Category: Family Fun

Get Jumping in the Fox Cities!

xtreme air 2Written by: Jeni Strom, Marketing and Visitor Services Coordinator

Looking for a great way to let your kids burn off some energy? I recently took my kids to Xtreme Air in Appleton, they opened last year and we finally made it in for some jump time. As Wisconsin’s largest trampoline park complete with basketball hoops, rock climbing wall, laser maze and xtreme jump, there’s no shortage of fun to be had!

xtreme airWe spent an hour and a half there and I think I may have had more fun than my kids! Most parents sit and watch their kids jump from the sidelines but what fun is that?! I kind of felt like a kid again playing dodgeball, jump basketball and gladiator jousting with my kids. It’s definitely something we’ll do again. My only regret was not paying extra to do the rock climbing wall (we didn’t have proper shoes so we couldn’t), next time we’ll be sure to prepare for that!

Xtreme Air also has great birthday party options, and space for meetings or corporate team building. There’s options for all ages, so get out and jump around!!

Click here for details about hours, pricing and special deals!

Since then, the Fox Cities has welcomed a second trampoline park to the area called Sky Zone..click here for their information.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Baseball season is back and it’s finally feeling like spring! Whether you’re planning a trip to the area or a Fox Cities local, catching a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game at Fox Cities Stadium is a must! The Timber Rattlers are the Wisconsin Brewers’ single ‘A’ affiliate team and a game there is more than just great baseball, it’s a fun for the whole family experience! Not to mention, Fox Cities Stadium was ranked one of the 10 Best Minor League Ballparks by Livability.com in 2015. Check out the article below to see what Author, Linda Aksomitis, from Guide 2 Travel, had to say about her experience at Fox Cities Stadium.

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Written by: Linda Aksomitis, Guide 2 Travel 

We like to celebrate tradition — and what’s more traditional than baseball, the old ball game? Whether it’s the crack of the bat against the ball, or those glorious afternoons and evenings of summer fun, it’s a sport North Americans love!

I know the crowd at the Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium all enjoyed the game as much as I did on my June visit….Click here to read more!

Easter Weekend in the Fox Cities

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Written by: Alison Hutchinson, Convention Sales & Marketing Representative

Looking for Easter weekend fun? From Easter Egg hunts to Sunday Brunch, the Fox Cities has plenty going on!

As a former hotelier, I was used to working many Easter weekends; however, this year, I will be on the receiving end of attending Easter weekend activities and my family and I will be attending brunch at Riverview Gardens.

Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 26
Valley Baptist Church, Appleton, WI
10:00am – 11:30am

Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 26
Appleton Memorial Park, Appleton, WI
1:45pm – 2:45pm

Photos with the Easter Bunny – Friday, March 25 & Saturday, March 26
Fox River Mall, Appleton, WI
10:00am – 8:00pm

Indoor Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 26
Pathways Church, Appleton, WI
9:00am – 11:30am

Superhero Training Day! – An Easter Event – Saturday, March 26
Hope Center, Appleton, WI
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Spring Flowers Window Clings – Saturday, March 26
Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI
10:30am – 1:00pm

HOP to the Movies!
Hollywood Cinema in Appleton
9am-1pm
Activities will include; Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, coloring/activity stations and showing of the movie “HOP” at 10am. Tickets $7

Easter Brunches

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel
1000 Cameron Way, Neenah
Brunch 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $18.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 4 to 11. Reservations recommended: 920-720-8000, ext. 5030.

Fox Banquets Rivertyme Catering
111 E. Kimball St., Appleton
Buffet 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $17.50 for adults, $1.50 per year for children until age 10. Reservations: 920-731-7271.

Fratellos
501 W. Water St., Appleton
Buffet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $18.99 for adults, $8.99 for ages 9 to 12, $6.99 for ages 4 to 8. Reservations recommended: 920-993-9087.

Grand Meridian
2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton
Buffet 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $16.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 5 to 12. Reservations: 920-968-2621.

Main Event Steakhouse
1727 Freedom Road, Little Chute
Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $13.95 for adults, $1 per year for children ages 3 to 12. Reservations: 920-788-6246. More information on Facebook page.

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
333 W. College Ave., Appleton
Buffet served in Grand Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $21.95 for adults, $11.95 ages 8 to 12, $6.95 ages 3 to 7. An 18 percent service charge is added. Reservations recommended: 920-733-8000, ext. 1529.

Red Ox
2318 S. Oneida St., Appleton
Serves off the dinner and children’s menus, plus Easter specials, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. All items available as carry-out as well. Can accommodate groups up to 8 people. Reservations: 920-830-4121.

