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Welcome to the Shine Kids Corner!☀️

This is our little corner of sunshine created for our favorite local kids and families.


~ Shine Storytime 2024 Dates ~

2024 Shine Story Time Dates Jefferson WI

Here you will find a mixture of upcoming events, Shine Storytime updates, recipes, kids’ activities, and more!

Next Shine Storytime with Ms. Adriane

☀️📖 Thursday, May 9 at 9:30 AM

Shine Storytime is held monthly on the community side of RE/MAX Shine located at 101 N. Main St, Jefferson, WI.

Children and caregivers enjoy a free hour of fun with a story, creative activities, and playtime. Sip a cup of coffee while connecting with other parents and kids from Jefferson County.

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Adriane Stuebs (Shine broker/owner), reads a story in front of the “Shine Van” at Wallace Park in Lake Mills

Upcoming Local Events for Families

Here are a few fun family-friendly activities happening around the Jefferson County area.

🌷 May Activities 🌷

🤸‍♀️ Check out Jump Around Gymnastics in Cottage Grove for Open Jump throughout the week!🤸‍♀️

May 2 — Garman Nature Preserve Hiking Tour: Enjoy a Spring Tour of Garman Nature Preserve in Waterloo

May 2 — Wilderness Academy: Map Your World: Science and Project-Based learning for ages 7+ from 10-11:30 AM at the Horicon March Education and Visitor Center

May 3 — Morning @ the Museum: Museum opens early for Kids 6 and Under to explore the Museum at their own pace at the Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson

May 4-5 — Dirt Days: Baby Animals, Farm Obstacle Course, Spring Craft, and more at the Spring Kickoff Event at Jelli’s Market in Helenville

May 5Meet the Rescues: Love horses? Come meet Horse Rescues at their free open house at North Winds Rescue and Healing between Cottage Grove and Deerfield

May 8 & 22Games Club: Enjoy board games, card games, BINGO, and more from 2:30-3:30 PM at the Watertown Public Library

☀️ May 9 — Shine Storytime: Story & activities with Ms. Adriane from 9:30-10:30 AM at RE/MAX Shine in Jefferson☀️ (Watch highlights from past story times on our YouTube channel)

May 9Little Naturalists: Spring Flowers: Help your littles develop a love for nature from 10:00-10:45 AM at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

May 11Kids’ Free Planting Event: Make Mother’s Day extra special at Theisen’s where kids can plant a free flower pot while supplies last at Theisen’s in Jefferson

May 11Pizza Party: Make Pizza, Enjoy Pizza Crafts & Activities during May’s Family Fun at the Johnson Creek Public Library

May 11Bird Lab: Bring your family to Bird Festival to enjoy nature, a Make and Take station, demonstrations, and more at the Horicon Marsh

May 13 Library Kids Club (for Kindergarten-5th graders): Do STEAM challenge, play games, read books, or make crafts from 3:30-4:30 PM at the Watertown Public Library.

May 14 Touch a Truck: Lake Mills Fire Department, Police, County Sheriff, and Tractor will be at McDonalds in Lake Mills

May 20 Lego Club: Join other Lego enthusiasts and build a Lego creation to fit the monthly theme at the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson.

May 22Bike Rodeo for Kids: Bike Activities and Safety Lessons for Students K-4 held by Lake Mills Optimists and the Lake Mills Police Department at the Lake Mills Elementary School

May 23Stop Motion Movies: Make stop motion movies with blocks, figurines, toy vehicles, etc. led by a librarian at the Jefferson Public Library

May 25Goat Meet and Greet & Street Art Project Reveal: Meet and Greet the Goats before they head to Goat Island for the Summer and Rotary Park in Jefferson

May 27Memorial Day Parade & Picnic: Honor fallen veterans during the parade and community celebration at Village Veterans Park in Cambridge

May 25Family Yoga: Connect with your family and move your body from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Watertown Public Library.

May 30Brew with a View: Enjoy live music and local food at beautiful Korth Park between 5-8 PM in Lake Mills

Be sure to check out more local library programs! There are many opportunities to Read to Dogs, do STEAM Challenges, and Meet with Homeschoolers.


Storytime & Other Fun Shine Activities

Last November’s Fall & Veteran’s Day Storytime

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Touch-A-Truck (or Staging Van 😉🚙☀️) in Lake Mills was so much fun!

We got to see so many friendly faces from the community and do crafts together in front of the iconic RE/MAX Shine Staging Van!

We hope this becomes an annual summertime event.

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August Shine Storytime Teddy Bear Picnic

We had such a fun Teddy Bear Picnic with stuffed animals for our August Storytime at St. Paul’s School in Lake Mills.

We love seeing our storytime friends & meeting new ones each month!

Enjoy this quick video of some of our Summer Shine Storytime fun on YouTube!

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May was a Special Mother’s Day Storytime

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Ms. Adriane’s Homemade Play-dough Recipe

Love the play-dough that was at November Story Time? This play-dough recipe feels great, smells great, and lasts a long time.

homemade playdough recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • food coloring (optional)
  • essential oils or spices (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients except the food coloring and oils/spices in a pot of lukewarm water.
  2. Stir over low heat until it’s a good dough consistency – it will be hard to stir.
  3. Remove dough from pot and allow it to cool a few minutes.
  4. Kneed in optional food coloring/essential oil/spices. Cinnamon and pumpkin spice are great for fall, but there are many other options, like lavender and orange!
  5. Now it’s ready for your kids (and you) to enjoy hours of creative play! 🧡

DIY Playdough Video

Ms. Adriane woke up super early to make this playdough for story time. Here’s a video so you can see how simple it is to make. Enjoy!


September Storytime

We had such a wonderful time with the families who attended Shine Storytime! We read a silly story, played with Calico Critters, babies, and trucks, put together an alphabet puzzle, and made fall creations with Play-Doh. Moms enjoyed iced coffee and the kids went home with a yummy snack. Thank you for coming!


Hooway for Wodney Wat Reading by Ms. Adriane

If you were unable to attend storytime, we missed you! Here’s Ms. Adriane reading Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester to your kids. This way your child can still enjoy a special piece of Shine Storytime (and maybe you can enjoy a few moments of peace 😉).


Shine Kids’ Activity Pages

Tap the button below to access Free Activity Pages we created to help you keep the kids’ hands and minds busy.

Mazes, Word Searches, and Coloring Sheets can be helpful while you’re viewing houses, if you need to leave for showings, or if it’s just been a long day and you need a little sunshine in your life!


School Supply Drive for Kids in Jefferson County, WI

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☀️ School Supply Drive with Jefferson County Board of Realtors

Thank you to everyone who helped us stuff the Shine van with donated school supplies to help local youth get ready for the school year!

School Supply Drive Stuff Shine Van