Archive for July, 2015

OUT ‘n About!

Teen National Night Out @ 1220 Mound Avenue, Racine
Teen National Night Out @ 1220 Mound Avenue, Racine

Grab Your
Family, Neighbors, BFF, ‘n Go!
National Night Out is August 4th
by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

Keep your fingers crossed that this amazin’ summer weather will hold out, for America’s night out…National Night Out!

On Tuesday, August 4th, Americans come together in their neighborhoods to celebrate the 31st Annual National Night Out. In 1984, “America’s Night Out Against Crime” began in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie. The goal is to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back. National Night Out culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August. (with a few exceptions, as you’ll see!).

Here’s what is happening in your neighborhood, in terms of NNO organized events.  Read more…
[links are provided to websites or Facebook pages where there is active info regarding the host’s NNO event]

Cudahy: (Thursday, August 6)

Cudahy High School Fieldhouse and Parking Lot4950 S. Lake Drive 4-8pm

Franklin: (Monday, August 3)

Franklin Public Library – 9151 W. Loomis Road 6-9pm


Boys and Girls Club1330-52nd Street 5-8pm

Lincoln Park6900-18th Ave 5-8pm

Wesley United Methodist Church4600-60th Street 5-8pm


Veteran’s Park – W182S8200 Racine Avenue 5-9pm

Oak Creek:

Oak Creek Community Center – 8580 S. Howell Avenue 6-8:30pm


1000 Block Grove Avenue 9am-10pm

1600 Villa Street 12noon-9pm

Salvation Army – 1901 Washington Avenue 3-5pm

1618 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive 3-6pm

3400 Block Victorian Drive 3-6pm

Cesar Chavez Community Center – 2221 Douglas Avenue 4-6pm

McMynn Towers – 110 7th Street 4-6pm

Racine Friendship Clubhouse – 2000 17th Street 4:30-6pm

Lighthouse Point Town Homes – 541 Shelbourne Court **National Night Out Kick-Off Event Site** 4-7pm

Thelma Orr COP House – 1100 Block Villa Street 4-7pm

Styberg COP House – 2437 Anthony Lane 4-7pm

Dr. MLK Community Center – 1134 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive 4-8pm

Mount Pleasant Lakeside COP House – 3327 Mead Street 4-8pm

1700 Block Villa Street 4-8pm

4400 Block Apple Tree Lane 4-9pm

First Evangelical Lutheran Church – 8th and Villa Streets 5-7pm

Tyler-Domer Community Center – 2301 12th Street 5-7pm

Humble Park Community Center – 2200 Blaine Avenue 5-7pm

St. John Nepomuk – 1903 Green Street (playground) 5-7pm

300 Block Merrie Lane 5-7pm

Safe Haven – 1030 Washington Avenue 5-7pm

Matson Park – 1110 South Street 5-7pm

Heck Park – 2899 Donna Avenue 5-7pm

Hantschel Park – 5400 Byrd Avenue 5-7pm

Solbraa Park – 1600 Monroe Avenue 5-7pm

Marquette Street Park – 1429 Marquette Street 5-7pm

Greencrest Park – 3234 Drexel Avenue 5-7pm

Dr. John Bryant Community Center – 601 21st Street 5-7:30pm

Holy Communion Church – 2000 W. 6th Street 5-8pm

West Racine Council of Churches – 1401 Grove Avenue (parking lot) 5-8pm

Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church – 1925 Summit Avenue 5-8pm

American Legion – 1234 Douglas Avenue 5-8pm

1516 Westwood Avenue 5-8pm

3429 Erie Street 5-8pm

1200 Block Willmor Street 5-8pm

Safe Start @ Next Generation Now/Acelero Learning – 1220 Mound Avenue 5-8:30pm

1500 Block N. Wisconsin Street 5-9pm

Midtown Church of Christ – 1704 13th Street 5-10pm

Shoop Street and Layard Avenue 5-10pm

1500 Block Cleveland Avenue 5-10pm

2900 Block Charles Street 5-10pm

Triangle Barber Shop – Jerome Blvd and 21st Street 5:30-7pm

200 Block Wickham Boulevard 5:30-7pm

Regency West Apartments – 2300 Loni Lane 5:30-7pm

Atonement Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – 2915 Wright Avenue 5:30-8pm

800 Block Hayes Avenue 5:30-8pm

20th Street (between Quincy & Thurston) 6-7:30pm

Plymouth Congregational Church – 1143 College Avenue 6-8pm

2900 Block Ruby Avenue 6-8pm

10 Virginia Street 6-8pm

Linderman and Sycamore Avenues 6-8:30pm

First Baptist Church – 3117 Lathrop Avenue 6-8:30pm

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer – 2417 Drexel Avenue 6-9pm

