Free Fun Weekend – Free Fishing Weekend In Wisconsin!

Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin: no state park admission stickers or trail passes are required June 4-5, 2016. It is also Free Fishing Weekend when people may fish without fishing licenses or state trout stamps. Non-resident all-terrain vehicle operators do not need a non-resident trail pass to ride state ATV trails this weekend.

Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin

Walking The Lakeshore Path In Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Lake Geneva has been the favorite retreat of Chicago folks for 150 years, and everybody who was anybody had a place there: the Wrigleys, Maytags and Schwinns, but also cartoonists, actors, brewers and bottle-cap makers.

Geneva will seem citified to people who vacation on woodland lakes. There’s a good reason to go there, though: It’s entertaining to gawk at extreme wealth, and… click here to continue

Safety Tips As Sledding Season Arrives Early!

Winter has arrived bringing the areas first (and latest in history) measurable snow of the season,  and by measurable we are talking over a foot in many areas! There are many ways of looking at this but I chose to take the positive approach! The big plus is that it’s the weekend, another positive is we are blessed with so many places to go sledding in the area.

We have been compiling a list of snow sledding venues for days like today & the entire winter season to come.

Please keep in mind that many venues may have been taken by surprise by the heavy snowfall amounts & are not open yet so please call or visit the websites, we provide you in each directory listing.

Some sites operate on the flag system Red Flag = No Sledding, Green Flag = Sledding.

Also remember sledding can also cause injuries, some of them pretty serious.  Each year tens of thousands of sledding cases are treated in emergency rooms across the snow belt, with more than 50% of them being serious Head Trauma. To keep yourself & your children safe, please follow these safety tips.

  • Select a hill that is age appropriate & not too steep, Ideally the hill will have a long flat area at the bottom for you to glide to a stop.
  • Always avoid hillsides that end near a street or parking lot.
  • Always avoid hillsides that end near ponds, trees, fences or other hazards.
  • Never ride a sled that is being pulled by a moving vehicle.
  • Always sit face-forward on your sled.
  • Young kids (5 and under) should sled with an adult, and kids younger than 12 should be actively watched at all times.
  • Go down the hill one at a time and with only one person per sled (except for adults with young children).
  • Never build an artificial jump or obstacle on a sledding hill.
  • Keep your arms and legs within the sled at all times, and if you fall off the sled, move out of the way. If you find yourself on a sled that won’t stop, roll off it and get away from it.
  • Walk up the side of the hill and leave the middle open for other sledders.
  • Never ride a sled that is being pulled by a moving vehicle.
  • Always make sure the hill is free of obstacles such as jumps, bumps, rocks, poles, or trees  & other sledders before you head downhill.
  • Try to avoid icy hills, An icy slope makes for a much faster ride s well as a much harder landing if you fall off your sled.
  • Sled during the daytime, or on illuminated hills at night where visibility is better.
  • Young kids (5 and under) should always sled with an adult, and kids younger than 12 should be actively watched at all times.
  • Always go down the hill one at a time and with only one person per sled (except for adults with young children).
  • Never build an artificial jump, ramp or other obstacle on a sledding hill.
  • Keep your arms and legs within the sled at all times, and if you fall off the sled, move out of the way. If you find yourself on a sled that won’t stop, roll off it and get away from it.
  • Always alk up the side of the hill, never walk up the middle or high traffic sledding lanes.
  • Always wear a safety helmet that fits correctly to prevent head injuries

Following these basic common sense safety tips can not guarantee everyone’s safety but will help prevent accidents & injuries that can ruin a fun day at your favorite sledding hill.

 

WIILKIDS WI-IL Border Region’s Revised 2015 Apple Picking Directory

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Ziegler’s Apple Orchard 32363 N Bacon Rd Grayslake Illinois 60030

A well known no frills Mom & Pop you pick Apple orchard..


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Woodstock County Orchard 17015 Garden Valley Road Woodstock Il. 60098

A great little mom & pop apple orchard. Al and Dorothy Rash's Woodstock Country Orchard is a very special place.


