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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:16:06 CDT


How my husband and I stay connected when we travel with kids

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 13:06:00 CDT

Travel with kids is not always easy, but making sure you're still connecting as a couple always makes for a better, more relaxing trip, helping elevate the fun while also alleviating some of the hard. Here are five tips for staying connected.

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100 things for kids to do in Milwaukee

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:01:00 CDT

This list features fun stuff in and around Milwaukee for kids of all ages. From smelling the roses at Boerner Botanical Gardens to visiting Old World Wisconsin, this list is chock full of suggestions to keep your little ones entertained all year long.

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Brinn Museum named one of 15 national Designated Making Spaces Hubs

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:30:00 CDT

The Betty Brinn Museum was selected as one of 15 organizations in the country to participate as a designated Making Spaces Hub, an innovative program partnership between Google, Maker Ed and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh that supports maker-centered learning in schools and STEAM education.

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Release your inner Griswold with the 2018 sledding guide

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 07:01:00 CDT

Look out the window and you can see that it's time to bring the sled back down. OnMilwaukee is happy to provide you with a list of some of the best sledding hills in the county.

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Kids' birthday party guide, 2018

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 14:05:00 CDT

Whether your kid is more bouncy or more craft-oriented, there's a Brew City birthday party that can accommodate his / her wishes - and hopefully your budget.

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Dogtopia opening this fall

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:02:00 CDT

Dogtopia, a daycare, boarding, grooming and spa service for dogs, will open in the former Sunseekers spot, 2420 E. Capitol Dr.

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Shorewood hosts first "Shorewood Chill"

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:05:00 CDT

Ice skating in Shorewood is a longtime tradition and in honor of that, a group of dads who call themselves "The Lake Bluff Ice Captains" decided to organize "Shorewood Chill."

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Chicago travel blogger mom finds big fun in Milwaukee

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:03:00 CDT

We've read a lot of travel articles about Milwaukee and often see the same ol' same ol' suggestions. But this one really rang true. It's written by a Chicago mom named Kristen Maxwell who really seems to have explored Brew City and discovered solid and original places to hang out.

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Having a second child could have killed her, instead he saved her life

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 14:04:00 CDT

Linda Sackett, who owns O'Lydia's in Walker's Point, was told not to have a second child because of a kidney condition. Four months ago, that child saved her life.

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Discovery World announces $18 million expansion

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 13:32:00 CDT

Discovery World announced a major expansion and renovation today that will add nearly 20,000 square feet of public space to the museum, which sits on the lakefront at the foot of Clybourn Avenue.

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"Grandma Book" series teaches kids culture, compassion

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:56:00 CDT

Milwaukee's Raejean Kanter - aka "Grandma Book" - recently published her first-in-a-series of travel books for kids called "Grandma Book Travels: Vietnam."

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Uptick in deportations leads undocumented parents to make plans for children

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 14:56:00 CDT

Since the start of the Trump administration, undocumented people across the state of Wisconsin have been filling out Power of Attorney forms (POA), Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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Taking teens to the zoo

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:24:00 CDT

As children become tweens and teens, it makes sense to let go of some activities, but don't let go of a trip to the zoo. Here are some dos and don'ts for teen time with wild animals.

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Create a Super Reader and prevent your child taking the "summer slide"

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:19:00 CDT

It's that time of year again. The time when I'm thrilled that my kids are thrilled to sign up for Milwaukee Public Library's Super Reader summer reading program.

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Report: MPS faces "revenue challenges, renewed expenditure pressures"

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:34:00 CDT

According to a new Public Policy Forum report, Milwaukee Public Schools again "face(s) revenue challenges and renewed expenditure pressures," which are reflected in its FY18 budget.

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6 reasons to send your kids to summer school

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:04:00 CDT

When I was a kid, summer school was thought of as a place for slackers and ne'er-do-wells, and kids that struggled to keep up during the academic year. Now, I think summer school can be valuable to everyone, from the lagging learner to the valedictorian.

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Bounce into Brown Deer's Rockin' Jump

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:10:00 CDT

Bouncing is good medicine - and there are certainly a number of facilities to remedy cabin fever, technology overload, lethargy or just the need for both feet to be off the ground at the same time. And this weekend, Rockin' Jump in Brown Deer opened.

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A Mother's Day tribute to swearing like a mother

Sun, 14 May 2017 10:06:00 CDT

On the heels of the new Kraft Mac and Cheese ad starring swearing expert Melissa Mohr, I feel the need to admit that I swear like a Merchant Marine - and that I probably taught my young daughter some choice words back in the day too.

