I love Summer in the Midwest, even though the mosquitoes are quite vicious and the days could get so humid. Either way, I love it because it lets me get involved with the community and experience fun events. The month of June was quite the bipolar weather but, I was still able to take advantage of the nicer days by hitting the local aquatic center. There’s only so much a 6 month pregnant lady can do! If you’re new to the area of haven’t heard of any of these (some are new this year), here’s my top 10 Family Summer Activities and Events in and around Green Bay.
1 – Farmer’s Market: Wednesday nights on Broadway and Saturday mornings on Washington (the new location since Monroe is under construction now). I love going on Wednesday nights because we can never wake up early enough to go on Saturdays. Broadway also has some cute shops that I love stopping into to see what’s new.
2 – Aquatics/Pools: My favorite is Resch Aquatic Center because heated zero depth wading and swim area for the tiny tots. The only fallback is that you have to be a resident of Green Bay to receive the lesser price to enjoy. Plus, this pool is pretty popular so it’s packed right away (there is usually a long line 30 minutes before open pool time) so if you want to get a spot under the umbrella shade, you’ll have to go early and wait in line. Otherwise, I just brought my stroller in and they’ve allowed it.
3 – Movies in the Park: The Neighborhood Association of Green Bay had this last year and we attended a showing of Jurassic Park on the City Deck. This year, they have a list with dates and shows playing. And new this year to De Pere (a suburb of Green Bay) due to high requests is also a movie in the park series. Last week Friday they showed, Back to the Future. The next one is set for July 25th (my birthday) and they will be showing, The Princess Bride, one of my favorites!
4 – Summer in the Park is a free weekly summer series at Whitney Park every Thursday from June through August.
5 – City Deck: There is just so much to do on the City Deck that its overwhelming at times but if you know how to manage your time well and have a group of good friends to hang out with, this is the place to be. I think this is geared more towards family with older children but hey, if your little Tot loves to be social, this could be your new thing too! They have Dine on Deck and Friday’s on the Fox and Yoga… they even have a splashpad. Check it out if you’re in the area!
6 – Bay Beach Amusement Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. This has long been a favorite among locals. Why? Because tickets are cheap (tickets cost .25 cents each and some rides only take as little as 1 ticket) and kids really enjoy it. Every year we take the kids and every year they act like it’s their first time there. Go on weekday to avoid crowds.
7 – The New Zoo recently got a new addition and it’s called Adventure Park! Sounds fun huh? I haven’t been there yet but I’ve seen videos and pictures and it looks amazing! Good job Green Bay (well, technically it’s in Suamico which is a 20 minute drive North of Green Bay).
8 – I love going to the Green Bay Botanical Garden for its lush gardens and peaceful walks. They also hold many events such as concerts and have classes here and there. Did you also know that its FREE on Wednesday nights from 4-8pm June through August? I had no clue until recently! Bring a camera to take pictures of your kids in the cool kids area.
9 – Events: Summer is really happening around here and you can tell by debating about what your family should choose to do on the weekends. Here are some events during the Summer you won’t want to miss… Art Street in August, Packer Family Night in August, The Hmong Sports Festival on Labor Day Weekend, and since it’ll be the 4th of July in a few days – there will be Fireworks over the Fox in Downtown Green Bay which always draws out a huge crowd every year. Go early for the best seats!
10 – Since there is so many activities, check out the City of Green Bay’s website here to help plan your Summer days. Have fun and be safe!