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Free Summer Family Fun in Waukesha County

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Bridges Library Systems A universe of stories summer reading program waukesha county

Bridges Library System

The 2019 summer theme for the libraries in Jefferson and Waukesha County, under the Bridges Library System is "Universe of Stories". Be sure to head to your local library early and often this summer to take part in all their free programming.

Free indoor summer fun

School’s out…for the summer! But your child’s learning doesn’t have to take a break just because school is over. Come on over to your local public library and sign up for the A Universe of Stories Reading Program so your kids will be ready to go when the school bell rings again. At the library, they will travel through the universe learning story upon story. Your public library is dedicated to keeping your kids learning all summer long.

Reading programs start at the beginning of June and last into August.

PRO TIP: Head into the library early and often to submit your program progress and pick your rewards. Some rewards are picked over quite quickly!

We love the summer reading programs! It’s a great way to keep up all the reading skills learned throughout the year and earn summer fun along the way! Find each library’s summer reading program’s dates, below.

Waukesha County Libraries

Big Bend Library:

The program runs Saturday, June 1st for children and adults through August 10, 2019. 

  • Mad Science – On Tuesday June 11 at 10:30 am

  • Wehr Nature Center – Tuesday June 18th at 2:00pm

  • Little Miss Ann – Tuesday June 25 at 10:30am

  • Snake Discovery – Tuesday July 16 at 10:30am

  • Humane Society – Tuesday July 23 at 2:00pm.


Registration starts Monday, June 3rd and runs through August 10th, 2019.

  • Register at the library and pick up a full schedule of the activities for the summer.


Registration starts Monday, June 10th and runs through July 27th, 2019.


Registration starts Monday, June 10th and runs through August 2nd.

  • Mark your calendars for “From a Galaxy Far, Far Away” on Friday, July 12 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. There will be some special visitors from the 501st Legion-Wisconsin Garrison. Featuring photo opportunities and themed activities.

Eagle (Alice Baker):

Registration starts Saturday, June 1st and runs through July 27th, 2019. 

Elm Grove:

Registration for the reading program begins on Monday, June 10th and wraps up August 10th.  

  • Some activities, such as reading with therapy pets and the stuffed animal sleepover, require separate registration, so see the complete schedule for details at elmgrovelibrary.org.


Registration starts Monday, June 3rd, with the program running Monday, June 10 through Saturday, July 27th, 2019.

  • Party at Nixon Park on Friday, June 7 at 5 pm with food, games, and more to kick off the Summer Reading Program!

Menomonee Falls:

Registration starts Saturday, June 1st and runs through August 3rd.

  • Stop in and pick up your large printed calendar for your summer. 
  • Put their Star Wars event on your calendar and be sure to come in costume!! 
    Saturday, June 22, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


The program runs from June 10th through August 3rd. Children can register from June 10 through June 15, 2019.

  • August 3rd: The program ends with the Backyard Bash put on by the Teen Library Council.
  • Don’t miss their Touch a Truck event on Friday, June 21.


The program starts June 10th and runs throughjammin August 11th. *Children who go to JAMMIN’ ON JANESVILLE on June 1 can register then — that’s a 1 day only deal!

New Berlin:

Registration starts Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.

North Lake (Town Hall):

The program runs Saturday, June 1st through July 31st, 2019.

  • They have three reading programs
    • Children 0 – 5 years old.
    • Children  5- 11 years old.
    • T(w)eens aged 11 to 17 years old.
    • Don’t miss their Touch a Truck event on July 20.


Registration starts on Monday, June 3rd, 2019, but don’t miss their Summer Kick- Off Event on Friday, June 7.

  • 3 age groups:
    • Little Library Lovers (ages 0-3)
    • School Age (ages 4-12)
    • Teen (ages 12-18)
  • Lost in Space Escape Room: Fri., June 14 (teens only), and Sat., June 15 (families) 
  • Cosmic Crafts: Every Tuesday starting June 11, 1-3 pm
  • Blast-Off Movie Day: Sat., July 27, 10 am to 12 pm; Build a spaceship and watch a movie


Registration for Summer Reading Clubs for all ages starts on June 10th. The program ends on August 16, 2019.

