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-Back to School

-Teens and Texting -Talking to Your Children About Sex

-Teens and Responsibility

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stay in the this school year BY KIM SEIDEL

As the casual days of summer vacation start to wind down, parents begin to think more about preparing their children for the new schoolsummer year that’s just ideas late ahead. While this transition time isn’t always easy for families, there are steps that parents can take this summer and early fall to help everyone get into the groove for a successful academic year.

ideas mmer ideas susummer l at elate Attend back to school events. Be sure to attend back to school events, especially the open house. Many schools have these to give children a chance to meet their teachers and visit their classrooms. These are also good opportunities for you, as a parent, to find out what you can do to help throughout the year and to get information as to what will happen during the year, including the curriculum, important dates and events, weekly routines, sharing times and other information. Review your children’s health status. Make those annual physical exams and be sure they are up-to-date with their dental and vision check-ups. Ideally, these are completed before your children return to school so, if necessary, they have any possible dental work done or new glasses before classes begin. Watch the clock. It’s easy to allow the children to stay up later and follow irregular sleep patterns in the summer, but be aware that a routine rising time is right around the corner. Try to ease the family toward getting to bed and getting up earlier. It will make it easier when school starts. Get the brain working. Play games, do puzzles or read books. You could also stimulate your children’s brains toward academics by asking math, geography or other questions. Follow the supply list. Many schools provide lists by grade level to help buy the appropriate supplies. Make school shopping a fun way to prepare for the new education adventure ahead.

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early fall ideas Support and encourage. Once the school year has begun, continue to offer support and encouragement for your children to help them achieve academic excellence. One way you can do this is by building a rapport with the school and volunteering your time. Establish routines. Along with chores, homework needs to become part of those daily routines. Try to have a special place with all of the needed materials handy where your children can do their homework. Also, each evening have children place their homework in their backpacks by the door, as well as set out the clothes they’ll going to wear for school the next day. Encourage independence. Help your children learn to be responsible and work independently. This is important for their success at home, at school and later in life. Even if your children don’t have a lot of homework, encourage them to read or work in workbooks during a designated homework time. This helps create good study habits. Stay organized. Have a designated place for important notes and papers for each child. Have the children place anything that needs to be signed and returned to school there, such as test papers, field trip permission slips and other forms. By using this method consistently, everyone will know where to find things when they really matter. Have a great, successful year. Kim Seidel is a mother of two who lives and writes in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

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Transitions A Transitions Easing School

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s a parent, how can you help your children make the transitions into elementary school, middle school and high school easier? First of all, take advantage of any orientation or back-to-school programs. Gather as much information as possible and tour the school and campus to help familiarize your children with their new environment. Help them make connections by encouraging them to get involved with school activities--academics, the arts, sports or clubs. Many educators agree that the more invested children are in their school, the better their futures will be.

Making Those Important Transitions

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Returning to


hile returning to school can bring exciting new experiences for your children, as a parent, you also worry about their safety. Will they get to and from school safely? What if they encounter a bully or worse? Unfortunately, in today’s world, when most parents think about school safety they are referring to school violence. The truth is, research shows that children are nine times more likely to sustain an unintentional playground or school injury rather than be a victim of violence. According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, an estimated 2.2 million children are injured in school-related accidents each year. Here is some advice on keeping your children safe: 1. Plan a direct walking route to school or the bus stop, crossing as few streets as possible ad at intersections with crossing guards. 2. Advise children to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields or other places where there aren’t many people around. Also, be sure to walk the route beforehand with your children. 3. Teach your children about “Stranger Danger,” such as never talk to, accept rides from or take any gift of any kind (candy, toys,


etc.) from strangers. Be sure to explain to your children the difference between good and bad strangers. You should teach your children to identify good strangers, which include police officers, security guards, teachers, store clerks, etc. These are the people they can turn to if they feel they are being followed or bothered. If good strangers are not around when a bad stranger approaches, your children should know how to get the attention of other adults by being taught to run to the nearest home or to make enough noise to be heard by others. Most important, children should be taught to never go with or let a stranger take them anywhere. They should do everything they can to stop a stranger from doing so, such as dropping to the ground, kicking, hitting, biting and screaming. 4. Have your children use the buddy system. They should walk to and from school with a sibling, friend or neighbor. 5. Children, whether they are walking, biking or riding the bus, should obey all traffic signals, signs and crossing guards. 6. If you drive your children to school, try to deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Make sure they are in the schoolyard or building before you leave. 7. If your children ride bikes or scooters to school, they should wear the proper safety gear (helmets, elbow pads and knee pads). 8. Children who ride the bus should arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street. Children should also follow all school bus rules. 9. Children should stay in their seat on the bus. 10. Children should know their phone number, your cell phone or work number, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies. To learn more about his and other safety tips go to l

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Is texting A health risk to your


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Do you know how much your child is texting? Chances are you don’t. As parents, we tend to be less aware of our children’s texting as compared to general computer use and video game playing. And because of the unlimited texting plans we’ve purchased, we are paying less attention to the billing details. Those unlimited texting plans are also allowing our children to text any time and anywhere. Many are texting late at night when their parents are sleeping. They’re doing it in restaurants, movie theatres and malls. They’re doing it when they’re crossing the street, biking, boating and driving, which causes people to walk into things, miss stop signs, etc. And despite school rules against it, they’re doing it in the classroom under their desks, behind their backs or when pretending to get something out of their backpacks. Many are doing it so much their thumbs hurt. In the fourth quarter of 2008, American teens sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month. That is approximately 80 text messages a day (a number that has more than doubled since 2007). This texting phenomenon is beginning to worry many physicians and psychologists. They say for many teens texting is leading to anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injuries and sleep deprivation. It may even cause a shift in the way adolescents develop. While some feel texting may help boost self-esteem by feeling socially connected and being able to share their experiences instantly, it can also make some teens feel left out or disconnected. This can lead to sadness and anxiety, both short- and long-term. Short-term anxiety comes from teens texting and wondering if the other person will answer or not; where long-term anxiety can actually impair a person’s daily functions. When someone stays up late at night texting and waiting for someone to reply, it affects a person’s sleep patContinue to page 28

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Talking to Your Children about S-E-X



any parents feel they don’t need to have the sex discussion with their children because they are taught those things in health class. Other parents simply don’t know how to talk to their children about sex because they’re uncomfortable with the subject. Some believe talking about sex to their children will only encourage that type of behavior. The truth is, if you don’t talk to your children about sex, they will learn it from their friends and other sources. Sources

that are often unreliable and unethical. According to Dr. Michael Cichy, who works at Wheaton Franciscan’s Elmbrook Memorial Hospital and has been a doctor of clinical psychology for almost 30 years, it is definitely important for you to talk to your children about sex. It is better for them to learn about sex from you rather than their friends, books, the media or through their own experiences. Dr. Cichy said that sex education begins as simple anatomy lessons during the toddler years. “I would recommend using the common names for parts of the anatomy and avoiding any nicknames,� he said. “Not calling a vagina, a vagina or a penis, a penis will only suggest to a child that they are something to be embarrassed about.� “In our society, we tend to show discomfort or taboo things that are sexual so we can avoid them,� he said. He continued to explain that parents should try to demystify or remove the taboos by talking about sex. “This should be as casual as talking about the weather,� he said, “so it doesn’t take on that degree of silliness that it does when they talk about sex with their friends.� Talking openly and honestly with your children also gives them accurate information, as well as the parents’ views on the subject. Continue to page 29

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athering around the table for regular family meals improves children's eating habits and health, according to the results of a new study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. University of Minnesota researchers reported that youngsters who participated in family meals at least five times a week consumed more fruits, vegetables and fiber than those who dined alone. Previous research shows that kids who enjoy regular family meals experience a number of important benefits, including better academic performance and behavior at school. Adolescents who sit down to eat with their parents are significantly less likely to experiment with cigarettes, drugs and alcohol than those who are required to fend for themselves at mealtimes. Teenage girls who dine with their families on a regular basis are less likely to engage in binge eating and extreme weight loss practices, including self-induced vomiting and the use of diet pills, diuretics and laxatives. Kids who dine solo, on the other hand, have greater chances of developing poor eating habits that can negatively impact their current and future health. After following 8,000 children from kindergarten to third grade, researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia concluded that kids who ate fewer meals with their families had a significantly higher risk of becoming overweight or obese.

If evenings are especially busy for kids and adults, eating breakfast together a few times a week might be an acceptable alternative. On weekends, getting together for a family brunch or lunch may work even better. For moms and dads who don't have the time or energy to prepare home-cooked


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Every parent wants a healthy baby, but occasional infections and fevers are inevitable. Even parents who have plenty of experience with sick babies can have a tough time distinguishing normal fussiness and mild illnesses from more serious prolems. Here’s when to call the doctor — and when to seek emergency care — for a sick baby.


When to contact your Fever. Mild fevers are common and baby's doctor usually harmless, but keep an eye on the An occasional illness is usually nothing to worry about, but sometimes it's best to contact the doctor. Look for these signs and symptoms:

Changes in appetite.

Your baby refuses several feedings or eats poorly.

Changes in mood.

Contact the doctor right away if your baby is lethargic or unusually difficult to rouse. Also let the doctor know if your baby is persistently irritable or has inconsolable crying jags.

Tender navel or penis. Contact the doctor if your baby's umbilical area or penis suddenly becomes red or starts to ooze or bleed.

thermometer. If your baby is younger than three months, contact the doctor for any fever. If your baby is three months or older and has an oral temperature lower than 102 F (38.9 C), encourage rest and offer plenty of fluids. Call the doctor if your baby seems unusually irritable, lethargic or uncomfortable. If your baby has an oral temperature of 102 F (38.9 C) or higher, give your baby acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Call the doctor if the fever doesn't respond to the medication or lasts longer than one day.


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What to Avoid During Pregnancy From the first week of your pregnancy to the last, it is important to have a healthy, balanced lifestyle for you and your baby. This includes eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest and making regular visits to your doctor. There are also several things you should avoid to help your growing baby. Avoid Alcohol. There is no safe amount of alcohol to drink while you’re pregnant. In fact, to ensure a healthy baby you should avoid all alcohol. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause both physical and mental birth defects, as well as low birth weight and preterm labor. Just drinking two or more drinks a day puts your baby at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, which is the most serious alcohol-related birth defect. Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke. Smoking decreases the oxygen supply to your baby, which can slow down your baby’s growth. In turn, your baby may be born preterm, have a low birth weight or be stillborn. If you smoke during pregnancy your child is also at greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma and upper respiratory infections. Don’t use illegal drugs. If you are using any illegal drugs, talk to your doctor about getting help to quit. When a mother is addicted to drugs, their babies are usually born with a drug addiction, requiring that child to undergo a painful withdrawal in the first few days of life. Many illegal drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and crystal meth, cause preterm birth, low birth weight, and a failure to thrive, as well as behavioral and learning disabilities in your baby. Talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you may be taking. This includes aspirin and cold medications. Many medications are not safe to use for pregnant or nursing mothers. l

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Occasional spitting up is normal. Contact the doctor if your baby spits up large portions of multiple feedings or vomits forcefully after feedings.

Dehydration. Contact the doctor if your baby doesn't wet a diaper for six hours or longer or if the soft spot on top of your baby's head seems to sink. Crying without tears or a dry mouth without saliva also warrants a prompt call to the doctor.


If your baby has fewer bowel movements than usual for a few days, contact the doctor.

Colds. Contact the doctor if your baby has a cold that interferes with his or her breathing, produces thick nasal discharge that's yellow, green or gray, or is accompanied by a severe cough.

Ear trouble.

Contact the doctor if your baby doesn't respond normally to sounds or has fluid draining from his or her ears.

Rash. Contact the doctor if a rash covers a large area, appears infected or if your baby suddenly develops an unexplained rash — especially if the rash is accompanied by a fever.

Eye discharge. If one or both eyes are pink, red or leaking mucus, contact the doctor.

Trust your instincts.

