School's Out! Family-friendly fun in summer

Sarah Jane Peters

sarah jane peters | frankly families | june 2016

Summertime, and the livin' is easy — at least it can be for families looking to experience free and inexpensive, kid-friendly entertainment!

Without a doubt, my favorite season to reside in Green Bay with our family is summer; it always seems there is something fun going on, rain or shine! This June as the school year comes to a close, we look forward exploring in the city of Green Bay! Below is a list of family-friendly opportunities to enjoy at little or no cost.

Wednesday Night Farmers Market

Beginning on Wednesday, May 31st from 3-8 p.m. on Broadway downtown, families can enjoy shopping for fresh produce and visit many local artisan booths at the Wednesday Night Farmers Market. Local bands play at numerous locations on the market route allowing children the opportunity to dance along the way!

125 years of Bay Beach!

On June 10th the city will celebrate 125 years of Bay Beach Amusement Park. Throughout the summer families can enjoy the park's longer hours open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. With the low cost of 25 cents per ticket, Bay Beach can provide hours of entertainment for a nominal cost.

Explore the Great Outdoors — Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

A delightful trail passageway can lead families from the bustling rides of Bay Beach into the calm of the wild to explore Green Bay's Wildlife Sanctuary. Many nature-related programs and camps are available to children as young as age 3 and self-guided tours are an option every day of the week. Families can pack a picnic lunch and take a break by the waterfront. Corn is available to purchase to feed the ducks with the proceeds benefitting the sanctuary.

Keep on Reading!

Kids and teens have the opportunity to earn great prizes as they continue to read throughout the summer and participate in the Summer Reading Adventure program via the Brown County Library! The June 10th kick-off from 10 a.m.-noon will feature “two rollicking performances by trumpeter, singer, songwriter, percussionist, author and all-around entertainer Michael 'Mr. Pickles' Drake."

Fun in the Parks!

Beginning June 13th at 1 p.m. and continuing Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout the summer, the Parks and Rec program in Green Bay has announced “36 neighborhood park sites will be supervised by 'Parkees.' A variety of organized activities and special events, games and sports will be offered. There is something for everyone!"

Additionally, the “Lunch in the Park Program" for children is scheduled to begin June 14, 2017, and in cooperation with the Green Bay Public School District, over 30 parks will be offering free lunches throughout the week. Lunches are available to adults for $2.

Neville Museum

Take a break from the hot sun or step in on a rainy day and visit the Neville Museum. FREE admission is available (with proof of Brown County residency) on the first Wednesday evening of the month from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Or purchase a Family Membership for a yearly $65 and your family can be a part of the ASTC Travel Passport Program. A yearly membership provides free general admission to 350 science centers and museums outside Green Bay across the USA and 20 countries in the world including, the Barlow Planetarium in Menasha, Milwaukee Public Museum and Madison Children's museum just to name a few!

Sarah Jane Peters is proud to be a resident of Green Bay. She is a fulltime mother of three children who recently received a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Lakeland University. When not enjoying her garden or making art, she keeps her children happily entertained with many opportunities and activities around town.

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