100 Things To Do In (And Near) Washington County
Here it is – our ultimate list of 100 things to do in and near Washington County with kids (and a few for mom and dad)! We hope this list helps you to discover a few new places to make memories with the kids!
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4 Visit LaFleur’s Gymnastics Academy in Germantown for open gym. All ages welcome!
5 Take a horseback riding lesson at Erin Meadows in Hartford.
8 Browse the 150+ vendors at the West Bend Farmer’s Market – voted top 10 in the world by Vogue Magazine in 2014.
9 Grab the pizza, a pitcher, and game tokens deal and head up to the gameroom at The Mineshaft Restaurant in Hartford.
10 Figure out which giant donut is your favorite at Sweet Creations Village Bakery in Slinger.
11 Treat your little chefs to a “Make Your Own Pizza” at Uno Chicago Grill (And Kids Eat Free Tuesdays!).
12 Stop by Wayne’s Drive In for Thursday Cruise Night: Classic Cars, DJ Rob, Raffle Prizes & Kids Hula Hoop Contest. Great food, fun, cars, music & roller skating carhops June through November.
13 Prove that you’re no “eg-no-ra-moose” and beat the triangle peg game at Cracker Barrel in Germantown.
15 Try gourmet varieties of Ramen Noodles at Tochi Ramen in West Bend.
17 Sit on the swings at Beanie’s Mexican Restaurant in Port Washington.
18 Try a homemade cannoli at Nino’s Italian Bakery in Menomonee Falls.
19 Listen to pop hits on a Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ at Organ Piper Pizza in Greenfield. (This place also has a game room and has been entertaining kids since 1976!)
20 Play Bocce ball and bags during your wait for a Friday Fish Fry at Timmer’s Resort in West Bend. Extra Points if you arrive by boat.
21 Go back in time at Scoop De Ville, an Old Fashioned Ice Cream shop in Hartford.
23 Party with Germans during the Friday Fish Fry at the Schwabenhof in Menomonee Falls . Kid-sized portions are available.
24 Taste test the nacho mac and cheese plate at Grate Modern Mac & Cheese in Menomonee Falls.
25 Did you know West Bend is the “Geocaching Capital of the Midwest™”? Put your thinking cap on with this modern day version of treasure hunting.
26 Observe herds of bison, deer, elk, wild sheep, along with wolves, cougar, bear and much more in large natural environments at Shalom Wildlife Zoo in West Bend.
27 Attend Thursday Storytime at the Mequon Nature Preserve. Afterwards, climb to the top of the observation deck for a cool view of the property’s forests, wetlands, and fields.
28 Visit Holy Hill, walk up to the top and take in views all the way to Milwaukee (open May throught October).
29 Connect with nature at Lac Lawrann Conservancy.
31 Take a stroll through Covered Bridge Park in Cedarburg and see one of the last remaining wooden covered bridges in Wisconsin.
32 Have a picnic at Homestead Hollow Park in Germantown.
33 Visit Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, a book themed fairyland for kids. (Free admission, but donations are appreciated.)
34 Unwind in the woods at Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville.
35 Spot a Blue Heron or take a boat tour at Horicon Marsh.
36 Spend a weekend camping at Pike Lake in Hartford.
37 Take a drive out to Possibility Playground in Port Washington. We think this little gem is worth the drive!
Fun in the Water
38 Play in the Family Adventure Pool at the YMCA in West Bend.
41 Enjoy the Pewaukee Lake Ski Show Thursday nights during summer.
42 Rent a Kayak at Reef Point Resort on Pike Lake in Hartford.
43 Take the boat out for a ride. Discover new lakes here.
44 Cool off at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Hartford (New in 2016).
45 Canoe or kayak the Milwaukee River from Kewaskum to West Bend.
46 Take the kids fishing at one of the many local lakes! Find a new favorite spot here.
Rainy Day Entertainment
48 Get your game on at the Garcade – a retro arcade in Menomonee Falls. (Unlimited play wristbands available – so no coins required!)
49 Visit the extra large Galactic Playland at McDonald’s in West Bend.
50 Visit Preschool Open Play at the Washington County Family Center in West Bend (Open Tuesdays in Summer and Tuesday/Thursday in Winter).
