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Jun
18
Sat
Madison Sibshop @ Lussier Community Education Center
Jun 18 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Family Voices of WI and WisconSibs are collaborating to offer this Sibshop in Madison for children ages 8-12 who have siblings with disabilities.

Like all Sibshops, this event will treat you to a combination of lively activities and time to relax with other kids who share the challenges and joys of having a sibling with disabilities.

The event is FREE, but registration is required. We look forward to meeting you!

REGISTER NOW!

 

Jun
23
Thu
Sib Camp 2022 – June 23-26 @ Peninsula State Park
Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm

Sib Camp – June 23-26 Ages 9-14  Peninsula State Park, Door County (sleeping in tents)  $375/camperSib Camp Tent inside

Great adventure for ages 9-14.  4 days, 3 nights hiking, biking**, swimming, paddling, and camping. Guided by experienced Door County Adventure Center staff certified in education, ropes course, kayak, lifeguard, CPR and first aid.  Siblings get to kick back and experience the freedom and thrill of adventure while sharing a great time with other Sibs who “get it”.

Sib Camp is outfitted and guided by experienced DC Adventure Center staff. The camp session at Peninsula State Park features sleeping in tents and is limited to 10 campers.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND ONLINE REGISTRATION

** Camper brings their own bike.

Health and Consent Forms will be sent to you after Registration is received. Enrollment is complete once all paperwork and payment have been received.

Jul
11
Mon
SibDay Training for Volunteers and Teen Sib Leaders @ Badger Sports
Jul 11 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SibDays campers and leadersSibDays of Summer is a camp for children ages 6-12 who have siblings with disabilities. Training is required for volunteers, including Teen Sib Leaders planning to participate as a Group Leader, mentor, or junior camp counselor.

This training session is repeated on July 12 at 11 am if you are unable to attend on July 11.

Please click RSVP or text 608-778-5847 to let SibDays organizers know which session you are attending.  July 11 at 4 pm OR on July 12 at 11 am.

Jul
12
Tue
SibDay Training for Volunteers and Teen Sib Leaders @ Badger Sports
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

SibDays campers and leadersSibDays of Summer is a camp for children ages 6-12 who have siblings with disabilities. Training is required for volunteers, including Teen Sib Leaders planning to participate as a Group Leader, mentor, or junior camp counselor.

This training session is repeated on July 11 at 4:00 pm if you are unable to attend on July 12.

Please click RSVP or text 608-778-5847 to let SibDays organizers know which session you are attending.  July 11 at 4 pm OR on July 12 at 11 am.

Jul
27
Wed
FREE Concert – Kick off the 25th Anniversary with the Sunshine Singers @ CopperRock Coffee
Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for this FREE concert at the CopperRock Coffee Shop, 210 W College Ave, Appleton from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Come and go as you please and enjoy a cup of coffee, an icy beverage, or a delicious gelato before heading to the Children’s Parade starting at 6:00 pm.

Donations will be accepted.

Aug
16
Tue
Golf FORE Children @ Royal St Patrick's Golf Links
Aug 16 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022
Royal St. Patrick’s Golf Links

This event raises funds for The Building for Kids, WisconSibs and the Appleton-Fox Cities Kiwanis children’s charities.

Enjoy some great golf and fun friends.

What? You don’t golf? You can still have fun and support a great cause by joining the CORN HOLE tournament starting at noon! Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Wisconsin day on a beautiful course.

ALL THE DETAILS

Sep
10
Sat
WisconSibs Day at N.E.W. Zoo @ N.E.W. Zoo
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, September 10, 2022
Arrive between 9:00-10:30 am for FREE* ADMISSION
NEW Zoo – Green Bay

The NEW Zoo offers so much fun and hundreds of animals to watch and enjoy. Bring the whole family for a Wisconsin September day with the penguins, lions, emus, and all the other attractions.

WisconSib families who register and come to the Zoo between 9 am – 10:30 am get in FREE.

Bring the whole family and a picnic lunch to stay the whole day. (Regular admission prices after 10:30 am)

Best of all…a special Sibshop program for Sibs ages 6-12 takes place between 10:30-11:30 am while children with disabilities and their parents participate in a scavenger hunt through the Zoo. Sibs will be greeted by our Sibshop and Teen Leaders at the Education Center for this special presentation.

