Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sand Mandala construction by Tibetan Monks - Memorial Union Madison

From September 16-20, Tibetan monks from The Mystical Arts of Tibet will be creating a sand mandala in UW-Madison's Memorial Union Great Lounge. This is a fantastic learning opportunity for your children.

From Wikipedia: The Sand Mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. A sand mandala is ritualistically destroyed once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.
Photo Credit: Mai Le, San Francisco, CA

The Mystical Arts of Tibet will also perform on Saturday evening, September 19th at the Wisconsin Union Theater. "Endorsed by the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace and healing through sacred performing art, the monks of the Drepung Loseling monastery make their return to Madison. Known for their remarkable multiphonic singing and their elaborate sand mandala art, the Monks perform using traditional Tibetan instruments and in traditional garb . Says the San Francisco Chronicle, “The voice of serenity, the voice of survival and a hopeful message of peace.”

Watch and join the monks as they create a sand mandala at the Memorial Union’s Great Lounge:

Mandala Construction Schedule:

Wednesday, 9/16, 2009
Mandala Opening Ceremony: 4 pm

Thursday, 9/17-Friday, 9/18
Mandala construction: 11 am – 6 pm

Saturday, Sept. 19
Mandala construction: 11 am - 4 pm

Sunday, Sept. 20
Mandala Construction: 11 am - 1 pm
Mandala Closing Ceremony: 2 pm

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Tree Farm - Madison Area's Best Veggies

The Tree Farm

Apologies in advance: Today's blog is going to read like a commercial, or at least like a testimonial.

To our family, summer equals fresh vegetables. Fresh vegetables means trips to The Tree Farm to pick our own fresh vegetables.

Now, you can buy vegetables from your local farm market, but is it really fresh? Was it really grown locally? There's no question of harvest time or date at the Tree Farm. As their motto states, "When you pick it, you know it's fresh!"

The Tree Farm opened for the season on Saturday, June 27th. On that day, my daughter and I picked garden snap peas. Chris, the owner, encourages "quality control" while picking peas. Hannah sampled plenty and after inhaling several, pronounced them "delicious."

Prices are incredibly reasonable! Sugar snaps peas at Brennan's on the same date were $3.99/pound. Freshly picked at the Tree Farm were $1.95/pound.

For people in the know, picking vegetables at The Tree Farm is an annual tradition. Hard-working employee, Susan, told me that there weren't any garden peas left to pick that date, because they had all been picked already. It seems that a local family's tradition is to pick garden peas on opening day. Three generations join together for this bonding activity.

We are still awaiting the arrival of our favorite vegetable, which is kohlrabi. Chris sells human-head-sized kohlrabi for the incredibly low price of 49 cents EACH! Steamed kohlrabi tastes like a sweeter cauliflower.

In the fall, picking ears of blue, red, and calico popcorn is mandatory! Yummy stuff and you'll leave Orville Redenbacher's "packing peanut-like popcorn" behind!

When you arrive at the Tree Farm, stop at the top of the hill, and grab a map. This sheet will inform you as to what's ripe, pricing, and a map to each veggie's location. Have questions about anything at the Farm? Chris or Susan are more than happy to assist customers.

If you visit, check the website to see what's ready to be picked. It is updated daily.

Hours: Open Wed, Thurs, Fri 9-12 and 4-8 Sat and Sun 9-5

In Northwestern Dane County, Wisconsin, serving Madison and the surrounding area.
8454 Highway 19
Cross Plains, WI 53528


(From Waunakee, just past Indian Lake on the right hand side.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sharing Stories - Wisconsin Historical Museum

One of my fave kid singers, Stuart Stotts is making an appearance as an author!

Sharing Stories With Young Readers

Nothing is more rewarding in the history business than sharing with children the stories locked up in everyday people, places and things. This summer the Wisconsin Historical Museum will foster just that in its new Sharing Stories series. This summer children can bring their parents and/or grandparents to meet the authors of some of the Society's popular children's books. These renowned authors will tell the stories of real Wisconsin people and places while teaching children how to create and share their own stories.

Meet the Authors, Share Their Stories
Here's a complete lineup of the museum's Sharing Stories programs this summer:
If Trees Could Talk, Thursday, June 25, at 10 a.m. —

If trees could talk, what stories would they tell? Join If Trees Could Talk author R. Bruce Allison as he shares his answers to this fascinating question while introducing children and parents to noteworthy Wisconsin trees, both past and present.

Casper Jaggi: Master Swiss Cheese Maker, Thursday, July 16, at 2 p.m. — Did you ever wonder why Swiss cheese has holes in it? Find out through the story of Casper Jaggi, a cheesemaker who came to Wisconsin as a young man from Switzerland. Author Jerry Apps shares the story of this man who grew up in the cheese business.

Curly Lambeau and the Green Bay Packers, Thursday, July 30, at 10 a.m. — Author Stuart Stotts shares the story of the man responsible for keeping the Packers playing in Green Bay. Hear the fascinating details of the origins of the National Football League and, of course, the Packers themselves.

Ole Evinrude and His Outboard Motor, Thursday, August 13, at 2 p.m. — Find out how a love for boats and a girl turned into the creation of the outboard motor. Author Bob Jacobson will share the inspiring story of Wisconsin entrepreneur Ole Evinrude, who helped make Wisconsin the center of the outboard motor industry for decades.

All programs take place at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on Madison's Capitol Square. Your program donation of $2 helps us offer quality exhibits and programming.

Arboretum Happenings during Summer

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 uwarboretum.org

June 27 - Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

"If Trees Could Talk." Madison arborist and author R. Bruce Allison will talk about and sign copies of his latest book written especially for children, "If Trees Could Talk," featuring trees that have an important story to tell about survival, respect and celebration. The event concludes with a walking tour of Longenecker Gardens led by Allison.

June 28 - Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

"Moth Madness and Interesting Insects."
Learn fun ways to identify insects, while discovering how plants and animals depend on these six-legged creatures. Adopt a cecropia moth caterpillar to rear. Bring a clear 2 liter bottle to make a rearing cage and go home with cecropia eggs and information. Dress for the weather; outdoor and indoor activities are planned.

July 12 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
"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.

July 26 - Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
"Nocturnal Animals." Hike with our naturalists and learn about our nocturnal animals. Activities using our senses will demonstrate some of the amazing things these animals can do. Dress for the weather; outdoor and indoor activities are planned.

