World’s Largest Brat Fest

It’s almost Memorial Day! Do you have big plans for the weekend? We’re heading up to my family’s cottage, but not before we stock up on food from Brat Fest, which runs May 28-31 rain or shine. If you’ve never been to the World’s Largest Brat Fest before, you’re in for a treat (literally!). Not only can you enjoy a tasty brat (or hot dog or veggie brat), but you can also listen to great music and go on carnival rides! And all proceeds benefit the local charities that help to staff the event. For more info, check out the Brat Fest website.

And if you want to be a hero at work Friday morning, don’t forget to swing through the brat “drive-thru” with the anchors from NBC 15 and radio personalities from Charlie FM, Triple M and WOLX during Take Your Brat to Work Day which runs from 6 am – 9 am. If you need more than 100, you can order ahead! Just send an email to (Please include a contact number and what time you’d like to pick up your brats). You can also go through the “bike-thru” during this time. The first 50 people to visit the 20by2020 tent on your bike will receive a FREE brat!


Madison Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Madison Public Library Summer Reading Club kicks off June 1. Go to any Madison Public Library location or visit the web site starting Monday, June 1 to join the Summer Reading Club. Every book or hour read (or read to) counts. Earn great prizes, including free event tickets, free pizza and a free book! Prizes are available starting June 18.

Don’t forget to check the Madison Public Library’s Events page to see what else is happening this summer!

Madison Parks

The weather has been beautiful lately, and I have a toddler that LOVES to swing and slide, so we’ve been going to the park at least once every other day. Madison is definitely not lacking in its number of parks, but there are bound to be some parks that are better than others. So over the next week or so, we’re going to share our favorite parks with you, and we’d love to hear about your favorite park(s) as well!

I (Kat) will start! We live on the Near East side of Madison, and I’m always on the look-out for a new park to try out (I just discovered Hawthorne Park on the way home from Maggie’s, and I’m excited to check it out once the heat breaks).

With a 16 month old in tow, my favorite parks are ones with newer equipment that include things Milena can do on her own. Luckily, we have quite a few parks like that within walking distance of our house. Our two favorite play areas are basically next door neighbors.

The park we go to most often is on St. Paul Ave. I actually can’t seem to find it on a map, which may be why we rarely see other people there. I enjoy it because it’s quiet and small – but still has a lot of equipment on which Milena can play. A big plus is the slide – I’m able to stand at the bottom of the stairs while Milena climbs up and can immediately move and reach her as she sits to slide down (she’s very distractible, so there’s always a chance she’ll want to try to walk back down the stairs or off one of the open sides!).

Just across the railroad tracks is our other favorite play area (which isn’t actually a park): the playground at the Goodman Community Center. The equipment is new, the area is fenced in, and the Center is right there if we need to use the bathroom or get a drink or buy some food!

We’re also happy to tell you that the City of Middleton Public Lands Splash Pad (6300 Mendota Ave) will open Memorial Day! It’s open 10am – 7pm every day (as long as it’s not raining) until Labor Day.

It’s just too bad it wasn’t open this week!

What’s your favorite park in Madison? Tell us in the comments or e-mail us and we may post it up on the blog!

Quick Introduction

Hi everyone, I’m Maggie and I’m another contributor to this blog.  My daughter, Dahlia, is almost 14 months old.  She was born here in Madison, at Meriter Hospital, but my husband and I are both relative newcomers to Wisconsin.  I’m originally from Buffalo, NY, and he’s from Pittsburgh, PA.  Before this we lived in Chicago and New York City, but we’re enjoying a slightly more subdued existence in a smaller city.  I went to the University of Chicago, and then Columbia University for grad school.  I’m mostly a stay-at-home mom now, but I work on the weekends at the Apple Store at the West Towne Mall.  So my life is basically baby stuff and geeky stuff.  I’m excited to share some of my stories about raising Dahlia here in Madison.

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Fitchburg Days

Looking for something to do with the family this weekend? Check out Fitchburg Days!

The event starts tonight (Friday) at 4pm, and goes Saturday all day, and Sunday until 5pm. Sunday is Latino day and features Mexican culture in the form of food and dance troupes.

All three days include live music and family-friendly games and activities. Be sure to check out handpicked local Wisconsin food vendors under the big white tent (consequently, that’s also where the beer is). Carnival rides and fair food is also available, and be sure to check out the Amazing Rainforest Experience – it’s new to the fair this year and looks amazing!

“The Children’s Tent features International Day. Events will run from 12pm to 4pm and include a signature wall, story time, arts and crafts, children’s games and bubble making mania! People coming to the children’s tent will create a flag of the nation of their ancestry and place it in the exhibit. Additionally, there will be a music and dance demonstration by the Capoeira Angola Group.”

Also, come to the Liliana’s booth to visit RM blogger (and restaurateur) Tiffany and her husband, Chef Dave who will be manning the booth most of the weekend. (I am taking breaks so I can go nurse my baby though, sorry if I’m not there!)

Fitchburg Days is held at McKee Farms Park (2930 Chapel Valley Road).
For a full schedule of Fitchburg Days events, check out the website:

Listen to your Mother / Welcome to Motherland

If you happened to miss seeing Listen to your Mother at the Barrymore like I did, the video is now up on the blog. I’m sure seeing these ladies share their stories live was a completely different experience than watching them on a computer, but I was really excited to see it (and disappointed that I had to miss it), so this is the next best thing.

And if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out Welcome to Motherland at the Goodman Community Center this Sunday (May 23) from 3pm – 6pm. “Greetings From Motherland is an evolving, collaborative community art project that gathers mothers together to make art about the culture shock of becoming a mother through workshops, participatory exhibitions, and a web site.” You can find further information on the project at the website linked above, and there’s a nice interview with the participants up on Happy Bambino’s blog.

What did you think of “Listen to Your Mother”? Are you planning on checking out “Welcome to Motherland”? We’d love to hear from anyone who contributed to either of these events!