Concerts on the Square – Kids’ Area

Concerts on the Square‘s 27th season with The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Sewell, begins this Wednesday, June 30 and includes six consecutive Wednesday evenings (June 30 – August 4) beginning at 7:00 p.m.

If you’ve never been to Concerts on the Square before, make sure to get there early so you get a good spot. We love enjoying this amazing (and FREE) experience with our families! And we’re really excited about this year’s Kids’ Area!

The Kids’ Area is located on the corner of North Pinckney Street and East Washington Avenue. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate in the free activities and are required to accompany their children at all times.

Here’s what’s happening in the Kids’ Area this week:

Let’s get together!
June 30, 2010 | 5:30 & 6:15

Children’s Theater of Madison’s Teaching Artist will lead
young concert goers in improvisations exploring the joys of
working together. Join CTM for games in which participants
will create together…and create togetherness!


Thrifty Kiddos – Next Generation

This is the third in the series of Resale posts as we attempt to find the best local children’s resale.

Tiffany here – adding my favorite for kids resale.

Next Generation is part of cute downtown Stoughton and is a combination of retail and resale. The store is clean and organized (though packed full!) and the staff is always really friendly and helpful. Upstairs they have a great selection of retail toys and accessories as well as a large room of adult resale, but downstairs–that’s where I always spend most of my shopping time!

The lower level of Next Generation is packed full of kids resale, and everytime I’ve visited I have found several pieces for each of my kids that are in great condition, usually nice name brands, always cute and really, really cheap!  They also generally have quite a few toys, shoes, and other baby care accessories (I even found some nice cloth diapers there a few times). I’ve always found about equal amounts of things for my baby and my preschooler, but I like that they seem to have quite a lot of nice things even going up to school age sizes.

Liliana, modeling a Gap dress purchased at Next Generation, and Charlie, modeling a Zutano romper purchased at Next Generation.

Next Generation is located at 161 E Main St, Stoughton, WI 53589 and hours can be checked by calling 608-873-8423

Next week we’ll talk to the ladies from Half-Pint Resale.

Win $25,000 for a Madison Playground

Parents magazine, KaBOOM! and Foresters life insurance company are offering communities a chance to win a $25,000 playground upgrade. Let’s help a Madison playspace win!

Your favorite park or playground could win an innovative Imagination Playground in a Box. Earn points for your playground by taking simple actions like uploading photos. The more points, the better your playground’s chance to win!

There’s a lot of info up on the contest FAQ page, but here’s the shortened version of how to enter:

1. Go to the Parents Magazine website to find your favorite local playground, park, or community space (or add it to the list if it’s not already there).

2. Become a fan of that playspace. Clicking on the “become a fan” button automatically nominates the playspace for the contest. You can only nominate a playspace once, but you can nominate as many playspaces as you would like!

3. Help that playspace earn points (you can earn points for as many playspace as you want). Adding a photo, adding a video, and adding a comment will add to the point total of the playspace.

The top 50 playspace with the most points will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists by the judges. Three winners will be selected by public vote on the Parents magazine website.

Both James Madison Park and the Henry Vilas Zoo Playground have already been nominated. Know of any other playspaces in Madison in need of an upgrade?

Lutz Family Farm

There is something so natural and rewarding about picking your own food with your kids! We took our family out to Lutz Family Farm yesterday afternoon to pick some lovely Wisconsin Strawberries before the season comes to a close (a lot of farms have already ended their you pick strawberry season). We loved that they have extended hours (they offered pick your own until 8pm last night!) and reasonable prices at $1.35/lb. If you were hoping to take the kids out for some good old wisconsin strawberry harvesting, now is the time, and maybe Lutz Family Farm is the place! A true family farm, Dad was super friendly and helpful and invited us back for their delicious sweet corn, available later this summer.

Things to know if you are visiting:
– Call ahead or check their website to be sure they have strawberries available (this seems to be true of all the pick-your-own farms)
-If your kiddo isn’t an all-terrain walker yet, bring a carrier. The narrow and bumpy aisles between the rows of strawberry plants are hard to walk and definitely not stroller friendly, but I picked strawberries easily with my 8 month old in a carrier for a while.
-Bug spray!

Lutz Family Farm is located at 1477 County Road T in Marshall and has varying hours, which can be found by calling (608) 655-3664 or visiting

Lakeside Kids

Children ages 4 to 8 are invited to come and play at Lakeside Kids! This FREE children’s series is held on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 am during the months of June and July at Monona Terrace. Local cultural groups and performers provide hands-on fun and learning.

In the event of inclement weather, program will be moved inside. Please call 608-261-4000 after 8:30 a.m. the day of the event for program location.

If transporting kids by bus, please call 608-261-4062 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

June 23: Our Zoo to You with Henry Vilas Zoo

Experience a morning full of fun and learning with the Henry Vilas Zoo! Join us on the Monona Terrace rooftop for an up-close and personal look at some of the zoo’s most interesting animals!

June 30: Native American Dance Ho-Chunk Youth Performance: A Way of Life

The Wasira Youth Dance Troupe and the United Clans Youth Drum Group come to Monona Terrace for a morning of traditional singing, dance, drums and colorful outfits! Spread awareness of the Native American culture.

Giveaway Winners – Madison Loves Etsy

Alright everyone … the time for Raising Madison’s very first giveaway has come!

*drumroll please*

The winner of the lovely Space Oddities Gift Tote set is Lorrie

The winner of the darling Auntie Jill snuggle bunny is Johanna

The winner of the amazing Underduck celebratory banner is Enid

Thanks to everyone for your support of Raising Madison! Winners, you will receive an email from us shortly, Congratulations!

Strawberry Fest & Cannery Square Block Party

If you love strawberries, you’ll LOVE the 23rd annual StrawberryFest this Saturday, June 19, from 8 am – 3 pm. Come join the fun and taste the excitement. From the StrawberryLand Children’s Carnival and 5K/10K Run to the Indoor/Outdoor Craft Fair to bountiful berries served in every imaginable way, everything is always sweeter at StrawberryFest. You can find more information about Strawberry Fest including a schedule of events on the Colonial Club’s website.

And while you’re there, make sure not to miss the party of the year in historic downtown Sun Prairie! Join us on Saturday, June 19 from 11 am – 8 pm at Cannery Square Plaza in downtown Sun Prairie for the Cannery Square Block Party!

There’ll be great food, face painting, bounce castle, rock climbing, fun and games, and much more! A free shuttle to the Colonial Club will be available for Strawberry Fest.


Hosted by the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District.