August 9 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
"Pond Stuff." This walk introduces children to the fascinating world of pond life.

August 23 - Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Remembering Laura Ingalls Wilder -- Prairie Fire." Awesome prairie fires surprised Laura’s family when the prairie was a boundless expanse. Experience these momentous events through Laura’s eyes and learn why fires are necessary and beneficial for the prairie. Take home a “flaming” windsock to remember this fun evening. Dress for the weather; indoor and outdoor activities planned.

Friday, June 5, 2009

FREE FISHING & National Trails Day & State Parks Open House Day

National Trails Day - June 6th - See events here:

State Parks Open House Day - June 7th - See events here:

FREE FISHING WEEKEND - June 6th - 7th - Info here:

Summer Science at Edgewood!

Some Fun Educational Camps at Edgewood!

Summer Science Camp for Kids
- June 22-26, 2009 - Grades 1-3 $125.00
- July 6-10, 2009 - Grades 4-5 $200.00

Bodies in Motion
Come to the Edgewood College Campus for a week of active science discovery. We will explore the physics of motion of everything from our own bodies to stellar bodies. The camp is led by an Edgewood Physics Professor and other seasoned teachers.

Strategy Game-athon
- August 3-7, 2009 - Grades 6-8
9:00am-12:00 noon daily $125.00

Strategy games help students to develop their sequential logic and problem solving skills. Unlike video games and computer simulations these games involve interpersonal interaction, negotiation, and hands-on components. The science department encourages engagement in these kinds of games as they help build the skills necessary for complex problem solving work.

If you are looking for a good late-summer way for your child to get geared up for school...without them realizing it...this is for you.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Cows on the Concourse

Cows on the Concourse

30th Annual Cows on the Concourse

Saturday, June 6, 2009
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine!

Event Admission


Capital Square, Madison, WI
Main Street & Martin Luther King Boulevard

Event Highlights:
- Visit three cow petting areas
- Ask our "Moo Experts" your bovine questions
- Tempt your taste buds with ice cold milk, grilled cheese sandwich, and cream puffs
- Stay for lunch, visit our grilled cheese stand
- Enjoy live entertainment
- Visit with special guests

Arboretum EVENTS

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 uwarboretum.org

June 14 - 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 27 - Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Arboretum Special Event: "If Trees Could Talk." Madison arborist and author R. Bruce Allison will talk about and sign copies of his latest book written especially for children, "If Trees Could Talk," featuring trees that have an important story to tell about survival, respect and celebration. The event concludes with a walking tour of Longenecker Gardens led by Allison.

June 28 - Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Moth Madness and Interesting Insects."

Learn fun ways to identify insects, while discovering how plants and animals depend on these six-legged creatures. Adopt a cecropia moth caterpillar to rear. Bring a clear 2 liter bottle to make a rearing cage and go home with cecropia eggs and information. Dress for the weather; outdoor and indoor activities are planned.

July 12 - 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.

July 26 - Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Nocturnal Animals." Hike with our naturalists and learn about our nocturnal animals. Activities using our senses will demonstrate some of the amazing things these animals can do. Dress for the weather; outdoor and indoor activities are planned.

August 9 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Arboretum Family Walk: "Pond Stuff." This walk introduces children to the fascinating world of pond life.

August 23 - Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Remembering Laura Ingalls Wilder -- Prairie Fire." Awesome prairie fires surprised Laura’s family when the prairie was a boundless expanse. Experience these momentous events through Laura’s eyes and learn why fires are necessary and beneficial for the prairie. Take home a “flaming” windsock to remember this fun evening. Dress for the weather; indoor and outdoor activities planned.

Friday, May 22, 2009

New Glarus Community Fest

New Glarus Community Fest

May 22-25, 2009
All activities are at the New Glarus Village Park unless otherwise noted

Face Painting
Inflatable rides
Climbing Rock Wall
Western Shooting Gallery

5pm - Concessions Open
5pm - Festival Rides Open
6:30pm - Music by “New Glarus High School Jazz Band
8:00pm - Music by “2nd ThoughtClassic Rock

7:15am - Registration Fun Run/Walk
8:30am - Kids Community Fest Mile
9am - 5K Run/Walk
9am - Co-ed Volleyball Tournament (with cash prizes!)
9am - Battleball Tournament
Noon - 4H Petting Zoo
1:30pm - Music by “Cold Ground & Low SkyAlternative Rock
4:15pm Music by "Raindogs" Blues/Rock
8:00pm Music by "Super Tuesday" Rock

10am - Kickball Tournament
Noon - 4H Petting Zoo
Noon - Music by “Jug Prairie” Country Rock
1:45pm - Music by "The Invaders" Classic Rock
4:00pm - Music by "4xDaily Pop & Rock Cover
8pm - Music by "Copper Box" Blend of everything! Rock, Zydeco, Polka with a little Blues, Country & Tejano

9:30am - Memorial Day Parade
Veteran's Day Program at the High School Following Parade
Noon - Variety of Local Talent –Kinderchor 10th Reunion

Ronald McDonald House Celebrates 16 Years in Madison

Sweet Sixteen Open House at the Ronald McDonald House

Date: May 23, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
City: Madison
Location: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison

After sixteen years of providing a 'home away from home' for families with children receiving treatment at Madison area hospitals, Madison's Ronald McDonald House celebrates this anniversary with a Sweet 16 Open House.

The community that so generously helped build the House 16 years ago can take pride in knowing the House has offered a place of respite for thousands of families who understand the anxiety of dealing with a child's serious medical condition. We invite the community to re-connect with our mission and ask them to join us in celebrating 16 years of service.

The Sweet 16 Open House will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2009, from
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 2716 Marshall Court in Madison, WI.

Ronald McDonald himself will be on hand to sing “Happy Birthday” and visit with the crowd. Activities will include House tours, Care Mobile tours, face painting, balloon animals, red noses for the kids, Oscar Mayer hot dogs, Coca-Cola and, of course, what is a birthday party without cake and ice cream for everyone?

Memorial Day Parade - Monona

Everyone enjoys the thrill and pageantry of a parade! Join the Celebration of 54 years for Wisconsin's largest and longest running Memorial Day Parade which will consist of more than 100 units. For everyone'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 disbanding 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.