If you think you should call the doctor, go ahead. After hours, you may be able to call a 24-hour nurse line offered through the doctor's office, clinic or your health insurance company. l


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When people think of adoption, they often visualize a foreignborn child rescued from an orphanage being brought to the United States for a better life. These same people may not realize that right now, there are approximately 2,500 children in foster care in the Milwaukee community who are or may become available for adoption. While many children who enter foster care eventually are reunited with their families of origin, other children are not able to return to their homes. In those cases adoptive homes are found.

How local adoption works In order to adopt a child locally, couples or individuals must first become a licensed foster home. This is because the local children available for adoption are part of the foster care system. Becoming a licensed foster or adoptive family takes three to four months. The process includes education for the prospective parents, as well as inhome visits and interviews by a social worker known as a licensing specialist. The licensing specialist helps prospective parents through the process and the paperwork. Once licensing is completed, the social worker notifies prospective parents when a child becomes available for placement. The social worker, prospective parents and child then meet each other to determine if the placement will be a good fit. When prospective parents’ primary interest is adoption, every effort to place children with them who are likely to become available for adoption in the near future.

The cost of local adoption One of the biggest benefits of local adoption is the low cost. Depending on the child’s country of origin, foreign adoption costs can be quite prohibitive, ranging anywhere from $11,000 to $23,000. However, most local adoption costs are reimbursed by the state of Wisconsin, which means the biggest investment is time. The children available for adoption in the Milwaukee area .span a wide range of ages and personalities. But the one thing they all have in common is a need to find a family who will love them for who they are. l

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offers hope BY CYNDI STRAYER

o you have a child with special needs? Are you often confused or overwhelmed by the challenges that come with your child’s special need, such as what to do, where to turn and what is available? If so, the Southeast Regional Center, located in the Daniel M. Soref Family Resource Center just off the lobby at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, can help. The Southeast Regional Center is one of five centers in the state of Wisconsin that serve families and providers who care for children and youth, from birth to age 21, with special healthcare needs. When they say special healthcare needs, they mean all types of healthcare needs, including cerebral palsy, cancer, diabetes, autism, severe asthma, developmental delays, hearing loss and many others. The Southeast Regional Center provides services to Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties. Mary Jean Green, the director of the Southeast Regional Center, says the center is unique in the fact that it has eight staff members, all who have children with special healthcare needs. “Therefore, our staff offers not only their personal experiences, but their professional backgrounds as well,” she added. Green says parents with children with special healthcare needs are often faced with many challenges to navigate through. “We can help with all of that with one phone call,” she said. “We can do everything from


helping you find a doctor to figuring out your health benefits. We can also help you go through school transitions, as well as direct you to recreational activities such as camps, the arts, music therapy, horseback riding, accessible playgrounds and adaptive sports programs.” Most importantly, Green says, “We work with families to build their skill set so they can be true advocates for their children and help them be all they can be.” The Southeast Regional Center provides families and providers with easy access to information and referrals that are up-to-date and confidential. They suggest community, state and national resources about school issues, financial assistance, home care, sibling support, transition issues, diagnosis and more. The center also has a great resource library with books, audiotapes, videos and DVDs to be checked out about emotional support, specific diagnoses, special education, parenting and much more. There are even computers available to research information or to set up a “Caring Bridge” website. Green said, “The ‘Caring Bridge’ program is there to helps families develop a website about their child. We can even help families set that up. It allows families to stay in touch and get support from family and friends without the stress of feeling they have to contact a lot of people.” The Southeast Regional Center is available for family support. Here families can Continue to page 14

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Center offers hope continued from page 13 connect with other parents through support groups, newsletters, list serves and training opportunities. “People can get on our mailing list to find out more about these training sessions. We have an all day session coming up on Wednesday, September 23 on ‘Care in the Community,’ which focuses on emergency preparedness, stress coping skills and more,” Green said. The Southeast Regional Center also has links to local service coordination through local public health departments and community agencies that can help coordinate many activities associated with caring for a child with special needs. The latest effort in this area involves a Connections Grant. The Connections Grant will be used to identify training for physicians to help them diagnose children with autism at an earlier

age, as well as provide information and assistance on where to get help for the children and their families. Green said, “The main function of this grant is to get families and organizations across the state of Wisconsin connected on the issue of autism. We want to work together to build on what’s already available and known about autism to make it easier for early diagnosis. This statewide effort is funded by Maternal and Child Health on the federal level.” The Southeast Regional Center is a non-profit organization and depends on funding for its operations. It began in 2000. Green said, “Without the help of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust, we would not be able to reach out to families about our unique services.” l

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hile kindergarten is generally considered the formal beginning of a child’s academic career, parents should be aware of the numerous learning opportunities available prior to kindergarten. One very important choice for many families in their child’s early years involves preschool or childcare. The first years of a child’s life are a crucial development period, and children who are nurtured and stimulated during these years are much more prepared for formal reading and math, as well as to have the social skills they will need when it’s time for kindergarten. Parents are always a child’s first teachers, but early Continue to page 16

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childhood education programs can also be very important, especially to the growing number of families with one parent or the families where both parents work full-time. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has approved new early childhood program standards that outline what NAEYC believes every childcare, preschool and other early childhood education programs should provide to nurture the learning and development of young children. These standards can be used as a guideline by parents to determine the quality of a preschool or childcare program. The following guidelines can help you identify high-quality early care and education programs for young children.

All programs should focus on the children: Watch to see that children interact with other children and adults, so they build healthy relationships. It is also important for parents to ask about the curriculum, which should include a variety of age-appropriate learning activities. Preschool and childcare programs should have qualified staff: The staff should have the educational background to promote your child’s learning and development, so parents should ask what degrees and training the teachers have. And according to Tracy Ruska, who works at Momentum Early Learning, other important questions to ask about are the “staff to child ratio and the turnover of the staff.” There for should be at least one adult for every ten 4-year-olds. Also, teachers that stay in the program longer are more able to focus their attention on the children and establish bonds with them.


Facilities should be conducive to learning: Every facility should be properly equipped to provide children with various methods to learn. Parents should be encouraged to drop-in to check on their children at any time. Also, a new feature that some facilities offer is the use of webcams. Momentum offers webcams and Ruska states that it “greatly enhances productivity as parents can check-in on their children from their own computer at any time of the day.” Parents can feel totally at ease knowing exactly what their child is doing, while they work. Program staff should work with families to meet their child’s needs. Ask how information and concerns are communicated between staff and families. Additionally, it is vital to check that the facility is licensed by the state and does not have any non-compliance violations. Evaluating a program based on these standards will help you choose a high-quality program for your child that will allow them to get a great start on learning. l

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ccording to the National Association • Let your child know it’s OK to express anger or dissatisfaction. Encourage your child to express anger in a positive way and to of School Psychologists, one in seven school

children - or nearly five million kids - has been a bully or a victim of a bully. The costs of this situation are enormous. Children who experience frequent bullying may become depressed or fearful. They may even lose interest in going to school. Before you can take steps to protect your child, you need to understand just what bullying is and why some kids tend to get picked on more than others. Bullying is defined as any kind of ongoing physical or verbal mistreatment where there is an imbalance of power, usually a bigger, older child picking on a smaller, younger child. Bullying is a game of one-upmanship. Bullies don’t want to solve problems; bullies want power. Bullies tend to target children who for some reason appear vulnerable. Victims usually are passive, anxious, sensitive or quiet. Victims also tend to stand out in some way - they may be taller or shorter, overweight, wear braces or have a physical disability. Children who seek negative attention from peers also tend to be targets for bullies. Here are some ways to help your child cope with bullying: • Teach self-respect. A confident child is less likely to become the victim of a bully. Giving consistent positive feedback, attention and unconditional love will help you raise a confident child.

assert his or her independence. Teach and model behaviors that demonstrate the difference between expressing anger and being abusive or disrespectful. • Encourage friendships. Children who are loners tend to be more vulnerable to bullies. Help your child develop friendships and build social skills as early as possible. Encourage activities that will help your child succeed. • Teach your child to express himself or herself clearly and diplomatically. Model successful and appropriate communication skills for your child. Talk about your feelings and thoughts, and make sure your child knows how to ask for what he or she wants. • Ask questions. Many children who are bullied are too embarrassed or scared to talk about the experience. Be involved in and keep yourself informed about your child’s day-to-day activities. Not only will you know what is going on, but this will increase your child’s willingness to confide in you. For more tips on helping your child cope with bullying, visit asp. l Source: Children’s Health Education Center - A member of Children’s Hospital and Health System.


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New Treatments Control Asthma


ver just one decade, new asthma medications and tools have significantly improved the management of this serious airway disease. When compared to children treated in the mid-'90s, children with severe asthma during 2004 to 2007 were less likely to need oral steroids and rescue inhalers, and their lung function scores were improved, according to a study from National Jewish Health in Denver. The study was done to assess whether or not newer medications such as newer inhaled steroids, combinations of inhaled steroids and long-acting bronchodilators (Advair) and leukotriene receptor antagonists (Singulair) had made a positive impact on asthma treatment, the researchers compared a group of 65 children referred to the hospital between 2004 and 2007 to 164 children who were referred to National Jewish between 1993 and 1997. All of the children had severe asthma. Just over three quarters of the present-day group were on a leukotriene receptor antagonist, and two-thirds were on combina-

tion medication. None of the group from the '90s took any of these medications. Compared to the historic group, the present-day children were less likely to need oral steroids -- 28 percent of the current group vs. 51 percent of the historic group. When oral steroids were needed, the present-day group required only about one-quarter of the dose that was required 10 years earlier. Today's group turned to their rescue (albuterol) inhaler about half as often as the group from the '90s did, and their lung function scores were higher. They also required less incubations than did children in the past -- 13 percent versus 21 percent. "The medication playing the greatest role in this improvement to date is inhaled corticosteroids," said Dr. Alissa Hersh, an assistant clinical professor in the division of allergy and immunology at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New YorkPresbyterian in New York City. "If we can keep them on preventive medications, we can keep them from having acute exacerbations." Hersh said, “The ultimate goal is not to just prevent asthma, but to ultimately find a cure.” l



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Helping Your Children Become

Good Readers According to research from the National Early Literacy Panel, nearly every child can become a good reader as long as the parents focus on this skill early in a child’s life. Literacy literally should begin in infancy. The National Early Literacy Panel, which directed the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), analyzed over 3,000 studies on early childhood literacy in order to determine what critical skills lead to future academic success. Sharon Darling, president and founder of the NCFL, said for the first time ever, they’ve been able to identify early literacy skills that lead to later reading success.

Parents can help their children build these skills and become good readers by simply doing the following activities with their young children every day: Shower your babies with words. Talk to your children all the time about anything. Talk to them about what you are doing as you are changing their diaper or making dinner. Even though a baby is too young to understand what you are saying, talking helps them store those sounds. It also helps them put words and sounds together and speak.

Make your children’s names special. Children are especially interested in the letters of their name, so use this fascination as a chance to learn by playing games with these letters. Cut the letters out of paper and place them in an envelope. Let your children pull out the letters and put them in order. Also, look for things around you wherever you are that start with the same letters.

More words equal increased vocabulary. When your children begin to speak, encourage them by adding more words. For example, if your child points at and says, “Truck,� you should answer by saying, “Yes, that is a big, yellow dump truck.�

The ABCs. To help your children learn their alphabet, look for books that match their interests. There are alphabet books that focus on sports, animals, machines, state information and many more.

Make learning fun. Use pictures of things your children see at home every day, such as table, teddy bear, chair, bed, etc. Hand your children a picture and ask them if they know what it is. After they have said what the object is, have your children lead you to it. This will increase their vocabulary and give them practice at using symbols.

Show your children that you can read. When you take your children to the library, check out a book for yourself as well. Set a good example, read and show them that reading is important to you. If your children see you reading they are more likely to read themselves.

Reading time. Read books aloud to your children. When your children are old enough, ask them questions about what is happening in the story and pictures. Be sure to point out the title and the illustrations on the cover and throughout the book. Also, let your children turn the pages and run their finger under the words with yours as you read. After all, learning how books work is an important step towards learning to how to read. Rhyme time. Reading stories that rhyme and reciting nursery rhymes encourages children to listen carefully to the different sounds. While reading pause at the end of lines and let your children fill in the rhyming word.