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Julie Davidson keeps it real in new book about parenting

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Julie Davidson didn't set out to write a book, but she did, and now her mission is to "lower the bar for mothers." She will read excerpts from her book "From Conception to Confusion," on Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Mayfair. Just in time for Mother's Day!

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Bradley Tech gets MPS' second high-tech fabrication lab today

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:45:00 CDT

Less than a week after Washington High School for Information Technology opened its new "Fab Lab," thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), another MPS high school is launching one.

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Can you help find Auer Avenue School's oldest alumnus?

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:46:00 CDT

As Auer Avenue Community School prepares to celebrate its 105th anniversary next month, the community is trying to find the oldest living alumnus of the school, which opened in 1903 and is located at 2319 W. Auer Ave.

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Spring break means you can play with food at Milwaukee Public Museum

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:02:00 CDT

Because Milwaukee Public Museum is cooler than parents, it's encouraging you to play with your food this year during spring break, which - for Milwaukee Public Schools - is April 10-14.

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Critics fear MPS uniform policy will fail to achieve its goals

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 17:06:00 CDT

Critics of a new MPS policy requiring uniforms say it will not accomplish its goals to contribute to a positive school environment by minimizing bullying and lowering costs for low-income families, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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Wisconsin Montessori Association conference hosts a talk on "THE TALK"

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:11:00 CDT

Dr. Sharon Maxwell, a clinical psychologist, will address the public at a free event on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at MacDowell Montessori School, 6415 W. Mt. Vernon Ave., titled, "In a Hyper-Sexualized Culture, We CAN Raise Healthy, Responsible Kids: It's Time to Have THE TALK."

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Kids questions for the Milwaukee County Zoo

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Last week, my kids hit me with a flurry of questions about the Milwaukee County Zoo. I directed their queries to Jennifer Diliberti-Shea, public relations coordinator for Milwaukee County Zoo, and she came back with some answers.

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Reagan High School students gear up for Galapagos Islands adventure

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 13:06:00 CDT

At the beginning of the school year, Reagan High School science teacher Molly Schuld dreamed of taking students on a trip to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. Now it appears that her dream will come true, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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Parents of twins share wisdom with Beyonce

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 20:03:00 CDT

By now you probably know that Beyonce is pregnant with twins. Hence, multiple parents chimed in this evening with "twinning" advice for the already-famous bey-bies.

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Woman hears mother's voice for first time in 16 years thanks to Botox

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 09:04:00 CDT

Two days ago, Jessica Kaminski heard the voice of her mother, Yvonne Kaminski, for the first time in 16 years. "I'm just in shock right now, but so happy for my mom who is so full of life and energy and now she has a voice that matches that," Jessica says.

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Have yourself a very merry "mocktail"

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:04:00 CDT

For those who are fond of getting festive without any unfortunate day-after fuss, non-alcoholic beverages do exist. The Internet is runneth over "mocktail" recipes, and here are a handful of products that will put some fizz, but not post-drinking fizzle, into your holiday cheer.

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Slice of Ice skating rink opens Downtown on Tuesday

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 12:12:00 CDT

Slice of Ice, the skating rink in Red Arrow Park, 920 N. Water St., reopens for the season at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Milwaukee County Parks announced today.

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Betty Brinn Museum's popular "Big League Fun" exhibit extended

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 19:01:00 CDT

The new Big League Fun exhibit at the Betty Brinn Children's Museum debuted on Nov. 18 and has been so popular among families that it's already been extended to next March. Milwaukee is the exhibit's first stop on a traveling, four-year national tour.

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Help give the gift of education

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:09:00 CDT

Today is Giving Tuesday and thus I'm re-sharing this post from December 2013 about how you can use Donors Choose to help out a local public school.

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MPS' Driver comes into her own with bold schools plan

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 17:06:00 CDT

Last week, MPS unveiled a multifaceted reform plan that, if implemented, would upend two decades of anti-public school sentiment among Wisconsin legislators - and it shows that Dr. Darienne Driver is not just any old MPS superintendent.

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Wisconsin voters overwhelmingly approve school funding referenda

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 08:55:00 CDT

On Monday, I posted about the 67 school referenda on the ballot across the state in Tuesday's election and this morning I wanted to follow-up with some results.

