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Spring Break: Downtown Edition

Where are you going for Spring Break?  If your answer is Downtown Kenosha, then let’s get the party started!  Whether you live in Kenosha or are just visiting, you will find that there is so much for the kids to do!  Since Spring Break is scheduled at different times for everybody, this itinerary covers Kenosha kids’ activities through the end of May.  If you are visiting for Spring Break, you may just want to extend your stay….

First things first!  Where are you going to stay?  May I suggest the Wyndham Garden Inn (complete with an indoor pool), The Stella Hotel and Ballroom or the Apis Hotel?  They are all located in downtown Kenosha, right where all the action is.  Museums, restaurants, shops, and other activities are all in walking distance or a short drive away.

Where are you going to eat?  Staying right in downtown makes deciding on a restaurant easy, or hard depending on how you look at it! For starters, how about some breakfast?  Parents will love The Coffee Pot for their coffee, omelets and egg benny’s and the kids will enjoy French toast and huge pancakes. A fun lunch spot to try would be Trolley Dogs!  Kids can choose from all their favorites like hot dogs with or without a bun, mac n cheese bites or corn dogs.  And for dinner, what kid doesn’t love pizza? Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub will satisfy that pizza craving and kids can pick from other fun foods like chicken, tenders, grilled cheese, deep fried mac and cheese and a good old grilled PB&J.  And to satisfy those sweet tooths, be sure to visit From Scratch Bakery & Café for a mini pineapple upside down cake and sip on a milkshake at Candy Lane Milkshake Bar!  Parents, grab a much-needed coffee to power through your day from Blak Coffee or Anna’s on the Lake.

What are you going to do? Things to do with kids in Kenosha during Spring Break aren’t hard to find at all.  Channel your inner Jackson Pollock at Hot Mess Studios!  Get messy and make something beautiful by being your own artist and enjoy the process of creating splatters on canvas!  Visit Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace, Inc for free and see lots of unique and creative art pieces.  There’s even a Youth Pottery class on March 19 for kids ages 10-14.  Alpaca Art Pottery Painting is another fun, family-friendly spot where you can paint your own pottery.  The catch with this one is that you will need to pick up your finished piece a week later…see?  I did say that you might want to extend your visit!  Love art and books?  Visit Donovan Scherer’s Studio Moonfall for one-of-a-kind books, buttons, art and monsters, most created by the store owner himself.  Also check out the independently-owned Duck Duck Goose Children’s Shop and toy store that focuses on fun, education and creativity – maybe you can find a fun activity to bring back to the hotel with you.  Plus, Millie Bo Peep’s Children’s Boutique opens up on March 11 – be one of the first to see what’s new!

Are your kids missing school, already?  Well, if they are looking for an educational fix, on Wednesdays at the Kenosha Public Museum between 9:30 and 10am, preschool-aged children can have fun at Museum Munchkins!  On March 1 they will learn about Pigs, March 8: Aardvarks, March 15: Giant Pandas, March 22: Horses and on March 29: Manatees.  Learn what the buzz is all about with bees at the Introduction to Beekeeping on March 4 at 11am, take part in the Eco-Science Festival on April 22 and don’t miss the Archaeology Day Expo on May 13 at 4pm.

Love live entertainment?  Go see And Then There Were None performed by the Lakeside Players at the Rhode Center for the Arts between March 24 and April 2, Beauty and the Beast from April 21-30 and Charlotte’s Web from May 19-21.  Go listen to the Masters of the Romantic by the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra on May 6 at Walter Reuther Central High School.

And finally, since it is Spring Break after all, get outside already!  Climb the Southport Lighthouse Tower with kids aged 8 or older starting on May 4, take the Third Avenue Historic District Walking Tour that starts on May 6 and the Library Park Historic District Walking Tour that starts on May 13.  Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Swede’s on March 11 with the Annual Kids Parade.  Plus, the Wisconsin Marathon is happening on May 6 so come by Kenosha’s beautiful lakefront to cheer on the runners!  Looking ahead, plan to check out the Kenosha History Center Classic Car Cruise-In Nights starting May 26.

And while you’re here definitely don’t miss the Kenosha Public Market and the Kenosha HarborMarket.  Downtown also has playgrounds for the kids to burn off some energy – with all these happenings during Spring Break and beyond, the Kenosha family fun is endless!  Pick your places, grab some food, and have some fun!  Downtown is ready to welcome you!