Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Summer Family Events Calendar

Minnesota Marine Art Museum • Every Tuesday • 800 Riverview Drive
• Kids are free on Tuesdays. Titanic display until July 8. More info: 474-6626 or minnesotamarineartmuseum.org

Municipal Band Concerts • Wednesdays at 8 pm from June 13 – Aug 22 • Bandshell, Lake Park, Winona
• Enjoy a free bedtime concert; band practices begin at 6:30.

Summer Reading Programs • Children’s Department, Winona Public Library
• Monday Group Activities: Chimps (ages 6-8) meet 10-10:30am; Gorillas (ages 9-11) meet 10:45-11:15 am. Tuesday Storytimes: Family Lapsits for Howlers (babies & toddlers) meet 10 - 10:30 am; Baboons (3-5 year olds) meet 10:30-11 am or 1-1:30 pm. Also enjoy special guest storytellers from KinderMusik and the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Tuesday Family Night Pajama Parties: 6:30-7 pm. Bring the whole jungle for stories, games or crafts, and a bedtime snack. Sign up is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. More info: 452-4592 or www.WinonaKids.org

Summer Performance Series • Art Room, Winona Public Library
• RadZoo Thurs, June 7, 6-7 pm. Circus Minimus Puppetry Wed, June 13, 10:15-10:45 am. Entertainer Bob Kann Wed, June 20, 10:15 -10:45 am. Music by The Flyers Wed, June 27, 10:15-11 am. Storytellers Wonder Weavers Wed, July 11, 10:15 -11 am. MN Zoomobile Wed, July 16, 10:30-11:15 am. Musician Hans Meyer Wed, July 23, 10:15-11 am. More info: 452-4592 or www.WinonaKids.org

Great Dakota Gathering and Homecoming • Sat, June 2 & Sun, June 3 • Jaycees Pavilion, Lake Park, Winona
• Dakota ceremonies, singing, drumming, dancing, and feasting. Saturday; learning tent (presentation of Dakota culture and history). More info: http://www.dakotahomecoming.org/

Summer Garden Project • Mondays starting June 4, 6:30-8 pm • 1664 Kraemer Dr., Winona
• This free program sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and Winona County Master Gardeners gives kids ages 5-15 the chance to plant, grow, and harvest vegetables and flowers in the Redeemer/Land Stewardship Community Garden, as well as to learn about nutrition through arts and crafts. More info and to register: 452-4440

Whitewater Open House • Sat, June 9, 9 am-4 pm • Whitewater State Park (3 miles south of Elba on Highway 74)
• Free park admission. Also, during the 9th annual Take a Kid Fishing Day, guides will help youngsters, 5 to 15 years old, learn how to trout fish. Lunch is provided. Participants will receive a small, starter tackle box. Call for time and reservations: (507) 932-3007 ext. 0

Strawberry Festival • Sun, June 10 • Sinclair Park, Winona
• Kids’ games, food, and music. Sponsored by St. Martin’s Church.

Winona Steamboat Days • Wed, June 13 – Sun, June 17 • downtown Winona and various locations
• Events include: Kids’ Power Pedal Pull and Milkmobile (6 pm Wed, Center & 2nd St.); kids’ fishing contest (10 am-1 pm Thu, Lake Winona at Franklin St.); kiddie parade (10 am Fri, Lake Winona bandshell); children’s concert (11 am–1 pm Fri, Lake Winona bandshell); hydroplane boat racing (Sat & Sun afternoons, Lake Winona); Grand Parade (12:31 pm Sunday, Broadway St.). For a complete schedule and more info: http://www.winonasteamboatdays.com/

Kids’ Concert in the Park • Fri, June 15, 11 am – 1:30 pm • Central Park, Winona
• $1 hot dog lunches; Rusty’s Rocking Jamboree starting at 11:30. Lunch starts at 11 am.

