Last weekend we had a fantastic morning hanging out at The Umbrella Bar high up on the hill of The Rock Complex in Franklin for our first annual Hanging with Heroes Event! We had a bright sun in the sky and even brighter smiles on families’ faces as they enjoyed all the fun activities this event had to offer. Thanks to North Shore Bank, who made this event possible, we welcomed about 200 people to enjoy a morning filled with bubbles, bouncing, baseball, BubbleBall and of course….Superheroes!
The Venue :: The Rock Complex and Umbrella Bar
The Rock Complex is a venue unlike any other in the Milwaukee area. Not only do they have MLB replica fields for leagues to play on, snow hills to tube down in the winter, and bike trails to tear it up on….they also have The Umbrella Bar. Set atop a hill, this pavilion allows people to watch the games below while sipping a drink and taking in the best sunsets in the area. It’s hard to beat the view! Be sure to check them out this summer, especially since they have a live music series that is very popular. Thanks to The Rock, we were even able to welcome players and coaches from The Milwaukee Wave as well as Brad Beach!
The Food :: Angelic Bakehouse, FLYJOY and Fruigees
An event about superheroes calls for superfoods – foods made from real ingredients that make you feel good. We are proud to feature one of our favorite local brands, Angelic Bakehouse, a Cudahy-based company that specializes in creating products with sprouted grains. Everyone loved the strawberry wraps and 7-grain bread served on site, plus the wraps that everyone got in their swag bags. You’ll find Angelic products all over the Milwaukee area!
We also had great snacks for both the swag bags and the food table from FLYJOY and Fruigees. FLYJOY makes balanced quinoa energy bars are made with only the highest quality ingredients like quinoa, chia, and flax, giving your body the fuel it needs to live life to the fullest. And if you’re looking for a convenient snack solution on the go, give Fruigees a try! Fruigees is the organic fruit snack in a squeeze pack made from 1/2 cup of fruit and veggie juices. Unlike most squeeze packs made from purees and applesauce, Fruigees uses juice to give their snacks bold, bright flavors and a unique, smooth consistency. Each Fruigees offers everyone a low calorie snack with no added sugar and 100% daily value of vitamin C. USDA organic, non-GMO verified, kosher, naturally gluten-free, and vegan.
The Sponsors and Activities
The heart of this event was highlighting local heroes as well as businesses who are interested in the next generation of heroes and we were over-the-moon with the variety of fun activities and resources for families that were presented.
North Shore Bank ::
We were thrilled to have North Shore Bank as a Title Sponsor for this event! North Shore Bank is an advocate for its customers and communities, lending them support since 1923. While the bank now offers online and mobile banking and other modern banking conveniences, it has stayed true to its roots. North Shore Bank is about helping families handle their day-to-day finances, purchase or remodel a home, plan for retirement, or grow a business. Let North Shore Bank help you with your financial needs and goals.
Southwest YMCA, Kids in Motion, Target ::
With five locations around the greater Milwaukee area, there is sure to be a Southwest YMCA facility near you. The Y is so much more that most people know. They are a welcoming place to connect and learn with others. The folks from Kids in Motion got to chat about this amazing indoor play space in New Berlin that offers the perfect solution for parents on rainy days, the months when the weather turns cold, or just when the kids need to get the sillies out and parents need a break. Plus, they gave away a free week of summer camp! And our friends from the Franklin and Racine Target stores had a blast sharing all kinds of fun goodies with families, from reusable Target totes to bubble bottles and so much more. We all know how much moms love Target!
Usborne Books and More, Ink to the People, The Prairie School ::
Christina Manning of Usborne Books got to show off all the beautiful, flap-filled books that make learning about reading fun for kids of all ages! We love how much fun these books are and both parents and kids really enjoyed checking out all the colorful options. Ink to the People helped kids make their own superhero capes and also got to show off the custom shirts they have created to help MKE Moms Blog support area non-profits, especially featuring our LoveMKE and Local Hero Shirts that are currently on sale to benefit Camp Hometown Heroes until July! The Prairie School was on site with fun activities as well as sharing more info about their private school that helps prepare kids for college starting at the earliest grade levels.
