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Cozy Winter Cookies, Songs, and Stories

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

Winter may be more than a month away, but our household is already entering cozy mode. We're excited to share some sweet, tasty, and melodic collaborations happening with Playful Acorns!


Here's a glimpse of our December schedule featuring collaborative music and cookie decorating classes. All events are geared toward caregivers and their kids (ages 0-5) unless otherwise noted. Please note that some event registration is through our partner websites (linked in the descriptions). As always, we encourage you to share with your friends. Hope you can join us!


Cozy Winter Cookies and Stories



Dec. 8 (10-11 a.m. Friday): Cookie Decorating in Middleton ($60, RSVP)

  • Featuring Sweet Hive Bakery at Willy St Co-Op West Community Room, 6825 University Ave, Middleton

  • Enjoy coffee and hot chocolate, winter cookie decorating led by Gretchen Becker, storytime with Sam Haas, and toys and games for kids.

  • Space is limited; book your spot online in advance.


Winter Music and Storytime Programs




Dec. 6 (9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday): Music Class in Mount Horeb ($16, RSVP)

  • Kindermusik with The Wonder Studio, Icki Sticki, 1225 Springdale St, Mount Horeb

  • Order a drink/snack while kids play, enjoy a 45-minute music class with Angie Richter, and storytime with local author Elizabeth Seeliger.

  • Copies of Elizabeth's book "Big Feelings" will be available for sale, and you can also order online at pufferfishpublishing.com.

  • Space is limited; book your spot online in advance. No carry-in food/drink please.



Dec. 15 (9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday): Music Class in Madison ($16, RSVP)


Our Partners


I am so excited for all of these collaborative events and the partners who are involved! So, how do we know each other?


Gretchen with Sweet Hive Bakery and I met through Boss Mama, and I immediately fell in love with her baked goods -- especially her key lime pie cheesecake frosted cookies -- and her sweet personality to match.


We've been attending Music with Julie Mazer since my daughter was 4 months old -- nearly 2 years! We love to hear Julie sing, play guitar, and create lyrics on the spot to engage all kids and their interests.


Angie with The Wonder Studio invited my daughter and I to try one of her classes, and we discovered that she taught English at the same high school I attended but a few years apart! She brings her teaching background into her fun and educational Kindermusik classes, and she has a really interesting e-newsletter called the wonder list!


When I was first hanging up Playful Acorns flyers at local libraries and businesses this fall, I kept seeing one for the Mental Health and Wellness Fall Festival in Mount Horeb, a fundraiser for the CEDAR Center. I was interested in participating and connecting with one of the organizers and nonprofit board president, Elizabeth Seeliger. We both realized that we're children's picture book authors! We've collaborated to create a StoryWalk® from her first book that she wrote with her daughter called "Big Feelings" (learn more at Pufferfish Publishing). We're excited to continue partnering in the future!


Giving Back


One of our goals when creating Playful Acorns was to find ways to highlight the work of local nonprofits -- not only to increase awareness, but also to support them in their missions. Each month we will spotlight a new nonprofit, and a portion of sales from Pop-Up Play Cafe (Cross Plains and Verona) and special event bookings will be donated to that cause.



Through Dec. 31st: CEDAR Center

A portion of proceeds from our events through the end of 2023 will go toward the newly created nonprofit organization, called the CEDAR Center (Connected Equine Development and Rehabilitation Center) to increase access to animal-assisted therapy services. Learn more at cedarcenter.org. I first learned about CEDAR Center when I participated in the Mount Horeb Mental Health and Wellness Fall Festival fundraiser for the nonprofit in October 2023. Local author Elizabeth Seeliger, who collaborated with me to produce her "Big Feelings" book as a StoryWalk®, is CEDAR Center's board president.


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