Sunday, January 7, 2018

Preview Post: Providence Park

Providence Park looks like a smaller park in Appleton.  It has a playground with a sheltered bench and a lot of green space.  There are no bathrooms.

Providence Park
10 North Providence Avenue ~ Appleton, WI

Preview Post: Peabody Park

Peabody Park in Appleton is on the water with a nice trail.  There is a playground and a pavilion.  There are also bathrooms and drinking water.  A basketball court is also available.

Peabody Park
601 North Green Bay Road ~ Appleton, WI

Preview Post: Mead Park

Mead Park is a park in Appleton.  The playground looks pretty small.  There are picnic tables but not a shelter.  There is also a sand volleyball court.  No bathrooms though!

EXCEPT: at the pool!  This park is also home to an outdoor pool, complete with diving boards, water slide, and splash pad.

The park itself is free, but there is a fee for the pool.

Mead Park
1430 East John Street ~ Appleton, WI
Pool Admission: $1/non-swimmer, $3/child over 3, $4/adult, $3/seniors, Under 4 free

Monkey Joe's

We visited Monkey Joe's inflatable play place for a fun way to burn off some energy on a below-zero winter's day.  I had looked into the Appleton location, so I was pretty excited to see how it was in person.



I remembered seeing they had a parent's lounge, which I did not really find at the Waukesha location. There were plenty of tables to claim for our stuff, and there are massage chairs stationed throughout, but you do have to pay to operate them.

The kids had a blast, of course!  The littlest one (3yo) got the best deal because he was little enough to go into the toddler inflatable (which they ALL wanted to do) and was big enough to make it through the big kid ones.  The favorites were definitely the slides.


There was also an arcade area.  The kids wandered over every so often and enjoyed looking at the games, but we didn't spend any money playing them.  We also avoided the snack bar.

The place seemed very clean, including the bathrooms.  I did notice there didn't seem to be any good spot for nursing mothers.

Monkey Joe's
2040 West Bluemound Road ~ Waukesha, WI ~ (262) 549-3866
Admission: $10-11/child over 2, $6/under 2, Adults Free

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Preview Post: Lutz Park

Lutz Park looks like a beautiful park on the water in Appleton.  There is a playground and a nice walking path.  There are also bathrooms.

Lutz Park
1320 Lutz Drive ~ Appleton, WI

Preview Post: Lions Park

Lions Park in Appleton has a playground and a picnic shelter.  There are also bathrooms.  This seems like one of Appleton's smaller parks.

Lions Park
1920 South Matthias Street ~ Appleton, WI

Preview Post: Linwood Park

Linwood Park in Appleton has a playground and a picnic shelter.  There are also bathrooms and a ball diamond.

Linwood Park
401 North Douglas Street ~ Appleton, WI