8 winter festivals for kids and families

Cool Fool Kite Festival (Free!)

January 1, 2019

Gift of Wings Kite Store in Veterans Park

1300 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 273-5483




This free annual kite festival held on New Year’s Day offers free hot cocoa and coffee, snacks, giant kites, ice artists, ice carving lessons, and hot food for purchase. You can bring your own kite to fly or purchase one at Gift of Wings.

Winterfest at the Boerner Botanical Gardens (Free!)

January 20th, 2019 from 10:00 – 2:00

9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners, WI 53130

(414) 525-5600



Conquer your cabin fever with Winter nature walks, indoor and outdoor games and activities, hot drinks, family fun, and FREE admission; $5 suggested donation for winter nature walks. The event is held in the Boerner Visitor Center. Call 414-525-5661 for more information Concessions available from Zilli Hospitality.

Waukesha Janboree (Free!)

January 25, 26 & 27, 2019




Get it? “January” and “Jamboree” are combined to create “Janboree”! This epic event opens with a special ceremony that includes a dance, live music, and fireworks outside on the Fox River. Activities throughout the weekend include ice sculpting demonstrations, a pancake breakfast, trolley rides, ice bocce ball, indoor ice skating at Eble Arena, ice fishing clinics, horse-drawn wagon rides, stargazing planetarium shows, nature activities, and more!

Winterfest at the Urban Ecology Center (Free!) 

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 from 10:00-2:00

Washington Park

1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee, WI 53208



Get outside and have fun at Winterfest! Weather permitting, there will be sledding and ice skating on the Washington Park lagoon. If the snow’s a no-show, there will be other outdoor activities. You can also enjoy arts, crafts, homemade pie, and science activities.


Winter Carnival at the Lynden Sculpture Garden 

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 from 10:00 – 4:00

2145 W. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217

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The Lynden Sculpture Garden’s annual Winter Carnival features outdoor art-making, studio activities, scavenger hunts, hikes, parades, ice skating, painting the pond, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and local artists who showcase projects and performances for all to enjoy.


Winterfest at the Corners of Brookfield

Saturday, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Corners of Brookfield

Join The Corners as they host The 2019 Wisconsin State Ice Carving Championship! They need YOUR help in voting for the best sculpture; come see some of the best artists create beautiful works of arts around The Corners & enjoy extra special winter family friendly activities.

Winter Frolic at the Mequon Nature Preserve (Free!)

February 2nd, 2019

8200 W. County Line Rd., Mequon, WI 53097



Head to the Mequon Nature Preserve for a free festival that typically includes dog sled demonstrations, tractor rides, live music, a petting zoo, sleigh rides, kids crafts, ice fishing, bonfires, snowman building, and more.


Winter Festival in Cedarburg (Free!)

February 16-17, 2019

W63 N641 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, WI 53012

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Cedarburg is magical in the winter, and outdoor fun abounds at their Winter Festival. Delight in themed costumed bed races, ice carving competitions, parades, barrel rolling, sledding, ice skating, and even camel rides. Warm up inside, where you’ll smell the chili cooking and enjoy live music.


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