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  • Lemon Street Gallery - Clay Studio
  • Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
  • Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm - fall fun
  • Jelly Belly Visitor Center
  • Kenosha's Electric Streetcar
  • Cross Country Skiing at Petrifying Springs Park
  • Mars' Cheese Castle

101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under in the Kenosha Area: Many are FREE!

FALL 2015/WINTER 2016

  1. FUN 101 Fall 2015/Winter 2016Enjoy Kenosha’s first inclusive, 100% accessible playground – the Kenosha Dream Playground – at Petzke Park. FREE
  2. Stroll through the Kenosha Sculpture Walk along the harbor. The new 2015-2017 exhibit was installed in September. FREE
  3. A new disc golf course has opened at Lincoln Park. It joins disc golf courses at UW-Parkside, Fox River Park, and Silver Lake Park. FREE
  4. Enjoy family-friendly fall fun at Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm! FREE admission
  5. Through January 3, view the Civil War Museum Exhibit: Hollywood Presents The Civil War and Post-Civil War Westward Expansion. FREE
  6. Come see what’s happening in Downtown Kenosha! Enjoy sales, entertainment, and family activities during Second Saturdays. Many activities are FREE
  7. Look for stars and planets at the Griffin Observatory on select Friday nights. This is a renovated 19th century astronomy laboratory at Kemper Center. FREE
  8. Take a colorful fall bike ride, drive, or walk through Kenosha’s four National Register Historic Districts. FREE
  9. A company first known for its candy corn, Jelly Belly Visitor Center offers free Jelly Belly jelly bean samples, free fudge samples, and free train tours! FREE
  10. During the fall, enjoy a self-guided tour through Kemper Center’s 1860’s Durkee Mansion. FREE
  11. Bring your favorite 4-legged friend to run for a while at an off-leash dog park. You have 5 parks to choose from! FREE to $5 depending on park
  12. Walk 9 holes of golf at Brighton Dale Links or Petrifying Springs Golf Course for $10 on weekdays (weather permitting). $10
  13. Spend your Sunday browsing through the Wilmot Mountain Flea Market (through November 1). $1 & under
  14. At Pringle Nature Center, you can rent GPS units pre-programmed with the Geocaches located in Bristol Woods Park. $5 
  15. Kenosha HarborMarket moves indoors to the Rhode Center for the Arts for Winter HarborMarket starting October 17. FREE to browse
  16. If you dare, enter the Kemper Center Haunted House in October. $7 & under
  17. October features performances, exhibits, and activities focusing on this year’s Big Read book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Many events are FREE
  18. The first Friday of each month, stop at the I-94 Visitor Information Center for a fun, informative, and tasty Open House: First Fridays. FREE
  19. Enjoy live entertainment by Lakeside Players in a beautiful historic theater: Rhode Center for the Arts. Shows in the Family Theatre Series and L@tR Series $10
  20. Bike on the Pike Bike Trail or the Kenosha County Bike Trail. FREE
  21. One of the best views of Lake Michigan is from the top of the 1866 Southport Lighthouse (open through October 25)! $10 & under to climb  
  22. Bicycle riders are invited to participate in the Kenosha County Fall Wheel Ride on October 3. FREE
  23. Try Harvest Guacamole at La Fogata Mexican Grill, made with avocado, toasted pumpkin seeds, smoky chipotle peppers, and more. Half Order $8.49
  24. Enjoy German food, beer, music and dancing at Oktoberfest at Kemper Center, October 3. $10
  25. Aspiring young paleontologists will dig this: Dino Digs are held most Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. FREE
  26. Into November, enjoy the 26-mile Weekly Common Grounds Coffee Ride. The Bike Shop at Southport Rigging leads this Saturday morning ride. FREE 
  27. Enjoy hand-crafted beer (such as K-Town Brown) at PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., along with shuffleboard, giant Jenga, and foosball! $4-5 on tap
  28. Dinosaur Discovery MuseumThrough November 15, visit the Kenosha Public Museum Exhibit: The Things That Remain – A Veteran Print Project. FREE
