Archive for February, 2016

Egg-citing Times Ahead!

Let’s Hop To It!Finding Easter Bunny Big Box ECU 2016
Compiled by 
Just Add Kids’ 
Silva Karapetian

Our Easter basket overfloweth!

If you are looking for The Bunny, look no further. You’ve come to the right place.

We hare you to find a
more complete, interactive directory of places to go/things to do when it comes to celebrating the holiday with the Easter Bunny. And hey, not everybody is into the furry fella, so we’ve included some additional kid-oriented, family-friendly seasonal events, as well.

Fun hop-portunities for you and your family are right here at your fingertips. Let’s go! Come back often as we will add events here and on our website’s calendar, JAK Happenings, as we learn about them.

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

Finding Easter Bunny! 2016 Directory (updated 3/26/2016)
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BUNNY EVENTS:

Easter Bunny Photo Experience
Southridge Mall, Center Court: 5300 South 76th Street, Greendale
Friday, February 26 through Saturday, March 26 (times vary daily)
Hop on over and visit the Easter Bunny in his over-sized Veggie Patch in Center Court!  The Bunny will be at the mall daily through Easter for photos and visits. A variety of photo packages, frames and accessories are available.  Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion. Visits with the Easter Bunny are complimentary; professional photo packages are available for purchase. For a list of hours, visit the website or for more info, call (414)421-5600.

Visits with the Easter Bunny
Mayfair Mall: 2500 North Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
Monday through Saturday, starting March 4, 11am – 8pm, Sundays, 11am – 6pm
Saturday, March 19, 10am – 9pm
March 25 and 26, 10am – 9pm
Hop by and visit the Mayfair Easter Bunny for your perfect holiday photos! He’s ready for your hugs and smiles in Center Court. For more info, call (414)771-1300.

Easter Bunny Pictures
BAC Photography: 614 Sixth Street, Racine
Friday, March 4, 4pm – 7pm
Saturday, March 5, 11am – 2pm
Pre-register your kids to see the Easter Bunny (deadline is March 1).  Bring your own camera or cell phone.  $1 cash donation for each person in the picture.  For more info and to register, call (262)496-5490.

**An Extra Special Bunny at Southridge Mall**
Southridge Mall, Center Court: 5300 South 76th Street, Greendale
Sunday, March 6, 9 – 10:30am
Southridge Mall will once again host the FREE Caring Bunny™ event, which offers families that have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny has been developed by Simon and is guided by AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary): Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event. Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called. Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.  For more info, call (414) 421-5600.  Reserve your spot at http://southridgemall.eventbrite.com/

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saint Florian Parish: 1210 South 45th Street, West Milwaukee
Sunday, March 6, 8:30am – 12:30pm
A delicious breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, cheese omelets, dough nuts, French toast sticks, ham, bacon, sausage links, potatoes, muffins, bagels, fruit, coffee, milk and fruit juices. Along with this delicious breakfast, there will be a wonderful bake sale, basket raffle and fun games for the children! The cost is $9 for Adults and Children ages 3-10 is $4.50.  Each family will receive one FREE picture with the Easter Bunny thanks to a generous donation from the parishioners of St. Florian Church! Pictures will be from 8:30am to noon.  For more info, call (414)383-3565.

Breakfast with the Bunny
St. Joseph Catholic Academy – Upper Campus: 2401 69th Street, Kenosha
Sunday, March 6, 9 – 11am
Come and join us for a morning with the Easter Bunny.  Free games, crafts, and raffles.  Breakfast catered by Luisa’s.  Pictures with the Easter Bunny are available!  Tickets are available.  Presale ($8 adults, $6 children 3-10, and 2 and under free) or at the door ($10 adults, $8 children 3-10, and 2 and under free). For presale tickets, contact the Lower Campus Parent Association at LCparentassociation@sjcawi.org.

Pet Photo Night
Southridge Mall, Center Court: 5300 South 76th Street, Greendale
Sunday, March 6 and Sunday, March 13, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Pet lovers are invited to bring their furry family member to the mall to take a photo with the Easter Bunny on Pets must remain on their leash while on property. Visits with the Bunny are complimentary; professional photo packages are available for purchase. For more info, call (414)421-5600.

