Our first trip of 2016 was to central Wisconsin for a long weekend. While we save for some bigger travel plans later this year, we are focusing on smaller trips as a family. (Also now that D’s two, we have to buy him his own seat on the plane if we fly. Boo.) So, we tested our hearty ability to face the cold and headed further north for the weekend.
We rented a beautiful 150 year old farmhouse in the country, about 30 minutes from Green Bay, through AirBnB. Of course we had some of the coldest weather so far this winter this weekend, so we didn’t spend much time exploring the farm like we hoped. We did enjoy the quiet, the beautiful wood floors, and the wood stove and fireplace. D especially enjoyed that the stove had multiple little doors to open, and spent quite a bit of time trying to hide different items in the stove.Ok, on to the important part- if you’re heading to east-central Wisconsin, what do you do with your family? Here’s part one of our blog on things to do in this area!
- The Building for Kids Children’s Museum Appleton, Wisconsin
We checked out this children’s museum and D had a blast exploring the many areas in the two floors of the museum. A large climbing tree spans both floors with rope walkways and slides. There are plenty of fun ways to climb, dig, play with balls related to motion, play in water, and participate in imaginative play. A great place to spend a few hours playing and pretending.
- EAA AirVenture Museum Oshkosh, Wisconsin
An internationally known flight museum, the EAA AirVenture Museum has a large number of planes on display, as well as interesting videos and exhibits. The best part to us was all of the interactive exhibits and the extensive kid’s area. I also learned that I will not likely be successful at flying a plane, helicopter, or hang glider, so I have narrowed future career options a bit.
- Paper Discovery Center Appleton, Wisconsin
This museum focuses on an important aspect of the region’s history and economy- paper making! This highly interactive museum offers a lot of hands-on activities and information.
- Barlow Planetarium Menasha, Wisconsin
This planetarium is at the University of Wisconsin college branch in Menasha, and has star shows once a day, Tuesday-Friday, and several times on Saturday. Entertaining for older children and adults alike, the planetarium is a great place to spend some time.
I should also mention that we were able to get into these places for free. Not because we are famous travel bloggers who are being compensated for our reviews (haha), but because we have a membership to a museum that is in the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and they have an awesome reciprocity network. If you are a member at one of those museums, you can go to many other museums for free. It’s been one of the best perks as we travel, and it always connects us to a variety of entertainment in the places we go. I highly recommend looking into it, I know we get our value from it.
Check out Part Two on travel in this area, which will list different entertainment options in Green Bay, Wisconsin.