Category Archives: Sports and Activities

team sports (basketball, baseball, volleyball, etc.)
family/individual sport activities (bowling, skating, swimming, biking, skiing, horseback riding, hunting, hiking, boating, etc.)

New Moves for Girls: Summer Program – La Crosse

The Y Teen Center will be offering New Moves for Girls again this summer and is looking for participants. This free program is designed to increase activity level, improve self-image, and nutrition in 8th-12th grade girls. New Moves provides an environment in which girls can be comfortable being physically active, regardless of their size, shape or skill level. This fun, interactive program will run for 8 weeks with a graduation in the 9th week (totaling 72 hours), June 26th through August 23rd, 2017. Girls receive a free 6 month Y membership as a part of being in the program.
 

“We have found that a diverse range of girls have benefited from New Moves,” Sarah Johnson, YMCA Mental Health Director says of this program that she has overseen for 7 years. “Girls have reported feeling much healthier and we have seen their social and relationship skills improve dramatically. Typically there is not a dry eye at graduation!”

For more information or to refer, contact Sarah Johnson at 608-519-5497.

Sarah Johnson
Mental Health Director – LA CROSSE AREA FAMILY YMCA
Community Teen Center (La Crosse)
Dahl Family YMCA (La Crosse)
R.W. Houser Family YMCA (Onalaska)
1140 Main St, La Crosse, WI 54601
(P) 608-519-5497 (F) 608-782-9616
(E) sjjohnson@laxymca.org (W) www.laxymca.org
The Y: We’re for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility

An “A” Gets You Free Admission at Noah’s Ark Waterpark During “A Days” 2017

Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, WI, as the self-proclaimed “America’s largest water park” is a favorite summertime treat for families. Many deals and discounts will help you squeeze more fun into your visit. By far, one of the most popular is Noah’s Ark Waterpark’s “Report Card A Days” which is a reward for excellent behavior, preparation and achievement for students.

Noah's Ark DarkVoyage

Any “A” or equivalent grade in any subject on a recent 2017 report card will get a student – from Kindergarten through College – in for Free during A Days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark.

(More details below.)

For 2017 – Report Card Days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells will be June 11th through June 15th, 2017.
 
(Regular Park Hours:10 am to 6:30 pm)

Noah’s Ark Waterpark
1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-6351
Get Directions

The weather forecast
may have ups and downs, but don’t let that scare you away. Sometimes when the skies are cloudy and the temps are cooler, the lines for the rides are shorter!

There’s lots to do at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. More than 25 attractions await you, from the water coaster, Black Anaconda, to drifting down Adventure River or splashing around one of the Kiddie Areas, Noah’s Ark is pure family-fun.

What qualifies for a student’s free admission during A Days?

Any A will do!

Show up on the designated days with an official student report card or transcript.

The document must show at least one A grade or the equivalent of an A grade from the most recent 2017 version that they can obtain.

Homeschoolers need to have a “bona fide” report card or transcript showing a grade equivalent to an A. Many parents have used forms found on websites like Donna Young or forms that they use for their record-keeping. What is important is that the document is real and unaltered; it cannot be copied or transferred to another individual or hand-created by the student.

You are only permitted to attend once on the A Days promotion. The report card acts as the admission ticket, so it is valid for one use only. To prevent multiple uses or device transfer, they need to stamp the actual paper report card or printed screenshot with name. Students get in free when presenting their most recent report card featuring any A in any subject!

You must follow the dress code and other rules of the park. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the park.

Noah’s Ark has over 250 trained and licensed Lifeguards stationed throughout the park to help you have a safe day. They even help you get on rides and provide “splashdown” assistance. Life jackets are available at the wave pools at no charge and are required in the wave pools for those under 48 inches tall.

Parents and relatives will have to pay regular admission in order to enter the park. Admission for the 2017 season is $38.99 Monday through Friday and $41.99 Saturdays and Sundays. admission applies for all guests 48 inches and taller. (There is no discount for those who will not be getting wet.)

Special admission days in 2017 include Grandparents Days (June 10th – 18th) and Fathers Day (June 18th).

Parking has gone up again, and this year will cost you $15 for the day. Or you can get Preferred parking closer to the gate for $20. There are handicap accessible spaces for those with a valid Disabled Person Placard.
Noah's Ark Waterpark

Get your report card and your swimwear, and head out to Noah’s Ark Waterpark for some fun!