Photos with the Easter Bunny
Regency Mall, Near Boston Store: 5538 Durand Avenue, Racine
Saturday, March 12 through Saturday March 26. Mondays through Fridays, 10am – 9pm; Saturdays 10am – 8pm; and Sundays 11am – 6pm.
All families who visit the Easter Bunny will receive an Easter Bunny coloring sheet and a coupon for a free drink upgrade from Gourmet Coffee. Photo packages start at $22.  For more info, call (262)554-7903.

Big Bunny Celebration & Egg Hunt
Apple Holler: 5006 South Sylvania Avenue, Sturtevant
Saturday, March 12, 13, 19, 20, 25 & 26, 10 – 11am
Come on out and join our Easter Celebration with Easter Egg Hunt and More. Guests will begin their outing with The Country Bunny’s 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: hopping through the Big Bunny tunnel to 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, a marshmallow roast around a cozy campfire, children’s games where every child wins and photo opportunities with the Big Bunny himself, so be sure to bring your camera! $9.00 per person (children & adults) Reservations required. For more info, call (262)884-7100.

Community Easter Egg Hunt
The Academy of Performing Arts: 10001 West St. Martins Road, Franklin
Sunday, March 13, 9 – 11am
Join APA for their 2nd Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt! This event is FREE and open to the community! Plus, it’s held 100% indoors, so weather is not an issue! The Easter Bunny will be there for visits and pictures and the egg hunt is open to children walking to age 8. For more info and to reserve your spot, call (414)768-0101.

Annual Open House with the Easter Bunny
Buddy Squirrel Headquarters: 1801 E. Bolivar Avenue, St. Francis
Sunday, March 13, 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  FREE fun, everyone who visits will receive a free sample of our famous whipped crème egg and our award-winning caramel corn. For more info, call (414)483-4500.

Picture with Easter Bunny
Guttormsen Recreation Center: 5411 Green Bay Road, Kenosha 
Sunday, March 13, 1 – 3pm
Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! You must be a customer of GRC to participate! Call Krista Ziccarelli Photography at (262)324-1012 for more info.

4th Annual South Milwaukee Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt
Grobschmidt Senior Center: 2424 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee
Saturday, March 19, 8:30 – 11am
Come see the Easter Bunny, raffles, loads of activities, good food and fun.  The Egg Hunt will begin at 10am and a collecting container will be provided to all the kids. $6.00 per person, Children 5 – 11 $4.00, Children 4 and under – Free. Bring your own cameras for a picture with the Easter Bunny. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Mill Pond and the Lions Club.

Community Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Bunny
New Berlin Community Center: 14750 West Cleveland Avenue, New Berlin
Saturday, March 19, 1st Seating: 8:30-9:30am (doors open at 8:15am)
2nd Seating: 10 – 11am (doors open at 9:45am)
New Berlin Junior Woman’s Club is hosting this special event including a bake sale, face painting, live bunnies, and chicks in the Community Room. Bring your camera for a photo with the bunny.  An egg hunt starts at 9:30, rain, (snow!), or shine. Tickets are not needed for the Egg Hunt.  Admission for the hunt is 1 non-perishable food donation per child. Please bring a basket for gathering the eggs! The hunt is for ages 3rd grade and younger.  For Breakfast with the Bunny, advance tickets recommended (seating is limited).  Adults $7.00, children (under 12) $5.00, under 2 is free.  Online registration HERE. -or- Mail a check to: New Berlin Junior Woman’s Club, PO Box 510094, New Berlin, WI 53151. Please include which seating time and your email address for registration confirmation. For more info email, newberlinjr@gmail.com.

Springtime Fun!
Godsell Farm: S105W15585 Loomis Drive, Muskego
Saturday, March 19, 9am – 4pm (By Appointment Only)
Join us for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Then hunt for eggs and visit with the animals! 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. Email godsellfarmwi@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Callen’s Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt Event
Callen Construction Muskego Showroom: S63 W13131 Janesville Road, Muskego
Saturday, March 19, 11am – 1pm
The event will feature plenty of photo opportunities and fun family events, including meeting the Easter Bunny, an Easter coloring contest for a Toys R’ Us gift card, an Easter egg hunt for children 10 and under at noon, and complimentary refreshments. For more info, call (414)765-2585.

