Family Friendly Things to Do in Southern Wisconsin

Spend the summer keeping the kids busy and bonding with these family-friendly activities right here in Southern Wisconsin. Make sure you’re properly trained in first aid for supervising children by taking a First Aid or CPR class with 4-C this summer.

Explore Local State Parks

Introduce your family to relaxing hiking trails with leisurely strolls among the beautiful Wisconsin scenery. Badger State Trail starts in Madison and winds south into Illinois, but the highlight will have your kids’ eyes wide: the 1,200-foot-long Steward Tunnel. Wyalusing State Park has 9 different trails that explore woods, waterfalls, Native American effigy mounds, and wildlife. This park is one of the state’s oldest and holds Treasure Cave, a limestone cavern kids love to explore.

Wisconsin Museums and Zoos

Wisconsin has museums and zoos aplenty. The Madison Children’s Museum has 6 hands-on exhibits and has a focus on learning through play. In Milwaukee, the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum lets the kids lead the way to showing adults the profound impact of children’s learning. The Milwaukee Public Museum is one of the largest in the country and offers a wide variety of topics in a stimulating environment for learning. Free to all, the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison offers a petting zoo in the summer, and the Children’s Zoo on the south side of the zoo. The Milwaukee County Zoo features over 2,500 animals and is considered one of the finest in the country.

Water Parks and Activities

Water parks are easy to find in the Dells, like Noah’s Ark (America’s largest water park) and Kalahari Resort. If natural bodies of water are more your thing, the Lower Wisconsin River has diverse wildlife and scenic views. Teach the family to fish, work together to kayak down the river, or relax in a tube down the current. Make sure you’re doing all you can to prevent drowning by taking a CPR or First Aid class with 4-C this summer. Check our upcoming events calendar to find a training opportunity.