Saturday, May 24, 2008

Monona's Memorial Day Parade

Monona Memorial Day Parade
Ends: Monday, May 26th, 2008
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Monona Drive to Owen Road

Everyone enjoys the thrill and pageantry of a parade! Join the Celebration of 53 years for Wisconsin's largest and longest running Memorial Day Parades will consist of more than 100 units. For everone's enjoyment there will be military color guards, clowns, marching bands, live animals, fire trucks, scouts, floats, antique autos, local elected officials, dance groups and much more.

The 1.5 mile parade route will start just past Monona Grove High School and travel south on Monona Drive ending at Owen Road.

After the parade brief Memorial Ceremonies will be held at Blooming Grove, Roselawn Cemeteries and Highland Memory Gardens. To honor those who have and are serving our country.

Mallards Kids Day

The Mallards open their eighth season on Thursday, May 29 at 7:05 p.m. against the rival La Crosse Loggers. Come celebrate the grand opening of Maynard’s locally-sourced burger joint & watch the One Millionth Fan statue be revealed! Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. to begin the festivities!

Buy tickets here:


The Madison Mallards cordially invite your children to Meriter & Physicians Plus Insurance Company Kids Day 2008, an event promised to be full of fun for children of all ages. Kids Days will be held from 10 AM to 1 PM on both Tuesday, June 10th and Thursday, July 17th, 2008 at the “Duck Pond” in Warner Park.

Tickets for the Kids Day event are being sold at a cost of $8 per child which includes:

  • Admission to Kids Day
  • Lunch (Hotdog, soda and chips)
  • One kids bleacher ticket to that nights Madison Mallards game
  • A free giveaway to every kid in attendance

NOTE: Tickets can be purchased for both Kids Day events for a discounted rate of $15 per child. For large groups, 1 free adult admission to the Kids Day will be given for every 10 kids tickets purchased.

Activities will range from free access to speed pitch set-ups, bounce houses and kickball games to a home run derby, climbing wall, balloon artist, face painting and a dunk tank. In addition to these great activities, there will be locker room tours and even a clinic/baseball scrimmage put on by our own Mallards team and personnel. This is a great way to meet your favorite Mallards players and coaches!

Lunch will be served in the ballpark between 11am and 1pm. More details on this event will be available in the coming weeks and months. Please don’t hesitate to call us anytime with questions.

Below is a registration form that you can fill out and return to the Madison Mallards office. Please RSVP with a final number of children and final payment two weeks prior to the event so we can deliver the tickets to you. Please feel free to contact the Mallards office with any questions. Kids Day promises to be a perfect opportunity for children to engage in many fun activities and take home great prizes and memories from the “Duck Pond.” We hope to see you all there!

Click here for registration form:

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

KidStage Summer Camps - Madison

Here is an opportunity for your Drama Queen/King!
More information, click here:

Camp KidStage

Camp KidStage is a fun filled two week camp where KidStage Kids work on acting skills, pantomime, improv, singing, skits, and special talents and put together a KidStage Follies Showcase. KidStage Kids may choose the full two week camp or the one week camp option (last week). Everyone will participate in Camp KidStage Follies at Hoyt Park at the end of the camp. The camp is open to Level 1: K-2nd Gr. and Level 2: 3rd-6th Gr. Summer Camp coached by Emily Ciha and Assistant Paul Jacobson.

ALL CAMPS: Hoyt Park 3902 Regent St. Madison, Wi
TIME: 1:00-4:00pm

JUNE Camp KidStage

Week 1: Monday June 23rd – Thursday June 26th
Week 2: Monday June 30th- Thursday July 3rd

JULY Camp KidStage

Week 1: Monday July 21rd – Thursday July 24th
Week 2: Monday July 28th- Thursday July 31st

AUGUST Camp KidStage

Week 1: Monday August 11th – Thursday August 14th
Week 2: Monday August 18th - Thursday August 21st

Two week Camp Fee: $120
One week Camp Fee: $60
(LESS) Sibling Discount: $5 per child

Middleton's Capital Brewery Bier Garten opens!

