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He’s Making A List…

…Of Santa Stops!
Finding Santa sponsored by Educators Credit Union 2015Compiled by
Just Add Kids

 

‘Tis the season!

It’s the battle of the “Breakfast with Santa’s”.

Let the games begin!

The jolly man in the big fuzzy red suit is coming town. We here at Just Add Kids are compiling an ongoing list of where you can find Santa Claus ’round our corner of southeastern Wisconsin.

So check this list, and do it twice, or more! We’ll add Santa events here and on our website’s calendar JAK Happenings, along with other kid-oriented, holiday happenings as we learn about them.

Ho Ho Hope you have fun!

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

Finding Santa 2016 Directory (updated 12/21/16)
Sponsored by Educators Credit Union
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Santa’s Waiting – Photos with Santa
Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th Street, Greendale
November 4 to December 17
It’s time for holiday photos with Santa.  Come and get your pictures taken with Santa in Center Court!  Santa will be at Southridge for visits and professional photos daily. A complete listing of hours Santa is available to meet with children of all ages. For Santa’s daily hours or package pricing, call the mall Guest Services Center at (414) 421-5600.

Visit Santa
Regency Mall (east court near Boston Store), 5538 Durand Avenue, Racine
November 19 to December 24, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm;  Sunday 11am -6pm; Christmas Eve 10am – 6pm.  Santa Takes A Break To Feed His Reindeer:  Monday – Saturday 1pm – 2pm and 5pm – 6pm, Sunday 3pm – 4pm.
Santa is available for visits and photos. For package prices click link, or for more info, call (262) 554-7979.  

Special Meet & Greet with Santa
KK Photography, 300 E. Main Street, Suite A, Waterford
Friday, November 18, 5 – 7pm
KK Photography will waive the sitting fee for this special guest. Instant 4×6 for $5.00 plus photo packages will be available. Perfect time to order Christmas cards. No crowded mall just a magical time to see Santa. Can set up an appointment or stop in between 5:00 and 7:00. Call (414) 861-8749 for more info.

Visit with Santa
Rhode Center for the Arts, 5819 Sixth Avenue, Kenosha
Friday, November 25,  5 -8pm
As part of Downtown Kenosha’s Lightin’ Up  City Tree Lighting celebration. Visits with Santa are free. Don’t forget your camera to capture these memories!

Breakfast with Santa at Grand Geneva
Ballroom: 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
Every Saturday and Sunday, November 26 – December 24, 8am – 12noon
Join us for live holiday music and meet Santa while enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet. Featuring fun holiday activities, plus separate kids’ and adults’ buffets to accommodate every taste. All attire is welcome, whether you want to dress up for your photo with Santa or show up in your PJ’s. It’s almost as fun as Christmas morning. Bring your list!  Adults $30, Kids (6-12) $18, Kids (2-5) $10.  Reservations recommended: call (262) 249-4788.

Breakfast with Santa at Watts Tea Shop
George Watts & Son, 761 North Jefferson Street, Milwaukee
Every Saturday, 9am, November 26th, December 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th at 9:00am
Come dressed up in your holiday attire and bring the children to tell Santa their heart’s desire. A scrumptious breakfast with a fabulous surprise gift for every child at Milwaukee’s most historic Tea Room. Meet the Jolly Old Elf, for a photo opportunity, while Mrs. Claus reads her lively version of The Night Before Christmas.  $25 per person includes a meal, photo opportunities, and free gift for EVERY attendee. Call for reservations (414)290-5700.

East Troy Electric Railroad’s Christmas Express Train
2002 Church Street, East Troy
November 26 & 27; December 3 & 4; 10 & 11; 17 & 18
9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays listed
The magical ride will take you a half hour from the East Troy Depot to Santa’s workshop located at the Elegant Farmer. Here children can visit Santa and get a photo taken with the jolly elf himself! Santa’s workshop wouldn’t be complete without a craft project and some hot chocolate and cookies to enjoy after working on those crafts! Advanced reservations are required (262) 642-3263. Adults (ages 12 and up) $15, children (ages 0-11) $17.50

Visit Santa at Santa’s Chalet – West Racine
Northwest corner of Washington Avenue & Grove Avenue, Racine
Every Saturday & Sunday, 12noon – 3pm, from November 26 through December 18.
Kids, be sure to drop your wish list in the mailbox at the chalet to receive a response from Santa!

Christmas with Mrs. Claus
Borzynski’s Farm & Floral Market
11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant
Saturdays, November 26, December 3, 10 & 17,  1 – 4pm
Storytelling, crafts, cookie decorating & more! Free. Ages 1-12. Call (262)886-2235 for more info.

Santa Visits at Grand Geneva
Main Lobby: 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
Every Saturday, 2 – 4pm, from November 26 through December 24
Bring your list and check it twice! Visit Santa and his elves while enjoying live holiday musical performances (1:30 – 3:30). Local High School entertainment will perform throughout the season.

Santa’s Workshop at Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park: 8425 Hwy 38 Caledonia, WI 53108
Saturday, November 26, 5:30 – 9:30pm; December 2 – 24; every Wednesday 6 – 8:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30-9:30pm
Kids are invited to sit on Santa’s lap, have their photo taken and tell him what they hope to see under the tree on Christmas morning! Photos with Santa are $8 each. Believers age 12 and under can write Santa a letter on the nights they cannot meet him in person and we’ll make sure he receives it. Santa then emails a personalized letter back to each child! (Deadline for receiving a response is December 20.) Enjoy a variety of beverages available at Santa’s Workshop, including hot chocolate, apple cider, lattes, mochas and more. Admission to Christmas Carnival of Lights includes “Santa’s Workshop”. Car (up to 8 people) $20, Large passenger vans, camper, limo, mini bus $30, Large Bus, Greyhound or Large Motorhome $35 (CASH ONLY- ATM located in store).

Oak Creek’s Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting 
Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 South Howell Avenue, Oak Creek
Sunday, November 27, 5 – 7pm
5pm Community Center’s Courtyard Tree Lighting and Santa arrives on a Fire Truck.
5:15pm In the Community Center enjoy cookies and milk, enter a coloring contest for kids, listen to entertainment, pictures with Santa and receive a gift bag of goodies while supplies last. Parents bring your cameras for pictures with Santa. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

Pictures with Santa at Educators Credit Union
Santa will be available for free pictures with your camera/cell phone. One of Santa’s helpers will also be joining him & can take and print off an individual picture at the credit union for you to take home.
Parents: as a friendly reminder, please say your child’s name before they visit Santa to help Santa personalize his greeting. For example: “Ok, Nick, let’s say hello to Santa…” helps Santa recall that it is Nick he is about to interact with.

Friday, December 2, 3 – 6pm at 4000 W. Loomis Road, Milwaukee; 1201 Marquette Avenue, South Milwaukee; and 611 E. Geneva Street, Elkhorn

Saturday, December 3, 9am – 12noon at 1300 90th Street, Sturtevant; 1600 Summit Avenue, Waukesha

Friday, December 9, from 3 – 6 pm at 4215 Green Bay Road, Kenosha; W. Ryan Road, Oak Creek ; and 10811 W. Park Place, Milwaukee

Saturday, December 10, 9am – 12noon at 448 Falcon Ridge, Burlington; and 6131 W. Center Street,  Milwaukee

Saturday, December 10, 1 – 3pm at 2243 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee

Friday, December 16, 3 – 6 pm at 7139 N. Port Washington Avenue, Glendale; 15350 W. Howard Avenue, New Berlin; and 3525 Rapids Drive, Racine

Saturday, December 17, 9am – 12noon at 1400 N. Newman Road, Racine

Santa’s Chalet at Wehmhoff Square Park
355 N. Pine Street, Burlington
December 2 through December 18
Friday evenings from 6 – 8pm
Saturday and Sundays from 2 – 4pm
Parents you are welcome to bring your cameras so you can capture your little ones smiles as they talk to Santa and receive a special treat. The chalet will be open starting Dec. 2 following our “Christmas Vacation” Christmas Parade and every weekend until Christmas. FREE.

Holiday Celebration Breakfast
Kenosha YMCA, 7101 53rd Street, Kenosha
Saturday, December 3, 9am – 11am
Your family will enjoy pictures and story time with Santa, and creating family ornaments and cards. Menu: Mrs. Claus Egg-cellent Casserole, Reindeer Trailmix Cereal, Frosty’s Yogurt, Elf Fruit and Santa’s Special Hot Cocoa. This is a FREE family holiday event; a donation to the Y’s Annual Campaign would be greatly appreciated.

Breakfast with Santa at the Pfister Hotel
424 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee
Saturdays, December 3, 10, 17, 9:30 – 11:30am
A Pfister tradition for lifelong memories. Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift awaiting each child. Afterward, check out Storytime Saturdays to get your child’s letter to Santa and get a peek of his workshop! Don’t forget the cameras to capture that moment with Santa! $45 Adults, $20 Children 3 to 10 years, 2 and under free (tax and gratuity are not included). To reserve your spot with Santa, please call (877) 704-5340 or (414) 935-5950.

Santa, His Elves, and Live Reindeer
Starbucks, 685 Main Street, Lake Geneva
Saturdays, December 3, 10, and 17, 11am – 2pm
Santa, his Elves, and real Live Reindeer will be at the downtown Lake Geneva Starbucks. Come sit on Santa’s lap with your wish list and see his Reindeer up close and personal. Bring your own camera for free photos or purchase a professional photo.

Santa Fest at Boston Store
Saturdays, December 3 & 10, 11am – 2pm
Join us for a free holiday celebration filled with Santa selfies, reindeer crafts, prizes, and special sales.
Bayshore Town Center, 5701 N. Lydell Ave, Milwaukee
Brookfield Square, 15875 W. Bluemound Rd, Brookfield
Grand Avenue Mall, 331 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
Mayfair Mall, 2400 N. Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa
Regency Mall, 5500 Durand Ave, Racine
Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St, Greendale

Lunch with Santa
Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
Every Saturday & Sunday, 12noon, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
During each of the seatings, visitors are encouraged to join in the fun and merriment of Fred Turk, as he sings everyone’s favorite holiday carols. Santa will make his entrance with Mrs. Claus and the elves, and share a special gift with each child.
Tickets are $20 per child or adult; children 2 and under are $6. Price includes Zoo admission and lunch. Zoological Society membership is not valid. Parking is $12.