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The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association requires that all high school students participating in organized sports submit to a physical exam at least every other school year. Only students who provide written evidence from a licensed doctor are allowed to practice and participate in high school athletics. Although a physical exam is required only once every two years by the WIAA, Dr. Kevin Walter, FAAP, a pediatric and adolescent sports medicine doctor at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, suggests that children have a physical exam every year prior to playing sports. Students also need to honestly answer questions regarding their cardiovascular health. Although dizziness, fainting, chest pain or trouble breathing while active may mean nothing, Dr. Walters says parents and children need to make the doctor aware of those symptoms to help determine if there is an underlying concern. In general, high school students can see their primary care physician for their sports physical. Dr. Walter suggests having your primary care physician fill out the WIAA student-athlete physical card as part of your child’s annual physical. In general, he says children are referred to sports medicine doctors by their primary care physician or the school’s athletic trainer to diagnose and treat more complicated injuries and health issues. However, if fall sports practice is starting up and you find it’s too late to get an appointment with your regular doctor, your child can see another physician for his or her sports physical. l


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“BACK-TO-SCHOOL” Checklist Start the school year right by focusing on a key factor to your child’s physical, educational and social development. “Despite the fact that some eye problems could lead to permanent sight loss, only 20 percent of preschoolers have their vision tested. And, by school age, five out of 20 children have eye problems, but most parents don’t know or only rely on annual physicals and school screenings to detect any issues,” warns Mark Freedman, MD, an ophthalmologist at Eye Care Specialists’ West Allis and Wauwatosa locations. “Screenings may catch the need for glasses, but they typically aren’t equipped to diagnose sight-threatening concerns of the retina, optic nerve and eye muscles."


Arrange for a proper evaluation of your child’s vision, if you notice: ■ Frequent squinting/rubbing ■ Crossing of one or both eyes ■ Tilting of the head to look at objects ■ Holding books/objects too close ■ Complaints of pain, light flashes, spots or distorted lines ■ Watery, dry, red, itchy or burning eyes

Early detection can be crucial. For example, amblyopia (“lazy” eye) is a serious disorder in which the brain shuts off images from a weaker or misaligned eye. “The problem is often corrected by temporarily patching the stronger eye. If not treated by age 8 or 9, however, the condition can become permanent.” “Most experts recommend that infants’ eyes be checked during their regular pediatric appointments and vision (chart) testing should start around age three and continue throughout the school years,” notes Dr. Daniel Ferguson, an ophthalmologist and father of two. "Most children have healthy eyes," Brett Rhode, MD, head of Ophthalmology at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, reassures parents.

"Some children, however, have problems that go undetected due to coping skills or lack of knowledge that things should look clearer. These children may struggle with poor grades or behavioral issues due to their inability to see words on a page, blackboard or computer screen. In these cases, a comprehensive eye exam may be able to improve both a child’s sight and self-esteem."

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iane and her two friends are driving home from an exciting event. Diane is the driver. Their high school team took first place in the regional soccer tournament. She is very excited about what happened this afternoon at her game. She wants to share the great news and set a meeting time with another friend. Diane starts to text her friend as she is taking a right turn on a red light, she briefly looks left and everything looks clear. Unfortunately, she doesn’t look straight ahead at the drivers who have the green arrow to turn left into the lane that she is taking a right into. The unfinished text shows the time of impact.

Here are four tips for parents and teens to avoid distracted driving and the unfortunate consequences:

1. Have a relaxed meeting with your teens: Set a time to meet with your teenager in a relaxed environment to discuss possible scenarios your teen should be prepared for as a driver or a passenger. There must be an alternative plan in place for multiple situations. A “do and don’t” list does not work if the teen

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does not know what steps to take to avoid an unsafe situation.

2. Have a communication “code”: For example, your teen is a passenger in a car with another teen driver who is a close friend. They drove to a football game. The driver was speeding and talking on his cell phone on the way. The driver has displayed very risky behaviors. Your teen realizes this is not a safe situation for the drive home and calls you with a coded message you agreed upon before hand will alert you that your teen needs a ride. A possible coded message could be, “Please check the calendar on my computer and let me know when I start work tomorrow.”

3. Preplanned route with specified stops: Changing the music disk, drinking, eating, and cell phone talking are also very common distractions. Discuss the numerous routes your teen takes to get to school, sporting events and the homes of friends. They can change the music disk, make a cell phone call or have a coffee or soda if they’re at a full stop and parked in a safe location for these activities. It is important that you take the initiative to be a good role model and also stop at a safe location for your activities.

4. GDL Compliance: The state of Wisconsin has a probationary driver license for the first nine months. Following the Graduated Driver License rules protects your teen from distracting and unsafe situations. Your teen is allowed to drive with immediate family members and/or one additional passenger. He or she cannot drive between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless it is for work or a school activity. Anne Scallon is the publisher & editor of Before The WheelTM, a safe teen driving newsletter. For more information about safe teen driving: go to or or contact Anne at 262.617.3139.

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ollege students are graduating into an ocean of debt, with limited job prospects. How will they ever repay those student loans, which average $22,000 -- but could be much more than $100,000? The idea that a college degree will pay for itself is wearing thin, as new grads face the most dismal hiring market in decades. July 1, new help for recent grads was started-- or those who have been out of school for a while and are struggling to repay student loans. The new federal Income-Based Repayment program will allow those with low incomes to pay as little as zero on their student loans, as long as they qualify based on income and amount of debt. The rules are a bit complicated, but basically, if you owe more on student loans than you earn in a year, you will probably qualify. It appears that any income greater than 150 percent of the federal poverty level is considered "discretionary income" for purposes of this program. And no more than 15 percent of your discretionary income will go to student loan payments. (That poverty level differs depending on your family size.) For example, the 150 percent figure for a single person would be $16,245 in the continental United States, higher in Alaska and Hawaii. If you make less than 150 percent of the poverty level (and therefore have no discretionary income to put toward loan payments), your IBR payment on your student loans would be zero. Above that level, your required monthly payments would be calculated on a sliding scale. For example, the traditional 10year standard repayment might call for a $350-a-month payment on a $30,000 debt. But under the Income-Based Repayment program, the same person with a $30,000 income would pay only $170 a month. The idea is to remove the burden of student loan repayments for those who have little income and/or big student loan debt. There is also a special deal for graduates to go into public service. FALL & WINTER â&#x2013; 23

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Helpbecome Teens

Better Decision Makers BY ANNE SCALLON


ebit cards, limited minutes on the cell phone and time limits for the trip to the mall may help your teen become a better decision maker. These boundaries provide opportunities for teenagers to decide if they want to stay within the restrictions and earn the right to receive more privileges or extend beyond the boundaries and be more restricted. By giving teens boundaries and responsibilities you are providing them the opportunity to learn the technique of analyzing choices, helping them evaluate the risks and rewards of each

choice and allowing them to accept the consequences of their decisions.

Two main areas where your teen can practice good decision making skills are: Money and Time Management.


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Budgeting cell phone time, earning a paycheck, saving money, balancing a checkbook, paying for some expenses and putting aside money for activities with friends are tremendous first steps for teens. As a parent, go with them to the bank

and then out for coffee or pizza. Within a relaxed conversation, reinforce the costs

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track of how much money is in the account and how much they actually have to spend. The cell phone is another opportunity for teens to develop analytical decision making skills. Cell phone companies want all of us to be on the unlimited calling plans; however, it is best if teens have a limited or a pay-as-you go plan. This teaches them to budget their time and money. If they run out of their minutes by the twentieth instead of making it to the end of the month, they have now learned they are not budgeting their calls and texting properly. Give them a few months to get the system down, but by the third month there should be a consequence if they run out of minutes before the end of the month. This would apply to the debit card as well.

and consequences of going over the limits on the debit card. Make sure they understand that they are responsible for keeping

activities: soccer, basketball, volleyball, piano, etc. Sometimes, you needed to push them to get ready for practice or get up early for a game. But now, as teens, they are in a position to decide what sports and activities they want to participate in and it is important for parents to allow them to do so. This commitment often involves missing other fun activities, but once the choice is made, teens must fulfill their commitment for that season or school year. It is the teenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility to get ready on time, organize equipment and leave enough time to drive to the event safely. They will most likely make mistakes. They may even arrive late to a practice and be removed from an important game. This teaches teens a great lesson about taking responsibility for fulfilling the commitments that they have freely made. Anne Scallon is the publisher & editor of Before The WheelTM, a safe teen driving newsletter. For more information, contact Anne at 262.617.3139.


Sports, Exercise and Recreation.

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lanning your child’s birthday party may seem like a daunting task, but it does not have to be. No matter what your planning time frame may be, creating a perfect party can be a snap. “The key to planning a great birthday party is to just use your creativity, and what you know your child likes,” says Angela Thompson, American Greetings trend expert. “The first step is to decide on a theme that your child and their friends will enjoy. Once you have a theme you'll be able to come up with ideas for snacks, decorations and fun activities.” If you do not want to have the party in your home, a good idea

is to think of some local attractions your child is interested in. The zoo, museums, miniature golf, and other local attractions such as Monkey Joe’s, where your kids can bounce, slide, and jump, might be excellent idea’s for the perfect party. All of these places offer birthday accommodations and tons of fun!

Fun Birthday Themes Still stuck on what your children and their friends might enjoy? Here are some suggestions:

Colorful celebrations:

One simple way to plan a great party is to base the theme on your child's favorite color. For example, if your little girl loves everything pink, throw a pink party. • Decorate the cake with pink icing and use a hint of red food coloring to make a pink batter. Serve strawberry yogurt, dye the milk pink and combine strawberries, watermelon and raspberries for an appropriately festive fruit salad. Pink plates, napkins and cups are also easy to find. • Remind all attendees to wear a little something pink, and make sure the birthday girl is covered from head to toe in her favorite color. You can also provide rose-colored glasses to all of the guests to ensure a perfectly pink occasion.

A sporting affair:

No matter what time of year, a sports theme is always a great idea. You can tailor the party based on your son's or daughter's favorite sport, or design your own sports lounge recognizing the many sports they enjoy. • For a simple snack idea for any sport, make your child's favorite sandwich and cut them out in the shape of a football, basketball or baseball. Decorate each one with mustard or melted cheese to look like the seams and laces. • Create a fun and unexpected cake based on a park or playing field. For example, create a great golf course cake by dyeing shredded coconut green to mirror the greens of the course. Use brown sugar for sand traps, blue icing for water hazards. You could even sneak in a few candy golf balls to top it off. 26 ■ FALL & WINTER

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• Get fun t-shirts made up as jerseys for all of the kids. These can act as their placeholders at the table — an unexpected and thoughtful favor that leads perfectly to them teaming up for a game in the backyard.

An assist from animals:

For young children, few things are as interesting as the animal world. If your little one loves everything animal, create a zoo, circus or carnival party. • In lieu of a cake, get the kids involved and let them decorate cupcakes with their favorite animal faces.

• Let out your inner animal in decorating for the party. Something as simple as drawing animal faces on balloons or creating garlands with circus peanuts to hang over a chandelier or railing will get everyone in the carnival spirit. • Possible activities for an animal themed party are endless. Paint animal faces on your child and their guests. If you want a more handmade look, get everything the kids need to create their own inventive animal masks to wear to the party. l

Movies Make Fun Family Nights If you are looking for a fun way to get the family together, family movie nights are a great way to spend quality bonding time. Family movie nights can become a wonderful tradition you and your children will remember throughout your lives. All you have to do is make it special. So dim those lights and let the show begin. Make It Official. Whether you choose to watch a movie once a week or once a month, pick a day and time and stick with it. Have Fun With It. Have the kids make tickets and sell them at the box office. Begin the show with a home video or classic cartoon. You may even want to schedule an intermission. Can’t Have a Movie Without Concessions. To add an air of authenticity to your movie night, you may want to include the family’s favorite boxed candies, such as Goobers, Hot Tamales or Junior Mints. Of course you can’t forget the popcorn. For Special Editions, Consider a Theme. For an A-list movie night, consider tying the whole event together with a film-inspired theme. Enlist the whole family to come up with creative snacks and decorations based on the movie of choice. “Finding Nemo”: Snack on gummy sharks and goldfish crackers, while wearing your favorite beach clothes and snorkel gear. “Tarzan” or “Curious George”: Enjoy animal crackers, fruit kabobs and peanuts surrounded by stuffed animals and cardboard palm trees. “National Treasure I and II”: Create your own treasure hunt for a special surprise for the whole family, such as a basket of their favorite snacks for the movie.

