Dynamite cures for children's winter boredom blues


Picture courtesy of the Northwoods Children's Museum

To say it has been a rough winter is an understatement. Cases of rampant cabin fever are evident throughout the Midwest. Though children do love to tackle winter head on, boredom figures in heavily as the season winds down.

Fortunately, here in the Northwoods there are several options to channel that exuberant energy into constructive, and dare we say, productive time.

The area is very fortunate to be home the Northwoods Children’s Museum. Located on Division St. in Eagle River, this community supported museum is chock full of things for kids (and their parents, too) to do featuring 24 hands-on activities. The museum is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $7 and there are also passes available for sale.

The Discovery Toy Store is also on the premises and sells a huge array of children’s toys that develop skill sets in everything from math to art. Proceeds from the sales of these toys go to fund the museum.

For more details, visit their website and be sure to download their brochure for a complete listing of featured events. For daily updates see them on Facebook. You also may call 715-479-4623 if you have any questions.

Do your children have a keen interest in wildlife and nature’s bounty? Manitowish Waters North Lakeland Discovery Center features several programs a month where children, seven and older, are welcome. The Discovery Center is a fabulous resource and, in their own words, “you will find learning adventures for adults, families and children – welcoming guests and members alike. From guided bird walks to canoe trips; pontoon cruises to cosmic campfires; and full-moon snow-shoe hikes to adult lectures and workshops; the North Lakeland Discovery Center provides lifelong learning and enriches the lives of residents and visitors alike.”

Natures Nook is open Monday through Saturday and features live animals as well as displays of furs and skulls and activities for children. Check out the monthly activities calendar for a wide variety of events that welcome children’s participation. Many of these events do require registration so check the calendar early.

There are 20 km of groomed trails for idyllic cross country skiing as well as routes for snowshoeing and hiking. Snowshoe rentals are available for $3 for adults and children (free to members). The Discovery Center is open as a warming facility and offers hot chocolate, coffee and restrooms.

Do visit their comprehensive website and keep up to date on their Facebook page. They are located at 215 County Highway W in Manitowish Waters and can be reached by phone at 877-543-2085.

The Campanile Center for the Arts is another rare find,  rich in fine arts resources and entertainment. The center features several children’s programs such as private art and music lessons scaled to the child’s ability. There are also group art classes offered on Saturday mornings.

For children third through eighth grade there is the Campanile Children’s Chorus which performs at various community events with the Lakeland Community Concert Band. Students also have recitals throughout the year.

During the summer the Children’s Summer Theater School and Children’s Summer Theater Workshop and are a great way to introduce children to the inside workings of theater.

This is just a sample sampling of their arts education. Classes are also offered in voice, guitar, flute, dulcimer, piano, violin (including Suzuki), banjo, brass, soapstone carving, drawing, painting, sketching in the Northwoods, book illustration, photography, acting and creative writing.

There are also local and touring performances in all the art disciplines offered throughout the year.

The Campanile Center for the Arts is located in the former St. Patrick’s Church at 131 W. Milwaukee St in Minocqua. Their phone number is 715-356-9700.  Read about their complete fascinating program at their website or see them on Facebook.

To learn more about area schools check out our webpage.


 Brought to you by:  Eliason Realty of the North, LLC  www.eliasonrealty.com 
Northern Wisconsin Real Estate with Offices in Eagle River and St Germain WI



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