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27th Street KinderCare

Nicki Chastain, Center Director

4854 S. 27th St. Milwaukee WI 53221
(414) 281-4396 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
South of Layton Ave. across street from Target.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Greenfield: Edgewood, Elm Dale Milwaukee: Cooper, Garland, Lowell, Rogers

When you join our 27th Street KinderCare family, your little one will receive specialized care from professionals who have the education and passion that your child deserves. While you're at work or school, we want you to feel as though your child is not only cared for in his/her routine needs, but being taught the skills young children need to grow up to be independent little ones. We are located at the intersection of 27th Street and Layton Avenue and on a major bus line. We look forward to your meeting your family soon! WE ARE THE ONLY 5 STAR PROVIDER IN THE 53221 ZIP CODE!!!

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Welcome

Welcome to our KinderCare on 27th Street. We are a 5 star provider and a nationally accredited center! We provide the highest level of quality within the center through our passionate and engaging teachers who provide care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children. Your child will have fun learning while exploring in our learning centers that include dramatic play, science, building, art, and so many more! We also provide a print-rich environment that supports their early literacy and writing skills by utilizing small and large group activities and providing all-day access to a library area. We would love the opportunity to give you a tour of our center and show you how everything we do is designed for learning! We are excited to meet with you and your family.

Nicki Chastain, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at 27th Street KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. We believe strongly that we are more than a daycare; we're a school. Our teachers create an outstanding learning environment for the children and actively engage them in learning all throughout the day. The majority of our teachers have their Associate’s Degree or their Bachelor’s Degree and continue to strive for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company professional development trainings, as well as seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Nicki Chastain

    Nicki Chastain, Center Director

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...
    Dr. Seuss

    Nicki has always enjoyed working with young children since she was a young teen.  Her passion is to provide quality learning experiences for all the children.  She enjoys watching each child grow and develop into unique individuals.  She enjoys being apart of each child's growth and development, helping children learn and grow from the world around them.  She leads a strong team of teachers that share her passion for young children as well as teaching.  She loves spending time with her two children Brittany and Brandon. Nicki loves to go to the movies and scrapbook her favorite memories.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicki has been with KinderCare since 1998. She worked at several of our locations in a variety of roles. She has her CDA in Preschool along with her Administrator Credential. She is a mother of two children and has always enjoyed working with children since she was young.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    It's The Bear! by Jez Alborough
    Year Started:
    1/22/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Administrator Credential
  • Robin Shaw

    Robin Shaw, Assistant Director

    Broken crayons still color" 
     

    Robin has always had a love for children dating back to her childhood. 
    She enjoys watching them grow and helping them learn. As well as learning from them by taking advantage of every "teachable" moment. Robin is also the mother of 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl who were also Kinder Care children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Robin has worked in the childcare field for 16 yrs. She has worked for Kinder Care for 4 yrs before leaving to work for RKCAA Headstart as a preschool teacher for 4 years. Robin then returned to Kinder Care as lead teacher in the preschool room at our Racine location before being promoted to Program Specialist at the S. 27th location.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
    Year Started:
    6/25/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 yrs
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Chidhood Education CPR and First Aid Shaken Baby SIDS
  • Stephanie Wilmore

    Stephanie Wilmore, Assistant Director

    Stephanie moved to Milwaukee after graduating high school in Indiana to attend and play softball at Alverno College. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Creative Arts in December of 2013. After, she started working part-time at KinderCare while coaching and recruiting at the collegiate level. While working part-time, she also worked for Alverno College and worked towards her Master's in Adult Education, Organizational Development. She is currently the Assistant Director at KinderCare. In her free time, she runs her own business training softball girl's in the Milwaukee Metro develop their skills and helps high schooler's get recruited to play in college.

