Road Trip to Madison with Kids

Ah, Madison!  When isn’t it a fun road trip to visit Madison with kids?!

Whenever I return to Madison, it feels a bit like coming home.

Daddy O. and I called Madison home because we both went to college at UW-Madison. We first met on campus and actually lived in apartment buildings next to one another.  That’s the beginning of our love story in a nutshell.

Anyway, it is lovely to return to Madison as a couple and with our kids.

Most recently, we went as a family. I spent time with the kids at the Madison Children’s Museum.  It’s definitely one of our all time favorite museums that we’ve been to countless times through the years.

Now that our kids are getting older, they tend to gravitate to different exhibits, but still enjoy checking it out (yay)!

Madison Childrens Museum 2019

A few pictures from our visit to the Madison Children’s Museum

We love the rooftop garden with views of the state capitol (see top left image for a picture of my kids on the play structure on the roof).

I love the art space, where kids can create from a variety of up cycled materials. They made a raft and a sling shot with popsicle sticks and LOTS of glue.  At another station, daughter painted on the windows.  There are so many cool things to check out in the art area and throughout the entire museum.

It was our first time discovering this giant fish and a pretend play lake area.

We also checked out the Urb Garden this time, located right off of the lowest level.

Every time we go there, my kids pose with the animals near the front door.  This time they chose to hug and make a goofy face by the penguin.

Madison Childrens Museum penguins

Colorful penguin near the entrance of the Madison Children’s Museum

After playing and eating our packed lunch at the museum, we decided it was time for Babcock ice cream at Memorial Union.

We all picked a different flavor: chocolate, cookies and cream, chocolate peanut butter (my favorite), and mocha chocolate chip (pretty good).

And it wouldn’t be a visit to the terrace without a picture in the giant chair.

UW Memorial Union

Big Sister and Little Brother – so hard to get a nice picture. Mama and Daddy O. at the Terrace.

As you can see, even at ages seven and nine, we don’t always manage to have both kids smiling at the same time.

Daddy O. and I are pros though, even making a W with our feet!

Madison is such a lovely city, and we sure had a great visit as a family.  We may be grooming our kids to be future Badgers….just maybe.

#onWisconsin

 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

My husband will sing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” this time every year.  So what’s he celebrating?

Getting into the Christmas spirit WAY too early? Nope.

Happy about our kids going to school? Not yet…next year for our oldest

Just a musical guy? Not so much.

The source of his joy: Oktoberfest seasonal beers!

Our favorite beer comes from Capital Brewery based in Madison, Wisconsin. They make a delicious Oktoberfest variety that is only available for a limited time.  During the Packer game, we enjoyed brats and Oktoberfest beer…oh yeah, and some cheese with our salad.  At least the food and beverage were enjoyable, as I can’t say the same about the end of the game.  Here I am posing with the best beer:

Oktoberfest beer Prost

I went to the REAL Oktoberfest in Munich over ten year ago.  I took a side trip to Munich one early morning to hit the Oktoberfest grounds before taking a train to visit a friend who was part of my high school German exchange program.  Though it was early, there were still plenty dedicated beer drinkers there!  I explored the various beer halls and found one to drink ein’ Mass in.  I was incredibly impressed with the beer maids ability to carry so many of huge beers all at the same time.  I also enjoyed the festive music!  After downing one beer, I was done.  I simply walked to the train station and had a nap before meeting my friend.

Oktoberfest 2002

Enjoy the Oktoberfest beer while you can!  Prost!