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Transitions continued from page 5 be from middle school to upper school because of the confluence of changes that are social, emotional, cognitive and physical. It is also considered a key transitional period as it relates to exposure to drugs and other risky behavior.” He advises parent to not overreact to the ups and downs of this transition. “Be emotionally supportive by listening and asking follow-up questions about what your child just said to assure them you are tuned in, connected and available, if needed. When they know an adult cares, they’ll reach out and ask for help when the time comes.” Some other suggestions for helping teens make this transition into high school are: 1. Remind children that they’re not alone. Many students are nervous because of the increased academic and social pressures. 2. Explain that anxiety is a “normal” human response and it will pass. 3. Share stories about when you or their siblings first went to high school to help ease their anxieties. 4. Reassure them that they are ready for this transition by reminding them of all they’ve already been through. 5. Point out that there are adults at the school to help them if they have any questions.

Texting continued from page 7 terns. This can lead to daytime anxiety and other problems. Michael Hausauer, a psychotherapist in Oakland, Calif., said teenagers have a “terrific interest in knowing what’s going on in the lives of their peers, coupled with a terrific anxiety about being out of the loop.” For that reason, the rapid rise in texting, he said, has the potential for great benefit and great harm. “Texting can be an enormous tool,” Hausauer said. “It offers companionship and the promise of connectedness. At the same time, texting can make a youngster feel frightened and overly exposed.” Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and director of the Initiative on Technology and Self at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has studied texting among teens in the Boston areas for three years. She said texting may be causing a shift in the way adolescents develop. “Among the jobs of adolescence are to separate from your parents, and to find the peace and quiet to become the person you 28 ■ FALL & WINTER

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Elementary to Middle School

Going from elementary school, where your child has most likely attended classes for several years, to a new school can be scary. To help ease these fears you can use some of the tips mentioned above, as well as: 1. Talk to other parents about the basic cultural norms, such as backpacks and school lunches. 2. Go over your children’s schedules ahead of time so they know what to expect. 3. Get a list of extracurricular activities your children can choose from. 4. Listen to everything your children have to say about their new school.

Entering Kindergarten

In most cases today, children will remain in the same building they attended Pre-K classes, but it is still important to talk to your children about the changes ahead. For example, they will be attending school all day, and there will be more structure for learning and less time for free play. One way to prepare children for kindergarten is to read books to them on the subject. They will have a better idea

decide you want to be,” she said. “Texting hits directly at both those jobs.” She continued by saying psychologists expect to see teenagers break free from their parents as they grow into autonomous adults, “but if technology makes something like staying in touch very, very easy, that’s harder to do; now you have adolescents who are texting their mothers 15 times a day, asking things like, ‘Should I get the red shoes or the blue shoes?’” In some cases, it is the parents who are constantly contacting their children to find out where they are as well. The point is, with the rate of texting and the feeling of constant contact with parents and peers, how are teens supposed to gain independence and develop a self-identity? As for peace and quiet, Turkle said, “If something next to you is vibrating every couple of minutes, it makes it very difficult to be in that state of mind. If you’re being deluged by constant communication, the pressure to answer immediately is quite high. So if you’re in the middle of a thought, forget it.”

of what to expect, and they can also find assurance that their parents will see them after school. Here are some recommended titles: Kindergarten Kids by Ellen Sensi, Friends at School by Rochelle Bunnett, The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing, I’ll Always Come Back by Steve Metzger and The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. Most importantly at the end of the school day your children should be at the top of your list. Dr. Sharon Fried Buchalter, a clinical psychologist and family/marriage therapist based in Boca Raton, Fla., says it is vital to sit down with children and engage in a discussion about your children‘s friends, classes and activities. “Ask them if they have any concerns or questions,” she said. “As parents, ask if they need any advice, such as on friendships, or if they need any help, such as with homework. Be there and be available for your children. That’s the best thing you can do to help them. Provide them with unconditional love.” l Kim Seidel is a writer and mother of two daughters. She lives in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

It seems parents have one more reason to freak out about their child’s texting habit, the medical bills. Texting is also causing physical damage to our teens. Thumbs are not meant to type out messages on tiny keyboards. It is causing back, neck, elbow and thumb pain, as well as occasional numbness. The new name for this is Teen Texting Tendonitis. Peter W. Johnson, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, said, “We know intensive repetitive use of the upper extremities can lead to musculoskeletal disorders, so we have some reason to be concerned that too much texting could lead to temporary or permanent damage to the thumbs.” Cell phones and texting do provide us with many good things, which includes keeping us connected with our family and friends, but like everything else, it may need to be done in moderation. We all know too much of a good thing causes other problems. l

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Talking about sex continued from page 8 Children do look to their parents when developing their own responses to things. Dr. Cichy gave the example of a child learning to ride a bike. When a child falls, he looks to the parent to see how she will react. If the parent responds by telling the child to get up and try again, the child will do just that; however, if the parent reacts with a big gasp and running to the child, the child will also make it a big deal. Therefore, if parents mystify sex by making it taboo, rather than talk about it casually, children are more apt to be curious and make a big deal about it. When a child is young, parents can give simple answers to help the child understand. As the child gets older, the questions tend to get more complicated. Dr. Cichy says that when answering a child’s questions about sex, parents should take into consideration the child’s age, vocabulary and attention span and tailor their answers to the child. He also said, “If parents don’t know the answer, they should follow up with ‘Maybe this is something we should investigate together?’ This teaches children that their parents are willing to help them find the right

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answers.” Mayo Clinic suggests when school-age children start inquiring about sex, parents should first ask them what they already know. They should then correct any misconceptions and offer enough details to answer the specific questions. This includes explaining what happens to boys and girls during puberty. It may be uncomfortable, but move ahead. Remember, you are setting the stage for open, honest discussions in the years to come. By reinforcing and supplementing what your children already know, you can help them make good decisions about sex. Here are some ideas to help get you started and keep the discussion going. Seize the moment. When a television program, movie or other source raises an issue about responsible sexual behavior, pregnancy, or physical development use it as a springboard to start a conversation. Keep it low-key, honest and direct. Clearly state your feelings about specific issues, such as intercourse and other sexual acts. This includes presenting the risks objectively, including emotional pain, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy.

Consider your child’s point of view. You should listen carefully and try to understand the pressures, challenges and concerns of your children. Move beyond the facts. You should discuss feelings, attitudes and values with your children in order to give them accurate information about sex. It is especially important to share your personal and religious beliefs. Invite more discussion. Let your children know they can talk to you whenever they have a question or concern. Let them know you are glad they came to you. Dr. Cichy suggests parents turn to those whose opinions they value if they need help talking to their children, such as another parent, a pastor, an expert or even a book. He recommended the books Where Did I Come From? and What’s Happening To Me? You really can make a difference in your children’s attitude and decisions about sex. In fact, 91 percent of teens ages 15-17 who have not had sex said they were influenced by what their parents taught them about sex. l


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business directory ADOPTION Adoption Resources of Wisconsin 6682 West Greenfield Ave., Suite 310 Milwaukee, WI 53214 414-475-1246 Founded: 1984 Adoption Resources of Wisconsin facilitates adoption and foster care throughout the state of Wisconsin by providing information and referral to families for the children most in need, and by offering training, education and support to families who have taken these children into their homes. Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, Inc. 647 W. Virginia St., Milwaukee, WI 53204 414-281-4400 or 1-800-488-5181 Founded: 1882 Lutheran Social Services (LSS) provides a full range of social services throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Simply put, our vision is to be the first choice of people seeking creative and caring service. Special Children Inc. 15285 Watertown Plank Rd. Elm Grove, WI 53122 262-821-2125 Full-service. Wisconsin-licensed adoption agency, 501(c) 3, providing step parent, relative, domestic infant and international adoption services in timely, cost-conscious and professional manner.

A RT S & E N T E RTA I N M E N T Arabesque Dance Studio 13780 W. Greenfield Ave., Suite 776, Brookfield, WI 53005 262-782-3500 Founded: 1980 Arabesque Dance Studio has changed and grown during the past 29 years. We offer a graduated, sequential dance cur30 ■ FALL & WINTER

riculum that has proven to produce excellent dancers. Also offered is cardio kickboxing and Zumba. Many former students have made dance their professional fulltime career, but we are even more pleased at the hundreds of young people for whom we have given a glimpse into the magical world of dance and performance. Miss Barbara is proud to have founded Arabesque and also is proud of her faculty, who strive to provide the highest quality of dance education to students from all across SE Wisconsin. Artist and Display 9015 West Burleigh St. 414-442-9100 Founded: 1936 A locally owned family business clebrating 73 years in teh community. An exciting place to get ideas, art supplies and to learn. Art classes for children 8 - 12 and adults. First Stage Theater Academy 325 W. Walnut St. Milwaukee, WI 53212 414-267-2970 Founded: 1992 School year and summer sessions for children ages 5-18, teaching life skills through stage skills. Classes at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, Oconomowoc Arts Center, and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. Milwaukee Art Museum 700 N. Art Museum Drive Milwaukee, WI 53202 414-224-3200 Founded: 1888 The Milwaukee Art Museum collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education. Milwaukee Children’s Choir 158 N. Broadway Milwaukee, WI 53202 414-221-7040

Have fun learning and performing music. MCC has hundreds of young singers, grades 1-12. Our members get exceptional choral music instruction and performance experiences. We sing all over town and have a great time doing it! Music Jamboree, Sponsored by Milwaukee Center for Independence 2020 W. Wells St. Milwaukee, WI 53233 414-937-2182 Founded: 1999 Music Jamboree offers children ages birth - 5 an opportunity to learn songs, play instruments & learn simple movements. A great way to bond with your child! North Shore Dance Studio 6081 W. Mequon Rd. Mequon, WI 53092 262-242-4077 Founded: July 1, 2006 North Shore Dance Studio has the goal of providing each dancer with a positive experience, emphasizing the development of a love and appreciation for dance. String Academy of Wisconsin Located at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee P.O. Box 11941, Milwaukee, WI 53211 Phone: 414-963-4729 Founded: 1990 The String Academy offers an opportunity for excellence in the pursuit of comprehensive musical study for violinists, violists and cellists between the ages of four and eighteen.

B I R T H D AY P A R T I E S Monkey Joe’s 2040 W. Bluemound Rd. Waukesha, WI 53186 262-549-3866 Founded: 2008

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business directory Monkey Joe’s is a fun-filled inflatable play center. We offer walk-ins, birthday parties and fundraising events. All in a safe and healthy environment for your kids.

C H I L D C A R E , D AY C A R E & PRESCHOOL Calvary Preschool 3177 S. 107th St. West Allis, WI 53227 414-541-9050 Founded: 1968 Calvary Preschool is dedicated to providing a program where the children can develop the social and creative skills needed for all future learning. Now enrolling. Child Development Center of St. Joseph 1600 West Oklahoma Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53215 414-645-5337 Founded: 1907 We offer programs for infants 6 weeks, toddlers, preschool ages through 12 years. Plus, holiday and drop-off care. NAEYC accredited. EurAupair International 326 Broadway Ave. S. Wayzata, MN 55391 952-476-4236 Founded: 1988 EurAupair is a non-profit intercultural child care program. We offer today’s families a child care alternative that is culturally enriching, convenient, legal and affordable. Mary Linsmeier Schools, Inc. Mary Linsmeier Preschools Children’s Edu-Care Day Care Locations throughout Metro Milwaukee 262-781-8081 Fax: 262-783-2797 Individualized, educationally based, funfilled exciting programs! Preschools are 2 hours. Program for 2 years - 6 years. (Pre K through K5) Day Care is 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. for 6 weeks to 12 years. (I/T programs, preschool & B/A grade school programs).

