Cure for cabin fever
By the middle of January, the kids are tired of being cooped up in the house and are rrrready to rrrrumble. Or, rumba.
Kids shake it at the High Noon Saloon on Jan. 19 when rocker David Landau headlines "The Third Annual Kids' Day at the High Noon Saloon" (shows at high noon & 2 pm, $5). Half-price root beer for any kid wearing cowboy boots, although, if you think about it, a full-price root beer is probably a lot less expensive than a pair of tot cowboy boots.
The High Noon continues its way-underage shows with PSA Palooza, an interactive family concert and fundraiser for Preschool of the Arts, on Jan. 26 at 10:30 am ($5), with Casey Day and Dawn Lawler.
Cafe Montmartre gets into the underage dance scene with the popular Dance Baby Dance, with DJ extraordinaire Nick Nice, Jan. 27 from 1-4:30 pm ($3; $10/family of four).
Children of the Rainforest: Alyo African Dance & Drumming returns to Olbrich Gardens Jan. 26 with shows at 10:30 am & 1:30 pm ($3/$2). Sixteen dancers and drummers present world beats and some "Alyo Village Play and Dance" time in which the audience can join in.
Back to school?
Wisconsin Connections Academy, the state's first public K-8, tuition-free, virtual public school, will hold an information session Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 4822 E. Washington Ave., in Madison. The seven-year-old school enrolls over 400 students from around the state. Although students learn from home, WCA sponsors field trips, clubs and other extracurriculars. Talk with teachers and parents of current students, learn about the curriculum and see sample lessons. Students have to apply to WCA during the state's open enrollment period, Feb. 2-20. For more info see Jan. 22 9 am-1 pm and 4:30-7:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel, 517 Grand Canyon Dr. Child-focused businesses offering children's activities from swimming and gymnastics to to painting as well as preschools will be represented. Free; proceeds from the exhibitors benefit the Schools of Hope Literacy Project. For info: 608-848-5439 or momsclubfair.org.