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Free Summer Family Fun in Waukesha County

Are you on the hunt for free fun this summer?  Summer 2021 is looking more like summers of the past as we move forward. Many of our favorite community events are coming back, and we are so excited! Luckily, Lake Country Family Fun is an expert at finding free fun for your family, after all that is why we started this website! As long as your family is feeling well and acting responsibly, there are loads of ways to have free fun this summer. Make sure you save and pin this guide for future reference when the dog days of summer arrive!

A few things to note about summer 2021:

  • Constructions has returned, because summer in WI 🤪

Please say thank you to the 2021 Free Summer Fun Guide Sponsor

Bridges Library Summer 2021

Bridges Library System

Fill your summer with fun at your local public library...the Summer Library Program is back! Kids, teens, and adults can spend the summer reading, attending both in-person and virtual library programs, and earning badges and prizes. You can even go virtual with the free Beanstack reading app. From outdoor concerts and drawing classes to prize coupons from the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Wisconsin State Fair, and more, the library has a whole summer of fun and learning planned for your family. 

The Summer Library Program launches in June at your public library, so get ready to get reading! Sign up at your local library or visit https://bridgeslibrarysystem.org/summer-library-program/ for more information.

Free indoor summer fun

We love the summer reading programs! Reading is a great way to fill time on a rainy day or hot, hot afternoon inside in the air conditioning. It’s also great way to keep up all the reading skills learned throughout the year and earn summer fun along the way! See all the information above for how to participate virtually this year. 

See our fun from years past HERE.

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.

For summer 2021, please see the details through the link below. The program is being offered, but it it is up to individual centers to open or not open. The following are open:
Sussex Bowl
Village Bowl in Menomonee Falls
Alpine Lanes in Muskego

Register HERE.

Free outdoor summer fun

Hartland Kids Day 2021 will be returning to its classic booth form with bounce houses, a rock wall, and of course the splash pad! We’ll be spread out at Nixona Park. Stay tuned as we release all the details and how to participated! 

The event will be at Nixon Park on Wednesday, July 28th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm to preview local family businesses, kids activities, and entertainment throughout the day. Lake Country Family Fun will have a fun-filled day planned for you!

See this video from HKD 2016

See this and this from HKD 2017

See this and this from HKD 2018

See this and this from HKD 2019 – our most favorite year {so far}

See this from HKD 2020

Come in person to see HKD 2021!

Free Summer Fun to Watch Outside

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 BAND Wednesday night concerts to BANDS AT THE BEACH Friday night concerts you can’t beat the view while at City Beach watching music at the band shell. 

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. 

NIXON PARK CONCERT SERIES – The Nixon Park Concert Series is held at the Fine Arts Center at Nixon Park in Hartland WI every Thursday May through September 2021!

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. BACK in 2021!

TRIBUTE TUESDAY CONCERTS – Come and enjoy all your favorite songs as we pay tribute to legendary music performers of the past this summer at Tribute Tuesday Concerts in Waukesha in June, July, August, and September 2021.

CIVIC BAND CONCERTS IN WAUKESHA – Come to Cutler Park to enjoy Civic Band Concerts on Thursdays throughout the summer!  July and August concerts are on in 2021! 

TUNES ON TUESDAYS – Bring your family to Elm Grove Village Park on select Tuesdays for their Tunes on Tuesday series. 2021 concerts are happening!

BROOKFIELD NOON CONCERTS – Don’t miss this midday concert series in Brookfield all summer long! 2021 concerts are happening!

BROOKFIELD EVENING CONCERTS – These only happen once a month! 2021 concerts are happening!

Starry Nights at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts – Select Friday nights in June, July, and August. 2021 concerts are TBD.

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). 2021 concerts are TBD.

DOUSMAN CONCERT IN THE PARK – Select Saturdays in June and July – Come to Three Pillars for their free concerts! 2021 Concerts TBD. 

RIVERSIDE RHYTHMS –  Take in some musical selections every Wednesday during lunch right on the riverwalk in downtown Waukesha. 2021 concerts are BACK! 

TOSA CONCERT SERIES – Bring your family out for the Tosa Tonight Concert Series! Free Family-Friendly Music starts at 6:00 pm. 2021 Concerts TBD

Our Fun at Bands at the Beach 

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! In 2021, most if not all community outdoor movie events are back! 

While not “free summer fun”, outdoor movie drive-in theater experiences are popping up! These are ticketed events. You can read about them HERE.

One of our fun experiences at Moonlit Movie Night!

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

  • BADGERLAND SKI SHOWS – 
    *In summer 2021, the Badgerland Ski Team can be found on the road, mostly performing at Fowler Park/Fowler Lake and Okauchee Lake by Foolery’s.
    There will not be any ski shows at Frame Park in Waukesha this summer.

  • WATERBUG SKI SHOWS – 
    *Kicking off the 2021 season on June 2!
    They will be skiing every Wednesday!
    PEWAUKEE LAKE SKI SHOWS  
    July 8, 2020:
    We’re baaaaack!! Our first show of the season “Exhibition Rodeo” 🤠 will take place tomorrow at 6:45pm. With all of the local precautions we have gradually been returning to the water for practices and are ready to share with our local fans.
  • *Be a cowboy*: wear your favorite mask and maintain social distancing by remaining one cow 🐄 apart from others while enjoying the show. If you come to the show and the crowd is crazy huge perhaps you can consider coming to a future show instead–or come early, catch our “pre-show” skiers at 5:50pm including adaptive skiing at 6:30pm and guarantee yourself a spot!
    Ski y’all soon!!!

    Bring your family to watch the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Show every Thursday.

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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSICS – New 2019 and 2020 location at Seven Seas on Nagawicka Lake. Starts June 10, 2020

CLASSIC CAR CRUISE NIGHT IN SUSSEXJune 20, 2020

Cars and Coffee Waukesha – At Black Canyon Coffee in Wales, this event meets the third Sunday of the month. Happening in 2021!

Okauchee American Legion Car show – scheduled for July 11, 2020

JOE MAMA’S CRUISE NIGHTS – The second Monday of the month, starting possibly in July 2020! See why they won best local fish fry 3 years in a row!

BALD EAGLE ANNUAL CAR SHOW – Date has been moved to August 2020!

DELAFIELD CLASSIC CAR SHOW – Every Tuesday at the Delafield Hardee’s CANCELLED FOR THE 2020 SEASON

Cars and Cookouts2020 CANCELLED

SHOREHAVEN CAR SHOW2020 CANCELLED

CRUISIN’ THE GROVE – Elm Grove’s Own Classic Car and Motorcycle event. 2020 CANCELLED

Farmer Markets are open! There are some changes and safety precautions in place. Find all the local Farmers Markets arranged by days of the week HERE. There’s a farmers market offered every day of the week!

Enjoy the Active Outdoors with your Family

Free Summer Fun Just Outside Waukesha County

**Many of these attractions are still deciding if they can open, how to open, and under what new guidelines for safety in 2020. Please be patient as the information is updated. Thank you!

  • 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.)  Opening June 3, 2020.
  • 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, but the Madison Zoo is FREE.
  • 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
  • Explore MILWAUKEE WITH KIDS

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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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