Remington’s at Riverwalk Hotel
123 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah
Brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $18.95 for adults, $11.95 ages 8 to 12, $5.95 ages 3 to 7. An 18 percent service charge added. Reservations recommended: 920-725-8441.

The Source Public House
890 Lake Park Road, Menasha
Buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $19.95 adults, $9.95 children ages 6 to 12, $4.95 children ages 4 to 6. Reservations recommended: 920-830-2050.

Stone Cellar at Riverview Gardens
1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton
Buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $19.99 for adults, $8.99 ages 4 to 12. An 18 percent service charge added. Gluten-free and dairy-free options. Special children’s buffet. Reservations preferred: 920-731-3322.

Local Libraries..More than Just a Good Read!

Written by: Kim Tisler, Director of Operations

When is the last time you checked out your local library?  When my kids were young, we frequented the library on a regular basis.  They were always eager to delve into a new book, or to participate in a reading program.  For me, a visit to the library provided a chance to peruse another great gardening or recipe book.  The library is filled with adventure and wonder for kids and adults of all ages.  Going to the library is a rewarding pastime that many of us already enjoy, but whether you regularly visit, or you haven’t been to one in quite some time, today’s library is worth checking into.

Kaukauna Public LibraryIf you haven’t seen or read about Kaukauna’s new library, take a moment to stop and see this incredible new place.  Formerly the Eagle Mill, this historic site, which sits right on the river in downtown Kaukauna, retains much of the original mill character, but with every state of the art amenity one could ask for. (You can read more about the transformation of Kaukauna’s Public Library here).

Of course, any local library of today offers a wealth of services and programming.  Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to relax and unwind, or looking for activities for your entire family, there is something for everyone waiting to be discovered. Your local library offers countless programs and events including music and concerts, opening art exhibits, community and cultural events, lectures, discussions and presentations, classes and workshops, children’s events and classes, electronic resources, eBooks and audiobooks, and just plain old-fashioned books.  In addition to the Kaukauna Public Library, the Fox Cities is home to the Appleton Public Library, Menasha Public Library, Neenah Public Library, Kimberly/Little Chute Public Libraries, and the Hortonville Public Library.  Check out their individual websites to find upcoming programs and events. Happy Reading!

Wisconsin Welcomes Your 4-legged Friends

Want to travel but hate the thought of leaving your 4-legged friends behind? Well not to worry! Come to the Fox Cities, we’ve got you covered!

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The Fox Cities has plenty of accommodations that are happy to welcome your furry friends! Click here for a full list.

If you’re looking for a great place to get outdoors with your pet while you’re here, we’ve got great options for that too! Click here for some great dog-friendly trails and parks!

Don’t forget to pick up something special for them at one of our local pet stores!

Lucy’s Closet Pet Boutique – 129 W Wisconsin Ave, Neenah

Two Paws Up Bakery – 305 E College Ave, Appleton

The Depawsitory – 103 E College Ave, Appleton

Wisconsin has plenty of pet-friendly places to visit and Travel Wisconsin’s most recent commercial wants you to know – Dogs are Welcome in Wisconsin!

 

 

Swing into Spring!

Written by: Jen Hecht, Convention Sales Manager 

IMG_7313Snow banks are melting and warmer temperatures are in the forecast here in the Fox Cities. Spring is definitely in the air; I saw and heard my first robin of the year just this morning – what a welcome sound!

If you have a young family like I do, I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am to kick cabin fever good-bye and get the kids back outside where they can burn off their energy in the great outdoors. To fuel the excitement for spring and its warmer temps, here is a list of great parks in the Fox Cities worth planning a visit to for kids of all ages to get out and play in the fresh air.

Memorial Park – Appleton1313 E Witzke Blvd.
At Memorial Park you will find an expansive play area for all ages including toddlers and preschoolers. They also boast seven baseball fields, picnic pavilion with grilling area, a fishing pond, and gardens to explore. With something for everyone you will be sure to have a fun-filled day here.

Riverside Park – Neenah500 E Wisconsin Ave.
This community park is known for its huge rocket ship playground that kids love.  Located along the Fox River, Riverside Park has a beautiful trail that runs along the water creating a beautiful landscape for walks all year long.

Doyle Park – Little Chute100 Van Buren St.
Doyle Park in Little Chute features a pool with waterslide, playgrounds for all ages, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, batting cages, picnic area and fishing.