Friday, May 15, 2009

At Work and at Play at Wade House

At Work and at Play at Wade House

Saturday, May 16, 2009 - Sunday, May 17, 2009 10 am-5 pm

Come help Wade House get ready for spring. Prepare and plant the gardens, fill straw ticks, air out quilts, make beds, black the stove, and sweep floors. Experience behind-the-scenes tours of the Herrling Sawmill, making an "S" hook project in the blacksmith shop, candle dipping, and log skidding. On Sunday only, take in the sights and sounds of vintage base ball as it was played (and spelled) in the 1860s. Come celebrate the household duties, the trades, and the fun that helped shape this 160-year-old community.

Ticket Info:

Adults $11; children (5-17) $5.50; students and senior citizens (65 and over) $9.25; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $30. Horse-drawn transportation on the site included in ticket cost.

Location Info:
Venue: Wade House

Wade House, an 1860s stagecoach inn built to serve traffic along the plank road that connected Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, tells the story of frontier entrepreneur Sylvanus Wade and his family during the Civil War years. In addition to the inn, the historic site includes the recently reconstructed Herrling sawmill, one of the few working, water-powered sawmills of its kind in the nation. Wade House is also home to the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum, which houses the state's largest collection of antique carriages and working wagons.

More info here:

Old World Wisconsin Rituals of Spring

Rituals of Spring at Old World Wisconsin

Just as Wisconsin's 19th-century farmers did when spring rolled around, farmhands at Old World Wisconsin will be busy in the fields on Saturday, May 16, during the outdoor museum's annual Rituals of Spring event. Visitors can expect to see farmers readying the farmsteads for planting, using stock dogs to herd sheep, and hand shearing them before farm women card, spin and dye the collected wool — all as it was done in the late 1800s. At 1:30 p.m. outside Caldwell Farmers' Club Hall, visitors can take in a sheep shearing contest between a father and his son.

Displays of woolen articles and artifacts related to sheep will showcase the animals' importance on 19th-century farms. The value of wool will be further underscored during a quilt turning — in which quilt historian Kathleen Lashley will peel back and discuss samples from a stack of the museum's vintage quilts.

Activities Range from Planting Sorghum to Beekeeping

Meantime, farmhands will be hard at work planting sorghum, a crop that was grown as a less expensive substitute for sugar. The historic gardener will be on hand, too, discussing herbs and their medicinal and culinary uses. Another activity will involve using our newly acquired rope-making machine to make rope that could be used as leads for the sheep, There will also be a demonstration of a small animal-powered treadmill, and visitors can join in activities ranging from soap making to shingle shaving.

Another completely new site feature will also be unveiled — an observation beehive that will allow visitors to see bees in action. The Children of the American Revolution, Wisconsin Chapter, has been instrumental in raising funds for this project. The observation hive was donated by Lapp's Bee Supply, and the Milwaukee-Waukesha Beekeepers Association provided the bees.

For complete details on admission, location and contact information, visit the Old World Wisconsin visitor information pages.


Sun Prairie Library Anniversary & the Sassy Cow Creamery Celebration

Thanks to Pamela for the two events below! Happy Friday!

Sun Prairie Library Anniversary
The Sun Prairie Public Library will celebrate its 10 year anniversary on May 16 with balloons, cake, games, read to the dog, scavenger hunts, and an art exhibit. There will even be fire engines, police cars and an ambulance on display in the library parking lot. All are welcome to attend the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

At the Sassy Cow Creamery!
Sassy Cow Creamery, a family-owned farmstead milk bottling business, announced May 11 it will celebrate its one year anniversary with a Celebration Event open to the public on Saturday, May 23 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
"We have had an outstanding first year here at Sassy Cow with overwhelming support from all of our customers and community," said James Baerwolf, owner, Sassy Cow Creamery. "Our anniversary event is a great way to follow last year's successful grand opening, and is our way, at Sassy Cow, of saying 'thank you' for your business. We are happy to open our doors and raise awareness about the source of dairy products."

Featured anniversary events
• Farm and creamery tours
• Music by local musician David Cox
• Sassy Cow product specials
• Samples of local products
• Pedal tractor races
• The chance to meet the newest Sassy Cow dairy calf
• A variety of fun contests for adults and kids

Sassy Cow Creamery is located at W4192 Bristol Rd., Columbus. From Hwy 151, take the Bristol Street (Hwy N) Exit. Head North on Hwy N and travel seven miles. Look for the big red barn on your left.

Sassy Cow Creamery is a farmstead milk bottling business owned and operated by brothers James and Robert Baerwolf and their families. Sassy Cow provides organic and traditional bottled milk, heavy cream, churned cream, ice cream, milkshakes and ice cream cakes to the local area, all derived from farm-fresh, rBGH-free milk produced on both on the Baerwolf dairy farms. Sassy Cow believes in hosting a variety of informational and educational events to encourage awareness about the source of dairy products.
For more information, visit www.sassycowcreamery.com.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Numerous Madison Area Kids Events!

Family Trailside Backpack Program at Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Enhance your exploration of nature with our Family Trailside Backpack Program. This self-guided program is designed for families to learn together, at their leisure, as they wander the trails at the Nature Center. To help you explore we provide a Backpack with an easy-to-understand Exploration Guide and tool-kit. Activities may be used with children of all ages. Seasonal backpacks allow your group to explore nature as it changes with the seasons. Backpack themes are Spring is in the Air, Crawling Critters, Amazing Adaptations and Snug in the Snow. We also have a Fabulous Forests theme that is loaded with facts and fun.

Program Fee:
Members: FREE
Non-members: $5/ family
$10 for Daycare and Scout groups

Drop-in hours are Monday through Friday, typically 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To ensure availability, please call in advance to reserve the backpacks. Backpacks were generously donated by REI.
More info here:


Badger Trolley Tours at the Arboretum

Sunday, May 17 • 1 pm – 3 pm

Free narrated tours aboard the Badger Trolley begin at the Visitor Center at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. See what’s in bloom in Longenecker Gardens, view our prairies and woodlands in spring color and learn more about the Arboretum’s history and purpose.

More info here:



Remarkable Rubber Ducky River Race - May 16th

The Madison Mallards Baseball Team,Madison Parks, and the Madison Parks Foundation are teaming up to host the first ever ‘Remarkable Rubber Ducky River Race’ at Tenney Park on the Yahara River. The fun-filled event will be on May 16 from 2pm – 4pm and all proceeds of the event will benefit the Goodman Pool scholarship fund.