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Nearly 16% of Wisconsin districts seek revenue boost on Tuesday's ballot

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 08:14:00 CDT

According to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, of 67 school referendums up for a vote on Tuesday, 25 find districts asking taxpayers to approve exceeding state-imposed revenue limits. Fourteen seek the right to temporarily exceed those limits and another 11 hope voters agree to exceed them permanently.

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MPS launches new MPS C.A.R.E.S. initiative to give young people a safe place

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:30:00 CDT

Milwaukee Public Schools launched a new initiative, MPS C.A.R.E.S., today to provide safe places for young people to go and additional access to wellness resources for youth and families.

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Herzfeld Foundation donates $50,000 to City Year MKE

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:10:00 CDT

Herzfeld Foundation grants $50,000 to support City Year Milwaukee's efforts in 11 Milwaukee Public Schools to increase the number of students who stay in school and on track to graduate. City Year is an education-focused organization that places young adults in urban schools to serve as full-time tutors, mentors and role models for students.

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After OSPP victory, MTEA sets sights on increased funding

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:16:00 CDT

Despite the recent news that the Milwaukee Public Schools district is not subject to the Opportunity Schools Partnership Program in 2016-17, MTEA President Kim Schroeder said the work is not done, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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Author Tarney gives voice and visibility to gender non-conforming children

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:06:00 CDT

As author of "My Son Wears Heels," Julie Tarney provides support for parents of gender non-conforming, non-binary, trans and queer children. But what does it mean to be "out" as a family in today's America? Tarney and her son Harry Hanson explain in their own words.

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It's time for anti-MPS lawmakers to acknowledge reality

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:06:00 CDT

The change in designation for MPS suggests two things. One, we now have better evidence that the disdain toward MPS is clearly undeserved. Two, lawmakers would better serve our children by working with MPS on its internal reforms rather than against it.

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Discovery World and Greater Milwaukee Foundation open "Physics and You" exhibit

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:56:00 CDT

This fall, Discovery World and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation open "Physics and You," an exciting, fun and hands-on permanent exhibit that explores gravity, aerodynamics, lift and drag, electricity and electromagnetism, and Newton's Laws of Motion.

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Northwestern Mutual enables Milwaukee middle school girls to become CyberGirlz

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:29:00 CDT

Thirty 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls from Notre Dame School of Milwaukee will make a trip to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for CyberGirlz, a technology day camp hosted on the university's campus and sponsored by Northwestern Mutual.

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Safety is number one at KeyLime Cove

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 19:45:00 CDT

During a recent trip to KeyLime Cove in Gurnee, Illinois, senior writer Molly Snyder was impressed with the waterpark's commitment to health and safety.

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MPS' Bradley Tech opens doors to show positive developments

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:20:00 CDT

While it's true that Bradley Tech High School, 700 S. 4th St., in Walker's Point has been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent years, there have also been many positive developments there. See for yourself at Tuesday's open house, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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LEGO KidsFest brings a mountain of bricks to Wisconsin Center

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:02:00 CDT

It's been four years since LEGO KidsFest has been to Milwaukee, and during that time, the LEGO craze has grown and grown. The event is back in town and we caught up with master model-builder Chris Steininger to find out what we can expect to find at KidsFest.

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Elite's flexible Quad space aims to keep kids and parents moving

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:02:00 CDT

Driving past, you might not really notice the changes at the Elite Sports Club-River Glen, 2001 W. Good Hope Rd., in Glendale, which was built as Le Club in 1972 and purchased by Elite in 2012. But on the inside, it seems that everything is changing.

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Op-ed: Why I chose and support public schools

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:06:00 CDT

We hear a lot about "school choice" in reference to voucher schools and other educational options. Nevertheless, I'm eager to share why my husband and I chose public schools for our kids - and why I'll continue to support them.

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High school cell phone policies suffer disconnect

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:02:00 CDT

Milwaukee high schools have very different policies on cell phone use on school grounds. It seems high school cell phone policies are a microcosm of the differences between city public schools, suburban public schools and private religious schools.

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SOS Wauwatosa hosts Support Our Schools Fall Forum on Oct. 3

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:56:00 CDT

Support Our Schools Wauwatosa (SOS) will host a free "Support Our Schools Fall Forum" to help parents and citizens understand concerns about funding shortages for K-12 schools in Wauwatosa and across Wisconsin on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

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WILL argues we should destroy MPS to save it

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:06:00 CDT

Last week, WILL's Will Flanders posted the third and final installment of this series of policy proposals, in which he argues that the state must destroy MPS in order to save it. His weapon of choice is immediate full-scale implementation of the OSPP.

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