Custom-Created Coloring for Kids (& Adults) @ NFE2017

Carolynn Schwartz, aka SoulMama, is many things: a wife, mother of two boys, a
singer/songwriter, a podcaster and voice actor, an activist, a crafter, a blogger, a "foulmouthed
doodler," and now at 46, a graphic artist.

She learned to doodle from he rmother, but took it to the next level when she discovered the meditative nature of coloring with her own kiddos.

We are so thrilled to announce that Carolynn will be creating coloring pages specially for the 2017 Natural Family Expo! Based on the survey we posted in our Facebook Event, Carolynn will be creating a "LOVE" coloring sheet as well as "F is for Family."  AND because adults like to color too, she's providing some of her favorite doodles from her coloring books for grown-ups - such as "I adulted today" seen above. 

Stop by Carolynn's SoulMama booth at the Expo to say Hi and check out more of her cool hand-crafted merchandise!

Zimbrick Family Eve - Dec 31st

We at the Natural Family Expo are thrilled to co-promote this great FAMILY FRIENDLY New Year's Eve event!  Zimbrick Family Eve presented by KEVA Sports Center is co-sponsored by one of the Natural Family Expo's annual sponsors: Keva Sports Center.  The New Year's festivities will be held at their facility as well as the Monona Terrace - home to the Natural Family Expo.

December 31, 2016
Monona Terrace from 5pm to 9pm with a countdown and balloon drop at 8:30pm.
KEVA Sports Center from 4pm to 8pm with a countdown and balloon drop at 7:30pm.

EVENTS and activities:
TJ HOWELL: Juggling &
Unicycle Shows
Glen Gerard Magic Shows
Bubble Wonders /Geoff Akins-Hannah
Circus Area
Infinity Martial Arts
Open play sports
Face painting, caricature
Artists, and craft areas
Live animals from the Henry Vilas Zoo
Bounce houses
And TONS more!
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More info/purchase tickets:
Adults: $8 in advance, $12 day of event
Children ages 4-17: $6 in advance, $8 day of event
Children 3 years old TICKETS and under are free

Why the 4th Annual Natural Family Expo is Going to Rock Your World

As organizers of the Natural Family Expo, our goal is to make the event better every year -- and we think 2016 is definitely going to be the best yet! 

Accessibility is important to us.  We want the Expo to be enjoyed by a broad range of area families.  That’s one of the reasons we chose Monona Terrace for the venue.  It’s an easy landmark and centrally located.  It’s also on the bus lines and has plenty of nearby free parking on Sundays.  This year we wanted to go further – to make the Expo truly accessible - we wanted the event to be free.  

We worked extremely hard to find additional major sponsors for 2016. We’re thrilled to report that Summit Credit Union and Smart Motors joined the event’s other major sponsors: Willy Street Co-op, Blue River Chiropractic, Wildwood Family Clinics, and Happy Bambino.  Thanks to all of these generous sponsors, there is NO fee to attend the 2016 Natural Family Expo – it is free and open to the community. 

The 4th Annual Natural Family Expo opens its doors at 10am on Sunday March 13.  Earlybirds will get the worm! Those arriving at 10 will be treated to a welcome performance from Drum Power’s drumming students and be first in line for swag bags. 

The performances on our Main Stage kick off at 10:15 am when Cashel Dennehy Irish Dance performs and teaches a jig lesson!  This year we tried to bring in a number of fresh new acts.  So in addition to annual favorites – like Cashel Dennehy, Raizes do Brasil Capoeira, and Sparkle & Burn Hoop Dance – we’ve got comedy magician Nickey Fynn (runner up in the 2015 World Championships of Street Magic) and the (incomparable) Truly Remarkable Loon – juggler extraordinaire!  

WORT 89.9 FM will be live recording its Pachyderm Parade radio show at the Natural Family Expo.  During their show you’ll be treated to performances by Midnight Voices (an all girls all-star high school A Capella group) and Declan Killeen-Toomey, a 5-year old violin prodigy who - playing festive Irish tunes. If you want an encore, you can tune into to Pachyderm Parade that evening on WORT and hear the show that was recorded at the Expo!

The International Dance Showcase features three local high school dance groups: Nkauj Hmoob Madison Hmong Dance, Kioja Dance Team (step dances combining military drill & African Welly "gumboot" dances), and Hip Hop Movement. One of the area’s best hip hop dancers, Sage Kooy Buie will follow.  Did you want a chance to dance? We thought so. The audience will get a chance to wrap the show.  

A few other acts worth mentioning…The Babywearing Fashion show is back! This year’s fashion show is sponsored by Happy Bambino and organized/modeled by Babywearing International of Madison.  Preview the latest greatest baby carriers and carries. Finally, Infinity Martial Arts’ showcase team seriously blew our minds – so much so that we pre-scheduled an encore performance at the Expo.  We think you’ll be blown away!