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 😉 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’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.
- 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
- Go Mini-golfing at VITENSE GOLF.
- Head south of Madison to Lake Geneva and stay at the Ridge Hotel. They are having a SPRING BREAK SPECIAL.
Milwaukee Area Staycation Ideas
- 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’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.”
- 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:
- 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.
- 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).
Kenosha/Racine Area Staycation Ideas
- Go on a tour of the Jelly Belly Factory. They have Easter happenings on March 24!
- Visit the Dinosaur Discovery Museum in Kenosha.
- Head to the Racine Art Museum. They have a spring break art camp on April 4.
- Visit the animals at the Racine Zoo.
- The Apple Barn Orchard & Winery is OPEN! Details here.
- Hike all over Racine with this trail guide.
- On your way, stop for some Swedish meatballs at IKEA in Oak Creek.
Waukesha County Staycation Ideas:
- 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.
- Watch a Spring Break Planetarium Show at the Retzer Nature Center. Only $3.50 per person!
- Michael’s Craft Store in Brookfield will be offering a Spring MAKE Camp.
- 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’s “Sentinel Park,” 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.