Take It Inside

1/8/2019 - Katrina Neveri

Indoor Family Fun in Kenosha, WI
Indoor Family Fun in Kenosha, WI
Indoor Family Fun in Kenosha, WI

As much as I love outdoor adventures with my family in the winter, sometimes I want to keep my little one inside and give us all a break from the cold wind. Plus there’s been little to no snow this year so far, making things like sledding less likely. So, we’ve taken to more indoor activities in general this winter. Luckily Kenosha has no shortage of indoor activities that are fun for the whole family!

For older kids (I recommend ages 5+) Alpaca Art can be a life-saver in the winter. It’s fun for the whole family, offering clay painting on a piece of your choice, with a huge variety of designs to choose from. It’s fun for adults to paint things like coffee cups, soup bowls, or even beer steins, while the little ones have fun painting smaller pieces like magnets, figurines, cups, and more. There is no time limit, so you can stay as long as you need to finish, or come back another day to finish! You can find the studio on the north end of Downtown Kenosha, right on 6thAvenue. The studio fee is $7 per person plus the cost of the clay piece, which varies depending on the size of the piece. After you’ve paid the studio fee once, you can come back to finish the piece as many times as you need to, without paying additional studio fees. It’s only when you start a new piece that you pay another studio fee, so that works really well for our busy schedules! They also glaze and fire the piece for you once it’s complete, which is included in the studio fee. Pieces can be picked up about a week after they are completed and turned in for firing. It’s really a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening together.

If you’re looking for an indoor sports complex to frequent, the Kenosha YMCA has a wonderful facility. Family-friendly activities include an early childhood classroom, ping-pong, and an indoor rock climbing wall with open climb times and classes. The gymnasium, with two volleyball courts and two full-size basketball courts, as well as designated times for pickle ball and soccer, is also popular. An indoor running/walking track offers 1/8 mile loops, too. If your children are comfortable in the water, the Kenosha YMCA has two indoor pools and family-friendly changing rooms. Day passes, rentals and memberships are available. You can show your membership card from any Y in the country to use the Kenosha facility – making this a great option for visitors to our area.

Our lakefront museums are always a great option too – for educational or creative fun time together. I have never seen so many museums in a town the size of Kenosha and I think it’s amazing! We have the Kenosha Public Museum, the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, the Civil War Museum, the Southport Light Station Museum, and the Kenosha History Center. Most of the museums offer free admission, as well as fee-based classes and events throughout the year, so there’s always something for families to enjoy together. You can find more information about each museum online, including class schedules and event dates. Most events are recurring, too, so it’s easier for busy families to find a time that works for everyone. Some really great things to check out are the Field Station at the Kenosha Public Museum for hands-on family fun, the library at the Civil War Museum where kids can try on period style clothing or families can research their family ties to the Civil War, the Little Clint exhibit at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum where kids can actually dig for fossils, and the main gallery at the Kenosha History Center where kids who love cars and fire trucks will be in awe of the automobiles from yesteryear!

If all else fails a trip to the library is never a bad decision in the winter. Kenosha has 4 primary library branches: Southwest, Northside, Simmons and Uptown. All locations do a great job of hosting regular events, most of which are free or require a small fee. Visit the Kenosha Public Library online for more information about locations and event schedules.

The Fun 101 Brochure is always a great guide to affordable fun, as well. Explore all 101 Things to See & Do for $10 and Under. There is a fall/winter edition, as well as a spring/summer edition – so the challenge to complete all 101 items is always timely! Explore it all as a visitor or a tourist in your own town.

Community Blog Team 2018

Katrina Neveri

Community Blogger

Digital Marketer and UX designer. Cool mom to a rambunctious toddler. Road trip explorer. Pinterest addict; lover of all things handmade and DIY.