Great Wolf Lodge – great deals!

January 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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In the dead of winter, a visit to an indoor water park might be just the thing to help with cabin fever!  Here’s a great deal for Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells.

Options include:

One-night stay for six in a Loft suite with water-park passes and one MagiQuest classic wand and game activation

One-night stay for seven in a Wolf Pack condo with water-park passes

One-night stay for six in a Black Bear condo with water-park passes

Travel window: 1/10/13–2/14/13

As with any daily deal, please read all rules and restrictions before you buy.

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Quiet Santa – A Unique Sensory-Friendly Event Dec. 15

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Visiting Santa at the Mall can be an overwhelming experience for anyone, but especially for kids with autism or other special needs.    However, there’s an event coming up geared towards those kids who might otherwise miss out on the fun.

It’s called Quiet Santa, a unique sensory friendly event.

  • Saturday, December 15, 2012
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • McConnell Hall Education Center
  • (across the street from Meriter Hospital’s lobby)

If you want to attend, please contact Julie Sheldon at sheldon@appliedtech.us.

For more information on this Quiet Santa event, click here.

Entertainment Book: 2013 edition as low as $15 + free shipping

December 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Now through December 10th, you can pick up the 2013 Entertainment Book for $19.99 which includes free shipping, too.  Additional copies are only $15 each.

I love the Entertainment Book because I can use two or three coupons and the book has paid for itself!

Madison Entertainment® Coupon Book

Packed with over $55,786 worth of local coupons:

  • 183 Restaurant Coupons
  • 103 Attraction Discounts
  • 147 Shopping Coupons
  • Over $15,000 in Travel Deals
  • Movie Ticket Discounts
  • And Much More…

It’s also a great idea to pick up an Entertainment Book for a city you’re visiting on vacation, making those out-of-town meals and attractions a lot cheaper!

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Governor’s Mansion Tours Dec. 5 – 15

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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The Wisconsin Governor’s Mansion will be open to the public this month for holiday tours.  Tours of the Executive Residence are free.  Participants are asked to donate a children’s book, which will be distributed to literacy organizations.  You can also bring food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Each tour runs about 30 minutes. Tours will be held on the following days.

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2012
  • Thursday, December 6, 2012
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2012
  • Thursday, December 13, 2012
  • Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday tours will also be offered on

  • Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 10 am – 12 noon.

The tour includes a brief history of the executive residence, which is decorated with six Wisconsin-themed trees:

  • Our troops
  • Tourist attractions
  • Charitable Organizations
  • French Heritage in Wisconsin
  • Agricultural and Environmental Groups
  • 4th Graders’ favorite books

Cameras are allowed, however, backpacks or purses will not be permitted inside the Executive Residence.

For more information on this year’s tour of the Governor’s Mansion, click here.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens: Holiday Express Dec. 1 – 31

November 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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The Olbrich Garden’s Holiday Express model train show and flower display are back for another year.  The annual show displays large-scale model trains, vibrant poinsettias, and lush evergreens.

Scattered throughout the show you will also find handcrafted birdhouses and stained glass panels. The whimsical birdhouses were hand-crafted by local artists, and glass artists from the Vinery Stained Glass Studio created 14 beautiful glass panels featuring an array of native birds.

Members of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society bring their trains from all over Wisconsin. The trains may change depending on the day you see the show.

The show is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; however, Olbrich will close at 2 p.m. on December 24 and will be closed all day on December 25.

Admission Rates

  • Adults: $3
  • Children ages 3 to 12: $2
  • Children 2 and under: Free
  • Olbrich Botanical Society members: Free
  • Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon: Free Admission
  • Admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory is included

Please note that strollers are not allowed in the Holiday Express exhibit, but they can be used in the Bolz Conservatory.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located at 3330 Atwood Avenue.

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