Elizabeth Braatz

Elizabeth Braatz was born and raised in Mequon and now lives in Thiensville with her husband and 3 children. She writes for Metroparent Magazine and blogs at MilwaukeeMoms.com.

Get to Know Your Parks Series: Mequon Community Park

Read a book, slide and swim. The Mequon Community Park is a vital resource for our community, as it links the Mequon-Thiensville library, public pool, Ozaukee Interurban Trail and a fantastic park for families. Picture this fun summer day . . . Meet your friends and their kids at the Mequon Community Park for a playdate on the tot pirate ship playground. Munch peanut butter and jelly ... [Read more]

Thiensville’s Independence Day Party: Family Fun Before the 4th

If you haven’t participated in Mequon-Thiensville’s Family Fun Before the 4th, you’ve missed one of the very best family fests our town has to offer. Each year, the weekend prior to the 4th of July, Mequon and Thiensville residents gather for day-long festivities -- a parade through the streets of Thiensville, live music in Village Park, picnic and beverages, and fireworks at dusk. Why is ... [Read more]

The Best Date Night on the Big Screen

How hard is it to get out without your kids? It’s almost impossible, especially when they are really young. If you are looking for something special to do as a couple when you can steal a moment away, consider dinner and a movie. Marcus North Shore Cinema, located on North Port Washington Road, has transformed into quite the destination. In addition to the 11 newly refurbished auditoriums and ... [Read more]

Brunch in Mequon: Try Cafe 1505

Brunch . . . maybe the most quintessential meal of the week. It’s special and only usually happens once a week. The meal moves a little slower, the conversation lingers and the food is GOOD. Many people travel outside of the confines of Mequon for brunch, yet there is a great spot right in our city that’s fantastic . . . Cafe 1505. The 1505 Experience Cafe 1505 starts with some of the finest ... [Read more]

A Network of MOMS in Mequon

Often parents struggle to find a network of other supportive individuals. Maybe they are new to the area or they’re just new to being parents. Fortunately for Mequon women, there is a wonderful, responsive group of moms who are all members of the MOMS Club® of Mequon. The group is comprised of women with children of all ages — from high school to infant. The moms’ ages also range, though they ... [Read more]

Shopping for Snow and Tennis Gear in Mequon: Les Moise

Whether you are into skiing, tennis, snowboarding or in-line skating, Les Moise is the specialty store for you. The family-owned and operated business has a rabidly loyal following -- no surprise given it’s longevity, strong community ties and commitment to “provide the best brands in the sports we specialize in.” Milwaukee Area History Since 1946, when Laicaster Moise first opened his doors, ... [Read more]

Indoor Playland With All the Bells and Whistles

It is often a parent’s worst nightmare . . . it’s 3 p.m. on a snowy day in mid-February and your child hasn’t taken take their regular nap. Everyone’s a little stir-crazy. What are you going to do? There have been many days like this for local Mequon moms and fortunately there’s a little secret in our community that is great for just such situations - the Logemann Community Family ... [Read more]

Splash Into Summer Fun at the JCC

There are many options for swimming during the summer in Mequon. Whether you’re a member at one of the country clubs or frequent the Mequon Community Pool, you have plenty of choices for splashing around. However, do you want somewhere exceptional to swim with your kids? Look no further than the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Water Park hidden behind the Sarah Chudnow Center, just off Mequon ... [Read more]

You’re Always in the Tropics at the Highland House

It’s been a Mequon staple since 1983 and, after just one visit, it’s likely to become a regular destination for your family too. The Highland House, located on Port Washington Road (just south of St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital) offers Caribbean, Mexican and California-influenced cuisine with an extensive menu for young and old. Whether you’re in the mood for sizzling Shrimp Fab Fajitas, a ... [Read more]

Take a Step Into Eve’s Garden

There is a little garden hidden in the shops of East Towne Square that has some of the cutest, cuddliest and loveliest items for the most precious people in your life. That special place is called Eve’s Garden. Why is this upscale children’s boutique so special? Bottom line, this is your destination for clothing that is classic, beautiful and high quality, with top-notch children's brands such ... [Read more]