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This Brian Gordon cartoon strikes a chord with me because I stink at playing make-believe. My kids, on the other hand, hardly even need another person to play with. They can imagine all kinds of characters, adventures and obstacles to make their mundane playroom into an exciting make-believe world. The folks at Great Pretenders believe...
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Doors Open Milwaukee, Historic Milwaukee’s most ambitious project, opens the doors to over 150 of Milwaukee’s most interesting and historic buildings free-of-charge to the public. These churches, theaters, museums, and clubs hold hidden treasures and special stories that visitors can explore this weekend. Participants can design their own itinerary, often with guided tours, no tickets...
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Let’s just pause for a moment and appreciate the fact that we live in a city that has a traveling beer garden. Sprecher’s genius idea is back this summer, this time with two locations each week. The 16 week tour features craft beer, gourmet sodas, hard root beer, hard ginger beer, and other refreshments from...
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Although it’s one of the most well-known ballets in popular culture, I admit that I had never seen “The Nutcracker” before this Sunday. Besides being vaguely familiar with popular images and melodies from the show, I hardly even knew what it was about. Beyond that, I’ve never even been to a ballet before. (Should I...
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We spent this glorious Autumn day exploring the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Morraine Forest out in Delafield. Of all the state parks we’ve visited, this is by far one of the most family-friendly. Here’s how we did it: 1.) Head west on 94. 2.) Exit on County Hwy C (Delafield exit) and head...
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Back-to-school time can mean excitement and stress for the whole family. To lighten up the latter, I asked teachers from around the country to dish out some back-to-school advice for parents. Their answers were sometimes serious, sometimes funny, and always served with a dash of insight only teachers can offer. 1. Be caring, but not...
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It’s already the middle of July, and I can’t help but feel that Summer is moving by too quickly. Here are five things I want to make sure I do with my kids before the crisp Fall air moves in. 1. Visit a beer garden. The Milwaukee area is home to five unique beer gardens,...
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I’ve always been afraid of the moment that my pure and innocent young child would knowingly lie to me for the first time. I imagined that I would feel terribly sad to realize that he wasn’t a perfect and divine being, but rather human, just like me. Surely it would be awhile before I would...
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I’m seven months pregnant. I have a two and a half year old who goes to bed at 7:30. Let’s face it – my New Year’s Eve won’t exactly be glamorous. (Although I may allow myself one whole Diet Coke, just to get really crazy.) However, I am looking forward to a year of beautiful...
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