Summer Fun in the Middle of Winter

1/28/2017 - Dan Valdez

Family-Friendly, Sports & Outdoors

What do you do when the temperature is in the low 30s and Mother Nature is in a bad mood? Well, if you are one of my kids, we cruise down a water slide, shoot some hoops, toss the volleyball, and kick a soccer ball. These are some of the fun activities that are available in our very own backyard at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex. The RecPlex is the largest municipal recreation facility in the U.S featuring swimming pools, ice rinks, a field house, and much more. Situated at Prairie Springs Park, the property also features baseball/softball fields, a beach, and a 2.3 mile trail. Regardless of the weather, there's something to do indoors or out – making this the ultimate destination for athletes, families, and visitors alike.

My kiddos recently had a day off of school, but it was pretty chilly outside. It was the perfect day to enjoy a day being active at the RecPlex. We started our day in the 60,000 square-foot field house for some family fun. Since we had an even number in our group, we played a friendly, but intense, game of full court four-on-four basketball. Then a few of us broke off from the group and hilariously displayed our lack of volleyball skills. Still in the field house, there were soccer nets at the far end so we did our best rendition of emulating Pele, the soccer great. There was so much to do just in the field house and I was so impressed by how well maintained and clean the facility was. If you don't have a basketball, volleyball, or a soccer ball of your own, the RecPlex has some available for use for free to members and guests.

One of the best parts of a day pass is that you can come and go from the facility as you need. We took a little break mid-morning and after a short rest, we returned to the RecPlex and darted for the indoor waterpark, which has three waterslides, in-pool playground, zero-depth entry, geysers and fountains and more. Add to these the four 25-yard lap lanes, a current channel, and a hot tub and it’s a playground for kids and adults alike. The kids enjoyed all of it and again, the facility was well maintained. There is a family locker room with large private stalls, which made my worry of my girls having to go to a separate locker room by themselves disappear. Kudos RecPlex!

We did not get to take advantage of the open skate period at the ice arena or the Olympic sized swimming pool, but those facilities are definitely on our to-do list for another day. If over the age of 14, the state of the art training facility along with a 1/6 mile, suspended track are available with staff on-hand to assist with questions you may have, too. Racquetball and Walleyball areas are available, as well. If you need a quick bite, the snack bar provides some options to quell that hunger or thirst. This is truly a full-service facility for fitness and fun.

Whether you are a member of the RecPlex member or a visitor enjoying a day pass, the helpful online calendar details activity times and availability of the facility's different recreation areas. There are often open swim and skate times, drop in classes, and special events hosted at the plex. As a popular spot for sports competitions, it’s always good to plan ahead.

Our day was so fun – there just wasn’t enough time in one day to take advantage of all the activities that the RecPlex had to offer. Our goal of getting away and burning off some energy was met – and our expectations for fun were easily exceeded. The RecPlex provides a great way for the family to enjoy all the best parts of a summer day indoors when it is cold during our winter months in Wisconsin. 

Dan Valdez

Community Blogger

Kenoshan by way of Chicago. Father of Four. Photographer and Guitarist. Just an outgoing who enjoys meeting new people and experiencing all he can with his amazing kids.