Plamann Park – Appleton1375 E Broadway Dr.
Plamann Park has 257 acres of scenic trails and hills. Plamann offers multiple playground areas, numerous baseball diamonds, a disc golf course, and public swimming at their man-made lake complete with sandy beaches. Be sure to also visit their free Children’s Farm for little ones to pet cows, pigs, goats, sheep and rabbits.

Wanick Choute Park – SherwoodW4690 Castle Dr.
Wanick Choute Park offers a seasonal splash pad, two playground areas for both young and older children , soccer fields, and basketball and tennis courts. They also have paved walking trails and a rentable open air pavilion.

Fritse Park – Town of Menasha899 N Lake St.
Fritse Park is a 15 acre park located on the western shore of Little Lake Butte des Morts. Fritse Park features a boat launch, picnic and grilling area, playground equipment, and sledding hill.  The park also hosts the Fox Cities Trestle Trail Bridge, part of the Fox Cities Trestle/Friendship trail, connecting the Town of Menasha to the City of Menasha.  The 1,600-foot long, lighted pedestrian bridge is the longest in Wisconsin and includes a center pavilion area with seating, and several fishing platforms along the way.

For a complete list of Fox Cities parks, visit our website!

A Dog Friendly Fox Cities

Written by: Pam Seidl, Executive Director

My favorite walking companions have always had four legs.  Together we’ve logged hundreds (ok, wanted to say thousands, but I may be overstating my exercise commitment there!) of miles together exploring some pretty great places in the Fox Cities.

BoydTrailMy current companion is Boyd, (pictured here with my daughter) who joined our family last fall. He’s young…and a beagle….which means he has plenty of energy to channel into some great walks.  Our favorite walk has always been across the Fox Cities Trestle Trail. Start at Fritse Park (899 N. Lake Street, Neenah) and walk this converted railroad line for .75 miles to the lock in Menasha.  Dogs are welcome on the trestle trail portion of the park and in the adjoining Rydell Conservancy which has rustic but well maintained wood chipped paths.  The ponds and trees in this section of the park offer plenty of adventure for the beagle nose.  It’s very rustic in winter, but if your dog’s human has the right footwear it’s a very easy 1 mile loop.

To extend your walk from the Trestle, follow the paved path along North Lake Street as it turns West and parallels Highway 10 for many miles or head south and follow the trail into the City of Neenah. The current trail follows North Lake Street and then tucks into Herb and Dolly Smith Park along the southern shore of Little Lake Butte des Morts into Arrowhead Park. The trail continues into Gateway Plaza in Downtown Neenah. Neenah is one of our most dog-friendly communities and dogs are allowed on leash in all city parks.

Loop the Lake is an initiative underway to continue the trail from Arrowhead park across the water again to meet back up with the Fox Cities Trestle. The proposed loop will be 3.2 miles…a great walk or run with or without the four legged companion.

As we wait for the trail completion, Boyd and I blaze our own loop through Downtown Neenah (where Boyd recommends a stop at Lucy’s Closet –dogs always welcome), turning north on Commercial Street and following it into the City of Menasha where we turn left on Water Street just after the historic Tayco Street Bridge. Water Street heads back East where you meet up with the Trestle Trail by the Menasha Lock. It’s about a 5 mile loop and the trails are plowed (for the most part) in winter.

In contrast to the “nature within the city walk” around Little Lake Butte des Morts, the WIOUWASH Trail offers miles of dog and human-friendly peace and tranquility.  Located just 5 miles west of the Fox Cities, the WIOUWASH  is a state trail in two sections. The Southern section covers 22 miles between Hortonville and Oshkosh. Plenty of access points with parking are available.  I recommend the lot off HWY G in the Town of Allenville. From there you can head in either direction. MOVIE TRIVIA: If you head north from the lot in Allenville, about 2 miles along the trail is a marker noting where a recent film starring Johnny Depp was filmed. I won’t give away the secret. It’s fun to discover on your own. Snowmobiles are allowed on the trail in winter, so it’s always best to check trail conditions.

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High Cliff State Park has 16  miles of great trails and dogs are allowed on almost all of them. The park is open year round and offers spectacular views of Lake Winnebago from the limestone cliffs in throughout park.

 

 

 

Boyd_DogParkFinally, if your pooch needs some exercise but you’re just not up for hoofing it, Boyd highly recommends the Outagamie County Dog Park .  This 17-acre fences park is open year round (a portion closes in the winter) and offers plenty of trials, terrain and furry friends for Fido. It’s common to see the humans milling about and socializing while the dogs run full out with the pack.