Momentum Early Learning W248 N5250 Executive Dr. Suite 400, Sussex, WI 53089 262-820-2595 Founded: 2008 Momentum Early Learning is a privately owned childcare center. Our facility includes spacious rooms, cafeteria, laundry room, large playground, security, and secure webcam access for parents. R.E.A.L. K.I.D.S. W173 N9170 St. Francis Dr. Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 262-255-5950 Founded: 1997 Licensed Child Care Center caring for children ages 6 wks - 13 yrs. Specializing in school-age programs and four-year prekindergarten. Small class sizes in homelike atmosphere. Trinity EV Luth Church Early Childhood CTR 2500 S. 8th St., West Allis 414-321-6470 We offer Christian based preschool 3 and preschool 4 and Christian-based childcare. Our Childcare Center is open M-F from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., year-round starting at 2 1/2 thru 10 years. YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee 11+ locations across Metro Milwaukee 414-224-9622 Founded: 1858 From fitness to swimming, pre-school to camp, the YMCA provides programming for people of all ages to grow healthy in spirit, mind and body.

COLLEGES University of Wisconsin - Parkside 900 Wood Road Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 Admissions: 262-595-2355 Founded: 1968 Four-year UW-System campus granting

bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Only Wisconsin university honored by the Carnegie Foundation for community engagement. Undergraduate research opportunities. University of Wisconsin - Platteville 1 University Plaza Platteville, WI 53818 1-877-UWPLATT (8975288) Founded: 1866 The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a four year, public university located in Southwestern Wisconsin. Top majors include agriculture, business, criminal justice, education, engineering and industrial technology. University of Wisconsin – Waukesha 1500 N. University Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188-2799 1-888-2UW-WAUK (888-289-9285) Founded: 1966 UW-Waukesha offers the foundation coursework needed for any baccalaureate degree at the lowest tuition in the state. Classes are small and professors are dedicated to teaching.

EYE CARE Eye Care Specialists 10150 W. National Ave., West Allis 414-321-7520 735 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 414-298-0099 3077 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa 414-258-4550 Founded: 1985 State leaders in medical, surgical & laser treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, dry eyes, pediatric concerns, corneal transplants, and near/farsightedness, etc.


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business directory Kid’s Optique/Dr. E. J. Tomasik & Assoc. Optometrists 7182 S. 76th St. (Rawson Ave.) Franklin, WI 53132 414-425-8884 Founded: 1945 - Kids Division Family owned since 1945. We started specializing in babies and toddlers when the owner’s 20 month son needed glasses. Trusted by the area’s top pediatric optholmologists.

FOSTER CARE Family Works 800-660-9204 ext. 0 Family Works provides private treatment foster care for children ages 9-16. We are in need of good foster parents. Teipner Treatment Homes, Inc. 104 W. Linden Dr., Ste. A, Jefferson, WI 53549 920-674-6688 Founded: 1984 Provide treatment foster care services to children with severe behavioral and emotional needs throughout Wisconsin. Become involved - Call us to become a licensed foster parent.

H E A LT H & F I T N E S S YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee 11+ locations across Metro Milwaukee 414-224-9622 Founded: 1858 From fitness to swimming, pre-school to camp, the YMCA provides programming for people of all ages to grow healthy in spirit, mind and body.


H O S P I TA L S , C L I N I C S & PREVENTIVE MEDICINE Concentra 2455 N. 124th St. Brookfield, WI 53005 262-782-9326 Concentra is a national health care company focused on improving America’s health, one patient at a time. We offer comprehensive services to injured/ill patients and their employers through our nationwide network of medical centers. We serve workers and families with occupational medicine, urgent care, physical therapy, and health and wellness services. We offer school, camp, sports physicals and flu shots for just $25. Demattia Medical Group, LLC Contact Person: Laure DeMattia, DO Contact Phone: 414-431-8536 5500 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee, WI 53208 Dr. Laure DeMattia and her group will work with you to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Schedule a free meet and greet to learn more about her practice. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare 400 W. River Woods Parkway, Glendale, WI 53212 1-888-9-Wheaton Founded: 1879 Incorporated: 1983 Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare (WFH) is a Catholic, not-for-profit organization with more than 100 health and shelter organizations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, and Illinois. Hospitals include All Saints in Racine, St. Joseph and St. Francis in Milwaukee, Elmbrook Memorial in Brookfield, The Wisconsin Heart Hospital in Wauwatosa, and a new site in Franklin. The region also includes Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group with nearly 300 physicians in more than 40 locations, a network of outpatient centers, four long-term care facilities, Home Health, and Hospice.

PA R KS Waukesha County Park System 1320 Pewaukee Rd. Room 230, Waukesha, WI 53188 262-548-7801 The Waukesha County Park System is a natural resource based park system that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities. The Waukesha County Park System is an entrance fee based park system.

P R I VAT E S C H O O L S Lumen Christi Catholic School Thiensville Campus K3-3rd grade 116 N. Orchard Street Thiensville, WI 53092 Mequon Campus 4th-8th grade 11300 N. St. James Lane Mequon, WI 53092 262-512-8996 Founded: 1956 Lumen Christi Catholic School strives to provide academic excellence through a faith-filled education to its community of over 460 students in K3-8th grades. Mary Queen of Saints Catholic Academy Greenfield Site: 1435 S. 92nd St. West Allis, WI 53214 414-476-0751 Lincoln Site: 6021 W. Lincoln Ave. West Allis, WI 53219 414-327-5020 Founded: 2004 MQSCA is the only Catholic school for grades 3k - 8th in West Allis/West Milwaukee. It is supported by, and supports, the 7 WA/WM Catholic parishes. Pius XI High School 135 N. 76th Street Milwaukee, WI 53213 414-290-7000 Founded: 1929 Pius XI High School is a Catholic, co-educational high school serving southeastern

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business directory Wisconsin. In the Franciscan and Pallottine traditions, students and teachers are partners in a rigorous learning environment. Prairie Hill Waldorf School N14 W29143 Silvernail Rd., Pewaukee, WI 53072 262-646-7497 Founded: 1987 Waldorf education prepares all children with awakened abilities and a highly developed capacity for academic achievement, creativity, self-confidence, and self-discipline. Accredited by NCA and AWSNA. St. Bernard School 1500 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-258-9977 Founded: 1917 Caring, quality instruction with a foundation in the Catholic faith. K3-8th grade. On-site day care open year-round. St. John’s Lutheran School 7877 N. Port Washington Rd. Glendale, WI 53217 414-352-4150 Founded: 1870 St. John’s Lutheran School lovingly educates children for tomorrow’s world and for eternity by using challenging curriculum and up to date technology. Grades K3 thru 8. St. Margaret Mary School 3950 N. 92nd St. Milwaukee, WI 53222 414-463-8760 Founded: 1958 A great place for God’s children. Accepting students in 1K thru Grade 8. Welcoming neighbors, parishioners and Milwaukee Parental Choice Program participants. St. Martin of Tours Parish and School 7933 South 116th St. Franklin, WI 53132 414-425-9200

Founded: School 1998; Parish 1850 K4 - 8th grade Catholic school servicing children who are Catholic and of other religions. Our school day runs from 7:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m., with extended care available after school until 6 p.m. We run two K4 programs; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Extended care is available before school starting at 7:30 a.m. for afternoon K4 children. Our school features exceptional facilities including a science lab, computer lab, library and gymnasium. Our school and faculty are fully accredited. We are Franklin’s Catholic school.

Oconomowoc Developmental Training Center 36100 Genesee Lake Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066 262-569-5515 Founded: 1975 ODTC specializes in providing both residential and day programming for children, adolescents and young adults who are diagnosed with developmental disabilities and emotional disturbances.

St. Mary’s Visitation School 13000 Juneau Boulevard Elm Grove, WI 53122 262-782-7057 Founded: 1859 St. Mary’s Visitation Catholic parish school exists to direct children toward God and Christian service to society through Catholic religious formation, academic challenges and continuous improvement.

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee 11+ locations across Metro Milwaukee 414-224-9622 Founded: 1858 From fitness to swimming, pre-school to camp, the YMCA provides programming for people of all ages to grow healthy in spirit, mind and body.

Tamarack Waldorf School 1150 East Brady St. Milwaukee, WI 53202 414-277-0009 Founded: 1996 Tamarack educates the whole child through Waldorf curriculum which integrates strong academics with the arts. Program includes handwork, music, drama, movement and foreign language.

KUMON - Math and Reading Centers of SE-Wisconsin Locations in Mequon, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield, Franklin-West, Glendale and New Berlin 1-800-ABC-MATH Founded: 1958 Nothing inspires a child like the skills and confidence to succeed on his own. For over 50 years, Kumon Instructors worldwide have helped millions of children discover the thrill of learning and children’s own boundless possibilities. So they can be truly amazing.




Greensquare Developmental Specialists 6791 N. Greenbay Rd. Glendale, WI 53209 414-228-4800 Founded: 2006 Greensquare Developmental Specialists is a clinic devoted to the development and mental health of children. We are a unique clinic affiiated with Children’s Medical Group. FALL & WINTER ■ 33

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family resources Art A R T && EEntert N T E R TAainment I NMENT ART Artist and Display 9015 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee 414-442-9100

Betty Brinn’s Children’s Museum

Milwaukee Children’s Choir 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee 414-221-7040

Child Safety Seats Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Music Jamboree

National Fire Prevention Association

2020 W. Wells St., Milwaukee 414-937-2182

Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults Division of Criminal Investigation,

Open Art Studio (All ages are welcome) Art Smart! (Ages 3 and older) 929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 414-390-KIDS (5437)

10235 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon 262-241-5332

Milwaukee Art Museum Art Workshops

2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee 414-963-4729

WINS (Wisconsin Information Network for Safety)

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

52 Sunset Blvd., Stevens Point Toll Free (866) 511-9467

700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 414-224-3803

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 273 E. Erie St. Milwaukee 414-847-3200

North Shore Academy of the Arts 1111 Broad St., Grafton 262-377-3514

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts 19805 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield 262-781-9470

Schauer Arts & Activities Center 147 N Rural St., Hartford 262-670-0560

Sunset School for the Arts 800 N. Elm Grove Rd, Elm Grove 262-782-4431 x305

Walkers Point Center for the Arts 911 W. National Ave., Milwaukee 414-672-2787


Schaum Music School

String Academy of Wisconsin

1584 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 414-276-5760

DANCE Ko-Thi Dance Company 414-273-0676

McMenamin Irish Dance Academy 3948 N. Maryland Ave., Shorewood 414-967-7038

Metro Milwaukee Ballet Center 6737 W. Washington St., West Allis 414-771-1027

Milwaukee Ballet School 504 W. National Ave., Milwaukee 414-643-7677

North Shore Dance Studio 6081 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon 262-242-4077

Trinity Academy of Irish Dance 877-326-2328

JR. Energee

Academy of Music


N89 W16744 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls 262-255-6950


Lake Country Conservatory

Child Safety Assessment and Planning Training

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WI Department of Health and Family Services

843-4673 800-THE-HOPE

County Parks County Parks MILWAUKEE COUNTY

BIKING TRAILS Alpha Mountain Bike Trail Trailhead: 6740 S. 92 St. Located at the toboggan hill in Whitnall Park’s Winter Sports Area (northeast of the golf course). If you are driving to the trail, park at the Whitnal Golf Course lot, 6751 S. 92 St, and ride your bike to the trailhead, northeast of the lot. The Alpha Trail, a 3-mile single-track narrow trail, begins at the Winter Sports Area of Whitnall Park and heads eastward to the Crystal Ridge area of the Root River Parkway. The trail has only a few steep or rocky segments to accommodate beginners. Operated in cooperation with Metro Mountain Bikers (MMB). Designed with International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) and Trail Care Specialis Service. (IMBA) and Trail Care Specialis Service.

Hoyt Mountain Bike Trail Trailhead: 1800 Swan Blvd., near the entrance parking lot This trail is a 2.5 mile loop. The Hoyt Trail is designed for novice riders; however, there are points to the trail that provide a definite challenge. Winding along the Menomonee River, this scenic trail is primarily single track, marked one way for mountain bikers and the other way for pedestrians.

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family resources HIKING Seven Bridges Trail , Hiking Trail in Grant Park, Open during regular park hours.

