Archive for June, 2014

Child’s Play

Oh Where, Oh Where
Do the Children Play?              
by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

                                                                                                            I was able to take a short trip south for a few days this week. Ah, it was so nice to feel what summer should be feeling like, especially being that it is the end of June, right? Eighty degrees, mild humidity…perfect, in my opinion!

                                                                                                           It was the tri-state area of the Ohio River Valley, an area that I’ve never really experienced, rather have driven through a number of times. This trip brought me through hilly, lush, neighborhoods of the surrounding communities of Cincinnati. Beautiful countryside!  Many things the same as our hometowns here in SE Wisconsin…downtowns rich in history, schools, parks, waterfront destinations, your national chain restaurants and retail stores, and signage unique to each for upcoming summer events.

                                                                                                                                                                              This countryside was explored mostly by car. Warm drives, windows and sunroof open, taking in and enjoying the scenery. In my appreciation, I was struck by one thing that I hope isn’t prevalent, yet goes unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of life as it is here, as I noticed there. I’m going to take note. Read more….

                                                                                                                                                                       Where in the world were the people?

As I mentioned, the weather was perfect. Most of my exploration took place in the early evening. Sure, there were people at restaurants, buying groceries, buying gas. But besides that, parks were empty, sidewalks and streets were free of bikers and pedestrians, no one in the yards. Okay, I mean I did see SOME people, yet, not as prevalent as one would think on perfect summer’s eve. I mean, where were the softball practices? The dog walkers? Now, I only have 2 nights of observation, but those would be Tuesday and Wednesday. I just don’t know.

I think about my family’s neighborhood…nice, suburban, family homes. I reflect on what I think is (and probably 100% of you do) a society of less free play for our kids and more structured schedules. Of course, I do compare my childhood in Green Bay to that of what I see today. I tell my kids I wish for them a childhood of memories I look back so fondly on. And much of those memories include our neighborhood kids playing a pick up game of kick the can, alley alley over, or riding our bikes on the paths in the fields and woods…the bunch of us. Random, kids in and out of play. For hours!

There are many times that I walk in my subdivision, one that was well thought out and designed in the mid 70’s to be very family-friendly. I take in the scenery and the planning of a pond, walkways, community swimming pool, tennis courts and leisure center. There is also this vast, centrally located common open green area that could be nothing more than planned to be a space where kids could gather to play tag, softball, kickball, football. It’s huge, inviting….and…empty.  I’ve seen a group of boys with a convergence of cars put together a game of football on 2 or 3 occasions. That’s it, folks! I can imagine that if we rolled the clock back a few decades that it would be a lively vibrant place were kids would meet up. Not so much, these days.

empty playground 1 empty playground 2

So where do we/our kids spend our time in the midst of a beautiful summer night? I do see the dog walkers, the joggers, etc. Little do I see the kids in packs on bikes cruising through the neighborhood. Rarely do I ever see yard games in action with a group of kids on a random Tuesday or Wednesday summer evening. It can’t be pushed. It wasn’t pushed when I was a kid…it just happened.

I can’t be feeling alone in this. I am quite sure a few of these neighborhoods still exist…those with kid spontaneous play. But, where oh where?



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Oh Summer, Come Hither!

What to do? Here’s to do!Anthony Herrmann at the beach
(Part 2-Stay Cool)
by Just Add Kids Founder, Paula Herrmann



Finally, for my kiddos, too!

What a whirlwind end of a school year it was for me and my family. Wheow. Dang! I’ve survived.

It’s been a pretty low-keyed two days into the summer break for my kiddos. The weather has kept us from our subdivision pool and the beach, and really not running outdoors to play, as it almost seems like autumn! Last week in this blog, JAK Chat, I highlighted a number of indoor play destinations in the area. This week I’m, or rather my brother in law, (pictured) hitting the water in hopes of HOT days ahead and a need to escape the heat. Yes?! Read more…


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Just Add Kids Beach 'n Pool Destination Guide 2014 infogram

Kenosha County Destinations:

Anderson Park Swimming Pool (located at 8730 – 22nd Avenue in Kenosha) has two pools with a tot pool with small children’s slide, 2 water slides, and a diving board. Lockers, lounge chairs and umbrella tables are available.  Life guard on duty.  Fee for entrance.

Washington Park Swimming Pool (located at 1821 Washington Road in Kenosha) is a zero-depth entrance pool with interactive water features, 3 waterslides, and a diving board.  Lounge chairs and umbrella tables are available.  Life guard on duty.  Fee for entrance.

Alford Park Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 2901 Alford Drive in Kenosha) this beach offers a picnic area. No life guard on duty.