St. Andrew’s Church – 500 Block Greenfield Road 6-9pm

2000 Block Case Avenue 6-9pm

1600 Block of Deane Boulevard 6-10pm

615 Indiana Street 6:30-8pm

State and Superior Streets 6:30-8pm

(Racine list of locations/times provided by Racine Neighborhood Watch)

South Milwaukee: (South Milwaukee Police Community Night Out 2015, Wednesday, August 12)

South Milwaukee Police Department – 2424 15th Avenue 5:30-9pm

St. Francis: (Wednesday, August 5)

Milton Vretenar Municipal Park – 4230 S. Kirkwood Avenue 6-8pm

Twin Lakes:

St John The Evangelist Catholic Church – 701 N. Lake Avenue 5-8pm

National Night Out logo 2015

Just Add Kids is joining in on the celebration with its partnership with the Women’s Resource Center’s Safe Start program at Racine’s unique Teen National Night Out event. Teen National Night Out provides a safe place for youth to enjoy “America’s Night Out Against Crime”. So if your neighborhood doesn’t have an organized event, please bring your tweens and teens (and their BFFs) out to Acelero Learning, located at 1220 Mound Avenue, in Racine (formerly Next Generation Now) for a safe night of fun free food and entertainment! The event features: Milwaukee Flyers tumbling group, M.O.M.A. (Movers of Main Attraction) dance group, O.G Steppers dance group, and Starbuck Middle School’s Spirit Squad. Have fun playing Basketball, Double Dutch & more. There will be a FREE raffle and tunes by DJ Dario Wilson.

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I hope you get an opportunity to GET OUT!
If you are aware of any other National Night Out events that are officially organized as such, in the southern communities of Milwaukee, or Racine County, or Kenosha County, please send it JAK’s way! Post a comment or email


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All in Flavor of FUN?

Oreo custard by Georgie Porgie's being scooped SCAN's Cones for Kids 2015

         Photo courtesy of PJM Photos

They Said “I” (for Ice Cream!)
by Karen Fetherston, Program Coordinator
Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN),
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc.

Well, SCAN’s 5th annual Cones for Kids fundraiser is a wrap.  The ice cream is eaten, the crafts put away, the auction prizes delivered to winners, and the results are tallied. As always, we waited with great anticipation to see which yummy flavor would win the vote and the coveted title of crowd favorite. Would it be Caesar’s Root Beer Float Custard?  Culver’s Turtle Custard?  Divino’s Chocolate Gelato?  Georgie Porgie’s Oreo Dream Custard?  Sugar Shack’s Superman Ice Cream?  The winner of the 2015 SCAN’s Cones For Kid Golden Scoop Award is….Read more…

Photo courtesy of PJM Photos

Photo courtesy of PJM Photos

GEORGIE PORGIE’s Oreo Dream Custard!!!!
  This is especially good news for Josh Begin, manager at Georgie Porgie’s.  He and his staff work hard every year to develop just the right flavor to donate and usually end up coming just short of the big prize.  It was nearly that way this year, too.  Out of hundreds of voters, they won BY ONE VOTE! That just goes to show, every vote counts. When he found out Georgie Porgie’s won, Josh joked, “Finally!  We’re no longer the bridesmaid at the party.”  Georgie Porgie’s joins past winners Caesars (2011, 2012, 2013) and Divino Gelato (2014).

For those who might not know what we do or where funds will be used, the Stop Child Abuse and Neglect, or SCAN, program of Lutheran Social Services provides child abuse prevention lessons to students in southeastern Wisconsin.  We teach what abuse is, what to do if it should happen, and the best ways to get help.  Above all, we want kids to know that abuse is never the fault of the child.  During the last school year, SCAN taught lessons to almost 11,000 kids in Racine and Kenosha counties.  Funds raised at Cones For Kids supports SCAN’s mission to provide this important personal safety information to our youth.

A big THANKS to all of our wonderful vendors: Caesar’s, Culver’s, Georgie Porgie’s, Divino Gelato, and Sugar Shack. Also, we can’t forget all of the businesses and organizations donating to our cause: Just Add Kids, Racine Masonic Center, Racine Art Museum, Little Pickle Press, Piggly Wiggly on Erie, PJM Photos, Woodman’s, Kwik Trip, The Helping Hands Sewing Program, and all of the generous donors listed on They prove that community giving and support are alive and well! Please patronize them often to show your appreciation.Max and Christi Big Balloon Tycoon SCAN's Cones for Kids 2015SCAN's Cones for Kids 4th of July parade 2015 full float

Photo courtesy of PJM Photos

Photo courtesy of PJM Photos

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FREE Eats & Fun!

