Archive for February, 2015

It’s All Hoppening Here!

Finding Easter Bunny             jak jak logo with bunny ears
Compiled by Just Add Kids
Calendar Mom, Shannon Barsch
(updated 3.26.2015)

You better watch out.

You better not cry.

You better not pout.

I’m telling you why.

Santa , that is, Easter Bunny’s coming to town! Although with this weather, it seems more like Christmas! Read more…

**DENOTES**activities & events that are designed for and/or welcoming to
families of children/dependent young adults with special needs

Southridge Mall – 5300 S. 76th Street, Greendale
March 13th – April 4th Monday – Thursday 10am-8pm, Fridays & Saturdays 10am-8pm, Sundays 11am-6pm.
Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny starting on March 14!  Visit him in his oversized “Veggie Patch” located in Center Court! A variety of photo packages are available and each child visiting the Easter Bunny will receive a complimentary Activity Book.  The Easter Bunny will be available for photos and visits. http://www.simon.com/mall/southridge-mall 

Mayfair Mall – 2500 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
March 13th – April 4th Monday – Saturday 10am-8pm, Sundays 11am-6pm, except March 28th, April 3rd, & April 4th hours are 10am-9pm, and Sunday, March 29th hours are 11am-6pm.
Easter Bunny is ready for visitors in the lower level center court daily. Stop by and capture a family memory with an Easter photo. http://www.mayfairmall.com/events/easter-photos

Big Bunny Celebration at Apple Holler – 5006 S. Sylvania Avenue, Sturtevant
March 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th and April 3rd, 4th 10am
Guests will begin their outing with The Country Bunny Easter Wish Puppet Show.  This interactive puppet show teaches the value in believing in yourself and the importance of following your dreams.  After the puppet show, get ready to experience an activity-packed adventure which includes: an orchard tour on the Big Bunny Express kid’s train into the Enchanted Forest for an Easter Egg Hunt, a hand-led pony ride, a special Easter surprise for each child, homemade cookie, apple cider, children’s games where every child wins and photo opportunities with the Big Bunny himself, so be sure to bring your camera! http://www.appleholler.com/ 

Easter Bunny at Godsell Farm – S105W15585 Loomis Drive, Muskego
March 21st 9am-4pm for pictures with the Easter Bunny then hunt for eggs and visit with the animals!   By appointment, email us at godsellfarm@wi.rr.com to reserve your spot.  Private Appointments with the Easter Bunny and egg-stra special farm fun! You will have a private visit with the Easter Bunny while our photographer captures the experience! All photos taken will be uploaded to a private online gallery where you be able to download the images and even order prints!   $25 per family. http://www.godsellfarm.com/

Annual Open House with the Easter Bunny at Buddy Squirrel 1801 E. Bolivar Avenue, St. Francis
March 22nd 9am-3pm
Join us for our annual Easter Open House offered the Sunday before Palm Sunday. Come rain or shine! Bring your family and friends for a day of fun and festivities.  See how Milwaukee’s “Original Whipped Crème Eggs” are made! , Meet Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny  and our very own “Buddy Squirrel”. Bring your children and camera for a day of fun, everyone who visits will receive a free sample of our famous whipped crème egg and our award-winning caramel corn. http://www.buddysquirrel.com

Easter Egg Hunt at the Academy of the Performing Arts – 9160 S Pennsylvania Ave, Oak Creek
March 22nd Ages walking through 4 are from 1-1:30pm; ages 5 to 8 are from 1:30 to 2pm.
Join APA for our 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt! This is a FREE event and open to the community! There will be hundreds of candy-filled eggs for the kids to find. The Easter Bunny will also be here for pictures with the kids. Don’t forget to bring a basket and your camera. This event is 100% indoors. Pre-registration is required. For children who can walk up through age 8. Please be on time – event will start promptly. http://www.academywi.com/

Breakfast with Benjamin Bunny at The Watts Tea Shop – 761 North Jefferson Street, Milwaukee March 28th and April 4th 9am. $25 per person. Bring the kids for a delicious breakfast and story with our two famous guests: Benjamin Bunny and Jemima Puddleduck. A rendition of a Beatrix Potter tale will be read and a digital photo will be taken and posted on the site for you to share will all of your friends and family. A special gift for all attendees. http://wattsteashop.com/The_Watts_Tea_Shop/Store_Events.html