To enter a Rubber Ducky in the Remarkable River Race, there is a $1 entrance fee. There will be a limited number of Rubber Ducky’s available for purchase so we encourage eventgoers to get there as early as possible. Based on the turnout for the event there may be several “heats” with a final race pitting the top contestants against each other. All age groups are welcome to participate. The first 500 participants will get to keep a Rubber Ducky as a keepsake from the event. Prizes for the Remarkable Rubber Ducky River Race will range from passes to the Goodman Pool, to Mallards tickets & more. The grand prize for the winner of the Remarkable Rubber Ducky River Race will be a party for 10 at the Duck Pond on Opening Day (June 1) including the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, 10 great seats for the game & a $100 gift card.

“Madison Parks is excited to team up with the Madison Mallards and the Madison Parks Foundation for this event,“ says Kevin Briski, Madison Parks Superintendent. “Strong partnerships, such as this, make for a vibrant Madison park system."

In addition to the Rubber Ducky Race, Maynard G. Mallard will be on hand to greet fans, and kids can test their skills with the Mallards Speed Pitch, T-Ball game & Maynard’s Bounce House. The Mallards 2009 Season opens up with an exhibition game vs. the Swedish National on May 27 & the Regular Season Home Opener is June 1 at 7:05 vs. the Rochester Honkers.


Critter Club at the Dane County Humane Society

May 24, 2009
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dane County Humane Society, Madison

DCHS introduces a new club for preschool age children and their parents. The third Sunday of every month, children are invited to come listen to an animal story and related craft.

Sign up today for the next session - space is limited.

More info here:


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Family Horticulture Day - May 9th

Family Horticulture Day

  • Date May 9
  • Time 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • LocationWest Madison Agricultural Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Rd., Verona
  • Description: Families can learn how to develop a backyard kitchen garden in a small space: tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and eggplant seedlings will be provided, along with instructions for growing them and directions for sowing vegetable and flower seeds will be available from master gardeners. Horticulture will be a Technicolor experience at Family Horticulture Day. Purple, red and yellow potatoes, red popcorn and green caterpillars will be the features of the day.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

LEOPOLD LEAP hosted by Physician's Plus - 5/9

Leopold Leap! Saturday May 9, 10 am - Noon - Aldo Leopold Nature Center
300 Femrite Drive

Get outside and have fun this Spring at the LEOPOLD LEAP! Kids 12 and under can do the Jackrabbit Jump, Lily Pad Leap, Lizard Lunge and more! Plus, enter to win a Travel Green Wisconsin weekend getaway at the Bayfield Inn in Bayfield, WI and other great prizes.

The Leopold Leap is the second of four GO! seasonal events hosted by Physicians Plus to encourage families to stay active outdoors. So come on out, enjoy the Raccoon Romp scavenger hunt and do the Prairie Chicken Prance!

More info here:


Registration form here:


The next Go! event will be held this July at the Henry Vilas Zoo!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

UW Arboretum Earth Focus Summer Camps

UW Arboretum Earth Focus Day Camps

9 year old daughter gives "2 Thumbs up" to these Arboretum camps!

Earth Focus Day Camp (EFDC) consists of three programs: Learning Together, Explorers and Eco-Trekkers. The goals of EFDC are to develop an understanding of how the natural world works, to foster an appreciation for nature, and to nurture the sense of awe and wonder for the natural world.

EFDC 2009 will explore habitats, plants, animals and other ecological principles as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Arboretum. Sessions will explore the past, present and future
in age appropriate activities. The summer will conclude with a birthday celebration and a night hike.

Camp activities will include outdoor discovery hikes and observations, hands-on science experimentations, and nature free play. If you have been to camp in past years look for new and exciting experiences. Campers are encouraged to ask questions, play, share, create, discover, construct and cooperate with each other.

Campers must come prepared to spend time outdoors. They must have long pants, hats and closed-toe shoes. Mid-morning snacks are provided.

Loads of info here:

UW Space Place - Planet Trek - Bike event & Solar System exploration

Saturday, June 20
9AM – 12PM
Bring your bike or walking shoes and take a free guided tour of our solar system! Planet Trek is an at-scale model of our solar system installed by UW Space Place. Your journey will begin at "The Sun," located outside Monona Terrace in Law Park, and end 23 miles down Military Ridge Trail in Mt. Horeb, home of "Pluto." Tours will leave the Monona Terrace Exhibition Hall every half hour. Leave the tour whenever you like, or take it at your own pace. (Traveling beyond Saturn will require a trail pass and can be purchased on-site.) While you wait for your journey to begin, take in the stunning exhibit, "From Earth to the Universe," in the Exhibition Hall. Over 40 amazing images will be on display including exploding stars. See what happens when two galaxies collide!

This Planet Trek installation is available through October. For a COOL map of the route and for more information visit: http://spaceplace.wisc.edu/.

Lakeside Kids at Monona Terrace - Wednesdays

Lakeside Kids at Monona Terrace

Wednesdays, 10-11AM
Come to Monona Terrace on Wednesday mornings and enjoy this fun children’s program. Local performers and organizations will provide entertainment, hands-on fun, and learning for children ages 4 to 8.

Programs will be held on the rooftop unless otherwise indicated. In the event of inclement weather, program will be moved inside. Please call 608.261.4000 after 8:30 a.m. the day of event for program location.


17 Okinawan Taiko Drummers of Wisconsin - West High School

24 Summer Passport Kick-off Event - 10AM to 12PM
Exhibition Hall - 6 Activity Stations!

Story Yoga for Kids - Clare Norelle, Musician and Storyteller
Hall of Ideas

15 YMCA Activity Hour
Exhibition Hall

22 "As Strong As I Can Be" - The Banana Lady

29 MadTown Twisters All-Star Cheerleading

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Home Depot Workshops for Kids

At the Home Depot

Kids Workshops at the Home Depot are free, "How-to Clinics" geared for children aged 5-12. The workshops are held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, May 2nd - Wheelbarrow; Saturday, June 6th - Hardware Sorter

The Home Depot's Kids Workshops offer useful projects including the creation of toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bughouse or Declaration of Independence frame kit.

The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.

In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.

More info here:

Gustafer Yellowgold at High Noon Saloon 5/9

Gustafer Yellowgold SHOWS!