family-at-restaurantKids Eat FREE or On the Cheap!
by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

What’s for dinner, mom?
If you’re anything like me, dinner time and planning dinner is often times a challenge. I’m not too skilled in the kitchen, and quite honestly, as much as I’d love to be…I’m just not interested. There! I said it.
So okay, I have a few winning menus. Key word: few. Admittedly, our family finds itself on the hunt for a restaurant, fast food or sit down, that the 6 of us, depending on who’s home, can agree on.
I do realize the many benefits of preparing and eating a meal at home, if not for anything else…it’s the cost of eating out that makes a home cooked meal appealing. It’s freaking expensive to eat out. A quick trip through Taco Bell (quite possibly the cheapest menu in town, yes?) and I’m easily forking out $40. Minimum!
Read more…

So, JAK is compiling a list of area restaurants with yours and mine family budget in mind. This is by all means not a complete list. For now we’re just whetting your appetite and as we learn of other #FREE or cheap eats for kids and families, we’ll continue to build and update this list. So DO SHARE any and all options that you know of by posting a comment, or emailing contact@justaddkidsonline.

Let’s eat!


Applebee’s Kids eat for $0.99 all day (Mon-Wed), limited to two kids per adult entrée of $9.00 or more. 11am – 1am
2521 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, WI 53406 (262) 554-0905
6950 75th Street, Kenosha, WI (262) 942-7190
7135 S.13th Street, Oak Creek WI (414) 570-0519

Georgie Porgie’s TreefortKids 12 and under eat FREE all day on Mondays with the purchase of each adult tree-o meal.
5502 Washington Ave # 100, Racine WI (262) 635-5030
9555 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek WI
(414) 571-9889


Applebee’s Kids eat for $0.99 all day (Mon-Wed), limited to two kids per adult entrée of $9.00 or more. 11am – 1am
2521 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, WI 53406 (262) 554-0905
6950 75th Street, Kenosha, WI (262) 942-7190
7135 S.13th Street, Oak Creek WI (414) 570-0519

Chancery Pub & Restaurant
All kids 10 and under eat for $1.00 11am-10pm.
207 Gas Light Circle, Racine (262) 635-0533
11900 108th Street, Pleasant Prairie, WI (262) 857-3540

Chili’s – Kids 12 and under eat FREE all day from 11am-10pm. 2 free kids meals per 1 adult full-price adult entrée. Dine in only.
6903 75th Street, Pleasant Prairie WI (262) 697-3667 6439
South 27th Street, Franklin WI (414) 761-5889
5300 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee WI (414) 744-2425

Denny’s 4pm – 10pm Kids Eat Free. Ask Server for details. Restrictions may apply.
5501 Washington Avenue Racine, WI (262) 637-9170
9650 South 20th Street, Oak Creek WI (414)761-1403

Fazoli’s $0.99 cent kids meals with adult entrée purchase only. Includes choice of pizza or pasta, breadstick, and drink. Meal is for children 12 and under. Available 5-8pm.
6930 75th Street, Kenosha, WI (262) 942-0122

Jose’s Blue Sombrero – Kids eat free from 6-8pm on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entrée.
6430 Washington Avenue, Mount Pleasant WI (262) 886-5600

Perkins – Kids 12 and under eat free per 1 paid adult entrée on Tuesdays from 4-10pm and Saturdays from 4-11. Dine in only.
11710 74th Place, Kenosha WI
(262) 857-9344 2010 Ryan Road, Oak Creek WI (414) 761-3700
130 W. Layton Avenue, Milwaukee WI (414) 294-0448

Texas Roadhouse  4-8pm $0.99 Kid’s Meal with free dessert* Limit 2 offers per 1 Adult Entree Purchased. Some exclusions. Dine in only. Andy Armadillo, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, Fun Games, Ice Cream Sundae Bar.
6228 Durand Avenue Mount Pleasant, WI (262) 554-8900
3:30-10pm $1.99 special kids meals for every adult entrée. Special theme-based activities weekly.
11841 71st Street, Kenosha WI (262) 857-7700


Applebee’s Kids eat for $0.99 all day (Mon-Wed), limited to two kids per adult entrée of $9.00 or more. 11am – 1am
2521 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, WI 53406 (262) 554-0905
6950 75th Street, Kenosha, WI (262) 942-7190
7135 S.13th Street, Oak Creek WI (414) 570-0519

Charcoal GrillFree kids meal from our special kids’ menu with purchase of adult meal and beverage. Limit 2 free kids’ meals per adult. Available to kids 10 and under.  11am-10pm
580 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington (262) 767-0000
8300 Washington Avenue, Racine WI (262) 884-9400
Douglas Avenue, Racine WI (262) 639-2050 (11am – 8:30pm)
5745 75th Street, (Hwy. 50), Kenosha, WI (262)942-9896