Breakfast or Lunch with the Easter Bunny
Milwaukee County Zoo: 10001 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, 9am or 12pm
Hippity-hoppity to the Zoo and dine with the Easter Bunny! Breakfast is served at 9 am Saturday only, and lunch is at noon in the Zoo’s Peck Welcome Center. The cost includes breakfast or lunch, a special visit from the Easter Bunny, sweet treats, live entertainment and Zoo admission. Tickets are $20 per child or adult, children 2 and under are $6. Zoological Society membership is not valid. Parking is $12.Registration begins February 15 and event sells out quickly. For more info, call (414)771-3040.

Bunny Hop! at Festival Foods
Kenosha Location: 3207 80th Street
Mt. Pleasant Location: 5740 Washington Avenue
March 19, 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, surprises! For more info, call (262)694-7200 (Kenosha), (884)878-6949 (Mt. Pleasant).

Simon Kidgits Club’s Easter Eggstravaganza
Southridge Mall, Center Court: 5300 South 76th Street, Greendale
Saturday, March 19, 1 – 3pm
Families are invited to hop down to the Simon Kidgits Club’s Easter Eggstravaganza in front of Macy’s.  Kids are sure to have an ‘egg’cellent time celebrating the arrival of spring with festive activities, interactive games, giveaways and more as part of the free event. The Easter Bunny may even “hop” through! For more info, call (414)421-5600.

Easter Celebration
St. Francis Library: 4230 South Nicholson Avenue, St. Francis
March 19, 1:30 – 2:30pm
Celebrate spring with a hopping good party at the St. Francis Library. We’ll get you ready with a story, games, a snack, and a chance to meet the Eggmaster himself: the Easter Bunny. He’s hidden a special egg just for you. We may have some special dancing guests, too! Here’s an egg-cellent chance to burst out of your winter doldrums and see the sweet side of life. Free. For more info, call (414)481-7323.

Breakfast with Benjamin Bunny
The Watts Tea Shop: 761 North Jefferson Street, Milwaukee
Saturday, March 19 and 26, 9am
$25 per person, reservations required. 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. For more info or to make a reservation, call (414)290-5700.

Bunny Train
East Troy Railroad Museum: 2002 Church Street, East Troy
Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, 9am – 4pm
Saturday, March 26, 9am – 4pm
Join the East Troy Railroad’s Bunny Train for some family fun! Enjoy face painting and coloring at the East Troy depot before departure. Then enjoy Easter-themed activities aboard a ten-mile round trip to the Elegant Farmer, where kids will see live bunnies and chicks on display by local 4-H students. Visit with the Easter Bunny for photos, enjoy a treat and a special gift before returning to East Troy on board our heated train. Boarding is only done at our East Troy Depot. Departs at 9:30, noon and 2:30. Advance reservations are required. Ages 3+ = $12.50. Under 3 = $8.00. For more info, email info@easttroyrr.org, or call (262)642-3263.

3rd Annual Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt/Party
Christ Church: 5109 Washington Avenue, Racine 
Saturday, March 19, 3 – 4:30pm
Games, goody bags, chance to win Easter basket full of candy. Be sure to bring your camera to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Hot dogs available for $1.50. For ages 6 months – 12 years old. For more info, call

Lunch with the Easter Bunny
Oak Creek Community Center: 8580 S Howell Ave, Oak Creek
Sunday, March 20, 11am – 12:30pm
Lunch will be served from 11:00 to noon. Last year was a sell-out, so get your tickets early! The Easter Bunny will be the very special guest and will bring and basket for every boy and girl. Cost: $2.75 for ages 2 and under. $8 for all other ages. Visit the Oak Creek Community Center or call 414-768-5840 to purchase tickets. For more info, call (414)768-5840.

