Lake Country and Waukesha Country Winter Fun Guide

Are you ready for some wintertime fun? We hear a lot of people complain about the snow and cold. I’m one of those people some days. The post-holiday blues are a thing and January and February can seem like the longest months of the year… But, family fun can be found everywhere if you know where to look! Lake Country Family Fun believes in finding family fun 365 days a year, even in January and February!! So, grab your kids (and maybe a brave grandparent), put a smile on your frozen face, and go enjoy the outdoors even in the wintertime! If you are looking for winter fun in Lake Country or Waukesha County, scroll down!

PS. All of these ice skating rinks and sledding hills are park/public land. Lake Country Family Fun will never post ice skating rinks or sledding hills that are on private property.

Bundle up and have a great time in the snow or on the ice!

If you are looking for wintertime fun in the Waukesha County or Lake Country area, look no further, this one is for you!

This Winter Fun guide is divided into 4 parts:

Outdoor Ice Skating
Indoor Ice Skating
Favorite Winter Events

If it’s crazy cold, be sure to check out Lake Country Family Fun’s Indoor Play Guide and the Kids Dream Winter Film Series to beat the cold indoors 😉


Outdoor Ice Skating

Waukesha County Parks –

Oakwood Community Park
A 39-acre park located on the northwest corner of STH 83 and Oakwood Road in Delafield.
The ice skating rink is 52 feet x 100 feet. There are two hockey goals available. It is free to use and has a portable restroom and benches. Users must bring their own skates and are encouraged to wear helmets and other protective equipment such as elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards.

Manchester Hill Park
A 15-acre park located in the north central part of Muskego: W167S7650 Parkland Drive, Muskego.
A pond on the park’s south end provides ice skating during the winter months.

Armory Park
A 28-acre park adjacent to the Wisconsin Army National Guard located on the east side of Maple Avenue, south of Clover Drive: W237N5930 Maple Avenue, Sussex. Access to the park is by driveway off of Maple Avenue and there is plenty of parking for visitors.
In winter there is an ice skating rink.

Civic Center Ice Rink
N64 W23760 Main Street, Sussex.
Open for 2018-2019 winter season. Please bring your own ice skates. No skate rentals are available at this time. Hockey is allowed, but please be respectful of others using the rink. Civic Center Restrooms Available: Monday-Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm; Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm; Sundays, 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Fowler Lake in Oconomowoc
A 10-acre community park located on the eastern shore of Fowler Lake central Oconomowoc: 500 Oakwood Ave., Oconomowoc.
Access from Municipal Lot by fishing pier.
Here is a video about the City of Oconomowoc’s Ice Rink grooming from 2016.

Village Park in Eagle
401 Markham Rd, Eagle.
The ice rink at Village Park in Eagle is now open for the 2017-2018 winter season! Skate at your own risk. Must bring your own skates and equipment. Dates of operation will be dependent on the weather.

Milwaukee County Parks –

Center Street – Waterstone Bank Ice Rink  – Open for 2017-2018 season
6420 W Clarke St., 342-0215
Rink: Sunrise to 10:00 pm
Warming House Hours: Monday through Friday: 4:00 – 9:45 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 – 9:45 pm
Skate Loaning Hours: Saturday – Sunday: Noon to 4:00 pm (Based on availability of volunteer staff)

Hales Corners – Alyson Dudek International Ice Center – Open for 2017-2018 season
5765 S New Berlin Rd., 
Hours 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Must bring your own skates.
For more information, call the Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool (414) 418-8299.

Humboldt – Humboldt Park Friends website – Open for 2017-2018 season
3000 S Howell Ave., (414) 482-4270
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm weekdays, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm weekends; The lights will stay on until 9:00 pm.
The pavilion bathrooms will be open during all the posted skating hours.

Lake Park (land rink) – TBD – Not open yet for 2017-2018 season.
2975 N Lake Park Rd., (414) 962-1680
Public Skating:
Ice Hockey:
For more information, click here: Lake Park Friends. 

