Sunday, December 30, 2012

Yoga Class

Clip art via clkr

It's yoga time!  Grab your yoga mat and join other Family Club parents and caregivers for a weekly yoga class led by Becky Tesch.  The cost for the 8-week course is $50 for members and $60 for non-members.  Classes will be taught at the church, but exact room will be announced after you sign up. 

Payment can be made at the Family Club website (see side bar at right for "Pay Yoga, Winter Course) or by check at the first class.

The class runs from 6:00-7:15pm on the following Tuesday evenings:

Jan 15
Jan 22

Jan 29
Feb 5
Feb 12
Feb 19

Feb 26
Mar 5

Please RSVP (see your evite) so we may have an accurate count for the class, and contact Vanessa or Sheila if you need a babysitter. For an extra fee we can provide one, if there is enough interest.  

If you are a non-member, please email us at to reserve your spot. 

We hope you can join us! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

January Book Selection

The January book club selection is Life of Pi by Yann Martel. We hope you'll join us next month to chat about this pageturner. Click here to read a review of the book on blogcritics. The date and time of our next meeting will be announced as soon as we figure that out. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Party

Thank you to Kelty for preparing the adorable snowglobe craft for the cookie party. Also, thank you to Holly for the pin the carrot on the snowman game. Both activities were a hit with the kids! 

Holiday Schedule

Illustration courtesy of Sweet Clip Art. 
Here is our holiday schedule for December/January 2012/13.

We will NOT meet on:
Tuesday, December 25
Friday, December 28
Tuesday, January 1

Please note that we will meet on Friday, January 4th this year. 

2012/13 Directory

The Family Club 2012/13 Membership Directory is out. Thank you Sheila! If you haven't already picked up your copy, please ask for one at the next playgroup. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Milwaukee Art Museum Activities

If you're looking for creative things to do with your child this month, check out Milwaukee Art Museum's Kohl's Art Generation programs here.

They have several gift-making and story time classes coming up!

Note: these programs have no affiliation with The Family Club.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Club

Let's meet up for coffee and talk about this month's reading, NW by Zadie Smith.

I know some of you didn't get to finish the book (or maybe it's just me!). It was a  little longer than our usual picks and because it's a new release, the library only lets you check it out for a week. But no worries, we usually veer off topic anyway.

We hope to see you!

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012. 7:00 to 10 p.m.
Where: Alterra by the lake. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's a Cookie Swap!

Get out your favorite cookie recipe, we're having a cookie swap! This event takes place during regular playgroup hours on Tuesday, December 11th.

Bring a dozen and a half cookies to playgroup and we'll chow down while we play. Then we'll take some home!

We'll also do a special holiday craft for kids, so please be sure and respond to your evite. That way we'll have enough craft supplies on hand.

Here are some of my favorite cookie recipes...

Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Cookie Recipe
Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe
Seven Layer Cookies (make sure you start way in advance!)

Looks interesting, but I haven't tried yet ...
Stained-Glass Ornaments
Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Shira's Cranberry Thumbprints 

Some holiday classics ...
Gingerbread Man Cookies
Mexican Snowdrops
Christmas Sugar Cookies 

I can't wait for this one!

Swiss Turners Open Gym

Preschool Open Gym at Swiss Turners is our next outing (Thursday, December 6th).

The kids had a blast last year running, jumping, bouncing. It's getting cold outside, so this is a great alternative to the playground!

Please check your evite for more information and as always, let us know if you aren't receiving them.

See you there!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope you enjoyed the informal Thanksgiving party today. Please remember there's no playgroup on Friday this week. 

For those of you who were looking for the pumpkin bread recipe, you can click here for the "Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread" recipe. 

Have a great turkey day and see you next week!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Party

Gobble, gobble. Don't miss playgroup this Tuesday. We're celebrating Thanksgiving with a special craft and game for kids.

See you there!

Please note: There will be no playgroup on Friday, November 23.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Making Your Entrance

Hi Everyone! Please make sure you use the entrance on the east side of the church (it faces the construction site). The entrance on the west side will not allow you entrance to the second floor playroom from now on. 

Thanks for taking note of that!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Playgroup Hours

Hi everyone!

Just a gentle reminder about our playgroup hours. On Tuesdays and Fridays we meet from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Although parting is such sweet sorrow, we really have to be mindful of the church staff who work directly below our thunderous bunch.

So in an effort to be out the door by 11:00, we'll need to start cleaning up about ten minutes before. Thanks for your help!

And thanks to all of you who came to the Halloween party and helped make it a success. We had a great turnout!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Generations At Play Outing

Via Generations at Play
Next week is our Generations at Play outing. Please be sure to RSVP for the event (even if you can't attend). All Family Club members should be receiving Evites which have details (meeting times, location, cost, etc) about the events.

Your RSVP is important because many of these outings require a headcount about a week before the event.

Generations at Play is a place where parents and caregivers can chat with a cup of coffee while kids have a blast playing. Click here to visit their website.

This is sure to be a fun outing, so we hope to see you there!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Kid Friendly Milwaukee

Image via Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)
Thanks to Kristina for putting up a great list of activities for families in Milwaukee.

If you haven't already, please be sure to check out her list. You'll find it on the board in the back of the nursery.

Kristina mentioned that there's a complete list of 100 things for kids to do in Milwaukee on Click here to see it.

Speaking of fun things to do with your kids... Don't forget our Halloween party on Tuesday during regular playgroup hours. Come dressed up for prizes and cookies!

Monday, October 15, 2012

What We've Been Up To

It's been two months since our fall kick off at the Family Club and we've seen so many new faces! We're off to a great start and we're continuing to see new members each week. If you haven't stopped by yet this season, come on down and say hello! Click here for information on when and where we meet every week.