Pet Night with the Easter Bunny
Regency Mall, Near Boston Store: 5538 Durand Avenue, Racine
Wednesday, March 23, 6 – 9pm.
Four-legged family members want to see the Easter Bunny too! Dogs, cats and rabbits attending Pet Night must be leashed or in a carrier at all times and use the Southeast Entrance. Photo packages start at $22.  For more info, call (262)554-7903.

Sturtevant’s Annual Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt
South Shore Fire Department Station #9: 2801 89th Street, Sturtevant
Sturtevant Village Hall: 2801 89th Street, Sturtevant
Saturday, March 26, 8 – 11:30am Breakfast at Fire Station, 10am Easter Egg Hunt at Village Hall

Pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee will be served. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures, check out the smoke house, do a little spring time art. Fundraiser for all under-budgeted activities and events in the Village. $7 adults/$5 children/2yrs and under free.

Egg Hunt
Racine Assembly of God Church: 1325 Airline Road, Racine
Saturday, March 26, 9 – 11am
Games, prizes, face painting, 4 hunts (Ages released at 15 minute intervals starting at 9:30am) For more info, call (262)886-5644.

2nd Annual Easter Buffet and Easter Egg Hunt
Roma Lodge: 7130 Spring Street, Racine

Saturday, March 26, 8:30 – 10:30am (buffet served), 10:45 am (Easter egg hunt starts)
Buffet will feature: chef carved ham, scrambled eggs, sausage/bacon, hashbrowns, pancakes, assorted juices. Easter Bunny in attendance. Adults $9.95, 12 & under $5.95 , 4 & under FREE. Please call for reservations (262)886-3610.

Planting Workshop & Visit with the Easter Bunny
Milaeger’s Racine Location: 4838 Douglas Avenue
Saturday, March 26, 10:30am – 12pm
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 $5 plus tax to plant a pansy. Visit the Easter Bunny who will be handing out filled Easter eggs! So bring your camera and meet the Easter Bunny! Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Cost is $5 plus tax. Pre-register in stores or online. For more info, call (262)639-2040.

Egg-Stavaganza
Racine Zoo: 2131 North Main Street, Racine
Saturday, March 26, 9am – 4:30pm
Join us as we celebrate the arrival of Spring!  Bring your chickadees to enjoy the following activities: Hunt for the seven knock-knock doors throughout the Zoo to earn eggs, Play special bunny-themed games, Make fun bunny crafts, Enjoy making a yummy snacktivity, Take advantage of great food specials at Max & Jenny’s Jungle Grill, Have your photo taken with our extra special guest…the Easter Bunny!  Event is included with regular Zoo admission.  Adults, $8; seniors, $7; kids ages 3 to 15, $6. Racine County residents, with valid photo ID, save $1.  Photo with the Easter Bunny is extra (a digital photo with commemorative border will be emailed to you).  For more info, call (262)636-9189.

Breakfast with the Bunny
Pleasant Prairie RecPlex: 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
Saturday, March 26, 9 – 10:30am
$15 RexPlex members, $19 non-members. 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.  For more info, call (262)947-0437.

Egg Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo
Milwaukee County Zoo: 10001 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
Saturday, March 26, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Kids age 8 and under can search for special Easter-themed tokens and redeem them for sweet treats! Join a parade with the Easter Bunny and his costumed character friends. Many other FUN activities! For more info, call (414)771-3040.

Brunch with the Easter Bunny
Maggiano’s: 2500 North Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
Saturday, March 26, 10am – 1pm
Your day will be filled with making homemade peeps, Easter crafts, a picture with the Easter Bunny & a great Maggiano’s brunch! Children ages 2-13 are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult, children ages 0-2 are no charge with adult ticket. $25/person. For more info, call (414)978-1000.

Easter Happenings at Jelly Belly
10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie
Saturday, March 26, 11am – 1:30pm
Visit and have your picture taken with Easter Bunny. Pictures 4×6 for $15 by Sharrett Studio Photography. Join us for a Face Painting, Balloon Art, Magician, Raffles and Prizes. Belly Flops Deal! For more info, call (800) 522-3267.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt!
Village Park: 13600 Juneau Boulevard, Elm Grove
Saturday, March 26, promptly at 9:30am
Hip Hop Hooray the Bunny is on his way!  Elm Grove’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place rain or shine. Funded and organized by the Elm Grove Junior Guild, the event is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to arrive early for a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy free coffee and hot chocolate. Bring your Easter basket and head over to the large gazebo, just south of the playground for some hunting fun. For more info, email childrensprograms@elmgrovejuniorguild.org.

