“Oh, The Places I’ll Go”: Local Activity Ideas for Youth and Families

How many times have you struggled to find things to do with your clients or your family?  With having 4 children of my own I tend to look for inexpensive or free things to do with my family.  I have found many different places to look and find things to get us out of the house.

One example: I go on Facebook and enter drawings for free tickets to local events.  I recently was picked and won 4 tickets to the Big Bounce America (largest bounce house in America)!

One of the pages that I like to visit is the Lake Country Family Fun page on Facebook as they always have suggestions on things to do.  If you sign up to get their emails, which I have done also, the website has a week-end events list that they email out.

During the week my kids love to go on bike rides with their uncle; one place they tend to frequent is the Urban Ecology Center and there are multiple locations.  The one they go to it is located off of Pierce St. in Milwaukee. They are always having community events that are free or low cost.

I have found that the free days at the Milwaukee County Zoo can be fun to do with the kids as well as going to the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum on their free days. Those dates for the free days can be found on their websites. Sometimes I will even make the trek out to the Racine Zoo for a different atmosphere.

I also like to go to the local parks, especially Greenfield Park, there are so many activities to do there, and so much nature to take in. They have the awesome Cool Waters swimming pool, but a lot of other local parks have nice pools as well. I also like the fact that they have movie nights, too!

If we are feeling adventurous, we head out towards lake Michigan and take a walk around the seven bridges in Grant Park, South Milwaukee. I try to remember to bring my metal detector when heading that way– you never know what you will find.

If you are into music, like my family is, there are local festivals at neighborhood churches or events like Wednesday night live at the Wisconsin State Fair, Jazz in the Park.

On the weekend we will also check out Waukesha county as there is lots happening in that neck of the woods, too. For a list of events I tend to check their website which is https://waukesha-wi.org.

Another local place I love to go to in the fall is the Wehr Nature Center. They have so much going on and it is a very inexpensive place to go with my kids.

When we have a rain day I will take my children to the local library. There are so many different activities that I would have never known about if I didn’t check out our local library, like story time where someone volunteers to read to the kids.

This about sums up the places we go to for an inexpensive day out of the house! I hope you are able to utilize these to go to with your family or clients.

By: Michele Potrikus

Do you know of any other free or low-cost local activities for families? Please share your ideas and resources in the comments!

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