  • Register online and pick up supplies at the library when it’s convenient.
  • They offer three different Reading Clubs:
    • Early Literacy Reading Club encourages adults and their little ones (age birth to 3) to read, sing, play and
      share early literacy experiences. Little ones earn prizes for each activity sheet, just like the big kids!
    • Pre-readers and readers ages 3 to 12 can participate in our Summer Reading Club and earn incentives
      for reading and keeping their brains busy in the summer. Kids can also visit the “Activity Table” weekly
      for a neat learning activity and a chance to earn an additional raffle ticket.
    • Teens entering grades 7 to 12 can read and complete activities at their own pace to earn prizes.
    • Additionally, Adults can also participate in special events and enter weekly drawings.

Sussex (Pauline Haass):

Registration starts on Friday, June 1st and runs through August 11th.


The program runs from Saturday, June 1st, through August 3rd. There will be a kick-off event on June 8th at Buchner Park.

  • For children ages 3 through completing sixth grade.
  • Monday August 5th – they will host a Rocket Reading Wrap-Up Program to celebrate all of the readers’ accomplishments, including a comedy performance by Kids Play and free ice cream after the show at Cutler Park. 

Jefferson County Libraries

Dwight Foster Public Library (Fort Atkinson)

  • The summer reading program will run from June 10 through July 27, 2019.
  • View their website for more information.  

Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (Whitewater)

  • The summer reading program runs Monday, June 10th through Friday, July 26th
  • Attend their Messy Art Day, a free family art program, on Friday, June 14th 2:00 pm.
  • More information on their website.

Jefferson Public Library

  • The summer reading program runs June 3rd through August 2nd, 2019. 
  • Attend their Trivia Night, on June 21st, 6:00 pm. Please call the library at 920-674-7733 to register.
  • Find more information on their website.   

Johnson Creek Public Library

  • The summer reading program runs June 8- August 2, 2019.
  • The Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party is on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 to noon. Enjoy snacks and outdoor games when you sign up! Kids and teens get a FREE book when they sign up today, and adults who sign up today will get entered to win a $25 Hi-Way Harry’s gift certificate!
  • More information on their website.  

Karl Junginger Memorial Library (Waterloo)

  • The summer reading program runs June 3-August 3, 2019.
  • More information can be found on their website

L.D. Fargo Public Library (Lake Mills)

  • The summer reading program runs from Monday June 10-Friday July 19, 2019.
  • Stop by the Scholastic Book Fair on July 18 from 12:00-6:00 pm at the Lake Mills City Hall, 200D Water Street.
  • More information on their website.  

Watertown Public Library

  • Online registration begins June 3rd and the Summer Library Challenge is June 10th – August 3rd, 2019! 
  • Join in the fun with their Family Fun Nights June 27th (Space Camp), July 23rd (Constellation Creations) and August 19th (Drive-In Movie) all at 6:30pm!
  • More information on their website.

Every child that you register, receives 2 FREE games of bowling all summer long!! The Kids Bowl Free is a nationwide program. Its purpose is to support communities and give children a fun way to spend their time throughout the summer. Wahoo!! This is perfect for rainy days or to escape the heat.

Register HERE.

Free outdoor summer fun

Head to Nixon Park on Wednesday, July 31st from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm to preview local family businesses, kids activities, a rock wall, bounce houses and entertainment throughout the day. Lake Country Family Fun has a fun-filled day planned for you!

Free Summer Fun to Watch Outside

Watching a WATER SKI SHOW is a family favorite of ours! My little ones are amazed at all the tricks and lifts of the skiiers, and by the three motors on the back of the boat 😉

BADGERLAND SKI SHOWS – Frame Park is the location for these amazing ski shows.  Tricks, formations and more all to keep the kids entertained.  If the kids lose interest, this is the perfect park for a walk to the park or to explore the gardens! They also have added more shows to their Fowler Lake schedule this summer!

WATERBUG SKI SHOWS – Come to Idle Isle Park on Little Muskego Lake for a fun night out with family, friends, and co-workers, watching a ski show.

PEWAUKEE LAKE SKI SHOWS – Bring your family to watch the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Show every Thursday this summer at 6:45 pm.