Javier’s Cuisine Kids 12 and under eat free ordering from the kids menu from 4-9pm. 2 kids/adult dinner entrée ordered.
2011 Lathrop Avenue, Racine WI (262) 598-9242


Bull & Bear Eatery & TavernFridays & Saturdays Kids eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée. 4017 80th Street, Kenosha WI (262) 694-9494


Bull & Bear Eatery & TavernFridays & Saturdays Kids eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée. 4017 80th Street, Kenosha WI (262) 694-9494

Perkins – Kids 12 and under eat free per 1 paid adult entrée on Tuesdays from 4-10pm and Saturdays from 4-11. Dine in only.
11710 74th Place, Kenosha WI (262) 857-9344
2010 Ryan Road, Oak Creek WI (414) 761-3700
130 W. Layton Avenue, Milwaukee WI (414) 294-0448


Do you know of a restaurant that offers a weekly kids eat deal? Send it on over JAK’s way via posting a comment below, or emailing us at

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Fun 4 U!

C4K Scans Cones for Kids 2014 kid pic Amanda
Sponsored by Just Add Kids

There is a great (and delicious) way that you can show your support of the Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc.’s Stop Child Abuse and Neglect Program at our fifth annual ice cream tasting FUNdraiser, SCAN’s Cones For Kids. Funds raised at the event will help to spread support and expand SCAN’s audience base so more children can benefit from the important safety messages. This unique, family friendly event will be held on Wednesday, July, 15 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main Street, Racine. Read more…

Bring the whole family to sample mini-cones from Racine’s favorite ice cream, custard, and gelato shops. Caesar’s Frozen Custard, Culver’s Restaurant, Georgie Porgie’s Burger and Custard Tree Fort, Divino Gelato, and Sugar Shack have all donated unique flavors of ice cream or frozen custard that guests can taste and then vote for their favorite to win the SCAN’s Golden Scoop Award.
SCAN (2)You can also experience the twisted creations of The Big Balloon Tycoon and use photo props for snapshots to take home. Kids can decorate fabric book bags with help from the Racine Art Museum and get a free copy of the Rana DiOrio’s children’s book “What Does it Mean to be Safe” while supplies last. Adults can browse through the many offerings in the silent auction including Disney passes, restaurant and movie gift cards, festival and sports tickets, overnight stays, and many things perfect for family fun. Can’t attend but still want to help? Go to for a list of current auction items and contact SCAN to place proxy bids.

Event tickets are on sale now at the cost of $7 for advance sales, $9 for tickets purchased at the door, and children under 3 are free. This price gets you entry into the event, a mini cone from each of our sponsors and all activities. Bring your family! Bring your friends! Bring your APPETITE!

Space is limited and advance tickets are recommended. If you are interested in attending this unique event, please contact Karen at 619-1633, karen.fetherston@lsswis for advance ticket sales.

Get in on the dialog, join the conversation, RSVP and invite your friends on the SCAN’s Cones for Kids Facebook Event page.

SCAN cones for kids 2015 (2)

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A Time to Celebrate!

Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth of July?Fourth of July pic
A Quickie Lesson in History
Sourced from Kids Play and Create

July 4th is Independence Day or also known as America’s birthday in the United States.
Here are some Independence Day facts for you and your children:

  • We celebrate the 4th of July because it represents the day that America became separate from British rule.
  • Under British rule the Colonists were unhappy with British government.  They felt they were unfairly taxed and had no vote on the laws that affected them.
  • The colonists decided to write a document announcing they were no longer part of the British government and they were going to be a new nation called the United States of America.
  • This document is known as the Declaration of Independence. Read more…
  • On July 4th 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed giving the United States independence from Great Britain.
  • The first person to sign the Declaration of Independence was John Hancock.
  • The Declaration of Independence was written on July 2nd 1776.
  • Thomas Jefferson is credited for writing the Declaration of Independence. However the Committee of Five (Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston) were all involved with the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men representing the 13 colonies.
  • The 13 colonies were: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
  • The Declaration of Independence was written during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783).
  • Did you know that when the United States gained independence the population of the country was around 2.5 million.  Today the population is around 304 million.
  • The first event celebrating the 4th of July at the Whitehouse was in 1801.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal of the US but he was out voted and the bald eagle became the national animal.
  • So why do we celebrate the 4th of July with parades, fireworks and BBQ?  Many believe that if has to do with a letter John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on July 2nd 1776 about America’s Independence.  In the letter he wrote ” The day will be most memorable in the history of America.  I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfire and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward and forever more.”

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