75+ Things to Do During Winter

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No more I’m bored or winter blues! Here are nearly 100 things to do during winter in Northeast Wisconsin including the Fox Cities, Oshkosh and Green Bay. These ideas will help you get out of the house and have fun!

Explore Nature

  • Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton
  • Heckrodt Nature Preserve, Menasha
    Read more about our visit here or visit www.heckrodtnaturecenter.org for more info.
  • 1000 Islands Nature Preserve, Kaukauna
    Visit 1000islandsenvironmentalcenter.org for more info.
  • Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay
    We LOVE feeding the ducks, check out our visit here or visit baybeachwildlife.com for more info.
  • NEW Zoo, Suamico
    Did you know the NEW zoo is open in year round? Visit newzoo.org for more info.
  • Milwaukee Zoo
    Visit the winter-loving animals, stroll through our warm indoor exhibits and see the new tiger cubs! Open from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm weekdays and from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on weekends.
  • Barlow Planetarium
    Check out the moon, stars and more! Visit uwfox.uwc.edu/barlow for more info.
  • Pony Playdate at Pony Playce, Appleton
    Who doesn’t love cute ponies! Weren’t able to grant that pony gift for Christmas? Schedule a pony playdate! Read more here.
  • Petsmart, 923 N Westhill Blvd, Grand Chute
    When we need to get out of the house for a little bit sometimes we head to the pet store to check out the animals!


  • Open Swim at Appleton West
    Appleton West High School has Open Swim on December 26-29, 2017 from 1 – 3 pm. They are also hosting a Water Carnival on December 27, 2017 from 1 – 3 pm for ages 6 – 13 and includes fun aquatic activities & games!
  • Go Valley Kid’s Indoor Pool Roundup
    Check out our roundup of the best swimming spots around here.


Run Around, Jump, Climb & Play


 Ice Skating & Roller Skating

Outdoor Snow Activities!

Play & Explore

  • Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Appleton
  • Children’s Museum of Green Bay
  • Kidz Town, Green Bay
  • Paper Discover Center, Appleton
    Learn more about our visit here.
  • Neville Public Museum, Green Bay
  • EAA Museum
  • Oshkosh Public Museum
  • History Museum at the Castle
  • Weis Earth Science Museum
  • Play on a train table
    Barnes & Noble, Caramel Crisp Kids and The Learning Shop have neat train tables and lots of neat toys and books to check out when you are there!
  • See Trains in Kaukauna
    Watch the model trains at Paper Valley Model Railroad Club. More info here
  • See Trains in Neenah-Menasha
    Visit the Neenah-Menasha Railroad Club. More info here.
  • Watch the Milk Bottling Process
    Lamer’s Dairy Country Store Monday – Friday mornings until about 11 am.
  • Ride an Escalator
    Another one of our tricks if we need to get out of the house on a winter day! Check out the escalator at the City Center Downtown Appleton or at Macy’s in the Fox River Mall.
  • Mall Walk
    Mall walk at the Fox River Mall. Bring your quarters and let the kids ride the machines (or avoid the Target wing). If the weather is mild check out one of our favorite family friendly trails here.

 Worth the Drive Children’s Museums

Get Crafty, Creative & Artsy

Fun Pampering

  • Plan a Fun Manicure, Pedicure or Spa Time
    Check out Doolittlez in Darboy and De Pere or Kingdom Kuts in Appleton.
  • Get a Hair Do
    Need a haircut? Braids? Special or fun up do? Check out Go Valley Kids’ recommendations here.

Take a Road Trip or a Day Trip




Things to do for FREE in the Fox Cities, Oshkosh & Green Bay

Holiday Light Tour

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As the owner and publisher of Go Valley Kids I am passionate about connecting families with resources and businesses in our community. Born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, Amanda Chavez has a love for her community. As a busy mom of 2 little girls, she and her husband are always on the lookout for fun things to do and share with others. Go Valley Kids combines all of her passions –motherhood, design and community. Some of her other interests also peak through on GVK including baking, photography and sewing!



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