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Fun with the kids; Madison schools closed 1/17/11

Most Madison area schools are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on 1/17/11.

If you're wondering what to do with the tweens, here are some fun activities:

Aldo Leopold Nature Center offers a Lunch Bunch option from 12 - 1 pm.
Website description: "Your child will relax and enjoy nature stories read aloud by our naturalists while eating lunch. Afterwards, we’ll burn off some energy playing games outside with a nature theme! Please bring a sack lunch; we’ll provide water and lemonade. $5/child. Please call 221-0404 x 1 for availability."

From 1 - 4 pm enjoy Clues on Snowshoes at ALNC!
"Walk like a lynx on snowshoes to track rabbits and other prey! We’ll learn how Wisconsin’s mammals adapt to the harsh winter environment as we learn about the true hibernators like the groundhog, deep sleepers such as the chipmunk and those active all winter long, like the fox! Then we’ll strap on snowshoes to search the trails for signs of wildlife wintering in the woods. If no snow is present, we’ll hike to observe animal signs on foot." All snowshoes will be provided or bring your own.
ALNC Members: $12/participant; Non-Members: $15/participant.

Attend the 31st annual "Tribute and Ceremony" (aka the "Official Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State Celebration) held at Noon on Monday, 1/17 in the State Capitol Rotunda. Highlights will include guest speaker, Michelle Alexander, award presentations, poetry readings and performances by numerous choral groups.

Head over to the Madison Children's Museum for a special Young Speechwriter's Workshop just for tweens aged 8-12 years old. According to the MCM website, tweens will "learn about MLK, practice silly tongue twisters, and write their own speeches about what their dreams are." At session's end, children will read their speeches aloud. The program begins at 3 pm.

Pump It Up in Fitchburg, the Inflatable Party Zone, offers 3 sessions of Pop-In Playtime for all ages on Monday, 1/17. Times: 9:15 am to 10:45 am; 10:45 to 12:15 pm or 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm. Each session = $8/child.

Check out the outdoor ice skating rinks and conditions here.

Happy Vacation Day, Madison!

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