Easter Bunny Hop & Easter Egg Hunt
Downtown Kenosha: starts at 4900 block of 7th Avenue to Library Park
Saturday, March 26, 10 – 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.

Easter Eggstavaganza
The Way Church: 5201 South 76th Street, Greendale
Sunday, March 27, 10:30am – noon
Milwaukee’s largest FREE egg hunt with over 10,000 Easter Eggs. Join us at The Way Church for an unforgettable Easter Experience. Register your kids today! There will be a free continental breakfast before the 10:30am worship experience, 10,000 plus Easter Egg hunt and FREE pictures with the Easter Bunny immediately following the Worship Experience. Your child will receive a wristband to participate in the Egg Hunt during the worship experience. Register today! For more info, call (262)649-3120.

Easter Sunday
StoneFire Pizza Company: 5320 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin
Sunday March 27, 11am – 8pm
An all-day Easter egg hunt (while supplies last), Easter themed craft, pictures with Easter Bunny, and tons of fun out on the game floor. Spring specials including an all you can eat buffet (closes at 7pm), game card activation, and VIP wristband for unlimited rides. For more info, call (262)970-8800.

 

EGG-xtra EVENTS:

Easter Mini Photography Sessions
Krista Ziccarelli Photography, Pleasant Prairie
Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6,  10am – 3pm by appointment.
Come snuggle with chicks, ducklings, bunnies, and/or our little lamb!
30 minute session for $75 where you will receive 5 edited images which can be purchased as a digital download for $25 or buy prints via our website.  Email kristaz@photosbykrista.com or call (262)324-1012.

Pancake Breakfast with Egg Hunt
Brookwood Middle School: 1020 Hunters Ridge Drive, Genoa City
Saturday, March 19, 7am – 11pm
All you can eat pancakes served with sausage, juice, milk and coffee.  Hosted by, Genoa City Lions Club. Adults $6, Children $4.  10am registration for the FREE Easter Egg Hunt. For more info, call (262)279-2016 or (262)295-8189.

Easter for Kids
Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church and School: 5038 19th Avenue, Kenosha
Saturday, March 19, 9 – 11:30am
Fun for ages 3-12 with the Easter story, crafts, and decorating cookies. Please register your child online today ir call the office at (262)654-7746

Easter for Kids
Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church: N108W14290 Bel Aire Lane, Germantown
Saturday, March 19, 9am – noon
We invite children ages 3K through 3rd grade to attend. Activities include: Bible skit, Music Time, Faith-based Games, Crafts Time. Your child will be assigned a buddy for the day to make sure they have a great morning. A lite morning snack will be served. For more info, call (414) 425-0181. Register your child for FREE via link.

**A Very Special Easter for Kids**
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church: 5927 37th Avenue, Kenosha
Saturday, March 19, 9am – noon

A FREE Easter event for children, ages 5 t0 20) with special needs. Enjoy crafts, Easter egg hunt, puppet show, cookie decorating, and games. A special service and lunch is also provided where families are invited too! Register by March 12th.  Space is limited! For more info, call (262)652-3054.

Easter Eggstravaganza
Fellowship Baptist Church: 5607 Wright Avenue, Racine
Saturday, March 19, 1-3pm
There’s an egg hunt, bounce house, games, crafts, face painting and raffle prize giveaways. It’s all free fun for everyone. Go on line to pre-register for your preferred egg time (3 times that fill up quickly!).  For more info, call (262)633-3206.

Spring Fling Egg Hunt
Discovery World: 500 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee
Saturday, March 19 and Saturday, March 26, 9 – 10am (members only) 10am – 5pm (members & general public)
Bring the whole family to hunt for eggs throughout the museum! There will be special treats in each egg, PLUS if you find a red bonus egg with a gold coin inside, bring it to the Membership Information Desk and redeem for a special prize! The Egg Hunt will continue all day or until egg supplies are exhausted. FREE with general admission. For more info, call (414)765-8620.