From the website:

Gustafer Yellowgold concerts are a unique blend of live music and moving image. The minimally animated illustrations are accompanied by illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor’s catchy and original story-songs for a truly different multimedia experience that is entrancing children, teens and adults alike.

Gustafer is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and has an unusual magnetism for making friends with some of Earth's odder creatures. His best friend is Forrest Applecrumbie the flightless Pterodactyl. Gustafer and Forrest built a small cottage-style home on the edge of an uncharted wooded area in Minnesota. He has a pet Eel named Slim (short for Slimothy) and a pet Dragon named Asparagus who lives in his fireplace and loves corn on the cob. Gustafer's pals, the Mustard Slugs practice their math under the shrubbery.

Since his creation in 2005, Gustafer Yellowgold has become an international phenomenon, acclaimed by the New York Times, which said, “The show is a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.” Entertainment Weekly praised “…The most infectious original songs. It’s like tapping into some pleasure center in the brain- both adult and kid…absurdly appealing. Grade: A. New York Magazine named Morgan Taylor “Best Kids’ Performer” in its 2008 Best of New York Awards. Take a look at Gustafer’s MySpace page to see what his fans think!

Musical Performance - BARNES & NOBLE
Thursday May 07, 2009 11:00 AM
West Towne Mall, 7433 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53717, 608-827-0809


High Noon Saloon presents Gustafer Yellowgold

A Thoreau Elementary School Benefit

Saturday, May 9th 1:00 PM / $10 cover FAMILY FRIENDLY Event Will Run From 1pm-4pm, Kids 2 & Under Are FREE

“The most unique musician on the kids' music scene today is Morgan Taylor. He's the genius behind Gustafer Yellowgold, the musical phenomenon that is finding an audience among both children and adults. What makes Taylor's music so appealing is the effortless blending of pop melodies and slightly absurd lyrics to tell a fantastical story about a little yellow creature, named Gustafer Yellowgold, who likes to make friends and jump on cakes, among many strange hobbies. The music is like a cross between The Beatles, Wilco, and Dr. Seuss.” (A Family Runs Through It)

More info on Gustafer here:

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Being Amish - A visit to Wisconsin's Amish Country

Visiting the Amish

My friends have frequently told me about their trips to Amish Country, so I made a pledge this spring to make the journey. Last Friday, my sister in law and I arose at o'dark thirty, to drive from Waunakee to the Pardeeville area of Wisconsin. We were told that it is of the utmost importance to arrive at the Pleasant View Bakery as soon as they open for business at 8 a.m.

Driving to the bakery, we passed an Amish school. The "parking lot" was filled with several parked buggies, while the horses stood idly by. Out in a field, many Amish children, boys and girls, were involved in a game of baseball. They were dressed in the traditional black and white clothing. When we drove by their game in our little red Miata convertible, a good number of the children stopped playing to stare, and to wave at us.

Note: Even though you may be busy gaping, drive slowly and alertly. Cars in this area share the road with the Amish's horse-driven buggies. I must admit, this is an unusual sight to behold the first several instances.

When we pulled into the "bakery's" driveway, we noticed many farm buildings and a house. There was no sign that pointed the way to our baked goods destination. Fortunately, another vehicle arrived within seconds. We asked this older German couple, who appeared knowledgeable, where to find the bakery's entrance. They said, "Stick with us, we're old pros and we'll show you the ropes." They took us around to the back screen door of the home. When we entered, our olfactory senses were assaulted with the smells of cinnamon and freshly baked bread. To our right, were hundreds of loaves of all shapes and varieties of breads. Straight ahead, were the infamous cinnamon rolls and sticky pecan rolls, as well as pies. On the counter to our left, freshly baked glazed donuts, and cartons of brown, extra-large farm eggs! I immediately gravitated to the plate of six freshly baked cinnamon rolls. When I picked them up, I exclaimed, "Oh my gosh! These are still WARM!"

We engaged the young Amish clerk in a bit of conversation about the bakery. She told us that they started baking at midnight every Thursday and Friday evenings. Yikes! (The bakery is only open on Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Pricing: We spent $11.00 on 6 cinnamon rolls, 6 sticky buns, and 2 cartons of eggs.

Our newly found friends advised us, "We bring along our coffee mugs, and then enjoy some warm rolls in the car, before we go to our next destination." What a wonderful plan! We too oohed and aahed over our gooey, sticky delights, before hitting our next stop.

Our next stop was an Amish grocery store named Mischler's Country Store. (Side Note: Sis-in-law stated the first of many times, "I don't think they're open...there isn't any lights on." My new reality show: "Crazy Aunt Peggy Meets the Amish." *sigh*) While they have the typical grocery fare, they also have many bulk items in plastic bags. For example, you can purchase the following goods in bulk: spices, cereal, baking staples (flour, sugar, etc), nuts, popcorn, snacks, etc. Pricing example: 5 pounds of popcorn = $3.95. There are bargains to be had at this fine store.

Next, on our agenda was to return to Miller's Greenhaus. The place was packed and we soon discovered why! I have never seen so many plants in so many varieties at such reasonable prices. Hanging baskets with gorgeous blooming flowers that were 2-3 feet across in diameter were $20. These would be upwards of $40+ in our area. Vegetables in every possible size and variety. Annuals! Perennials! Pricing was easy - a 3" pot = $1.75; A 4" pot = $1.95. I purchased the following for $6.00: 1 bi-color butterfly bush (6" height), 4 ground cherry tomato plants (4" hgt), and 6 strawberry plants. I felt like a thief! My sister-in-law was delighted to find asparagus ready to stick into the ground, as well as perennials that would normally have costed $5-$10 per plant!

Did I mention yet how pleasant our hosts were? When I mentioned that I was looking for ground cherry tomatoes, the older Amish gentlemen stated, "Oh! That is my very favorite pie." Confused, we asked, "Tomato pie?" and inquired what was in the pie. He said, "Oh, let me get my wife to help you with that information." He collected his wife from the back room, and she told us that she would be more than happy to copy the recipe for us. While we continued shopping, she wrote out the recipe onto a card from memory. Later on, she brought us both the recipe AND a bowl of the ground cherry tomato pie filling to sample! Of course, we were shocked by her kindness. My sis-in-law, not thinking before she asked the question, said, "So, can you freeze the pie filling then?" The Amish lady, smiling politely, replied, "I just can our pie filling." Sis-in-law did an internal mental slap which equated to "Duh, they don't use freezers."

