Fun Things to Do in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin offers fun things to do from snow sports to a free zoo, so your kids never have an excuse to say, “I’m bored!”

Free Fun

Wisconsin has one of the country’s last free city zoos, the Henry Villas Zoo (www.villaszoo.org) in Madison. This is the perfect size for an afternoon of fun, and it has a large playground next to the zoo for you to enjoy after you see the animals. Always look for free fun things to do!

Educational Fun

The Madison Children’s Museum (www.madisonchildrensmuseum.org) encourages open-ended learning with play based activities, including a room where kids can build using all sorts of unusual materials, a cultural section devoted to those five and younger and a giant whimsical slide made out of re-purposed materials. Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (www.bbcmkids.org) is another option, and has a raceways room that lest kids experiment with gravity and acceleration as they race balls down tracks. Older children might find the Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin (www.discoveryworld.org) in Milwaukee more fun. The Milwaukee Public Museum (http://www.mpm.edu/) houses an eclectic mix of attractions, including science, natural history, and cultural attractions. Many find the mummies to be the highlight of a trip to this location.

Environmental Fun

In addition to the free Madison Zoo, Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County Zoo (www.milwaukeezoo.org) gives kids the chance to get close to the world’s most exotic wildlife. It is a bigger zoo with more to see and do. The small Racine Zoo (www.racinezoo.org), which has just 76 species, is another option if you have little time to spend. The NEW Zoo (www.newzoo.org) in Green Bay is yet another popular zoological park. If you are interested in spending some time outdoor experiencing Wisconsin’s natural side, consider a trip to the Wisconsin Dells. Once you get away from the resorts and water parks, you will find a wonderful natural spot to relax and unwind. Natural Bridge State Park (http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/) near Leland is home to the largest naturally occurring sandstone bride in the state and is a beautiful location to spend an afternoon with your kid. It includes a self-guided nature trail and two-mile hike. You can always rely on nature to provide fun things to do.

Seasonal Fun

Snow sports are popular in Wisconsin as the state gets plenty of the white stuff. Cascade Mountain (www.cascademountain.com) is a popular ski and snowboarding destination for kids who are old enough to enjoy this seasonal activity. To see holiday lights, consider the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival in downtown Milwaukee. In the fall, rural Wisconsin is filled with pumpkin patches and apple farms. For instance, Altenburg’s Country Gardens (www.altenburgsfarm.com) in Wisconsin Rapids has a huge pumpkin patch complete with play areas, corn mazes, hayrides, and animals.

Just for Mom Fun

Sometimes mom needs a break, and the Sundara Inn and Spa (www.sundaraspa.com) in Wisconsin Dells may be he perfect place for a getaway weekend with some friends. If you prefer to shop, consider the Mayfair Mall (http://www.mayfairmall.com/) in downtown Milwaukee, or the Johnson Creek Outlets (http://www.premiumoutlets.com/) for bargain shopping.
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