Friday, April 25, 2008

Crafty U book - Crafts with Kids!

Looking for a resource for doing easy crafts with kids? (Did I mention "easy?")
I just received this book from a friend, and daughter & I are so looking forward to doing some of the projects this summer! Highly recommended.Click to buy from Amazon for bargain price of $15.00:

Family Horticulture Day

Family Horticulture Day

April 26, 2008 10:00 to 2:00

  • Learn to transplant tomatoes, peppers and take home your transplants
  • Learn all you wanted to know about herbs and choose 3 herbs to take home
  • See the GIANT hornworms
  • Enjoy the hands-on science projects
  • Find out what DNA from Wisconsin's favorite Whooping Cranes looks like
  • Join us in tasting the red, black and yellow popcorn - find out if each color has a different taste
  • Enjoy Babcock ice cream and find out what horticulture crops are in each flavor
  • Learn to use a tool that will allow you to measure a microgram of material - tiny, tiny drops.
Held at UW-Madison's West Madison Agricultural Research Station - 8502 Mineral Point Rd

Reminder of the Unexplained Conference - Wisconsin's Largest Paranormal Event - Saturday evening. Article below.




Happy Weekend, Peeps! Hope to resume more consistent postings next week!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Celebrate Madison! Festival 2008

Think Global - Party Local!

Free Admission to Celebrate Madison - Festival 2008.

"The goal of Celebrate Madison! is to bring together all the ethnic communities of Madison such as Italian, Hispanic, Latino, Native American, German, Asian American, African American at one event to learn and experience each other’s cultures and traditions. Many ethnic communities have individual festivals but Celebrate Madison! is the only festival that encompasses all communities and cultures."

Saturday, April 26.
MATC downtown campus 11 AM - 6 PM.

Cultural Performances
11:00 AM Opening
11:15 AM Sonido Suave
12:05 PM Zaibas Lithuanian Dancers
12:40 PM Brisas del Peru
1:15 PM Meenakshi Ganesan and the Kalaanjali Dance Co.
2:00 PM Yid Vicious
2:50 PM Sadira and the Riad Dance Co.
3:40 PM Larkin
4:50 PM Atimevu Drum and Dance Ensemble

Children's Cultural Crafts
Noon Cultural Craft Area Opens
• Face Painting and Balloon Art
• Corn Husk Dolls and Jewelry Making
• Paper Cutting Art
• Puppet Show
• Poem and Card Making
5:00 pm Cultural Craft Area Closes

Today's Public Service Announcement

Last week, I asked a friend of mine, if she ever let her 3rd & 4th grade boys sit in the front seat of her car. She answered that she did "every once in awhile."

I now have a little bit of recent experience that qualifies me to give today's public service announcement. My 8 year old daughter and I were in a car accident two days ago. Daughter was in backseat - seatbelted - on the passenger side. My driver's airbag inflated upon impact.

Daughter was shaken but had not a scratch nor a bruise on her. Several EMS workers and doctor's commented that her position in the car was the absolute BEST place for her to be in the accident.

I bear the bruises and injuries from the airbag and it feels as if I hit a brick wall. I cannot even (and don't want to) imagine how daughter would have fared had she been in the front passenger seat, and been smacked by the airbag.

Bottom line: If your child is under 12, keep them - seat belted - in the back seat of your car. Though it would be really cool to be able to talk to daughter in the front seat, I know that she's safest in the back..and that is way "cooler."

Friday, April 18, 2008

UW Space Place - Madison

I would be remiss if I didn't remind you of an incredible resource in Madison called UW Space Place.

From their website:

Space Place family workshops are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. for children ages 6-10 and their parents. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required for any of the workshops.

April 19 • "Chemistry and Music"
Join students from the UW Chemistry Dept. and School of Music for this unique program.

April 26 • "Solar System Bracelet"
Build a model solar system showing how much space is between the Sun and nine planets.

May 3 • "Spinning Physics"
Join Rachael Lancor from the Wonders of Physics for hands-on experiments.

Family Horticulture Day
Saturday, April 26• 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Join UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for the 4th Annual Family Horticulture Day on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 to 2:00. The event will be held at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station in Verona and features hands-on projects and activities for gardeners of all ages.

Tuesday, April 22 • 7:00-8:00 pm

Eyes on the Skies is held the fourth Tuesday of the month and is a program on astronomical events and news. Find out what you can see in the sky for upcoming month and pick up a monthly sky chart.

Friday, April 25 • 8:30-10:00 pm
Space Place Star Party

Join us on our rooftop deck to view the night sky through telescopes (weather permitting).

Offered on the second and fourth Friday of every month.

For more information on the UW Space Place, check out their web site at:

Circus comes to Madison - Chazen Museum of Art

The Circus is coming to the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, May 9th and 10th!

Circus at the Chazen

Big Top Gala
May 9, 2008, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Admission: $8.00 members $12.00 nonmembers

Follow the Grand Gavioli Band Organ music and enter the Chazen for a Big Top evening with ringmaster David SaLoutos! Aerial acrobats and mindbending contortionists (plus more!) from Midnight Circus, strolling entertainers, Professor Stich's Original Baraboo Circus Band, refreshments and circus treats, cash bar. One night only! Make your reservations using this link:

Advance purchase by May 2 appreciated.

Circus Day: A Family Event
May 10, 2008, 12 - 4 p.m.

