FREE Summer Fun

Free Summer Family Fun in Waukesha County

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 for your family, 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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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 Libraries Rock! Reading Program so your kids will be ready to go when the school bell rings again. At the library, we’ll rock your summer with free musicians, science shows, food, reading challenges, crafts, prizes, and more. We’re dedicated to keeping your kids learning all summer long. That’s why Libraries Rock! 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 2nd and runs through August 11th.
Brookfield: Registration starts Monday, June 4th and runs through August 11th.
Butler: Registration starts Monday, June 11th and runs through July 28th.
Delafield: Registration starts Monday, June 11th and runs through August 3rd.
Eagle (Alice Baker): Registration starts Saturday, June 2 and runs through July 28th.
Elm Grove: Registration starts Monday, June 11th and runs through August 11th.
Hartland: Registration starts Monday, June 4th and the program runs June 11th through through July 28th.
Menomonee Falls: Registration starts Friday, June 1st and runs through August 1st.
Mukwonago: Registration is from Monday, June 4th to June 9th; the program runs from June 11th through August 4th.
MUSKEGO: Registration starts June 4th and runs through 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 29th and runs through July 28th.
North Lake (Town Hall): Registration starts Friday, June 1st and runs through July 31st.
OCONOMOWOC: Registration starts on Monday, June 4th with a Kick-Off event, and runs through August 4th.
PEWAUKEE: Registration for Summer Reading Clubs for ages birth through grade 6 starts on June 6th.
Sussex (Pauline Haass): Registration starts on Friday, June 1st and runs through August 11th.
WAUKESHA: Registrations starts on Friday, June 1st, with the actual program running from June 11th through August 4th. There will be a kick-off event on June 9th at Buchner Park.

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

Mark your calendars for Hartland Kids Day!

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 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.

This is on our summer bucket list! SummerStage is outdoor theatre located right in southern Delafield. Check out the FREE family programs listed below.

Fun with Shakespeare

Glen Girard – Master Magician

Kohl’s Wild Theater

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.  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!

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

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.

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!

Dousman Concert in the Park – Come to Three Pillars for their free concerts!

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

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

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

Delafield Classic Car Show – Every Tuesday at the Delafield Hardee’s

Classic Car Cruise Night in Sussex – June 21!

Joe Mama’s Cruise Nights – Every second Monday of the summer.

Cars under the Stars – June 23 in Waukesha.

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.

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

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.

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