This is another family favorite of ours!! Watching a MOVIE OUTSIDE surrounded by friends, snacking on kettle corn, and snuggling up with my little ones, is a favorite memory of summers past!

MOONLIT MOVIES IN OCONOMOWOC   Join the community and your family and friends to watch a movie under the stars in Fowler Park and then in Downtown Oconomowoc for the August and September movie. The September movie is an adult night out at the movies.  This is a family favorite for Lake Country Family Fun!

MOVIES IN THE PARK IN ELM GROVE – Join the community and your family and friends to watch a movie under the stars in Elm Grove’s Village Park.

HARTLAND NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT OUT – Bring your family for a night of fun at Hartland Neighborhood Night Out! There will be free fun for all ages. The business open house will be 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by an outdoor movie at the Hartland Fire Department at 8:00 pm.

OUTDOOR MOVIES IN NEW BERLIN – Bring your family to Malone Park and step back in time for a drive-in movie in June!

OUTDOOR MOVIE IN VILLAGE PARK IN SUSSEX – Bring the whole family for a free, fun family event. Concessions will be available including free popcorn.

THE CORNERS OF BROOKFIELD – They are bringing back their family movies series in the Square, showing seven movies in July and August!

Movies at the Park – Springs Water Park – NEW this summer! Bring your family to Wreck it Ralph on Memorial Day Weekend!

I don’t know about you, but I love being outside in summer (minus any bugs). I love looking forward to all the seasons, but summer is my favorite! Outdoor concerts are a great way to enjoy summer nights with your family and friends.

Music in Oconomowoc – From the AMERICAN LEGION to BANDS AT THE BEACH Friday night concerts you can’t beat the view while at City Beach watching music at the band shell.

Tunes on Tuesday – Bring your family to Elm Grove Village Park on select Tuesdays for their Tunes on Tuesday series.

WATERFRONT WEDNESDAYS IN PEWAUKEE– Lakefront Park in Pewaukee is the perfect location for a picnic dinner with the family.  Grab your blankets and chairs and enjoy the scenic view and sounds every Wednesday through the summer. *Positively Pewaukee is a partner of Lake Country Family Fun.

Riverside Rhythms –  Take in some musical selections every Wednesday during lunch right on the riverwalk in downtown Waukesha.

NIXON PARK CONCERT SERIES – The Nixon Park Concert Series is held at the Fine Arts Center at Nixon Park in Hartland WI every Thursday from mid-May through September 2019!

BROOKFIELD NOON CONCERTS – Don’t miss this midday concert series in Brookfield all summer long!

BROOKFIELD EVENING CONCERTS – These only happen once a month!

WAUKESHA FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE– Every Friday night downtown Waukesha comes alive with stages places through the downtown business district.  This is a kid friendly event; also, it can easily be used for a date night, guys night or girls night out.

Starry Nights at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts – Select Friday nights in June, July, and August.

TOSA CONCERT SERIES – Bring your family out for the Tosa Tonight Concert Series! Free Family-Friendly Music starts at 6:00 pm.

TRIBUTE TUESDAY CONCERTS – Come and enjoy all your favorite songs as we pay tribute to Tom Petty, U2, ABBA, and a great Country act this summer at Tribute Tuesday Concerts in Waukesha!

CIVIC BAND CONCERTS IN WAUKESHA – Come to Cutler Park to enjoy Civic Band Concerts on Thursdays throughout the summer!

SHOREHAVEN OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES – 2019 dates TBD -Shorehaven presents it’s Outdoor Concert Series slated this summer for resident, family and public enjoyment.

CONCERTS AT THE BEER GARDEN, MENOMONEE FALLS  – Bring your family to these free concerts at Mill Pond Park that will have food and beverages on both Thursday AND Friday nights during the summer (weather permitting).

DOUSMAN CONCERT IN THE PARK – Select Saturdays in June and July – Come to Three Pillars for their free concerts!

What says summer like classic cars on a warm night? Find more car shows HERE.

DELAFIELD CLASSIC CAR SHOW – Every Tuesday at the Delafield Hardee’s

Cars and Cookouts – Pewaukee on June 7

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSICS – New 2019 location at Seven Seas on Nagawicka Lake.



