I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting a year for spring break (literally). In fact, on Friday, March 13th,2020 I picked the kids up from school. The next week was going to be spring break, but I had this eery feeling that the kids would not be stepping back into the school again that school year. And I was right!
Fast forward a year and here we are approaching spring break 2021. While things are better, they are definately not 100% yet. However, more things are safely open this year and numbers (at least in Wisconsin) are down. There are still at-home staycation ideas, but those who like are venturing out. Whatever you do this spring break, we hope you and your family make aweomse memories!
When is your spring break? Ours is the week of March 14th, but many public schools have off the week of march 21st.
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Our top Staycation Ideas by Location
- Make a Reservation and Visit the Domes Train Show going on through March 21st.
- Watch a virtual Glomado Workshop through the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.
- If you have an 11-15 year old, you can take an online babysitting course through the American Red Cross. Sign up HERE.
- 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.
- Take a spring hike at one or all of these three hiking trails in Waukesha County.
- Watch a Spring Break Planetarium Show at the Retzer Nature Center.
- Head to Snips and Giggles to get a fun haircut over break!
- Looking for a service staycation? Find places to volunteer and help here and here.
- If you are doing spring cleaning, find places to donate here.
- Check out this guide to fun Indoor Play locations to break out of the house and burn off some energy!
- There will be a ton of Easter Egg Hunts, and activities going on in the area.
- Find a great playground at a new park to explore on the nice days!
- Check out our ever-popular Events Calendar to explore and check out new events and places in our communities.
- Have your children take a Petite Chefs class at The Petite Chef in Dousman.
- Book a night at the Ingleside in Pewaukee. Check out their Spring Break Package HERE.
Lake Country Family Fun reader Heather S. suggests heading to Madison for your spring break. Here are her tips for a successful day trip:
- 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. Note: ONLY THE MAIN GATE AT THE INTERSECTION OF RANDALL AVE. AND DRAKE ST. IS OPEN
- Next, head downtown to view the Capitol building.
- The Madison Children’s Museum is a great place to visit, but is currently closed likely until summer 2021.
- Head down State Street for delicious BABCOCK HALL ICE CREAM (curbside service only).
- Another quick stop is the GEOLOGY MUSEUM on the UW-Madison campus but it is currently closed in 2021. Admission is also free, and there are dinosaur skeletons and rocks/geodes in a special room with a secret light.
- For the nature lovers, check out OLBRICH GARDENS. The outdoor garden admission is FREE!
- Do note that the BOLZ CONSERVATORY is CLOSED MARCH 8-19 FOR MAINTENANCE.
- Other Madison attractions
- Go Mini-golfing at VITENSE GOLF.
- Head south of Madison to Lake Geneva and stay at the Ridge Hotel.
- 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 train show goes through March 21, 2021.
- 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’t miss the I-spy game in the desert dome as well.”
- 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 which reopens on March 27, 2021)
- 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:
- Venturing a little further north, there are lots of activities in the Fox Cities area.
- The Building for Kids in Appleton is another amazing Children’s museum. The water gallery will mesmerize kids of all ages. Make reservation!
- Continue up to Green Bay and there are stadium tours at Lambeau Field for Packer fans (and of course the Packer Pro Shop).
- The National Railroad Museum is for the train lover, while the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and NEW Zoo are for the animal lovers.
- Stop by the EAA Airventure Museum in Oshkosh (also free with a Discovery World membership!) for the flight enthusiast.
- 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).