Midwest Twisters Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26
Oak Creek: 600 East Rawson Avenue
9am for those walking through 3 years old; 10am for 4 and 5 year olds; and 11am for those 6 to 9 years old
Franklin: 11227 West Forest Home Avenue
9:30am for those who have just started walking through 4 years old, and 10:30am for those 5 to 9 years old
Hartland: 602 Industrial Court
9:30 am for walkers through 4 year olds, and 10:30am for 5 to 9 year olds
Midwest Twisters has hidden filled eggs in gyms in three different locations. The bonus is that it’s indoors, so it’s warm and dry. Admission is $2 per child. No registration required. For more info, call (414) 764-6540.

Easter Egg Hunt
Twin Lakes Country Club: 1230 Legion Drive, Twin Lakes
Saturday, March 26 10am sharp!
Free and open to the public. For more info, call (262) 877-2500.

Hope of Easter Family Experience
Racine Community Church: 8440 Spring Street, Racine
March 26, 2 – 4pm
Join others in this interactive experience designed to engage people of all ages! There will be a directed Easter Egg Hunt with special application as well as a dessert fellowship time and a special showing of the Jesus movie for children! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to engage Easter in a fun and fulfilling way! For more info, call (262)886-6606.

Spring Fling
Chasing Tales: 7265 South First Street, Oak Creek
Friday, April 1, 4 – 7pm
$10/child, Adults are free.
For more info, call (414)254-7529.

 

If you are hosting, or know of a children’s Easter event that is not listed above, please send us all of the details including: name of the event, date(s), times, description including family-friendly aspect along with contact info (name, phone, email, website).
Email: silva.justaddkids@gmail.com
Subject: Finding Easter Bunny Event

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JAK gives birth…

Welcome JAK-SKE!Just Add Kids Special Kids Edition
by Just Add Kids founder,
Paula Herrmann

Okay, so JAK-SKE isn’t exactly new. Yet, if I asked for a show of hands as to how many of you know what JAK-SKE is, there’d be a majority of you who don’t know.

So, while JAK-SKE isn’t a newborn, he/she’s got a coming out, of sorts, to announce. Read more…

First, for those of you who don’t know what the what this JAK-SKE thing is all about, let me start there. JAK-SKE stands for Just Add Kids – Special Kids Edition. Oh yah, that’s what that hard to read type says on the logo above ^^!

We started with **’ing events in our JAK Happenings Calendar of Events. Those events are activities & events that are designed for and/or welcoming to families of children/dependent young adults with special needs. For instance, **Special Needs Family Day at Sealed Air YMCA** which we shall get to very soon in this blog post.

Soon after that, we launched our JAK-SKE Facebook group whose mission is for its members to connect around our common struggles and successes for the benefit our SE Wisconsin/NE Illinios extra needs & special needs children/dependent adults and ourselves. Parents, family members, caregivers, educators, healthcare providers, therapists, and children (13+) have a place to meet socially to be a resource for each other, share experiences, and to provide support. Click here to request to join in the conversation on Facebook.

Next, we created JAK-SKE’s own Happenings Calendar of Events. While we strive to be all -inclusive in our basic, original calendar with denoting the **’d events. We have also extracted those events out, just for ease of perusing. 

So finally, the exciting news you have been waiting for…. But, wait! You may have seen it already, because I just could not contain the excitement of this upcoming event until this blog post…. Either way,  Just Add Kids – Special Kids Edition is excited to announce its partnership with the Racine Family YMCA and Autism Solution Pieces in bringing the next Special Needs Family Fun Day which is taking place this Sunday at the Sealed Air YMCA from 1-3pm. Please see flier below. If you click on the flier, a pdf version will pop open that you can download and share. You do know, you can actually save the below flier in a jpg on your device, as well, right?

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All friends and families of individuals with special needs are welcome to come. We’d appreciate you letting others know. Thank you!

