Kid and Family Friendly Spots in Oshkosh

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Pollock Community Water Park

What: The Pollock Community Water Park was named after Oshkosh industrialist, William E. Pollock, one of the early leaders of OshKosh B’Gosh. The water park consists of slides, a lazy river, lap pool and kiddie pools. There are also concessions available, due to walk-in food not being allowed.

Where: 1550 Taft St., Oshkosh

2018 Season: June 9 to August 24, daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Price: Child (2 yrs. & under), Free | Youth (3 to 17 yrs.), $3 before 5 p.m., $2 after 5 p.m. | Adults (18 to 59 yrs.) $4 before 5 p.m., $3 after 5 p.m. | Seniors (60 yrs. & older) $3 before 5 p.m., $2 after 5 p.m.

Fire Escape

What: The Fire Escape is a local paint your own pottery shop that offers much more than the typical shop. It has options from paint pottery, board signs, canvas painting and lifecasting. No reservations needed and a great place to create a souvenir!

Where: 423 N. Main St., Downtown Oshkosh

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Price: Prices range from $5 to $75, with a majority of items ranging from $15 to $30.

Glen Valley Farm

What: Glen Valley Farm is a world-class show, horse barn located in Oshkosh off of Vinland Street. The farm is home to many horses both owned by Glen Valley owner, Mike Peerenboom, and boarded by people in the community. The farm offers riding lessons to anyone from beginners to experts in the horse world. The lessons allow time for you to groom and become familiar with a horse and 30 minutes of ride time.

Where: 2561 Vinland St., Oshkosh

Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price: $35 to $40

Menominee Park and Zoo

What: The mission of the Menominee Park Zoo is to serve the community through the exhibition of a historical collection of both native Wisconsin exotic and domestic animals. To enrich the zoo visitor while encouraging the appreciation of animal behavior, habitat and diversity.

Where: 520 Pratt Trail, Menominee Park, Oshkosh

2018 Season: May 5 to Sept. 23, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Price: Free

Oshkosh Public Museum

What: The Oshkosh Public Museum is open to the public to showcase the history of thousands of years. With a new, long-term exhibition, People of the Waters, and continuously changing exhibits such as a feature on the WWI era, the museum is both fun and educational for adults and kids.

Where: 1331 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Price: Adults, $8 | Seniors (62+), $6 | College Students (with valid ID), $6 | Children (6 to 17), $4 | Children under 6, Free

by Kayla Floyd

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The Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization, funded solely through room tax dollars from Oshkosh hotels. Its mission is to promote Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Event City and Winnebago County as a premier destination for corporate, sports and leisure groups and individual visitors. Weekend events by Justin DeJager, all other authors noted.

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