It’s January! Find 31 Things to Do all Month Long!

kids playing at pierce park playground in winter in appleton
Pierce Park, Appleton

The holidays are over, we survived 2021, now what? Thankfully, so far we’ve had plenty of snow and weather mild enough to enjoy January so far. We’ve got our fingers crossed that it continues. We’re trying different teas and are stocked up on fresh books, games, and puzzles from gifts for the days we need to stay in. How are you preparing for the colder days ahead? We hope you’ll find some inspiration from our list of fun things to do this month in Northeast Wisconsin, from Oshkosh to Appleton to Green Bay (and beyond) for your family!

Special thanks to our Sponsor, FVL Schools

Looking for activities or things to do with your family in the winter month of January in Northeast Wisconsin? There are lots of options for FREE or cheap events and activities for families! Make sure to check out all the events on our calendar.

Things to Do in December for Kids & Families in the Fox Valley!

  1. Washington Park Winter Festival is Saturday, January 15, 2022! This fun FREE family event includes skating, sledding, & hockey games/contests, roasting s’mores, hot dogs, hot chocolate, give-a-ways, & more!
  2. Appleton’s Community Public Market kicks off Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center. The reimagined indoor farmer’s market includes live music, retail shopping, tasty food, family-friendly activities and more.
  3. Learn more about our nation’s birds! Eagle Days is Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna!
  4. When we get fresh snow, check out what The Snow Man is up to!
  5. Lace-up your skates and try one of these outdoor ice skating rinks. Check parks and recreation Facebook pages for updates on rink conditions as they fluctuate throughout the year.
  6. Head to New London for a Winter adventure at Mosquito Hill!
  7. Loop the Lake and observe the wintertime changes.
  8. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and head out for a winter hike. Here are some trails in Appleton.
  9. Bring along your warmest gear, camera, and patience and look for the abundant wildlife living along the Fox River. Try Vulcan Park and the area surrounding Fratello’s and the Paper Discovery Center, 1000 Islands, the Newberry Trail, and Telulah Park. Check out our eagle guide!
  10. Check out wintery waterfalls. Here are Wisconsin Waterfalls that are a two-hour drive or closer to Appleton.
  11. Explore parks and playgrounds in the snow! Pierce Park in Appleton is one of our favorites for winter.
  12. Fritsch Park in Fox Crossing has a hill for sledding and a fire pit! 
  13. Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is a great spot for a walk, wildlife watching, and checking out their excellent newly updated play area.
  14. Explore Appleton with a Historical Scavenger Hunt.
  15. Feed the hungry ducks at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.
  16.  Find a new spot to sled
  17. Enjoy the wintery scenery in a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
  18. Getting a little stir crazy? Hit the road on one of these scenic drives
  19. Head out on a mural hunt! Communities continue to add amazing pieces of public art and we do our best to update the lists frequently.
  20. Tubing is super fun! Here are some spots with tow ropes and without.
  21. Take a walk and read a story. Appleton has a StoryWalk at Memorial Park or head to 1000 Islands in Kaukauna to learn about eagles in this month’s feature story!
  22. Chilly weather doesn’t stop us from craving ice cream! Many spots on our Ice Cream Lovers’ Bucket List are open year-round. 
  23. Have a family adventure day at Titletown in Green Bay and enjoy tubing, ice skating and more!
  24. Hit the slopes! Ski!
  25. Explore Door County in the offseason for stargazing, frozen lakeside views, and delicious treats.
  26. Have a yummy family adventure and eat in an igloo!
  27. Once we get 6 inches of fluffy snow, enjoy a family day out snowshoeing!
  28. Wisconsin State Parks are open year-round and 15 are within two hours from Appleton.
  29. Appleton Parks and Recreation is hosting FREE Open Gyms at Ferber Elementary School and McKinley Elementary Schools on Saturdays in January! Another option to check out is Open Gym at Menasha High School Field House from 6:30 – 9 pm on Wednesdays for adults and youth 7th grade and up for $2/person.
  30. Head to a park or playground to see which slides are fastest in snow pants.
  31. The Building for Kids’ new traveling exhibit, Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious starts January 15, 2022! This traveling exhibit inspires children’s natural curiosity as they explore science, math, and engineering through hands-on interactive play. The immersive environment takes place in the neighborhood where Curious George lives with his friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat.

Special thanks to our sponsor FVL Schools!

Fox Valley Lutheran Schools

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