Spring Break Staycation Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for spring. We have had some sunshine-filled days and the weather seems to be on the upswing, so 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 19 to March 23 or April 2 to April 6. If your spring break is on a different week, 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. Do you have more ideas? Comment below or send us a message!

Madison area:

  • 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). Stop by Capitol Kids toy store.
    • The Madison Children’s Museum (my kid’s 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 of the Capitol from Madison Children’s Museum


    • Head down State St. for window and people shopping, and stop at the Union at University of Wisconsin-Madison for delicious Babcock Hall Ice Cream.
    • Another quick stop is the Geology Museum on the UW-Madison campus. 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!
  • Other Madison attractions

Milwaukee area:

Visit Milwaukee with Kids Milwaukee County Zoo


  • Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny at Sprecher Brewery on March 18 & 25.
  • Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum on April 5th for FREE!
  • Visit the Milwaukee Public Museum on April 5th for FREE!
  • Grab lunch at the Milwaukee Public Market.
  • 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 show dome will be in transition from 3/19-3/30, 2018; then reopens with Shakespeare in Love, a spring floral show.
    • Whether checking out the koi in the Tropical Dome or the Alice in Wonderland setup in the Show Dome, they are a great way to feel like getting away without getting too far away ?
    • 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. And “after you work up an appetite, head to the Mad Rooster Cafe for lunch. Breakfast is served all day.”
  • Check out these other fun options with Milwaukee With Kids! (ie. Discovery World)

Green Bay/Appleton:

  • While I did attend 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:

Waukesha County:

Easter Egg Hunts Lake Country Family Fun
Open for Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Activities, and Brunch!


  • 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.
  • Check out this guide to fun Indoor Play locations.
  • There will be a ton of Easter Egg Hunts, and activities.
  • Find a great playground to explore!
  • Check out our ever-popular Events Calendar.
  • Take a spring break camp at Lake Country Playhouse. Lake Country Playhouse Spring
  • Take a spring break camp at Uptown Art Sussex.
  • Check out some spring break fun at Laser Tag Adventure in Waukesha!
  • Stay at the Inn at Pine Terrace through this deal with Scentsory Bath and Body Boutique.
  • Check out the Hartland Recreation Department’s Spring Break Trip Week, April 2-6. Call to sign up 262-367-0352.
  • Get a workout with Burn Boot Camp on April 2 and/or April 4 with their Kids Camp for children ages 5-8 or 9-12. Find more information here.
  • Get crafty at Ben Franklin Crafts in Oconomowoc on April 3. More details here.
  • Take a spring break camp at Petite Chef in Dousman, “Young Chefs Baking Camp”.

How and where are you spending your spring break 2018?