I don’t know about you but I LOVE this time of year! Apple Orchards, Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals — it’s our last big Wisconsin “hurrah” before the snow starts to fly…
Lots of Fall Festivals this weekend:
- Mt Horeb
- Lake Mills
It’s no secret that I love to donate things to the food pantry…so this is a FUN thing to take the kiddos to: The 25th Anniversary Open House of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Madison!
Saturday, September 17th, from 11-3 bring your family and friends to celebrate!
- Delicious Food
- Family Activities
- Warehouse Scavenger Hunt
- Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
no need to worry if donation dollars covered it
At BounceU of Madison, we specialize in perfect party ideas. With our amazing inflatable structures, unbeatable customer service, and clean, climate-controlled environment, all you really have to do is show up and take pictures. Throwing a private party here couldn’t be easier – just give us a call, choose one of our popular packages, and let us take care of the food, the cleanup, and everything else.
That was their “spiel” — they did birthday parties and had open bounce times. We took Miss Sarah there a few times with her school’s fund raiser event dates…they gave a cut of the fee back to the school.
Sad to say…they are no longer in Wisconsin, their store closed. Granted we didn’t go there much, but it was a fun option for kids.
I am sorry if you got their April Living Social deal on passes for 66% off and are still setting with them…maybe you can make a commemorative collage?
This Saturday, July 2nd from 9 AM-Noon the project will be to build a Coaster Set. (as you see pictured)
These are how-to workshops designed for children ages 5-12.
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, bug house 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 kit, your child will receive a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin.
For more information visit the Home Depot site.
This is a repost of mine – enjoy:
I love when I leave church with my brain racing from the sermon of the day! Our awesome head pastor always feeds my brain and spiritual soul…
Today, he referenced a family that had just had their third baby and was visited by an associate pastor when still in the hospital. Their three boys were the only grandchildren on each side of the family — and the story came out during the visit that one set of grandparents weren’t happy about the pregnancy. They tried to talk them into terminating it at one point, even giving them literature on how expensive it was to raise a child (from birth to whenever). Pointing out over and over again over the 9 months how they simply didn’t have that $200,000 for a third child…and if they DID have it, that would provide a nice summer home.
Makes you think, doesn’t it? How people really let “stuff” get in the way of what is really important in life. A few years down the road, when they have the rolling giggles of that beautiful toddler ringing through their family functions or see him achieve fantastic teamwork at some sporting event…what will they be thinking then?
Yes, children are expensive to raise! It is an investment that you can not put a price on and it repays you in ways too numerous to count. Occasionally my husband looks around our small home and makes the comments that we should have a bigger house by this time in our lives…but here is the rest of our story:
Our priorities were children. To HAVE some and it took us ten years. First we stopped trying to prevent it from happening, then realized it wasn’t happening. Soon were all the tests, procedures and injections along with the glorified “turkey baster” episodes – all of it out of our own pockets. End result? We adopted, LOL! Our beautiful little girl is a perfect match for us in EVERY way and, if I hadn’t told you – you would never have known.
Our beautiful little girl is the reason we still have a small house – our journey to her is where we put our money for almost ten years and we are rewarded every single day!
It’s time now for a larger home, one that is friendly for my in-laws who are in their mid to late 80s and blind. One level, easy handicap access and plenty of bathrooms…where my home office is further away from the family areas and where we can have friends over and host bible studies/fertility challenged couple support groups.
If God chose to bless us with an unexpected child — our plans would work accordingly, never seeing that baby as an obstacle to what our lives could be but as an additional gift that we could never repay.
Take a moment to hug your little peanut – no matter how old they are. Do something silly, make them laugh. It’s the best investment you can make!
In no particular order or importance, here are 101 ideas for summer fun in and around Madison, Wisconsin. Many of the venues are on the Madison Loves Kids iPhone app. As always, follow Kid Friendly Madison on Facebook for timely events and suggestions.
Have a good one!
Watch an evening performance of the Mad City Ski Team (water ski, that is).
Let Rudabaga Outfitters teach your family to kayak.
Spend the day getting splattered at Apocolypse Paintball.
Complete the Sun Prairie Geocaching Challenge.
Letterbox at Glenwood Children’s Park.
Help the volunteers complete the new BMX Track in DeForest.
Have a picnic at the Concord Zoo (Exit 275 on I-94).
See The Young Shakespeare Players in their first performance of the season.
Find a frog at Picnic Point.
Splash and play at Conservancy Way (DeForest).
Yell “Kastup!” at the National Mustard Museum.
Shop for deals at the Mattel Store on the American Girl campus in Middleton.
Earn a free ticket to the Mallard’s Game through your local library reading program.
Climb Gibraltar Rock (but hang on tight to your toddlers please).
Ride the Merrimac Ferry (both ways).
Tour Sassy Cow Creamery and have an ice cream cone.
Take in the Highway 18 drive in.
Feed the cute goats at Kappell Park in Waunakee.
Visit Jimmy the Groundhog at Jerry’s Apples in Sun Prairie.
Brush up on your physics at the LR Ingersoll Physics Museum.
Cool off and get your sluice on at Cave of the Mounds.
Paint some pottery (Madison has at least two different studios).
Look for the fabric fairy at the Create Studio Lounge.
Ian’s Pizza by the slice.
“Billet on” at Boulder’s Climbing Gym.
Compare the indoor play areas at East Towne and West Towne Malls.
