Only 10 days til Mother’s Day, do you have a plan yet? It’s not always easy finding just the right gift for Mom, but we’ve got ideas! Instead of the same old flowers and a card; why not a gift basket from a local spot, tickets to a show, a spa day, or a mini getaway? The Fox Cities has plenty to help make Mom happy! Here’s a little list of great places to find something special.
Does she love to cook? Williams-Sonoma in the Fox River Mall has great kitchen accessories, cook and bakeware that would make perfect gifts for mom and they’ll gift wrap for free! The Wire Whisk also offers great themed cooking class nights!
Spa Day – Get her a gift certificate for a day of relaxation with massage, facial, pedicure, etc…Click here to see a full list of spas in the Fox Cities.
Give her a mini-getaway with a one or two night stay at one of our many Fox Cities lodging options. We offer some great shop and stay packages, perfect for Mom! Click here for details!
Take her out to the ballgame with tickets to a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Game! With promotions going on throughout their season and something fun for everyone, she’s sure to have a great time!
A night out to remember! Get her tickets to an upcoming Broadway show at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Click here for schedule and ticket pricing. Pair it with a dinner gift certificate and she’ll have a fantastic night out! Click here to see a list of dining options.
Have Mother’s Brunch on your list? Click here to see a list of options!
Written by: Jeni Strom, Marketing and Visitor Services Coordinator
Looking for a great way to let your kids burn off some energy? I recently took my kids to Xtreme Air in Appleton, they opened last year and we finally made it in for some jump time. As Wisconsin’s largest trampoline park complete with basketball hoops, rock climbing wall, laser maze and xtreme jump, there’s no shortage of fun to be had!
We spent an hour and a half there and I think I may have had more fun than my kids! Most parents sit and watch their kids jump from the sidelines but what fun is that?! I kind of felt like a kid again playing dodgeball, jump basketball and gladiator jousting with my kids. It’s definitely something we’ll do again. My only regret was not paying extra to do the rock climbing wall (we didn’t have proper shoes so we couldn’t), next time we’ll be sure to prepare for that!
Xtreme Air also has great birthday party options, and space for meetings or corporate team building. There’s options for all ages, so get out and jump around!!
Click here for details about hours, pricing and special deals!
Since then, the Fox Cities has welcomed a second trampoline park to the area called Sky Zone..click here for their information.
Looking for some ways to celebrate Earth Day? The Fox Cities has a few things going on that are worth checking out!
Earth Week Bicycle Drive at Riverview Gardens: During Earth Week, April 18-23, 2016, Riverview Gardens is hosting a bicycle drive to support its Earn-A-Bike Program. Donate your used bicycles, as well as bike parts, supplies and tools. You can donate at the gardens or at area bike shops. You can also check out all of the other ways to get involved with Riverview Gardens throughout the year. Their mission is to not just create a sustainable environment, but a sustainable community as well! Click here to find out how you can get involved.
Earth Day Celebration at Just Act Natural: April 22, 2016 – Help them celebrate Earth Day and their 7th Anniversary! Cake and Ice Cream, live music by John Pfeiffer from 10am to noon, register to win a great goodie basket and roll the dice to receive more discounts throughout the store!
High Cliff State Park Annual Arbor Day Spring Clean Up: Help plant trees and clean up the park! The Friends of High Cliff State Park will be providing lunch for all volunteers. A great way to help your local park and get out for Earth Day!
Just get outside and enjoy nature! Weather you walk, hike, bike or play, the Fox Cities is full of great nature centers and trails to help you get out and explore! Click here for a list of trails and parks.
We also want to acknowledge and congratulate Stone Cellar Brewpub as they have announced they will be switching to clean wind energy in partnership with Arcadia Power Clean Energy! By doing so they will not only be greatly reducing their carbon footprint, but will also meet Green Power partnership requirements. Visit their website to learn more about what Stone Cellar Brewpub has to offer!
Written by: Adam Schanke, Sports Marketing Manager
Several months ago I wrote about local Fox Cities beer and mentioned I often seek out breweries and brewpubs when traveling. When experiencing other destinations, I also like to visit record stores. With Record Store Day taking place this Saturday, April 16th, there is no better time to write about places to hunt for vinyl in the Fox Cities.
Vinyl records have made a huge comeback in recent years and most new albums are now released on vinyl, in addition to CD and digital download.
Record Store Day, held the third Saturday in April, has been one of my favorite days of the year since I began buying music on vinyl five years ago. Record Store Day celebrates independently owned record stores throughout the world with special limited vinyl and CD releases, in-store performances, artist meet and greets, various promotional products, and more.
Exclusive Company (770 W Northland Ave, Appleton) will be opening at 7:00am on Saturday. Myself, along with dozens of others, will be lined up before sunrise to get some of the highly sought after Record Store Day limited releases of our favorite artists. Some releases are limited to as little as 250 copies worldwide. View the full list of Record Store Day releases on the Record Store Day website. In addition to the special releases, Exclusive Company will have 1,000+ new clearance LPs, 500 newly acquired used LPs, and more. When they aren’t celebrating Record Store Day, Exclusive Company has the largest selection of new and used vinyl in the Fox Cities. They even have a section for local artists. If you do not see the album or artist you are looking for, be sure to ask the staff as chances are they will be able to order it for you.
Although they will not have Record Store Day special releases, Top Spins (111 S Appleton St, Appleton) across from Houdini Plaza in downtown Appleton is a great place in the Fox Cities for hard to find vinyl, in addition to cassettes, 8-tracks, laser discs, books, and various vintage items. Top Spins specializes in rock, metal, punk, garage, jazz, and blues records. For record collectors in search of first pressings, this is the place for you. One of my favorite things about Top Spins is the staff often lets customers put an album of their favorite band on the turntable while they flip through rows of records.
Additional places that sell vinyl in the Fox Cities include:
Appleton Import Records (602 W College Ave, Appleton) – Call 920-749-9229 prior to arrival as hours vary. Most records are in back, so ask store owner Shane if you are looking for a particular artist.
Appleton Records (1074 S Van Dyke Rd, Appleton) – Located in booth #71 at Fox River Antique Mall. Sells hundreds of used, affordable vinyl from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Memories Antique Mall (400 Randolph Dr, Appleton) – Various vendors sell used records from the 1950s to 1980s. They are offering 10% or more off vinyl April 15-18.
Half Price Books (281 N Casaloma Dr, Appleton) – Sells new and used vinyl. Stop in on Fridays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for 20% off all used vinyl.
Barnes & Noble (4705 W Grande Market Dr, Grande Chute) – Sells new vinyl of current releases and reissues of popular classic albums
Baseball season is back and it’s finally feeling like spring! Whether you’re planning a trip to the area or a Fox Cities local, catching a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game at Fox Cities Stadium is a must! The Timber Rattlers are the Wisconsin Brewers’ single ‘A’ affiliate team and a game there is more than just great baseball, it’s a fun for the whole family experience! Not to mention, Fox Cities Stadium was ranked one of the 10 Best Minor League Ballparks by Livability.com in 2015. Check out the article below to see what Author, Linda Aksomitis, from Guide 2 Travel, had to say about her experience at Fox Cities Stadium.
Written by: Linda Aksomitis, Guide 2 Travel
We like to celebrate tradition — and what’s more traditional than baseball, the old ball game? Whether it’s the crack of the bat against the ball, or those glorious afternoons and evenings of summer fun, it’s a sport North Americans love!