Class-A affiliates of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers emerge from the dewy, manicured grass every spring to compete for a Midwest League championship. Playing at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium, these swinging soldiers look to build off last year's performance, which was highlighted by pitcher Jake Odorizzi's no-hitter and the presence of five No. 1 Brewers draft picks on the roster.
Celebrating their fifth anniversary, the Green Bay Bullfrogs field a roster comprising some of college baseball’s finest batsmen and mound tenants. A member of the Northwoods League, a baseball summer league intended to prepare college players for professional ball, the team battles other collegian-laden clubs from June 1 to August 14, when baseball players around the world go into hibernation. This season’s team is stocked with quality players ranging from infielder Joe Betcher, a member of the 2010 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team, to 1.67 ERA pitcher Greg Blohowiak. Chant, clap, or gape in stunned silence as the team assaults rival squads such as the Battle Creek Bombers and Madison Mallards with feats of athleticism and punishingly good sportsmanship.
Milwaukee’s only women’s tackle-football team, the Wisconsin Dragons supply hard-hitting action for sports fans of all ages. The team faces a quartet of worthy opponents in four home games this season, bringing precise passes, forceful tackles, and footwork fancier than that of Fred Astaire's pet peacock. The included Dragons bandana keeps ardent fans stylishly supportive and doubles as a convenient wipe for excitement-generated sweat droplets.
Fondy Sports Park entertains miniature sports enthusiasts of all ages with a mini-golf course and other kiddie-friendly games. The 18-hole mini-golf course challenges even the most studious putter with dynamic holes guarded by hills and obstacles including animal statues, buildings, and sentient bogeys and birdies. Just like the Masters Tournament, mini-golfers with max determination can play out the entire course and seek to win a free game on the 18th-hole challenge. Though not included in this Groupon, Fondy Sports Park also satiates adventure seekers with go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats, and other thrilling activities to get the family out of the house and help them forget last night's contentious six-hour Monopoly game.
Elite Sports Clubs and its staff of smash-savvy, nationally experienced tennis pros can turn any mechanical stroke into fluid forearmed success on one of more than 30 well-maintained indoor and outdoor training courts. For players seeking to get back into the game or meet the game for the first time, an instructor will spare no bead of sweat breaking down the basics in a comprehensive fashion. Semi-private lessons are limited to two to four students ($30, four players; $35, three players; $40, two players), which means all practitioners develop a variety of techniques in the atmosphere of constant feedback and encouragement. All lessons must be scheduled in advance online. Students can either provide their own racquet or purchase one on-site.
Sky-blue walls and sand-colored carpets greet each family at Kids Unleashed, where slides, hula hoops, and playhouses invite young ones to explore as they hone their gross motor skills. The make-believe beach beckons stocking-dressed feet to roam its shores, where children ride rocking horses and parents surf free WiFi instead of the carpet in a nearby lounge filled with coffee, conversation, and clear views of the kids’ activities. Story time piques young children’s interest in reading, and ping-pong tables help older kids to develop enough hand-eye coordination to read a book while performing a cartwheel. Parents may depart during most of the center’s classes and camps, as the creation of art projects stimulates inventiveness in each child, and cupcake-baking demonstrates that cakes have children too. After class or playtime, the café teems with homemade, health-conscious snacks.