Santa at “Winter Wonderland” Trees on Parade
St. John The Evangelist Community Center, 701 N. Lake Avenue, Twin Lakes
Friday, December 2, 4 – 8pm and Saturday, December 3, 1 – 5pm
Start your holiday shopping at Winter Wonderland featuring Trees on Parade! Tree decorating contest, gingerbread contest, Kids Korner with crafts and activities for the little ones, retail vendors and crafters, door prize and raffle table. As indicated above Santa will be there on Friday from 4-8pm and Saturday from 1-5pm The admission cost for the event is: 12-Adults $2.00 Ages  3-11 $1.00 under 3 free. For more information, call (262) 877-2220.

Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton
Hilton Milwaukee: 509 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee
Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17,  9 – 11am
Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift for each child. Kids will enjoy building and decorating their own keepsake ornament, face painting, and crafting letters to Santa, a holiday movie and much more. And don’t forget the camera to capture that moment with Santa. $35 Adults, $20 Children (3-10),  2 and under free. For reservations call (877) 704-5327.

Old World Holiday Breakfast
Old World Wisconsin, W372S9727 Wisconsin 67, Eagle
Saturday seatings 9, 10 & 11am and Sunday seating at 9am, December 3 – 11
A fantastic way to celebrate the coming holidays! Enjoy a hearty holiday buffet in the big, red Clausing Barn.  Make it a full day of fun when you purchase a Holiday Combo Ticket to Old World Holiday Breakfast and An Old World Christmas and enjoy a festive breakfast and a photo opportunity with Father Christmas! Advance Reservations Required. Breakfast only: Adults $24, children 5-12 $17, plus 5.1% tax and one-time $3 service charge, children 4 and under free.

Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer
Apple Holler – 5006 S Sylvania Avenue, Sturtevant
Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 to 18,  10:00 – 11:30am
Cost: $10.00 per person (children & adults) A children’s interactive holiday musical with a special appearance and photo opportunity with Santa Claus, live reindeer, and Mrs. Claus (bring your camera!). Homemade holiday cookie, surprise holiday activity, holiday display and a ride on the Candy Cane Express. Reservations required, and are available online.

Frozen Tea Party Adventure with the Ice Queen & Santa
C.A.T.H.E. Center, 125 E. State Street, Burlington
Sunday, December 3, 1 – 4pm
Treats, mini-makeovers, crafts, singing, and visiting with the Queen and her special guest Santa Claus. $10 per person. Order tickets online. For more info, call (262) 758-2225.

Dinner with Santa
Sturtevant Village Hall, 2801 89th Street, Sturtevant
Saturday, December 3, 4:30 – 7:30pm
Mostaccioli & Salad Dinner (catered by Durango’s Pizza)
Adults $7, Kids 3 -12 $5, under 3 free. Tickets sold at the door.
Featuring friends, music, raffle, crafts, face painting, and more!  For more info, phone (262)488-3414.

**Caring Santa (for children with special needs)**
Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th Street, Greendale
Sunday, December 4th,  7:30 – 9am
Join us for a private photo session with Caring Santa. This event is designed to support children with special needs and their families. Care is taken to create an environment that will support the sensory and physical needs of kids with all abilities.The mall is purposely made as quiet as possible, lighting is turned down and the children can either go directly to Santa or take their time and color a little bit before they are “ready” to approach him. Since this is before the mall is open for business, there is next to no one in the mall. Register via the link.

Breakfast with Santa
Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main Street, Racine
Sunday, December 4 and Saturday, December 17, 8am – 12noon
$8 for adults & children over 12 years old. $5 children 3 – 11 years old. Children under 3 eat FREE! No reservations required. Call (262)308-3500 for more info.

Breakfast with Santa
Borzynski’s Farm & Floral Market, 11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant
Sundays, December 4 and 11, at 9:00am, 10:30am and 12:00noon
Adults $8.95, Children 2-10 $6.95. Under 2 FREE. Tickets can be purchased in-store or over the phone. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, french toast sticks, fresh fruit, pastries and an assortment of beverages. Each child will have an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and tell them their Christmas wishes. Limited seating, so don’t wait! Buy your tickets today! Call (262)886-2235 for more info.

Community Christmas Party
The Academy of Performing Arts
Oak Creek location – 9160 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Sunday, December 4, 10am – 12noon
Franklin location –  10001 W. St. Martins Road, Sunday, December 4, 3:30 – 5:30pm
FREE and open to the community. Visits and photos with Santa, cookies, and juice, games, coloring, crafts and more! Don’t forget our Toy Drive with all proceeds going to The Marine Corps Toys for Tots foundation. For each new, unwrapped toy donation you will receive one entry to our raffle. We have some great prizes for you! For more information call (414) 768-0101.

Breakfast with Santa
Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 South Howell Avenue, Oak Creek
Sundays, December 4 & 11, 10 – 11am
Stocking stuffer from Santa, entertainment, music, hash browns, sausage, all you can eat pancakes, milk, coffee.Advance tickets required as events do sell out. Kids 3 and under $4. All others $8. For more information call (414) 768-5840.

Soda with Santa
Sprecher Brewery, 701 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale
Sundays,  December 4, 11 and 18, 12noon – 3pm
Go on a brewery tour, enjoy samples (beer samples for adults, soda samples for everyone), and have your picture taken with Santa. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for minors. Reservations required by calling (414) 964-2739.

Breakfast with Santa
Sealed Air YMCA: 8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant
Saturday, December 10,  8 – 10:30pm
Enjoy eating pancakes and a visit from Santa. Children will have pictures taken with Santa, and be read a Christmas story. Parents bring a camera. Cost:Family of 4 – $12 (member)$18 (non-member); Individual – $3/per person (member), $5 per person (non-member).  Call (262)634-1994 for more information.

Breakfast with Santa
Robert’s Roost, 600 6th Street, Racine
Saturday, December 10, 8am – 12noon
Adults: $11.95; Kids (4-12) $6.95; Children under 4: Free
All-you-can-eat breakfast buffet: scrambled eggs, cheesy hashbrown casserole, sausage & bacon, French Toast, fruit, donuts, build your own omelet, hat carved prime rib and ham. Kids buffet includes small milk or juice. Includes also: photo booth with Santa, Christmas crafts, and lots of other holiday fun. Call (262)770-4648 for more info.

**Winter Holiday Party featuring Breakfast with Santa**
Hosted by Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin
The Richardson School, 175 South Barker Road, Brookfield
Saturday, December 10, 9 – 11am
Enjoy a continental-style breakfast and time to visit with Santa. If you have special dietary restrictions, please bring your own food. There will also be crafts, cookie decorating and entertainment. This event is free and open to the community, but please register so we know how many guests to expect, as all children will have a little something from Santa. Also collecting personal care products for adults with developmental disabilities.

Breakfast with Santa
Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 18; 9 – 11am
Doors will not open until check-in at 8:30am with fun and food starting at 9am! $25.00 per person (adult or children 3-12 years old) and includes food, beverage, activities for children, tax and service.  Fun activities inspired by the holiday! Kids will also have the chance to sit on Santa’s lap, all captured with a memorable photo keepsake. All reservations and payments are handled online.

Holiday Party
Chasing Tales, 7265 S. 1st Street, Oak Creek
Saturday, December 10, 10am – 12noon
Join us for a morning of organized holiday themed games, crafts, a visit and picture with Santa, cookie decorating, and hot cocoa all included with admission! You may also stay and play after the organized activities are completed. $20 first child, $15 each additional sibling. Pre-paid tickets available through November 30th. $18 first child, $12 each additional sibling. Members receive 10% off.

7th Annual “Cookies with Santa”
Lou Perrine’s Gas and Grocery, 5145 Sheridan Road, Kenosha
Saturday, December 10, 11am – 2pm
FREE pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, goodie bags, and more! Bring your own camera.

Cocoa with the Clauses
Cathedral Square Park – 520 E Wells Street, Milwaukee
Saturday, December 10, 11am – 2pm
Cathedral Square Park hosts the North Pole’s most recognizable residents in this outdoor cocoa klatch. Santa and Mrs. Claus will hear wish lists, while moms and dads can snap a free keepsake photos. Just remember to bring your camera! Elves and other holiday characters will also be there. Other free treats include hot cocoa and cookies. Plus, there will be games and face painting! And if that isn’t reason enough to bundle up for some holiday fun, neighboring restaurants will offer meal deals just for kids. It’s sure to be a blast! For info, call 414.220.4700 ext. 5. While Cocoa with the Clauses is a free event, a nonperishable food donation for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is encouraged.

Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Pie Auction
Kansasville Fire & Rescue, 23730 Durand Avenue, Kansasville
(on Hwy 11 just West of Hwy 75)
Saturday, December 10, 4 – 8pm
There is always a good time for all that attend, good food, good fun, and good friends! The evening includes activities for the kids as well as a visit by Santa.  Children and families are welcome to have their photo taken with Santa. Be sure to be ready to bid on some of the best pies in the county!  We have an exciting time as bidders fight for the rights to dig into scrumptious pies. Cost: $9 for Adults, $5 for Children age 4-12, FREE). For more info, call (262) 878-3811.

43rd Annual Muskego Lions Club Breakfast with Santa
Muskego High School Cafeteria, W183S8750 Racine Avenue, Muskego
Sunday, December 11, 8am – 12:30pm
An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is served.  Adults $6, Children 4 – 12  $3, Under 4 years old – FREE!  Enjoy photos with Santa ($3 each or 2/$5), face painting bake sale, raffles, and crafters.