Homeschool Days at Valley Fair

Looking for family fun?

Valleyfair near the Twin Cities is the Upper Midwest’s largest amusement park with more than 75 rides and attractions, coasters, rides and slides, the area’s premier waterpark to splash and chill, plus award-winning live entertainment and tasty treats. Your next family adventure is closer than you think!

What more could you want?

How about Valleyfair’s annual homeschool days each spring which offers steeply discounted admission to individual homeschool families?  Yes, please!

Homeschool Days June 2 – 11, 2017 **

Valleyfair is offering a special ticket price of $24+tax/person to all Homeschoolers and their families during their annual Homeschool Days.


Admission includes unlimited access to rides, shows, Planet Snoopy™ and Soak City Waterpark! (There is a per vehicle Parking Fee.)

Download and Print this FLYER  
You’ll need to bring this flyer with you to receive the special homeschool admission rate of $24 (+ tax) per person during Valleyfair Homeschool Days June 2 – 11, 2017.

**Valleyfair will be closed to the public for a private event on Sunday, June 4 *Price is subject to applicable taxes. *Regular Admission is $35 and up.

Present the flyer at any Valleyfair ticket booth on June 2 – 11, 2017 to receive the special rate!

Valleyfair
1 Valley Fair Dr.
Shakopee, MN 55379
952.445.7600
https://www.valleyfair.com/

Driftless United Athletics Soccer Opportunities – Viroqua

Join Driftless United Athletics for the following soccer opportunities in Viroqua!

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Click the image for the link to DUA’s summer soccer page!

 

TETRABRAZIL SOCCER CAMP
Hosted by Driftless United Athletics
AUGUST 1-
5, 2016
am to noon for ages 13-18
Polo and Ebbetts Baseball Fields
Ben Lawton Dr.
and Johnson St., Viroqua

TetraBrazil Soccer Camps offer American players the opportunity to experience first-hand the kind of soccer training that has made Brazil the most successful soccer nation in the world. The TetraBrazil Soccer Academy will teach your child more than just techniques and tactics. Each member of the TetraBrazil coaching staff will bring an authentic taste of the flair, passion, and creativity of Brazilian soccer to our camps. Typical sessions include: Brazilian Warm Ups, Fast Footwork, Individual Skills, Combination Plays, Brazilian Moves, 1 v 1 Attacking, Speed Training, Crossing & Shooting.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE AT WW.CHALLENGERSPORTS.COM
Or, print a registration form here: http://driftlessunitedathletics.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016-Tetrabrazil-flyer.pdf

 

DRIFTLESS UNITED CAMP
(also led by TetraBrazil Coaches, along with local coaches!)
AUGUST 8 –
12, 2016
9:00 to 11:00 am, ages 5-9
9:00 to 12:00 noon, ages 10-13
8:00 to 9:00 a
m, additional optional skills intensive for ages 10-13
Registration Form

FALL PRACTICE BEGINS August 15, 2016
Join a team now! NO REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED AFTER August 1st


*NEW in Fall 2016–U8 Teams for ages 6-7
U8 to U14 (ages 6-13) Registration Forms

High School Registration Forms ***Register by August 1st to SAVE $15.

Questions?
Contact DUA’s new administrator, Sofya Hundt, at hundt@frontiernet.net.

See you on the field!

Driftless United Athletics
http://driftlessunitedathletics.org/

 

 

Any “A” Will Do for Free Admission Noah’s Ark Waterpark During “Report Card Days”

Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, WI, as the self-proclaimed “America’s largest water park” is a favorite summertime treat for families. Many deals and discounts will help you squeeze more fun into your visit. By far, one of the most popular is Noah’s Ark Waterpark’s “A Days” which is a reward for excellent behavior, preparation and achievement for students.

Noah's Ark DarkVoyage

Any “A” or equivalent grade in any subject on a recent 2016 report card will get a student – from Kindergarten through College – in for Free during A Days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark.

(More details below.)

Noah’s Ark is proud to announce 2016 “A Days” Sunday, June 12th, Monday, June 13th, and Tuesday, June 14th

*Go here for the UPDATE for JUNE 2017*

(Regular Park Hours:10 am to 6:30 pm)

Noah’s Ark Waterpark
1410 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-6351
Get Directions

The weather forecast
may have ups and downs, but don’t let that scare you away. Sometimes when the skies are cloudy and the temps are cooler, the lines for the rides are shorter!

