Babies to Teens: 99 Things to Do with Kids (by Age) in the Fox Cities!

Looking for family-friendly activities in the Fox Cities? Look no further! Whether you’re a local or visiting, this comprehensive guide is packed with exciting ideas to keep your kids entertained – organized by age! There’s something for everyone, from outdoor adventures to indoor attractions, babies to teens. Discover the best parks, museums, and events the Fox Cities offer, ensuring unforgettable experiences for the whole family.

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Welcome Baby Program at Building for Kids Childrens Museum in Appleton
Welcome Baby Program at Building for Kids Childrens Museum in Appleton | Photo Credit: Building for Kids

Things to Do with Babies 

Fox Cities Area

  • Play at the Kaukauna Public Library (inside and outside)
  • Join the Welcome Baby Community at the Building for Kids
  • Wear your baby for a hike on the Fox Trot Trail
  • Take a parent-child swim class
  • Make hand or footprint art at The Fire in Appleton
  • Meet a new friend at the Homie Hub in Oshkosh
  • Swing on a parent-child swing
  • Stroll around at the Fox River mall
  • Find a baby music class at the YMCA
  • Meet a mom friend at a coffee shop
  • Do tummy time at a picnic at a park
Kaukauna Public Library
Kaukauna Public Library

Things to Do with Toddlers

Fox Cities Area

  • Have a picnic at the Plamann Park Children’s Farm in Appleton
  • Cool off at the Washington Park Splash Pad in Neenah
  • Feed giraffes at the NEW Zoo in Green Bay
  • Take a ride on the FREE Downtown Appleton Trolley
  • Follow a story at Scheig Center Gardens in Memorial Park in Appleton
  • Splash around at the Downtown Appleton YMCA splash pad
  • Jump at Monkey Joe’s or play at Luv 2 Play
  • Get a balloon animal at the farmer’s market
  • Roll down a hill
  • Find a Touch a Truck event 
  • Play in the water at Building for Kids in Appleton
  • Play at the Homie Hub in Oshkosh
Mulberry Lane Farm, Hilbert

Things to Do with Preschoolers

Fox Cities Area

  • Ride the carousel or train at Funset Boulevard
  • Plan a playdate at the Building for Kids
  • Play at Kenna’s Kabin at Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton
  • Milk a cow at Mulberry Lane Farm (May – October)
  • Have Breakfast on the Farm (June)
  • Feed the ducks at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay
  • Play on trains at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay
  • Pack a picnic and find a new park
  • Menominee Park Zoo (late May – late September)
  • Get face painted at farmer’s market
  • Challenge each other at a park scavenger hunt
  • Ride the zipline at Heckrodt Nature Preserve in Menasha
  • Maze around Neenah Public Library
  • Climb the mini rock climbing wall at Town Center Park in Grand Chute
  • Picnic and visit the animals at Plamann Park Children’s Farm (June – August)
  • Watch fish at Sanctuary Aquarium in Oshkosh
  • Watch airplanes at the Appleton Airport
  • Ride the little kid rides at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay
  • See milk bottled at Lamer’s Dairy in Appleton
  • Join a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the library
Urban Air Adventure Park Appleton
Urban Air Adventure Park, Appleton

Things to do with Elementary School Aged Kids (K-5)

Fox Cities Area

  • Ride the Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Amusement Park
  • Go rollerskating or rollerblading
  • Get dirty at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha
  • View a laser show at Barlow Planetarium in Menasha
  • Play astronauts at the “Rocket Park” (aka Riverside Park) in Neenah
  • Cheer on the Timber Rattlers at a baseball game
  • Run around at Titletown District in Green Bay
  • Jump at a trampoline park
  • Have an epic friend battle of laser tag at Funset Boulevard or Badger Family Fun Center
  • See the sturgeon spanning (Spring)
  • Go fishing (Free Fishing Weekends are always held the third full weekend in January and the first full weekend in June)
  • Go bowling
  • Groom and ride a horse
  • Play a song on the music chimes in Neenah
  • Make your own candy bar at Wilmar’s Chocolates in Appleton
  • Play games and order a treat at The Sweet Lair in Menasha
  • Paint a creation at Catch Fire in Menasha
  • Canopy walk at the NEW Zoo Adventure Park in Green Bay
  • Make paper at the Atlas Science Museum
  • Catch a butterfly at Butterfly Gardens of Appleton
  • Play games at Mineshaft in Oshkosh
  • Join a summer reading program at the library
Badger Sports Park, Appleton

Things to do with Tweens

Fox Cities Area

  • Make art at the Fire in Downtown Appleton
  • Visit a candy store
  • Play a round of mini golf at Badger Family Fun Center
  • Eat popcorn while watching a movie outside (drive-in)
  • Slide across the zipline at the NEW Zoo
  • Cheer at a Green Bay Gamblers Hockey Game
  • Enjoy an afternoon of adventure at Urban Air Adventure Park
  • Go rock climbing at Odyssey Climbing & Fitness in Green Bay
  • Solve puzzles at an escape room
  • Get a henna tattoo
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Make a candle at Nana’s Apocathary
  • Get your nails done
  • Go river tubing down the Wolf River (Try Wolf River Trips & Campground)
  • Jump on water inflatables at Plamann Park or Fondy Aqua Park
  • Look for seaglass on Lake Michigan
  • Snuggle kitties at The Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe in Appleton
  • Go mini-golfing at Glow in the Park in Oshkosh
  • Go ice skating (winter) or roller skating (spring-fall) at The Plaza in Neenah
  • Take a full moon night hike
  • Make a splatter paint masterpiece at Breaking Point in Appleton
  • Get ears pierced at Good Girl Piercing in Oshkosh
  • Get hibachi for dinner at Katsu-Ya or Nakashima

Worth the Mention – in Wisconsin

  • Paint your name at Anderson Dock in Door County
High Cliff State Park Hiking
High Cliff State Park

Things to do with Teens

Fox Cities Area

  • Race go-karts at Badger Family Fun Center
  • Go hiking at High Cliff State Park
  • Kayak through the Chain of Lakes in Waupaca
  • Take a selfie tour with murals
  • Meet friends at a coffee shop
  • Listen to live music (try Copper Rock or Jones Park)
  • Disc golf at the 5-star rated Plamann Park
  • See a musical at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
  • Get your hair done – try a blowout, highlights
  • Solve puzzles at an escape room
  • Go axe throwing
  • Go bowling
  • Break things at Breaking Point in Appleton
  • Play pinball at Players Arcade Bar in Appleton
  • Get permanent jewelry
  • Discuss art at the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton
  • Walk around a college campus – Lawrence University, Fox Valley Technical College, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, or St. Norbert
  • Learn about history at The History Museum at the Castle

Worth the Mention – in Wisconsin

  • Fondy Aqua Park, Fond du Lac
Outagamie County Fair, Seymour, Wisconsin

Family Must Dos

  • Explore Wisconsin – Road trip
  • See where your food is made; visit a Wisconsin farm
  • Take the long way home on a Wisconsin Rustic Roads
  • Take the family pictures
  • Swim at a waterpark – indoor and outdoor
  • Spend the day at a zoo
  • Relax at a cabin on a lake
  • Eat ice cream at a drive-in
  • Go apple picking
  • Cheer at a Packers game – Packers Family Night (August)
  • Visit a County Fair 
  • Spend a day at the Wisconsin State Fair in August
  • Observe a Pow Wow
  • Chase waterfalls
  • Explore the Wisconsin State Parks

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