With school ending, the endless possibilities of summer stretch before us. This can be an amazing feeling. It can also be a little intimidating if you don’t know where to look to fill the time. Luckily, there are lots of options in Downtown Kenosha that will make summer the amazing opportunity it can be.
One of the best resources in Kenosha, especially Downtown Kenosha, is the lakefront. In the parks lining the lakefront, there is ample open space for running, playing and picnics. At Eichelman Park, there is a tank to climb on, flowers to walk through, and a beach. In HarborPark, there is a sand filled playground and a splashpad that is free and open to everyone.
Just as the slump of summer is starting to settle in, there is another outdoor activity to liven up the day. The Peanut Butter & Jam concert series runs on Thursdays from July 12th through August 30th at Veterans Memorial Park. These concerts are free and run at 11:30am and 6pm. This venue is right on the Electric Streetcar line, so concert time would be a perfect time to go for a ride. Fare for the Streetcar is $1 for 13 and up, 50 cents for ages 5-12, and 4 and under are free.
The Kenosha Public Museum is one of my favorite places to take my little ones. A great place any day of the summer, especially when you just need a break from the sun. There are permanent displays of natural history and art, including a replica of a Wooly Mammoth that was found right here in Kenosha County. There is a “field room” as well with a variety of hands-on activities for any age. The museum also offers Museum Munchkins, a free class at 9:30 Tuesday mornings geared towards preschool aged kids. In the summer, there are also 1-3 day summer camps for Ages 3-16. The prices and dates vary by topic. Topics range from art to space to A Zombie Survival Guide.
Another great indoor place to visit over the summer is Alpaca Art. Alpaca Art offers paint-your-own pottery right in Downtown Kenosha. They are open 11-8 Tuesday-Friday, 10-8 on Saturdays, and 12-5 on Sundays. There is a $7 charge for each painter, plus the price of the piece painted, which starts at $3. There is half price painting fee for kids on Wednesdays, so this might just become a weekly tradition!
While the picnicking opportunities are great, if you are not interested in packing a lunch, there are so fun places to take the kids to eat while you are downtown. Choo Choo Charlie’s is located near the train station and they capitalize on that location by having a train theme. The décor is all train related and, best of all, the food arrives on a train that circles the edge of the restaurant.
There are a variety of places to get a kid-approved slice of pizza. There are two pizza options in Downtown. Kaiser’s offers sit down pizza and always coloring sheets to offer kids (my daughter refers to this as the coloring place). Villa D’Carlo offers pizza and plenty of other Italian food to satisfy any picky kids.
In the heat of the summer, it is always a good choice to get out of the house and go get some ice cream. Luckily, Downtown Kenosha has a number of sweet options. Sugar Boxx is one option. They serve mostly ice cream truck treats and have a play area for kids, so you can sit back and enjoy your popsicle, while the kids play in a space that you don’t have to clean. Scoops Ice Cream is another great option. Scoops features Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and yogurt for four legged friends who might be joining in on your downtown adventure. There is also Sandy’s Popper which offers ice cream and popcorn treats. Try a new one every month of the summer!
Author: Megan Jankiewicz