Spring Break Staycation Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for spring. Between all the snow and the bitter cold…it is March, isn’t it?!¬† I hope the weather heads on the upswing soon, because spring break fever is here!! Different schools in the area have spring break on different weeks, but we polled and most readers are off the week of March 25 to March 29. Lucky me – with two kiddos in two different schools with two different spring breaks ūüėČ If your spring break is on a different week than the last week of March, send us a message!

For many families, traveling this spring break season isn’t feasible (but if you are headed off somewhere warm or want to, check out our March sponsor, Lovejoy Travel Agency.) Don’t fret if you are staying near as there are plenty of options here in Wisconsin for a great Spring Break Staycation that are budget friendly. Sometimes just driving an hour away from home seems like a great vacation. Pack up your kids and take them on a short road trip. The past few years our family tried out different water parks – the Springs Water Park in Pewaukee, Three Bears Resort in Warrens, and Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan. The kids had a blast! Do you have more ideas? Comment below or send us a message!

Madison Area Staycation Ideas

Lake Country Family Fun reader Heather S. suggests heading to Madison for your spring break. Here are her tips:

  • Start your day at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Admission is free, and it’s open year round! Make sure to visit the¬†Arctic Passage and Badger exhibits. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy Vilas Park, or eat at Zuzu¬†Cafe just across the street.
  • Next, head downtown to the Capitol building and walk through (also¬†free).
  • The Madison Children‚Äôs Museum (my kid‚Äôs favorite) is¬†right off the square as well. Make sure to go up to the roof for amazing views of the Capitol and¬†Lake Mendota. The Madison Children’s Museum is great for kids ages 0-10.
Madison Children's Museum
View from the Madison Children's Museum looking at the Capitol.
  • Other Madison attractions
  • Head south of Madison to Lake Geneva and stay at the Ridge Hotel. They are having a¬†SPRING BREAK SPECIAL.
 

Milwaukee Area Staycation Ideas

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The Milwaukee Zoo is always a fun visit.
  • Visit the¬†Mitchell Park Domes¬†and be transported to a tropical environment, or the desert in one location. They are definitely a tropical escape right here in Wisconsin!
    • The¬†show dome¬†always has something spectacular going on.¬†The Milwaukee Miniature Train Show will be showcased in the show dome through April 7, 2019.
    • Whether¬†checking out the koi¬†in the Tropical Dome or the deserts of the American Southwest in the Desert Dome, the Domes are like a mini escape while being relatively close to home.¬†
    • Lake Country Family Fun reader Heather S. points out that the desert and tropical domes both have scavenger hunts for kids. You can pick up a worksheet as you¬†walk in, and don‚Äôt miss the I-spy game in the desert dome as well. And “after you work up an appetite, head to the Mad Rooster Cafe for lunch. Breakfast is served all day.”
  • Head a bit south of the city to Oak Creek and wander around IKEA – don’t forget to eat some yummy Swedish meatballs!
  • Check out these other fun options for exploring¬†Milwaukee With Kids! (ie. Discovery World)

Green Bay/Appleton StayCation Ideas

  • While I did attend and graduate college at UW-Green Bay, I have not ventured that direction much since having kids.
  • Luckily, Lake Country Family Fun reader Heather S. is here to share her tips:
  • For more local fun in the Appleton area, check out Go Valley Kids (it’s the Lake Country Family Fun version of the Fox Valley).

Kenosha/Racine Area Staycation Ideas

Waukesha County Staycation Ideas:

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  • Visit the Waukesha County Park system, or a park system close to you. Click the link to find links to each of the Waukesha County Parks and our guest contributor Jann’s family’s experiences at each park.
  • The Salvation Army of Waukesha County¬†will be making and serving free bag lunches to 200-300 children and their caretakers from noon to 1:00 pm at the City of Waukesha‚Äôs ‚ÄúSentinel Park,‚ÄĚ near Wal-Mart on the south side.
  • In addition to the lunch program, the Salvation Army will also be hosting a babysitter course through safesitter.org¬†on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 to¬†teach safe and appropriate babysitting skills. This is open to¬†boys and girls age 11-14.
  • Check out this guide to fun Indoor Play locations.
  • There will be a ton of Easter Egg Hunts, and activities.
  • Find a great playground at a new park to explore!
  • Check out our ever-popular Events Calendar.
  • Take a spring break camp at Uptown Art Sussex.
  • Have your children take a Petite Chefs class at The Petite Chef in Dousman on March 30. Details here.¬†
  • Check out¬†the Hartland Recreation Department’s Spring Break Trip Week, March 25 – 29. Call to sign up¬†262-367-0352.
  • Book a night at the Ingleside in Pewaukee. Check out their Spring Break Package HERE that includes:
    • Overnight accommodations in a newly remodeled¬†premier guest room
    • Water park passes for each registered guest
    • 1 large one-topping pizza
    • 4 soft drinks
    • 4 slices of garlic bread
    • 60 arcade credits
    • This is similar to their Country Christmas Package that we experienced. Read about it HERE.

How and Where are you Spending your Spring Break 2019?

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