End-of-Summer Trips with Your Kids

It’s mid August and that means the kids are heading back to school soon. But there’s still plenty of time (and ways) to have fun with your favorite people under five feet!

Circus Clowns and Steam Trains

Circus World Museum: Photo Credit Don Davenport
Circus World Museum | Photo Credit: Don Davenport

Like a goofy clown, the Circus World Museum in Baraboo is guaranteed to put a smile on your child’s face. Their eyes will widen at colorful posters, acrobatics and more. And because few kids won’t salivate at the sight of a locomotive, the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay (which, naturally, features a train-ride tour of its 33 acres) is the perfect place to marvel at vintage trains.

Children’s Museums

Who’s to say kids can’t learn in the summer, too? The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire includes educational exhibits on building, the city of Eau Claire, and the human body. For adventurous kids, the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum in Sheboygan has an indoor tree house and giant horseshoe magnet table for building mini magnetic masterpieces.

Sticky Fingers and Fine Art

A number of Wisconsin art museums offer events and camps for kids. The Racine Art Museum welcomes families to drop in for group art projects, in addition to its classes and outreach programs. And if they’re feeling inspired, stock up on crayons and paper for the ride home.

Go Wild at a Zoo

Kids can seem like animals sometimes. So you know they’ll love meeting real ones at Wisconsin’s best zoos. Let them gape at the apes of the renowned Milwaukee County Zoo, and when you need a breather, pile into the Safari Train and tour the park. In Madison, the free Henry Vilas Zoo boasts plenty of fun, including a Discovery Center for hands-on learning and a special home for reptiles, tortoises, frogs and even furry spiders. Or go wild at Hayward’s Wilderness Walk Zoo & Recreation Park, offering nature trails, playground and picnicking, in addition to a zoo. Wherever you go, you’re guaranteed animals and adventure.

Got any more ideas on making the most of the end of summer? Let us know in the comments!

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