Winter Wander 2019-2020

Winter Wander offers daily field trips and adventure-themed activities for students in grades 3-5 on select days over their winter break. Small group sizes and engaging staff provide the perfect environment for children to grow in self-confidence and build friendships.

Winter Wander Base Camp  |  Wisconsin Youth Company Office, 1201 McKenna Blvd., Madison

Winter Wander trips run from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 

  • Daily drop-off is between 8-8:30 a.m.
  • Pick-up between 4:30-5 p.m.

Students will be transported to and from Wisconsin Youth Company for daily field trips either by Wisconsin Youth Company van or by school bus. 

2019-2020 Winter Wander Adventure Trips 

Madison  |  Middleton  |  Mt. Horeb  |  Waunakee

Thursday, December 26   $75 per child  |  Discovery World, Milwaukee

We will experience hands on fun with science, technology, engineering, and math as we travel to Milwaukee’s Discovery World Museum. Participants will enter virtual worlds, challenge their brains with puzzles and explore deep underwater at the Reiman Aquarium.

Please pack a water bottle and a non-refrigerated lunch on this day.

Friday, December 27   $75 per child  |  Kalahari Waterpark, WI Dells

We’re ending 2019 with a splash at Kalahari Indoor Waterpark! Participants can float along the lazy river or speed down water slides. This day also includes a pizza lunch to celebrate the end of the year.

Participants must be a level yellow, green or double green on Wisconsin Youth Company’s Swim and Aquatic Permission Form

Madison Only

Thursday, January 2  |  $75 per child   Chula Vista Waterpark, WI Dells

We’re sliding into 2020 at Chula Vista Indoor Waterpark. Participants will take a break from the cold as they swim, slide and splash the day away. Pizza will be provided for lunch.

Participants must be a level yellow, green or double green on Wisconsin Youth Company’s Swim and Aquatic Permission Form

Friday, January 3  |  $75 per child   Cascade Mountain, Portage

This entire day is devoted to snow, hills & tubing. Board the bus as we head north for a full day at Cascade Mountain. Participants will only be snow tubing. Skiing and snowboarding will not be permitted. The majority of the day will be spent outside; participants should dress in warm layers for comfort.

Please pack a water bottle and a non-refrigerated lunch on this day.

Important Trip Information

Registration Deadline  |  Wednesday, December 18, by 5 p.m.  |  For all program dates

Deposit  |  $10 deposit per child, per day is due at time of registration

Balance of Fees  |  Balance of program fees is due five business days prior to program date. Deposits and remaining fees due are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Daily Snacks  |  Morning and afternoon snack will be provided

Swim Level  |  If registering for waterpark trips on December 27 or January 2, student must be a swim level yellow, green, or double green on Wisconsin Youth Company’s Swim and Aquatic Permission Form

Packing List  |  All participants should come prepared to be outdoors  |  Bring snow pants, boots, coat, hat, and gloves  Bring a water bottle and a non-refrigerated lunch when lunch is not provided  |  Wear sturdy shoes  If registered for a waterpark program, wear swimsuit and bring provided swim shirt and towel

Weather Related Changes and Cancellations  If weather conditions (extreme cold or snow) prevent regular planned activities from occurring, an alternate activity will be provided. Please see below for a list of possible alternate activities. If weather conditions have the potential to cause a dangerous situation for staff or families, Winter Wander will not operate.  Wisconsin Youth Company will do their best to notify families as soon as possible in the case that a program is cancelled. An announcement will be made via email and on our website. Families will also be notified of the cancellation via text message. There is no credit or fee reduction for days missed.

Possible Alternate Activities:

  • Bowling at Schwoegler’s
  • Movie at a local theater
  • Indoor mini-golf at Vitense
  • Winter disc golf or sledding at Elver Park