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute Teacher for Teacher's on Call - Elementary Age; Milwaukee Public Schools, West Allis, Greenfield, and Greendale. DPI License Teacher for children ranging in ages infant to 5th grade.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    All books by Judy Bloom
    Year Started:
    1/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, Minor in Creative Arts; Master's in Adult Education, Organizational Development; WI Department of Public Instruction Birth-5th Grade; Certified in CPR, First Aid, AED, Child Abuse and Neglect, SIDS, and Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Karen

    Karen,

    Karen has workd in early childhood for over 20 years. She enjoys camping, swimming, cooking,and traveling.  She also love to do counted cross stitch and crochet.  Karen really loves to work with children.  It is so exciting to see them light up when we do something new and she cherishes all of their smiles.  Karen is also the proud mother of three children her youngest is Celeste and she has 2 boys Mitchell and Jr.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!
    Year Started:
    8/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Intro to Early ChildHood, Skills and Stategies of Early Childhood
  • Kayla,

  • Kayla

    Kayla,

  • LaTosha,

  • Laura,

  • Ms. Cassandra, Discovery Preschool

    Is currently a junior at UWM, pursuing a Bachlor's in Community Engagement for Education with a minor in Child Care. Cassandra began babysitting at a young age and new she enjoyed working with children. Outside of school and work, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She has been to Mexico, the Caribbean, Jamaica and she is planning to travel to Ireland in the near future. Her favorite thing about teaching is guiding and experiencing important milestone with the children and sharing those exciting moments with their families.  

    Favorite Children's Book:
    When You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    6/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Rosali

    Ms. Rosali, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Rosalita was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the US when she was 10 years old. After high school, she moved back to Puerto Rico for one year to spend more time with her family. She became interested in working with children when she was in high school as she babysat for many family friends. Years later, she now has taken early childhood courses through MATC. In order to use her knowledge of early learning, she looked to find a teaching job at a early learning center. A good friend told her about KinderCare and after learning more about the company and its highly engaging curriculum, she knew it was a place she wanted to work. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to music and having cookouts with her family and friends. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    3/17/2016
  • Ms. Robin, Infant

    It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation." John Gray "Children are from Heaven

    I come from a family of nine in which I am third from last. I did babysitting for my neices and nephews all the time. I have been married since 1980 and had three boys and a daughter with my wonderful husband. The boys blessed us with two children each. (Four boys and Two girls) I was always watching children and loved the imaginations of how the children perceive things in their eyes. I really love working with the families and their children. My Bachelors will be in Birth-to-Three so that I can help more one-on-one with them. 

    Previous Experience:
    Other than raising four children and helping raise six grandchildren I have also worked at Rainbow Childcare in Monroe, Wi., The Gingerbread House in Wisc. Rapids, Wi., and at Kinder Care since 2006.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I have always loved "Where the Wild Things Are" The adventure reminds me of when I grew up and I hiked a lot of the bluffs where my grandparents lived.
    Year Started:
    3/6/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 20 years
    Education:
    CDA, Working on Bachelors, CPR, First Aid, Sids,
  • Ms. Jane

    Ms. Jane, Preschool Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
    Year Started:
    5/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Alexia, Schoolage

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    5/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Sunday

    Sunday, Teacher

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
    - Nelson Mandela

    I grew up in a small town in Georgia. Later I began my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia. As a child,Girl Scouts had always played a major role in my life, teaching young girls to do exciting things. My adventure began in elementary school and it continued as co-leader in my daughters troop while she progressed through school and the ranks of scouts herself. I taught pre kindergarten at a private Christian preschool in Fayetteville, Georgia until it closed its doors when the owners retired. This was the perfect opportunity for a new adventure and the opportunity to move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. KinderCare gave me the opportunity to continue to teach and enjoy my gifts and skills in education.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as lead teacher at a private Christian preschool in Fayetteville, Georgia for twelve years. After moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin I began my adventure with KinderCare teaching and learning all things about living in the north.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are. by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    3/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Assiocate in ECE
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, Toddler Classroom

    Angie has her Bachelor’s in English from Western Illinois University. A year after graduating, she moved to Wisconsin with husband and now has five boys. Always keeping her busy, her boys participate in many sports including baseball, basketball, football and soccer. She enjoys going to their events and cheering them on! She was a nanny while in college and has always enjoyed working with children. KinderCare gives her the opportunity to have a positive impact on children’s lives.  

