Spring Break and Staycation Guide in and around Lake Country

Spring Break Staycation Ideas

I don’t know about you but this school year is going fast slow.  In some ways it feels slow, but in other ways it is crazy that spring break is already coming up. What do your spring breaks usually look like? Do you have to scramble to find childcare or camps because you have to work?  (If so, we have ideas for you in this guide!) Do you try to plan fun, local and affordable and memorable activities to do with the family?  (If so, we have ideas for you in this guide.) Do you look for mini-trips or staycations in and around Wisconsin? (If so, we have ideas for you this guide.) Do you go somewhere tropical and warm ? (If so, please take us with you, lol.)

Find ideas for your 2022 Spring Break in our guide.  Lake Country Family Fun does the spring break local planning for you so you can enjoy it.  

When is your spring break? Ours is the week of March 14th, but some have break later in March or in April. 

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Brookfield Center for the Arts encanto camp spring 2022

Join BCA for a week long Music & Theatre Spring Break Camp the week of March 21st! Inspired by the hit Disney Movie Encanto students will explore different theatrical and musical classes each morning. Classes will include movement, voice and speech, improv, and acting styles as well as some fun pop up classes like stage makeup, accent work and much more! In the afternoon your artist will work with their group and director to create their own telling of Encanto- complete with fun new characters they can create, the hit songs and much more! Camp is from 9:00- 4:00 Monday through Friday with a showcase of our artists work Friday with family and friends! Camp is $500 for the full week and includes all camp and show supplies. Mention this listing in Lake Country Family Fun and get 10% off! 


  • Make a Reservation and Visit the Domes Train Show going on through April 3, 2022.
  • 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. Our favorites are Retzer Nature Center, Nashotah Park, and Fox Brook Park. 
  • Take a spring hike at one or all of these hiking trails located in Waukesha County and throughout WI. We love Lapham Peak and the Ice Age Trail, along with Lion’s Den Gorge if you are planning a small day trip to Lake Michigan. 
  • 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!
  • Easter is on April 17 in 2022. So, unless you have a really late spring break, you likely won’t find any Easter Egg Hunts  yet.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Next, head downtown to view the Capitol building.
      • If there are fewer than 10 people in your tour group, no reservation is necessary. On weekends and on holidays they are only able to accommodate up to 130 people per hour. For questions or comments regarding on-line Capitol tour reservations, please contact us by email at Capitol Tours or by telephone at (608)266-0382. Enjoy your tour!

  • The Madison Children’s Museum is a great place to visit. We love heading out to the rooftop and looking out over the city. 

Madison Children's Museum 

  • 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. 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 1 and 2 and 7-18, 2022 FOR MAINTENANCE.
  • Other Madison attractions
  • Head south of Madison to Lake Geneva and stay at the Ridge Hotel

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  • 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 April 3, 2022.
    • 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!
  • While I did attend and graduate college at UW-Green Bay, I have not ventured that direction much since having kids until summer 2021 when my kiddos and I spent 2 nights in Appleton. Read about our visit here.

Downtown Appleton

  • 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).
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