Category: Family Fun

A Day at the Appleton Farm Market!

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My daughter and I recently spent our Saturday morning at the Appleton Outdoor Farm Market. Within Houdini Plaza and from Appleton to Drew Street, College Avenue is lined with over 100 local and Wisconsin vendors.  From fresh assortments of produce and flowers, decorative gift items, local arts & crafts to the wonderful smells of baked goods, there’s something for everyone discover and enjoy! Many selling food items also offer gluten free options too!

The Trout Museum of Art (located next to Houdini Plaza) was hosting an art project for young and old to participate in and there was a balloon artist who was taking requests from children in the crowd.

It was definitely a hot day but that didn’t discourage a large crowd of attendance. You can always find cool tasty treats like specialty ice cream or freshly squeezed lemonade to help cool off, or break from the outdoors and head into one of the many shops or boutiques located downtown.

As we walked along College Ave, we noticed a few different live musicians playing, and came across a few stands selling exotic meats and traditional “festival” food. On occasion, we stopped to sample one or two specialty dips/sauces, but we had to make sure to get some of our classic favorites; a pork egg roll and strawberry, chocolate, and caramel crepes. We also found homemade dog treats and couldn’t pass up purchasing a little something for our favorite furry friend back at home.

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Head on out to the Downtown Appleton Farm Market and see all there is to offer! You definitely won’t be disappointed!

Free Summer Concerts in the Fox Cities

Summer is perfect for enjoying live music and the outdoors at the same time. There are plenty of opportunities to take in some great, live shows this summer throughout the Fox Cities for free. So grab some friends, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Concerts In the Courtyard
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel & Conference Center
333 W. College Ave. Appleton
Every Wednesday June 1 – September 21. Moves indoors for inclement weather.

Live! From Hydro Park Kaukauna
Hydro Park
100 Crooks Ave. Kaukauna
Summer Concert Series every Wednesday. City of Kaukauna together with Appleton Rock School and Kaukauna Lions Club will be running this event. You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Rock The Transit Center
Valley Transit Center
100 E Washington Street, Appleton
Bring your lunch and enjoy live music by local musicians every Wednesday afternoon.

Lunchtime Live Concerts – Downtown Appleton
Houdini Plaza
College Ave. & Appleton St. Appleton
Enjoy live music during your lunch break every Thursday! Bring your lunch from home, enjoy take-out from one of the many restaurants Downtown or buy on-site from a food vendor.

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Heid Music Summer Concerts
Houdini Plaza
College Ave. & Appleton St. Appleton
Thursdays during the summer through September 1st move & groove to the region’s hottest live bands during FREE concerts. Before or after the concert, visit one of our 70+ local restaurants or bars for a bite to eat or something cool to drink.

Sunday at the Amphitheater
Sunset Park
800 W Kimberly Ave. Kimberly
Free concert every Sunday through August 21st

Music Sunday – Music on the Beach
Waverly Beach
N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha
Must be 21 to attend. Weather permitting enjoy live music on the beachy shore of Lake Winnebago.

Appleton City Band Summer Concert
Pierce Park
1035 W Prospect Ave. Appleton
Tuesday nights all summer long enjoy the sounds of Appleton’s City Band at Pierce Park.

Neenah Community Band Summer Concert Series
Riverside Park
500 E. Wisconsin Ave. Neenah
Free concert in the park on Tuesday evenings all summer long.


Future Neenah Out to Lunch Concert Series 

Shattuck Park
210 E Wisconsin Ave. Neenah
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Enjoy a mid-day break by listening to a variety of musical entertainment every Thursday afternoon all summer long. Bring your own or buy your lunch from a featured restaurant vendor of the week.

Neenah – Evening Concert
Shattuck Park
210 E Wisconsin Ave. Neenah

Every other Wednesday. Enjoy a beautiful evening in the park with family and friends. Grab a chair or lay on a blanket while you listen to a variety of music.