Sunday Brunch with Santa
Twin Lakes Country Club, 1230 Legion Drive, Twin Lakes
Sunday, December 11, 9am – 12noon
Seatings from 9:00 am through 2:00 pm.
Cost: Adults – $15.95 and Children (12 and under) – $9.95.
Entrees to include: made to order omelets, biscuits and gravy, country potatoes, bacon and sausage, French Toast, Potatoes O’Brien, baked ham, chicken wings, mini hot dogs, fresh fruits, green beans, assorted salads, dessert table, milk and juice and much more. Call for reservations, 262-877-2500.

**A.S.P. Autism Solution Pieces Christmas Celebration**
Career Industries,  4811 Washington Avenue, Racine
Tuesday, December 13, 6:30 – 8pm
Join us for this annual FREE festive evening! Photos with Santa, crafts with his elves, and hot cocoa with Frosty! For a Jolly Good Time, please rsvp to autismsolutionpieces@gmail.com or calling (262)497-5890 or (262)639-3041 

Photos & Story Time With Santa
American Family Insurance Agency – Trevor Morgan, 6216 Washington Avenue, Suite F, Mount Pleasant
Saturday, December 16, 5 – 9pm
FREE experience with Santa. Professional photography will be provided for your family. There will be free food and refreshments. Santa will also be reading stories to the children, as well as, individual meet and greets. Additionally, Safe Assured ID will be there providing families with an all-inclusive senior or child ID package. Call (262)321-0892 or email tmorgan@amfam.com and let us know how many plan to attend. If possible, please bring any canned goods in for our local homeless Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin shelter.

Breakfast with Santa
YIM South Shore Center, 3244 E. College Avenue, Cudahy
Saturday, December 17th, 9 – 11am
There will be food, games, and opportunities to get your picture with Santa!
$8 per family. Members and non-members are welcome. For more info, call (414)574-5111.

Cops ‘n  Kids 14th Annual Book Giveaway
Festival Hall, 5 Fifth Street, Racine 
Saturday, December 17th, 9 – 11am
Free book giveaway is open to ALL CHILDREN regardless of income. Children can choose their favorite books, gift wrap books and have their picture taken with Santa Claus, courtesy of Walgreens. Special guests include the Racine Police Department, Racine County Sheriff’s Department, many other Law Enforcement Officers from surrounding SE WIS agencies, Racine and South Shore Fire Department, and the FBI to autograph your books if you like. The Holiday Book Giveaway is for children–All adults must be accompanied by a child. No strollers allowed. Bags will be given for books.

Holiday Celebration with Santa
Westosha Senior Community Center, 19200 93rd Street, Bristol
Saturday, December 17th, 11am – 2pm
Stop out to the Westosha Senior Center and get into the holiday spirit!  Taste-test the many entries into this year’s Chili Cook-Off and then cast your vote while the kids and grandkids visit with Santa or let their minds run wild with arts and crafts. It’s a FREE event for the whole family! For more info, call (262)891-3436.
Strolling Santa 
Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, 11211 120th Avenue, Pleasant Prairie
Saturday, December 17, 2 – 4pm
Santa will be strolling around the center to meet with kids and families for pictures and balloon animals. Weather permitting he will be outside various family retailers otherwise you will find him inside The Eatery. Free. For more info, call (312)470-0829.

Pictures with Santa
K-mart, 4100 52nd Street, Kenosha

Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th;  1 – 7pm
A fundraiser sponsored by Kenosha Noon Lions Club. A $5 donation per 4″ x 6″ portrait will help support charitable projects for the Vision and Hearing Impaired within the Kenosha community.

Breakfast with Santa
Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee
Sunday, December 18, 8 – 11am
Join us for breakfast and visit with Santa in the Streets of Old Milwaukee, decked out in Victorian-era flair for the holidays! Guests will be treated to a delicious breakfast, holiday activities and live musical performances. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture your child’s moment with Santa. Cost (includes general admission to the museum on 12/18): Adult $24, Child (3-12) $12, 2 and Under Free. Member discount. All children must attend with an adult.

Slice of Ice Holiday Hoopla
Red Arrow Park, 920 North Water Street, Milwaukee
Wednesday, December 21, 4 – 7pm
With ice skating if the weather allows, the event will go on with or without ice.
~Meet our new Penguin Pals….new skating aids sponsored by WaterStone Bank!
~Visit with Santa Claus….free photo opportunity, bring your cameras!
~Live holiday music…by Vern & the Originals.
~Free drink samples….provided by Starbucks and Pepsi Co., while supplies last.
~Free giveaways…to the first 100 visitors. Goodie bags filled with little prizes and park coupons.

Santa at the Rhode
Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th Street, Kenosha
Wednesday, December 21, 5 – 9pm
Visits with Santa are FREE and personal cameras to capture those magical moments are welcome. Enjoy coloring and fun activities for the kids too! Additional Arts and Crafts Vendors and Holiday Music Open Mic, hosted by Kaptain Kenosha Kai Andersen Sr.

Cookies and A Story with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main Street, Racine
Friday, December 23, 2 seating times: 10:30am – 12pm and 3 – 4:30pm
Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be hosting this holiday get-together for kids, and kids at heart.  Santa Claus will be taking last minute suggestions as he prepares for the big night.  $8 per person.  Designed for children under 12 years old, accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Seating is limited. Call (262)308-3500 for reservations or more info.

Holiday Pancake Breakfast
Georgie Porgie’s, 9555 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek 
Saturday, December 24th, 7 – 10:30am
Enjoy fluffy pancakes topped with vanilla custard and your favorite sundae toppings. A great holiday tradition! Santa will also be visiting from 8-10 a.m.

Holiday Pancake Breakfast
Georgie Porgie’s, 5502 Washington Avenue, Racine
Saturday, December 24th, 7 – 10:30am
Enjoy fluffy pancakes topped with vanilla custard and your favorite sundae toppings. A great holiday tradition! Santa will also be visiting from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

 

WE WILL ADD MORE LISTINGS AS WE LEARN ABOUT THEM!

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

If you are hosting, or know of a Santa event that is not listed above, please send us all of the details including: name of the event, date(s), times, the description including family-friendly aspect along with contact info (name, phone, email, website).

Email: contact@justaddkidsonline.net
Subject: Finding Santa Event

 

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Traditional Holidays!

herrmann family over the river

Over the river and through the woods. 2014

Celebrating Family Holiday Traditions
by Just Add Kids Founder
Paula Herrmann

We, the Herrmanns, are looped into the same old same old Christmas routine, year after year. And I LOVE IT! And I do believe my kiddos do too. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve bought into the nostalgia of the season and embrace the holiday routine. We may be a bit boring, but, hey it’s been 20 years in the making. Though some traditions have come and gone. I’ll take this same old, same old. And I never want it to change. I dread the year that it will. Yet, it will.  And it’ll be interesting to see how that all evolves. Family traditions bind a family in love and create amazing family memories.

Recently, I ran across this family who has created a their 4th annual Christmas dance video (in their mom’s really ugly holiday sweaters, lol). Check it out ==> Read more…

Family Dance Video card

[click here for video]

It’s interesting to see what different families do as part of their annual holiday celebrations.  And if you looking for a new tradition or two that will help your family get in the holiday spirit and create lasting memories together, check out these ideas, including some of our family’s favs:

 Give your kids a set of cozy winter pajamas every Christmas Eve.
 Hang gift bags or small stockings on your neighbors’ doorknobs.
 Put your kids on decorating duty! Give them Popsicle sticks, cotton balls, glue, paint, etc. and have them make festive crafts to display around the house. (My 13 year old, has been the annual tree decorator. She even helps grandma and her aunt with theirs!)
 Give each child a unique ornament every Christmas Day. (We’ve started a collection of Dept56 Snow Villages for each of our kiddos. Just like their mommy has, for when they are out on their own.)
 Pick your favorite holiday movie and cozy up to it with hot cider and popcorn each year. (This year, we’re doing a StarWars movie marathon throughout break! Then we’ll go to the theater for StarWars VII)
 Go see the lights. Drive around your city or a nearby town and drink in the glowing festivity. (Um, you know we do that! Here’s the list of where to go peeps Just Add Kids Holiday Tour of Lights)
 Make a memory book by recording each member’s favorite part of the season (in pictures or words) and keep it for future enjoyment.
 Feed the neighborhood birds by throwing pine cones and strings of popcorn covered in peanut butter and bird seed into the tree branches.
 Have a gingerbread making party or contest!
 Leave a bowl of reindeer food (oatmeal and glitter) in your front yard on Christmas Eve. (Don’t forget to remind Santa to tip the bowl over and scatter the food when he comes!)
 Ask each family member to make a card for everyone in your immediate family and place them on the tree on Christmas Eve to open before gifts in the morning.
Start a Charity Box/Jar that you keep in the kitchen or other frequently used part of the house. Throughout the year, drop cash and loose change in it. Come the holidays, collaborate with the family and decide on something worthy of its contents.
 Initiate a house decorating contest in your neighborhood. (It might be a bit late for this year. How ’bout next year?!)
 Start a Christmas puzzle together at the beginning of the season and work on it a little bit at a time to decompress through the holidays. (Yes, this is surprisingly fun. For kiddos and adults of all ages.)
 Decorate a holiday themed dish at a local paint your own pottery with your family and add to the set every year. (Off to Alpaca Arts!)
 Host a cookie swap.
 Whether it’s cinnamon buns, sourdough bread with butter, or an egg-sausage casserole, have a special, consistent breakfast on Christmas morning or a few different choices throughout Hanukkah. (We call it “special breakfast” and our’s is typically french toast, bacon, fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee. I can smell it right now!)

You are likely in the early years of family holiday traditions. Wherever on the spectrum you are, live in the moment and enjoy!

Merry! Merry! Happy! Happy!

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Gobble This!