  29. Make it a date! Enjoy two pastries and two 12-oz cups of coffee at Linnea Bakery, a Scandinavian bakery. $9.98
  30. Be a spectator at the Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships and Non-Qualifying Figure Skating Competition October 10-13 at RecPlex Ice Arena. $10 & under
  31. View portraits of famous faces by international portrait artist George Pollard at Pollard Gallery. FREE
  32. During Second Saturday, the City of Kenosha Fall Festival in Library Park takes place on October 10. It features family fun and the Kenosha Art Association’s Fall Fest Art Fair. FREE admission
  33. As part of the Spooky Sprint 5K and Fall Festival, kids 12 and under can participate in a 1K fun run at historic Simmons Field on October 10. FREE 1K
  34. Uncover local shipwreck facts and more at the Southport Light Station Museum through October 25. FREE
  35. The always-popular Kenosha History Center Chili Cook-Off is October 17. Enjoy and vote for the best chili! $10
  36. The Kenosha Public Museum offers a Travel Adventure Series on select Fridays. Cuba, Alaska, and the Grand Canyon are among this season’s destinations. $5 & under
  37. Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons during Wilmot Mountain’s 78th winter season. No cover charge
  38. Visit the Annual Winter Juried Show at Anderson Arts Center, November 8 – January 10. FREE
  39. Enjoy a bite of Italy at Tenuta’s Delicatessen! Ask for a Fresh Cannoli, and you have your pick of size, shell, and filling. $1.39-$2.59
  40. The UW-Parkside Arts and Crafts Fair has been a tradition for 40+ years! Experience it November 21. FREE admission
  41. Create art: play in The Clay Studio at Lemon Street Gallery! Clay costs $3 per pound
  42. Celebrate the holidays at Jelly Belly Visitor Center! Santa will be in residence November 21 and December 5. FREE admission
  43. Enjoy free cheese samples, along with free photo ops (i.e. giant outdoor sign, Isabella the 60-year-old cow, the giant mouse) at Mars’ Cheese Castle. FREE
  44. Warm up at House of Gerhard with a bowl of homemade Baked French Onion Soup Au Gratin, served bubbly hot! $7.95
  45. Shop for bargains at the After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, November 26-29. Prices vary
  46. Take the fun indoors! Skate circles at the RecPlex Ice Arena. $6.50 & under (skate rental $3)
  47. Ride an authentic Electric Streetcar any time of the year along our beautiful Lake Michigan shore. $1 & under
  48. As seen in Archaeology Magazine, come see woolly mammoth bones – that were excavated in Kenosha County – at the Kenosha Public Museum. FREE
  49. There’s a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” at Bristol 45 Diner when Elvis impersonator John Van Thiel performs on select Mondays. $4 cover charge
  50. Find your favorite childhood video game at Inner Child Comics & Collectibles and try it out! Many under $10 / FREE to try
  51. At the Downtown restaurant Mike’s Donuts & Chicken, oversized donuts are baked fresh daily with wild and unique toppings and fillings. $1-2.50
  52. Show Your Team Spirit! Shop at Something Different – an eclectic sports memorabilia shop. Prices Vary
  53. Check out the impressive 360° film “Seeing the Elephant” inside the Civil War Museum’s main exhibit The Fiery Trial. Main exhibit $5-9 / FREE for ages 15 & under
  54. A slice of Kenosha nightlife can be found at Fusion, a Downtown performing arts venue. Some events FREE
  55. Bring your fat-bike and enjoy winter biking on the Silver Lake Mountain Bike trail. FREE
  56. Military discounts are available at House of Nutrition, Sandy’s Popper, Scoops! Ice Cream, and many more Kenosha businesses. Prices vary
  57. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you take the METRA train from Chicago to Kenosha. $8 weekend pass
  58. Enjoy Carthage College Family Fun Nights, held most Friday evenings during the school year. FREE to $1
  59. Visit Robin’s Nest Cakery for the do-it-yourself cupcake topping bar! $3
  60. All ages enjoy getting artsy at Alpaca Art Pottery Painting. $7 studio fee plus the cost of your pottery ($3+)