Art at the Park: A Fox Cities Tradition

ArtInThePark_AppletonWI1541.jpgThe 56th Annual Art at the Park is almost here! The festival will be held on Sunday, July 31 from 9am-4pm. Each year Art at the Park draws thousands of visitors to this one-day event held in historic City Park in downtown Appleton.  The festival will feature almost 200 participating artists from around the country. Live entertainment, local food vendors and children’s art activities make this a fun family friendly event!

Are you an artist and want your work in the show? Click here for details on how to apply. Accepted artists have the chance to win cash prizes!

They will also feature a Creative Kids Art Show during the event. Kids ages 5 and up can submit artwork and have their pieces on display! Click here for details.

Get out and enjoy this fun family Sunday at the Park!

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It’s Strawberry Season!

Strawberries-Oakridge FarmsWritten by: Jeni Strom, Marketing & Visitor Services Coordinator

Summer months brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and strawberries are probably what I get most excited about. Being in Wisconsin with its cooler climate, by the time summer rolls around you’re more than ready to get out and find great fresh local produce. Wisconsin has many strawberry farms and most will let you come pick your own. Not only is it cheaper to get out and do the work yourself, but it’s pretty gratifying to know you went out and picked them all yourself.

IMG_2069IMG_2072Mid-June is peak strawberry season and being that it’s only a few weeks long, the sooner you get out the better! Last weekend we took the kids to Oakridge Farms in Neenah to pick our own. They give you a flat to fill and have wagons that take you out to the field. After your short ride you’re greeted with their friendly staff, they set you up in your own section, give you a few pointers on picking and then let you get to work. You can pick as much or as little as you like, but it’s amazing to see, once you start picking, how fast that flat fills up! It only took us about an hour or so from wagon ride to weighing and paying. We ended up with just under 10lbs of berries, more than I thought! The kids had a blast picking, and maybe eating a few too😉 made for a great Saturday morning!

Here are a few other farms in our area for picking but don’t wait too long, strawberry season is short!

Cuff FarmsN2299 Ledge Hill Rd, Hortonville WI

Mueur Farms – N2564 Us Hwy 151, Chilton WI

Glendale Farms – N9895 Kluth Rd, Clintonville WI


Cool Treats for Hot Days

Written by: Alison Hutchinson, Convention Sales & Marketing Representative

IMG_2003When I hear the word “summer” one thought that immediately comes to mind is ice cream.  There is something to be said about this cool treat on a hot summer day that really put a smile on your face.  Recently, I had the pleasure of stopping at Frogg’s Ice Cream.  This seasonal shop is located in Sherwood, Wisconsin off highway 55/114 and is open the first weekend in April until Labor Day.

The green and white awning and white picket fence welcome you into this charming roadside shop.  Frogg’s Ice Cream provides traditional soft-serve ice cream featuring chocolate, vanilla or twist.  They offer a variety of fresh toppings to customize your ice cream, smoothie, shake or malt; or, order one of their specialty IMG_2002sundaes, like the Frogg on a Log, Tropical Hopper or Cricket Caramel Cashew.  My daughter had a Creek Cookie Sundae; vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, crushed oreo cookie and whipped cream (optional cherry on top, of course) and I had a small twist cone. The servings are huge and the toppings are added generously.  In addition to receiving great ice cream at an affordable price, their friendly customer service was a pleasure.

Some guests choose to utilize the drive-thru and take their generously served ice cream cones and blended drinks to-go.  For those who wish to enjoy their treats at Frogg’s, you can grab a table out in front of the shop and watch the cars go by or sit in the pretty park-like setting behind the building.  I prefer a picnic table behind the building so I can relax, take in the scenery and really savor the moment.

Frogg’s Ice Cream will be worth your trip! Find them at 370 Military Road, Sherwood.

Fun on the Farm!