Silva Christmas Tree pic 2

The Thrill of the Hunt!
by Just Add Kids’
Silva Karapetian

Frosted, White, Flocked, Fiber Optic, or Aluminum?  What is your Christmas tree memory? Growing up, I always had an artificial Christmas tree.  You know the kind, plastic, tree-in-a-box, assembly required, had the smell of being stored in the musty basement for 11 months.  I thought it was perfectly normal (and it is!)  Then 11 years ago, I realized I married a very lovable, Grizwold-esk man.  Read more…

 

Silva Christmas Tree pic in house 2A little back story: My husband’s family has nothing artificial about their Christmas tree.  Their gifts are dwarfed under the 15 foot REAL conifer, as wide as it was tall, donned with 1500 lights, depending on the girth.  True Christmas bliss!  Now this feat never comes to fruition without the usual trip to 3-4 (and once 7) Christmas tree lots.  It may have been shortly after that trip to 7 lots that Papa decided to downsize, and came home with an “average” 6 foot tree.  Needless to say, that was also the year they had TWO trees.  Bringing that beast into the house has turned into an event, with Papa as the foreman of course.  I think he even commissioned a special base be made to accommodate this tree!

 

In our attempt to make Christmas memories and start new traditions with our family, we also pile in the car, drive to remote spots and cut down our very own Christmas tree. In 2009 while living in Oklahoma, we followed a guide and set to what we soon realized was a desolate part of the countryside. Dusk was approaching and we were low on gas.  We never found the location, didn’t get a tree that day and had to make the difficult decision to turn back before running out of gas and sleeping in the car.  During another Oklahoma “winter” we chose a Leyland Cypress Pine. This feathery fir is popular in the south, however, could not withstand many (if any) of our ornaments, not the best Christmas tree.  I believe our daughter even cried as Daddy cut the tree down that year.  

 

In the few number of years we have been in pursuit for the perfect Christmas tree, each year (and tree) remains with me. We still have many miles to tread, but I have learned that, as with all we do, it is the steps of the journey that makes the whole memory.

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I have compiled a list of “Cut Your Own” Christmas tree farms and lots.  I hope you consider starting this tradition.  Please note: some of these locations are an hour from Racine (don’t forget to gas up!)

CUT YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TREES

Bentz Road Farm
6109 85th Street, Pleasant Prairie,  WI  53158
Opening Day: Friday, November 27th, 10am – 5pm
Weekends: November 28th & 29th, 10am – 5pm
December Weekends: 5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th – 10am – 5:30pm
Weekdays (Mon – Fri) – December 1st to 18th , Noon to 4:30pm (self serve baling)
They supply the saw and twine but are no longer able to load your trees on weekdays. An area will be set up for photos in the pavilion. Kids can make a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the thrill of the hunt for their family tradition!
For more information: Contact Theresa (262) 620-4636
To schedule an appointment if other times are desired or if you’d like to place an order. Private tours can be arranged that include the life cycle of a tree.
Other ways of to contact Bentz:
info@bentzroadfarm.com
 https://www.facebook.com/BentzRoadFarm

Buffalo Bill’s Christmas Trees
9612 West Oakwood Road, Franklin, WI 53132
Open: November 27th to December 20th
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 5pm
Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Farm has you choose and you cut, pre-cut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, Santa appearances, Christmas decorations, trees bagged, tree shaking provided, trees baled, saws provided, bonfires, free hot chocolate, free hot cider, gift shop, porta-potties, face painting. Friendly pets on a leash welcome to come visit and receive a treat. Kids make a free pinecone ornament in our craft area. Fresh hand made wreaths and custom wreaths made throughout the holiday season on our farm. Payment: cash or check.
For more information: (414)427-5155

Evergreen Acres Christmas Tree Farm
N9171 Nelson Road, East Troy, WI 53120
Open: November 27th and daily until Christmas, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Family owned and operated Choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farm on 33 acres. Everygreen Acres’ trees are planted in sod and the fields are mowed to make your walk to find your tree easier. They offer help in the parking lot for shaking, baling and loading your tree as well as help in their heated barn for choosing your special freshly made wreaths and other fine greenery. Staff will also custom decorate a wreath for you if you prefer a special color combination for your home. They will also be happy to help you select a flocked tree in an array of colors.  Please order flocked trees a week or more ahead of pick-up. As you browse the freshly made wreaths, garland and flocked trees in the heated barn, you will be treated to a cup of complimentary cocoa or cider.  If you have children with you, they may be interested in Evergreen Acres’ small sledding hill, weather providing. Payment: cash or check.
For more information: (262)495-4502
ann@evergreenacresllc.com

Noffke Tree Farms
10341 N. Granville Rd, Mequon, WI 53097
Open Thanksgiving Weekend until December 20th for Christmas Tree Sales, Friday to Sunday, 9am – 7pm
“Choose and Cut” Until Dusk (Weather permitting)
While visiting their 47 acre tree farm in Mequon, you can “CHOOSE & CUT” your own tree, or select a “PRE-CUT” tree from their huge selection of trees grown on their farm.  They also have quality made “WREATHS” and hand-cut boughs. Come in and warm up in the indoor shop. You can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider or shop for a special ornament or gift. Don’t worry if you pick out a tree that’s too big, they’ll shake and wrap the tree for ease of transportation.
For more information: (262)242-5157
info@noffketrees.com

Richardson Adventure Farm
9
407 Richardson Road, Spring Grove, IL 60081
Open daily to December 23rd, 9am – 6pm
Choose and harvest your own Christmas Tree. Richardson has over 50,000 trees of many varieties and sizes spread over 75 acres.  Their spacious, heated sales barn has indoor restrooms and friendly people to assist you.  On weekends, enjoy a free wagon ride to and from the fields and they’ll even haul your tree for you!  When you get back, they will shake your tree to get the loose needles out and bale it in plastic netting to keep it manageable for the ride to your home.  Your tree is tagged and you receive a numbered receipt to preserve the identity of the tree while you go inside to enjoy a free hot chocolate or coffee. There are hundreds of fresh wreaths and decorations inside for sale along with fresh, homemade donuts.  The majority of their wreaths, garland, decorations and bows are made on the Richardson farm.  Custom orders welcomed.
For more information: (815) 675-9729
https://www.facebook.com/richardsonfarmexperience

Sugar Creek Christmas Tree Farm
N6447 Church Rd, Burlington, WI 53105
Opening Day:  Friday, November 27th to Christmas Eve Hours daily: 8:00 am – Dark
The Chesky family invites you to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree this year at our beautiful farm in the Sugar Creek valley. It’s like an escape to the north woods conveniently located in southeast Wisconsin. Start a new tradition! Sugar Creek Tree Farm is family owned and operated and is located in southeast Wisconsin near Alpine Valley. The farm is 32 acres and there are thousands of beautiful trees available for your selection. Our scenic wilderness location is our specialty and we have great trees, friendly service and low prices.
For more information: (262) 767-1177
contact@sugarcreektreefarm.com

Trees for Less Nursery (2 locations)
11550 N. Wasaukee Rd, Mequon
Open 7 days a week 8am – dark
2123 E. River Rd, Grafton
Open from 8am – 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays
Tarps and saws are available or they will cut the tree for you.  Free tree netting and loading.  Scenic hayrides to choose and cut field.  Hot chocolate, snacks and more. Enjoy their toasty fire pit and live music (weekends only).
For more information: (262) 242-7522 (Mequon), (262)573-7206 (Grafton)
info@treesforless.com

Valley View Tree Farm
W798 Valley View Rd, Burlington, WI 53105
Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday; 9 AM – 4 PM, weekdays
When you come to the farm check in at the office. There are no pre-cut trees. Directions and a saw are given, then you are able to walk the around 5 acres. When you find the perfect one you cut it down and drag it to Valley View’s shaker where they shake and bale the trees complimentary. Twine is provided. Indoor restroom for those who need it. Pets are welcome on a leash. A small gift shop with ornaments, some items for kids, stands and tree bags. Centerpieces and small arrangements available for purchase. Complimentary hot chocolate offered. Kids can feed the chickens. There are no roosters so the chickens are all friendly. Fresh farm eggs available. Sledding hill and sleds available if there is snow.
For more information: contact Brian & Denise Stankus,  (262)210-7235

 

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He’s Making A List…

…Of Santa Stops!
(updated 12/8/2015)Finding Santa sponsored by Educators Credit Union 2015
Compiled by
Just Add Kids’
Silva Karapetian

‘Tis the season!

It’s the battle of the “Breakfast with Santa’s”.

Let the games begin!

The jolly man in the big fuzzy red suit is coming town. We here at Just Add Kids are compiling an ongoing list of where you can find Santa Claus ’round our corner of southeastern Wisconsin.  Read more…

So check this list, and do it twice, or more! We’ll add Santa events here and on our website’s calendar JAK Happenings, along with other kid-oriented, holiday happenings as we learn about them.

Ho Ho Hope you have fun!

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

Finding Santa 2015 Directory (updated 12/8)
Sponsored by Educators Credit Union
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Make A Date With Santa
Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th Street, Greendale
November 6 to December 24 (daily 10am – 9pm)
Come take your photo with Santa and create special memories that last a lifetime!  Save time and avoid the line by making a date with Santa.  Book your reservation with Santa to occur before Black Friday (November 27) and receive a FREE multi-image CD ($29.99 value) with a $39.99 photo package purchase! A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your appointment. This $10 will be put towards your purchase of a Santa photo package during your visit with Santa. For Santa’s daily hours or package pricing, call the mall Guest Services Center at (414) 421-5600 (or e-mail: sclaus@createholidaymagic.com). **FYI: “Caring Santa” will have a special date and time before the mall opens for kids with special needs.  Please call for more information.

Breakfast with Santa at Grand Geneva
Ballroom: 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
Every Saturday and Sunday, November 28 – December 20, 8am – 12noon
Join us for live holiday music and meet Santa while enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet. Featuring fun holiday activities, plus separate kids’ and adults’ buffets to accommodate every taste. All attire is welcome, whether you want to dress up for your photo with Santa or show up in your PJ’s. It’s almost as fun as Christmas morning. Bring your list!  Adults $25, Kids (6-12) $15, Kids (2-5) $8.  Reservations recommended: call (262) 249-4788

Breakfast with Santa at Watts Tea Shop
George Watts & Son, 761 North Jefferson Street, Milwaukee
Every Saturday, 9am, November 28th, December 5th, 12th, 19th, and Special Christmas Eve Seating on Thursday, December 24th at 9:00am
Come dressed up in your holiday attire and bring the children to tell Santa their heart’s desire. A scrumptious breakfast with a fabulous surprise gift for every child at Milwaukee’s most historic Tea Room. Meet the Jolly Old Elf, for a photo opportunity, while Mrs. Claus reads her lively version of The Night Before Christmas.  $25 per person includes meal and free gift for EVERY attendee. Call for reservations (414)290-5700.