LIVE! Cheney and Mills, (LOVE Cheney & Mills!) Cycropia Aerial Dance, Truly Remarkable Loon, and others will delight visitors with performances, activities, and a chance to try out circus acts. Plus Big Top snacks and exhibition tours. Circus Day will be a fun-filled afternoon for all. (Children ages 4–12 years old should be accompanied by an adult.)

Chazen website:

Cheney & Mills website:

Friday, April 11, 2008

MSCR Summer - Youth Themed Pontoon Boat Rides

Daughter and I have had great fun in the past summer seasons taking part in the various themed pontoon boat rides that are run through the (MSCR) Madison School & Community Recreation program. The pontoon rides are for children aged 5-10 and they are available on Saturdays during the summer months. See link to schedule below. We highly recommended the Harry Potter and Pirate adventures for your children!

This year's offerings include:

Ride the pontoon boat to a park where children enjoy wizards and related Harry Potter activities. Costumes are encouraged. One participant wins a Harry Potter hard cover book drawing. All participants must register and pay $10 each. Registered children must be accompanied by a registered adult.. At least one adult per family. Babcock ice cream and snacks available at shop across from the park [on your own].

Come on an adventure to find hidden treasures and enjoy games and activities. Receive a pirate treasure map, flag and telescope. Watch out for other pirates! Pirate costumes are encouraged. Babcock ice cream and snacks available at shop across from the park (on your own). All participants must register and pay $10 each. Registered children must be accompanied by a registered adult. At least one adult per family.

Youth receive a crown or tiara and a flashing star wand. Prince and princess costumes are encouraged. Ride the pontoon boat to a park for beading and games. All participants must register and pay $10 each. Registered children must be accompanied by a registered adult. At least one adult per family. Babcock ice cream and snacks available at shop across from the park (on your own).

Learn to be a captain! Our crew teaches youth how to ready the boat, navigate and take care of equipment. Receive a captain’s hat and certificate of completion. Drive the boat under close supervision. This is not a formal boating safety class, just a fun outing for youth interested in boating. Program best suited for ages 5 - 10. All participants must register and pay $10 each. Registered children must be accompanied by a registered adult. At least one adult per family.

MSCR website for schedules (Page 26 & 27 of guide) and more information here:

Science is Fun! by Professor Shakhashiri - 4/12

UW Professor Shakhashiri, the "Master of Chemical Demonstrations," has been performing his chemistry show for 38+ years and he never fails to entertain. His long-running Christmas program sells out every year.

Take in his event at Hilldale tomorrow.

Science Is Fun
Saturday, April 12th at 2pm. Join us for Science Is Fun With UW Professor Shakhashiri The master of chemical demonstrations, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, shares the fun of science through his demonstration show.

More info here:

Monday, April 7, 2008

Madison Originals - CHEAP Gift Certificates on Sale Tuesday a.m., 4/8

I cannot even BELIEVE that I am about to reveal the greatest secret EVER...

Tomorrow - sometime between 6:30 am and 8 am - REDUCED Price gift certificates go ON SALE for many fine non-chain, Madison Originals restaurants.

You can buy a $25 gift certificate for $15.00 and/or a $50 gift certificate for $30.00.

What restaurants??
  • Mariner's
  • Captain Bills
  • Avenue Bar
  • L'Etoile
  • Smoky's Club
  • Nitty Gritty
  • etc...
After purchasing online, you print the gift certificates on your own printer.

Stock up, Peeps! (but don't get in my way...Hahaha) They make GREAT gifts, too!
They only do this 4 times per year.


PlayTime Productions' "The Princess & the Pea"
Wednesday, 4/9 6:30 pm at the Waunakee High School PAC
Cost: Donations encouraged

Job applicants abound for the position of princess at the castle of Henrietta and Hubert in the PlayTime Productions spring rendition of The Princess and the Pea.

Since Prince Lambert has finally decided it is time for him to get married, his mother, Queen Henrietta, has devised a test for each and every princess who applies for the position to marry her favored son. Come see if you could pass this royalty test, as the touring children's troupe, PlayTime Productions brings this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale to life on stage.
Lots going on at the Waunakee Public Library this week!

After School Adventures for grades K-4.
TIME: 3:10 pm to 4 pm

Thursday, April 10: Chemistry
We're going out with a bang at our last After School Adventure. Students Participating in Chemical Education (SPICE) will WOW you as they educate and entertain with flames, fireworks, and explosions!

Week of April 14th - I Spy Treasure Hunt for Preschool to 4th grade. Search for hidden items in the library to win prizes!


Children's Arts Festival

SAT, APR 12, 2008 | 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Madison-area families can celebrate their creative spirits at free performances and activities throughout Overture Center, featuring all kinds of art for and by children!

Schedule of Events & Performers, click here:

My fave kid singer, Ken Lonnquist, performs at 11 a.m.!

YMCA Healthy Kids Day - Friday, 4/11

Check THIS out!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

GIRLS ROCK, the Movie @ Sundance in Madison, WI

I am recommending the movie - GIRLS ROCK - to all of the girls and the women that I know. Daughter and I caught it yesterday at the Wisconsin Film Festival screening. The full-house audience laughed and cried.

From the IMDb website synopsis: "Girls Rock! follows the journey of four 8-18-year-olds as they are transformed by the liberating powers of music at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. Given the opportunity to bash the drums, wail like a banshee and take up space, the girls jettison gender stereotypes like old hats on their way to a joyous final concert that will change their lives forever."

Mothers, please take your daughters to see this movie! It has an important message for women of ALL ages! Opens April 18th at Sundance Theatre in Madison, WI.