Family date night: the drive-in
I've found that one of the coolest parts about having a child is that you can relive your own childhood memories through their eyes. Earlier this summer, for example, I took my daughter strawberry picking for the first time. Saturday night, we went to her first drive-in movie.
Slightly surprised by new Weebles' exhibit
As soon as I got over the fact actual Weebles - you know, the roly-poly toy that wobbles but doesn't fall down - were not a part of the new exhibit at the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, "Weebles Coast To Coast," I really enjoyed the time I spent there with my kids.
Breakfast on the farm
Yes, I grew up in Wisconsin. But no, for some reason, I had never heard of the concept of "breakfast on the farm." Until this weekend, that is, when my family and I took the short drive to West Bend on Saturday to a not-so-intimate affair at the Homestead Acres. In my mind's eye, I expected a few dozen people to gather for pancake and eggs in a field. In reality, we were one of hundreds (and maybe more) assembled for a breakfast operation of enormous scale.
Affected by Briggs
Today, I had the honor of documenting the story of Briggs, a Boston Terrier who was stolen from his East Side yard. Hearing and writing about this story reminds me of the tremendous impact pets, particularly dogs, have on our lives.
Miracle League of Milwaukee opens season on June 9
The YMCA partners with Miracle League of Milwaukee to provide local youth with physical and/or cognitive disabilities the opportunity to play organized baseball. Gather to celebrate the kickoff of the 2012 Miracle League season on Saturday, June 9 at 11:15 a.m. at the John C. Cudahy YMCA.
The simple joys of fruit picking
This weekend was the first opportunity to enjoy the strawberry harvest at Barthel Fruit Farm, which will continue for a few weeks. And it was just about as fun as I remembered.
Wisconsin boy wins Google contest
Dylan Hoffman, a second grader who lives in Caledonia, won the annual Doodle 4 Google competition. His pirate-themed drawing won him a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for his school, a Chromebook laptop and a trip to New York City.
Confirmed: it's legal for first cousins to marry in Wisconsin
The things you learn on Facebook. Judge Derek Mosley's morning status update confirmed that it's legal in Wisconsin for first cousins to get married. With restrictions, of course. But still.
Prince Fielder's All-Star MVP now benefitting Milwaukee County Parks
Prince Fielder may be long gone, but when the big first baseman won the 2011 All-Star Game MVP as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, he designated the Milwaukee County Parks as a recipient of a donation in his honor. The result is the newly named James W. Beckum Park, which will host a ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 26.
When picking my sons' names it was a huge and exciting undertaking for me. I thought about it constantly. I made lists. I read books. I scoured movie credits, indexes and researched my family history for unique names. I even made up a few.
Rename The Hog and raise money for the MACC Fund April 4-5
102.9 The Hog morning hosts Bob & Brian are holding their annual Radiothon for the MACC Fund this April 4-5, and the station's (temporary) naming rights are up for grabs.
Milwaukee landmarks go blue for World Autism Awareness Day
Milwaukee landmarks will add a little color throughout April in support of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.
Do as I say, not as I did
Being a parent triggers the most unlikely rage buttons. My stepdaughter and I had a lovely "girl's night" last weekend. As we were jabbering away about school, friends and boys I noticed a pinker than usual glow to her skin and a delicate, slim porcelain line extending from the outer corner of her eye to her temple. My heart began to palpitate. My gorgeous stepdaughter, with a flawless, fair, doll-like complexion, was compromising her health and beauty by baking in a tanning bed.
Help support a "grape" cause at Vetro Winery
Vetro Winery, 1414 Vino Lane in Jefferson, is teaming up with Special Olympics Wisconsin for a fundraiser and afternoon of fun for special needs kids in Jefferson County schools.
Strawberry abundance returns to Cedarburg this June
Historic Cedarburg's 27th annual Strawberry Festival will be held Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.
LEGO KidsFest coming to Milwaukee this summer
A three-day touring LEGO festival is coming to Downtown Milwaukee in June.
Do you know where your children are? Try Twitter.
In between newscasts on weeknights, Fox 6 announces the following: "It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?" Children, especially older teens, tend to move pretty quick. With technology in hand, these teens move even faster.
Win big with First Stage's Golden Ticket sweepstakes
First Stage Children's Theater is marking its 25th anniversary year and upcoming production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" with a Golden Ticket Giveaway.
Milwaukee-area students show their bright side in political debate
As parents, it's pretty nice when our kids teach us a lesson or "show us how it's done." At a time when much political debate in Wisconsin and nationally seems intensely partisan, personal and petty, more reasoned and rational political discussion comes from a local group of high school students who annually take part in a national civic education program and competition known as We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.
Local ballet student wins top honors at the Youth America Grand Prix
The Youth America Grand Prix, America's first and the world's largest student ballet scholarship competition, has awarded Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy student Jennifer Hackbarth first place in the Junior Division.
Kids love sharing the school cafeteria table with a guest dad
If you ever want to feel like a celebrity. Or maybe a celebrity therapist, have lunch with your kid in the cafeteria at school.
Five signs I have failed as a parent
I always knew there were blind spots in my parenting scope, but lately, they have been extremely visible.
Get your Green and Gold fix at Discovery World this weekend
Prep for Sunday's Packers playoffs with two days of Green-and-Gold projects at Discovery World.
Neighborhoods continue to seek 68th Street School merger
On Monday night, neighborhood activists from Cooper Park and surrounder areas met with School Board Directors Jeff Spence and Terry Falk at the Enderis Park Fieldhouse, where petitions were signed over the weekend supporting a merger of the program at 68th Street School - which the district will close at the end of the year - with nearby 81st Street School. Here is an update from a community member working to make the merger a reality.
Become a "Kid From Wisconsin"
Wisconsin's summer musical performing troupe Kids From Wisconsin is accepting applications for its 2012 season.