Canoe down the Wisconsin River (Wisconsin River Outfitters can help).
Coffee shops with kids areas (caffeine and crayons for everyone).
Kids eat free on Tuesdays as many local restaurants (we like Market Street Diner in Sun Prairie).
Visit a dream park in Deerfield, Monona, Fitchburg, Janesville, or Sun Prairie.
Story time at the UW Geology Museum.
Ride the train at Little Amerricka in Marshall.
Ride the train at Mid-Continent in North Freedom.
Make a sand castle at Maple Bluff beach.
Talk to a naturalist at Aldo Leopold Nature Center.
Paddle a swan on Lake Wingra.
Ride the carousel at Ella’s Deli or the Henry Vilas Zoo.
Open skate at Fast Forward.
Bowling (many places have Kids Bowl Free all summer long).
Hike on the stroller-friendly trails at MacKenzie Nature Center in Poynette.
Find a horse. Ride a trail.
Collect your pennies and find some fountains.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens (outside or in).
Frosting overload at Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery.
Discounted movies at Marcus Theaters (search for “Kids Rule”).
Splash, swim, and sunbathe at an aquatic center (in Madison and surrounding towns).
Ice cream (and bait) at at the Monona Bait and Ice Cream Shop.
Find the museum at Folklore Village in Dodgeville.
Pick berries (strawberries are ready now).
Migrate to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo.
Fly a kite or play frisbee golf (McCarthy Park has a new course).
People watch at the Memorial Union.
Check out a free kids activity pack at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Make a salad (but get the vegetables from a local farmer’s market or your own garden).
Learn about badgers and mining at Pendarvis.
Pizza and games at Rocky Rococco or Chuck E. Cheese.
Take a tour of the capitol building (get your rotunda on).
Dinner and a movie at the Stoughton Cinema Cafe.
Let your kids get crafty at The Glitter Workshop.
Community events at The Goodman Center.
Fondue for two at The Melting Pot.
Shop for shoes (and see the parrots) at The Shoebox.
Play mini-golf or the do the real thing at Vitense Golfland.
Look for superheroes at Westfield Comics.
Go on rides and see the animals at the Dane County Fair.
Cool down in the Lodi Pool and look for Suzie the Duck.
Take a field trip to Old World Wisconsin.
Take a field trip to Circus World.
Take a field trip to the Cranberry Discovery Center.
Take a field trip to Palermo’s Pizza.
Take a field trip to Forevertron.
Finally enjoy the rooftop exhibits at the Madison Children’s Museum.
Learn how cheese is made at Babcock Dairy Hall.
Fourth of July parades and fireworks.
Camp in your backyard, at a state park, or a private campground.
Press a penny at the Wisconsin Historical Museum.
Eat popcorn on State Street.
Talk about the Civil War at Camp Randall.
Find a 5K race and run or walk with your kids (many have 1 or 2 mile fun runs).
Bike the entire “Planet Trek Dane County” (from Monona Terrace to Mount Horeb).
Play inside at Legacy Academy.
Be inspired at the Monroe Street Fine Arts Center.
Play ball at Hitter’s Sports Complex.
Bounce around at Pump it Up or Bouncy Town USA.
Open tumble at Madtown Twisters or Gymfinity.
Say “uff da!” at Little Norway.
Open skating at the Ice Pond in Waunakee.
More farms and orchards (Trienen, Hinchley, Busy Barn, Elegant Farmer, Schusters, Waldvogel or Epelgaarden, to name a few)
Complete the Junior Ranger Program (pick up a booklet at Governor Dodge State Park).
Shop for survival gear at the Glacier’s Edge Council store (boy scouts rule).
See Sam Sanfillippo’s stuffed animal dioramas.
Music programs and church camps.
Swimming lessons at the YMCA or your local Parks & Rec.
Visit the animals at Animart or the Humaine Society.
Tour the new Discovery Center in the heart of the UW-Madison campus.
Have lunch and watch planes land at The Jet Room.
Hike at Devil’s Lake.
Say “ommm” at Bliss Flow Yoga (kids can play while parents stretch).
Register for a summer sports camp at MATC.
See the Midget Racing at the Angell Park Speeday (bring old clothes and ear plugs).
Unplug and relax.
Make your own popsicles!
I talk at my classes about using V8 Fusion, cutting it in half with water, and freezing in your molds to make your own – much healthier version – of a cool treat for a hot day. I also have a bunch of recipes here
How about Sidewalk chalk?
1 Cup Plaster of Paris, 3/4 C water, and powdered Tempera paint (to color them) is all you need! Mix the three together, put in anything from an ice cube tray to Jell-O mold. Let it dry over night and you are ready to decorate the neighborhood! This is non-toxic, let’s them MAKE it and then USE it and saves you money.
Let there be Bubbles!
What little person doesn’t like blowing bubbles? You can make a wand out of almost anything from a spatula to wire coat hanger that it bent. Experiment with different shapes, try a compare/contrast event! This recipe is environmentally friendly – from the National Wildlife Federation.
1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent (available in pharmacies)
We all scream for Ice Cream! Let them make it and then eat it – – how fun is that?
- 2 T Sugar
- 1 C Half and Half
- 1/2 tsp extract (what flavor you want) – usually we pick vanilla
- 1/2 cup salt
- 12 or so large ice cubes (fills gallon zippy bag 1/2 full)
- pint size zippy bag
- gallon sized zippy bag