East Troy Electric Railroad’s Christmas Express Train
2002 Church Street, East Troy
November 28 & 29; December 5 & 6; 12 & 13; 19 & 20
9:30am, 12pm, and 2:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays listed
The magical ride will take you a half hour from the East Troy Depot to Santa’s workshop located at the Elegant Farmer. Here children can visit Santa and get a photo taken with the jolly elf himself! Santa’s workshop wouldn’t be complete without a craft project and some hot chocolate and cookies to enjoy after working on those crafts! Advanced reservations are required (262) 642-3263. Adults (ages 12 and up) $15, children (ages 0-11) $17.50

Visit Santa at Santa’s Chalet – West Racine
Northwest corner of Washington Avenue & Grove Avenue, Racine
Every Saturday & Sunday, 12noon – 3pm, from November 28 through December 20.
Kids, be sure to drop your wish list in the mailbox at the chalet to receive a response from Santa!

Christmas with Mrs. Claus
Borzynski’s Farm & Floral Market
11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant
Saturdays, November 28, December 5, 12 & 19,  1 – 4pm
Storytelling, crafts, cookie decorating & more! Free. Ages 1-12. Call (262)886-2235 for more info.

Santa Visits at Grand Geneva
Main Lobby: 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
Every Saturday, 2 – 4pm, from November 28 through December 19
Bring your list and check it twice! Visit Santa and his elves while enjoying live holiday musical performances (1:30 – 3:30). Local High School entertainment will perform throughout the season.

Visit with Santa
Rhode Center for the Arts, 5819 Sixth Avenue, Kenosha
Sundays 9am – 12noon, November 29,  December 6, 13, & 20.
Wednesdays 4 – 7pm, December 9, 16, 23.
Visits with Santa are FREE and personal cameras to capture those magical moments are welcome! A photographer will also be on hand to provide photo prints for a small donation. Enjoy coloring and fun activities for the kids, a holiday art show by the Kenosha Art Association, and special appearances by the ensemble from the Lakeside Players’ production, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

Soda with Santa
Sprecher Brewery, 701 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale
Sundays, November 29, December 6 and 13, noon – 3pm
Go on a brewery tour, enjoy samples (beer samples for adults, soda samples for everyone), and have your picture taken with Santa. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for minors. Reservations required by calling (414) 964-2739.

Santa’s Workshop at Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park: 8425 Hwy 38 Caledonia, WI 53108
December 2 – 23; every Wednesday 6 – 8:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30-9:30pm
Kids are invited to sit on Santa’s lap, have their photo taken and tell him what they hope to see under the tree on Christmas morning! Photos with Santa are $5 each. Believers age 12 and under can write Santa a letter on the nights they cannot meet him in person and we’ll make sure he receives it. Santa then emails a personalized letter back to each child! (Deadline for receiving a response is December 20.) Enjoy a variety of beverages available at Santa’s Workshop, including hot chocolate, apple cider, lattes, mochas and more. Admission to Christmas Carnival of Lights includes “Santa’s Workshop”. Car (up to 8 people) $15 Large passenger vans, camper, limo, mini bus $25, Large Bus, Greyhound or Large Motorhome $30 (CASH ONLY- ATM located in store)

Pictures with Santa at Educators Credit Union
Friday, December 4, 3 – 6pm at 3525 Rapids Drive, Racine; and 6131 W. Center Street,  Milwaukee
Saturday, December 5, 9am – 12noon at 1201 Marquette Avenue, South Milwaukee; and 15350 W. Howard Avenue, New Berlin
Friday, December 11, from 3 – 6 pm at 1300 90th Street, Sturtevant; 7139 N. Port Washington Avenue, Glendale; and 611 E. Geneva Street, Elkhorn
Saturday, December 12, 9am – 12noon at 4215 Green Bay Road, Kenosha; and 2243 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee
Friday, December 18, 3 – 6 pm at 448 Falcon Ridge, Burlington; 1600 Summit Avenue, Waukesha; and 10811 W. Park Place, Milwaukee
Saturday, December 19, 9am – 12noon, 1400 N. Newman Road, Racine
Kid’s can visit with Santa and get a free picture with him!

Santa’s Chalet at Wehmhoff Square Park
355 N. Pine St. Burlington
December 5 through December 20
Friday evenings from 6 – 8pm
Saturday and Sundays from 2 – 4pm
Santa and Mrs. Claus will enjoy the newly decorated Chalet as they welcome the many children to their weekend retreat. Parents you are welcome to bring your cameras so you can capture your little ones smiles as they talk to Santa and receive a special treat. The chalet will be open starting Dec. 5 following our “Most Loved Christmas Carols” Christmas Parade and every weekend until Christmas. FREE

Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton
Hilton Milwaukee: 509 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee
Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19, 9 – 11am
Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift for each child. Enjoy decorating a gingerbread house and a holiday movie. And don’t forget the camera to capture that moment with Santa. $35 Adults, $20 Children (3-12),  2 and under free. For reservations call (877) 704-5327.

Breakfast with Santa at the Pfister Hotel
424 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee
Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19, 9:30 – 11:30am
A Pfister tradition for lifelong memories. Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift awaiting each child. Don’t forget the cameras to capture that moment with Santa! $35 Adults, $20 Children 3 to 12 years, 2 and under free (tax and gratuity are not included). To reserve your spot with Santa, please call (877) 704-5340 or (414) 935-5950.

Santa, His Elves, and Live Reindeer
Starbucks, 685 Main Street, Lake Geneva
Saturdays, December 5, 12, and 19, 11am – 2pm
Santa, his Elves, and real Live Reindeer will be at the downtown Lake Geneva Starbucks. Come sit on Santa’s lap with your wish list and see his Reindeer up close and personal. Bring your own camera for free photos or purchase a professional photo. Stores will be offering a multitude of Christmas shopping deals.

Old World Holiday Breakfast
Old World Wisconsin, W372S9727 Wisconsin 67, Eagle
Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 6 at 9:30am
Saturday, December 12 – Sunday, December 13 at 9:30am
A fantastic way to celebrate the coming holidays! Enjoy a hearty holiday buffet in the big, red Clausing Barn.  Make it a full day of fun when you purchase a Holiday Combo Ticket to Old World Holiday Breakfast and An Old World Christmas and enjoy a festive breakfast and holiday performance, a horse-drawn bobsled ride (snow permitting), and all of the seasonal activities at the daylong event! Be sure to meet our 19th-century Father Christmas (aka: Santa) for your one-of-a-kind holiday photo. Advance Reservations Required. Breakfast only: Adults $22, children 5-12 $10, plus 5.1% tax and one-time $3 service charge, children 4 and under free. Holiday Combo Ticket: Enjoy Old World Holiday Breakfast plus An Old World Christmas: Adults $29, children 5-12 $14, plus 5.1% tax and one-time $3 service fee, children 4 and under free. Advance reservations available online or call 262-594-6301. No reservations are required for An Old World Christmas, a day of holiday fun, held the same dates (hours 10am to 5pm each day), however discounted admission is available only with the advance purchase of Old World Holiday Breakfast.

Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer
Apple Holler – 5006 S Sylvania Avenue, Sturtevant
December 5 to 20, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am
Cost: $8.00 per person (children & adults) A children’s interactive holiday musical with special appearance and photo opportunity  with Santa Claus, the reindeer and Mrs. Claus (bring your camera!). Homemade holiday cookie, craft, and ride on the Candy Cane Express. Reservations required, and are available online.

Breakfast with Santa 
Borzynski’s Farm & Floral Market, 11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant
Sundays, December 6 and 13, at 9:00am, 10:30am and 12:00noon
Adults $8.95, Children 2-10 $6.95. Tickets can be purchased in store or over the phone. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, french toast sticks, fresh fruit, pastries and an assortment of beverages. Each child will have an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and tell them their Christmas wishes. Limited seating, so don’t wait! Buy your tickets today! Call (262)886-2235 for more info.

Build a Gingerbread House & Have Breakfast with Santa at the Harley-Davidson Museum
MOTOR Bar & Restaurant: 401 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee
Sundays, December 6 & 13,  10am – 2pm
Bring the kids down to the Harley-Davidson Museum for a special MOTOR breakfast with Santa! In this annual tradition, parents and children have the opportunity to snap a photo with Santa on a Harley-Davidson and build their very own gingerbread house. Space for the event is limited and reservations are required. 20.95 per gingerbread house. Call (414) 287-2778 to make a reservation.

Pictures with Santa
Villa D’Carlo Restaurant, 5140 6th Avenue, Kenosha
Monday-Wednesday, December 7, 8 & 9 and December 14, 15, & 16; 5 – 8pm
December 7 – 8: Come with a donation and have your child(ren) have their photo taken with Santa. Half of all tips given to Santa’s photographer will be donated to VFW Riders’ Group/Stand with Dave Taylor Cancer Fund.
December 14 – 16: Santa and Mrs. Claus will return for children to give Santa letters.

**A.S.P. Autism Solution Pieces Christmas Celebration**
Career Industries,  4811 Washington Avenue, Racine
Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 – 8pm
Join us for this annual FREE festive evening! Photos with Santa, crafts with his elves, and hot cocoa with Frosty! For a Jolly Good Time, please rsvp to autismsolutionpieces@gmail.com or calling 262-497-5890 or 262-639-3041

Storytime with Santa
Sealed Air YMCA: 8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant
Friday, December 11,  7 – 8:30pm
Games and crafts with family, stories with Santa, pancakes and pictures with Santa.  YMCA members $3, general public $4.  Raffle tickets will be sold for entry to win a toy! Call (262)634-1994 for more information.

