Family Activities

Monthly Respite Opportunities!
Parents, we welcome you to drop off all of your children and take some well-deserved time to yourselves!
Sundays, February 16th, March 23rd, April 13th, May 4th, June 29th
12:30 – 2:30 pm

Nantucket Boys & Girls Club
Free 
Activities include movies, arts & crafts and free time in the game room and gym
Supervised by Perfect Pals, our high school mentoring club, and adult volunteers
Co-sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

February School Vacation Respite
Parents, enjoy dinner out while your children have a great time!
Thursday, February 27th
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Boys & Girls Club
Pizza and drinks included
Free
Co-Sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration Necessary, so we have enough food and helpers: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

Lunch and a Movie! (Movie TBD)
For students during NPS Professional Development ½ Days
Wednesday, March 19th
Noon – 2:30 pm

$8 per child for the movie
Popcorn and drinks free
Volunteers will meet with the students in NES Cafeteria to eat our brown bag lunches, and then we will be bused downtown to the Dreamland Theater
Movies TBD
Co-sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

Sunday Respite at the Boys & Girls Club
March 23rd
12:30 – 2:30 pm

Light refreshments, arts & crafts, Perfect Pals and fun!
Free
Co-sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

Parent Forum: Healthcare on Nantucket: Everything You Need to Know
Thursday, March 27th
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location TBD
Free!
Presented by Alex Rosenberg, Nantucket Cottage Hospital Healthcare Advocate
Co-Sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

April is National Autism Awareness Month! Please join us for these fun events:

Join us to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day!
Family Pizza Party!
Wednesday, April 2nd
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Food for Here & There
Free!
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043

Sunday Respite at the Boys & Girls Club
April 13th
12:30 – 2:30 pm

Light refreshments, arts & crafts and fun!
Free
Co-sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! Forum and Book Signing
If you could use some levity in your life, please join us for this fun parent forum!
For parents of average, special or different kids
Wednesday, April 16th
6:30 – 8:30 pm

NHS/Large Group Instruction Room
Childcare and light refreshments included
Free
Sisters Gina Gallagher and Patty Konjoian, who wrote “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children,” travel the country with their hilarious perspective of how “life is a whole lot more interesting when you are living in an imperfect world.” Gina’s daughter has Bi-Polar Disorder and Patty’s is on the Autism Spectrum, and together they have found the humor in their lives.

Co-Sponsored by Autism Speaks, Family Support Services, Nantucket Public Schools and Nantucket S.T.A.R. Registration for Childcare Necessary: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

April School Vacation Respites:
Lunch and a Movie (Movie TBD)
Monday, April 21st
11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Starlight Theater
Free
Lunch, movie, popcorn and drinks included
Parents, weather pending, pick-up will be at the Atheneum Garden; otherwise at the Starlight. Co-Sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

Motion and Music with Marjory Trott
Thursday, April 24th
10:30 am – noon

Nantucket Atheneum
Free
Co-sponsored by Autism Speaks, Family Support Services and Nantucket S.T.A.R.
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

Parent Forum: Supporting a Loved One Coping with Depression, Anxiety, OCD and Other Neurological Disorders – and Caring for You
Tuesday, April 29th
6:30 – 8:00 pm

NHS/Large Group Instruction Room
Presented by Ron Holmes, Ex Dir of the Cape Cod NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Chapter, and Ruth Blount, Nantucket NAMI Chapter Member
Co-Sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

Sunday Respite at the Boys & Girls Club
May 4th
12:30 – 2:30 pm

Light refreshments, arts & crafts, Perfect Pals and fun!
Free
Co-sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

Lunch and a Movie! (Movie TBD)
For students during NPS Professional Development ½ Days
Wednesday, May 14th
Noon – 2:30 pm

Free
Popcorn and drinks free
Perfect Pals and adult volunteers will meet with the students in NES Cafeteria to eat our brown bag lunches, and then we will watch a movie in an NES classroom
Co-sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249

Sunday Respite at the Boys & Girls Club
June 29th
12:30 – 2:30 pm

Light refreshments, arts & crafts, Perfect Pals and fun!
Free
Co-sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration: khoryn@autismspeaks.org; 646.341.3043; khackett@mvcommunityservices.com; 508.693.7900, x249