Free Admission to WI Museums with Museum Day Ticket

August 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Smithsonian  magazine Museum DaySmithsonian magazine is hosting their annual Museum Day on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Museums across the country are offering free admission with a Museum Day Ticket.

The Museum Day ticket is good for two people per household, per email address–you will need to pay full admission for the rest of your household.

In Wisconsin, 15 museums are participating in Museum Day. Locally, you can get free admission to the following museums:

  • Madison Children’s Museum
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • Wisconsin Historical Museum
  • H.H. Bennett Studio (Wisconsin Dells)

Other Wisconsin locations include:

  • Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (Milwaukee)
  • Chippewa Valley Museum (Eau Claire)
  • UWSP Museum of Natural History (Stevens Point)
  • Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee)
  • New Richmond Heritage Center (New Richmond)
  • Racine Art Museum (Racine)
  • Rassbach Heritage Museum (Menomonie)
  • The Octagon House and America’s First Kindergarten (Watertown)
  • Waukesha County Museum (Waukesha)
  • Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc)
  • Wisconsin Automotive Museum (Hartford)

To get your ticket, simply complete this form and instructions to download your ticket will be emailed to you.

Thanks Kathi!

Northside Block Party – Friday, August 17

August 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Northgate Block PartyThe Northgate Shopping Center merchants, Sherman Glen Apartments, and M&I Bank are hosting a summer block party this Friday, August 17, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The theme is reorganize, recycle, and donate.

Here are the scheduled events:

E-Cycle for Hope
Recycle up to 50lbs of office and household electronics for just $5 or 5 non-perishable food items. Televisions will incur an extra charge: small TVs are $10 and large TVs (50-100 lbs) are $20.

Community Cookout
The flyer is not 100% clear, but it looks like all you need to do is donate at least one non-perishable food item to participate in the cookout. Hot dogs, Falbo’s Pizza, snacks, drinks, cookies, and ice cream will be available in the Sherman Glen and M&I Bank parking lots.

Check out all that you can learn at the party: sign language, ecologically minded moving (FrogBox), organization tips, blood pressure checks, and health information.

Bring the kids for bounce-house fun, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, and more!

Iron Mountain shredding services will be on hand for paper shredding as well.

All of these events will take place in the Northgate Shopping Center (1200 block on North Sherman Avenue).

Fontana Sports – Free Classes Available

July 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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FontanaSports.comHow are your outdoor cooking skills? All I can do is roast a hot dog and make s’mores–that’s about it!

If you’re interested in learning more about cooking in the outdoors, take a look at the class being offered by Fontana Sports: Camp Cooking Basics.

This free class is tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 31, 2012) at 6:30 p.m.

They will teach you the basics to create fun, easy meals. Learn what equipment you’ll need and how to use it.

Check out Fontana’s August and September schedule for other free events (locations vary):

  • Paddling Basics
  • Nordic Walkabout
  • Nordic Walking Intro Class
  • Fly Fishing 101
  • Finding the Outdoors in a Downtown Setting
  • Rolling on the Westside

Tomorrow’s class, Camp Cooking Basics, is being held at the west location (231 Junction Road).

2012 Blooming Butterflies at Olbrich – FREE Ticket Opportunity!

July 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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flickr - ibm4381Olbrich Botanical Gardens has launched their Blooming Butterflies annual exhibit. Free-flying butterflies take over the Bolz Conservatory until August 12, 2012.

My kids love watching the butterflies emerge from their chrysalises. It’s a great learning experience for everyone. More than 12 species of butterflies are on exhibit–some are native to Wisconsin and others are typically found in the southern portion of the United States.

You will be amazed at how big some of the butterflies are–these are the ones that without fail will land on my shoulder and creep me out! I love to watch the butterflies–I just don’t want them landing on me!

Olbrich asks that visitors do not touch the butterflies, but if you’re hoping one will land on you–be sure to wear bright colors.

Ticket prices are the following:

  • Ages 13 & up: $5
  • Ages 3 – 12: $3
  • Ages 2 and under: Free
  • Olbrich Botanical Society members: Free

Olbrich and Michael’s Frozen Custard have again teamed up for the butterfly passports this year. Kids can go on a treasure hunt in the outdoor gardens to complete their passport. Follow the butterfly stencils to each stamping station and answer a few questions. Kids who complete their passport will earn a free junior cone from the Michael’s Frozen Custard at 3826 Atwood Avenue location (near Olbrich).

New this year is the “Adopt a Butterfly” program. Your $20 donation will help support the butterfly exhibit and Gardens. You will also receive a “Butterfly Friend Pack” complete with the following:

  • Seeds to grow zinnias that attract butterflies to your own yard
  • Sticky slappy butterfly toys
  • Bumper/window sticker
  • Adoption certificate
  • Letter from Marty the Monarch

The Blooming Butterflies exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Head to Olbrich’s website for more info.

WIN a FREE Ticket to the Blooming Butterflies Exhibit from Olbrich! You have until July 31, 2012, to complete an online scavenger hunt for your chance to win a free admission ticket!

Save 50% – Olbrich Botanical Society Membership Groupon

June 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Olbrich Botanical GardensSave more than 50% on a Garden Family Membership at Olbrich Botanical Society with today’s Groupon!

The membership includes two adults (in the same household) and their children and/or grandchildren.

With this membership offer, you will get free admission to Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies exhibit and a one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens for free!

Other membership perks include:

  • Free admission to the Bolz Conservatory
  • Free admission to Olbrich’s Holiday Express
  • 10% discount in the Growing Gifts shop; additional 20% discount during members-only sales
  • 20% discount on most classes
  • Olbrich Garden News – Olbrich’s newsletter
  • and lots more!

Check out all of the membership benefits on their website:

This Groupon is available to New Members and will run through June 23, 2012. Click here to save more than 50% on your Garden Family Membership at Olbrich Botanical Society!

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