Activities in Waukesha to enjoy this winter

Jan. 8, 2013

The holidays have come and gone, and the cold has set in. But that doesn't mean you have to hibernate for the next couple months.

While the downtown was filled with holiday events in November and December through the Silver Bells events, there's still plenty to do:

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This three-day winter festival, which takes place next weekend, has something for everyone. There are 35 events countywide, including an ice-sculpting contest in downtown Waukesha, a magic show at the library, the frosty 5K Run/Walk, indoor ice skating, a geocaching treasure hunt and horse-drawn wagon rides, among others.

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Library Movie Nights

From Lego and Chess Club to a Read to Rover event in the Children's Performance Area to adult book discussions, the Waukesha Public Library has many activities for children and adults. In addition, the library has a Movie Night four nights over the next two months: Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25.

The free movies start at 6:30 p.m.; free popcorn is available. The first movie is "Men in Black 3," the second is "Trouble with the Curve," the third is "The Bourne Legacy" and last is "Pitch Perfect."

For more information on library events, visit

Toboggan runs

Toboggan runs are a must-do. The runs are open noon to 4 p.m. weekends. A daily chute pass is $8 per day if you have your own toboggan, while rentals are $9 per hour.

Participant waivers must be signed by all toboggan-run users or their parent or guardian.

Live entertainment

The Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., offers many options over the next couple of months.

"Seussical Jr.," produced by the Waukesha STEM Academy, comes to the theater with three shows at 7 p.m. Jan. 17-19. All ticket prices are $10.

That weekend, ACT Live, a sketch comedy show with performers ages 9 to 19, will also take the stage. There will be two shows Jan. 19, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. Shows are free.

Then, beginning with its first of 11 shows on Feb. 1, mystery thriller seekers can enjoy "An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestley. All open seats for every show are available online. Tickets range from $10 to $19.

And at 7 p.m. Feb. 14, there will be "Comedy Tonight: Love American Style. "Comedy Tonight" features musical, standup and improv comedy from a variety of acts and performers throughout the season. Ticket prices range from $6 to $10.

For a full list of events and to purchase tickets, visit or call (262) 547-0708.

Parks and Rec. classes

For those looking to get active and honor that New Year's resolution, the Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department offers numerous classes for people of all ages trying to stay fit.

For a complete list, visit the activity guide on the Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department's website.

High school dramas

Waukesha West is putting on Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" in February beginning with a show at 7 p.m. Feb. 8. There will also be shows at 7 p.m. Feb. 9, 15 and 16 and matinee shows at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 and 17.

The Catholic Memorial High School Drama Department is putting on the musical, "Grease," the weekends of Feb. 8-10, 15-17 and 21-24 with a Thursday night show the last week. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and the Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.


While not Division I, there's plenty of solid collegiate basketball in our backyard with Carroll University men's and women's teams representing Division III.

There are home games Jan. 15, Feb. 2, 9 and 16.

And the Waukesha South and West High School girls basketball teams each have players heading to Division I schools next year, and North is one of the up-and-coming teams in the area.

Museum happenings

A new exhibit, "America Celebrates! Quilts of Joy and Remembrance" is open at the Waukesha County Historical Museum.

A highlighted event coming up at the museum is the Frosty Luau from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 where families can view a hula show, drumming demonstrations, and Hawaiian storytelling with Holly Nagel's interactive performance "Aloha to You!" There will also be crafts and games around the museum. The event is free.

The museum will also hold a School's Out Day Camp: "Wondrous Winter" event Jan. 21 where kids can enjoy outdoor and indoor activities. Registration deadline is Jan. 17. School's Out Day Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register or for more information, call the education department at (262) 521-2859, Ext. 246.

Energy at Carroll

Carroll University's yearlong exploration of energy continues with the lecture "Energy: The Changing Landscape" by Gale Klappa, CEO of We Energies at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 in the auditorium at the Shattuck Music Center.

Five days later, there will be an event called "Experience the Energy of the Labyrinth, a walking meditation," from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Stackner Ballroom in the Campus Center.

Also on Feb. 6, there will be a labyrinth panel discussion on the philosophical, psychological and literary facets of an ancient symbol featuring John Garrison, assistant professor of English; Jeffrey Fisher, assistant professor of religious studies; and Christopher May, associate professor of psychology will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Oak Room, New Hall.

All events are free and open to the public.


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