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Warmer weather means it’s park time! Here are 5 in the area
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The warm weather that’s just around the corner means it’s 702 S Randall Ave, time for kids of all ages to get outside for some fun and exer- Madison, WI 53715 cise. But where to go? 266-4732 Here are five places in southern Dane County that offer a range of outdoor opportunities. viewing the animals. The zoo has a new train and also a conHenry Vilas Zoo servation carousel. The Children's Zoo Barn is The Henry Vilas Zoo has fun-filled exhibits, classes, a 3,500-square-foot sustainable adventures, and rides to satisfy barn that uses geothermal technology, solar panels, radiant your playful side. The Tree House and Adven- floors, and an integrated rainture Play Area will have kids water collection system. The barn is located in the exploring and active as they discover all the neat places to Children's Zoo and is home to climb, crawl, swing and jump. goats, alpaca, and other animals In the Discovery Center and exhibited year round in both Herpetarium, you can see the indoor and outdoor exhibits. finest details of a screech owl’s Goat feeding is available seaPhoto by Anthony Iozzo skull, a python’s skin or a pen- sonally. Scenic places are abound in the arboretum part of Wingra park, which is Adjacent to the barn are close to the Henry Vilas Zoo. guin’s feather. Turn to Page 3 But the zoo isn't just for
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A map of the Henry Vilas Zoo lists all the major sites.
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outdoor exhibits featuring birds of prey and other birds and animals. The zoo train and conservation carousel are open in warmer months.
The crown jewel of the ChilThe electric train holds about 20 passengers and trav- dren's Zoo, the Conservation els through a tunnel around the Carousel, began spinning in perimeter of the children's zoo April 2006. animal exhibits and barn. The Carousel begins
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CSAs keep healthy options fresh
Robin Schmoldt and her family have participated in a Community Supported Agriculture for eight years at Tipi Produce in Evansville. The family, including Schmoldt’s husband Adam and daughter Emma, 2, lives outside of Verona but gets to travel to the farm where their daughter can try vegetables and see where they come from. That’s been an invaluable experience, said Robin, who works at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. The family, through the CSA farm, pays to get local organic vegetables May through November. They are major proponents for the CSA program. Robin gave some insights about CSAs, how it’s had a positive effect on their daughter and why other area families should jump at the chance to try it. price might be a bit of sticker shock for some folks, but broken down into a weekly cost, it really is quite reasonable, especially for the quality of proRobin Schmoldt duce you’re getting. Many CSAs offer an option to pay in multiple payments, to help ease that up front financial burden. As a general example, the price of a full Tipi Produce share this year is $720 for 26 weeks, midMay through early November. That’s a full span of the growing season at only $27.69 per week – for a full box of organic produce. For us personally, we split our share with another family, which is just the right amount of tasty, tasty vegetables each week. Our health insurance has a great Do you think the CSA has been costhealthy eating program and they effective for your family? Why? reimburse us $200 towards our Photo submitted I think purchasing a CSA has share each year. been tremendously cost effecEmma Schmoldt tries broccoli at Tipi Produce in Evansville. Turn to Page 6 tive for us. The initial purchase
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Steps to take before choosing a babysitter
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candidate. Prepare a list of questions to ask, but be open to letting the conversation flow naturally. Remember, not all sitters and nannies will “click” with all children. So if possible, include your child in the interview process to get a better sense of how he or she interacts with the potential caretaker.