Easter Bunny Parade and Easter Egg Hunt – starts at 4900 block of 7th Avenue, to 6th Avenue, to Library Park, Kenosha
March 28th  10am – 11:30am.
Paraders will gather at 10am with LIVE music and fun. Parade will kick-off at 10:30am and be led by the Easter Bunny and other mascots and head down the sidewalk parade route. The Egg Hunt will begin at 11am and hunters need not participate in the parade (although they are encouraged). Hunters will be divided into 2 groups: 4 and under & 5 and older. FREE. http://www.downtownkenosha.org/explore/events-list/downtown-kenosha-easter-bunny-parade-easter-egg-hunt

Bunny Hop! at Festival Foods – 3207 80th Street, Kenosha and 5740 Washington Avenue, Mt. Pleasant
March 28th 10am – 1pm.
All children 8 and under can HOP while you SHOP! The Easter Bunny will be there and you should bring a camera! Treats, trinkets, surprizes!
Phone: 262-694-7200 (Kenosha),  884-878-6949 (Mt. Pleasant)

Easter Celebration at St. Francis Public Library – 4230 South Nicholson Avenue, St. Francis
March 28th  1:30 – 2:30pm.
Hop on in to the library, and we’ll “spring” for the fun.  The Easter Bunny will make a special visit just for you.  You’ll love our crafts, games, and tasty snacks.  Bring your camera! Free.  Advance registration not required.
http://www.stfrancislibrary.org/

Easter Bunny Bash at Chasing Tales – 7265 S. 1st Street, Oak Creek
March 28th 4-7pm.
$20/first child, $15/additional child(ren), Adults are free.
Crafts, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and games (for little ones and bigger kids, too) will be ongoing throughout the night. Book read at 5pm and Easter Egg Hunt at 6pm. http://www.chasingtalesforkids.com/

Breakfast and Lunch with the Bunny at the Milwaukee Co. Zoo – 10005 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
March 28th & March 29th
Breakfast is served at 9am. Saturday only, and lunch is at noon on both days.
$15 per child or adult; $6 for children 2 & under. Milwaukee County parking fee: $12. Registration required. It’s not every day you can dine with an oversized rabbit. Yep, the Easter Bunny or Mrs. Easter Bunny will be back. This pre-holiday celebration includes Zoo admission, live music, a gift for each child, and, of course, a hearty meal. After your meal in the Peck Welcome Center, head to the apes and primates exhibits, which you can reach through indoor corridors. Gorillas, bonobos, spider monkeys and orangutans are fun to watch. www.zoosociety.org/ 

**Magical Visit From the Caring Bunny at Southridge Mall** – 5300 South 76th Street, Greendale
Caring Bunny provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. Caring Bunny will be held in center court and since the mall will be closed for this private event, you can enter through the Food Court. This event is free, but advance registration is required. http://www.simon.com/mall/southridge-mall/stream/magical-visit-from-the-caring-bunny-3118537

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt at Borzynski’s Farm & Floral Market – 11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant
March 29th 9am, 10:30am, 12noon seatings
Adults $8.95, Children (ages 2-10) $6.95 http://www.borzynskis.com/seasons-events/

Bunny Train – East Troy Depot , 2002 Church Street, East Troy
April 4th 10am, 12noon, 2pm departures. Advanced reservations required.
Adults $10, Children (ages 3-12) $5.
Join us for family fun aboard the East Troy Bunny Train! The heated train ride is a ten-mile round trip starting at the East Troy Depot. Kids can participate in Easter themed activities during the ride to the Elegant Farmer. Enjoy bunny displays by local 4-H Students and treats at the Elegant Farmer. Every Child ticket (Ages 0-12) will receive an Easter gift! Boarding is only done at the East Troy Depot.  http://www.easttroyrr.org/bunny-train.html

Easter Egg Hunt presented by the Franklin Lions – Lions Legend Park, Loomis Road & South Legend Ave, Franklin
April 4th 10am-12pm.
Enjoy Easter candy, fun surprises, dozens of eggs and a visit by the Easter Bunny!  For ages 10 and Under. Free. Advance registration not required.