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Weston’s Antique Apples 19760 W National Ave, New Berlin Wi. 53146

Pre picked selection of over 100 antique apple varieties..


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The Elegant Farmer 1545 Main Street Hwys ES & J Mukwonago WI 53149

The Elegant Farmer a family tradition for apple picking, hayrides and train rides or join the fun for our ...


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Royal Oak Farm Orchard 15908 Hebron Road Harvard Il. 60033

Our u-pick apple orchard, located in Northern Illinois near the Wisconsin state line, offers family fun & ...


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Peck and Bushel Fruit Company 5472 Waukesha Q Colgate Wi. 53017

Pre Picked Organic Apples.. Taste The Difference!


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Nieman Orchards 9932 Pioneer Rd, Cedarburg WI. 53012

Take a wagon ride out into our orchard to Pick Your Own apples in September and October!


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More Than Delicious Orchard 9905 Thompson Rd Woodstock Il. 60098

We will be open on Sunday (Sept. 6th), and only on Sunday, from 10-5. We will have Honeycrisp and several other varieties available for picking.


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Meadowmoor Orchard 1517 N. Route 47 Woodstock Illinois 60098

This is a no frills orchard for pure apple picking fun. No admission fee, no parking fees and no minimum buy.


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Lang’s Orchard 17411 Secor Road Woodstock Il. 60098

Lang’s carries 10 different varieties. There is no admission and no parking fees.


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Homestead Orchard 11802 Charles Rd, Woodstock Illinois 60098

Homestead has 23 varieties available for u-pick. The also sell honey from beehives onsite.


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Heinz Orchard 1050 Crest Road Green Oaks Illinois 60048

Heinz is a no frills family run orchard, specializing in pure apple picking fun. Strollers and wagons are welcome.


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Harvest Time Orchards 36116 128th St Twin Lakes Wisconsin 53181

Our Pick Your Own Orchard will open for the season Saturday, September 5 with McIntosh and Gala apples..


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Hafs Road Orchard W632 Hafs Road Genoa City Wisconsin 53128

Pre Picked Apples - we grow 50 varieties, a mix of heirloom, classic favorites and modern releases.


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Currans Orchard 6385 Kilburn Ave Rockford Illinois 61101

Come and enjoy the fall season at the orchard. You can also choose your favorite in-season pumpkins and...


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Edwards Apple Orchard West 8218 Cemetery Rd Winnebago Illinois 61088

Edwards West has become a popular destination for families to enjoy the sights, tastes, and activities of an apple orchard and farm market


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Brightonwoods Orchard 1072 288th Ave Burlington Wi 53105

Pre Picked Apples - Brightonwoods Orchard has over 200 heirloom apple varieties. Apple selection changes weekly depending on the ripening and picking schedule


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Basse’s Country Delight Farm Market S70 W16050 Janesville Road Muskego WI 53150

Pre Picked - We have fresh made caramel apples, apple cider, other bakery along with our Honeycrisp apples & more.


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Barthel Fruit Farm 12246 N Farmdale Rd Mequon Wisconsin 53097

Apples are ripe. We are open for ready picked apples and pears.


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Awe’s Apple Orchard LLC 8081 S 100th St Franklin Wisconsin 53132

Awe’s Apple Orchard LLC 8081 S 100th St Franklin Wisconsin 53132 (414) 425-1426


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Apple Holler 5006 S Sylvania Ave Sturtevant, WI 53177

Pick-your-own apples, wagon rides, a puppet show, pony rides, cider, pies & doughnuts, country cookout & more! Charges for some activities.


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Apple Barn Orchard & Winery W6384 Sugar Creek Rd Elkhorn WI 53121

When you choose the Apple Barn Orchard & Winery, you’ll experience fresh fruit, fresh air and a fresh perspective of what a real family farm is like.


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All Seasons Apple Orchard 14510 IL-176 Woodstock Illinois 60098

In addition to over 10,000 apple trees this orchard has a large corn maze, a 15 acre pumpkin patch, pig races, magic show, cow train, jumping pillow, petting zoo, goat bridge, & much more.


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