Free event. Registration required.
Click HERE TO REGISTER

 

 

Oct
27
Thu
Great Pumpkin Trick of Treat @ Country Inn & Suites
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Great Country Pumpkin Party is back!!!

The Great Country Pumpkin Party is happening again! After two years’ hiatus, this annual trick-or-treating event for children with disabilities, their siblings, and families will be in full swing this year! Come visit our WisconSibs room and pick up some fun treats!

Country Inn & Suites on Fox River Dr (next to the Fox River Mall) is the host of this fun event. WATCH THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Teen Sib Leaders who are interested in volunteering at some or all of this event should contact Mathilde or Tessa.

 

Nov
5
Sat
Sibling’s Choice Nominations Due @ ONLINE
Nov 5 all-day
Nov
12
Sat
Celebrating WisconSibs! @ Bubolz Nature Center Ballroom
Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Because you have shared in the successes of WisconSibs, we invite you and your guest(s) to join us for

Celebrating WisconSibs!
An evening to Salute our past. Secure our future.

Saturday, November 12, 2022
Bubolz Nature Preserve
4815 N Lynndale Dr, Appleton, WI 54913

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Social Hour | Cash Bar | Music

6:00 pm
Dinner – Family Style

7:00 pm
Program  – Emcee Bill Jartz
Saluting our Past. Securing our future.
(and recognizing Harriet’s retirement)

Live Auction |Raffle prize drawings |Dessert Reception

9:30 pm
Last Call

Tickets: $75 each Table of 10: $700

Limit of 200 seats available.
Dress: Snappy casual or wear your FVSSN or WisconSibs t-shirt.
Don’t have one? 25th Anniversary shirts will be available for purchase.

More information and Make Reservations

Dec
10
Sat
Santa Celebration 2022 @ Grand Meridian
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

“Santa Celebration” is designed for families who have children with special needs and their siblings of any age. The event takes place from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. 

Families may come/leave any time and also may schedule a specific time slot to visit Santa, helping them avoid long lines and giving children more time to play and parents relax. Volunteer Santa Helpers available to assist with children.

Activities during the event include: Cookie decorating, games, crafts, face painting, fun in the outdoor Santa’s courtyard, letters to Santa, breakfast treats, hot and cold beverages, and much, much more!

$10 for adults. Children are free. Registration REQUIRED.

CLICK TO REGISTER

 

Jan
7
Sat
Sibshop at Building for Kids 2023 @ Building for Kids
Jan 7 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Building for Kids

Join us for Sibshop at the Building for Kids!

What would it be like to use a robot to help you get ready for school? or make your lunch? or play with you after school? Siblings of children with disabilities ages 6-12 are invited to join this Sibshop and learn about robots and how they help us. Sibshop games, a craft, and snacks are all included for Sibs participating in Sibshop at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum.

In addition, each family will receive a free day-pass to use at the museum that afternoon until closing. (Supervision for Sibshop participants only provided from Noon – 3 pm. Families are responsible for other children. Museum closes at 4 pm.)

Cost:  $15/Sibshop participant
Registration required in advance.

To register your Sibshop participant, CLICK HERE.

Jan
14
Sat
Journey Forward Fox Valley @ WisconSibs Office
Jan 14 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

JF Call OutAre you a sibling whois concerned about the day your parents no longer can care for your sibling?  Or you’ve become responsible for your sibling and are unsure about the future and need some answers?

For adults who have a sibling with developmental disabilities or long-term illnesses, the journey together is lifelong. You may already be in a care giving role or expect to in the future. This program helps you clarify your role, get the planning tools to move forward, and connect with other siblings and local resources that will change your future.

 

JF header photo

 

Journey Forward has one main goal— to help you as an adult sibling move forward with peace of mind. 

 

 

When you are finished with both workshop sessions, you will have a written document which describes your sibling’s desired future living arrangement, community role, and lifestyle preferences.  You will have a plan that includes practical directions and information for maintaining continuity in your sibling’s daily life and needed supports to achieve these outcomes.  Some call this peace of mind. 

This is the first session of a two-session program.  Adult siblings are encouraged to invite parents, siblings (including any with disabilities), and other family members as their guests. The program includes all materials and lunch for adult siblings and their guests (spouse, other siblings, parents, and any other significant members of their family or team) for both sessions.

If you wish to register yourself, your sibling, or your parents or you have questions about Journey Forward in general, contact us at the WisconSibs office.