Cinderella Kids • 1 pm and 3 pm shows on June 16, 17, 23 and 24 • La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 5th Ave N
• Adapted from the animated film. $6. More info: 608-784-9292 or http://www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org/

Riverfest • Wed, July 4 - Sun, July 8 • Riverside Park, La Crosse
• Fireworks, food fair, kids’ games and entertainment, crafts, and live music. $5 button required for ages 12 and over. More info: 608-782-6000 or http://www.riverfestlacrosse.com/

Minnesota Beethoven Festival • Sat, July 7, 7:30 pm • Bandshell, Lake Park, Winona
• The Minnesota Orchestra will put on a free sunset pops concert. Information about additional concerts during the festival: http://www.mnbeethovenfestival.org/ or 457-1715

Winona County Fair • Wed, July 11 – Sun, July 15 • Winona County Fairgrounds, St. Charles
• Food, animal contests, arts, crafts, rides, and entertainment. $4 parking fee. More info: http://www.winonacountyfair.com/

Lake Winona Jazz Festival • Sat, July 14, 11 am – 6 pm • Jaycees Pavilion, Lake Park, Winona
• Four jazz bands perform for free: 11 am-noon students from WSU Jazz Camp; noon -2 pm Barbary Coast; 2-4 pm Gate City; 4 – 6 pm Turkey River All-Stars. Food and non-alcoholic beverages available.

Delta Queen Docking • Fri, July 13, 1 pm–5 pm • Levee Park, Winona
• Docking dates and times are tentative, depending on river conditions; confirm with the Visitors’ Bureau at 452-0735

Huck Finn Days • Fri, July 20 & Sat, July 21 • Downtown Winona
• Kids’ activities and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Kids’ Concert in the Park • Fri, July 20, 11 am-1:30 pm • Central Park, Winona
• $1 hot dog lunches; Ron Sacia and the Fat Daddys offer Dixieland Jazz starting at 11:30. Lunch starts at 11am.

American Queen Docking • Sun, July 29, 1 pm-5 pm • Levee Park, Winona
• Docking dates and times are tentative, depending on river conditions; confirm with the Visitors’ Bureau at 452-0735

Children’s Summer Festival • Thurs, Aug 9, 4 - 7 pm • Myrick Park, La Crosse
• Includes kiddie rides, zoo, huge playground, and other children’s activities. More info: (608) 784-8125 ext 231

Kids’ Concert in the Park • Fri, Aug 10, 11 am – 1:30 pm • Central Park, Winona
• $1 hot dog lunches; Bob the Beachcomber gets kids moving at 11:30. Lunch starts at 11am

IrishFest • Fri, Aug 10 – Sun, Aug 12 • Southside Fest Grounds, 2nd St. and La Crosse St., La Crosse
• The Wee Folks Area provides games and activities for lads and lasses including lessons on Irish dance, sheep shearing, songs, and storytelling. Fri, 11 am-7 pm; Sat, 11 am-7 pm; Sun, 11 am -5 pm. $7 adults, $5 ages 5-12. More info: http://www.irishfestlax.org/

Goodview Days • Fri, Aug 17 – Sun, Aug 19 • Goodview
• Dances, kids’ games, kiddie parade, Firemen’s Water Fight, grand parade. More info: 452-1630 or http://www.goodviewdays.com/

Great River Folk Festival • Sat, Aug 25 & Sun, Aug 26 • 11 am-4 pm • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus
• This family-friendly event preserves and promotes traditional and contemporary folk culture through music, crafts, dance and food. Lots for children—crafts, music, storytellers, jugglers, face painting, healthy snacks, reptile viewing. More info: 608-784-3033 or http://www.greatriverfolkfest.org/

Register for Early Childhood Family Education classes
• Both parents and their small children (birth – age 5) benefit from early childhood education classes. Kids can play and do crafts with parents and early childhood educators, while parents learn to build strong relationships with their children. Gear up for fall by registering for classes; watch the mail for the Community Education brochure, which contains registration information, or call 494-0913

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Monday, May 14, 2007

May Family Programs at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum

Family storytelling:
Under the Sea

Saturday May 19, 9-10 am

As Sebastian would say, “Just look at the world around you, right here on the ocean floor. Such wonderful things surround you! What more is you lookin' for?” (Disney’s Little Mermaid) See why the clam likes to jam and the snail likes to wale as volunteers share sea stories in front of original artworks. Stories followed by a short art project. All ages welcome but stories are geared to ages eight and under. Sponsored by TARGET

Toddler Tuesday

Tuesday, May 22 10:30 am-Noon (come and go as you please)

Attention all Toddlers (not yet in kindergarten)! Grab your favorite grownup(s) and head over to the Museum for a kid-friendly discovery day the galleries! Expect to do some activities, projects, exploring and more! This busy morning will engage you in a variety of ways, and even give you and your grown up something fun to think about the next time you visit! Sponsored by

Thursday, May 10, 2007

May Family Events Calendar

Apple Blossom Drive • early May • Apple Blossom Drive, La Crescent
• A 17-mile loop off Hwy 61 featuring great views of apple orchards in full bloom; two miles outside La Crescent, a pull-off overlooks the Mississippi River. More info: La Crescent CVB, 800-926-9480 or www.lacrescent.com