Last week, we had an outing at the Family Farm near Cedarburg. Cameras clicked away while the  kids  had a blast on the hayride, feeding the animals and playing on the swings.
If you missed the farm outing, don't worry! We've got lots more events coming up, in addition to our regular Tuesday/Friday playgroup. Be on the lookout for more details on the following events: Whitefish Bay Pumpkin Patch (10/25), Halloween Party (10/30), Generations at Play (11/7). 

See you soon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Music Class #2

For those of you who missed the first music class with Lorin Shearburn, good news! She is teaching a second class starting in November. This is a popular class and may fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot now. Limit 8 children with adult. Returning students welcome! 

To reserve your spot (or ask questions) please email:

To pay for your class you may either bring a check payable to "The Family Club" on the first day (please RSVP so we can reserve your spot) or use Paypal. Please look in the sidebar of this site for "Pay For Tunes For Tots."

Class fees are $40 for Family Club members and $50 for non-members.

Where: North Shore Presbyterian Church, 2nd floor nursery, Shorewood, WI

Music Class #2 Schedule
Fridays 9:00 to 9:40
11/ 2

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Halloween Party

Start getting your costumes together! We're having a Halloween party on Tuesday, October 30th during regular playgroup hours. Come in costume (you and your little ones)! A prize will be awarded to best dressed adult and child! Plus Halloween cookies for all.

Here's a list of some cute DIY Halloween costume ideas...

Creative Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas from Spoonful. How cute is the gnome!
35 + Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids from Parenting.
Homemade Kids' Costumes from Martha Stewart. And For adults.
Ideas from Reader's Digest.
Make a skunk costume from Dollar Store Crafts.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Family Farm Outing

Mark your calendars! We're heading to The Family Farm on Thursday, October 11th. Pet and feed farmyard animals from baby chicks to Belgian Draft horses. Join us as we explore historic restored barns and learn about farm life. 

Adults $6.25
 Children age 2 to 12 $3.74
Seniors $5.25
Children under age 2 FREE

The Family Farm is in Grafton, about a 20 minute drive from Shorewood. Please look out for an Evite invitation with meeting time and location. 

We hope to see you there! 

Sheep Illustration by Nokia Inoue

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Book Club Meeting

Come join us for some coffee, espresso, or tea and some wonderful chatter about our book and life.

We hope to see you there.

When: Friday, September 21, 2012  Postponed until next month. Please look out for a new invitation!

Please RSVP to the Evite you should have received which has more information. Let us know if you are a club member and you are not receiving Evite invitations. 

North Shore Fire Station Tour

The North Shore Fire Station tour is a favorite Family Club event.  Don't miss it as we see the place the firefighters call home while on duty - sitting at their kitchen tables, trying on their helmets, and even exploring the inside of a fire truck! 

This is a free event, so grab your junior firefighter and meet us outside the North Shore Fire Station at 3936 N. Murray Ave. in Shorewood at 4:30 on September 19th. 

Please note, portions of the tour take place upstairs and are not stroller-friendly.

Please RSVP to the Evite invitation all members should have received. If you are not receiving Evite invitations, please let Sheila, Vanessa or Christine know at the next playgroup.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Music Class Starts Soon!

It's time for Tunes For Tots! 

Children will love this opportunity to wiggle and jive to the beat as Lorin Shearburn guides them through kid friendly tunes. 

Tuesdays mornings from 9 to 9:30. September 18th through October 23, 2012. Class meets in the same spot as our Tuesday/Friday playgroup: North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N Bartlett Ave, Shorewood, WI 53211.

Course fee $40 per family. Please pay on first day of class.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fall/Winter 2012/13 Meet Up Schedule

Hello Ladies,

I hope that you have had a wonderful summer and are getting back in the swing of things.  I just wanted to remind you that our Fall Kick-off is only one week away.  We will be meeting next Tues., Sept. 11th from 9:30-11 on the 2nd floor of the North Shore Presbyterian Church.

Just a few reminders.  They are revamping the parking and it's a little chaotic.  If you are able to walk a short distance, we are asking that you park in the new Sendik's parking garage and walk to the usual door if you need the elevator or the doors through the courtyard on Bartlett St. and come up the staircase in the middle of the building .  There is street parking but it is very limited and we would like to reserve it for our pregnant moms, newly arrived babies, and first time Family Club members.  Thank you so much for all your help during the construction period.

Be sure and mark your calendars for the following events:
North Shore Firehouse Tour on Wed. Sept. 19th at 4:30 pm
Book Club
at Alterra at the Lake on Fri. Sept. 21st, Oct. 19th, Nov. 16th, & Dec. 21st at 7:30 pm
The Family Farm on Thurs. Sept. 27th at 10 am
Ladies Night Out at the Thief Wine Bar on Sat. Oct. 6th at 7:30 pm
The Elegant Farmer on Thurs. Oct. 11th
Zoo Day on Wed. Oct. 17th at 10 am
Whitefish Bay Pumpkin Patch on Thurs. Oct 25th at 6 pm

Look for further details coming soon via e-vite. 


Monday, September 3, 2012

Welcome To Our New Site

Welcome to our new site! There are still a few changes to be made, but we hope you find this site easy to use and full of helpful information. Your feedback in the comments section of individual posts or via email will help us continue to grow and  improve our website, playgroup and classes. So keep the comments coming! A great way to stay up to date with what's going on at Family Club is to follow us by email (see link in the sidebar). You'll receive each new post in the form of an email, so you won't miss a thing!