FREE Summer Fun

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FREE Summer Fun in Waukesha County Wisconsin!

The end of the school year is in sight!! Are you on the hunt for free fun this summer?  Lake Country Family Fun is an expert at finding free fun, after all that is why we started this website!  Make sure you save and pin this guide for future reference when the dog days of summer arrive!

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Free Summer Fun Guide!

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Summer Reading Progams through local libraries

Summer reading programs are excellent ways to encourage your kids to continue reading and learning throughout the summer months. From performers and events, to reading challenges and unique prizes, your public library offers a summer of fun for the whole family. This year’s theme is Build A Better World, inspiring kids, teens, and adults to affect positive change in their world and communities. Reading programs start at the beginning of June and last into August- make sure to check with your public library for specific dates and program information.

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.

Big Bend: Registration starts Saturday, June 10th and runs through August 12th.
Brookfield: Registration starts Monday, June 5th and runs through August 12th.
Butler: Registration starts Friday, June 9th and runs through July 31st.
Delafield: Registration starts Monday, June 12th and runs through August 5th.
Eagle (Alice Baker): Registration starts Saturday, June 3 and runs through July 29th.
Elm Grove: Registration starts Monday, June 12th and runs through August 12th.
Hartland: Registration starts Monday,  June12th and runs through through July 29th.
Menomonee Falls: Registration starts Thursday, June 1st and runs through August 1st.
Mukwonago: Registration starts on Monday, June 12th and runs through August 5th.
Muskego: Registration starts June 5th and runs through August 12th.
New Berlin: Registration starts Tuesday, May 30th and runs through July 29th.
North Lake (Town Hall): Registration starts Friday, June 9th and runs through July 31st.
Oconomowoc: Registration starts on Thursday, June 8th with a Kick-Off event, and runs through August 5th.
Pewaukee: Registration for Summer Reading Clubs for ages 0 to 18 starts on June 7th.  Register online and pick up the materials at the library. During the week of June 19th, there will be fun and educational library events for all ages beginning and running through August 4th.  (No events week of July 3rd.) August 18th is the last day to turn in Reading Records and earn prizes and enter the raffles.
Sussex (Pauline Haass): Registration starts on Thursday, June 1st and runs through August 12th.
Waukesha: Registrations starts on Thursday, June 1st and runs through August 5th.


Hartland Kids Day  

Head to Nixon Park on July 26th from 9:00 am until 3:00 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!


Watch a Ski Show –

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 two 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.

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Go For a Lake Walk in Oconomowoc 

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.

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Hartland Splash Pad 

The Hartland Splash Pad is a great option when the weather is so hot is 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.

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Catch a summer play OUTSIDE –

This is on our summer bucket list! Anne from SummerStage is the sweetest and so enthusiastic about these great programs! Check out the FREE family programs listed below.

Fun with Shakespeare

Glen Girard – Master Magician

Kohl’s Wild Theater

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Catch a summer outdoor movie –

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!

Flick on the Field – Kick of Memorial Day weekend with Moana!

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.  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. Live music at Nixon Park from 7-9:00 pm followed by an outdoor movie at Nixon Park from 9-10:30 pm.

Outdoor Movies in New Berlin – Bring your family to Malone Park and step back in time for a drive-in movie!

Outdoor Movie in Village Park in Sussex – Bring the whole family for a free, fun family event. Concessions will be available including free popcorn.

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Enjoy an outdoor concert –

I don’t know about you, but I love being outside in summer. 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.

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 June 8 through August 10, 2017!

Brookfield Noon Concerts – Don’t miss this midday concert series in Brookfield!

Brookfield Evening Concerts – These only happen once a month!

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.

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.

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 – Shorehaven presents it’s Outdoor Concert Series slated this summer for resident, family and public enjoyment.

Menomonee Falls Concert in the Park Series – Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets for a night of FUN!


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Play at a local park –

What is your favorite local park? We like to travel around and visit them all!

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Check Out Classic Cars –

What says summer like classic cars on a warm night?

Wednesday Night Classics – Check out their new location at Point Burger Bar.

Cruisin’ The Grove – Elm Grove’s Own Classic Car and Motorcycle event.

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Marcus Center’s KidZ Stage 

KidZ Days showcases a variety of live performing arts that incorporates an educational component and encourages interactive participation. This educational arts program has a tradition and reputation of providing quality performing arts, early childhood education, and cultural enrichment to our young people free of cost every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through the summer. The first day is June 13th.



Where do you like to play for free in the area? 

PS. If you are looking for more summer fun, be sure to check out our 77 Things to Do this Summer Bucket List.

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If you are hosting FREE SUMMER FUN or know of FREE SUMMER FUN and want it to be included in our guide, please email us at erin@lakecountryfamilyfun(dot)com with your FREE SUMMER FUN information. You can also email us via the contact form.