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conversation-hearts-valentine-roommomspot-volunteerspot-games1-300x225Teaching Your Child to
Appreciate the Differences
That Make People Special
Reprinted from
Prevention Services Network
Family Resource Center Newsletter February 2016
Parents are uniquely positioned to guide their children to appreciate the differences that make each of us special. As a result of world events and heightened awareness of the relationship between bullying and school violence, there has been increased attention placed on the diversity that shapes the culture of the United States.

Explaining diversity in a way that is understandable to children can be a challenging pro-cess.  Read more…Even when you have done your best to teach the importance of respect and treating others fairly, your child may still encounter hate and prejudice through the Internet and other forms of media, and even in their school or neighborhood. Teaching you child about appreciating diversity will help she/he do well in our diverse society, and promote good self-esteem and mental health.

It’s never too early or too late to talk about diversity. Here are some tips on how to get started:
 Recognize that you may consciously or unconsciously harbor negative feel-ings, biases and prejudices about others. Be aware of how you speak and act in front of your children. The seeds of respect and intolerance are planted when children are young. If your children observe behaviors that promote tolerance and embrace di-versity, they are more likely to exhibit these values as they grow and mature.
 Read books or watch videos with tolerance, diversity and multicultural themes with your children. Have discussions after each book or film to address any questions or concerns they may have.
 If you ever hear or see your child doing anything that does not embrace diver-sity, immediately talk to him or her about bias and prejudice. Let your child know that bias, prejudice and stereotyping are never acceptable. Establish open chan-nels of communication with your children so that they feel recognized, understood, lis-tened to, and respected.
 Buy your child toys and games that celebrate the diverse culture in which we live. Don’t buy anything that promotes intolerance.
 Point out stereotypes, acts of prejudice and bias depicted in TV, movies, com-puter games and other media to help your child recognize unacceptable behavior or attitudes.
 Encourage your childrens’ friendships with people who are different from them.
 Work with your child’s school or PTA to start a diversity book list or diversity organization. Let your child’s school board know that diversity in schools is important to you.
 Enroll your child in schools, camps, learning programs, day care and after-school programs that celebrate diversity.
 Integrate culturally diverse artwork, literature or music in your home.
 Invite a friend of a different cultural background to your house for a family meal or holiday. Ask the person to prepare a cultural dish or share stories with your family.
 Acknowledge and respect that your children’s problems at school are important to them. Provide emotional encouragement and then brainstorm together to find constructive solutions to help them deal with their problems

 Be honest about differences between people. Tell children that people are not all the same; Explain that we all experience the world in different ways and those experiences are important. Help your children to understand the viewpoints and ideas of others.
 Remember that talking about tolerance and diversity is an ongoing process. It can-not be summed up in a single conversation. Establish a “no subject is taboo” policy, this way your children know they can talk to you about anything.

Some simple terms to help you explain diversity to your child
What is diversity?
 A variety of something, such as an opinion, color, style or ethnicity.
When embracing diversity these are some key words you should know:
 Uniqueness – only one of its kind
 Appreciate – value somebody or something highly; understand the meaning or importance.
The following terms prevent one from fully embracing diversity:
 Prejudice – to judge someone or something before you know all the facts.
 Stereotype – to group people in categories based on single characteristics.
 Bias – an attitude that always favors one way of feeling or acting over any other.

Top Ten Tips for Kids
Appreciate the differences that make each of us special.
1. Never make fun of people who are different from you in any way. Accept that everyone is special in his or her own way.
2. Start a new trend; say only nice things about everyone.
3. Next time your parents take you out to eat, try a food from another culture.
4. Go to the library and check out different books about kids from different cultures.
5. Remember that what someone looks like on the outside has nothing to do with what is in-side.
6. Treat everyone you meet how you would like to be treated.
7. If you are being teased or bullied, tell an adult you trust. Show that you are confident in yourself by ignoring the bully and walking away.
8. Ask different people what they think about things. Respect their opinions.
9. Never stereotype a whole group of people. Treat each person as an individual who has his or her own ideas and opinions.
10. Believe in yourself! Just do your best, and be proud of the different things that make you who you are!!

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Where it well. Huh?

