Waukesha JanBoree

Celebrating 35 years with ten days of fun, January 17-26


 Winter fun beckons with a toboggan run, outdoor sports such as ice skating, ice sculpting competitions, snowshoeing, sledding and ice fishing, to free airplane rides and a penguin egg hunt for youngsters.

 JanBoree kicks off with an opening ceremony, 5-9pm, Jan. 17, in Lowell Park, 2201 Michigan Ave., presented by Educators Credit Union.   Visitors can participate in an obstacle course, broom ball and sledding, and warm themselves up by a bonfire. Educators Credit Union provides complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn from 5:30-8:30pm.   Check out the JanBoree Beer Garden at Lowell Park during opening weekend.

 Exciting educational programs include The Imagination Take Flight Balloon Glow, 5:30-7pm, Jan. 17 at Lowell Park; A Teenager’s Guide to the Galaxy, noon-3:30pm, Jan. 18 at the Horwitz-DeRemer planetarium, located in the Retzer Center, S14 W28167 Madison St.; and Up & Away: Intro to Drones, 6-7pm, Jan. 21 at Crites Field, 2525 Aviation Rd.


 For those who would prefer not to brave the cold, the JanBoree features a handful of indoor activities, among them ice skating at the Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena, 3-5pm, Jan. 26, 2699 Golf Road in Delafield; Historic Adventures, 10am-4pm, Jan. 25 at the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum, 101 W. Main St. Waukesha; and an Indoor Bags Tourney, noon-5pm., Jan. 25 at Elk’s Lodge, 2301 Springdale Rd., in Waukesha.

 Animal lovers can enjoy canine-centric events such as the Alaskan Malamute Weight Pull, 11am-3:30pm, Jan. 25 at Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Dr., Waukesha, and the Frosty Pups Event and Photo Contest, 9am-4pm, in the park’s dog exercise area. The event will also include vendors from noon-3pm.

Experience the serene natural landscape of Minooka Park on a self-guided candlelight hike, beginning at 4pm, Jan.25, and enjoy drinks and chili with family, friends and neighbors in the park’s Beer Garden. In the park’s picnic Area 3, the outdoor bonfire will be sure to keep everyone toasty.

 Warm up with a Wisconsin Old- Fashioned Mingle, 2-4pm, Jan. 26 at Tofte’s Table, 331 Riverfront St. in Waukesha. The event, a fundraiser to keep JanBoree children’s activities free, features Old-Fashioneds made with Wisconsin products only and hors d’oeuvres. Pre-registration is required.