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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

Kenosha: 

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

Lincoln Park6900-18th Ave 5-8pm

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

Muskego:

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

Oak Creek:

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

Racine:

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 contact@justaddkidsonline.net

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Destination ==> FUN!

Let’s Head INDOORSkid in a ballpit
Play Place Destination Guide
Compiled by Just Add Kids Founder, Paula Herrmann

‘Tis the season for wacky weather! We can be in the midst of a polar vortex deep freeze, knee deep or so in a winter wonderland of snow, muckin’ around in slush and brown mud, or heck we might see dead dry grass and pavement. Who knows?

One thing remains constant….KIDS GOTTA PLAY, and sometimes momma just has to get away.  There are a number of indoor activity centers for families with kids of all ages.  Read more….

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  -(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.

FunTimez! – (Franklin) Party and Play Center which features massive, themed inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses kids love, interactive games, toddler activities and more. A family destination for people of all ages, recently added rock climbing, adventure jumper, and laser tag!

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.

The list probably doesn’t end here. Gymnastic centers will be added shortly.
If you own a business, or know of other indoor play destinations, let JAK know! contact@justaddkidsonline.net

 

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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

 

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!

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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Thinkin’ Spring, Hmmm?

Spring Break!
Staycation-Style
(Updated 6/10/2014)             

Written by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

 

Not on your way to Phoenix or Florida or somewhere else south where your face won’t freeze? Nah, me neither. It’s spring break for a great number of us, and I’m sure like some of you, traveling far far away just wasn’t in the cards for me and my family. C’mon and give a big “boo hoo” with me.

Well, dang it, we’ve got 40’s in our future, and just because I’m stuck here in good ‘ole Southeastern Wisconsin, doesn’t mean I can’t get escape the cold. Come with me as I share some options…Read more….

I’m not going to overwhelm you, or myself. I’ve got to work most of the next coming week, yet I am going to break away.  So, here are 3 unique ideas, I think!

The first thing that pops into my mind is warmth and water….Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark! Located in Lake Geneva, our destination is probably an hour or less away from any one of us. You can stay for the day, or spend the day and night (or a couple of them) on site. Day passes for the 50,000 square foot waterpark are now available, as in year’s past, they were not. And get this, pay just $109 and you get 5 waterpark passes, and a hotel suite to boot for the day (based on availability). I like the idea of changing, eating, chillin’ (no, not freezing…relaxing!) in the privacy of your own family suite. Click here for details. However, if you want to spend the night, you must check out this Just Add Kids EXCLUSIVE overnight offer, with rates starting at $99 per night.

Next on my mind for a mini escape? The Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee. There are 3 glass beehive shaped domes: the Desert, Tropical, and Floral Show domes that have a distinct climate and exhibit plants in a naturalistic setting. During this time, the Desert Dome is presently closed for maintenance, however, should be open in a few weeks….dang! However, I can fulfill my desire for humidity by visiting and taking in the beauty of the Tropical Dome. Ahhhh! And currently on display in the Floral Show Dome is the Gas Lamp Express: Garden Train Show where G-scale trains wind their way along 600 feet of track though a Victorian landscape, in celebration of the industrialized world in the age of steam-powered technology. I’m so there….kiddos in tow.  The Domes are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.  Admission ranges from $4.50 – $7. This Sunday, you can enjoy a slice of Ireland with your family at Irish Family Day and experience dancing, music, demonstrations, displays, arts, crafts, activities, and food! Click here to visit the Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) webpage.

How about some indoor action? Gotta keep moving to keep warm, right? We’re not getting too far over forty! 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 – (updated 6/10/2014 OPENING 6/21/2014) -(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 (updated 6/10/2014 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.

UPDATE 6/10/2014….make sure to check this week’s JAK Chat blog being published on Thursday, June 12th for additional list of options including rec centers such as bowling alleys, gymnastic clubs, and more!

So, do you think you can getaway? I hope so!
Think Spring!

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Take Center Stage

For those of you who have subscribed to JAK Happenings for a while, you know that this space is typically dedicated to sharing my family life experiences and observations as a Racine mom, who is married, with four school-aged children.

I know some of the commentary here has started great conversations, stirred up some emotions, and perhaps initiated a little bit of controversy. We’ve had fun, now we’re movin’ on…
Read more.

Just Add Kids‘ focus is to deliver the most complete and up-to-date kid-oriented, family-friendly event and activity resource mostly with the Happenings Calendar of Events and this weekly email. JAK strives to serve all families with children 0-18 in Southeastern Wisconsin, with an emphasis on Racine and Kenosha counties.

With that in mind, Just Add Kids would like to know what happens in the ordinary day of other families living here in the greater Racine and Kenosha area.  Experiencing any life challenges or other situations that you’d like to share?  What are your passions as a parent? Tips? Or perhaps there is someone you know that needs to be put in the spotlight, whose story is relevant to other parents. We’re looking for guest contributors here who have a knack for written communication, and has something suitable and appropriate to share with JAK‘s audience of parents.

Let me know if you are interested, or if you know of a local blogger that I should be contacting whose musings would be of interest to JAK families.  Email JAK at contact@justaddkidsonline.net

http://www.JustAddKidsOnline.net

 

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