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6 – Unified Newspaper Group CSA - Continued from page 4 What are some unfamiliar food you’ve been able to try because of the CSA that your family enjoys? RS: Until we got them in a CSA box, we’d never really given the wee salad turnips much thought if we saw them in the store. Now, they are a big highlight when they “turn up” in the box. Nothing beats early spring asparagus, which I’d only personally known as something mushy from a can as a child and couldn’t be cajoled into touching with a ten foot pole. The Asian greens (bok choy, tah tsai, etc) are also a favorite for stir fry. I’ve also learned to get very creative with different types of squash over the season…there’s more to life than just zucchini bread! And, celeriac may be the most alien looking thing that has appeared in the CSA box, but it makes an amazing soup. You’ve been able to visit the farm with your daughter. Tell me about that experience. This past October was our first visit back to the Tipi farm for the pumpkin pick event, after two years of missing out. Two years ago I was bed rest waiting for our wee one to be born, and last year her birthday party happened to coincide with pumpkin pick day. This fall, Emma was ready to go to the farm and she had an absolute blast. For us, it was wonderful to have a chance to start teaching her where good food comes from. For her, it was amazing to see a real farm and not just illustrations in her books. Emma's only 2, so she's still new to this forming lasting memories thing, but a week after her visit she would tell everyone she saw about how she “picked broccoli and ‘teematos’ and carrots and pumpkins”, so the farm obviously made quite the impression. Even seven months after the event, she still talks about it. RS: First and foremost, Emma got a chance to see how fruits and vegetables are grown. The wonder and amazement at pushing back a leaf and finding a bunch of tomatoes to pick, or gently tugging on some greens and having a carrot pop out of the dirt—that’s pretty cool stuff, especially to a kid. As parents, it gives us an opportunity to talk about good food in basic and concrete terms, in a way that makes sense to her. When Emma helped pick those vegetables, it gave her a sense of some ownership about food choices. She’s always been a pretty adventurous eater for her age, but she was really excited to eat vegetables that she picked. She had a hand in the selection of those foods. As Emma gets older, we can also engage in conversations about supporting local farmers and making food choices that are good for people and the environment. She already has What has she learned from the some pride in “her farm” — experience? we talk about how buying our vegetable box helps the farm
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March 27, 2014 grow veggies for lots of people to buy. You’ve made learning where food comes from a priority for your daughter. Why is this something that is important to your family? RS: I believe the earlier you start in teaching children about healthy eating, the more equipped they are later in life to make good choices. I want her to know that it’s good to try new things. What is your daughter’s favorite CSA item(s)? RS: Emma loves the peas, especially watching me shuck them from the pods. She also loves broccoli (especially sautéed with a little garlic), cauliflower, roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and corn. Can you tell us some examples of how eating CSA-based and/ or natural foods (fresh veggies, etc.) has affected your daughter’s interests and/or behaviors?
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March 27, 2014 RS: I decided early on that I’d make our own baby food. It was cost effective and easier than you might think. I could make the equivalent of about ten jars of pureed sweet potatoes out of one large sweet potato from our farm share. I knew where that potato came from, so I knew exactly what Emma was eating. That puree wasn’t stretched with fillers or preservatives, so it had flavor and color. This helped Emma develop a broad taste palate early on. Being at the farm has made her curious about things we see in the grocery store, especially in the produce section at the co-op. So, shopping trips have gotten a bit longer because we take the time to talk about whatever it is that has caught her eye. Both Adam and I have purchased random fruit or veg that Emma has picked out, and then we all try it out together. You mentioned that she likes carrots and broccoli. That’s pretty astounding for a 2-year-old, when many will only eat their vegetables if they know dessert
Unified Newspaper Group – 7 let Emma cue us when she’s full, so she learns to stop when she feels full rather than when a portion of something runs out. We don’t ban treats. For instance, Emma loves chocolate. Anything we can do to help her learn healthy balance now is all we’re aiming for. Do you think CSAs have become more popular in the Madison area since you started doing it? RS: Definitely. We used wedding gift money to purchase our first CSA share during the 2007 season, with Tipi Produce, and we’ve been back every season since. That first year, when I mentioned that we were investing in a CSA, some folks thought it was a new version of an IRA or a mutual fund. When I explained what it really was, I got some puzzled looks. Now, if I say I renewed our CSA for another year, people want to know what farm we’re with. During the summer, many of my friends will
Emma Schmoldt picks tomatos at Tipi Produce as part of the family’s CSA.
is coming next. Do you think a product of having fresh food in the house has helped balance out your children’s cravings for sugars like candy and cookies? RS: We decided together early on not to use food as a bribe and that we wouldn’t be a “finish your plate” family. I’ve read a lot of articles about “food battles” with toddlers,
heard stories from friends about their struggles with food based on experiences from childhood and we just didn’t want to go down that path. Our pediatrician wisely advised that looking for food variety over the course of a day or a few days with toddlers is a reasonable approach, rather than striving for balance with each and every meal. We also
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Tips to get your family to eat healthier snacks
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March 27, 2014 Continued from page 10 • Be aware of what your face is “saying.” Temper negative feelings because your baby is “feeling” them as well. • Infants let us know when they’ve had enough and it’s time for a nap by avoiding eye contact, becoming sleepy or fussy, coughing or rubbing his or her eyes. • Reading to your child from infancy stimulates language and cognitive skills, builds motivation, curiosity and memory and stimulates language development. • Babies learn best from people, not screens, and unstructured play time is more valuable for the developing brain than electronic media. Through unstructured, unplugged play, children learn to think creatively, problem solve, and develop reasoning and motor skills. Instead of screens, try to encourage supervised but independent play like exploring a set of nesting cups or pounding on a pot with a spoon while you are preparing dinner. • Healthy brain, healthy body. Keep a regular schedule of visits to the pediatrician to ensure your child’s physical, mental, and developmental and behavioral health is on track. Your child’s pediatrician can be a great resource. For more tips and free parenting resources, visit www.HealthyChildren. org. Raising healthy children means daily care, attention, comfort and love. Fostering such an environment early can help put your child on a permanent path of emotional well-being.