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
  • Danielle

    Danielle, Toddlers

    Strive to be the best you can be.
     

    Born and raised in Milwaukee,Wisconsin in Decemeber 11,1980. I have two older brothers and two little sisters. Both of parents are very much involved in my life. When I was a kid, around 10 years old. I use to love to play school with my friends in the backyard. I use to take plain white paper and make up worksheets and quizzes for my friends to do. Right then I knew, I wanted to be a teacher. While attending Middle and High School, that passion for teaching was still there. When my senior year came, I started looking at different Colleges I'd like to attend, but before I could start applying to any, I received devastating news that my uncle had passed away. I became very depressed and no longer wanted to pursue going to college. So I focused on just working and helping my mom. 12 years has passed. I now have two beautiful children, a daughter who is 8 and a son who is 3. They are my life. They are the reason why I decided to finally go for my goal of becoming a teacher. I no longer have to drream, because now my dream has come true.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    4/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Briana

    Ms. Briana, Toddler

    Ms. Briana really enjoys taking care of the children and teaching them through play. As a parent, she knows that a teacher has an awesome responsibility to make learning fun in a safe environment.  She works to partner with the families to set goals and to have two-way communication.  Being a team with the families, create a sense of family and working together helps the children to be prepared for school.

    Year Started:
    9/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate's in Early Childhood Education, CPR and First Aid Certified, Child Abuse and Neglect, SIDS, and Shaken Baby Syndrome Certified
  • Ms. Stef

    Ms. Stef, School Age Classroom

    While Ms. Stef was in high school, she took college courses in Early Childhood Education and completed an internship in an elementary school. During that time, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in education. Ms. Stef graduated from Alverno College in December of 2013 with her Bacherlor's degree and is returning to get her Master's degree. She is passionate about using her knowledge about children and education to provide a positive, learning environment for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Stef worked within West Allis and Milwaukee Public Schools as a student teacher while working to achieve her Bachelor's Degree.
    Year Started:
    1/18/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree, Department of Public Instruction (DPI) License, CPR and First Aid Certified, Child Abuse and Neglect, SIDS, and Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Multiple Classrooms

    Ms. Monica has always had a passion for young children and education.  Her father is a principal at an elementary/middle school and he passed on his passion to Monica.  She started babysitting at a young age and helped at the local school during the summer.  She is excited to be working here as she continues to work towards her degree in education.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    9/15/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Pursuing an Associate's in Early Childhood Education, CPR and First Aid Certified, Child Abuse and Neglect, SIDS, and Shaken Baby Syndrome Certified
  • Ms. Marjorie

    Ms. Marjorie, Infants & Toddlers

    Marjorie joined KinderCare in May, 2015 and was worked in the early childcare field for over 9 years. Her passion for teaching comes from the love she gives when working with infants and Toddlers. At the end of the day Marjorie loves the feeling of knowing that she has kept the children in her care safe, happy and provided them with the best day possible! Marjorie is the mother of one daughter and loves spending time with her in the pool.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    5/29/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Working on CDA, 372 hours of Child Development Coursework with the Wisconsin State Registry, CPR and First Aid Certified, Child Abuse and Neglect, SIDS, and Shaken Baby Syndrome

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

About Our Center

At South 27th Street KinderCare your child will have the opportunity to grow in every way; they will develop great friendships and most of all, we guarantee that he or she will have a blast! Summer is here and we have exciting shows, water play days, and super fun projects to look forward to. Come Join Us!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

