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201. Super cheap Milwaukee summer
I don't work in the summers so money is much tighter. But I've also learned it's pretty easy to find yourself buying tickets or paying admission prices to keep the kids entertained as the season wears on. Those costs can add up quickly and they aren't really necessary if you are willing to think ahead, pack a picnic or spend some time outdoors. So far this year, we've tried a few things and here are our favorite examples of free Milwaukee fun.
202. Four MPS teachers named Star Discovery Educators
Four Milwaukee Public School teachers have been named STAR Discovery Educators by Discovery Education.
203. Havenwoods State Forest is a hidden gem for families
Who knew? Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin's only urban state forest, and offers over 200 acres of natural wildlife and woodlands. The Nature Center is buzzing with live reptiles, a "Books in Your Backyard" nature library, and free events for kids and families all year round.
204. Pint Size Polkas squeeze in gig on Summerfest's last day
For numerous years now, the band Pint Size Polkas has brought polka to the little people via the Summerfest Children's Stage. We caught a close-out performance this afternoon at 3:15 p.m.
205. Taking back Lake Geneva
With all that Lake Geneva offers less than an hour away from the city, maybe it's time for Milwaukeeans to look south for their "up north" vacation.
206. MAM's "Art Goes to the Movies" is great for kids
The exhibit is designed for children ages 3-12, and they will love seeing their favorite characters from animated movies and participating in the hands-on activities. But older visitors will appreciate learning about the intense research that goes into constructing animated worlds and the art and history that inspires the creative process. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31 and is definitely not to be missed.
207. Milwaukee Art Museum offers kid-friendly summer fun
It may seem counter-intuitive to bring a two-year-old to the Art Museum, but that's exactly what I did last Saturday. I feared we may be shushed out of the place or accidentally break something important. But surprisingly, it turned out to be a mostly stress-free morning full of discovery and hands-on fun. There was so much to do for children that we could hardly fit it all in before naptime.
208. Friends reflect on the life of Kevin Rock
Yesterday, one of Kevin Rock's friends contacted me and asked me to post something about Kevin, a beloved friend and hair stylist, who passed away on Saturday. Of course, because I did not know him personally, I reached out to a few of his friends for their thoughts on this much-loved Milwaukeean.
209. A quick guide to free family summer fun
Milwaukee is full of free family-friendly events and activities to keep your kids on their toes this summer without spending a dime.
210. PBS Idea Channel surprises Reagan High School students
It seemed like a regular school day for Dan Monfre's study hall section at Ronald Reagan High School. Little did they know, the camera crew from PBS's Idea Channel was hiding in the school's library waiting to surprise them.
211. Getting to the bottom of Bay View
A group of students from MPS' Bay View and Bradley Tech High Schools is working in concert with Discovery World to excavate a lost block of homes in Bay View this weekend.
212. Milwaukee Public Library summer reading program kicks off today
The Milwaukee Public Library kicks off their annual Super Reader Summer Reading Program today. The program encourages children to read or be read to every day during the summer, while tracking reading progress in a folder and earning incentives like free food and free admission to Milwaukee attractions.
213. Biden to Milwaukee student: People love chocolate
This morning, Jenny Aicher, a teacher at Downtown Montessori in Bay View, wrote to share some big news on campus. A student in her class received a handwritten note from Vice President Joe Biden.
214. Mother's Day, Milwaukee style
Milwaukee attractions are joining in the celebration and offering free admission and special events this Mother's Day.
215. The further greening of Milwaukee schoolyards
Today, Tippecanoe-Dover parent Erin Dentice shared plans for greening some of the space at the Bay View school's playground.
216. The powers that be ... stupid
How do I tell my children that some adults are stupid, and some of their rules are stupid, without teaching them to disrespect authority and other people in general?
Tagged with: kids parenting families
217. The pet-free life
Today, I posted an article about "crazy cat people" prior to which I interviewed lots of folks passionate about cats. Talking to these cat cradlers reminded me of the cuddly value of animals and their completely unconditional-love personas.
Tagged with: pets cats animals
218. Up, Up & Play is a go, go, go
Last week, Shannon Knapp received approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) and will open Up, Up and Play this summer at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. - above the Down & Under Pub.
219. "Real Pirates" save the day
"Real Pirates" is worth a visit for those who enjoy learning about world history, for people looking for a break from the ordinary, and, of course, for kids who like pirates.
220. Taking the risk
"I'd like to have an animal, but I don't want to be sad when it dies." I hear this more often than you might imagine. When they talk to me, people often start sentences with, "I'd love to have an animal, but ..." I listen closely to what comes next. To save a lot of homeless animals' lives, we need to inspire a lot of people to have animals. Every time I hear, "I travel," "I'm allergic," "My cat wouldn't like it," and so on, it helps us plan better ways to find families who can make a place for a homeless animal.
Tagged with: pets Humane Society grief
221. Study says Shorewood is the top dog
According to U.S. News & World Report magazine, Shorewood High School is the top school in the state of Wisconsin, followed by King International (Rufus King), Marshfield High in Marshfield, West High in West Bend and Carmen High and Technology in Milwaukee.
222. Earth Day event reminds us that Urban Ecology Center is open year-round
There's really no better place to celebrate Earth Day than at the Urban Ecology Center, but I left asking myself why I wasn't there more often all year round.
223. Miller Park family fun guide
There was a time when going to a Brewers game meant tailgating, sunburns and beers - lots of them. But if you have young children and you'd like to enjoy a ballgame with them, those days may be over. Luckily, that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Miller Park has a lot to offer kids of all ages, and families can easily enjoy a (sort of) stress-free experience at the stadium. Here are some suggestions for a smooth, fun-filled day at the ballpark.
224. We can't stop making an effort to learn more
I'm horrified by what happened in Boston this week during the marathon. Bombing anyone, at any time, for any reason, is absurd. During war, we say it's necessary, but we still know it's absurd. It becomes even more bizarre when civilians are the target and the purpose is merely to terrorize. I'm also struggling with something more personal, and possibly related, though its connection may be difficult to see at first.
Tagged with: Boston parenting biracial
225. Milwaukee's out-in-the-open killer
I'd like to talk about another killer of Wisconsinites that is almost exclusively limited to one race. The killer strikes in one area of Milwaukee and involves heavy alcohol or drug use. This killer invokes a series of poor choices that result in the negligent death of another human being. Having a child is a choice. Raising that child is a choice. Getting intoxicated is a choice. Sleeping with your infant after getting intoxicated is a choice, too.