Family Resources

At Best Friends, our families are our strength.  We are proud to include services to families as a part of our programs.  Please check this page often for educational opportunities, fun community events for your family, resources to help during times of need and ways to enjoy every stage of life with your kids. Is there something you need that’s not addressed here?  Our program managers might be able to help.  Please let us know if there’s a resource not listed by contacting us!   

 

Fun Activities

CARTOONING AND CARICATURES

Best Friends Waiting List Activity

March 16th, 9:00am to 11:00am, 1504 South Commercial St. Neenah

Artist Ray Fehrenbach will be in Neenah for a FREE fun filled day of art! With expertise in cartoons, caricatures, etching and other forms of drawing, he will be able to provide an exciting experience that the kids can take home with them!

Space is limited, so please call the Best Friends office at 920-729-5600 to sign up!

POOCHES & PAGES

Every 2nd Saturday at 10:30 am at the Neenah Public Library (free)

Did you know that dogs love being read to as well? Reading helps build confidence and self-esteem, increases level of focus, and instill motivation and passion for reading. Oh, and you get to hang out with calm, well-trained dogs. Could it be any more fun?

Any special accommodations should be directed to the library at 920-886-6301

SPRING FLAG FOOTBALL-YMCA IN NEENAH/MENASHA

Flag Football Registration Now Open until March 31st

Saturday’s from April 20th to June 1st at Shattuck Middle School

Registration for Spring Flag football is now open until March 31st. Games will provide kids between 4k and 6th grade the opportunity to participate in a fun, exciting game that also works on skill development, fitness and family involvement. Each player who registers before the deadline will receive a free football jersey! Parent coaches are also needed. This will play a role in creating successful programs, while spending quality time with your child (ren).

Any questions should be directed to Tara Schiels at 920.886.2103 or tschleis@ymcafoxcities.org

PAINT AND PECK PAINTING CLASS

Rooster Dreams Visual Arts Building 124 W. Wisconsin Ave, Neenah

Spring Tweets Painting Class on Saturday March 9th

Enjoy a fun paced creative activity with your child or young friend. This experience will not only build lasting memories, but you will also be able to take your masterpiece home with you!

VOLUNTEERS FOX CITIES KIDS EXPO

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, April 6th     9am-3pm

Fox Cities Exhibition Center, Appleton 355 Lawrence Street, Appleton.

Bring your Young Friend to this. This is a FREE family event filled with fun, education & adventure. There will be interactive activities & entertainment for children and parents. Activities include face painting, inflatables, photos with favorite costumed characters, crafts, balloon animals, diaper derby, puppets, tot-zones, magicians, petting zoo, sand bag toss, and hands on activities throughout the day. Don’t miss out on this great free opportunity!

BUILD AN ENVIRONMENTAL BUG HOTEL

Saturday, March 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm

1305 Plank Road, Menasha

$15 per hotel, or $16 with an online payment

Learn how to convert pieces of old boardwalk into a “bug hotel”! Exciting for kids and adults, participants will have the opportunity to assemble a Bee Hotel and learn the importance of pollinators to environment and landscape. At the end, each participant will be able to take home both the built hotel, but also some mason bees!

Registration is required, so please call the Heckrodt Nature Center at 920-720-9349.

IT’S SLIME TIME!

April 22nd, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

 Memorial Tullar Shelter- 1131 Tullar Road, Neenah

Grades 1st through 5th, $10 fee for materials

Spend the morning with friends and family making a kid’s classic, slime! All the supplies will be available; various colors, beads, glitter and scents will also be offered so you can boost your creation over the top.


Trainings/Workshops

GIVING YOUR CHILD A HEADSTART

Free Pre-school programs for eligible families- Fox Cities Locations

UWO Head Start offers programming for pre-school aged children that include a 3 ½ hour class, 6 ½ hour class and various collaboration programs to teach your child(ren) skills to succeed in kindergarten and to be excited about learning. The Head Start program centers on values like partnership, harmony, enrichment and integrity, and offer a fun and inclusive area for kids of all backgrounds.

Register now for the upcoming school year! Call 920-424-2166 for any questions.