52 Check out Cabela’s in Richfield, see the lifelike taxidermy, watch local fish swimming in the aquarium and visit the indoor archery test area.
54 Go ice skating at Kettle Moraine Ice Center in West Bend.
55 Go roller skating at Skate Country in West Bend.
56 Visit Tails and Tales Storytime at Ozaukee County Humane Society.
57 Turn on your imagination at the Fond du Lac Children’s Museum.
58 Test your skills at the Ninja Warrior Course at StoneFire Pizza
Deals and Steals
60 Take in a movie at the historic Rivoli in downtown Cedarburg, Tuesdays are always $2.
61 Check out our Kids Eat Free Guide and dine with the kids for less!
Check Out Our Rich History
62 Take an original 1850’s Settlement Walking Tour at Dheinsville Historic Park and Museum, make sure to stop in at Bast Bell Museum as well.
63 Learn about the history of transportation at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford.
64 Get a glimpse into the life of a sheriff in the 1800s at the Old Courthouse Museum in West Bend.
65 Go back in time at Pioneer Village in Saukville.
66 Visit the 1860 Lighthouse and Light Station Museum in Port Washington. Tour the restored quarters that depict the life of a lightkeeper and his family in the 19th century and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Michigan.
67 A historic outdoor museum awaits you at Old Falls Village.
68 Take in a show at the Schauer Arts Center in Hartford.
69 See an array of performances at Theatre on the Hill on the campus of UW-Washington County.
70 Take in a Lakeshore Chinooks Baseball game at the Kapco Park in Mequon.
71 Check out a West Bend Bombers Hockey Game.
72 Love football? Take in a Slinger Slayers game.
73 Challenge yourself with Basse’s annual corn maze (open late September through October).
74 Find bargains at the annual Jackson city wide rummage (takes place the Saturday following Mother’s Day).
75 Pick strawberries, apples and pumpkins at Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon.
76 Enjoy “All you can eat pancakes” at Breakfast on the Farm in Washington County (Held in July).
77 Head over to Cedar Creek Park in Cedarburg every Friday night during summer for Summer Sounds, a free summer concert series.
78 Pick up your produce, flowers, herbs and even meat at the Thiensville Farmers’ Market. Catch a summer storytime while you’re there!
79 Enjoy a movie in the park at Kinderburg in Germantown. Check the rec guide for dates!
80 Attend a Dive In Movie Night at the Mequon Community Pool.
81 See a farm truck and tractor pull at the Washington County Fair.
82 Find new treasures at Rummage-A-Rama! (Held 4 times per year at the Washington County Fair Park).
83 Cheer on your favorites at the demolition derby at Ozaukee County Fair – one of the last FREE fairs in the midwest.
84 Put on your best pirate costume and take part in a real-life pirate invasion at Port Washington Pirate Fest.
85 Enjoy visual art pieces by Wisconsin Artists at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend. (Enjoy a special kids program, Mini Masters, on the 3rd Tuesday of every month and special kids studio sessions on Saturdays).
87 Create a DIY at a Michael’s workshop in Germantown. (Free Kids Club Workshops on select Saturdays).
88 Build something special at the Home Depot free kid’s workshop in Menomonee Falls and West Bend (typically the first Saturday of each month).
89 Take a baking workshop at Cake N’ Bake in Menomonee Falls.
91 Drop your kids off for movies and fun during Parent’s Night Out at Just Kiln Time Pottery in Menomonee Falls.
Fun For Mom and Dad
92 Take a night off and have a date night at Apple Works Winery in Germantown.
93 Enjoy wine tasting at Cedar Creek Winery.
94 Raid the game closet and have a brew at The Fermentorium in Cedarburg.
95 Challenge yourselves to a family escape adventure at Team Escape 262 in Menomonee Falls. (Ages 8+)
96 Ride the free train at the MLES Railroad Park in Jackson (Train runs on select dates.)
97 Watch cheese being made at Widmer’s Cheese Cellars in Theresa.
98 Interact with your favorite animals at Shady Maple Farm Petting Zoo (New in 2016).
99 Join the free Kids Club at Slinger Speedway. Learn about all of the perks of being a Kids Club member here.
100 Learn how leather is made at Century Leather Products in Hartford.
This is a list of some of our personal favorite activities. Think there is something we should add? Send us a note here!