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First weekend of Spring – Yes, please!

Milwaukee, we did it!

Spring officially starts Friday, March 20th, and that means we made it through the Winter. YES!

So, how to celebrate? Here are some fun things going on for the whole family this weekend.

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1. Family Adventure Hike at Retzer Nature Center (Saturday)

Check out this family-friendly hike led by a naturalist, meant for all ages. The hikes have themed adventures to get families out on the trails. Children under 5 are free, and it’s $4.00/person for everyone else. No registration required – just show up and get some fresh air!

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2.) Recycled crafts at Boerner Botanical Gardens (Saturday from 10:00-12:00)

Make a bumble bee house using recycled materials that you can find around your own home. All materials will be provided. Families: $20 members/$25 non-members

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3.) Lake Country Community Fest (Saturday from 10:00-3:00 at Arrowhead High School)

The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use will present expert staff answering questions about recycling, home composting, rain gardens, and rain barrels. Children will have the chance to spin the recycling trivia wheel and see live aquatic insects. The festival will feature over 150 exhibitor booths, a food court, live demonstrations, children’s activities, entertainment, healthcare clinics and more! The community is encouraged to arrive with non-perishable food donations for the food drive.

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4.) Maple Sugar Events

It’s Maple Sugar Time at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (Saturday from 10:00-3:00). We will begin inside with a story about the serendipitous discovery of maple syrup, and then take a short hike through the woods to the Schlitz Audubon sugarbush and evaporator. See the “sweet water” run from the tree and how it is boiled down into that wonderful sticky sweetness known as maple syrup. To top it all off, try real maple syrup over silver dollar pancakes.

Family Adventures – Maple Sugaring (Saturday from 9:30-2:00) Where does real maple syrup come from? Maple trees! Drill, tap, and collect sap with the Neighborhood House in Dodge County. They’ll provide the transportation on this free adventure. Space is limited! Contact Christina Hill to register or for more information (414-933-6161 xt. 175/

5.) Free Easter Open House at Buddy Squirrel (Sunday from 9:00-3:00)

Buddy Squirrel invites the Milwaukee community to experience 60,000 square feet of candy making magic at the company’s annual Open House. The company’s community celebration will occur rain or shine at the company’s headquarters and production facility, located at 1801 E. Bolivar Avenue in Saint Francis. Look for the bright red awning as the entrance to the factory and store.

Witness how Milwaukee’s original whipped crème eggs are made. Everyone who attends will receive a FREE whipped crème egg as well as a sample of Buddy Squirrel’s award-winning caramel corn. Hot chocolate will be available as well! Families and children of all ages are invited to attend. Cameras are encouraged to capture the fun and festivities. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be welcoming guests, and the community is invited to meet Buddy Squirrel in person. All guests can receive 10 percent off purchases at the Kitchen Store.

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6. Free Easter Egg Hunt (At the Academy of Performing Arts in Oak Creek, Sunday, March 22nd)

This egg hunt is totally free and it will be held indoors. You must pre-register. There will be hundreds of candy-filled eggs for the kids to find. The Easter Bunny will also be there to take pictures with the kids. Don’t forget to bring a basket and your camera!

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