When you’ve got all summer long to keep the kiddos having fun, things can get pricey. We’re here to help! Try out all these FREE things to do (or nearly FREE) all summer long. Put them on your summer bucket list, write them on your calendar, or gather friends to do something fun!
1. Heckrodt Nature Preserve, Menasha
Boardwalk nature trails, animals, aquariums and more. Learn more about Heckrodt here.
2. 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna
Enjoy hiking along the Fox River and also check out the indoor animal exhibits. Learn more about 1000 Islands here.
3. FREE kids at Heritage Hill
Tuesdays until August 29, 2017. Find the details here.
4. FREE Admission to Green Bay Botanical Gardens
Wednesdays through August 30 from 4-8 pm, FREE for everyone. More information here.
5. Splash Pads
If you haven’t heard or visited Wanick Choute Park and splash pad in Sherwood you are missing out. Opened in 2015 this is a fantastic splash pad for all ages to enjoy for FREE. Check out this round up of splash pads here.
6. Kids eat FREE
Find Kids Eat Free deals here.
Neshotah Beach in Two Rivers, Clark Lake in Door County, Dodge Memorial County Park, Sunset Park, Hattie Sherwood Beach in Green Lake, South Park Beach in Waupaca and Partridge Lake, Public Swimming Beach in Fremont are all FREE. More information about our favorite beaches here.
8. Walking / Biking Trails
Not only are these trails family and kid friendly, they are also FREE. Check out our favorites Terrell’s Island, Newberry Trail and Trestle Trail. Find more here.
9. Movie Theater
Beat the hot summer days on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 am through August 16th, 2017 for your favorite family friendly movies for FREE printed tickets or for just $3 without! More information here.
10. Movies in the Park
Grab the blanket, bug spray and pack of the kids to see one of these outdoor movies under the stars with the kids.
Live music, city bands, Appleton Rock School … we have so many options here. Check out some suggestions here.
12. Menominee Park, Oshkosh
Zoo, Beach, playground are all FREE. The whip ride is $1.00, the train ride is just $1.25. Learn more about Menominee Park in Oshkosh here.
13. Farmers Markets
Take in the sights and smells for FREE as you stroll through a market. Many of our local markets are more than just food vendors, enjoy art and music with the community. Find an option every day of the week here.
14. Kids Runs
Check out these fun run options here.
15. Plamann Park Children’s Farm, Appleton
Open daily from 9 – 4:30 through Labor Day, 2017. Check out baby pigs, a calf, donkey, sheep, goats, bunnies and more. Because of special diets, you can not feed the animals. This is a local family favorite. Learn more here.
16. Bookworm Gardens, Sheboygan
Located on the UW-Sheboygan campus, admission is free for this children’s garden inspired by many classic children’s books. Make sure to pack your suits and swim at Deland Park. Find more information about Bookworm Gardens here. Find Sheboygan day trip tips here.
17. Water Ski Shows
Check out FREE shows from local water ski teams around Northeast Wisconsin for FREE. For more information here.
18. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay
Zoo, geese, nature building, waterfalls and more. Grab a couple dollars for corn to feed the geese otherwise its FREE. Find tips for your next visit here.
19. Indoor Playgrounds
Did you know we have 8 McDonnalds playgrounds from Neenah to Appleton to Kaukauna to Green Bay. Don’t want to spend a lot of money? Enjoy ice cream and play for less than $5. Check out all the locations and more here.
20. Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison
It is one of the only free admission, community sponsored zoos in the country. The zoo is open daily, year round, with the exception of a few holidays. Parking is also free. For more tips for visiting Madison, check out this.
21. Head to the library
Find lots of FREE programs on our calendar or just explore. The Kaukauna library is our newest facility and has a beautiful play area for little ones.
22. Check out one of these favorite parks
The Rocket Park, Fritse Park and Memorial are our favorites. The new and updated Erb Park is fun! Here is a list of soft ground parks.
23. Ride the Trolley
The Appleton Downtown trolley runs until September 30, 2017 on Thursdays & Fridays from 5 – 11 pm and Saturdays from 8 am-11 pm. The rides are FREE for everyone but donations are greatly appreciated. More information here.