BEST Things to Do in May in Wisconsin – Mother’s Day, Memorial Day & More!

Go Valley Kids May Things to Do

One reason to be excited about May is the average temperature of 67°F; there are many other reasons to welcome the month with open arms! Who else is also excited about being one month closer to summer?!? We’ve rounded up some fun things for your family to do this month in Northeast Wisconsin! Make sure to check out our family-friendly calendar with even more things to do!

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Park Bathrooms Open

Most bathrooms open at our local parks. No more little potty emergencies! Find new parks to explore in our Park Series! Our favorite parks for spring have the rubber ground, and we have over a dozen in the Fox Cities and options in Oshkosh, too. 

If you are looking for a unique option, check out the playground at Heckrodt for a mud kitchen and tree house, a wooden playground in Chilton, Riverlife in Wausau, Jojo’s Jungle in Wausau.

Purple Octopus Playground at the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum in Sheboygan looks fun! It opened in August last year. The Shaw Family Playground is another great park in Sheboygan, too!

Runoff some energy at the Titletown District playground.


  • May 1, 2024: Mulberry Lane Farm opens.
  • May 1, 2024: Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan opens.
  • May 4, 2024: Bay Beach opens for the season.
  • May 10-11, 2024: Chilton Twilight Drive-In Theater opens with Disney Pixar’s Elemental
    • $35 buys a carload pass (good any day), a large popcorn (1 free refill), 2 large sodas, 14′ pizza of your choice, and 2 rounds of mini golf.
  • Memorial Day Weekend: Plamann Park‘s Children’s Farm opens.
  • May 27, 2024: Memorial Day and an extra day with our families!
  • May 24, 2024: Field of Scenes Drive-In Movie Theatre in Freedom opens
  • May 25, 2024: Menominee Park Zoo in Oshkosh opens.

Mother’s Day: May 12, 2024

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a yummy brunch, a special day, or just exploring a new or favorite local spot! If you are looking for things to do, check out these local spots with FREE admission for Moms. 

FREE Admission for Moms: 

  • Milwaukee Zoo
  • Bookworm Gardens, Sheboygan
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden
    • Canopy Tour and ice cream at Suamico Creamery, an Ice cream shop located in Vickery Village in Suamico
  • Mulberry Lane Farm
  • Paine Art Center & Gardens
  • NEW Zoo & Adventure Park

Memorial Day – May 29, 2023

An important holiday in the United States, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May each year, Monday, May 29, 2023. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was established after the Civil War to honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. 

It’s a day where we remember and pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  

Some of our local events include:

Did you know we also have a military and veterans museum? Check out the Military Museum and Educational Center in Oshkosh!

May Festivals & Events

We have so many fun festivals and events in Northeast Wisconsin!

Horicon Marsh Bird Festival: May 10 – 13, 2024

Family-friendly activities and educational experiences for birders of all levels. Activities include trips to Old Marsh Road, a unique experience of night sounds, paddling and bird watching, LIVE birds of prey, as well as smaller and more intimate guided tours. 

Portage County Cultural Festival, Stevens Point: May 11, 2024

This annual, 1-day event at Stevens Point Area Senior High celebrates the diversity of cultures in Portage County. Experience fantastic food, music, folk dances, native crafts, and children’s games from around the world. 

Festival of Spring, The Paine: May 18, 2024

Festival of Spring is a free outdoor event at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh and features a spring plant sale and more than 100 vendors of original art, fine crafts, plants, and garden supplies. Other activities include free admission to the Paine mansion and gardens, an art activity for kids, tasty food, and live entertainment. 

Celebrate De Pere, De Pere: May 25 – 27, 2024

Celebrate De Pere is an annual festival held at Voyager Park in De Pere on Memorial Day weekend and includes a car show, food, live music, a fishing tournament, a parade, kids activities, fireworks, a carnival, and more!

Hmong National Memorial Day Festival, Oshkosh: May 25-26, 2024

This annual festival at the Winnebago County Parks is a weekend of fun with sports, food, music, and vendors. Enjoy lots of competitions, including a fashion show, soccer, volleyball, flag football, topspin, kato, dance, and talent. 

Washington Park Splash Pad Neenah
Washington Park Splash Pad, Neenah

Splash Pads Open!

Splash pads have become incredibly popular among families and children of all ages over the past few years. These fantastic water playgrounds are the perfect way to beat the heat and have some fun in the sun without worrying about the hazards of traditional swimming pools. Unlike regular pools, splash pads are equipped with various water features that splash, spray, and shoot water from all angles, providing a refreshing and exciting way to stay cool during hot summer days. Most of the splash pads in the Fox Cities are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Some of our favorite FREE splash pads include:

  • Washington Park, Neenah
  • Wanick-Choute Park, Sherwood
  • South Park, Oshkosh
  • Lakeside Park, Fond du Lac

Happy May!

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