U.S. Bank Eve – Ring in the New Year with Family & Friends

December 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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US Bank EveRing in the New Year with your entire family at U.S. Bank Eve community celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2012.

Discounted tickets may be purchased at any of the 10 U.S. Bank locations in Madison. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but you will pay a bit more.

Tickets are good for any of the six site locations and admission is dependent on available space at each location.

Advance tickets: $5.00
At the door: $7.00

Under 5 are FREE
Ages 5-15: $3.00 (advance tickets) and $5.00 (at the door)

Family Pass (2 adult tickets and 1 ticket for up to 3 children ages 5 and up in the family–children under 5 are free):
Advance tickets: $12.00
At the door: $15.00

Site Locations

U.S. Bank Plaza – Downtown
1 South Pinckney
6-10 p.m.

Highlights: Ken Lonnquist & Friends Main Street Wisdom at 6:10-7:00 p.m. and 7:15-8:30 p.m., confetti station, 8:30 p.m. kiddie countdown with hats, horns and confetti with Ken, Holiday Trolley rides, and lots more!

Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Drive
6-10 p.m.

Highlights: Truly Remarkable Loon at 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., dance to music from Kings of Radio from 6:00-9:30 p.m., Rick Wilcox Magic show at 7 & 9 p.m., inflatables, 9:30 p.m. balloon drop, and lots  more!

Madison Children’s Museum
100 North Hamilton
6-10 p.m.

Highlights: Make a noisemaker or a good-luck goldfish in the Art Studio, face painting, shadow room fun, countdown at 7:30 p.m., and lots more!

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
5-8 p.m.

Highlights: Holiday train, flower show, temporary tattoos, Wii dance station, drummer Joey Banks at 5:30 p.m. and Kioja girls dancing at 6:30 p.m., and lots more!

Prairie Athletic Club & Sun Prairie Ice Arena
1010 N. Bird St/655 Athletic Way
5-8 p.m.

Highlights: Ice skating: bring your own skates, rent skates for $2 or donate two non-perishable food items and rent skates for free! Swimming, gym games, cake walk, bouncy castle, raffle, and lots more!

Keva Sports Center
8312 Forsythia Street, Middleton
4-8 p.m.

Highlights: Learn to Salsa 6-8 p.m., temporary tattoos, raffle, cookie decorating from 5-7 p.m.(while supplies last), inflatables, and lots more!

For complete event information, go to the U.S. Bank Eve website. Parking information is also available on the website.

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.

Olbrich Botanical Garden: Holiday Concert Series starts Dec. 2

November 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Olbrich Botanical GardensOlbrich Botanical Gardens are hosting a Holiday Concert Series every Sunday in December.  The concert is held from 2:00 – 3:00 pm each week.

$1 suggested donation

December 2:
Marcy & the Highlights50’s & 60’s Country, Blues, Rock

December 9:
Larry Jankowski“The Electric Orchestra”/Organ Musi

December 16
Suzuki StringsYouth Violins

December 23
Madison Horn ClubHorn Ensemble

December 30
Capitol ChordsmenCapella group singing holiday songs

For more information on the Holiday Concert Series at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, click here.

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!

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!

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