Indoor Play for Family Fun Day at Young Auditorium

February 13, 2020

Escape the blustery weather and head indoors, Saturday, February 22nd from 1:30p-4:30p, for Family Fun Day at Young Auditorium. This free, open-house style event offers anything from obstacle courses and play zones to hands on learning and fun for all members of your family including a brand new Sensory Play Space. At 2p, catch the Kohl’s Wild Theater performance Welcome to the Zoo! Young Auditorium Director, Shannon Dozoryst shares all about this day with us.

Inside Scoop:

1:30 -4:30pm – Family Fun Day Open House Activities (*Free – No ticket required)

-Fort Health Care Railyard Obstacle Course System:
Fort Railyard Obstacle Course at Young Auditorium’s Family Fun Day 2019
“The Fort Railyard System is an indoor obstacle course – a series of ramps that are connected at different heights.  It is for all ages and physical ability, and encourages individuals to climb, crawl, duck and jump. It is fitness disguised as fun!” -Shannon Dozoryst, Young Auditorium Director
-GIANT Games & Face Painting
-Hands On Activity Table ‘Nutrition & Movement’
-Collaborative Art Projects and Exploratory Play Zones:
Sensory wall example from
“Exploratory play involves using all your senses.  In an exploratory play zone, children examine objects by looking, touching, listening and moving to learn about how they can influence the world around them.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Whitewater Community Foundation, we have just opened a brand new Sensory Play Space. This space includes a variety of “loose parts” or objects for imaginative and creative play, a weaving wall to explore different textiles, a magnetic wall, and a Lego wall.  The UW-W Children’s Center will also have other sensory play activities available in this space on Family Fun Day.” -Shannon Dozoryst, Young Auditorium Director
-STEM kits from Irvin L. Young Memorial Library -Amazing Blender Bike! Dozoryst shares, “In a nutshell, the Blender Bike is a human powered bicycle that blends smoothies!”
“Last year was our first event of this kind.  One moment that I remember vividly was watching a mom and dad sit on the floor in front of the puppet theater while their child performed a puppet show for them.  It was a quiet and special moment in a room where there was a lot of other activity going on.” -Shannon Dozoryst, Young Auditorium Director

2:00 -2:45pm – Kohl’s Wild Theatre presents Welcome to the Zoo! (*Free, but requires a ticket. Reserve/pick up tickets here: Ticket Services – 262-472-2222 in Greenhill Center of the Arts)

Puppetry in Welcome to the Zoo 📷Zoological Society | Paul Ruffolo
Dozoryst says, “Kohl’s Wild Theater is a program made possible by a partnership between Kohl’s, the Milwaukee County Zoo, and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.  This educational and fun-filled program provides theater performances with a conservation theme, using drama, songs and puppetry.”

The Goal:

Initially, the idea of Family Fun Day was born out of partnering with Fort Healthcare on the Fort Railyard Obstacle Course System. That expanded into an open house with various activities offered by other partners: UW-W Children’s Center, UW-W CARE (student organization), Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, Festival Foods, Kohl’s Wild Theatre, Premier Bank, UW-W Athletics (Willy Warhawk), Whitewater LEADS (Dolly Parton Imagination Library), and W3. You can enjoy concessions (cash only) and explore the resources available for families at Young Auditorium.
“The main goal is to promote healthy activities for families to live a well balanced lifestyle.  We believe that the arts are a core component of living your best life!” -Shannon Dozoryst, Young Auditorium Director
Grab the family and enjoy! For more details or to reserve tickets, head here.