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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