Greenfield, 2028 S. 124 St. Lake, 3233 E. Kenwood Blvd. Hoyt, Menomonee River Pkwy. Pulaski-Milwaukee, 2677 S. 16 St. Warnimont, 5400 S. Lake Dr. Washington, 1859 N. 40 St. West Milwaukee, 5000 W. Burnham St.

SWIMMING 24-hour Pool Hotline (414) 257-7230

INDOOR POOLS Noyes Pool, 8235 W. Good Hope Rd., 414-353-1252

Pulaski Pool,

BIKING TRAILS Bugline Trail - 12-mile trail between Appleton Ave (S.T.H. 175) in Menomonee Falls and Main St. (C.T.H. VV) in the Village of Merton.

Lake Country Trail - 8-mile trail stretches between the Landsberg Center trailhead (just north of I-94 on Golf Rd., west of C.T.H. T) and Sawyer Rd. in the City of Delafield.

New Berlin Trail - 7-mile trail extends from South 124th St. just south of Greenfield Ave. (S.T.H. 59) at the Milwaukee/ Waukesha County Line to Springdale Rd. in Waukesha.

Fox River Park (connects with the City of Waukesha Fox River Trail) W264 S4500 River Rd. Waukesha, WI 53189

2701 S. 16 St., 414-645-2328

Menomonee Park

ICE SKATING Indoor Ice Skating

(connects with the Bugline Trail) W220 N7884 Townline Rd. Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Minooka Park 1927 E. Sunset Dr. Waukesha, WI 53186

Mukwonago Park County Hwy LO (Park Entrance) Mukwonago, WI 53149

Muskego Park S83 W20370 Janesville Rd. Muskego, WI 53150

Naga-Waukee Park 651 S.T.H. 83 Hartland, WI 53029

Nashotah Park W330 N5113 C.T.H. C Nashotah, WI 53058

Retzer Nature Trails S14 W28167 Madison St. Waukesha, WI 53188

ACCESSIBLE TRAILS Fox Brook Park 2925 North Barker Rd. Brookfield, WI 53045

Fox River Park

Wilson Ice Arena

Naga-waukee Park

Outdoor Skating

(connects with the Lake Country Trail) 651 S.T.H. 83 Hartland, WI 53029

W264 S4500 River Rd. Waukesha, WI 53189


S14 W28167 Madison St. Waukesha, WI 53188

Slice of Ice in Red Arrow, Park Wilson Ice Arena, Lagoon & Land Rinks

NATURE CENTER/GARDENS Boerner Botanical Gardens in Whitnall Park 9400 Boerner Dr. Hales Corners, WI 53130 414-525-5600

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory “The Domes”

Eble Park Ice Arena 19400 Bluemound Rd. Brookfield 262-784-5155

Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena 2946 Golf Rd. Delafield 262-646-7071

524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215 414-649-9800


Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park

1927 E. Sunset Dr. Waukesha, WI 53186

9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132 414-425-8550



Minooka Park

HIKING Fox Brook Park 2925 North Barker Rd. Brookfield, WI 53045

Fox River Park

W220 N7884 Townline Rd. Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

W264 S4500 River Rd. Waukesha, WI 53189


Menomonee Park

1927 E. Sunset Dr. Waukesha, WI 53186

W220 N7884 Townline Rd. Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Retzer Nature Center

ICE SKATING Eble Park Ice Arena 19400 West Bluemound Rd. Brookfield, WI 53045 262-784-5155

Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena 2946 Golf Rd. Delafield, WI 53018 262-646-7071

NATURE CENTER Retzer Nature Center S14 W28167 Madison St. Waukesha, WI 53188 262-896-8007

PLANETARIUM Charles Horwitz Planetarium within Retzer Nature Center S14 W28167 Madison St. Waukesha, WI 53188 262-896-8007


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Bay View Community Center

Cudahy Recreation Department

1320 E. Oklahoma Ave. 414-482-1000

414-294-7400 partmen.cfm

Brookfield Community Center

2925 North Barker Rd. Brookfield, WI 53045

2000 N. Calhoun Rd.

Elm Grove Park and Recreation

Fox River Park

Cedarburg Community Center


W63 N643 Washington Ave. 262-375-7644

Franklin Recreation Department

Family Enrichment Center


885 Badger Cir., Grafton 262-376-7774

Germantown Park and Recreation

Lydell Community Education Center


W264 S4500 River Rd. Waukesha, WI 53189

Menomonee Park W220 N7884 Townline Rd. Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Minooka Park 1927 E. Sunset Dr. Waukesha, WI 53186

Mukwonago Park County Hwy LO (Park Entrance) Mukwonago, WI 53149

Muskego Park S83 W20370 Janesville Rd. Muskego, WI 53150

5205 N. Lydell, Whitefish Bay

Logemann Community Center 6100 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon 262-242-7471

Menomonee Falls Community Center W152 N8645 Margaret Rd. 262-255-8460

Oak Creek Community Center Naga-waukee Park 651 S.T.H. 83 Hartland, WI 53029

8580 S. Howell Ave. 414-768-5840

Glendale Recreation Department 414-351-7566

Grafton Community Activities 262-375-5310

Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department 414-297-9008

Greendale Park and Recreation Department

Nashotah Park

Oconomowoc Community Center

W330 N5113 C.T.H. C Nashotah, WI 53058

324 W. Wisconsin Ave.


South Milwaukee Community Center

Retzer Nature Center

919 12th Ave. 414-768-4464

Hales Corners Recreation Department

S14 W28167 Madison St. Waukesha, WI 53188

Scuba Scuba Diving Diving Fox Brook Park 2925 North Barker Rd. Brookfield, WI 53045

Menomonee Park W220 N7884 Townline Rd. Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Schuetze Recreation Center 1120 Baxter St., Waukesha 262-524-3714

Recrea tion Departments Recreation Departments Brookfield Parks, Recreation and Forestry 262-796-6675

Brown Deer Park and Recreation Department

Community Centers Community Centers


Bayside Village Community Center

Cedarburg Parks and Recreation

201 E. Fairy Chasm Rd. 414-352-9725


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Hartland Recreation/Community Education 262-367-2714

Hartford Recreation Department 262-673-8226 on.htm

Menomonee Falls Community Ed and Recreation 262-255-8460

Mequon-Thiensville Recreation Department 262-238-7535

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family resources Milwaukee Recreation Department

Whitefish Bay Recreation Department

UW Waukesha College for Kids



1500 N. University Dr. Waukesha, WI 53188-2799 262-521-5200 d’

Muskego Parks & Recreation Department

Youth Sports Youth Sports


Milwaukee Youth Sports Authority

New Berlin Parks, Recreation and Forestry



Metro Milwaukee Sports Association

Oak Creek Parks, Recreation & Forestry 414-768-6515

Oconomowoc Parks, Recreation & Forestry 262-569-2199 creation.htm

Pewaukee Parks & Recreation 262-691-7275

Port Washington Park and Recreation 262-284-5881 Index.htm


South Milwaukee Recreation Department 414-766-5081

St. Francis Recreation Department 414-747-3921

Sussex Recreation Department 262-246-6447

Waukesha Parks and Recreation Department 262-524-3737

Wauwatosa Recreation Department 414-773-2900

West Allis/West Milwaukee Recreation Department 414-604-3500

Parenting Resources Parenting Resources

Kinnickinnic Sports Center 3070 S. 20th St. 414-643-0120

Milwaukee County Sports Complex

Adoption Services Inc.

Attachment Parenting Advocates

6000 W. Ryan Rd. 414-423-9267 es/us/wi/milwaukee

Uihlein Soccer Park

Aurora Family Service - Parenting Education

7101 W. Good Hope Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53223 414-358-2510

Wilson Recreation 4001 S. 20 St. 414-281-6289

Shorewood Recreation Department 414-963-6913

Alliance Française (ages 4 – 18) 1800 E. Capitol Dr., Shorewood 414-964-3855

Language Classesfor Language Classes for Children Children Italian for Children (ages 6 – 12) Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago, Milwaukee 414-223-2194

Kinder Deutsch Goethe House Central Milwaukee Public Library 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 414-276-7435

Milwaukee French Immersion School 2360 N. 52nd St., Milwaukee 414-874-8400

Milwaukee German Immersion School 3778 n. 82nd St., Milwaukee 414-393-5600

Milwaukee Modern Chinese School (5 and up) PO BOX 664, Brookfield, WI 53008-0664 Classes held at Lalumiere Language Hall, Marquette University social/parentingeducation.asp

Black Male Appreciation: Parenting

Breastfeeding Moms, Mommy Milk Meetups, events, clubs and groups /milwaukee/

Fathers’ Rights Advocates, Fathers’ Rights Meetups, events, clubs /milwaukee

Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition of Milwaukee P.O. Box 93503, Milwaukee oups.html

Gay Parents Meetups, events, clubs and groups worldwide

Jewish Family Services – Milwaukee aff_bios.htm

Mental Health America of Wisconsin Listing of diverse support groups and parenting resources 734 N. 4th St., Suite 200, Milwaukee 414-276-3122 Toll-free: 877-642-4630 oups.asp


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family resources Milwaukee Area Families with Children from China (MA-FCC)

Daniel M. Soref Planetarium

800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee 414-319-4629

Milwaukee Area Happy Mama Group

Discovery World t_bend/

500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee 414-765-9966

Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative

Havenwoods State Forest

414-286.5653 inks.html

6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee 414-527-0232

Milwaukee Happy Mama Meetup Group

Hawthorn Glen Park, 1130 N 60th St., Milwaukee 414-647-6065 or 414-475-5300.

Mom Junction

Mothers & More-Milwaukee West Chapter

NAMI Greater Milwaukee | Resources

New and Expecting Parents Meetups milwaukee/

Parents of Children with Autism, Autism Meetups, events, clubs oconomowoc/

Playgroups and Parent Groups Moms’ Groups urces.asp

Wisconsin Newcomers Clubs, Moms and Dads Organizations

Nature Environmental Na ture and & Environment al Educa tion Centers Education Centers

Martin Schreiber Nature Center

Milwaukee County Zoo 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee 414-771-3040

Milwaukee Public Museum 800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee 414-278-2702

9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners 414-525-5600

Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha 262-896-8007


Bugline Trail Menomonee Falls 12.2 miles 262-548-7801

Interurban Bike Trail Ozaukee County 30 Miles 262-284-0900

Kettle Moraine – Southern Unit Eagle 21.2 miles 262-594-6200

Lapham Peak State Forest Delafield 6.6 miles 262-646-3025

New Berlin Recreation Trail

Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)

New Berlin 6 miles 262-548-7801

524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee 414-649-9800

Oak Leaf Trail

Retzer Nature Center W284 S1530 Rd. DT, Waukesha 262-896-8007

Milwaukee County 34 miles 800-554-1448 289.htm

Riveredge Nature Center 4458 W. Hawthorne Dr., Newburg 800-287-8098

Wisconsin State Park Bike Trails 608-266-2181

Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary 1901 Shalom Dr., West Bend 262-338-1310

Schlitz Audubon Center 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee 414-352-2880

Urban Ecology Center 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee 414-964-8505

Wehr Nature Center Boerner Botanical Gardens

Bike ths Bike Pa Paths

9701 W. College Ave., Franklin 414-425-8550

SpecialNeeds Needs Resources Resources special ADD-ADHD Institute-Wisconsin 1317 W. Towne Square Rd. Mequon, WI 53092 262-241-5099

ARISE: Religious Education for Children/Teens with Special Learning Needs 3160 S. 63rd St., Milwaukee 414-541-3720

Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin 9733 W. St. Martins Rd., Franklin 414-427-9345

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family resources Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children 5600 W. Brown Deer Rd. Suite 4, Milwaukee 414-355-3060

Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin

Story Times Story Times MILWAUKEE COUNTY Atkinson Library 1960 W. Atkinson Ave., Milwaukee 414-286-3068

Bay View Library

La Causa Special Needs Childcare Program

Brown Deer Public Library

Milwaukee County Birth-to-Three Program 235 W. Galena St., Milwaukee 414-289-6799

Music Therapy Services at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Various locations, Milwaukee, Fox Point, Brookfield 414-276-5760

2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee 414-286-3019

5600 W. Bradley Rd. 414-357-0106

3969 N. 74th St., Milwaukee 414-286-3006

Center St. Library 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Milwaukee 414-286-3090

814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 414-286-3000

Forest Home Library

Special Needs Adoption Network 6682 W Greenfield Ave. #310, Milwaukee 414-475-1246

United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin 7519 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee 888-482-7739

V L Neumann Learning Disabilities W328 N4014 Allendale Dr., Nashotah 262-367-9010

Wisconsin First Step Statewide 800-642-7837

Washington Park Library 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee 414-286-3066

7635 W. North Ave. 414-471-8484

West Allis Public Library

6700 N. Port Washington Rd. Milwaukee 414-351-0450

1905 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 414-342-4008

3310 W. Villard Ave., Milwaukee 414-286-3079

Wauwatosa Public Library Central Library

3500 Library Dr. 414-769-2246

School for Early Development & Achievement

3912 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee 414-286-3085

Villard Avenue Library Capitol Library

School Program for Children With Autism

2895 S. Moorland Rd., New Berlin 262-938 -2273

1907 10th Ave. 414-768-8195

Tippecanoe Library

Cudahy Family Library

Stepping Stones Child Development Center Inc.

