that my son will be bullied, treated unfairly or made to feel weird.

This Tuesday, October 18, Houston's special needs children and their families will get a unique treat: an exclusive family night at Bouncin' Bears indoor playland. From 5 PM until 8 PM, the facility's bounce houses, inflatable slides and other amusements will be open only to families with special needs children.

This is the second such event held at Bouncin' Bears. Bouncin' Bears has dedicated the third Tuesday evening of each month to special needs children. The free events are being sponsored by First Choice Emergency Room, Texas' largest network of no-wait emergency rooms.

Parents tell Bouncin' Bears owner Guinness Collins that they appreciate the event.

"I don’t have to worry so much that my son will be bullied, treated unfairly or made to feel weird," says Tonya Frye, mother of a special needs child. "If he cuts in line for face painting, there is no kid or parent there giving him (or me) the evil eye."

For the children, an evening spent in the bounce house is a chance to have fun and burn off some energy.

According to First Choice Emergency Room, research shows that when special needs children exert themselves in moderate physical activity, their behavior improves.

"We know well the stress on special needs families. We see it every day," says Dr. Andy Kretschmer of First Choice Emergency Room.

Dr. Kretschmer says he hopes the Bouncin' Bears event helps special needs families come together and share their experiences. According to Tonya Frye, it has done just that.

"It's great meeting other parents and making new connections," she says, "Not to mention the relaxing atmosphere of myself and other parents being able to get a few words in with each other while our kids were running, bouncing and dancing."

To see a video about special needs family night, visit YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiNnr4zZo3s.

Bouncin' Bears is located at 6526 FM 2920 in Spring, TX.

About Bouncin' Bears of Texas
Bouncin' Bears offers the latest in family entertainment, providing an indoor play and party area that is leaps and bounds above the rest. The playland includes the latest in inflatables, bounce houses, inflatable slides, moon walks and toddler bouncers.

For more information visit http://www.BouncinBearsTexas.com or call (281) 257-9696.

About First Choice ER
First Choice ER offers a new concept in the delivery of emergency medical services, operating freestanding, fully equipped emergency rooms in residential neighborhoods across the state of Texas. All First Choice ER physicians are board certified in emergency medicine, and all FCER nurses are emergency trained. With seven locations in the Houston area, four in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and one in the Austin area, patients receive high-quality treatment with minimal wait times.

For more information, locations and hours, visit http://www.FCER.com, call toll-free 866-99-FIRST (34778), or visit the First Choice ER YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChoiceER.


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