Capital Brewery

7734 Terrace Avenue, Middleton
Friday, May 23 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Westside Andy

I know, I know...this sounds like a bizarre family event to post...However, this is a great place to enjoy live music - outdoors - and enjoy a picnic dinner. The kids will LOVE dancing to the live band on summer Friday nights. On some Saturday evenings, they will be showing movies!

Check out the schedule here:

Aldo Leopold Nature Center - Summer Camps!

Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) offers many great camps throughout the summer months! Daughter has attended several and learned a great deal WHILE having a blast in nature.

"Outdoor adventure and hands-on nature activities encourage children ages 2-12 to experience the great outdoors throughout the summer. From Living Like Laura Ingalls to Muckin' in the Marsh and Weird Science, there's something for everyone!"

The classes are beginning to fill up. Register now.
For a listing of class offerings, click here:

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Door County Lighthouse Walk Weekend

Door County's Cana Island

We have just returned from the annual Lighthouse Walk weekend in Door County. Next year, you MUST go there! It was a blast. We were able to take in 4 of the 5 lighthouses that were open to the public.

Best part of the trip: Going INSIDE of the Cana Island Lighthouse pictured above...climbing the 96 steps and venturing out onto the catwalk. Here's a video from the top of the world featuring daughter and friend.

Information on next year's Lighthouse Walk can be obtained here:

We combined our lighthouse walk with a bit of letterboxing. We located the Sherwood Point Lighthouse letterbox #2, also! You can combine letterboxing with ANY trip that you take away from home. START TODAY!!! We also learned the definition of "azimuth" while locating the box. Great learning opportunities abound.

Just for fun...take a look at the clues for this letterbox.

P.S. What a view from the tower!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Teachable Moments for Kids - Put up Birdfeeders in your backyard

Bird Watching with your children in your own backyard

Early in my childhood, I was introduced to birdwatching. We had many different types of bird feeders, and I learned to identify several species of birds.

I have passed this love of birds onto my own child. When we spot a new bird, we id
entify it and then we look up species information on the Internet. Often, we also find an audio file to hear its special song, too.

I awakened this Mother's Day morning to see two new visitors to our bird feeders - a rose-breasted grosbeak and an indigo bunting.
Put up some bird feeders and instill a love for nature in your children! You will create lifetime memories when they spot beautiful birds, such as the ones pictured above.

Fitchburg Days celebrates Irish Culture @McKee Farms Park


Carnival, music, kids' activities, food & fun!

See entire schedule and line-up here:

Friday - 2008 - Fireworks, Carnival, Food, Music

The festival begins with a BANG! The Fitchburg Days Fireworks Show is a powerful presentation that will be seen and heard throughout the city. Don't forget, all three days will feature carnival rides, and, of course, fantastic food and music in the entertainment tent.

Saturday - 2008 - Irish entertainment, Cultural Tent

The Cultural Tent offers workshops and performances in music, art, dance, and language, all of which showcase the richness of the Irish culture. Ever really wanted to curse at someone! Well, no one does it better than the Irish. Stop by and learn a few Gaelic sayings that are sure to make you feel better. Maybe it's a song or the sweet sound of the Irish harp that will do the trick. The music on hand this year is sure to delight, with many favorite local musicians sharing their talent
and love of Irish music. If kicking up your heels is more your style, you'll have plenty of opportunity to get the heart pumping with workshops in ceili and set dancing. These styles of Irish dance are guaranteed to get you moving and having a great time. If your tastes
run more toward the less physical past times, you'll find lots to do! Visit and try your hand at spinning, weaving, creating a St. Brigid's cross, or locating your ancestors with the help of expert genealogists, learn about the Fitchburg Irish from folks of the Fitchburg Historical
Society, or hear about an archaeological dig in Ireland!

Whatever your interest in Irish traditions, you'll find it at this year's Cultural Tent.

Sunday - 2008 - Latino Day -- Outdoor Games and Wristband Day at the Carnival

The food, games, and music continue! From Noon to 5, all the rides you can ride for $15. Perfect time to bring the kids out! We have three trolley tours of Historic Fitchburg beginning at 11:00 am, a Tug-of-War demonstration at 1:00 pm, and the annual Police Auction at 2:00 pm. (description/text from website)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

*NEW Summer Classes @Olbrich Gardens announced!