Shorewood Public Library 3920 N. Murray Ave. 414-847-2670

South Milwaukee Public Library

9401 W. Beloit Rd., Ste. 311 Milwaukee 414-327-3729

P.O. Box 04188, Milwaukee 414-902-1500

St. Francis Public Library 4230 S. Nicholson Ave. 414-481-7323

1432 W. Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee 414-286-3083

7421 W. National Ave. 414-302-8500

Whitefish Bay Public Library 5420 N. Marlborough Dr. 414-964-4380

Zablocki Library Franklin Public Library 9151 W. Loomis Rd. 414-425-8214

Greendale Public Library 5647 Broad St. 414-423-2136

Greenfield Public Library 7215 W. Coldspring Rd. 414-321-9595

Hales Corners Public Library

3501 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee 414-286-3055

OZAUKEE COUNTY Cedarburg Public Library W63 N583 Hanover Ave. 262-375-7640

F. L. Weyenberg Library 11345 N. Cedarburg Rd., Mequon 262-242-2593

5885 S. 116th St. 414-529-6150

Oscar Grady Library

Martin Luther King Library

151 S. Main St., Saukville 262-284-6022

310 W. Locust St, Milwaukee 414-286-3098

U.S.S. Liberty Memorial Public Library

North Shore Library

1620 11th Ave., Grafton 262-375-5315

6800 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale 414-351-3461

W. J. Niederkorn Library

Oak Creek Public Library

316 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington 262-284-5031

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family resources WASHINGTON COUNTY Germantown Community Library N112W16957 Mequon Rd. 262-253-7760

Hartford Public Library 115 North Main St. 262-673-8240

Slinger Community Library 220 Slinger Rd. 262-644-6171

WAUKESHA COUNTY Brookfield Public Library 1900 N. Calhoun Rd. 262-782-4140

Pewaukee Public Library 210 Main St. 262-691-5670

Waukesha Public Library 321 Wisconsin Ave. 262-524-3680

OTH ER Betty Brinn Children’s Museum 929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 414-390-KIDS (5437)

Friday Night Tales for Tots Milwaukee Recreation Department 414-647-6050

Support Groups Support Groups

Butler Public Library 12621 W Hampton Ave. 262-783-2535

Delafield Public Library 500 Genesee St. 262-646-6230

Elm Grove Public Library 13600 Juneau Blvd. 262-782-6717

Hartland Public Library 110 E. Park Ave. 262-367-3350

Menomonee Falls Public Library W156 N8436 Pilgrim Rd. 262-532-8900

Mukwonago Community Library 300 Washington Ave. 262-363-6411

Muskego Public Library S73 W16663 Janesville Rd. 262-971-2101

New Berlin Public Library 15105 Library Lane 262-785-4980

Oconomowoc Public Library 200 South St. 262-569-2193

Pauline Haas Public Library N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex 262-246-5182


Children Cope With Divorce 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha (262) 548-7900

Fight Asthma Milwaukee (“FAM”) Allies Children’s Health Education Center 1533 North River Center Dr. Milwaukee 414-390-2179

Hope Network - Support for Single Mothers 17658 Christman Rd., Menomonee Falls 262-251-7333

Kyle’s Korner - Grief Counseling 7106 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa 414-777- 1585

Margaret Ann’s Place-Wisconsin’s Center of Hope or Grieving Children (866) 455-HOPE

My Good Mourning Place 4005 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee 414- 643-5678

The Parenting Network 7516 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee 414-671-5575

Volunteer Resources Volunteer Resources Archdiocese of Milwaukee 414-769-3300

Community Shares of Milwaukee (11 member organizations) g_involved/volunteer_oportunities.php

Family Sharing of Ozaukee County 1002 Overland Court, Grafton 262-377.0634 opportunities.htm

Friends of Hank Aaron Trail (part of Friends of WI State Parks) Email:

Froedert Hospital 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave. 414-365.8300, ext. 285, ng/Volunteering/OtherVolunteerOpportuni ties.htm

Goodwill Industries (over 24 locations to choose from in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Sheboygan) 6055 N. 91st St. 414-353-6400

Greening Milwaukee 1313 W. Mt Vernon Ave. 414-272-5462 ext 103 php

HOPE Network – Mothers Helping Mothers since 1982 P.O. Box 531, Menomonee Falls 262-251-7333

Hunger Task Force 201 S. Hawley Court, Milwaukee 414-777-0483

Independence First 600 W. Virginia St. - 4th Floor, Milwaukee 414-226-8114 olunteer

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family resources Jewish Family Services

Project K.I.D.S.

Volunteer Center of Waukesha

1300 N. Jackson St. Milwaukee 414-390-5800

1717 Paramount Dr., Waukesha 262-547-8459

Milwaukee Ballet Company

1845 N. Farwell, St. 220, Milwaukee 414-224-0517

504 West National Ave., Milwaukee 414-643-7677

SAGE Milwaukee (Senior Action in a Gay Environment)

School District of South Milwaukee Milwaukee Center for Independence 2020 W. Wells St., Milwaukee 414-937-2020

Milwaukee Christian Center

901 15th Ave. South Milwaukee 414-766-5000

Sierra Club – Great Waters Group

2137 W. Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee 414-645-5350

(Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, & Waukesha counties) 8112 W. Bluemound Rd., Suite 108, Milwaukee 414-453-3127

Milwaukee Environmental Consortium

1845 N Farwell Ave. Suite 100, Milwaukee 414-277-7927 www.milwaukeeenvironmentalconsortium.o rg/opportunities.html

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center 315 West Court St., Suite 101, Milwaukee 414-271-2656 ex.asp

Milwaukee On-Line Volunteer

Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardeners (Milwaukee County UW-Extension) 932 S. 60th St., West Allis 414-290-2400

735 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee 414-385-3240 or 414-286-8950 uniti10238.htm

The Gathering

The Volunteer Family

800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee 414-278-2712 eas.aspx

Pettit National Ice Center

Plowshare Center International Fair Trade Gift Shop 880 N. Grand Ave., Waukesha 262-547-5188 htm

(The Salvation Army - Waukesha Office) 445 Madison St., Waukesha 262-547-7367 search_pro_all.asp

Wisconsin Humane Society 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 414-ANIMALS (414-264-6257)

Survive Alive House (City of Milwaukee Firefighters)

Milwaukee Public Museum

500 S. 84th St. Milwaukee 414-266-0100 (111) Email:

Waukesha County Volunteer Registration System

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

“People in community feeding the hungry” 804 E. Juneau Ave. 414-272-4122

3073 S. Chase Ave. Building 28, Suite 800, Milwaukee 414-747-9662 (303) ed/volunteer.lasso

10005 West Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee 414-258-2333

814 W. Wisconsin Ave. 414-286-3898

Milwaukee Shakespeare Company

Volunteer Opportunities in MilwaukeeWaukesha, WI

Milwaukee Public Library System

Volunteer Milwaukee (children and teens volunteering)

United Way

VISIT Milwaukee Become a Milwaukee Ambassador 648 N. Plankinton Ave. Suite 425, Milwaukee 800-231-0903, 414-273-3950 entID=244

Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee 2819 W. Highland Blvd., Milwaukee 414-273-7887

Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County 885 Badger Circle, Grafton 262-377-1616 volunteerozaukee/

Youth and Youth andFamily Family Agencies and Centers Agencies and Centers Administration for Children and Families (federal)

Alliance for Children & Families 11700 W. Lake Park Dr, Milwaukee 414-359-1040

Children’s Outing Association Youth and Family Centers 909 E. North Ave, Milwaukee 414-263-8397

Family Resource Center of Sherman Park Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin 3302 Sherman Blvd. Milwaukee 414-444-5760

Fighting Back Inc 315 W. Court St, Milwaukee 414-270-2880


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family resources Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc -Community Opportunities Club 5555 W. Capitol Dr, Milwaukee 414-873-4250

Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee 201 S. Hawley Ct., Milwaukee 414-777-0483

Impact 2266 N. Prospect Ave., Ste 324, Milwaukee 414-256-4808

Independence First 600 W. Virginia St. #301, Milwaukee 414-291-7520

Interfaith Older Adult Programs, Inc. 600 W. Virgina St., Suite #300 Milwaukee WI, 53204 414-291-7500

La Causa Family Resource Center 804 W. Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee 414-902-1624

Milwaukee Center for Independence 4380 N. Richards St., Milwaukee 414-963-8818

Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin 211 S. Paterson St., Suite 250, Madison 608-256-3374 800-CHILDREN

Ronald Mc Donald House 8948 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa 414-475-5333

Social Development Commission 4041 N. Richards St, Milwaukee 414-906-2700

Southeastern Youth & Family Services 8008 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee 414-464-1800

St Vincent De Paul Society of Milwaukee County: Family Resource Center 2610 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Milwaukee 414-374-0109 42 â&#x2013; FALL & WINTER

Task Force on Family Violence Main Office

St Vincent De Paul Society of Milwaukee County: Family Resource Center

1400 N. 6th St., Milwaukee 414-276-1911

The Family Center of Washington County

2610 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Milwaukee 414-374-0109

1113 W. Washington St., West Bend 262-338-9461

Task Force on Family Violence Main Office

United Way

1400 N. 6th St., Milwaukee 414-276-1911

225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee 414-263-8100

Walker's Point Youth & Family Center 2030 W. National Ave., Milwaukee 414-672-5300

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

Youth & Family Project Inc 885 Badger Cir., Grafton 262-375-4683

Mental Health America of Wisconsin 734 N. 4th St., Suite 200, Milwaukee 414-276-3122 Toll-free: 877-642-4630

Micah Inc 2821 N. 4th St. #148, Milwaukee 414-264-0805

Social Inc 170 S. 1st St., Milwaukee 414-226-0113

Social Security Administration 800-772-1213

Southeastern Youth & Family Services 8008 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee 414-464-1800

The Family Center of Washington County 1113 W. Washington St., West Bend 262-338-9461

The Vincent Family Resource Center St. Vincent De Paul Society of Milwaukee 2610 N. Martin Luther King Dr. Milwaukee 414-374-0109

UMOS S. Chase Ave., Milwaukee 414-389-6000

United Way 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee 414-263-8100

Walker's Point Youth & FamilyCenter 2030 W. National Ave., Milwaukee 414-672-5300

Wheaton Franciscan Behavioral Health Various locations throughout Milwaukee area 414-874-1171

Wings 2303 W. Galena St., Milwaukee 414-431-0445

Wisconsin Adoption Directory

St Charles Youth and Family Services

151 S. 84th St., Milwaukee 414-258-5651

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

St Charles Youth and Family Services 9501 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee 414-475-9363

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

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Calendar Au g u st E v e nts AUGUST 20-23 MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO A LA CARTE Some of the area’s best restaurants add to the flavor of the Zoo during the popular “Feast with Beasts.” Local and national entertainment on six stages throughout the park in addition to activities and fun for the entire family. For details, call 414-771-3040 or

SEPTEMBER 19 MILWAUKEE RIVER CHALLENGE Pere Marquette Park/Milwaukee River This regatta features head style races on Milwaukee’s downtown river with rowing demonstrations presented in the morning. View races from along the RiverWalk. Admission is free! Call 414/287-2616 or visit

OCTOBER 17-18 AUTUMN ON THE FARMS Old World Wisconsin, Eagle Prepare for the arrival of winter while taking part with our annual rituals.

