top of page
Orlando Events.jpg

Buddy Breaks

Event Information

Buddy Break is a FREE Parents’ Day Out/respite program where kids with all types of special needs (VIP kids) have FUN while their parents get a BREAK. At Buddy Break, VIP kids and their siblings make new friends, play games, do crafts, hear children’s stories, enjoy music, and more! Meanwhile, parents get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities, usually for three hours on a Friday night or Saturday morning. 

Why Buddy Break?

Giving families of kids with special needs a break

  • One out of 10 kids under the age of 14 has some kind of special need. You probably know someone with a VIP kid! 

  • The weight and stress of raising a child with special needs can be overwhelming.

  • Mental Health Treatment of stress is 2-3x higher for parents of VIP kids versus parents of typical kids.

  • The divorce rate is high (up to 80%) for couples with a child with special needs.

  • Families may experience extreme isolation, depression, loneliness, and fatigue.

  • Opportunities to get a break are rare, yet desperately needed to survive.

2023 Buddy Break Dates

January 21

February 18

March 18

April 15

May 20

June 17

July 15

Contact Information

Darlene Gonzalez



4114 S Goldenrod Rd, Orlando, FL 32822, USA

bottom of page