After we paid for our items, young Amish boys aged about 4 and 5 years old, helped us carry our purchases to the car. Sis-in-law stated that next planting season, she's coming to the Miller's Greenhaus for all of her vegetable plants.

Enjoy the return to a simpler, friendlier, and slower time and place. Take time to have a conversation with your hosts. You just might learn something from these gentle, hard-working people.

The sights are plentiful here, too. Besides the numerous buggies, there were many Amish plowing their fields with large draft horses. ENJOY! My next trip to Amish country will be with my daughter.

At the intersection of Hwy 22 and CM/Barry Road, there is a restaurant named "Ludlow's Kountry Korner." It is not Amish-owned. My burger was reasonably tasty and fairly priced, but I would pass on the french fries from the freezer next time. Dining options in Amish country are limited at best...unless you can live on cinnamon rolls...yum!

From Waunakee, take Hwy 51 N. At North Leeds, take Hwy 22 all the way through the town of Pardeeville. At CM (which only goes left), turn right, which is Barry Road. On this road, here are the following Amish businesses:
  • Schmucker Sewing/Canvas Shop
  • CVS Windows
  • Fairview Doors
  • Weaver Cabinets
  • Katie's Carpet Shop
  • Miller's Greenhaus* - See above
  • Schrock's Sawmill
  • Miller small engine
  • Mast's Bent & Dent
  • Miller Cabinet Shop
  • Mast's Buggy Shop
  • Mischler's Country Store* - see above
To reach the Pleasant View Bakery, turn right off of Barry Road onto Kiefer Road. You will see a sign for the bakery.

There are many other Amish destinations in the area. If you would like a map, I can provide one to you, if you provide a SASE. Send me an email if you need my mailing address. (Email: niesgirl@yahoo.com)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Harry Potter Quidditch GAME at the UW Madison - May 8th

Ok, this is not an April Fool's joke. I think this is an event worth taking the kids to see, especially Harry Potter Fans.

The UW-Madison has formed an official Quidditch team, complete with brooms. See the full article and details here:

What: The UW-Madison Quidditch team’s kick-off game.

When: May 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Bascom Hill.

There will be a sign-up sheet for college students interested in joining the team.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Saturday Science Workshop GO FLY A KITE at UW Space Place

Saturday Science Workshop
Sat, 25-Apr-2009, 10:00 am (1:00 hr)

"Go Fly a Kite" - Celebrate National Kite Month by leaning to how to
make and fly your own kite; presented by UW-Madison Physics Outreach.

For more information on the UW Space Place, check our web site at


Women in Agriculture - Breakfast on the Farm 4/26/09

BREAKFAST ON THE FARM - Event Information

14th Annual Breakfast on the Farm

Each year, the Association of Women holds a hearty, farm-style breakfast and invites the campus, local community, and friends. Students love it because it’s great food for a great price, but it’s not just for college students.

There’s something the whole family can enjoy with our petting zoo, education corral, and live entertainment, not to mention ice cream with all the toppings! Come for the food but leave with a greater connection to Wisconsin’s most valued resource: Agriculture.

Breakfast on the Farm will be held at the UW-Madison Stock Pavilion on Sunday, April 26, 2009. Prices are as follows:
Adults: $7
Seniors: $6
Students (K-UW): $5
Children (5 and under): $3

Friday, April 17, 2009

UW Badgers Spring Football Game

UW BADGERS Spring Game!

The Badgers play their spring football game at Camp Randall, on Saturday, 4/18. Game starts at 2pm. *FREE*

Prior to the game, there is a Badger Sports Kids Fair from noon until 2pm. The Fair, which boasts "family friendly events," is held at the McClain Center and is also FREE.

Engineering Expo - Madison

From reader Pam in Sun Prairie. (Thank you!)

Engineering Expo 2009 - This WEEKEND!

Engineering Expo 2009 is a large three-day event that brings out thousands of kids and adults to see, learn and experience engineering first hand through exhibits put on by students and industry, a variety of competitions for all ages, and entertaining presentations.

Expo 2009 will be held from April 16th to 18th, 2009 on the College of Engineering campus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. See below for directions to and around the campus.

Engineering Expo 2009 will run the following days:

  • Thursday, April 16th, 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Friday, April 17th, 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am to 3:00pm

Note, the general public is welcome to attend the Expo any day, but activities on Thursday and Friday are specially designed for K-12 students.

Admission for one-day pass:

  • Adults: $5
  • K-12 Students: $3
  • Children Under 5: free
  • UW Students & Faculty: free with ID

(From the website.) More info and complete schedule here:


MMOCA Adventures with Kids

Zowie. Madison Museum of Contempory Art offers the following Kids' Art Adventures. What a sneaky way to get kids to become art lovers! :)

Kids' Art Adventures

Kids’ Art Adventures invites families to make art together inspired by the MMoCA’s current exhibitions. Activities are planned for 6- to 10-year olds, but younger siblings are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. Program participants should plan to meet promptly at 1 pm in MMoCA’s main lobby. Free.

Sunday, April 19 • 1–2:30 pm
After looking at Joan Snyder’s colorful print Requiem/Let Them Rest, on view as part of An Art of Inner Necessity, kids will combine words and images and explore the expressive use of color and line in this monoprinting workshop. Please note: Kids’ Art Adventures will take place on the third Sunday in April.

Sunday, May 17 • 1–2:30 pm
Kids and families will tour the exhibition Young at Art, which celebrates the work of young artists from the Madison Metropolitan School District. In the museum’s classroom, participants will then become curators of an exhibition of tiny paintings and sculptures that they make, and place these works in a tiny gallery that they construct.


Stop by the reception desk in the MMoCA lobby and ask for the MMoCAkids ArtPack, the museum’s new hands-on discovery kit for exploring art. Designed for families to use together, the ArtPack contains a variety of activities that promote observation and imaginative thinking about visual art. The kit is designed with flexibility in mind, allowing families to choose which activities to use and what to look at in the galleries. Adults accompanying children must leave identification to borrow ArtPacks.

The MMoCAkids ArtPack was developed by MMoCA’s Education Department and designed by Scott A. Pauli. Support for the program was provided by the Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

(From the MMOCA website.) For more information, click here:


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Edgewood Family Science Night

Family Science Night
Apr 20, 2009 6:30pm
Edgewood College Sonderegger Science Center
Edgewood is hosting its seventh annual Edgewood Family Science Night that is a free event open to all families in the area. The Science Center at Edgewood will be filled with “Exploration Stations” that provide opportunities for people of all ages to experience the fun and excitement of scientific discovery. Last year we had 300 in attendance and it was a great family activity. Please join us this year!