Feb
11
Sat
SPA Sibshop 2023 @ WisconSibs Office
Feb 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

S.P.A. (Sister are Pretty Awesom) Sibshop for girls and their moms
We are so excited to return to offering our popular SPA Sibshop! Being a sister of someone with unique abilities can be pretty awesome. But like Anna of Arendelle in the movie Frozen knows, it can also be pretty full of challenges, especially for sisters and moms, that can lead to health risks.

This Sibshop for girls is an opportunity to have fun exploring how sisters like Elsa and Anna, along with their Moms (or grandma, or big sister, aunt or grown up friend), can keep the challenges from overwhelming life.

Cost: $15/child (Moms are guests)
Registration required in advance. Space limited. To register, CLICK HERE!

Mar
1
Wed
2023 Sibs are My Peeps Challenge @ ONLINE
Mar 1 @ 12:01 am – Mar 31 @ 11:45 pm

2023 Sibs Are My Peeps
Photo Challenge

Grab a couple packages of Peeps, a box, some glue, a little paper or decorations, and you’ve got fun for an afternoon.

HOW TO ENTER and SEND YOUR PHOTOS

The theme this year is “Festival of Peeps”. The contest runs from March 1 to March 31, 2023.

More information and see entries from previous years visit  https://wisconsibs.org/what-we-offer/sibs-are-my-peeps/

Finished your entry and ready to show us?

Download entry form. Email the form and 2 photos to [email protected]

Mar
11
Sat
Peeps Sibshop in Oshkosh @ Oshkosh Community YMCA
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Save the date for this Sibshop for children ages 6-12 who have siblings with disabilities. More information soon.

Mar
25
Sat
Journey Forward Fox Valley Workshop #2 @ WisconSibs Office
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

JF Call OutWorkshop #2 of Journey Forward

This is the part 2 of the 2-part Journey Forward program. It is open to adult Sibs and their guests who attended Workshop #1 or would like a refresher after having attended any Journey Forward workshop in the past.

Topics will include:

  • Letter of Intent progress and how to use it to get what you and your sibling with disabilities need and want.
  • Housing for people with disabilities – Assessing needs and interests, options and challenges
  • Employment Options or Day Program options – Assessing skills, interests, and navigating local options.

Who benefits from Journey Forward workshops? Directed at adults who have a sibling with developmental disabilities or long-term illnesses, the journey ultimately benefits you AND your sibling with disabilities AND others in your family, even your community. You may already be in a care giving role or expect to in the future. This program helps you clarify your role as a sibling, get the planning tools to move forward, and connect with other siblings and local resources that will impact your future.

 

JF header photo

 

Journey Forward has one main goal— to help you as an adult sibling move forward with peace of mind. 

 

 

When you are finished with both workshop sessions, you will have a written document which describes your sibling’s desired future living arrangement, community role, and lifestyle preferences.  You will have a plan that includes practical directions and information for maintaining continuity in your sibling’s daily life and needed supports to achieve these outcomes.  Some call this peace of mind. 

This is the second session of a two-session program.  Adult siblings are encouraged to invite parents, siblings (including any with disabilities), and other family members as their guests. The program includes all materials and lunch for adult siblings and their guests (spouse, other siblings, parents, and any other significant members of their family or team) for both sessions.

If you wish to register yourself, your sibling, or your parents or you have questions about Journey Forward in general, contact us at the WisconSibs office.

Apr
1
Sat
Sibshop – No Joke! @ WisconSibs Office
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

It may be April Fool’s Day…

…But having fun at this Sibshop is No Joke! We’re serious about having fun and making friends with other kids that have brothers or sisters with disabilities.

Join us!

Cost: $15/child
Registration required in advance. To register, CLICK HERE!

Apr
15
Sat
Kidz Expo 2023 – FREE! @ Fox Cities Exhibition Center
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
May
11
Thu
Circles of Life Sibshop 2023 @ Wilderness Convention Center
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sibshop for ages 8-12 at Circles of Life conference

Circles of Life is Wisconsin’s annual conference for families who have children with disabilities. This event brings together families and the providers who support them to learn, connect, and become more knowledgeable about programs and services for their children.

This year’s conference will be held on May 11-12, 2023. WisconSibs will be offering a Sibshop on Thursday, May 11 from 9 am – noon.

To learn more about the conference go to CirclesofLifeConference.com