Friday, January 2, 2015

Preview Post: Perry Park

Perry Park's main focus is its large, fancy baseball diamond.  There is also a playground with a climber, swings, and a few other pieces of equipment.

Perry Park
Steele St & 6th St ~ Algoma, WI

Preview Post: Little Park

Little Park is...a little park!  There is a pretty typical playground and a grassy picnic area.

Little Park
Frank Ave & Clark St ~ Algoma, WI

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Preview Post: Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach looks like a nice, clean beach on Lake Michigan.  Visitors may swim, play in the sand, or stroll on the boardwalk.

Crescent Beach
Lake St (Hwy 42) ~ Algoma, WI

Preview Post: Algoma Pizza Bowl

Algoma Pizza Bowl is a small bar bowling alley.  From what I can tell they have six lanes...and a full menu:)

Algoma Pizza Bowl
401 2nd St ~ Algoma, WI ~ (920) 487-2721

Preview Post: Lion's Park

Adams Lions Park consists mostly of a playground.  There are a couple of climbers, but they really look to be geared toward younger kids.  I would probably take elementary aged kids to the other park in town.

Lions Park
N Main St ~ Adams, WI

Preview Post: Burt Morris Park

Burt Morris Park is a nice park in Adams, WI.  They recently updated the park, putting in nice new picnic areas and some playground equipment.  There are also multiple ball diamonds and tennis courts.  It looks like a great place to spend a morning.

Burt Morris Park
West Park St ~ Adams, WI

Preview Post: Jack Nikolay Field

Jack Nikolay is actually a park with a nice, newer-looking playground, a well-maintained ball diamond, and a basketball court.  It looks like a nice place to play!

Jack Nikolay Field
500 West Hemlock St ~ Abbotsford, WI ~ (715) 223-3444

Preview Post: HK Christensen Park

HK Christensen seems to be a smaller park in Abbotsford.  There is a playground and picnic area.

HK Christensen Park
S 5th St ~ Abbotsford, WI ~ (715) 223-3444

Preview Post: Shortner Park

Shortner Park in Abbotsford has a playground, volleyball, and a picnic area.  There is also a shelter available to rent.  There appears to be a large grassy area as well.

Shortner Park
100 Shortner Rd ~ Abbotsford, WI ~ (715) 223-3444

Milwaukee County Zoo

We have been to the Milwaukee Zoo a couple of times, and we always seem to choose to go at Halloween!  I have taken students there on field trips other times of the year, but it is a little bit extra special when it is all done up for Halloween :)

The Milwaukee Zoo has over 2,000 animals!  Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  Although, we did note they do not have panda bears.

In the farm area, there is a dairy exhibit with a little farm area the kids can climb around in.

Along with the obvious (animals), there are some additional activities at the zoo.  
 Riding the merry-go-round

We took the train ride this year for the first time as well.  It was a nice scenic ride, but I was a little disappointed we didn't see more animals.

There is also a zip line adventure area that we did not experience.

10001 West Bluemound Rd ~ Milwaukee, WI ~ (414) 256-5412
Admission: anywhere from $8.75 to $14.25 depending on age and time of year plus $12 parking; Milwaukee residents get a discount; occasional special events with reduced pricing and family free days; carousel, train, and zip line additional

Peck's Farm Market

We decided to try somewhere new this year for our annual pumpkin-ing.  My hubby does a lot of driving around the state and came across Peck's in Spring Green.  We thought it might be worth checking out.

There are actually two different, separately-run businesses in Spring Green that use the Peck's name: Peck's Farm Market East and Peck's Farm Market West.  They both have large markets selling their produce and lots of family-friendly activities.  We tried the West market first.

They have a very large, spread-out zoo-type area.  It reminded me of a petting zoo; the animals aren't necessarily to pet, although there are pellet vending machines so you can feed some of them. 

Intermixed with the animal pens are some wooden and metal sculptural structures my kiddo enjoyed climbing around on.  There are also a few shacks you can wander in that were all decorated for Halloween when we were there.

We had lots of fun in the playground area, too!  It is definitely a random assortment of play toys and equipment.

Along with all of those free activities, they have other things you could pay to do, including a "train" ride and a very large separate play area.  The play area did look like it has some more exciting things that would be lots of fun, but when we first got there it wasn't open, and then we were heading over to the other Peck's, so we didn't go in to try it.

Peck's Farm Market East was our second attraction of the day.  They also have a zoo area.  It is much more condensed than Peck's West, but there is a much broader variety of animals - including these large critters!
They also offer activities, such as a bounce house, "train" rides, and horse-drawn wagon rides.  Unlike Peck's West, these are mostly offered free of charge.  I believe the corn maze was the only one that costs money.

Here's my take-away from the two Peck's Markets:

Peck's Farm Market East has more to do, especially if you're looking for a free family outing, but it was also much more crowded, and there were things we may have done if the wait in line was not nearly so long.

Peck's Farm Market West was a bit more fun for my kiddo, I think, because she was actually able to just keep exploring and playing.  There was really not much waiting involved, and she didn't seem too bothered that we didn't participate in the activities that cost money.

Happy harvesting!

Peck's Farm Market East
6445 Hwy 14 ~ Spring Green, WI ~ (608) 588-7177
Admission: Free with additional add-ons available

Peck's Farm Market West
E3217 Hwy 14 & 60 ~ Spring Green, WI - (608) 583-4977
Admission: Free with additional add-ons available