Egg-Stravaganza at the Racine Zoo – 2131 North Main Street, Racine April 4th 10am-1pm
Free with Zoo admission: Adults $4, Child (15 and younger) $3, Senior (62 and older) $3.50 Racine County residents take $1.00 off regular ticket prices.
Bring your chick-a-dees up to age 10 for candy, crafts, and fun. Plus, enter to win a special Easter basket and meet the one and only Easter Bunny. http://www.racinezoo.org/ 

Visit with the Easter Bunny at Milaegar’s – 4838 Douglas Avenue, Racine
April 4th 10:30am to Noon
Join us for some Easter fun in our Expo greenhouse! There will be a variety of activities for your kids including games and dancing.  Bring an old tennis shoe and plant a pansy inside to take home!  Cost is only $2 plus tax to visit the Easter Bunny who will be handing out filled Easter eggs!  So bring your camera and meet the Easter Bunny! http://www.milaegers.com/

Egg Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo – 10005 W Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
April 4th 9am-4pm
Free admission for Zoological Society members with ID. Non-members: $14.25 adults; $13.25 ages 60 and over; $11.25 ages 3-12; ages 2 & under, free. Milwaukee County Zoo parking fee: $12.
For many, coupling eggs with bunnies brings thoughts of spring. On April 4 at the Milwaukee County Zoo, you can see which animals will receive egg-shaped enrichment toys to play with. Kids can meet the Easter Bunny and participate in the Hop-to-it Bunny Scavenger Hunt at 10 a.m. Kids 8 and under can search for special Easter-themed tokens and redeem them for treats. Throughout the day you can visit the Primates of the World building and design a set of bunny ears. Then hop over to the Stearns Family Apes of Africa building to get a bunny nose and whiskers. Remember to visit the Aquatic & Reptile Center to color a paper egg to take home. At 2 p.m. you can march in the parade, which begins at the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm. www.zoosociety.org/

Breakfast with the Bunny at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex – 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
April 4th 9-10:30am
$13 RexPlex members, $16 non-members. Children under 2 are free.
Enjoy a breakfast buffet of pancakes, sausage, donut holes, milk, juice and coffee and then a visit from the Easter Bunny! A goody bag is provided for all registered children. High chairs are not provided.  http://recplexonline.com/

Easter Hoppenings at Jelly Belly – 10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie
April 4th 1-3:30pm.
Visit and have your picture taken with Easter Bunny. Pictures 4×6 for $10 by Sharrett Studio Photography. Join us for a Face Painting, Balloon Art, Magician, Raffles and Prizes.
https://www.jellybelly.com/wisconsin-candy-store

HOP ON BACK HERE….as we will update this list as we learn of more Easter Bunny events!

Think Spring!

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50 Shades

Of THE CLOUD (A Love Story, of Sorts)heart cloud
by Just Add Kids Founder, Paula Herrmann

Okay, so you have to promise me, if you know me and my family, you say NOTHING!

We are a modest type of family. Pretty square, I’d say. But, I just can’t keep this one to myself, friends. As always, when I disclose the family secrets, there is a lesson to be learned.

So here goes. Last week. I betcha it was exactly a week ago when I was working on deadline, on a Thursday on this newsletter. I work from home, right? Kids all off to school, and I’m hard at it .

My husband, AKA Hottie Boy, descends from the upstairs sportin’ his red thermals. Read more…

I believe he was on his way down to the laundry room to get some work clothes out of the dryer when he decides to strut his stuff in front of me. Okay, ya know, Valentine’s Day is in the air just a few days off.  It’s totally appropriate. (And kinda funny). Only I had A LOT to do that day and my schedule was tight.

Needless to say, HB kept up his antics and decided to moon me. I’m like…”really?” “Go and get ready for work”, eye balls a rollin’, but appreciating his silliness. There’s a time and a place, my friend, and right now is NOT the time. Go, pesky, husband! He doesn’t. Fine, I’m gonna take a picture of your butt. So I did. I show it to him, and we laugh. Playtime is over. Mom (me) deletes the picture.

That brings us to Tuesday, a couple of days ago. My 12 year old daughter asks me why I took a picture of “M”, my 11 year old’s butt. I think for a minute….Oh my gosh. Hello?! She was on my iPad. Guess what? Hubs’s butt went to THE Cloud. The iCloud. Nice.

She knows her dad. He’s silly. “He mooned me”, I tell her, and I made him go away by taking a snap of his rear. She’s only a bit disgusted.

Hubs gets home from work and I tell him the story. “Remember last week…?” Of course, we’re a bit like “Yikes!”. I mean, I know my pictures go to THE Cloud. I guess I just wasn’t thinking it through when I deleted it off my phone…I forgot about THE Cloud and that my kiddos jump on my iPad, a lot. But, we have a chuckle. The man is 50, after all, and apparently can get away with someone mistaking his bum for an 11 year olds, right? (Can’t say that for mine! LOL.)

So why did I tell you this story? Well, for one, momma…don’t forget about your (THE) Cloud! Not all pics are for the general public, or really, who REALLY knows what and where THE freaking Cloud is. I don’t. (Fool? Perhaps.)