Family Fun Breakfast with Santa
Kenosha YMCA, 7101 53rd Street, Kenosha
Saturday, December 12, 9am – 11am
Your family will enjoy pictures and story time with Santa, and creating family ornaments and cards. Menu: Mrs. Claus Egg-cellent Casserole, Reindeer Trailmix Cereal, Frosty’s Yogurt, Elf Fruit and Santa’s Special Hot Cocoa. This is a FREE family holiday event; a donation to the Y’s Annual Campaign would be greatly appreciated.

Breakfast with Santa
Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 20; 9 – 11am
Doors will not open until check-in at 8:30am with fun and food starting at 9am! $25.00 per person (adult or children 3-12 years old) and includes food, beverage, activities for children, tax and service.  Fun activities inspired by the holiday! Kids will also have the chance to sit on Santa’s lap,all captured with a memorable photo keepsake. All reservations and payments are handled online.

Breakfast with Santa at the RecPlex
Wruck Beach Pavilion on Lake Andrea, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
Saturday, December 12, 9am
Join us this Holiday season for a buffet-style, sit-down breakfast consists of eggs, sausage, donuts, juice & coffee. $15 members/$19 non-members (Children under 2 are free). Price includes fun surprises for the children. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. High chairs are not provided.Call (262)947-3650 to register by December 8th.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Pine Street Cafe, 141 N. Pine Street, Burlington
Saturday, December 12, 9am – 12noon
Order from the menu.  (262) 763-9800

Cocoa with the Clauses
Cathedral Square Park – 520 E Wells Street, Milwaukee
Saturday, December 12, 11am – 2pm
Cathedral Square Park hosts the North Pole’s most recognizable residents in this outdoor cocoa klatch. Santa and Mrs. Claus will hear wish lists, while moms and dads can snap 2 free keepsake photos. Just remember to bring your camera! Elves and other holiday characters will also be there. Other free treats include hot cocoa and cookies. And if that isn’t reason enough to bundle up for some holiday fun, neighboring restaurants will offer meal deals just for kids. It’s sure to be a blast! For info, call 414.220.4700 ext. 5. While Cocoa with the Clauses is a free event, a nonperishable food donation for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is encouraged.

Lions Club 41st Annual Breakfast with Santa
Muskego High School Cafeteria, W183S8750 Racine Avenue, Muskego
Sunday, December 13, 8am – 12:30pm
An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is served.  Adults $6, Kids $3, Under 4 years old – FREE!  Enjoy photos with Santa, music, raffles, and crafters.

Santa Fun Time
McDonald’s: 6630 Washington Avenue, Mount Pleasant
Wednesday, December 16, 4:30 – 6:30pm
Visit with Santa. Gifts from Santa. Holiday art projects. Cookie decorating. Prize drawing.  Bring your camera.  Parents or guardians must remain on premises with child participants.  Event is FREE. For more information call (262) 886-1177.

7th Annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast at Georgie Porgie’s Treefort Restaurant
Mount Pleasant location: 5502 Washington Avenue, Racine
Oak Creek location: 9555 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek
Saturday, December 19th & Wednesday, December 24; 7am – 10:30am
Enjoy delicious pancakes topped with your choice of five favorite Treefort toppings and our creamy Wisconsin custard.  Plus, Santa will be making a visit to both locations! He will be at our Oak Creek location from 8-9am and Mt. Pleasant from 9:30-10:30am.

Polar Pajama Party
Chasing Tales, 7265 S. 1st Street, Oak Creek
December 19, 4 – 8pm
Join us for a visit with Santa and pictures, hot cocoa and cookie decorating, games, Santa’s mailbox, and train and jingle bell crafts. Advance tickets available until December 5th: $18 first child, $12 each additional sibling.After December 5th $20 first child, $15 each additional sibling. Extras include a bounce house, $2 per jump or a wristband for $8 for unlimited jumping.

Holiday Ice Show – Skate with Santa
RecPlex Ice Arena, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
Saturday, December 19, 1pm & 6:30pm shows; 3:30 – 5pm Skate with Santa
Let us help you celebrate the Holidays! Bring your friends and family to this special event. Holiday music, bright lights and colorful costumes set the atmosphere for our Pleasant Prairie Skating School U.S. Basic Skills, Freestyle, Synchronized and guest skaters to entertain you and get you in the holiday mood! Cost: $10 per person, general seating. $11 per person, reserved. Ages 2 and under are free. Skate with Santa at 3:30-5pm. Admission is free for participants and paid admissions to the Holiday Ice Show. Otherwise, $6 per adult. $4 per person skate rental applies to all who need skates.

Christmas Party at Great Lakes Farmer’s Market
Milaeger’s, 4838 Douglas Avenue, Racine
Sunday, December 20, 8am – 12noon
A superb market with great offerings and specials for great gift giving ideas! Children, come and visit Santa at the market. Santa will be here from 12-2 in his sleigh filled with candy canes and coloring books for you to enjoy! Don’t forget to give him your wish list!

Lunch with Santa
C.A.T.H.E. Center, 125 E. State Street, Burlington
Sunday, December 20, 12noon – 2pm
We will have lunch, Christmas crafts, cookie decorating, and fun for the whole family! $10 for Kids, $7 for Adults. For more info, call (262) 767-9661.

Cookies and Milk with Mr. & Mrs. Claus
Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main Street, Racine
Wednesday, December 23, 10am – 12pm
Come and join us for Cookies, Milk, fun and games. Mr. & Mrs Claus will be hosting this holiday get-together for kids, and kids at heart.  Santa Claus will be taking last minute suggestions as he prepares for the big night. $8 per person.  All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are hosting, or know of a Santa 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 Santa Event

 

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We’re Making A List…

 

…And Check It Twice!Finding Santa logo
(updated 12/19/2014) 
by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

‘Tis the season!

It’s the battle of the “Breakfast with Santa”‘s.

Let the games begin!

The jolly man in the big fuzzy red suit is coming town. We here at Just Add Kids are compiling an ongoing list of where you can find Santa Claus ’round our corner of southeastern Wisconsin.  Read more…

So check this list, and do it twice, or more! We’ll add Santa events here and on our website’s calendar JAK Happenings, along with other kid-oriented, holiday happenings as we learn about them.

Ho Ho Hope you have fun!

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

Make A Date With Santa
Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th Street, Greendale

November 7 to December 24
Come take your photo with Santa and create special memories that last a lifetime!  Santa is at the mall daily starting November 7 and will visit with children through December 24.  New this year — Save time and avoid the line.  Make a date with Santa and reserve an appointment at simon.noerrsanta.com.   For Santa’s daily hours or package pricing, call the malls Guest Services Center at (414)421-5600.

Visit with Santa
Regency Mall, 5538 Durand Avenue, Racine

November 15 through December 24
Free visits with Santa are available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.(break 1pm – 2pm & 5pm – 6pm) Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (break 1pm – 2pm & 5pm – 6pm) Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (break 2pm – 3pm) Wednesday, December 3, 10 & 17: Pet Photos with Santa, 6 – 9pm

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza
Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee

Thursday, November 20, 6-11:30pm
This ceremonial switch-flipping comes packed with live music, holiday entertainment, a visit from Santa and a dynamic fireworks show. Free hot cocoa and cookies will keep guests toasty all night. After the show, take in all the sights aboard the Jingle Bus, free on kick-off night. FREE 

Visit with Santa at Muskego’s Country Christmas & Parade
Muskego Settlement Centre, W184S8074 Racine Avenue, Muskego
Saturday, November 22
Santa from 2 to 5pm: Tree lighting at 4:45pm: event runs from 1 – 7pm
Celebration kicks off with the Christmas parade on Pioneer Drive, followed by activities that take place at Muskego Settlement Centre which is adorned in holiday lights with luminaries along the boardwalk, adding to the quaint and charming atmosphere. Additional activities include official city tree lighting, business mascot race, visits with Santa, children’s train rides, hay wagon rides, animals, food, beverages and more!

24th Annual World’s Greatest Cookie Sale
Grand Ballroom at the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee
Friday, November 28, 12noon – 4pm

Features home-made holiday cookies and baked goods in every variety imaginable from over 25 participating non-profit organizations. All proceeds benefit the specific non-profit groups you purchase from. The event also features holiday music performances, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, magic shows, and cupcake decorating. FREE.

Kenosha’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Program and Santa
Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue, Kenosha
Friday, November 28, 4 – 9pm

The Christmas tree lighting ceremony kicks off the holiday season as part of the “Lightin’ Up Kenosha” celebration downtown.  Join us at the Kenosha Public Museum for a holiday program featuring musical performances and a visit from Santa. Names of two lucky children will be drawn to help Mayor Bosman light the tree. This free family program is sure to put you in the holiday mood. Tree lighting at about 4:45pm.  Ride the Streetcar FREE from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Santa Claus – Downtown Kenosha Appearances
5819 Sixth Avenue, Kenosha

Saturdays 9am – 12noon: November 29,  December 6,  December 13, December 20. Wednesdays 4 – 7pm: December 3, December 10, December 17.
Visits are FREE and cameras to capture those magical moments are welcome! Kids can also enjoy free holiday “Create It, Make It, Take It” activities.

Breakfast with Santa at Grand Geneva
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
Every Saturday morning, 9am-11:30am, from November 29 through December 20
Look for Santa as he visits with guests at the NEW Breakfast with Santa event. Designed especially for kids, enjoy a snowman breakfast buffet that you can enjoy in your pj’s if you want.  Bring your list!  Adults $21, Kids (6-12) $12, Kids (2-5) $6.  Call (262) 249-4788 to make your reservation.

Breakfast with Santa at Watts Tea Shop
George Watts & Son, 761 North Jefferson Street, Milwaukee
Every Saturday morning at 9am, from November 29 through December 20. Special Christmas Eve seating on Wednesday, December 24.
Come dressed up in your holiday attire and bring the children to tell Santa their heart’s desire. A scrumptious breakfast with a fabulous surprise gift for every child at Milwaukee’s most historic Tea Room. Meet the Jolly Old Elf, for a photo opportunity, while Mrs. Claus reads her lively version of The Night Before Christmas.  $25 per person includes meal and free gift for EVERY attendee. Call for reservations (414)290-5700.

