Kids for Peace at MCM, Saturday, Sept. 10

The Madison Children’s Museum is currently closed for Maintenance Week, but will reopen Saturday, September 10 to hold its 15th annual Kids for Peace event beginning at 10 am.

Celebrate International Day of Peace with art activities and youth performances outside and throughout the museum. Free outdoor performances will take place from 10 am to noon and indoor activities (free with admission) from 10 am until 4 pm.

The entertainment and activities schedule includes:
· Lowell Lizards Drum Troupe, 10 am

· Suzuki Strings of Madison, 10:45 am

· Forward Marching Band, 11:30 am

· Rich Baumann Concert on the Rooftop Ramble, 3 pm

· Peace Projects in the Art Studio, 10 am – 4 pm

In the event of inclement weather, outdoor activities will be moved indoors, and regular admission rates will apply. For visitor information, go to MadisonChildrensMuseum.org.

Madison Parks – Big Rig Gig

Fire Engines … Dump Trucks … Front Loaders … Skid Steers … Tractors!

Do your kids get excited when they see a big dump truck rumbling by or police car flying down the street? Put your imagination in gear, grab your Bob the Builder hard hat – and head on down to Madison Parks’ newest event, the Big Rig Gig, on September 17 from 9 am -noon at the Goodman Pool Parking Lot (325 East Olin Avenue).

Kids of all ages can climb on, explore, and get up close with their favorite big rigs including a skid steer, snow plow, tractor, cherry picker, front loader, fire engine, dump truck, police car, construction trucks, and much more! Get a chance to meet the employees who drive and operate these vehicles.

Schedule
9 am – 9:45 am: No Horn Zone
9:45 am – Noon: Noise Zone

Event Details
Admission is FREE! Concessions will be available. Limited parking will be available at the Goodman Maintenance Facility located behind the Goodman Pool at 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway.

Madison Public Library Fall Kidspages

The Fall 2011 issue of Library Kidspages is now available. Grab a paper copy at any Madison Public Library location or print it off from the web site. The Fall 2011 Library Kidspages lists all of the events from September 1 through December 31 for children ages 0-12 at the Madison Public Library. Copies in Spanish are also available here.

Want to receive notices of upcoming programs by age? Sign up for the email newsletters – Library Kids, Books for Five Year Olds, Booked for Teens, and others.

Pinterest

Do you know about Pinterest? It’s basically an online bulletin board with unlimited space and unlimited “pins” – a fantastic way to bookmark your favorite sites – and I LOVE it!! (and am ever so slightly addicted to it.) I think it’s something every parent should check out!

I only joined a few weeks ago, but have already found so many great activities and craft ideas for Milena. Cornstarch driveway paint has become a weekly “must” at our house:

I can’t wait for fall to arrive so I can make this labyrinth out of leaves:

I’m excited to have Milena make this hand print Christmas tree to hang in our home:

And these “kissing hands” are such a great way to remember your kiddos’ first day of school each year!

I’ve also found quite a few great ideas for myself and our home as well.

You need an invite to join Pinterest. I have a few, and will gladly e-mail them to the first few people who comment (please include your e-mail address). And I’m sure other RM mamas and readers will help out the rest of you!

And once you join, you can follow my boards here.

Elvehjem Boundless Playground

Those of you who have met Dahlia know that she’s pretty much a boundless fount of energy, in nonstop motion, and keeping an eye on her at many outdoor playgrounds can be quite an exhausting feat, especially given how pregnant I currently am.  So when my friend described the playground at Elvehjem Elementary to me, I immediately thought it would be right up Dahlia’s alley — and much more relaxing for me.

You see, the Elvehjem playground is a Boundless Playground.  Boundless Playgrounds are playgrounds designed to be inclusive of children and adults with mobility and developmental impairments.  This isn’t to say that the playground is perfectly 100 percent safe and boring — far from it!  I would have to say this is far and away the coolest playground in town.  It’s designed largely as a series of ramps, to provide access to kids and parents in wheelchairs.  But to kids who aren’t in wheelchairs, it basically amounts to a fun maze.  There were plenty of climbing surfaces and walls, but they all seemed perfectly set at angles where I didn’t worry that one misplaced sneaker would send Dahlia careening backwards through the air.  The ground surface is soft and pliable, not the gravel or shredded tires you find at most parks.  Dahlia was both well-contained and very stimulated.

The parents in Madison are luckier than most to have such a wide variety of great parks, but the Boundless Playground at Elvehjem Elementary is really a step above.  Building this playground was really a labor of love for neighborhood families, and it has paid off.  Dahlia didn’t want to leave, and I can’t wait to go back.

Elvehjem Elementary is located at 5106 Academy Drive in Madison.

Fall Half-Pint Resale – Sept. 9-10

The 8th Semi-Annual Half-Pint Resale is less than a month away! Half-Pint Resale takes place Friday Sept. 9 – Saturday Sept. 10 at the Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa Street). Public sale runs Friday from 2 – 9 pm (volunteers and consigners get to shop in the morning) and again Saturday 9 am – 12 pm, followed by the Half-Price sale from 1 -5 pm.

What is Half-Pint Resale?
Half-Pint Resale is a local, mother-run two-day children’s consignment sale held semi-annually in early spring and fall. Area families consign their gently used items, giving area families a unique, affordable way to purchase quality clothes sizes 0-7, toys and baby gear. Each sale ends with a half-price sale, which gives amazing deals on everything a family needs. The sale started in the spring of 2008 and has grown each year. In it’s third venue due to amazing growth, the sale features over 200 consignors each season. Area families love shopping at Half-Pint because they find amazing deals on high-quality fun items and consignors love it because they get big checks for items they no longer need! As one shopper said, “Christmas came early for this label crazy momma!”

You can find more information about the sale here. If you’re interested in volunteering or consigning, look here and here.

If you haven’t shopped Half-Pint before, make sure to look here to learn how to make the most of your time shopping at Half-Pint.

Food Allergy Awareness Walk

The Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin‘s Food Allergy Awareness Walk is this Saturday, August 13, at Warner Park.

FREE Registration – 9:00 am
Pre-register here.

Walk begins at 10:30 am

A paved 1.5 mile walk to raise awareness and funds for Food Allergy Programs in WI. Allergen Friendly vendors will be there to showcase products. There will be kids’ activities and a silent auction.

Honorary Chair – John Stofflet, NBC-15 Anchor.

Can’t be at the walk? Be a virtual team walker – You can still create an online walk team.

This event is near and dear to Raising Madison‘s heart, as Milena had a severe milk allergy (that she thankfully outgrew last year!), and Liam has a severe dairy intolerance/allergy and is sensitive to eggs (and his mom Mallory is very allergic to both).

We believe it’s important for everyone to become more knowledgeable about food allergies; especially what you can do to keep your kids’ friends (and their parents) feel safe and included during playdates and also when you’re out in public with food.

I often shared this video with friends and family when Milena had her allergy: 10 Things Children With Food Allergies Want You To Know (allergymoms.com)