(Beaver Dam) The first-ever Beaver Dam Citywide Youth Festival is being held this weekend. The festival highlights a dozen community assets and events with special activities, open houses and free entry or discounted prices. Organizer Marilyn Reichl says it is surprising to her how many people do not know about all of the entertainment, athletic and cultural offerings for children available in the community from parks to theaters, ice skating to music making.
The opportunities being offered both days include discounted bowling at Tower Lanes, along with access to their volleyball courts, from 11am until 6pm. The new Seippel Center for Music and the Arts will be open from 9am until 4pm each day with a craft fair, lawn games and live music starting at noon. Badgerland Youth For Christ is opening their new teen center “The Loft” from 10am until noon on Saturday and noon to 2pm on Sunday. The Family Center has free admission to their hockey tournament between 8am and 6pm with an open skate during intermission. There are also family-friendly shows at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre and Rogers Cinema, where kids checking out the latest movies will get free popcorn and games.
Saturday-only offerings include a space-themed party at the library from 10am until noon with arts and crafts, special guests and costumes welcomed. Dance Now! Studios has an open house from 10am until noon with sessions focused on ballet, jazz and pom-poms. The YMCA of Dodge County has open pool and open gym starting at 1pm. The Youth Festival has also partnered with the MUTED Festival at Swan Park. Musicians United To End Displacement is a fundraising music festival for the New Beginnings Homeless Shelter.
There is one Sunday-only item: an open house at the new Beaver Dam High School Field House which will be open to the public from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.