Our center is closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

The health and safety for all of our children and families is a top priority. Safety starts at the front door at our center with a secure entry. Only families with the door code may enter through the front door. Anybody at the door without the code cannot enter the building until their identification has been checked. Safety continues throughout the day as the teachers sign the children into their rosters and complete a name to face check every thirty minutes to ensure the children's whereabouts. When the children are outside playing, they are on our fenced in playgrounds and have age appropriate outside activities to participate in. As you may know, young children especially infants and toddlers love to put toys in their mouths. Our teachers do a fantastic job making sure all toys that were mouthed by a child are sanitized before they are put back on the toy shelves to be played with again. Throughout the day, our teachers are always washing their hands and the children's hands especially before and after eating, after using the restroom or diaper change, and those messy projects they are participating in. At the end of the day and throughout the day, our teachers complete a cleaning checklist to ensure the classrooms are being properly cleaned and sanitized. We have many children at our center with allergies or special health needs. Our teachers have strong communication with our families about the health needs of the children. We have practices in place if you child has allergies, asthma, or any other health concern and all of our teachers are certified in CPR and First Aid. We pride ourselves in having strong communication and standards in place to ensure your child is safe and well cared for.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

As a dad I am very protective of my daughters and I have 3 of them that attend the South 27th Street location. What I love most about the center is that I know my girls are safe and having fun. My toddler used to have the hardest time when I dropped her off and the teachers would show her so much love to help her feel more comfortable. Her teacher would call me less than ten minutes later and I could hear my daughter laughing in the background! I am glad my girls are growing up at KinderCare!

- Father

My son has been at KinderCare for the last two years and we will NEVER need to look elsewhere.  My wife and I are confident in the education and care he is receiving.  Even before we get in the car, he is telling us about his day and what he did with his friends.  We laugh at the photos they send home of the different activities they do; he is always so serious when he is writing or completing an art project. Because of his experience at KinderCare, he will be both academically and socially ready to start Kindergarten soon.

- Father

When I was first looking for childcare for my daughter, I was extremely nervous. My daughter was only one years old and had never been away from family. The teachers at KinderCare were very caring and made our family feel welcomed from the first time we met them. My daughter started in the toddler classroom and now is in the preschool classroom. Everyday she tells me what she learned and sings me the songs they have learned. When my second daughter was born, I felt confident in enrolling her as well. She is happy and well cared for in the infant classroom. I expected to find a childcare center, but I found a school and family that helps my children learn every day.

- Mother
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Resources for Parents

Download helpful guides and other resources to make your child care decisions easy.

Local Resources

  • How do I Apply for Wisconsin Shares Child Care Assistance? - Looking where to start to get state assistance to help with child care tuition? Use this link to learn more!
  • Authorization Questions and Answers - Have questions about authorizations? This link will help with common questions.
  • Birth to 3 Program - The first three years are the most important building blocks of your child’s future. The Birth to 3 Program is a federally-mandated program (Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—IDEA) to support families of children with delays or disabilities under the age of three. For more information on the Birth to 3 Program, please use the link provided.
  • BadgerCare Plus - A ForwardHealth Program - BadgerCare Plus is a health care coverage program for low-income Wisconsin residents.
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) - The purpose of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is to promote and maintain the health and well-being of nutritionally at-risk pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, supplemental nutritious foods, and referrals to other healthy and nutrition services.
  • Child Product Recalls - Providing information to help keep kids safe, protecting them from injury and exploitation. A monthly summary of children's products recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Fun Family Activities in Wisconsin - The state of Wisconsin welcomes visitors from far and wide with countless yearly travel options. Visit natural wonders, such as Cave of the Mounds or the Apostle Islands. Experience outdoor Wisconsin, an incomparable paradise for hunters, fishermen and campers. Foodies, wine and beer lovers will delight in discovering Wisconsin’s artisan cheese makers, wineries, and breweries, as well as farmers markets and award-winning restaurants. Great places like Wisconsin Dells, Door County and Lake Geneva offer options for family fun as well as resorts and cabins for romantic getaways. Travel Wisconsin has something special in store for everyone!

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