• 3320 Triana Boulevard Huntsville, AL 35805
  • 256-534-6455
  • info@merrimackhall.com

Happy Days

Walk through the double doors of the Happy Days space at Merrimack Hall and you’ll find a large group of friends sharing their news, ignoring stereotypes, and accepting each other just the way we are! Here participants, aged 18 or older, can express themselves and embrace their individuality while growing and learning together.


Happy Days is a productive and empowering place for adults with special needs, aged 18 to 65. With programming offered throughout the week in 3.5 hour, half-day sessions, Merrimack Hall is providing lasting and positive social connections to our participants while they enjoy activities including music therapy, visual and performing arts, and social interactions that foster independence and nurture creative energies.


Happy Days is where friends celebrate each other and where there’s no such thing as normal. Normal… well, that’s just a dryer setting!

“Chris and his peers at Happy Days never see disabilities in each other, only strength in numbers, friendship, and happiness. “

What we do

Each session of Happy Days is 3.5 hours long, and sessions are offered throughout the week. Merrimack Hall’s main goal is to offer year-round meaningful and substantive activities to adults with special needs in an inclusive environment.

On a daily basis, our participants benefit from a range of programming including:
Music Therapy
Visual Art
Social Skills
Independent Living
Creative Education
Field Trips

Happy Days helps your adult with special needs navigate the variable waters of life. Our activities build self-confidence, independence, and develop creative thinking skills to solve life’s simple and complex tasks. Each day of programming is tailored to suit the needs of our participants while maintaining an inclusive atmosphere that invites our adults with special needs to experience the freedom of an independent life.

Enroll A Participant

Happy Days programs are offered throughout the year to teens and adults with special needs. We are open to receiving inquiries from all who are interested! A few pointers to assist you in your decision to enroll:

  • Must be over 18 years of age and/or finished with formal education
  • Must require no attendant care, including feeding, restroom needs and hygiene
  • Must be interested in the arts and willing to participate in all Happy Days activities
  • Must have an acceptable level of social functioning
  • Admission interview is required

To enroll a participant, fill out an application, e-mail us or call 256-534-6455.


Volunteers are crucial to the success of our program. For information about volunteering, e-mail us or by phone at (256) 534-6455.


Merrimack Hall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we rely on donations from individuals and corporations to offer these programs to people in need. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. Click here to donate online or call (256) 534-6455 to donate by phone.

Concerts and Performances

The Happy Days program produces two concerts annually, one in the winter and another in the spring. The performances have an uncanny effect on our participants – building priceless amounts of self-confidence and physical and cognitive benefits, not to mention bringing a smile from ear-to-ear!

Additionally, all participants of the Happy Days program are encouraged to join our performance team. This is an opportunity to get outside of our comfort zones and venture to new, fun places that support our programs and raise awareness on behalf of our mission.

Each performance is produced to showcase our adults’ hard work, talent, and celebrate achievements!

We encourage you to investigate our other programs!

Our after-school visual and performing arts programming for those aged 3 or older enhance the quality of life for our participants.

A weeklong camp for children and adults offered during the Summer Break.