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Free Kids Days at the Nutcracker

November 22, 2019 @ 5:00 am - January 6, 2020 @ 11:00 am

We are pleased to announce Free Kids Days at the Nutcracker in the Castle, courtesy of Verve, a Credit Union. The Paine and Verve invite children to enjoy FREE self-guided tours of Nutcracker in the Castle on the opening Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday of the presentation, November 21-23 2019. You and yours can twirl through the decorated halls of the historic Paine Art Center and Gardens, get lost in this beloved, holiday fairy tale and top it all off with a delightful baked good from the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Café provided by Tamara–The Cake Guru. (Open selected hours)

To make your season extra jolly, Verve will be providing a professional photographer each day to capture a wonderful holiday family photo free of charge. Perfect for your holiday card! Once you have your photo taken, you’ll receive information on how to view, share and download your photo, all for free.

As part of Free Kids Days, families are encouraged participate in the spirit of giving by bringing a (new and unwrapped) toy for Toys for Tots. Kids will place the donated toys under the giant Christmas tree by the entrance and then waltz on through the castle. It’s as simple as counting to three.

  1. Bring a toy to donate to a local family.
  2. Visit us downstairs for a free family photo.
  3. Enjoy touring the Nutcracker at the Paine.

For the Free Kids Days at the Nutcracker, the Paine is open for self-guided tours during the following times:

4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21
11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23

During these times, children ages 17 and under are admitted for free with a paid adult admission ($14 adult admission; limit of five free children per one paid adult admission). Children must be accompanied by an adult. No reservation is necessary. Admission is free for Paine members.

Can’t make Free Kids Days? As a lead sponsor, Verve also offers members 2-for-1 admission to this immersive holiday experience. Verve members can buy one admission for a self-guided tour and get one of equal or lesser value FREE! Remember to bring proof of Verve membership (credit card, debit card or statement) to receive this offer (does not apply to guided tours).

The Paine also offers guided tours of Nutcracker in the Castle, bringing characters and scenes from the fairy tale to life through the talents of actors, musicians and dancers. Guided tours are not included in Verve’s 2-for-1 offer and sell out quickly, so make your plans today. For additional information and to register for a guided tour, visit


November 22, 2019 @ 5:00 am
January 6, 2020 @ 11:00 am


The Paine Art Center and Gardens
1410 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901 United States
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