Written by: Jen Hecht, Convention Sales Manager

IMG_7815This past Mother’s Day weekend my family and I spent a day at Mulberry Lane Farm located just east of Sherwood, WI. This was our first time visiting the farm and boy, were we impressed! The farm is a family-owned attraction where kids and adults of all ages get a hands-on experience with a wide variety of farm animals. Here you can milk a cow, ride a pony, kiss a piglet, catch a chicken, chase some ducks and hold baby goats. Some other animals that you’ll see during your visit are sheep, turkeys, cats, hens and peacocks. Enjoy a free hayride behind the farm’s tractor for a complete tour of Mulberry Lane. Much to a mother’s delight, the farm is beautifully maintained even with hundreds of animals and people roaming daily.

For my almost two year old daughter, Mulberry Lane Farm was like seeing a children’s book come to life and a day we won’t soon forget. She couldn’t believe her eyes when all of the animals that she previously had only seen in all her favorite books had come to life right in front of her. It was such a special experience to witness her not only see, but also interact with many of these animals for the first time ever. We could barely pry her away from the rambunctious “piggies” but once we did she was in heaven riding one of the ponies and waddling with the ducks. I’m surprised we were able to get her to leave the farm without bringing home a baby goat!

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Mulberry Lane Farm allows carry-ins of all kinds and offers picnic areas so families can pack a lunch to stay and play the whole day. During the fall the hayride includes a stop at the pumpkin patch where kids can pick their own pumpkin for free. Click here to learn more about all of the fun waiting for you at Mulberry Lane Farm and plan your visit today!

10 Ways to Have Fun in the Fox Cities on a Budget

Written by: Karen Treml, Visitor Services Coordinator

  1. Live Music
    Heid Music Summer Concert Series, Downtown Appleton: June 2nd – September 1st. Every Thursday from 5:30-8:30pm in Houdini Plaza and at JOnes Park on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
    Neenah’s Evening Concert Series, June 15th – August 24th , Every other Wednesday 6-8pm, Shattuck Park.
    Appleton City Band Concerts, Tuesday Evenings, Pierce Park, 7pm Starting June 14th -August 16th .
  2. Art on the Town, Downtown Appleton: Every third Friday May – August, from 6-9pm
  3. Downtown Appleton Trolley: June 2nd – September 23rd . Thursday, Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 8am-11pm.
  4. Disc Golfing
    Grignon Park, Kaukauna – O’Hauser Park, Neenah – Pierce Park, Appleton – Plamann Park, Appleton – Telulah Park, Appleton
  5. Check out our area Farm Markets!
    Downtown Appleton, Saturdays 8am-12:30pm
    Downtown Neenah & Kaukauna, Saturdays 8am – 12pm
    Greenville Lions Park, Wednesday 3-7pm
    Menasha, Thursdays 2-6pm
    Hortonville, Thursdays 3-6:30pm at Alonzo Park
  6. Hike or bike ride on our amazing 100+ miles of trails throughout the Fox Cities. Rent a bike to ride the trails from Recyclist Bicycle Company in Kaukauna and Appleton or Cranked Bike Studio in Neenah. Stop in our Visitor Center and pick up a Fox Cities Trail Map! 3433 W College Ave
  7. Explore Fox Cities nature at one of our Nature Centers.
    Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve – Appleton
    Heckrodt Wetland Reserve – Menasha
    1000 Islands Environmental Center – Kaukauna
  8. High Cliff State Park Open House Weekend and Free Fishing Weekend. No State Park sticker needed and no Fishing License required. June 4th-5th. Enjoy 15 miles of hiking trails and gorgeous views.
  9. Spend a day on the water and kayak the Fox River. Stop in for our Visitor Guide Map or check our website for area boat/kayak launches.
  10. Enjoy a Timber Rattlers game at the Fox Cities Stadium, the Milwaukee Brewers single ‘A’ affiliate team! Check out their website for all their promotional home games!