Group Activities

Check the Calendar page for upcoming activities from these groups:

Monkey Joe’s

Monkey Joe’s opens the doors exclusively for our families once a month on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 until 10 am. You may stay after they open to the public at 10:00. Parents get a chance to meet other parents, siblings have an opportunity to meet other sibs in a fun environment and kids on the spectrum can safely bounce, jump, slide, and have fun.

Parent Support Group Meetings

Are you interested in talking with other parents who have children on the spectrum? Parents, grandparents and other caregivers have the opportunity to get together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere to talk about everything from their personal experiences to available resources and general education about autism.The ASFV Parent Support Group will meet on the first Sunday of each month from 6-8pm at 211 E. Franklin Street, Appleton, WI 54911 in the SOAR/WisconSibs/ NAMI building. Free parking is available in the adjacent lot and our meetings will be held in the 1st floor board room space. The exterior doors will remain locked for safety purposes, but a doorbell is available for entry. For more information contact:

Hangin’ Out 7-13 Social Group

Social development and friendships are often primary concerns for parents. ASFV continues to offer social outings for kids who are 7-13 years old. If your child would like to be added to the emailing list to receive all of the outing updates, email Diane at or Heidi at

Teen Social Group

The ASFV teen group begins its 8th year!! We hold monthly outings at a wide variety of locations. The group consists of teens 13-20 who want to socialize with others. The teens should demonstrate a level of independence so they can participate in community outings without parental supervision. The teens are supervised by board member Diane Nackers.

Twenty Something Social Network

ASFV’s adult group is designed for young adults with ASD, 19 –29 years old, who can independently participate in social activities, and are interested in social networking. We are hoping to get consistent events on the calendar.
The group is always looking for more members to participate (we require a minimum of 3-5 participants to hold each event). Please email Diane at for more information or if you are interested in helping facilitate these outings.

Adult Social Outings

This group is designed for adults on the autism spectrum who like to participate in social activities, and are interested in getting to know others in loosely supported activities. An ASFV Board member organizes the events, and is always present to facilitate socialization for those who choose to attend.

All participants should have the ability to independently participate in social events in the community. We engage in varied activities, but are always open to new ideas! If you know of an adult with ASD in our community that wants to be more social, contact Diane for more information. Events are communicated to members, or individuals who want to receive the emails. Please contact Diane Nackers or Ben Marks at:

Spectrum Saturday

Spectrum Saturday events are held at The Building for Kids—downtown College Ave Appleton—at no cost to the families who participate. Doors open at 8:30 am the 3rd Saturday of each month.

The new start time reflects the need for some families to start their adventure in a quieter setting, but please feel free to stay as long as you like. Check in at the front desk. Starting this summer—monthly sensory activities will be provided.

Sensory Morning at Sky Zone Appleton

Sky Zone turns down the music and dials down the distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers. We welcome children and adults with special needs, their family, AND friends to jump! We will make every effort to accommodate ALL jumpers.

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30am! $10 to jump, $2 for reusable Sky Socks. For more info Click Here.