There’s lots to do at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. More than 25 attractions await you, from the water coaster, Black Anaconda, to drifting down Adventure River or splashing around one of the Kiddie Areas, Noah’s Ark is pure family-fun.

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{You also may want to check out the
special summer ticket deal of $10 per person that Wisconsin Dells neighbors, Mt. Olympus Outdoor Waterpark have going on until Labor Day 2016.)

What qualifies for a student’s free admission during A Days?

Any A will do!

Show up on the designated days with an official student report card or transcript.

The document must show at least one A grade or the equivalent of an A grade from the most recent 2016 version that they can obtain.

Homeschoolers need to have a “bona fide” report card or transcript showing a grade equivalent to an A. Many parents have used forms found on websites like Donna Young or forms that they use for their record-keeping. What is important is that the document is real and unaltered; it cannot be copied or transferred to another individual or hand-created by the student.

You are only permitted to attend once on the A Days promotion. The report card acts as the admission ticket, so it is valid for one use only. To prevent multiple uses or device transfer, they need to stamp the actual paper report card or printed screenshot with name. Students get in free when presenting their most recent report card featuring any A in any subject!

You must follow the dress code and other rules of the park. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the park.

Noah’s Ark has over 250 trained and licensed Lifeguards stationed throughout the park to help you have a safe day. They even help you get on rides and provide “splashdown” assistance. Life jackets are available at the wave pools at no charge and are required in the wave pools for those under 48 inches tall.

Parents and relatives will have to pay regular admission in order to enter the park. Children under 48 inches tall are $28.99, Children age 2 and under are free. Seniors age 55 and up with ID are $28.99. (There is no discount for those who will not be getting wet.)

Veterans and active or Reserve Military get FREE admission during Military Days June 1-30, 2016. Plus, Military Family members get half off admission during June 2016. Just bring your valid Military ID.

Parking has gone up in price again, and this year will cost you $10 for the day. Or you can get Preferred parking closer to the gate for $15. There are handicap accessible spaces.
Noah's Ark Waterpark

Get your report card and your swimwear, and head out to Noah’s Ark Waterpark for some fun!

New! Cross Country for Homeschoolers in Richland Center

Exciting news!

Cross Country Teams are available in Platteville, Sparta, and now Richland Center!

Cross country is a great, flexible activity that ​has many benefits.

If you’re interested in being involved in the new Richland Center Cross Country organization – even if you can’t make it to the organizational meeting on July 23rd – contact Doug Landsee at the phone number below.  ​

Hello,
My name is Doug Landsee and I’m starting a homeschool cross country team in the Richland Center Area with some interested homeschooling parents.

My background includes 24 years at Riverdale Schools as a high school/middle school counselor. I coached cross country for 21 years and track field for 25 years.

A cross country meet consists of a single run for the various grade levels; 7th and 8th (and sometimes 6th) grade run anywhere from 1.2 to 2 miles, high school junior varsity and varsity run 5K (3.1 miles).

Our age range would be 10 years to 18 year olds.  We gradually work runners into these distances in our practices.

We will have an organizational meeting on Thursday, July 23 at 7:00pm at the Brewer Library on the second floor.

I will answer any of your questions at that time.

We will choose a team name – some of the possibilities are Center Cyclones CC, Raging Roadrunners CC, Cruzin Cranes CC and possibly others.

We will also be choosing the team colors.

Our first official team practice would be August 12 at 3:30pm.  If you can’t make the meeting, please feel free to call me at 604-6486.

 

Summer is upon us…

Two quick things that you should know, now that school is out for the summer:

A lifeguard keeps watch on opening day of the newly renovated McCarren Park Pool on June 28, 2012, in Brooklyn, New York. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Report Card Days at Noah’s Ark Waterpark *Click here for the UPDATE for JUNE 2017*

As always, I suggest that you check with the park  before heading out. There may be more details that you’ll want to know.

Secondly, just a friendly reminder to watch your children closely. Water is a powerful force and drowning doesn’t look like you think it should.

Be safe and have fun!

 

Tri-County Athletics Offering Fall Volleyball & Basketball for Homeschoolers

Knights – Girls Volleyball
Flames – Girls Basketball
Blazers – Boys Basketball

Tri-County Athletics offers an opportunity for elementary through high school students to play competitive team sports.  Players come from a variety of backgrounds – public, private, and homeschool students have played on Tri-County teams.   Headquartered in the Westby/Viroqua area, and playing school and church teams throughout the general areas of La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, Richland, and Crawford Counties, Tri-County is already planning the 2014-2015 season with Girls Volleyball and Boys and Girls Basketball.