…and we think our kids are reckless with all of the technology at their hands. Um, and they are. And apparently, so are we.

Secondly, (the second reason I tell you this tale), the blog post that was scheduled for today somehow fell thru, and I had to pull something out of the air, or outta my a**. Guess I accomplished both, eh?

Now, remember…shhhhhh!

 

 

 

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Baby Love

Been There, Done That   
by Just Add Kids Founder, Paula Herrmann

“Last of”, once again.

 

Alas, it’s the last of my four kids to make his way through elementary school. So here we are wrapping up our “Fifth Grade Take Your Parents to Lunch” yesterday. Next year, I suppose depending on where he goes to school, they probably won’t have a “take your parent to lunch day” and if they did, would he even want me to come?

 

I’m still hanging on the fact that this one, at age 11, still looks forward to seeing his mom come to school. He’s open to giving me a welcoming hug in public.

 

Things could be different, he is my only son, and boys are suppose to be different, right? Read more…

 

It is said (by whom?) moms and sons have a unique relationship and I believe that to be true. Not that my relationships with my older three girls; now 20, 18, and 12 are bad; they too are unique. I’ve been thru (still dealing with) the teen girl adolescent phase. Man, I won’t be out of that for what? Another 6 years… yikes! This transition with my son so far seems to be meeting me/us with far less drama.

 

I also believe I had higher expectations from my girls. Is it because they are girls? And because we are of the same gender, I feel like they should be cut from the same cloth as I? (I have pretty high expectations for myself). Or perhaps I’m just worn down now with baby #4? Does it even matter, really? Just doing a self-assessment here. He’s turned out to be a pretty great kid, thus far. I have no doubt he’ll continue on that track.

 

So while I’ve been there/done that, this journey with my son is a bit different. I’m taking it all in and enjoying the ride. A bit melancholy.

 

We’ll see how we (I) fare through the next couple of months, last months, of elementary school. Then it’s on to middle school for another journey. My last journey there.

 

For the time being…I’m just gonna go love “my baby”. Time to tuck him in bed, a ritual I still do with all of my “babies” (at least the ones that are still at home).  Another good night. Been there/done that and will continue to do that for as long as they’ll take that.

 

On that note…

 

 

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Oh, For the Love of…

Dating. Teen Dating. Teen Dating Violence.Teen Dating Violence logo
by JAK’s guest mom blogger from Racine, Olivia Osborne

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. It is now in its fifth year and awareness and prevention is growing strong. This month provides an excellent opportunity for our community to demonstrate its commitment to ending teen dating violence and support the numerous victims and survivors who are among us. One in ten high school students have been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.  Read more…These violent relationships have serious consequences for victims – putting them at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, suicide and adult re-victimization. Now is the time to educate ourselves about the seriousness of teen dating violence and the prevalence of this epidemic in our lives.

 

SafeStart, a program of Women’s Resource Center (WRC) geared specifically toward teens,  is organizing a day of public awareness events for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (February). “Rally for Love” and the “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Conference” will be held on February 13, 2015.

“The Rally for Love” and the “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Conference” were created to bring awareness and education into our community.”

The Rally for Love will begin at 2:00 pm. outside the Racine County Courthouse on the east side of the building. Participants will then walk to Racine City Hall for a proclamation presentation by Racine Mayor John Dickert. Following the presentation, participants will walk back to the Racine County Courthouse. Participants in the rally are encouraged to wear orange, the awareness color for teen dating violence, and to dress appropriately for the weather.

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The Teen Dating Violence Awareness Conference will begin immediately following the Rally for Love. It will be held at Racine Gateway Technical College. Featured speakers include Danny Thang Ho, R.E.A.C.H. Coordinator and Cody Warner, Youth Outreach Prevention Coordinator, both from End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s Domestic Violence Coalition. Breakout sessions will include topics such as healthy dating, empowering teens, and what we can do as a community to eradicate teen dating violence.

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Participation in the rally and/or the conference is free however registration is required for the conference portion. Adults and teens are welcome to attend either event or both events. To register or for more information on the “Rally for Love” or “The Teen Dating Violence Awareness Conference” please contact Olivia Osborne by email at oosbornewrc@gmail.com, by phone at(262)633-3274 or visit SafeStart’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Safe-Start-Racine

For more information about Women’s Resource Center, please call (262) 633-3274 or visit www.wrcracine.org

About our guest blogger: Olivia Osborne, a mom of two has a BA in Criminal Justice and is the SafeStart prevention Specialist, a program of the Women’s Resource Center.

 

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