The week ahead is filled with several family-friendly activities in and around Milwaukee including stargazing, sledding and the start of the annual Waukesha Janboree. Happy exploring!

Monday, Jan. 11

Fancy Nancy Winter Tea Party: Wear your fanciest attire and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and winter crafts. Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee. 4-5 p.m. Free. (414) 268-3000,

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Early Childhood Meet and Greet: Learn about all of the educational opportunities for JK3, JK4 and kindergarten at Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary School. Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary School, 425 S. 111th St., Hales Corners. 6:30 p.m. (414) 529-6701, 

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Family Astronomy in the Park: Early darkness allows for stargazing before bedtime! Learn about the solar system and search for starts and planets. Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee. 6-8 p.m. $9/adult non-members and $7/children non-members.

Thursday, Jan. 14

Hambingo: Play bingo and help raise money for St. Francis All Abilities Playground. Pre-register. Hamburger Mary’s, 2130 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee. 8 p.m. (414) 988-9324,

Sledding the Slopes of Menomonee Valley: Go sledding in Three Bridges Park and warm up with hot chocolate. If there isn't snow, it will be a hike through the park. Urban Ecology Center at Menomonee Valley, 3700 W. Pierce, Milwaukee. 4-6 p.m. Free. (414) 431-2940,

Friday, Jan. 15

Holes: Based on the novel by Louis Sachar, follow the story of Stanley Yelnats as he is falsely convicted of a crime and sentenced to Camp Green Lake to dig holes in the First Stage performance. Todd Wehr Theater, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. 7 p.m. $12.50-$32.50,

Waukesha Janboree: Family-friendly activities and events all over Waukesha, including ice sculpting, ice bowling, ice fishing, fireworks and more. Opening ceremonies from 3-9 p.m. at Lowell Park. (262) 524-3737,

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