Circus • Thu, May 3, 4:30 & 7:30pm • National Guard Armory, 1303 Homer Road, Winona
• Elephants, white tigers, camels, acrobatic dogs, liberty ponies, horses, plus aerial, juggling and clown acts. $12 per adult; 2 free kids (14 and under) tickets with a paying adult; $2 each additional child; More info: www.circuspages.com

Arabian Youth Show • Sat, May 12 & Sun May 13 • Minnesota Equestrian Center (off Hwy 43, take Hwy 21 west 1 mile)
• More info: (608) 435-6405 or www.minnesotaequestrian.com

Riverside Family Fun Day • Sat, May 12 • Riverside Park, La Crosse
• Celebrate See America Week by attendiing this fun event for the whole family. Games, activities, food and much more. Free. More info: La Crosse CVB, 800-658-9424 or www.explorelacrosse.com

Deke Slayton Airfest • Shows at noon Sat, May 19 & Sun, May 20 • La Crosse Municipal Airport, La Crosse, WI
• 10th Anniversary Air Show featuring the Blue Angels and other air performers. Many ground displays. Advance tickets: adults $11 ($15 at the gate); children (5-16) $9 ($10 at the gate); under 5 are free; Tickets available at La Crosse Area Kwik Trip Stores, Quillins IGA Stores, Festival Foods/Skogen's IGA Stores & Onalaska Tourism Office or online at www.airfest.com. More info: 608-779-9994

Whalan Stand-Still Parade • Sat, May 19 10am – 3pm • Whalan, Minn. (5 miles east of Lanesboro on Hwy 16)
• In the nationally famous Whalan Stand-Still parade, the parade doesn’t move—the spectators do! Stroll along the parade route to enjoy food, music, games and more. More info: (800) 944-2670

Pedal and Play Community Carnival • Sat, May 19, 10 am – 1 pm • Lake Park Lodge
• This fundraiser for the Women’s Resource Center includes music, food and games. Bring your bikes and trikes and celebrate family fun for all ages. Registration fee: $15 individual or $35 family; registration begins at 9:30. More info: Women’s Resource Center 452-4440.

Minnesota City Day • Sat, May 19, 9:30am – 5:15pm • City Park, Minnesota City
• Events includes a craft fair; an antique tractor and small steam engine display; day long musical entertainment; the Winona Steam Calliope; children's activities; llamas; food court; the "Oaks" open house; 8 am pancake breakfast; supper and evening entertainment at the school. Free. More info: 689-4103

Wiggles and Giggles Day • Sat, May 19, 10:00-5:00 • Children’s Museum of La Crosse
• Explore three floors of hands-on exhibits including the NEW Wiggles & Giggles exhibit for kids ages 0-4; 20 DVDs will be given as door prizes to Museum visitors on May 19 and 20 while more will be awarded by random drawing of all memberships purchased/renewed in May. Each visitor on May 19 will also receive a FREE Fox Kids coloring/sticker book (while supplies last). More info: www.childmuseumlax.org or call (608) 784-2652

Sunfish Days • 5 pm Thur, May 24 – 9pm Sun, May 27 • 201 Rider's Club Road, Onalaska
• Kids’ fishing tournament, carnival, music, petting zoo, pet contest, pony rides, food vendors, and more. Parade Sat. at 12 noon (from Quincy and Sandlake Road to City Hall). More info: www.onalaskasunfishdays.com
Go Bananas at Your Library:
Starting May 29th, you can sign your kids up for the Summer Reading Program at the Winona Public Library Children's Department!

You don't have to spend a lot of money on gas this summer so that your kids can meet new people and visit exciting destinations! Sign them up for the Summer Reading Program and let them travel with their minds!
Kick-Off Event: 6-7 pm, Thursday, June 7th:
The RadZoo: the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo

Tuesday Mornings: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers Storytimes

Free Wednesday Programming: magicians, music, storytelling and more..

Click on the link below, call the Children's Department @ 452-4592 or stop by the library to get details about the Summer Schedule!


Join the Fun at the Pedal & Play Community Carnival!
Saturday, May 19th
10 am - 1 pm
Lake Park Lodge
Ride your bikes and trike for adventures at the Big Lake. Face painting, music, food, Frisbee golf, clowns, bike rodeos, and more....Proceeds from this event benefit the Women's Resource Center of Winona. For more information call 452-4440 or email wrc@luminet.net


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