AUGUST 29 RIVERWALK ART SHOW Enjoy the 26th annual show. Visit with the artist and buy unique gifts.

S e pte mb e r E v e nts SEPTEMBER 11 - 27 OKTOBERFEST Weekends at Heidelberg Park. For details, call (414) 462-9146. SEPTEMBER 19 RETZER NATURE CENTER Many activities for the family, including an apple market, folk concert, hayrides, Scarecrow Lane, apple pie and cider, orchard tours with Johnny Appleseed and more. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., $5 per vehicle. For information, call 262-548-7801. SEPTEMBER 19-20 CEDARBURG WINE & HARVEST FESTIVAL Historic Downtown Cedarburg, Come join our two-day, “strolling” festival throughout Cedarburg’s Downtown Historic District. Features farmer’s market, live bands, scarecrow contest, grape stomp contest, apple bobbing, grilled foods and food courts, hayrides, children’s activities and a 5K run/walk. Call 800-237-2874 or visit

OCTOBER 4 MILWAUKEE’S LAKEFRONT MARATHON Veterans Park Individuals and five-person relay teams run 26.2 miles through neighborhoods along Lake Michigan to finish at Veterans Park. It’s flat, fast, fun and well-organized. Entries limited. Race is sold out ever year. 414/291-2647 or

SEPTEMBER 26 VINO FEST Mason Creek Winery, Pewaukee Wine tastings of award-winning creatively named wines along with live music. To learn more visit

O ct o b e r E v e nts OCTOBER 3 COLORAMA Lapham Peak, Kettle Moraine State Park, Delafield

OCTOBER 30 -31 HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN NIGHT Old Falls Village, Menomonee Falls Come and spend the evening in a safe place for families with hay rides, pumpkin painting, mask making and much more. From 6 - 9 p.m. (262) 250-3901.


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Calendar OCTOBER 30 LITTLE MONSTER BASH A Halloween Dance and Costume Party Betty Brinn Museum Families enjoy dancing, treats and fun workshops at our annual costume party fundraiser, the Little Monster Bash! This is a ticketed event. (414) 390-KIDS (5437)

NOVEMBER 19 MILWAUKEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL Downtown Milwaukee Animated lighting displays come to life in three downtown parks. For more call 414/220-4700 or visit

NOVEMBER 22 WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE Historic Downtown Waukesha Celebrate the season with the spectacular lighted floats and Santa. NOVEMBER 23- JANUARY 1 LEONARD BEARSTEIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Shops of Grand Avenue Leonard Bearstein and his 18-piece orchestra of bears will delight children of all ages as they perform your Holiday favorites. Call 414/224-0655 or visit

N ov e mb e r E v e nts NOVEMBER 7 FAMILY FREE DAY Milwaukee County Zoo

NOVEMBER 20-22 HOLIDAY FOLK FAIR INTERNATIONAL Wisconsin Exposition Center State Fair Park Join the celebration of cultural diversity which showcases the heritage and culture of over 50 ethnic groups through international exhibits, food and dance performances. 414/225-6225

NOVEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 18 CEDARBURG FESTIVE FRIDAY EVES Cedar Creek Settlement Festive Friday Eves is an exciting series of special evening events that celebrate the Holiday season! The events feature live holiday music, luminaries, wine tasting, a winter cookout, cider and cookies. 800/237-2874 or

NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 31 COUNTRY CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW Country Springs Hotel, Waukesha Visit for more. NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 24 THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER First Stage Children’s Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts For tickets call: 414-273-7206/Toll Free 888-612-3500.

D e c e mb e r E v e nts DECEMBER 2 - JANUARY 4 M&I BANK ANNUAL HOLIDAY DISPLAY M & I Bank, 770 N. Water St, 414-765-7700 The whimsical holiday display features over 50 costumed Steiff animals including kangaroos, monkeys, bears and more. The display is free and open to the public. DECEMBER 4-5 CHRISTMAS IN THE WARD Historic Third Ward For details, 414-273-1173 or . NOVEMBER 21 MILWAUKEE HOLIDAY PARADE Downtown Milwaukee Starting at 9:30a.m. The 75-year-old tradition travels west on Kilbourn Avenue from Prospect Avenue to 3rd Street then heads south to Wisconsin Avenue where it ends in front of the Shops of Grand Avenue. Call 262-377-5935.


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Calendar DECEMBER 5 FAMILY FREE DAY Milwaukee County Zoo Parking fee is extra, zoo entrance is free.

JANUARY 5 - 10 DREAMGIRLS Marcus Center for the Performing Arts For tickets call, 414-273-7206 or toll free at 1-888-612-3500.

FEBRUARY 23 - 28 GREASE Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Ticket information at 414-273-7206/Toll Free at 888-612-3500.

JANUARY 22 - FEBRUARY 14 THE THIEF LORD First Stage Childrens Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts For tickets call: 414-273-7206/Toll Free 1888-612-3500.

Ma r c h E v e nts

Fe b ru a ry E v e nts

DECEMBER 5 & 6, 12 & 13 THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Ja n u a ry E v e nts

FEBRUARY LITTLE SWEETHEART DANCE Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Put on your party best and enjoy a special evening at the museum’s annual family fundraiser, the Little Sweetheart Dance. Proceeds from the event support the museum's outreach programs that benefit disadvantaged families in our community. For the exact date, details and ticket information, call (414) 390-KIDS (5437), ext. 240.

JANUARY 2-3 WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS & OCCASIONS Wisconsin Exposition Center, State Fair Park A major event that puts thousands of bridesto-be, wedding planners and other special occasion planners conveniently in touch with the people who provide the unique products, services and ideas that contribute to ensuring their special event is successful and memorable. For more information visit: or call 262.367.5500. FEBRUARY 13-14, CEDARBURG’S 35TH ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL Historic Downtown Cedarburg Saturday boasts a pancake breakfast, chili contest, ice carving contest, bed races on the ice, parade and children’s activities at the Community Center. Events are within walking distance and most are free to the public. 800-237-2874 or

MARCH 13 - 28 IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO SCHOOL Milwaukee Youth Arts Center at 325 W. Walnut St. The First Steps shows take place in the Main Stage Hall. This introduces children three to six to the theater in a fun and exciting way. Call (414) 273-7206 /Toll Free: (888) 6123500 MARCH 13 ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & PARTY Downtown Milwaukee The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin joins forces with The Westown Association to produce Milwaukee’s oldest St. Patrick's Parade. With its route right in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, this 100-unit parade features marching bands, pipe and drum corps and local personalities. For more information call 414/276-6696 or visit MARCH 19-28 REALTORS® HOME & GARDEN SHOW Wisconsin State Fair Park Get ideas for your home and garden at the nation's oldest and Wisconsin’s original Home & Garden Show. Latest ideas in decorating, home improvement, landscaping and garden needs. Visit: or call 414-604-1000.


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Day Trips HONEY ACRES (ALL AGES) Ashippun, 1-800-558-7745

Art HAGGERTY ART MUSEUM Milwaukee, (414) 288-1669

INTERNATIONAL CLOWN HALL Milwaukee, (414) 290-0105

MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART West Bend, (262) 334-9638 WALKERS POINT CENTER FOR Milwaukee, (414) 672-2787

LEARN TO TRACK Milwaukee, (414) 352-2880



WISCONSIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Hartford, (262) 673-7999

Animals BEAR DEN ZOO & PETTING FARM Waterford, (262) 895-6430 CLYDESDALE TOURIST ATTRACTION Ripon, May 15 - Oct. 15, 920-748-5466/or visit GREEN MEADOWS PETTING FARM, INC. Waterford, (262) 534-2891 LAMBS FARM Libertyville, Illinois (847) 362-4636 MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO Milwaukee, (414) 771-3040 RACINE ZOO Racine, (262) 636-9189 WISCONSIN HUMANE SOCIETY Milwaukee, (414) 431-6132



JELLY BELLY CENTER Pleasant Prairie, 1-866-TOUR-JBC

N A T U R E I N T H E P A R K S (A G E S 3 Milwaukee, (414) 761-1151


RIVEREDGE NATURE CENTER Newburg, (262) 375-2715


LOGIC PUZZLES MUSEUM Burlington, 262-763-3946 MADISON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM Madison, (608) 256-6445 MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM Milwaukee, (414) 278-2702 OLD WORLD WISCONSIN Eagle, (262) 594-2116 POLICE STATION TOUR Wauwatosa, (414) 471-8430 x.111 RACINE ART MUSEUM (RAM) -ART REACHFOR STUDENTS K-8 Racine, 262-636-9177 SPINNING TOP MUSEUM Burlington, (262) 763-3946 SUBMARINE OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT ON U.S.S. COBIA (AGE 6 AND UP) Manitowoc, (920) 684-0218 THE

WISCONSIN MARITIME MUSEUM Manitowoc, (920) 684-0218

Exhibits and Tours ABOVE AND BEYOND CHILDRENS MUSEUM Sheboygan, (920) 458-4263 BAST BELL MUSEUM/DHEINSVILLE SETTLEMENT Germantown, (262) 628-3170 BETTY BRINN CHILDREN'S MUSEUM Milwaukee, (414) 390-5437 CAPTAIN FREDERICK PABST MANSION Milwaukee, (414) 931-0808 CAVE OF THE MOUNDS Blue Mounds, (608) 437-3038 EAST TROY ELECTRIC RAILROAD MUSEUM East Troy, 262-642-3263 46 ■ FALL & WINTER

MITCHELL PARK DOMES Milwaukee, (414) 649-9800

Nature and Outdoor Sports BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS Hales Corners, (414) 525-5650 HANK AARON TRAIL Milwaukee, (414) 263-8559 HAWTHORN GLEN OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER Milwaukee, (414) 647-6050 KOHLER-ANDRAE STATE PARK Sheboygan, (920) 451-4080 LAC LAWRANN CONSERVANCY West Bend, (262) 335-5080


SCHLITZ AUDUBON NATURE CENTER Milwaukee, (414) 352-2880 TODD WEHR NATURE CENTER Franklin, (414) 425-8550 URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER Milwaukee, (414) 964-8505

Sports MILWAUKEE TURNERS GYMNASTICS Milwaukee, (414) 272-1733 OBSERVE FIGURE SKATING PETTIT National Ice Center Milwaukee, (414) 266-0100


THE BELOIT SNAPPERS Minor League Baseball Beloit, 1-888-SNAP-2-IT TRINITY ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE (Age 4 yrs - 12) Area wide, 877-326-2328 WILSON PARK RECREATION CENTER & ICE ARENA Milwaukee, (414) 281-4610 WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS Minor League Baseball Appleton, (920) 733-4152

More places to visit COMMUN I T Y S A I LI N G CEN T ER Milwaukee, (414) 277-9094 EA A ' S K I D V E N T U R E Oshkosh, (920) 426-4800 I L L I N O I S R A I LWAY M U S E U M Union, IL, 1-800-BIG-RAIL

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FIND IT AT THE MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM. We’ve teamed up with Kohl’s Department Stores to bring you a new program called Kohl’s Art Generation. It’s a gallery and a studio where children can explore sculpting, painting and other hands-on projects. So come to the Milwaukee Art Museum, because a creative kid is a happy kid. See it at the

Hey kids, get an adult’s help to glue this ad to a piece of construction paper and follow the 4 easy steps below.


Fold along center.


Cut along dotted lines.


Fold back triangles on spine.


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You know better than anyone – your kids pick up on everything. So it’s important to be a positive role model. Good habits, like eating right and being active, are the foundation for a healthy life. And with the help of the YMCA, it’s easy to lead by example. We offer programs and activities for members of all ages. So whether your kids want to swim, run, kick or climb just like you, there are plenty of ways to have fun. So much fun, in fact, that they may not even know that they’re “learning” anything at all.

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