Baby Boogie - Hilldale

Baby Boogie
Kids Stuff
Disco/'80s for kids & parents with DJ Nick Nice, 11 am-2 pm Saturdays, 4/11-5/9, Great Dane-Hilldale. $5 ($15/family). 661-9400

When: Weekly on Saturday @ 11:00am
Call: 661-9400
Web: www.myspace.com/nicknicemadison

Baby Boogie is Back!

I'm happy to announce the return of my kids dance party, Baby Boogie (formerly known as Dance Baby Dance & Baby Does Disco).
Kicking off on April 11th in the fantastic new party room at the Great Dane Hilldale. I'll be spinning disco and a smattering of '80s grooves for kids and their parents. No silly Hannah Montana, just classic disco & '80s all afternoon. All ages are encouraged, though newborns-7 year olds (and their parents/relatives/friends) will probably enjoy it most.
We'll have balloons, treats and other surprises every week. Plus a full food & drink menu will be available.

It's a party you won't to miss. Spread the word....

Beginning April 11th and running every Saturday thru May 9th
w/ Nick Nice
Great Dane Hilldale (Party Room)
357 Price Place
$5 cover/maximum of $15 per family

Monday, April 13, 2009

Being Bucky - the Movie

We attended the movie "Being Bucky" yesterday. I achieved one of my bucket list goals...I laughed so hard that I cried. Love, loved this movie, and so did my (nearly) 10 year old daughter. The movie follows several young men who attend try-outs to become the UW mascot, Bucky.

The movie was sold out at the Wisconsin Film Festival, so I was delighted to hear that it was being shown at Point Cinema.

See movie info here:

P.S. Movie warnings. One shot of a young man mooning the camera. A handful of swear words. (minor ones in my view)

YMCA Healthy Kids Day - Friday, 4/17

Healthy Kids Day - April 17

Put Some Play in Your Day at the YMCA! Join the YMCA and Junior League for a weekend of activity-filled events that is FREE to the community. YMCA Healthy Kids and Junior League Healthy U come together and celebrate making fitness fun with special activities all weekend long! Great prizes, games, food, health screenings, information and special guests at all YMCA branches. Friday April 17 • 6:30-8:00pm • Special Family Activities! Free tours and facility use will continue all day Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Glenwood Children's Park - Madison, WI

GLENWOOD CHILDREN'S PARK - 602 Glenwood Street, Madison, WI

Upon the recommendation of a friend, my daughter and I visited the Glenwood Children's Park last week. World famous architect Jens Jensen created this park in 1949 "for children to enjoy nature at its best." It is a Madison historic landmark.

We climbed on ginormous logs, explored a spooky tunnel, built forts, and picnicked within a council ring of large stones.

Most children today have nature-deficit and spend very little time outdoors. Child psychologists, educators, and even Congress are now touting the idea of "No child left indoors." I too encourage you to take your children to this park to enjoy nature at its best.

More information here:

"As you witness the touch of His hand in the wonders of nature you too will feel closer to God." - quote from park marker

P.S. As an added bonus, we hid a letterbox for all of you letterboxers to find!
Clues here: http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?gBoxId=110631

Ken Lonnquist - New Musical AWAKEN - Go see it!

An announcement from my friend, Ken Lonnquist:

Next month my Kenland Players Theater will be offering an original musical experience for family audiences... and celebrate the release of the CD!

Awaken! is based on an Aztec folk tale (The Lizard and the Sun), so the ancient culture of Mexico is a key element in the musical; many of the songs are styled after folkloric patterns, and some easily-understood Spanish vocabulary is woven into the songs and rhyming dialogue. The story focuses on the importance of the Sun to all living things, thus encompassing a strong “Earth Day” message. The protagonist (the Lizard) embodies the value of persistence, and proves that even someone very small can make a big difference to the world!

This show features students from Nuestro Mundo Elementary in Madison and students from Monona Grove schools as colorfully-masked animals and Aztec people. Veteran actors, singers and musicians from Kenland Players Theater anchor the production.

Three public performances of Awaken! are scheduled: May 7 (7 PM), May 8 (8 PM) and May 10 (2 PM). Special performances for school groups may be scheduled at the Goodman Community Center during the daytime on May 7 and 8. Pricing is very reasonable to begin with ($4 for kids and $6 for adults) but we take $1 off ticket prices for school groups of 10 or more.

Awaken! is suitable for all ages. I hope you'll help us to spread the word!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

UW Band Badger Blast - Waisman Center

UW Band Badger Blast at the Waisman Center

Sunday, May 3
2:15 p.m.
Wear your red and white and join the UW Band for and afternoon of Badger fun and music. Learn about the different instruments in the band and march throughout the garden.
Craft project, face-painting and fun for all!

Dane County Summer Farmer's Market opens

Dane County Summer Farmer's Market opens on Saturday, April 18th...Need I say any more???

Easter Bonnet Parade - Madison, WI

From the Capitol Kids website:

8th Annual Easter Hat Parade
April 11, 2009

You love parades…and this is the very best kind because you can be in the Easter Hat parade. Get your hat out of the closet, find your chapeau. Help welcome Spring to the Capitol Square.

The eighth annual Easter Hat Parade will be a low-key fun event for hat and bonnet wearers of all ages!

On the day of the parade decorate your own hat at home or stop by The Madison Children's Museum or Capitol Kids starting at 10:00 the day of the parade and make one.

Visit special animal guests from A-Z Farm in front of Capitol Kids, 8 South Carroll Street, starting at 11:00.

Stilt walking kids will lead the parade and volunteer musicians will provide music for marching. There are sure to be other surprises too.

Be sure to assemble for the Parade at 11:45 in front of Capitol Kids. The parade begins promptly at 12:00 noon.

The festivities start at Capitol Kids, 8 South Carroll Street, on The Capitol Square, Madison. Call Capitol Kids at 608-280-0744 for more information about the event and hat making open hours prior to the parade.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Flustered Mustard Festival and UFO Pulling Party - Black Earth

The Flustered Mustard Festival and UFO Pulling Party

Search and destroy UFO’s (Unwanted Flowering Objects) in the forest during this fun filled festival event! Families and youth groups can sign up for the UFO Pulling Party contest, where teams compete for prizes for who can pull and bag the most invasive species. Never seen a UFO before? We’ll teach you how to spot these alien invaders of the forest. Join us, in honor of Earth Day, to lend a helping hand to the forests of Wisconsin.