McCarty – TBD – Not open yet for 2017-2018 season.
8214 W Cleveland Ave., (414) 672-5052
Public Skating:

Scout Lake – TBD – Not open yet for 2017-2018 season.
5902 W Loomis Rd., (414) 425-7303
Warming House Hours: Noon until 8:00 pm

Sheridan – TBD – Not open yet for 2017-2018 season.
4800 S Lake Dr., (414) 762-1550
Rink lit until 10:00 pm daily
Go to Sheridan Park friends for more information.

Red Arrow Park
920 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 – Season opened December 15, 2017.
Free skating if you bring your own skates! Rentals are available during rink open hours.
Mid-season, rental hours will be shortened on Mondays-Thursdays to 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, but on Fridays and weekends, rental hours will remain available during all open rink hours.

Skate Rental: sizes range from toddler size 8, to women’s size 11 and men’s size 14
Age 18 & Up: $8/pair (includes tax)
Age 17 & Under: $7/pair (includes tax) 

Polar Pals Rental: Sponsored by WaterStone Bank
Skating aids for children: $1/pal (includes tax)
Use requires a $5 refundable deposit or a photo I.D. from a guardian

Skate Sharpening
Bring your skates to us for a competitive edge.
$6/pair  (includes tax)

Warming House:
Through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the warming house or from the rooftop overlook, you’ll have a great view of all that’s happening on the ice.

  • restroom facilities
  • ice skate rentals
  • lockers (limited availability)
  • Starbucks, selling coffee and bakery
  • Soda, beer, candy, and snacks at the Skate window

Click here for more information.

***Disclaimer – This information can change and the parks may no longer have ice skating, check their websites to see if the rinks are open. Caution must be used at rinks that are on water (not land rinks) to ensure ice is thick enough to skate on. Skate at your own risk. ***


Indoor Ice Skating

Eble Ice Arena – Brookfield

  • 19400 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI
  • Public Skate hours M-F noon to 3:00 pm, Sat/Sun 2:00 to 4:00 pm
  • To see Lake Country Family Fun’s guest contributor’s experience, click here.

The Ponds of Brookfield Ice Arena

  • 2810 N Calhoun Rd, Brookfield, WI
  • Public skate on Sundays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Naga-Waukee Ice Arena – Delafield

  • 2699 Golf Rd, Delafield, WI
  • View their calendar for open skate times
  • To see Lake Country Family Fun’s guest contributor’s experience, click here.

Petit National Ice Center in West Allis

  • 500 S 84th St, Milwaukee, WI
  • Click this link for open skate times

Wilson Ice Arena

  • 4001 S 20th St, Milwaukee, WI
  • Click this link for open skate times


Local Sledding Hills Lake Country Family Fun Waukesha County

Sledding Hills

Click the image above to find public sledding hills in Waukesha County!

***Disclaimer – This information can change and the parks may no longer have sledding, check their websites to see if the hills are open. We will not post sledding hills that are on private property, sledding is dangerous and it is at your own risk. ***

Winter Events

Sledding Party in Sussex
January 20, 2018 (February 10 “rain date”)

Elm Grove Winter Festival
January 20, 2018

Waukesha Janboree 
January 26-28, 2018
So much family fun crammed into one winter weekend! Plus, who can say no to fireworks in the winter?!

Lisbon Winter Fun Day
January 27, 2018

Chilifest in Oconomowoc
January 27, 2018

FREE WI DNR Kids Ice Fishing Clinics
February 10, 2018

Cedarburg Winter Festival
February 17 and 18, 2018


January 19, 2019 (February 2 “no snow date”)

January 20, 2018

January 25-27, 2018
So much family fun crammed into one winter weekend! Plus, who can say no to fireworks in the winter?!

January 27, 2018

January 26, 2019

February 10, 2018

February 17 and 18, 2018