An Informational Parent Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Grace Church in Viroqua.

This meeting will cover policies, fees, the need for more coaches, and fundraising.

One important change for this year has to do with the fundraising projects to benefit families through reduced player fees.  Parents and players will now be responsible for coordinating and working those projects.  There is an IMPORTANT “fundraiser team” meeting on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10 AM at the Bloomingdale Community Center for everyone interested in structuring the who, what, and where of these fundraising efforts.  Without sufficient parental and player support, there may not be any fundraisers to reduce player fees.  Last year, TCA actually lost money trying to help families with player fees because they reduced more from the fees than was brought in through fundraisers.

If your son or daughter plays basketball there will still be the mandatory fundraising hours at The GYM, working the concession and admission stands.

As always, please forward this to ANYONE you think might be interested in Tri-County Athletics club sports.

Thank you,
Tri-County Athletics Board
Cathie Barton, Scott Benson, Jeff Coon, Rich Maurer, Chad Wagner
tricountyathletics@gmail.com

Kids Bowl Free Summer Bowling Program Starting Soon….

kids bowl free all summer long
The Kids Bowl Free Summer Bowling Program is available in our community and we thought that your family might enjoy this great deal.  Each child (up through 16 years old) receives 2 FREE Games of Bowling Every Day All Summer and last summer nearly 2,000,000 kids enjoyed this great program.

Here’s How You Can Register Your Children/Family

1.    Go to http://www.KidsBowlFree.com
2.    Click on the State and then select the bowling center that you’d like to participate at.
3.    Register your children to receive Free Bowling all summer long
4.    Sign up the adults and/or older children for the optional Family Pass which allows up to 4 adult family members including parents, grandparents, older siblings or an adult babysitter to join in the bowling fun.

Sincerely,
Southwest Wisconsin Homeschools

PS…Forward this on to friends and/or family members that may be interested in participating in this FUN Family Deal!

Snow Much Fun

snow Snow Much Winter Fun! 

Hmm. So apparently the Mayans 122112mayanaprilfoolsday were a bit off with their calendar prediction.  Or perhaps we’ve just been cut and pasted into “The Matrix” and life continues with the illusion that nothing ever happened…   Well, for a while there it seemed as if it could have gone either way.  (If you believe all the stuff on the interwebs. *wink*)

Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy our beloved Kickapoo River Valley–there are ice caves at Wildcat State Park and the Kickapoo Reserve. (Photo via Valley Stewardship Network.)

So that means full-steam ahead for today’s amazing  Winter Fun in Vernon County post, (HOORAY!) highlighting events at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve (La Farge), Norskedalen (Coon Valley), and Living Waters (Westby) – plus a couple of extra snowy Winter Fun tidbits when you get to the end…

Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center, S3661 State Hwy 131, La Farge, WI. Activities subject to change due to weather conditions.
Click the picture above to see the full schedule of activities.
Snow much fun for the whole family — and most of it is Free!

The KVR Winter Festival is a wonderful family/community event that highlights fun winter activities such as skating, sledding, skiing, archery, snow sculpture slide, ice cave hikes, birds of prey presentation, face painting, horse-drawn bobsled rides, snowshoe exhibit, Tri-state Malamute Club sled dog race, weight pull, and mutt race. La Farge Lions Club hosts an annual chili and bread contest for the public. A Kickapoo Quick Auction of goods and services produced in the Kickapoo Valley raises funds for the KVR Education Program.
For more information visit  http://kvr.state.wi.us/winterfest

Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Winter Workshops for Homeschoolers

Every Friday in February, 2013

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is hosting a series of Friday afternoon workshops in February for homeschooled students.  The Education Coordinator at KVR is currently a homeschool mom and is excited to present this series of fun, hands-on workshops.

Download the schedule here:
KVR workshops for homeschool feb 2013

If you haven’t had a chance to participate in the awesomeness that is the KVR, you definitely don’t want to miss this.  Some of the sessions are brand new, too!  Here’s an example of the classes being offered: Hands-on Chemistry, Birds in Winter, All About Owls, Winter Wildlife, Winter Wilderness Skills, Making a Field Journal.  There’s art, nature, music, science — and Ice Caves!

