Categotry Archives: Kids


Rain, Rain, Go Away

Categories: Entertainment, Informative, Kids, Park Activities

The bike repair event still happened on May 19th despite the rain, and it really came down during part of the evening. But rain or shine was what we promoted… and rain or shine is what we’ll do. Hey, there’s a shelter!


Anyway, rain isn’t enough to keep kids away from our beautiful park and playground. That night, we broke out a grill and cooked beef hot dogs for mechanics and kids. Jeff Fitzgerald from Revolution Cycles joined us for a while, too.

Next repair night is June 16th. As always, walk or ride your bike up and get some work done. Hang out, learn something, eat a hot dog 🙂

Remaining dates: June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15


Saturday Soccer in the Park

Categories: Entertainment, Kids, Park Activities


Yesterday, I launched Saturday Soccer, a casual kick-around for area kiddos. All youth players are welcome to attend, though I’m trying to focus on ages 5-10. Roughly the first half of the hour session will be going over soccer basics, like trapping and passing, then we’ll break away to a short-sided game with small goals and no

Just telling a few neighborhood kids, and no flyering, I had about 7 lil’ dudes show up. That was perfect because I was without an adult helper, which I’ll need when numbers grow. I passed a ball around with Fred and Anthony, then had them take shots on a super-wide goal. Really, it was ridiculously wide.

ss-090713-2We’d been kicking it around for a bit when Samuka, Boss and Omar dropped in.  Those three have more soccer experience so I threw out a couple orange pinnies, set up a couple flagged goals, and went right into a game–barefooted. Yep, played some good ol’ bare-footie. See, the inimitable trio went shoeless so I, thinking I had the advantage of not only age and strength but also cleats, tossed off my boots and socks and joined in.

ss-090713-3So, my feet hurt today but what a blast! Of course, as this program matures kids will get decked out with proper attire. Tony Feller and folks in MAYSA donated (that morning!) a dozen Size 3 soccer balls, and Tony extended his and MAYSA’s help when procuring equipment for future soccer modules, and also kits when we gather enough players to start an area club team… which would be awesome!

Soccer balls donated from MAYSA

Soccer balls donated from MAYSA

Kids from all around can participate. Be on time! It starts at 10:30, ends at 11:30. Parents are encouraged to attend, too. Bring something to snack on, or host a potluck picnic to follow the soccer hour. I’m open to suggestions and I’ll always welcome help. Saturday Soccer is going through the end of October, and another will follow next Spring. I plan to offer this four times next year.

If you have questions or comments, please get in touch.



2013 Yard Sign Design Contest

Categories: Contest, Entertainment, Kids


We’re having a design contest open to all
Darbo/Worthington kids ages 5-9!

WPNA received a mini-grant from Goodman Community Center, which was made possible by Madison Community Foundation, to hold this contest. The winning drawing will be printed on 100 12″x18″ yard signs. The winner will receive a full color poster of the drawing, and the drawing will be on display throughout the neighborhood.

Either print out this form or get a copy from Will Green at Salvation Army, Becky Green at Mentoring Positives, Deenah Givens at Goodman Center or Fabiola Hamdan at Joining Forces for Families, and have your child draw and color what he or she likes about our community. It can be anything! (One entry per child, please.)

The deadline for submitting a drawing is July 28th, Deadline Extended! Drawings are due by August 18th. All information must be included on the form in order to be accepted. Please coordinate drop off to one of the folks mentioned above, or mail to the WPNA office at 414 Rethke Ave, Madison, WI 53704. A winning drawing will be selected and presented at the Darbo Family Picnic on August 24, 2013.

The contest is only open to kids in the Darbo/Worthington neighborhood. Any questions, please e-mail for more information, or catch me when you see me in the neighborhood.

Have fun!