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By Pamela Haase
Whenever a holiday rolls around there are always many fun, safe family events around Wisconsin and – if you celebrate it – Easter is no exception! Check out the following:

Wednesday, March 31 – Saturday, April 3
Teacher Place & Parent Resources, Burlington
Activities: Five different & unusual techniques to dye eggs: “classic, modern & awesome styles!” See website for times available.
Cost: $3 per person, children must be accompanied by a paying adult

Friday, April 2 – Saturday, April 3
Apple Holler Restaurant & Playhouse, Sturtevant
Big Bunny Weekend Celebration
Activities: Storytelling, hay wagon ride through the orchard, games, prizes, Big Bunny visit, pony rides, egg hunt
Cost: $7 per person

Friday, April 2nd
Branded at The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee
Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt
Activities: Search for eggs filled with grown-up prizes such as free drinks, also serving Pink Peep Martinis all weekend

Saturday, April 3rd
Milwaukee County Zoo
Egg Day
Activities: Scavenger hunt, face painting, arts & crafts, Easter parade

Children’s Museum of La Crosse
Easter EGG-Stravaganza
Activities: “Egg hunt, games, crafts and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Cost: $5 per child (members), $7 per child (non-members) Adults free

Easter Hat Parade 2010, Madison
Activities: Hat-making workshop, parade for kids & adults around the Capitol Square & live baby animals
Workshop begins at 10:00 am, parade at Noon

Boulder Junction Winter Park
Easter Cache Hunt
Activities: Introduction to geocaching, hunt for 12 caches, complimentary lunch to participants, wagon rides, prizes

Saturday, April 3 – Sunday, April 4
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Activities: Meet the Easter Bunny, egg hunt and workshops, Sunday brunch buffet


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Summer vacation is almost here and there’s a three-day weekend coming our way…  If you’re looking for affordable, old-fashioned family fun, check out these following fests across Wisconsin:

ArcadiaBroilerDaysArcadia Broiler Days, May 22-24
Events include parades, talent show, live music, softball & horseshoe tournaments, carnival rides & more!  Arcadia is located in Trempeleau County, just about midway between La Crosse & Eau Claire.  Where to Stay: the RKD Motel is located right on Main Street in Arcadia.  Nearby you’ll also find the Oak Park Inn & Historic Hopkins House in Whitehall and both the Clark House B&B and Sonic Motel in Galesville.


World’s Largest Brat Fest in Madison, May 22-25
Free music, rides for the kids + delicious (and only $1.50 each!) Johnsonville Brats – what more could you ask for in a Wisconsin festival?  Held at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center, this Fest kicks off with the Budweiser Clydesdales on Friday, May 22nd.  Where to Stay: Find over 60 Madison-area properties at WisconsinLodging.info.


Chocolate Fest 2009, Burlington, May 22-25
If your sweet tooth has been calling, head down to Racine county to Burlington’s 23rd annual Chocolate Fest featuring carnival rides, chocolate eating contests, Chef demonstrations, wine & chocolate tastings, fireworks and more!  Where to Stay: Check out the AmericInn Lodge & Suites just off Brown’s Lake.

FamilyKiteFestivalOn Lake Michigan, Milwaukee’s Family Kite Fest, May 23-24
Presented by Gift of Wings, the 22nd Family Kite Festival is a free event with free parking at Milwaukee’s Veteran’s Park.  Watch professional kite performances, learn to fly kites, plus kids can even make their own kite!  Where to Stay: Browse more than 65 Milwaukee-area properties at WisconsinLodging.info.

Onalaska Sunfish Days, May 21-25
From carnival rides at the Midway to Bingo, to softball & volleyball tournameSunfishDaysnts, this is one action-packed weekend of fun in western Wisconsin!  Kids can also get their faces painted, enter a fishing derby, and catch a parade. Parents, check out the beer gardens, Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament and the Euchre Tournament for some grown-up fun as well.  Where to Stay: Check out the Microtel Inn or the Rainbow Ridge Farm B&B, both with free continental breakfasts.  The Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, and Comfort Inn all feature indoor pools, and you’ll find Clearwater Cabins & Cozy Corner Cottages both on Lake Onalaska.


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