Eichelman Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 6125 – 3rd Avenue in Kenosha)

Pennoyer Park (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 3507 – 7th Avenue in Kenosha)

Simmons Island Park (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 5001 Simmons Island in Kenosha)

Southport Park (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at  7825 – 1st Avenue in Kenosha)

Lake Andrea Beach (located inside Prairie Springs Park 9900 Terwall Terrrace, Pleasant Prairie) offers swimming, windsurfing, fishing, sailing and boating in the water, and children’s playground, sand volleyball courts, and restrooms. Fee charged for admission. Open daily during summer season from 10am-7pm.

Old Settlers Park (sandy beach on Paddock Lake located at 24100 75th Street in Salem) provides lifeguards on duty, shaded picnic and lawn area, shelter building, bathhouse and restrooms, and playground equipment. Fee charged during summer beach season from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Silver Lake Park (located at27000 85th Street in Silver Lake) boasts a sandy beach, sand volleyball courts, picnic areas and shelters, bathhouse, concession stand, lakeside playground equipment, and windsurfing area. Fee charged during summer beach season from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area (located 9 miles west of I-94 on Hwy. 142 at 26313 Burlington Road, Kansasville) has a swimming beach available with a changing area, picnic tables and a flush toilet. No lifeguard on duty.  The beach opens in early May to mid-September, weather permitting.  When it is open, the swimming hours are 6am-11pm. State park admission fee applies.


Christiane and Max waterpark


Racine County Destinations:

North Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan at 89 Kewaunee Street in Racine) features a deep sandy shoreline with beach open to the public for swimming, fishing, picnics and a host of other activities. North Beach has a hard plastic walkway for strollers, wheelchairs and coolers;  volleyball nets; a bath house and restrooms;  bike/walk path;  The Beachside Oasis concessions and seating area; adjacent Kids Cove Playground; and almost forgot…palm trees! Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10am – 6pm from the first week in June through the first week in September.

Zoo Beach (waterfront north of North Beach at Goold Street and Michigan Boulevard in Racine) is wheelchair accessible and has a lifeguarded swimming area from 10am – 5:30pm.

Quarry Lake Park (located at 3800 Northwestern Avenue in Racine) offers a bath house, picnic area, and scuba diving.

Fischer Park on Browns Lake (located at 30326 Durand Avenue, Highway 11 in Burlington) has a lifeguarded swimming area, and is also the site of the Aquaducks waterski team shows which runs most Thursdays and Saturday nights from late May through August.

(Southern) Milwaukee County Destinations:

Bender Park Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 4503 E. Ryan Road in Oak Creek)

Grant Park Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at S. Hawthorne Avenue in South Milwaukee) offers a sand beach with volleyball courts, restroom facilities, pavilion with food and beverage as well as beach cabana rentals.

South Shore Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 2900 S. Superior Street in Milwaukee) with wheelchair-accessible restrooms and concessions in the pavilion.

Pelican Cove Family Water Park (located in Kosciuszko Park, 2201 S. 7th Street, Milwaukee) boasts giant and kid-sized waterslides, spraying and splashing interactive toys, adjacent to picnic areas.  Admission rate $2.50 and under.

more options listed here.

(Southern) Waukesha County Destinations:

Muskego Park (located at S83 W20370 Janesville Road in Muskego) Lifeguarded beach open 11am – 7pm daily.

Mukwonago Park (located at S100 W31900 County Hwy O in Mukwonago) Lifeguarded beach open 11am – 7pm daily.


Hope you find yourself and yours diving into some splashtastic fun soon! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the heat to turn up!

If you know of other public outdoor swimming destinations in the area, please help Just Add Kids help other families and let us know. Post here in the comments, or email us at

Have a blast!




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And They’re OFF!

What to do? Schools Out!
Here’s to do!

Written by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann



Well, everyone except for the public school district my kids are part of are out of school. Yah, you guessed it…RUSD! Yay, me!

A week or so less days that I have to find things to do to keep my kids active and engaged during these long-awaited summer days, I guess. I’m looking at the positive and it’s so exciting the opportunities the kids have whether it’s jumping into one, some, or a ton of the choices that Just Add Kids has listed in our Camp JAK Kids Summer Camp & Program Option Directory, doing something with the family or friends, free play in the yard, or just chillaxin’. Summer really needs to be a mix of all of that. Dontcha think? Read more….

I encourage you all to check out our website’s JAK Happenings Calendar of Events A LOT! There are three of us that add events to that calendar on an on-going basis. Even if you check it once a week, you are bound to miss out on something! Put it on your calendar, to regularly check our calendar!