You are what you wear.
A Mom on a Mission!Mission Marcus tshirt
by Just Add Kids founder,
Paula Herrmann

Or is it, “you are what you eat”?
Whatever. The title of this blog post will make sense in a minute.

Honest to goodness, I’ve lived over a half a century now. Yah, I’m a mature, seasoned mom. I became a mom when I was 30. So, really, my day to day interactions with moms came about 20 years ago when I joined the ranks of parenthood. I don’t know if anyone who never was/is a mom can really understand the dynamics of living that role.  It ain’t an easy one. Sure, there are crappy moms who probably should’ve never given birth.  Read more…But, mostly, there are good moms, doing their best to do what’s best for their child/children. And then there are the bomb diggeties.

For the most part, I’ve been surrounded by those who are good. Then BAM!  A few years ago all of a sudden all of these super moms popped out of nowhere.  There’s Colleen, there’s Cindy, there’s Shannon, and Renee. Not to mention Heather and Karri….crazy amazing are they. Though, I do believe the first major diggity unknowingly popped into my work email inbox in the year 2006. I guess it’s the 10 year anniversary of my meeting Tammy.

My wonderful type Aish advertiser who had to get that crown clip art tilted “just right” on her print ad. It took a couple of salads and hand delivered ad proofs to get the ball rollin’. And since then, it has never stopped! (I type this with a blissful smile and heart of adoration.)

Tammy Flynn is the owner of Elegance Salon & Spa and Eevents both based out of Elm Grove. Additionally significant to being a business owner and employer, she’s a single mom of four children. She has been now for 20 some years. Eighteen years ago, she gave birth to her 3rd child, her firstborn son, Marcus.

Marcus was born with Encephalopathy which causes global and cognitive delay, also accompanied by multiple complex medical issues. In a rapid fire medically straightforward manor, Tammy names his numerous diagnoses. As I listen, attempting to process, my head just spins.  Needless to say, Tammy and Marcus have had a lifetime relationship with numerous physicians and staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as well as its affiliated medical complexes and other medical and therapeutic specialists.

Evening of Elegance 2014 Tammy and Make A Wish at podium

On the mic, Patti Gorsky, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish with Tammy (in black) at An Evening of Elegance 2014

 

Inspired by the work of Children’s Hospital in treating Marcus and thousands of other children, Tammy set out to give back the organization, as well as Make-A-Wish of Wisconsin, by producing a number of special fundraising events over the course of the past 6 years. You may recall them…there’s the formal An Evening of Elegance and family fun event Wishes In Wonderland that has raised over $500,000 with a unique no administrative cost model where 100% of the proceeds were donated back to Children’s and Make-A-Wish. Having played a very minor role in the success of these events, I’ve seen her tireless work first hand. All I can say is A -FREAKIN’ -MAZING!!

Marcus's spine

 

During this epic fundraising phase, four years ago, Scheuermann’s Kyphosis enters the
scene.  Marcus’s spine began to curve forward abnormally.  In November of 2014,  x-rays reveal that Marcus’s spine’s curvature was at a medically astonishing 95 degrees, and spinal fusion is imminent to prevent it from collapsing. That surgery is scheduled in a few short months on May 16.

Health crises are more often than not a huge financial burden on individuals and families, and Tammy’s family is not immune to the big hit. Not only the cost of the procedure itself and all of the medical prep in advance, there is that the time away from work. Tammy anticipates financial hardship.

Step in another super duper mom, Mollie, who has pulled together among many other things, a GoFundMe account. And believe it or not, bomb diggity Mary of Ideal Logos, who is offering these cool blue tee’s silver or blinged lettering for only $10 with the words Mission: Marcus of which 100% of the proceeds are going toward Marcus’s medical needs.

I ask, for those of you who are familiar with Tammy’s selfless fundraising efforts, can identify with the struggle, or just feel moved, to please read more to meet Marcus and Tammy further via these links:

Mission: Marcus website
Mission: Marcus Facebook page
Mission: Marcus GoFundMe
Mission: Marcus T-shirt
Elegance Salon & Spa website
Eevents website
Elegance Salon & Spa and Eevents Facebook page

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