The night sky is a vast ocean of celestial objects such as the moon, the bright lights of our closest stars, and the warm glow of neighboring galaxies. Located at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, Barlow Planetarium helps uncover the vastness of the universe through a 3-D-capable Digistar projector, which—combined with 10,000 watts of digital sound and a 48-foot projection screen—transports guests into the deepest trenches of space. The facility's star shows include family programs that make astronomy easy to understand as well as feature shows that tickle the minds of more hardened astronomy buffs. Along with celestial exploration, the planetarium transforms with dancing lights and rich sounds during laser shows. These programs add visual touches to music from the likes of The Beatles or Isaac Newton's little-known punk band.
The planetarium also hosts academic programs for grade-school children. These include the Wisconsin Space Academy, in which students build and launch rockets, and the Wisconsin Astronomy Academy, which lets pupils peer through telescopes and discover vending machines floating through space.
If anybody knows the difference between a good bowling alley and a great bowling alley, it's Gary Daroszewski. The champion bowler and USBC Hall of Fame member has made a hobby out of renovating classic bowling alleys, and now brings his expertise to oversee the revival of the 36,000-square-foot Fox Valley Lanes. Brand new automatic scoring systems and shiny new lanes are just a few of the upgrades bowlers can expect of their beloved neighborhood hangout, along with automated bumpers, new seating, and upgrades to the lasers, fog machines, and DJ equipment used during the alley's cosmic bowling nights and monthly all-staff revival of Cats. A new restaurant and bar will provide fuel for players between frames, and a second banquet room will accommodate even more groups for birthdays and other celebrations.
Within the Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk, the kitchen staff of Remington's Steak & Seafood grills steaks, tosses pastas, and sears seafood from the restaurant’s eclectic menu. On weekends, diners can participate in the All-You-Can-Eat Friday Night Fish Fry or the Sunday Champagne Brunch, where made-to-order omelets pair with peel-and-eat shrimp.
Shoppers descend upon WG&R Furniture, a family-owned business for more than 65 years, to furnish their dwellings with bedroom, kitchen, and living-room fixtures from respected national brands such as Simmons, Signature Design by Ashley, and La-Z-Boy. Customers can store pocket change and secret jelly-bean collections beneath the cushy pillows of a Broyhill sofa ($629.99), which can grace abodes in patterns ranging from corduroy to houndstooth, or compliment their existing sofa with a Leik Furniture oval side table ($149.99). The plush Signature Design by Ashley power-reclining sofa conforms to softly support relaxing bodies ($949.99), and the five-piece Signature Design by Ashley dining set bears the load during dinner parties ($419.99). Those looking for seating options in game rooms can opt for the Amisco bar and game room stool ($139.99). Customers slumber soundly on a Sealy Posturepedic queen set, which doubles as a pad for perfect pole-vaulting skills ($589.99).
Member of the American Society of Photographers, Tracy Van Zeeland draws upon 16 years' worth of camera-wielding wisdom to capture classic snapshots in a fun and casual atmosphere. The photog passes the one-hour session patiently clicking away as children relax and play, producing prints that ensnare the saplings' innate sweetness while sidestepping temper tantrums prompted by puppets speaking ill of that big shot Big Bird. Customers can choose one outfit and one backdrop, so suit up a squirt in their Sunday best and settle them on a white wicker chair, or maroon babes dressed as cubs on a desert island in their sea faring finery. Directly after the film frenzy, pintsize patrons and their parents peruse a deluge of digital prints on a big-screen TV to select the snapshot for their color 8"x10" print, ready in two weeks. Multitudinous clans can have up to three snapshot subjects, with an additional $5 per each child. Tracy also conquers newborn and family portraits, senior pictures, and more.