Category: Family Fun

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!

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!