Saturday, October 17, 2015

Preview Post: North Twin Park

North Twin Park is more of the same in Amery: a sweet little picnic and fishing spot.  Not much more.  It does have a pretty nice pier to sit on to enjoy the views.

North Twin Park
Hwy 46 & Cameron Bridge Dr ~ Amery, WI

Preview Post: North Park

Now, if I were looking for a park to which to take the kiddos in Amery, North Park might just be the place I'd pick first.  It sounds like they have a little bit of everything.  While they do have that old Amery standard of fishing and picnicking, there is also a playground!  They also have everything I can think of wanting to do at a park: horseshoes, skateboarding, disc golf, baseball, and the list goes on.

Bathrooms are listed for this park...and wifi!  Fancy.

North Park
Hwy 46 & Oak St ~ Amery, WI

Preview Post: Michael Park

Michael Park is also known as Bobber Park (on account of the giant bobber sculpture) or Dam Park (on account of the dam).  This looks like another great place in Amery to picnic and fish, but there doesn't really seem to be any equipment or particular places to play.

Michael Park
132 Central St ~ Amery, WI

Preview Post: Flag Pole Park

From what I can tell, Flag Pole Park offers either a nice place to get out of the car and stretch your legs as your passing through or a quiet spot for a picnic and some fishing.  If you're not looking for one of those particular circumstances, I don't see much to do there.

Flag Pole Park
Hwy 46 & Wisconsin Ave ~ Amery, WI

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Preview Post: Black Brook County Park

Black Brook County Park is near Amery.  It lies on the dam between the Apple River and the Black Brook Flowage.  Black Brook County Park is a wooded park; it contains a picnic area and a playground.  It also looks like a great place to feed the ducks!

Preview Post: Apple River County Park

Apple River County Park is on the Apple River in Amery.  It's covered in woods, but contains a playground and a campground.  If you've been, leave a comment and let us know what you thought!

Apple River County Park
1040 Mains Crossing Ave ~ Amery, WI

Jelli's Market

Our clan took a trip out Jelli's Market to pick some apples.  Aside from pick-your-own apples, they also set up a few fun activities to make the trip a little more interesting.  One of my kiddo's favorite was the lawn Jenga game.

Another big hit seemed to be the "real life" Angry Birds.  They have an actual slingshot and rubber duckies:)

There are other fruit selections when in season as well as a market.  It's a nice little place to spend a couple of hours.

Jelli's Market
N5648 S. Farmington Rd. ~ Helenville, WI ~ (262) 593-5133

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark is the ultimate water park - America's largest in fact:)  They have wave pools, lazy rivers, and water coasters and water slides for a wide range of adventure levels.  My kiddo and I had a blast!  There is really more than you can do in a day, so if you're going to be in town and water parks are your thing, I would recommend getting their second day deal before you leave the park.  It gives you drastically reduced prices for a whole additional day of fun!

There are the old classics like the Bermuda Triangle slides and the Adventure Rivers, as well as some new thrillers.  The Point of No Return is a see-through, big-drop individual slide.  The Scorpion's Tail flips you upside down!  Those are two of the more unique slides.

The best part about Noah's Ark is that there really is something for everyone.  They range from the tame to the insane.

Noah's Ark is one of the most well-known Wisconsin attractions, but it is definitely worth a visit at least once as a family.

Noah's Ark Water Park
1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway ~ Wisconsin Dells, WI ~ (608) 254-6351

Admission: Prices range from $20-$40, but I would highly recommend checking around for deals.  You can almost always find discounted tickets at a local grocery store or through the local recreation department.  Also check their website for specials.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Grampa's Farm

Looking for some old-fashioned, fall family fun? (Try saying that three times fast!)  Head over to Grampa's Farm!  Grampa's Farm is actually a deer farm that pulls out all the stops for a few weekends every autumn to throw a big, down-home experience especially for families who don't have their own grandpa's farms to visit.

When you get to Grampa's Farm, be sure to check in to get a map and a line-up of the day's scheduled activities.

Our first stop was the logging camp.  The kids get to stamp their initials in the wood - just like the lumberjacks used to do!  The best part is they end up with an awesome souvenir to take home with them.  My kiddo is excited to display hers in her bedroom :)

Well, the next stop OF COURSE had to be the horse ride!  Let me tell you, the trip would have been worth it for her if that was all she had gotten to do.  They even get to choose from a small, medium, or large horse to ride.  So cool!

After she rode her horse, we spent some time climbing the giant haystack...
 and playing on the tire playground. 

Lots to climb on!  There were even those fun see-saws that you can't seem to find much anymore. 

When Mommy and Daddy were ready for a change of scenery, we headed to the petting area.  There were lots of farm animals to touch and feed.  Some were caged, but some wandered freely, which was pretty fun.  My little man got a kick out of touching the sheep.

Make sure you are around for the milking demonstration.  Your kiddos may get to try their hands at it themselves!

There are also apple cider and ice cream demonstrations in the barn where you can see and explore what Grandma & Grandpa's houses and schools would have been like back in the day.  It actually really did make me feel like I stepped back into my grandparents' old house from when I was growing up.  The top hit for both my kiddos inside the barn, though, was the GIANT rocking horse.

Since the farm is only set up for this event a few weeks of the year, they bring in port-a-potties and temporary sinks.  I was pretty excited, though, to see they had a special baby care room set up in the barn.  It is a cozy (yes, cozy) little spot with a real old-school changing table, high chair, and rocking chair.  It is not always easy to find a spot to nurse the baby in places like this, and it was great to have a place to change diapers other than the ground.  Super awesome touch!

The only thing I would caution is that when we were there the lunch line was super long and slow, so plan accordingly.  One of us held our spot in line while the other took the kiddos to look at more animals.  The food was delicious though - my hubs couldn't get over how good the fries were!

All in all, we had a great time!  The kids got to do lots of things they have not had a chance to experience elsewhere.

Remember, Grampa's Farm only happens a few weeks each year, so mark your calendar!

Oh, and don't forget to take the hayride out to find that special pumpkin!!

Be sure to visit their website for dates and a complete list of the activities available.

Grampa's Farm
N2613 Norwegian Rd ~ Merrill, WI ~ (715) 536-8909
Admission: $10 per person, 2&under free