January, 2018


The Springs Water Park offers

balmy ‘weather’ and watery fun

A sure cure for cabin fever is The Springs Water Park, the metro Milwaukee area’s only indoor water park.

     Located at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha, The Springs Water Park boasts more than 45,000 square feet of adventure for families.

     Attractions include exciting tub and body slides, the meandering lazy river, activity pool, indoor/outdoor hot tub and zero-depth pool. For breaks from the water action, there is an arcade with a variety of video games and an extensive snack bar.

     The Country Springs Hotel's 187 guest rooms include deluxe and executive floor plans designed to make guests feel at home during their stay.

     A variety of value-packed overnight water park getaways are available. Water park overnight packages provide guests plenty of splash time with water park access starting at 2pm the day of check-in until park close the day of check-out.

     For those who can't stay overnight, The Springs Water Park offers day passes on most days of operation.  Day passes are sold based on availability and are $20 (Monday – Thursday) and $35 (Friday – Sunday and peak times). To ensure day pass entry to the park, guests can purchase tickets online through the Splash Pass Program at countryspringshotel.com.

     This winter, you are invited to enjoy a water park adventure the whole family will love!

     For additional information or to book your getaway, visit countryspringshotel.com or call

(262) 547-0201. The hotel’s address is 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee, WI 53072.





Waukesha JanBoree celebrates winter

When January’s wintry weather brings a craving for indoor pursuits or outdoor activities (or both), find a huge variety of choices at the 33rd Annual Waukesha JanBoree, Jan. 26-28.

     There’s something fun for everyone –children, adults and families. With 35+ events, and almost all FREE, the schedule spans the hands-on excitement of disc golf, hockey and bocce to the audience participation of ComedySportz. And most of the festival’s happenings are free!

     Friday events include the opening ceremonies, sculptors turning two thousand pounds of ice into art, “Put Me in Coach” ComedySportz Show and a fireworks extravaganza that lights up the frosty winter sky.

     Saturday, kick off the day with a pancake breakfast or the Frosty 5K. (Kids race a 1K free with a parent registration.) Other options include Penguin Egg Hunt, a gecoaching event, frozen footgolf, ice hockey expo and indoor ice skating. “Game-Set-Match!” turns the library’s Children’s Program Room into a stadium celebrating the upcoming Winter Olympics.

     New this year is “Just Plane Games” at Crites Field, where activities range from a coffee talk to free airplane rides for kids as well as instructor-led flight simulator lessons, museum tours, drone education and more.

     In addition to seeing the results of pros turning 300-pound blocks of ice into artworks for the ice-sculpting contest, kids can try it out for themselves during the children’s ice sculpting demonstration.

     On Sunday, the “Dinosaurs Alive” shows at the Retzer Nature Center’s Charles Horwitz Planetarium explore the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. An ice fishing clinic, hikes at the nature center, horse-drawn wagon rides and an Alaska Malamute dog pull event are all part of the fun.

     All three days, the Arctic Avalanche toboggan run–a 350 ft. lighted toboggan run–is available (with free toboggans).

     Full schedule of events at JanBoree.org.