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.
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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.

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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.

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