Date: April 18, 2009
Event Times: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Ticket Information: Free program. Pre-registration is required.(Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 15.)

Additional Contact Information:
To register your team for the UFO Pulling Party contest, call 608-221-4038 or email alncreg@naturenet.com.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center-Black Earth Campus
10648 Sutcliffe Rd
Black Earth , WI 53515

Great Eggspectations at Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Great Eggspectations at Aldo Leopold

Legend has it that every spring a rabbit would visit children’s homes during the night and leave a woven nest with an egg in it as a sign that spring had arrived. Join us during Spring Break to hear this wonderful story and adorn your own spring basket just as the animals do by using materials from the land. Naturalists will take you on a trail hike searching for leaves, pinecones, twigs, flowers, grasses, and other materials for your basket trimmings. Learn to dye eggs naturally with leaves, grasses, and other gifts of nature to mimic the variety of colorful eggs made by our wild critters! Your creativity and nature’s colors will give your eggs a special one-of-a-kind design! Eggs and other materials will be provided. Appropriate for children ages 5 and older. Registration deadline is Monday, April 6.

Date: April 9, 2009
Event Times: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Session 1) or 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Session 2)
Ticket Information: ALNC members, $6/person or $20/family; non-members, $7/person or $25/family

Additional Contact Information:
To register for Vacation Day programs, visit www.naturenet.com/alnc, click on General Info, Registration then Vacation Day Program. Fill out the General Registration form and submit. For more information or to register by phone, call 608-221-4038.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center
300 Femrite Dr.
Monona, WI 53716

Gourds Gone Wild at Olbrich Gardens 4/4/09

Gourds Gone Wild! 3rd Annual Wisconsin Gourd Festival

Wisconsin Gourd Society presents a full day of gourd art, artists, demonstrations, music, classes, vendors, gourd sales, supplies, tools, seeds, color products and embellishments--plus gourd bowling for the kids! Growing advice, a silent auction and raffle PLUS music by the Moldy Jam!!

Date: April 4, 2009
Event Times: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Ticket Information: Free parking and admission

Additional Contact Information:
To sign up for classes, contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens at 608-246-4550 or register online at www.olbrich.org/education.
Questions call terri at 608-437-1944 or email thegourdgirl@yahoo.com.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave.
Madison, WI 53704

Science Expeditions at UW - Madison Saturday, 4/4/09

Science Expeditions!

On Saturday, April 4, 2009, UW - Madison welcomes families and learners of all ages to experience science as discovery.

  • 3 Science Spectaculars run 12–4 p.m. at the Stock Pavilion and the Microbial Sciences Building
  • Hands-on activities at Exploration Stations spanning the spectrum of sciences. Come explore from 12–4 p.m. in the Microbial Sciences Building and the Biochemistry Addition!
  • Many Special Venues: Geology Museum, Physics Museum, Zoology Museum, Botany Greenhouse, Primate Center Learning Lobby, DC Smith Greenhouse, Science House, Allen Centennial Gardens, Arboretum, the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences building, and the Babcock Hall Dairy Store.
  • Free parking in Lots 20, 36, and 40
  • Free admission
See Schedule of Events here:



Monday, March 23, 2009

Stand Still Parade in Whalan, MN 5/16/09 & West Towne Easter Happenings

Oh my Gosh. My friend just told me about this hilarious parade held each year in the small town (Population 64) of Whalan, MN. They set up the parade (floats, firetrucks, bands, etc.) on the two blocks of Main Street, and then the spectators walk by! How do you know when the "parade" is over? Why...when the parade starts to move!

Their motto is "Our Parade Doesn't Move . . . The Spectators Do!"

The Twelfth Annual

Whalan, Minn. (Whalan is a 3-hour drive from Waunakee.)
Saturday, May 16, 2009
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Downtown Whalan, Minn.

· Food · Music · Games · A Parade That Does Not Move! ·

See more, including a video from CBS News:

Happenings at West Towne Mall!



Hop on over to the Easter Garden for a visit and photo with the Easter Bunny! The Easter Garden is landscaped by Maple Leaf and is located near Boston Store.
Photo packages start at $15.99.


8AM - 10AM

Fun activities include balloon sculpting, caricature photos,
goody bags, prizes, musical entertainment and much more! Breakfast is provided by McDonald's and includes hotcakes,
sausage and a beverage.

Tickets on sale at the Customer Service Center for $5 each.




Help make a difference at Build-A-Bear Workshop® and turn blue into green!

Donate your old jeans to help create the world's largest collection of clothes to recycle, and donate your
furry friends' jeans, too!

Plus, get a free virtual gift to use at buildabearville.com
(One offer per Guest while quantities last)

April Fool's Day - BeanBoozled Jelly Beans by Jelly Belly

I guess that I'll never grow up. Found a fun April Fool's prank to play on the kids in daughter's classroom on April 1st.


BeanBoozled jelly beans come in 20 flavors, 10 weird and wild flavors matched up with 10 look-alike tasty flavors. Is the black jelly bean Licorice, or is it Skunk Spray? Perhaps the blue bean is Toothpaste flavor, or maybe it’s delicious Berry Blue. Think you can tell them apart? We dare you!

You might not know when you will be bamboozled by a weird flavor. A key on the back of each box gives clues to the surprises found inside, but the beans look so similar, every bite will be a surprising dare. 20 Individual Flavors: Skunk Spray, Licorice, Rotten Egg, Buttered Popcorn, Ear Wax, Café Latte, Booger, Juicy Pear, Baby Wipes, Coconut, Pencil Shavings, Top Banana, Toothpaste, Berry Blue, Vomit, Peach, Moldy Cheese, Caramel Corn, Black Pepper, Plum

Jelly Belly BeanBoozled flavor pairings are:

Skunk Spray – Licorice
Rotten Egg - Buttered Popcorn
Ear Wax - Café Latte
Booger - Juicy Pear
Baby Wipes – Coconut
Pencil Shavings - Top Banana
Toothpaste - Berry Blue
Vomit – Peach
Moldy Cheese - Caramel Corn
Black Pepper - Plum