Our weather has been far from seasonable. I’ve been waiting for those 80 degree days, and I so far…not so much! Yet soon, (and I cannot wait), we’ll be looking for indoor escapes to beat the heat.  There are a number of indoor activity centers for families with kids of all ages. Here’s a list:

America’s Action Territory – (Kenosha) A wide choice of indoor and outdoor attractions, games and food selections. Indoor options are: arcade, bumper cars, BallOCity, laser tag, and The Heist.
Monkey Joe’s – (Kenosha and Waukesha) Children’s party and play destinations with 9 giant inflatable jumps and slides perfect for children 12 and younger includes the Mini Monkey Zone area for children ages 3 and younger.
Chasing Tales for Kids – (Opening Soon!) – (Oak Creek)  An indoor playground that offers both recreational and educational experiences for young children. Available for free play, birthday party hosting, story time, and special events.
Lotza Fun Room – (Muskego) Exciting play experience for children ages 5 and under.  We offer a clean and safe playroom with a variety of different toys and activities for children to enjoy.
Bounce Realm – (Greenfield) Indoor Party and Play Center for children 12 and under. Inflatable party place, playground,  arcade and movie theater.
Family Tree Haus -(Franklin) Indoor playground for children up to 10 years old.
JumpZone – (Franklin) Party and Play Center which features massive, themed inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses kids love, interactive games, toddler activities and more.
Up Up & Play (Presently Closed) – (Bay View) Indoor playground and learning space. A place for imagination to run wild and kids to run free.
Bounce Milwaukee – (Milwaukee) Inflatable sports arena, laser tag, rock climbing, obstacle courses and much more!
The Big Backyard, LLC – (New Berlin) An indoor playground and birthday party center that provides a fun, clean, and safe place for children ages 0-8 to play, celebrate special events, and learn through our enrichment opportunities.
Helium Trampoline Park – (New Berlin) Features 140 trampolines with Open Jump All Day Everyday!
Kids In Motion – (New Berlin) Open Play area for toddlers/preschoolers, laser tag for ages 5 and older, arts and crafts, and cafeteria.
StoneFire Pizza Company – (New Berlin) A state of the art arcade area with touchscreen arcades, classic pinball, and old standbys like skee-ball; bumper cars, mini-bowling, multi-level BallOCity, Frog Hopper ride, candy store, buffet & sports bar!
Sky Zone Milwaukee – (Waukesha) Indoor trampoline park offering active fun for all ages.

BOREDLike I mentioned earlier, free play is part of a healthy mix. Kids need to use their imagination to fill in some of the time. I know in my home they’ll all be gravitating toward the TV, Wii, Nintendo-DS, iPad, laptop…you get the point. And I’ll be pointing them to the Legos, the art cabinet, the book shelf. My kids really don’t mind to be given a project to do, if it’s not presented as a chore.

I hope this blog post helps to fend off the B-word we as parents so many times hear from our children.


Here’s to a summer full of activity, relaxation, awesome weather, and fun! CHEERS!



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Introducing Dr. DoniBeth Davis Sozo Chiropractic logo
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Written by Dr. DoniBeth Davis

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself, as I will be bringing more blogs to you over the next several months.  I am a wife, mother of four and a chiropractor.  I just opened a practice in Kenosha, WI after practicing for 5 years at Daniels Chiropractic Office in Racine, WI.  It has been a long time dream of mine, as well as my husband’s, to open this clinic and we are finally living out the dream.  This has not happened without challenges.  See on November 22, 2013 we nearly lost everything….Read More…

We were traveling to Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with my sister and her family.  We were beyond excited for a vacation and time with our families together. As we were driving through Texas, the weather changed and it began to mist.  The temperature dropped too.  Suddenly, we were spinning out of control.  Our suburban rolled onto its side, my left arm went through the window and was badly injured.  It was the greatest relief, beyond what I can explain, once I knew each of my babies and Zach were alive and okay.

It took the ambulance about an hour get to us.  Before we left, the EMT gave a quick exam to each of the kids and my husband.  As we drove an hour back to the hospital and knowing my family was alright, I began to think about my job and what would happen if I lost my arm.  My job is so much more than a job, it is my life.  I love what I do and the thought of being unable to do it was devastating.  I have seen so many amazing things with chiropractic and get excited about the lives yet to be changed.

The hospital staff were all incredible and took great care of me.  I made sure to let them know right away that I was a chiropractor and I desperately need my arm.  They got me into surgery as quickly as possible, made the repairs and said I should be able to get back to work in 10-12 weeks.  Truly a miracle.

Sozo Chiropractic Dr. DoniBeth with child on table picGoing through this experience has increased my confidence in the career path I have chosen. I am able to fulfill my purpose.  I am third generation chiropractor.  I decided to follow in the family legacy because I wanted to be able to provide chiropractic care to my children, as I received it from my dad growing up.  I also wanted other families to experience the health benefits of chiropractic.  I love what I do and look forward to many more years of helping families achieve wellness and to have health restored.  Since those are the things I strive for, I decided to name my clinic Sozo Chiropractic.  Sozo means wellness and health restored.

In the coming blogs I look forward to sharing with you more information on chiropractic and how it can help your family.

Sozo Chiropractic Dr DoniBeth headshotDr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Her office is located at 3720 72nd Avenue Kenosha, WI (on the corner of Hwy142 and County Rd EA, just west of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).  The office number is 262-764-9301.


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