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Winter Bucket List: 101 Fun Activities for Kids in Wisconsin

2021 is a fresh new year for families in Wisconsin. You can stay safe AND have fun at these top destinations for kids and families:

Visit Animals

The Milwaukee County Zoo is open. Masks are required.

Milwaukee County Zoo (Milwaukee)

Shalom Wildlife Zoo (West Bend)

Henry Vilas Zoo (Madison)

Racine Zoo (Racine)

Lincoln Park Zoo (Manitowoc)

Irvine Park & Zoo (Chippewa Falls)

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary (Green Bay)

Nature Centers

Ice formations have formed along Lake Michigan at area nature centers. (Photo: @mikecactus)

Schlitz Audubon (Bayside)

Mequon Nature Preserve (Mequon)

Havenwoods Nature Center (Milwaukee)

Hawthorn Glen (Milwaukee)

Retzer Nature Center (Waukesha)

Urban Ecology Center (3 locations in Milwaukee)

Wehr Nature Center (Franklin)

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Don’t miss these geometric bears next to the playground in Cathedral Square Park.

Dream Playground (Kenosha)

Possibility Playground (Port Washington)Kayla’s Playground (Franklin)

Maslowski Park (Glendale)

A Playground at Malone (New Berlin)

Cathedral Square Park (Don’t miss the bears this year!) (Milwaukee)

Fort Cushing Playground (Delafield)

Fox River Park (Waukesha)

Harbor View Plaza (Milwaukee)

Hart Park (Wauwatosa)

Imagination Station (Oconomowoc)

Lake Vista Park (Oak Creek)

Mequon Nature Preserve Natural Playground (Mequon)

Wind Leaves at Discovery World (Milwaukee)

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Havenwoods State Forest (Milwaukee)

Mequon Nature Preserve (Mequon)

Whitnall Park Golf Course (Franklin)

Urban Ecology Center (3 locations in Milwaukee)

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (Bayside)

Hawthorn Glen (Milwaukee)

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State Parks

Snowy sand dunes and gorgeous sunsets at Kohler Andrae State Park. (Photo: @yashenjeti)

Lapham Peak

Kohler Andrae

Lakeshore State Park

Pike Lake

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Ice Skating

Red Arrow Park is open for skating reservations. Photo: @littlexlittlephotography

Red Arrow Park (Milwaukee)

Humboldt Park (Bay View)

Cahill Park (Whitefish Bay)

Konkel Park (Greenfield)

Festive Ice Rink (Cedarburg)

New Berlin Ice Rink (New Berlin)

Lowell Park (Waukesha)

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Ski / Snowboard / Tubing

The Rock Snow Park in Franklin offers glow tubing at night.

Alpine Valley Resort (Elkhorn)

Little Switzerland (Slinger)

Sunburst Winter Sports Park (Kewaskum)

The Mountaintop at Grand Geneva (Lake Geneva)

The Rock Snowpark (Franklin)

Wilmot Mountain (Wilmot)

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Paradise Springs brings stunning views in all seasons. Photo:

Doctor’s Park

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Seven Bridges Trail

Hubbard Park

Lake Park

Riverside Park

Paradise Springs

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Humboldt Park offers great sledding for young kids. Photo: @angelion

Currie Park

Whitnall Park

Humboldt Park

Brown Deer Park

Lowell Park Toboggan Run

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Sleigh Rides

Apple Holler (Sturtevant)

Dan Patch Stables (Lake Geneva)

Roden Barnyard Adventures (West Bend)

Rocking L Acres (McFarland)

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Arts & Culture

The train show at the Domes this year is on! Photo: Instagram, @codell62

Geometric Bears in Cathedral Square Park (Milwaukee)

All Aboard Games Train Show at The Domes (Milwaukee)

First Stage Virtual Shows (Virtual)

Kohl’s Art Studio at Home (Virtual)

Story Time With Milwaukee Public Library (Virtual)

Milwaukee Public Museum Community of Curiosity (Virtual

Winter & Ice Festivals

The Ice Castles in Lake Geneva are selling out fast.

Ice Castles (Lake Geneva)

Fire & Ice Winter Festival (Elm Grove)

Winterfest at Urban Ecology Center (Milwaukee)

Winter Play Date at Mequon Nature Preserve (Mequon)

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