Visit Santa at Santa’s Chalet – West Racine
Northwest corner of Washington Avenue & Grove Avenue, Racine
Every Saturday & Sunday, 12noon – 3pm, from November 29 through December 20.
Kids, be sure to bring your letters for Santa!

Christmas with Mrs. Claus at Borzynski’s
11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant

Saturdays, November 29, December 6, 13 & 20,  1 – 4pm

Decorate a sugar cookie, listen to story time, and color a picture with Mrs. Claus.  There will also be a children’s gift corner where they can purchase inexpensive gifts for family members.  Free. Ages 2-10.

Santa in the Log Cabin at Godsell Farm
S105W15585 Loomis Drive, Muskego

Pets on Saturday, November 29 from 9-4
Children and families Saturday, December 6 from 9am-4pm and Sunday December 7 from 9am-3pm
Santa is coming back to Godsell Farm to visit with all of the girls and boys, families and pets. Make an appointment to visit Santa by emailing godsellfarm@wi.rr.com today to reserve your spot!

Soda with Santa at Sprecher Brewery
701 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale
Sundays, November 30, December 7 and 14. 12noon – 3pm
Go on a brewery tour, enjoy samples (beer samples for adults, soda samples for everyone), and have your picture taken with Santa. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for minors. Reservations required by calling (414)964-2739.

Christmas Comes to Union Grove – Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa
Village Square Park, 1000 North 10th Avenue, Union Grove
December 4 from 4:30 – 6:30pm
Join us to see Santa at our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Our Christmas Tree in Village Square will be lit to signal Santa that we are ready for him.  Santa will arrive on a bright red fire truck accompanied by his happy elf!

The Nordic Corral at Linnea Bakery
512 56th Street, Kenosha
December 5 from 4:30 – 8pm

Visit Linnea Bakery’s Nordic Corral for visits with Santa, and his real, live reindeer with learning stations to teach people all there is to know about reindeer! The full Reindeer experience, pre-event starts at $22 for up to 2 people and includes a 5×7 photo with a special frame (for later date pick-up). Pricing for groups of 3-4 and 5-6 are also available. Families welcome. Elsa from Frozen will also be there.  Call (262)515-9222 for more information.

Santa’s Chalet at Wehmhoff Square Park
166 E. Jefferson Street, Burlington
Friday evenings from 6-8pm, and Saturday and Sundays from 2-4pm. December 5 through December 21

Santa and Mrs. Claus will enjoy the newly decorated Chalet as they welcome the many children to their weekend retreat. Parents you are welcome to bring your cameras so you can capture your little ones smiles as they talk to Santa and receive a special treat. The chalet will be open starting Dec. 5 following our “Most Loved Christmas Carols” Christmas Parade and every weekend until Christmas.

Breakfast with Santa at the Pfister Hotel
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
Saturdays, December 6, 13, 20, 9:30 – 11:30AM
A Pfister tradition for lifelong memories. Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift awaiting each child. Don’t forget the cameras to capture that moment with Santa! $32.95 Adults, $19.95 Children 3 to 12 years, 2 and under free (tax and gratuity are not included). To reserve your spot with Santa, please call (877) 704-5340 or (414) 935-5950.

Breakfast with Santa at Salem Grade School (South Cafeteria)
8828 Antioch Road, Salem
Saturday, December 6, 8 – 11am
Pancake Breakfast $2.00 for child prepay $4.00 for adult prepay. $3.00 child at door, $5.00 adult at door.

Pictures with Santa benefiting Relay for Life of Racine
Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly – 5201 Washington Avenue, Racine Saturday, December 6, 9am – 1pm As part of their 3rd annual Holiday Open House, Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly is offering Pictures with Santa for $5, with 100% proceeds going to American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Racine.  Open House event runs from 10am-3pm with live music, food sampling and fun activities.

Cookies, Cocoa & Cubs
Racine Zoo, 200 Goold Street, Racine

Saturday, December 6, 10am – 12noon
Enjoy a light breakfast, an animal presentation from one of our Zoo-per Animal Care Specialist, a holiday conservation craft, and a visit with Santa. Event is free with zoo admission. Members: $7 for adult and $5 for child. Non-member: $8 for adult and $6 for child. Phone (262) 636-9189. (this event was updated on 11/20)

Santa, His Elves, and Live Reindeer
Starbucks, 685 Main Street, Lake Geneva
Saturdays, December 6 -20, 11am – 2pm
Children are invited to visit with Santa, his elves and real live reindeer downtown Lake Geneva on the lawn of Starbucks, on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm, to share their wishes, capture photos and pet the reindeer.  Santa will be strolling through the streets on Sundays in downtown Lake Geneva for that special “ho ho ho”.

39th Annual Great Electric Children’s Christmas Parade
Downtown Lake Geneva on Broad Street
Saturday, December 6, 5 – 6pm
A holiday tradition!  Local businesses and organizations light up the street.  Be sure to stroll through town following the parade for holiday shopping and dining specials.

Lunch with Santa at the Milwaukee Zoo
10001 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee

Saturday and Sundays, December 6 to 21, Noon.
Cost: $15 age 3 to adult; $6 for children 2 and under; parking is $12. Register now. (Breakfasts are SOLD OUT!)

Breakfast with Santa & Elves
Masonic Temple, 1021 – 11th Avenue, Union Grove
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Saturday, December 6 at 9am and 11am

Must buy tickets in advance.
Tickets will be sold at the Chamber office on the first floor of the Union Grove Municipal Center at 925 – 15th Avenue.  Seating is limited and tickets sell out quickly.  Ticket prices are Adults – $7; Ages 3-11 years – $4, and Ages 0-2 years – $2 (including tickets for babies).

Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer
Apple Holler – 5006 S Sylvania Avenue, Sturtevant

December 6 to 21, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am
Cost: $8.00 per person (children & adults) A children’s interactive holiday musical with special appearance and photo opportunity  with Santa Claus, the reindeer and Mrs. Claus (bring your camera!). Homemade holiday cookie, craft, and ride on the Candy Cane Express. Reservations required.

Old World Holiday Breakfast
Old World Wisconsin, W372S9727 Wisconsin 67, Eagle
Saturdays,& Sundays, December 6-14 Saturday seatings at 9:30am and 11:30am, Sunday seatings at 9:30am.
An Old World Christmas hours are 10am-5pm each day. Old World Holiday Breakfast: adults $21, children 5-12 $10, children 4 and under free. Holiday Combo Ticket: Enjoy Old World Holiday Breakfast plus An Old World Christmas: adults $28, children 5-12 $14, children 4 and under free. Reservations are required for the Old World Holiday Breakfast or the Holiday Combo Ticket and are available online or by calling (262)594-6301.

Santa and Celebrate the Holiday at Jelly Belly
10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie

Saturdays, December 6 and 20
Santa in Residence – 1 to 3:30pm; Celebrate the Holiday from 10am to 4pm
Reservations are required, so please call (262)886-8500 now, to make yours! 

Breakfast with Santa Borzynski’s Farm Market
11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant

Sunday, December 7 at 9:00am, 10:30am and 12:00noon
Enjoy a delicious breakfast of eggs, sausage, french toast sticks, fruit, pastry and beverages while children meet with Santa and tell him how good they’ve been!  Adults $8, Children 2-10 are $6. This event sells out quickly! Call 262-886-2235 today to reserve your tickets.

**A Magical Visit from Caring Santa (for children with special needs)**
Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th Street, Greendale

Sunday, December 7 from 9 to 10:30am
Join us for a private photo session with Caring Santa.  This event is designed to support children with special needs and their families.  Care is taken to create an environment that will support the sensory and physical needs of kids with all abilities.   For Santa’s daily hours or package pricing, call the malls Guest Services Center at (414)421-5600.

Breakfast with Santa at Holidays in the Mansion
Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main Street, Racine
Sunday, December 7, 8am – 12noon.

Come and enjoy a special day with Santa at the Mansion. Tickets are available at the box office on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm and Sundays from 2 to 4 pm starting November 16th and available at the Door. Admission includes access to the splendor of the Henry S Durand Mansion all decorated for the Christmas Holiday. Enter through the Wisconsin Avenue entrance. For Kids ages 5 to 12 cost is $5. Adults $8.

“Breakfast with Santa” presented by St. Joseph Catholic Academy
2401 69th Street, Kenosha Sunday, December 7
Holiday Lights Christmas show featuring “Breakfast with Santa.”
Show performances are at 10am. and 11:30am. Breakfast runs from 9am – 12noon.
Santa will be in the Lobby greeting guests and taking photos. Located at the Upper Campus. Tickets are available at the door (adults $10/senior citizens $7/ children 3-10 $7/children 2 and under are free).

Santa’s Workshop presented by the Academy of Performing Arts
9160 s. Pennsylvania Avenue, Oak Creek
Sunday, December 7, 2 – 5pm. FREE.
Santa Event includes: hot cocoa, pictures with Santa, bounce house, crafts, cookie bake off, and trackless train. Train is a paid attraction ($2 per ride, or 3 for $5) with ALL PROCEEDS donated to Toys for Tots.  Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to be entered to win prizes such as American Girl -Doll of the Year! Register online.

5th Annual Wishes in Wonderland benefiting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin & Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
Dave & Busters,  2201 N. Mayfair Road, Milwaukee
Sunday, December 7, 9 – 12noon
Tickets are $10 (2 and under are FREE) and includes: breakfast, photo with Santa, holiday craft activities, free games, and hot chocolate station. Tickets can be purchased at Dave & Busters, or Elegance Salon &  Spa located at 2725 S. Calhoun Road, New Berlin, or by calling (262)785-0880.

Pictures with Santa hosted by Wheatland Fire Department Auxilary
Town of Wheatland Fire Department – 34011 Geneva Road, New Munster
Sunday, December 7, 10am – 1pm
There will be hot chocolate cookies, crafts, and the kids will be able to explore the fire trucks with the firefighters.