    Gallery of Trees“A DOWNTOWN KENOSHA CHRISTMAS” Highlights:

  61. Start the holiday season at Lightin’ Up! Downtown, November 27. Festivities include the City Tree Lighting, free streetcar rides, Visits with Santa, and much more! FREE
  62. Stroll through Downtown Kenosha and enjoy the holiday window displays following Lightin’ Up. FREE
  63. Tour two historic mansions dressed for the holidays! Enjoy Christmas at Kemper and Gallery of Trees, November 29 – December 6. Durkee Mansion’s Christmas Open House continues all month long at Kemper Center. FREE
  64. December 5 is International Holiday at the Kenosha Public Museum. Don’t miss it! FREE
  65. Kemper Center hosts the Snowflake Jazz Concert on December 5. FREE
  66. Historic Holiday at the Kenosha History Center takes place December 5. Enjoy decorations, music, refreshments, and new exhibits. FREE
  67. Explore how Christmas was celebrated during the Civil War at the Civil War Museum’s Victorian Christmas on December 5. FREE

  68. Franks Diner is known for its Garbage Plate. Why not try a half garbage plate, and work your way up to a full? $7.95+
  69. Watch one of the more brilliant light shows in the sky! On December 12, Pringle Nature Center hosts a Geminid Meteor Shower Viewing. $5
  70. Go Fish! The Winter Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin is January 16-17. No fishing license needed! FREE
  71. Through February 29, visit the Kenosha Public Museum Exhibit: Journey to Primal: The Art of Theodore Czebotar. FREE
  72. See ice sculptures, an ice sculpting demo, and more at the Snow Daze Festival on February 13 in Library Park. FREE
  73. Meet a friend at Jack’s Cafe inside Andrea’s and warm up with a bowl of the café’s award winning Chili! $4.20
  74. Enjoy ice skating and cross country skiing at Poerio Park Nature Center. FREE (bring own equipment)
  75. Experience great dining during Downtown Kenosha Restaurant Week February 20-28. Breakfast and lunch menus $10 (dinner costs more)
  76. Each Wednesday, enjoy a giant bowl of pasta at Sazzy B. It’s a new concoction each week! $10
  77. Frolic and play while your nose gets a chillin’! Cross country ski, snowshoe, or sled at Petrifying Springs Park or Fox River Park. FREE
  78. The famous “backroom” offers amazing savings at the Jockey Factory Store in Downtown Kenosha. Prices vary
  79. Take a brisk 2.3 mile walk around Lake Andrea. FREE
  80. Enjoy the swanky Wisconsin supper club atmosphere at HobNob with music by the Dave Braun Trio on Friday nights and Lillian on the Piano every Saturday! Drink like a local and order a Brandy Old Fashioned. $6.50+
  81. Make your own customized bracelet or necklace at Peacetree Originals. $5+
  82. Travel “Back to the ‘20’s” at the Kenosha History Center exhibit that opens December 5. 1920’s era vehicles and memorabilia will be on display. FREE
  83. Get bead-azzled at Red Rose’s Bead Haven. Advice at this bead shop is always free! Bead prices vary
  84. Take a selfie by the red Pierhead Lighthouse. FREE
  85. Enjoy world-class musicians and concerts on select dates at the Fine Arts at First Series. FREE
  86. Stop and smell the flowers any time of the year at A Summer’s Garden Florist. FREE to browse
  87. Relax and watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan. FREE
  88. Get your cutie pie a yummy Cutie Pie at Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies! $3 each or 4 for $10
  89. Visit Seebeck Gallery, a craft gallery where 80% of its products are made in America. FREE to browse
  90. Uke's Harley-DavidsonVisit Wisconsin’s oldest Harley-Davidson dealership, and one of the oldest in the world! Uke’s Harley-Davidson shares its history in an on-site museum. FREE
  91. Modern Apothecary has a prescription for anything that ails you – chocolate! Ethereal chocolates are handcrafted, using high-quality local and organic ingredients. Prices vary
  92. Snowshoe through the pristine Bristol Woods Park. FREE admission; $5/pair snowshoe rental
  93. You can’t go to Brat Stop without having their famous Bratwurst, served with potato chips! $6.99
  94. Enjoy the seasonal décor along with delicious Tiramisu at Villa D’Carlo. $5+
  95. Take in a sporting event at either Carthage College (NCAA Div. III) or UW-Parkside (NCAA Div. II). Prices vary
  96. On Mondays, dine at Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub and enjoy Half Price Thin Crust Pizza. Prices Vary
  97. We’re still celebrating the Kenosha Kingfish: the 2015 Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series champions! Purchase a souvenir at the Team Store. Items and prices vary, such as an $8 mini bat
  98. Try a wine flight at Wine Knot Bar & Bistro. $9
  99. Enjoy Happy Hour Wednesday through Saturday at Mangia Wine Bar. Prices vary, such as $5 Stemmari House Wines
  100. Stop at The Spot Drive-In for their famous hamburger, fries, and small homemade root beer year-round! $7.35
  101. Pick up your I Heart Kenosha frame and take photos of your favorite places, spaces, food and fun! Use our hashtag #KenoshaFun! FREE

Prices reflected are accurate at the time of printing and subject to change. Prices do not include tax. Published September 2015.