Things to Do with Kids in the Fox Cities (by City)

Plamann Park Childrens Farm Appleton
Plamann Park Childrens Farm, Appleton

Looking for family-friendly activities in the Fox Cities? Look no further! Whether you’re a local or visiting, this overview guide will get you started with more resources on our website! Discover the best parks, museums, and events the Fox Cities offer, ensuring unforgettable experiences for the whole family.

Also, check out our Fox Cities Guide organized by age: Babies to Teens: 99 Things to Do with Kids (by Age) in the Fox Cities!

Make sure to check our calendar for upcoming events and family-friendly activities!

Building for Kids Appleton Children's Museum
Building for Kids, Appleton


Appleton offers a range of family-friendly activities  – the Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Bubolz Nature Preserve, Butterfly Gardens of Appleton, epic parks like Memorial Park and Plamann Park, and more!

Find more things to do in Appleton with kids.

Kaukauna Public Library
Kaukauna Public Library, Kaukauna


Nestled on the water, Kaukauna has so many great things for families. The Kaukauna Public Library has the perfect play area for toddlers and preschoolers. 1000 Islands Environmental Center has boardwalk trails along the river, a nature center, and sometimes you can even find a story walk. Stop for a treat at Kaukauna Coffee & Tea or Sweet Treats Candies & Sweets. Learn about history at the Charles A. Grignon Mansion.

Watch for exciting updates coming this summer to the Kaukauna Pool!

riverside park rocket park neenah
Riverside Park, Neenah


Some of our favorite family-friendly activities are the Neenah Public Library, Riverside Park (aka the Rocket Park), Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, and The Plaza. If you are looking for somewhere to cool off, the firefighter-themed splash pad at Washington Park is free and lots of fun!

Find more things to do in Neenah with kids.

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha


Nature, art, and science, there is no shortage of fun in Menasha. Heckrodt Wetland Preserve is home to one of our favorite Fox Valley walking trails, a fun nature center, and a fantastic outdoor play area for all-weather exploration. Explore science at The Barlow Planetarium and the Weis Science Museum. Play a game at the Sweet Lair and customize a 3d printed masterpiece at Catch Fire Creations.

Watch for exciting updates this year at Jefferson Park!

Playing in corn at Cuffs Farm
Cuff Farms, Hortonville


Located between New London and Greenville, the home of the polar bears, Hortonville has a small-town charm. Cuff Farms is a treasured family spot with strawberry picking in early summer, pizza on the farm, fall adventures, and hayrides. Charlie’s Drive-In is a fun spot for burgers and ice cream. 

Watch for a new splash pad and playground coming to Alonzo Park by the end of 2024. 

Sunset Beach Kimberly
Sunset Beach, Kimberly


Sunset Beach and Park in Kimberly is a family favorite in the summer! Grab your rollerskates or rollerblades for a classic night at Skate City.

Nelson Family Heritage Crossing, Little Chute

Little Chute

Little Chute is a charming destination for families. You can’t miss the iconic windmill, a symbol of Dutch heritage. Enjoy outdoor fun at Van Lieshout Park. After a day of adventure, unwind at Country Inn & Suites, where kids can splash around in the mini waterpark. The Nelson Family Heritage Crossing is a great walking and biking trail overlooking the Fox River.

High Cliff State Park Hiking
High Cliff State Park, Sherwood


Part of the Fox Cities, Sherwood is a village in Calumet County, just 10 miles east of Appleton. This little gem is the home of some of our favorite things to do with kids and families in Northeast Wisconsin! High Cliff State Park, Wanick Choute Park, Mulberry Lane Farm, and sweet ice cream from Frogg’s are some of our favorites here!

Find more things to do in Sherwood with kids.

kids natural playground at mosquito hill in new london
Mosquito Hill, New London

New London

Close to the Fox Valley and full of art and natural areas to explore, New London is a great close-to-home destination for families. Visit Mosquito Hill, take a walk along the river, go on a New London mural hunt, and grab an ice cream cone at Kist Kandies & Ice Cream before your short drive home. This is also a great place to spend a winter day!

Have fun exploring!

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