Okauchee American Legion Car show – June 29

CRUISIN’ THE GROVE – Elm Grove’s Own Classic Car and Motorcycle event.

Cars and Coffee Waukesha – At Black Canyon Coffee in Wales, this event meets the third Sunday of the month.

JOE MAMA’S CRUISE NIGHTS – The second Monday of the month, starting in June! See why they won best local fish fry 2 years in a row!

Find all the local Farmers Markets arranged by days of the week HERE.

Enjoy the Active Outdoors with your Family

Take a stroll with the family around Fowler Lake in Oconomowoc. It is about a 2 mile walk to get around. We always seem to stop at the bridge at the dam between Fowler Lake and Lac La Belle and watch people fish and stop for a little bit of extra fun at Fowler Park and take full advantage of the park, tennis courts and the restrooms. We park downtown and follow Wisconsin Ave west, then north onto Main St., then right onto Lisbon Rd., then right again onto Greenland Ave, then right onto Oakwood Ave., then right again on Pleasant St. and that takes you back to downtown in the municipal parking lot by the boardwalk.

There are blue rain drops painted on the sidewalk to guide you around the lake. 

The Hartland Splash Pad is a great option when the weather is so hot it’s unbearable.  This is a zero depth water feature, so even the littlest ones can play.  

*Our tip is to make sure your kids have water shoes on as the concrete does get slippery as the kids run around.

Nixon Park Splash Pad Hartland Wisconsin Lake Country Family Fun

Other Lake Country communities with Splash Pads planning in motion: 

Find Milwaukee County Splash Pads HERE.

What is your favorite local park? We like to travel around and visit them all! Find the BEST LOCAL PARKS in our handy guide!


Search for painted rocks in outdoor public places. You can also paint your own rocks and put them out for others to find.

Where to find painted rocks in Waukesha County.

Free Summer Fun Just Outside Waukesha County

  • The North Point Lighthouse in Milwaukee is an awesome historic landmark and kids 4 and under are FREE.
  • The Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners offer free admission the first Tuesday of every month during the summer to Milwaukee County Residents.
  • Visit Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, a book themed fairyland for kids. (Free admission, but donations are appreciated.)  
  • Check out Cedar Creek Park in Cedarburg Friday nights during the summer for Summer Sounds, their free summer concert series.
  • Enjoy summer sounds with Music in the Glen, which is free and open to everyone located in Glendale (schedule here).
  • A little road trip, the the Madison Zoo and Children’s Museum are FREE
  • KidZ Days At the Center is free programming for children, held outdoors on KidZ Stage throughout the summer months on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM located at Water Street in Milwaukee
  • Hit up a Beach – Milwaukee County beaches are FREE!!!
  • Top FREE Splash pads outside of Waukesha County include:
    • Kinderberg Park in Germantown
    • Hickory Park in Jackson
    • Bayshore Town Center’s Splash Pad
    • Hart Park Splash Pad in Wauwatosa
    • Oak Creek Splash Pad
    • Riverside Park Splash Pad in Janesville
    • Milwaukee County Splash Pads and Wading Pool list

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7 thoughts on “FREE Summer Fun”

  1. I am really impressed with this. I grew up in Pewaukee, and I am a few months shy of 50 and this web site is just wonderful. Whoever started it and the input is excellent. Family means everything, and enjoying life with our loved ones. We live in a beautiful area and I know we all want to keep it that way, as well as safe. Keep up the good work and thank you for your wisdom.

    1. Anne-
      I am so smitten with your comment, it warms my heart. I started on this website adventure in 2011 and it has been a joy. I am a mom of 4 kids loving life here in Lake Country and every second that I can with them while they are still little 🙂

  2. I love LCFF! Great resource for families, and full of helpful tips. I’m excited to visit this Madeline Park—my son loves trains.

  3. So many amazing things to do for free in the summer in our area! We love the Retzer Nature Center, Imagination Station, Pewaukee Beach, Frame Park, Friday Night Live (Waukesha), visits to the library (including visiting ones outside of our own city library), workshops at Home Depot and walking/biking the glacial drumlin trail – to name a few!

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