27 Friday

Chili Cook-Off: Love to cook? Have a secret family recipe? Here’s your chance to see if your chili is boss. Enter Franklin Public Library’s chili cook-off. Make it a family affair or strike out on your own. Four different age categories: family; 3rd-6th grade; 7th-12th grade, adult.

Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Rd., Franklin

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Registration required. Call 414-425-8214.


Playgroup with Stories at Tippecanoe Library: A 20-minute story time for children and their parent or guardian is followed by open play time with a variety of age-appropriate, educational toys. For children ages 2 and under with a parent of guardian.

Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


28 Saturday

The Abominable Snow Race: Conquer the three-to-five mile course made up of 20-plus obstacles at the Mountain Top ski hill. Kids ages 4 to 11 can take on the “lil-yeti” course made up of 8 kid-sized obstacles. The race will be followed in the lodge by music, games, dancing and food.

The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva

abominablesnowrace.com to register

Celebrate Chinese New Year: Hear stories, learn about Chinese culture and make a craft to ring in the Year of the Rooster.

Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

2 to 3 p.m.


First Stage presents Welcome to Bronzeville: The Wisconsin Cycle, First Stage's new play development initiative honoring the local history and heritage of Wisconsin, presents this play set in 1957 about a young African American man struggling to find his place in his home and community. This play is suggested for families with young people ages 8 and up.

Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

3:30, 7 p.m.


Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market: Brings together about 50 weekly vendors to sell high quality fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, poultry and dairy products, along with freshly baked goods, jams, cider, honey, maple syrup, sorghum, sauces and soups, and delicious global cuisine. Runs Saturdays through April 8.

Milwaukee Domes Greenhouse Annex, 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., free parking and admission to the market


Oconomowoc Chili Fest: At this winter festival for the whole family, activities include ice sculpture carving, a pond hockey tournament, a beer tent and warming house, an ice fishing clinic, and of course chili tasting at over 20 locations.

Downtown Oconomowoc


Play & Learn: Doctor's Office: Our make-believe friends are feeling a bit under the weather. Time to visit the doctor! Pretend you are the doctor and check your patients, make a diagnosis, give needed immunizations, and help them feel "all better." Bring your own doll if you wish.

Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Saturdays at Central: Bakery Shop: Come with us to the bakery! Put on your apron, roll up your sleeves and preheat the oven. Take turns being the baker, the server and the customer at the bakery.

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

10:30 a.m.


Winter Wildlife on Snowshoes: Winter is a great time to get out and explore the environment, and snowshoes are a fun way to do it. Join a Retzer naturalist as you trek the trails in the silent world of winter on snowshoes. The program will emphasize wildlife tracks and signs and recreational snowshoeing as you connect to your winter surroundings.

Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha

9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m.

$5 for families and Scouts, Register by Friday, January 6.



Yoga for Families: Start your Saturday off right with some morning stretches at the library. Presented in collaboration with OmTown Yogis, Yoga for Families integrates literacy skills like a love of reading with other life skills such as mindfulness and self-regulation. No equipment necessary. Just bring yourselves -- and a desire to have fun! All ages welcome with an accompanying adult.

East Library, 2320 N. Cramer St., Milwaukee

10 to 11 a.m.


29 Sunday

First Stage presents Welcome to Bronzeville: 1, 3:30 p.m.

See January 28 listing for details.

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