Sign up now for Olbrich's Family programs and Children's classes. They fill up fast.

Daughter and I particularly recommend the class below:

Breakfast for the Butterflies
Come to this special behind the scenes class as you help Olbrich get ready for a busy day of Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies. Work side by side with the staff as you feed the butterflies, birds, and fish in the conservatory. Learn about where the butterflies come from and how the chrysalis cases are set up. For ages 8 & up.

We are also going to try this family walk:

Flashlights and Fireflies
Bring your flashlight along as we dance with fireflies and explore the Gardens by moonlight. We’ll visit the Thai Pavilion and Rose Garden, Olbrich’s two lit gardens, and then head to darker places to look for nighttime creatures.

See all of their classes and programs here:

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Arboretum Happenings & Earth Focus Day Camps

The following events are especially designed for children and families. The events are free, thanks to support from Friends of the Arboretum.

Events are open to the public, and tours take place regardless of weather unless the naturalist decides it would be unsafe. Call 608-263-7888 if in doubt. Unless otherwise noted, tours begin at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Visit our Web site at

Arboretum Visitor Center Hours: Weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Weekends 12:30 - 4 p.m.

June 8 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arboretum Family Walk: "Who's that buzzing in your ear?" Discover the fun and fascinating world of insects on a walk especially tailored to families.

June 14 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Caterpillar Capers." If you want to have butterflies, you have to have caterpillars. Learn about these fascinating creatures, make a rearing cage, and have the opportunity to adopt Cecropia caterpillars to rear all summer. (Please bring a clear 2 liter plastic bottle to make the cage.) Cecropia caterpillars will be growing and on display at the Visitor's Center all summer. Dress for the weather; there will be a hike.

July 13 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arboretum Family Walk: "Butterflies." Warm, sunny days in July are the best times for seeing lots of butterflies and other fascinating insects that visit flowers on the prairie.

August 10 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arboretum Family Walk: "Pond Stuff." This walk introduces children to the fascinating world of pond life.

While not free, the reasonably priced Earth Focus Day Camp held at the Arboretum in June, July and August offers kids 3-14 age-specific experiences in the prairies, woodlands and wetlands of the Arboretum. More information at:

For more information, please see the Arboretum's website:

Tunes on the Monona Terrace Rooftop

We attended a Ken Lonnquist concert on the rooftop and it was a blast, for children and adults! This week Madisalsa rocks the rooftop.

Tunes At Monona Terrace
Wednesday, May 75:30 - 7 p.m. • Rooftop


"Can You Stand the Heat?"

From a promo email: "Is this band “HOT” or what? MadiSalsa will have the temperature on the rooftop rising and the dance floor filled. Voted Madison’s favorite dance band time and time again, this 10-member ensemble is devoted to the musical traditions of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and The Dominican Republic. So while your thoughts are transported to the islands of the Caribbean, your body and feet will be moving to the Latin rhythm beats. If you can stand the heat, the rooftop is where you should be!

The concert is graciously sponsored in part by The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times, and Monona Terrace. Menu specials include margaritas and a veggie nacho basket. Sandwiches, popcorn, beer, wine, and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. If inclement weather, concert will be moved inside. Please call 608.261.4000 after 2 p.m. for concert location."

Monday, May 5, 2008

Wisconsin Historical Museum - Madison

Now showing at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison, to go along with the current political news...

"Our current exhibition, That’s the Ticket! A Parade of Presidential Elections, commemorates our nation’s presidential elections. The starting point is the election of 1856, the first in which the Democratic Party faced off against the Republican Party, which had been founded two years earlier in Ripon, Wisconsin. The exhibition proceeds chronologically through 2004. Along the way, revisit economic and social agendas, scandals, negative campaigns, sectional feuds, dark horses, and popular leaders of the past. Several of the fascinating objects on display in the exhibit can be seen in an online slide show organized by the Wisconsin State Journal."

Slideshow - Click here:

Coming in October:
"We have selected the title Odd Wisconsin for the next exhibit. Odd Wisconsin will open the first week of October at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Featuring an exclusive collection of curious and authentic artifacts, Odd Wisconsin shares the stories of the people, places, and things that make Wisconsin uniquely “Wisconsin”.