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Articles tagged with 'Santa'

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Kooky Cooky House returns

Published Oct. 22, 2014

Many Milwaukeeans who grew up in the `60s, `70s and `80s remember the Kooky Cooky House - an electronic gingerbread cookie factory that featured dozens of moving parts - that was located in the now defunct Capitol Court Mall. This year, an updated Kooky Cooky House returns to Discovery World.

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Hundreds of Santas to cycle for spirits, support and ska

Published Nov. 25, 2013

The Santa Rampage is an annual event in Milwaukee that has reached cult-status, featuring hundreds of people in Santa suits - as well as a wide swath of various holiday-themed costumes - riding their bicycles through the city. The occasion is so beloved that even the dodgy weather of the season typically does not detract from the merriment or the number of riders who participate in these festivities.

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Featured bartender: Bill "Messy" Mesenbrink from Johnson's Green 7

Published June 22, 2013

"Everyone calls me 'Messy' or 'Santa,'" says Bill Mesenbrink during a recent visit to Johnson's Green 7, a Glendale bar and restaurant that's been around - and family-owned - for 51 years. Mesenbrink is enjoying retirement as a golfer, bartender and a booked-solid Santa Claus.

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Hey Santa! I owe you one

Published Dec. 20, 2012

Not to be confused with THE Christmas story, I would like to conclude the year with a Christmas story. And a lighthearted, silly little one at that.

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A Milwaukee list for Santa

Published Dec. 19, 2012

As we prepare to discard the calendar of a tumultuous and often nasty 2012 in Wisconsin, it's time to launch into 2013 with a clean slate and try to begin the year with no grudges and a spirit of compromise. Here's one man's Milwaukee wish list for Santa.

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The truth about Santa declared a "buzzkill"

Published Dec. 14, 2012

Parents have lots of different opinions on how to talk to kids about Santa. Personally, I was prepared for a variety of reactions when my kids learned that Santa was a myth, but as usual, they surprised me.

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Great Wolf Lodge offers great holiday escape

Published Dec. 3, 2012

Snowland, located inside the lobby at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Wisconsin Dells, is open throughout the month of December and stuffed with holiday entertainment including visits from Santa, a real gingerbread house and indoor snow.

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Hey Santa! I owe you one

Published Dec. 23, 2011

Not to be confused with THE Christmas story, I would like to conclude the year with a Christmas story. And a lighthearted, silly little one at that, as a holiday diversion from the gritty issues of the day that are typically tackled in this space.

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Bribing kids with holiday gifts

Published Dec. 19, 2011

I've done it. When my kids acted like jerks, I suggested that they were going to get bricks and onions in their stockings. And you know what? It worked. It stopped them in mid-meltdown.

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For some kids, Santa is scary

Published Dec. 12, 2011

Most kids who celebrate Christmas like the concept of Santa. After all, he's a smiling Grandpa-looking guy who dumps toys under twinkly trees. But for many kids, actually getting up close and personal with a mall Santa is a terrifying experience.

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Hey Santa! I owe you one

Published Dec. 24, 2010

Not to be confused with "THE Christmas Story," I would like to conclude the year with a Christmas story. And a lighthearted, silly little one at that, as a holiday diversion from the gritty issues of the day that are typically tackled in this space.

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Life of a mall Santa is no sleigh ride

Published Dec. 17, 2010

This is a story about Santa. Not the Santa, but a Santa. This is not the Santa who lives in the North Pole and ate the cookies you left out when you were a kid. No, this is a different Santa. A Santa eating a roast beef sandwich from the food court on his lunch break.

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Family Weekend Roundup: Nov. 27-29, 2009

Published Nov. 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, Milwaukee parents. Here are a bunch of family-focused events that might tickle your fancy, including the lighting of a whale, skateboarding elves and a lovable, high-voiced Muppet.

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Family Weekend Roundup: Dec. 13-14, 2008

Published Dec. 11, 2008

It's a fabulously festive weekend in Milwaukee, so get out and enjoy it, Milwaukee parents! Check out "A Christmas Carol," Santa in the Ward, a symphony for kids, a seasonal IMAX movie or any of the other fun events listed in this week's Roundup.