Winter Bucket List: 101 Fun Activities for Kids in Wisconsin

The ice skating rink at Red Arrow Park has skating aides for kids to use for just $1.

2022 is a fresh new year for families in Wisconsin. You can stay safe AND have fun at these top destinations for kids and families.

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Visit Animals


The Milwaukee County Zoo is open!

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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Playgrounds

The Mequon Nature Preserve has a natural playground and observation deck for kids of all ages.

Some playgrounds are just better than the rest. Here are some of our absolute favorites that are accessible during the winter:

Dream Playground (Kenosha)

Possibility Playground (Port Washington)

Kayla’s Playground (Franklin)

Maslowski Park (Glendale)

A Playground at Malone (New Berlin)

Cathedral Square Park (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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Snowshoeing

If you can walk, you can snowshoes. These local parks and nature centers typically provide snowshoes to rent or borrow. Call first to find out the most up-to-date information about snowshoe rentals:

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)

State Parks are beautiful all year round. Here are a few that are especially accessible with kids in tow:

Lapham Peak

Kohler Andrae

Lakeshore State Park

Pike Lake

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Ice Skating


Red Arrow Park is open for skating! Ask about their skating aides for little kids. Photo: @littlexlittlephotography

Did you know that the rink at Red Arrow Park is actually larger than the one in Rockefeller Center? It’s true! Here are some of our favorite ice skating rinks:

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.

Tubing is just like sledding, only even faster. Adventurous little ones will love it.

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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Hiking


Paradise Springs brings stunning views in all seasons. Photo: @heidi.is.out.hiking

Get out in the fresh air with these kid-friendly hiking destinations:

Doctor’s Park

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Seven Bridges Trail

Hubbard Park

Lake Park

Riverside Park

Paradise Springs

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Sledding


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

When it snows, Milwaukee sleds! Here are some of our favorite sledding destinations:

Currie Park

Whitnall Park

Humboldt Park (Small hills for little kids)

Brown Deer Park

Lowell Park Toboggan Run

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Sleigh Rides

For a unique experience, book a sleigh ride for the whole family:

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

Annual Train Show at The Domes (Milwaukee)

The Watsons Go to Birminghman (First Stage)

Kohl’s Art Studio at Home (Virtual)

Story Time With Milwaukee Public Library (Virtual)

Milwaukee Public Museum


Winter & Ice Festivals


The Ice Castles in Lake Geneva are selling out fast.

Ice Castles (Lake Geneva)

Cedarburg Winter Festival

Winterfest in Lake Geneva

Winter Frolic at Mequon Nature Preserve (Mequon)

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