Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: Socks are required for both kids and adults to help keep the play area clean.
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Kids
The Big Backyard's owners each have two children of their own and struggled for a long time to find all-weather activities to please their own kids of different ages. They finally decided to create their own playground to address all their needs, building an indoor space with slides, climbing structures, and climate control. "I enjoy that various ages of children can have fun at our playground," says co-owner Christine. "Infants, toddlers, and school-age children all can find things to do."
Of course, they didn't just design the place with kids in mind?they also wanted to make the experience enjoyable for families. An open floor design provides clear sight lines for parents, in addition to plenty of room for kids to run, crawl, or pretend to be late to a meeting. Christine adds: "Parents with multiple children tell us they love the visibility of the play area, as they can watch more than one child at once."
There's something for kids of all ages and interests at Kids in Motion. Toddlers and preschoolers can amuse themselves with rubber balls in the open play area, while older children navigate overhead tunnels and a punching-bag forest. Miniature Monets can stretch their creative muscles in the arts-and-crafts center, budding engineers can build their own railroad in the train room, and aspiring scientists can learn about nature with hands-on experiments in the science and conservation room. Children with a flair for the dramatic can even create a skit and put on a show in the Center Stage room. Whatever activity children choose, Kids in Motion offers a safe, clean environment where little ones can explore their interests.
Chinese restaurant classics such as egg foo young and savory moo shu pancakes are a specialty at New China Restaurant, as are boldly flavored recipes from the Sichuan and Hunan provinces. Diners can indulge in unlimited courses at an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on weekdays, or opt for health-conscious entrees made with fresh seafood and steamed vegetables.
The family behind the counter at The Sub Station has been serving up deli classics such as italian beef sandwiches and reubens for more than a quarter-century. Slices of fresh-baked bread cradle homemade egg salad and tuna salad, as well as hot sandwiches layered with BBQ pulled pork or chicken fajita mix. The menu also includes nearly a dozen soups?usually more in cold weather?that range from classic chicken noodle to an inventive tomato basil enhanced with miniature cheese raviolis. To end meals on a sweet note, order a hand-spun milkshake or give your chair a hug before you go.
Certified by the National Fireplace Institute and the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the professional sweeps from Badgerland Chimney keep chimneys free of buildup and working properly. The team clears blocked flues of excess soot and the occasional baby dragon. Additionally, the sweeps will inspect chimneys and fireplaces for leaks and issues that need repair, and clean dryer vents to reduce the risk of fire.