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Children’s Orchard, CrossPoint Church and Bounce n Jump a Rama ::
So many fun activities thanks to these sponsors! Children’s Orchard of New Berlin brought face painting and balloon creations from Jester Fun Entertainment and there was always a line for these amazing creations. Children’s Orchard is a resale shop for kids’ clothing and products located right next door to Kids in Motion. CrossPoint Church kept plenty busy making refreshing Sno Cones and Bounce n Jump a Rama provided a ninja turtle bounce house that helped kids work off the sugar rush from the Sno Cones!
Mad Science of Milwaukee, SaintA and Camp Hometown Heroes ::
In addition to superheroes, we also had come super SCIENCE! Mad Science of Milwaukee had mad scientist on site teaching kids about sublimation and he was a HUGE hit! Check out their birthday parties and summer camps! Our non-profit partners, SaintA and Camp Hometown Heroes, also got to talk to families more about the ways they are making a difference in the Milwaukee community. In fact, proceeds from ticket sales allowed us to donate $150 to Camp Hometown Heroes!
More Activities ::
Between Sponge Baseball, bag toss, Giant Bubbles, a pool of water beads filled with prizes, a photo booth, sidewalk chalk and more…..there was plenty to do to keep kids busy!
Everyone would agree that one of the biggest highlights of this event was the amazing team of superheroes that came to hang out with families, posing for photos and really delighting every kid they met. Spiderman, Wonder Woman and Batman were able to be there on behalf of Dream Parties, a company Milwaukee parents are going to want to remember. Not only do they have phenomenal superheroes, but also princesses! If you have a birthday party or other event coming up where you’ll need a character appearance, definitely give Dream Parties a call! We love working with them and their characters are top notch.
If you’ve ever dreamed about wrapping your kid up in bubble wrap and sending them off to play, you would LOVE the opportunity to play BubbleBall! Available for parties, corporate events and more, BubbleBall Sportz gives both kids and adults the chance to play soccer in a way they’ve never experienced before. Even Spiderman and Wonder Woman got in on the fun!
The Real Heroes
One of our favorite things about this event how it gives us the opportunity to feature local heroes and all the hard work they do to keep our communities safe. A huge thank you to the Franklin Police Department and Franklin Fire and Rescue for coming out to The Rock to spend the morning with us and also for the brave service they give our community!
The Giveaways and Swag
As if all this weren’t enough, guests also got all sort of fun goodies thanks to our swag and giveaway sponsors! These amazing swag bags on behalf of Ink to the People were filled with great products from these great brands:
Plus, our giveaway table was filled with great prizes for people to enter to win, from a Palermo’s Prize back to a basket full of Silikids products that had one mama grinning with delight when she won! Thank you to our giveaway sponsors:
We also want to say a special thank you to Mysie Sabin who gave of her time and talents on short notice to be our second face painter to make sure that all the kids who wanted a fabulous piece of art on their adorable faces wouldn’t have to wait forever to do so. Thank you Mysie!
And a HUGE shout-out to Sara of Freckledfox Photography for all the beautiful images of this day! If you are looking for a photographer for any sort of life event — birth, family, lifestyle portraits, and more — we cannot recommend Sara highly enough!
Thank you to Ink to the People who made this super fun video to showcase this fun morning:
Of course, none of these events would be possible without the amazing team of moms who work so hard behind the scenes and on the day of. From planning to hauling and setting up and tearing down, we are indebted to the hard-working women who make these events so incredible. To the MkeMB Team — THANK YOU. You are superheroes indeed.
We hope you will join us at our next family event! In the meantime, be sure to check out the FULL EVENT PHOTO GALLERY on Facebook.