Franklin’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Franklin Public Library – 9151 West Loomis Road, Franklin
Sunday, December 7, 4:30 – 7pm
Holiday activities, caroling, tree lighting, refreshments, and a visit from Santa, of course! Please bring a non-perishable food item to support Franklin Food Pantries.

**A.S.P. Autism Solution Pieces Club Awesome Christmas Party**
Career Industries – 4811 Washington Avenue, Racine
Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 – 8pm
Come and enjoy a fun evening listening & singing to Christmas music, doing crafts, and decorating of cookies! Snacks, warm cider and hot chocolate will be available. Special Guests: Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, Frosty and Elves (for photo opportunities). All special needs families and friends invited. FREE admission with each attendee bringing a non-perishable food item or package of white socks to be donated to the Shalom Center of Kenosha.

Pictures with Santa at Educators Credit Union
Friday, December 12, 3 – 6pm
ECU New Berlin, 15350 W. Howard Avenue, New Berlin
ECU Oak Creek, 150 Ryan Road, Oak Creek
Saturday, December 13, 9am – 12noon
ECU Burlington, 448 Falcon Ridge, Burlington
ECU Loomis Road, 4000 W. Loomis Road, Milwaukee
ECU South Milwaukee, 1201 Marquette Avenue, South Milwaukee
Friday, December 19, 3 – 6pm
ECU Newman Road, 1400 Newman Road, Racine
ECU Waukesha, 1600 Summit Avenue, Suite A, Waukesha
Saturday, December 20, 9am – noon
ECU Glendale, 7139 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee
ECU Prospect, 2243 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee
ECU Sturtevant, 1300 90th Street, Sturtevant
Santa will be visiting the above Educators Credit Union branches to take a free photo with your child.

Pancakes with Santa at Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mt. Pleasant
Friday, December 12, 5 – 7pm
Take pictures with Santa, and play board games with your family from 5 – 5:45pm. From 5:45-6pm , Santa will be reading a Christmas story, then enjoy eating pancakes with Santa from 6-7pm. Wear your pjs! Christmas decorations created by students of Schulte School, West Ridge School, and Child-Watch will be on display in the Multi-Generation Room. Fees BEFORE December 11th: Y-Members are $8 per family/$3 per person; Non-Members are $18 per family/$5 per person.
Fees DAY OF event, December 12th: Y-Members are $10 per family/$5 per person; Non-Members are $20 per family/$7 per person. Children under age 2 are free! For more info, call (262)634-1994.

Holiday Story Time and Pajama Party
Lakewood Elementary School, 1218 Wilmot Avenue, Twin Lakes
Friday, December 12, 6 – 7pm
Join us in the cafeteria for story time! Wear your jammies, enjoy popcorn, hot chocolate and do some fun activities! Santa will also be available for pictures! Free event for children of all ages. Please RSVP to gourley.danielle@gmail.com.

Holiday Pancake Breakfast with Santa Visit
Georgie Porgies’ Treefort Restaurants 9555 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek & 5502 Washington Avenue, Mt. Pleasant
Saturday, December 13, 7 – 10:30am Wednesday, December 24, 7 – 10:30am
Santa will arrive in Oak Creek from 8-9am and then his sleigh arrives at Mount Pleasant around 10-11am. Breakfast prices start at $4.99 for the fully loaded ice cream pancake: scoop of Fresh Vanilla Frozen Custard with your choice of S’mores, Grasshopper, strawberry, blueberry or cherry as toppings.

Breakfast with Santa at the RecPlex
Donald Wruck Beach Pavilion, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
Saturday, December 13, 9 – 10:30am
Enjoy a buffet of sausage, pancakes, donuts, juice, and coffee. Plus, a goody bag for the kids, and of course, Santa! $13 RecPlex member, $17 non-member, per person. Children under 2 are free. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. Pre-registration required by calling (262)947-0437.

Santa Visits the Family Tree Haus
5080 W. Ashland Way, Franklin
Saturday, December 13, 1 – 4pm
Bring your kids to see Santa, get your holiday pictures (take with your own camera), have fun, and let the kids play.
Admission $8 for first child/$7 additional. No admission fee for adults or children under 1 years of age.

Brunch with Santa at Pine Street Café
141 N. Pine Street, Burlington
December 14th and 21st for breakfast or lunch with Santa between 10am and 2pm
! (262) 763-9800

Lions Club 41st Annual Breakfast with Santa
Muskego High School Cafeteria, W183S8750 Racine Ave, Muskego
Sunday, December 14, 8am – 12:30pm
An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is served.  Adults $6, Kids $2, Under 4 years old – FREE!  Enjoy photos with Santa, music, raffles, and crafters.

Breakfast with Santa
First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Avenue, Racine
Saturday, December 20, 8am – 12noon
$8/adults, $5/kids (4-12 years old) 3 and under FREE. It’s a fund raiser for the youth groups mission trip.

Breakfast with Santa
St. Francis Lions Community Center, 3476 E. Howard Avenue, St. Francis
Saturday, December 20, 9am – 12noon
All you can eat pancakes! There will be pictures with Santa, a craft table, cookie decorating, raffle items, and more. $5 – adult in advance/$7 – adult at the door. $3 – children in advance/$5 – children at the door.  All proceeds help support the Deer Creek Intermediate School 8th Grade international trip to Costa Rica. Contact: Peter Graven at (414)482-8470.

**STAR Holiday Respite Event**
Select Training & Autism Resources, LLC, 4000 Spring Street, Racine

Saturday, December 20, 2 – 6pm
Parents, wouldn’t it be great to finish your last minute Christmas shopping, or take in a matinee and leave your kiddos with us while you have some fun? Drop them off at STAR for some holiday fun including: pictures with Santa, make & take craft center, snack center, sensory center, story center. RSVP by calling (262)498-0270.

Scamps Outlaws All-Star Cheer Fundraiser at Skatetown (with Santa Visit)
1825 Sycamore Avenue, Racine
Sunday, December 21, 12noon – 3pm
Everyone invited! $8 per person includes admission, skate rental and all you can eat pizza. $3 of every admission is donated to the Scamps Outlaws to offset their fees for CSG Supernationals in March 2015. Special Guest Santa Claus from 1:30 – 2:30pm.

If you are hosting, or know of a Santa 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: contact@justaddkidsonline.net Subject: Finding Santa Event

 

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Helping Your Senior Parent Downsize

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As we gather at the holiday table, some of us will notice our senior parents are changing.
Perhaps they ask “Where’s Jimmy?” five times, struggle to maintain their balance while
walking, or can’t focus on peeling potatoes. This may spark a conversation with a brother
or sister: Should mom or dad receive more attention? If they’re still living in their house,
should they be selling and moving into a community setting? Read more

The holidays are a great time to ask mom and dad about what they want in their future and to suggest ideas. The problem is, these conversations are hard. They shine a spotlight on life’s finality, allow complex family dynamics to surface, and make us ever too aware of how we may become stretched to the boundaries of our own time and energy.

Yet, since change is inevitable, we might as well face the future directly and with some positive energy. We can look for the positive outcomes of the upcoming change, rather than focus on loss. Typically senior communities open the door to a richer social life, provide food service, and offer an array of fun activities. What’s not to like?!

And what about all the personal belongings that might be packed to the rafters in the family home? Clearing them out is a daunting thought! Just how will it be tackled without someone tearing their hair out? Beyond nostalgic feelings, we are confronted with complex logistics, divvying up the belongings among family members, and the sheer volume of physical labor required.

Break it up into five steps, create some deadlines, and you’ll find it a bit more manageable. First, go through the house with your parents and siblings and make a list of everything that someone would likely want to keep. Have a camera handy and take a photo of each item. Then print out all the photos in the most convenient way possible, label them, and give a copy to each sibling. I recommend paying a teenage daughter or son to stand at a photocopier and create paper copies of the photo inventory. Thirdly, use the inventory to divvy up desired belongings among siblings. You can do it in rounds, letting each person pick one item from the inventory during each round. It’s like picking teams for playground kickball when you were little, except with potentially more teams. Fourth, have each sibling pick a deadline by which they will get all their chosen belongings from the house. Fifth, go through the remainder of items in the house and label them for donation, resale, or permanent disposal and then arrange for removal. This is still a ton of work, but with structure and deadlines, you can at least gain some assurance that it will get done!

This holiday, take some time to have a conversation with your parent or parents about where they’d ideally like to live and how they’d like to live. Then you can talk about getting the house ready to sell—or even staying in the house with some modifications and decluttering!  Both you and they might enter 2013 with a sense of relief and anticipation of better things to come.

If you’d like professional support in senior downsizing, search online for a local provider or contact me at Peace of Mind Transitions LLC. Learn more through this video or visit www.peaceofmindtransitionsllc.com.

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Little Tikes, Big Bikes

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Maybe the holidays, coupled with two of my childrens’ December birthdays is making me a bit more melancholy these days.  Depression really hasn’t set in (I am quite happy, thank you!), just reflecting on the gift of ordinary days in the life of this aging parent.  So yeah, if you read last week’s JAK Happenings, I shared with you my thoughts on my “baby” turning seven.  This weekend we’ll celebrate child #2’s fourteenth birthday. Happy Birthday to my gorgeous, talented, brainiac daughter.

Another milestone we’re experiencing in our household is Read more. our oldest daughter’s new adventure in learning how to drive a car. Yup, she’s got her temps.  It seems like just yesterday I was pushing her around in the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.  Now, she is grabbing at the car keys and every opportunity to hop into the driver’s seat.  Though she lacks in experience, she is quite skilled.  Still, my feet make it up to the dashboard (that’s my nervous reaction) at least once every trip when she’s driving.

So, of course with the exhilaration of car driving comes the question “Will you buy me a car for my 16th birthday?”  “Sure, honey,” I think to myself. “Why not?  I hope you like red and yellow plastic (again).”

I am so not looking forward to finding the extra green to add her onto the State Farm policy.  Maybe a trip to Flo is in order, they say you can name your own price.  Ya think?

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