The KVR instructors are top-notch and provide a wealth of educational information.  Two programs for each age level (K-3 and 4th Grade and up) will run twice each afternoon.  Each child will be able to participate in both sessions offered for their age level.   Most programs will have an inside and outside component so please make sure that children dress for being outside in winter weather.  Each child will participate in both afternoon programs offered for their age level.

Cost: $5/child/afternoon. You may register your children for any or all Fridays.

Please contact KVR Education Coordinator, Jonel Kiesau to register your
child(ren)  Jonel.kiesau@wisconsin.gov  or 608-625-2965
Registration deadline: January 18, 2013

Here is the direct link to the workshop information: http://kvr.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=24057&locid=115

The registration deadline is January 18th, and programs will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
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norsk snow skate

Norskedalen
Nature and Heritage Center
Winter Education Days

January 30th, 31st & February 1st, 2013, 9am to 2pm each day.

Norskedalen’s Winter Education Days is an ideal way for your students to learn about winter wildlife, including topics such as habitat and survival methods, as well as human activity, recreation and safety in winter.  Students will be moving through approximately five stations throughout the course of a day; experiencing things like: flintknapping, snowmobile grooming and safety, snowshoeing, therapy dogs, winter pet care, sledding  – and hot cocoa!
Norskedalen Engum in SnowNorskedalen snowshoe

Don’t miss this opportunity to get outside, snowshoe, sled, and enjoy the season in a fun and educational setting.  Use Norskedalen’s  brand new snowshoes. Thanks to a grant by the La Crosse Community Foundation.

A full day of programming is just $5 per student.  Adults are $5.50 each. Any ages are welcome.  Please call Norskedalen at 608.452.3424 to register, or if you have any questions.

 

Homeschoolers:  you can call Norskedalen and register as an individual homeschool family or get a group of 15-20 homeschool friends together and go as a group!

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Snow Days at Living Waters Bible Camp

Enjoy an afternoon of Downhill Tubing, Broomball, Cross Country Skiing, and Ice Skating, with lunch and hot chocolate included.

2013 Living Waters Snow Days Schedule!

January 27
February 10
February 24

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $5.00/person (Max of $20/family)

No registration required.
Contact Living Waters Bible Camp if you have any questions.

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Camp Forest Springs
Winter Family Camp

February 10-13, 2013

Featured Speaker: Jay Seegert

Okay, so this is a bit further than I normally mention.  Camp Forest Springs is near Westboro, WI (97 miles northeast of Eau Claire/ 58  miles north west of Wausau.)

But it is in Wisconsin. And the featured speaker is someone I personally know!

(Some other time, maybe I’ll tell you the story of how Jay Seegert helped me come to know Christianity in a more meaningful way than I had ever done in my earlier life.  It has something to do with carbon. )

The three days include meals, plenty of recreational time to enjoy a wide variety of winter activities, and Bible sessions, one each morning and evening, geared to communicate to the whole family.

Activities include downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, (rentals available), tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and winter games.

Winter Family Camp February 10-13, 2013

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Just Some Snow Fun….

Snow Crystals  This site is amazing — all about snow crystals and snowflakes and their incredible complexity (science!) and beauty. There is a beautiful gallery of preserved snowflakes and ice crystals, and links to patterns to make real looking snowflakes out of paper, and activities like how to grow ice spikes in you freezer overnight.

Want to go where it’s snowing every day?  Visit Snow Day to make your own online snowflake to add to the snow day snowfall. My flake is # 11,487,626. Can you find it?

No two snowflakes are alike. Or are they?

Did you know that the shape of snowflakes is determined by chemistry?  Temperatures that each snowflake is exposed to changes the growth of the ice crystals as the flake makes it way through the air.

This short video from Bytesize Science will give you a nice overview of snowflake production and will help you understand why some snowflakes are unique, and why others aren’t.

Father/Son Weekend
January 25 – 27, 2013
Living Waters Bible Camp


A science-y link about snowflakes: 

THE SECRET LIFE OF A SNOWFLAKE: AN UP-CLOSE LOOK AT THE SCIENCE AND THE SPLENDOR OF NATURE’S FROZEN ART

Click here.

3-D Paper Snowflakes

3-D Paper Snowflakes
Click the picture for the step-by-step directions .

Go do something in the snow!