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March 27, 2014 Continued from page 3 that’s over a mile long and a new splash pad. The splash pad opened in August 2013. In it, water is sprayed, rained, poured and dumped from various play features. The pad has zero depth, so there’s no standing water to worry parents with smaller children. It is fully accessible and safe for all ages and abilities. The splash pad features about 5,000 square feet of “wet zone” and the total area, enclosed by an exterior fence, is around 20,000 square feet. Other amenities in the park include two softball diamonds, seven soccer fields, a full-court basketball, three play equipment areas (including Kids Crossing), six lighted tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts and an area for seasonal ice skating. The park also has five acres of tall turf grass in various areas. The park shelter is located on Chapel Valley Road and is the only shelter that has an indoor room and kitchen available to rent. The indoor shelter can accommodate up
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McKee Farms Park
2930 Chapel Valley Road Fitchburg The children’s zoo animal exhibit is home to Indian crested porcupines, red-necked wallabies, white-handed gibbons, white cockatoo, red pandas and meerkats. The 28-acre zoo offers free admission and parking, and receives over 750,000 visitors annually. It is next to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and the City of Madison’s Wingra Park and Lake Wingra. The park features playground areas and a chance to rent boats (canoes and kayaks) for use on the water.
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Troll Beach is one of the attractions of Mandt Park.
handle up to 152 cars. RestSouth Fourth Street rooms and a water fountain Stoughton are located at the shelter. Annual park events include concerts, Festa Italia, Fitchburg another 15 acres are backwaDays, and Pack N the Park. ters of the Yahara River. This leaves an area of 8-10 acres Mandt Park devoted to active recreation Stoughton’s Mandt Park is use. In addition to Troll Beach, home to the newly built Troll other park facilities include a Beach, which opens for the softball diamond with lights, summer season in June, noon – two lighted basketball courts, 5 p.m. daily. The beach is the play equipment, an open picnic result of a complete makeover shelter, a skateboard ramp and of the Mandt Park pool – what the Mandt Community Center. locals used to affectionately Troll Beach is located at 509 call the “mud hole.” Trained Mandt Parkway. lifeguards staff the beach. The city’s newly renovated Elver Park aquatic park offers a beach Elver Park spans 227 acres experience that includes clean in the southwest corner of city water, a sandy, zero-depth Madison and is the city’s largentry, large inflatable play est community park. Durstructures, pool chairs and ing the summer, the disc golf umbrellas and a rebuilt conces- course becomes the park's most sion stand. unique feature, but the softball New innovative play struc- diamonds, soccer fields, tennis tures are just a few of the courts and reservable shelters updates for the historic pool. are all very popular. Although Mandt Park is listThe city is building a new ed as 29.4 acres, eight acres are splash park will include an devoted to Junior Fair use while
March 27, 2014 the splash park area. The park also includes an onleash area for dogs and hiking areas.
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Lerner Conservation Park
Lerner Conservation Park
Burr Oak Avenue Village of Oregon honeysuckle and buck thorn. They’ve also planted more than 1,000 native plants. There’s an observation deck on the park’s east side overlooking the wetland, and bridges built by Eagle Scouts. Other Eagle Scout projects involved installing a raised boardwalk and constructing walkways and an outdoors classroom with a lectern and benches. More than 13 Eagle Scouts projects have been completed in the park. There are tremendous colors in the park at different times of the year and a variety of native plants, along with several bat houses. Lerner Park serves as filter and sponge for nearly 10,000 acres of land to the north and west of the village.
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The park shelter at Elver Park is part of the 227 acres it’s on.
featuring spray toys and fountains for children of all ages. It will be a free, public facility open during summer months 1250 McKenna Boulevard beginning in August this year. Madison The splash park will include water conserving equipment Hours: 4 a.m. – 10 p.m. such as a recirculating water daily capture and reuse system which will treat and reuse splash park approximately 3,000-square- water within the system, along foot interactive water attraction with associated amenities for
Lerner Conservation Park is a 60-acre area on the Village of Oregon’s west side. The park is a restored natural area with interpretive hiking paths. Over the year, the Oregon Rotary Club has invested more than $15,000 in the park and helped fund the construction of a boardwalk, observation deck, walking paths and outdoor classrooms. The park is largely a wetland area with raised boardwalks and bridges. It is a popular place for dog walking, bird watching and people with an appreciation of native plants and nature. It’s one of the area’s primary resting stops for migrating birds, and has served as a terrific educational opportunity for hundreds of elementary and middle school students. Oregon eighth-graders do field trips to the park to remove such invasive plants as
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