31 Things to do in January: Sponsored by FVL Schools

Things to do in Winter
Pierce Park, Appleton

The holidays are over, we survived 2020, 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.

  1. Register to drop off a toy on Thursday, January 7 or Friday, January 8 for a toy ride-along with the Appleton Police Department
  2. Pick up FREE books and a popcorn snack from Wenzel’s Words and/or donate to help stock families’ shelves in our community.
  3. Register for Neenah Parks and Recreation’s Rocket League Tournament for ages 13 and older. 
  4. When we get a 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. Loop the Lake and observe the wintertime changes.
  7. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and head out for a winter hike. Here are some trails in Appleton.
  8. The Building for Kids is offering a fantastic opportunity to explore the museum safely. Make a reservation to check out a group of exhibits with only the members of  your household! 
  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.  
  10. Check out wintery waterfalls. Here are Wisconsin Waterfalls that are a two hour driver or closer to Appleton.
  11. Explore parks and playgrounds in the snow! Pierce Park in Appleton is one of our favorites for winter.
  12. Support your local school district’s lunch program by participating in the FREE meal pick up made possible by USDA grants.
  13. Cuddle up with your favorite budding paleontologist for a Dinosaur Day Story Time on Friday, January 15th with Elisha D Smith Public Library. 
  14. Does your home learning space need a refresh for the New Year? Check out ideas for setting up for distance learning success!
  15. Fritsch Park in Fox Crossing has a hill for sledding and a fire pit! 
  16. Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is a great spot for a walk, wildlife watching, and checking out their excellent newly updated play area.
  17. Enter the Paper Discovery Center’s Builder’s Fair! This free program for kids 7-13 features three age categories and challenges using cardboard boxes. 
  18. There is a sweet Garden of Lights at Kaukauna Public Library perfect for littles to explore.
  19. Explore Appleton with a Historical Scavenger Hunt..
  20. Feed the hungry ducks at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.
  21.  Find a new spot to sled
  22. Register to attend virtual jam sessions with Kairos Alive dancers/singers/actors. Hear stories, songs, and join the virtual dance floor!
  23. Getting a little stir crazy? Hit the road on one of these scenic drives
  24. 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.
  25. Tubing is super fun! Here are some spots with tow ropes and without.
  26. Order hot chocolate bombs for Thanksgiving, St Nick, or Christmas and check out our list of great places for a cup of cocoa to go!
  27. Take a walk and read a story. Appleton has StoryWalks in Memorial Park and Downtown
  28. Chilly weather doesn’t stop us from craving ice cream! Many spots on our Ice Cream Lovers’ Bucket List are open year round. 
  29. Sign up for a Book Pack to pick-up curbside at Appleton Public Library.
  30. We heard it will be a snowy winter! Keep this list of sledding hills handy!

Speaking of snow! The trails at natural areas need 6 inches of snow to be ready to go for snowshoeing! If we get a big dump of fresh, fluffy snow, you can find 4 area places to explore trails in a new way.

Special thanks to our sponsor FVL Schools!

Fox Valley Lutheran Schools

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