Things to Do With Kids Near Marinette, Wisconsin

by Laurie Rappeport

Marinette, Wisconsin sits on the shoreline of Green Bay, providing the attractions of a small rural community as well as the opportunities of a modern urban center. The City of Marinette and the surrounding area offer a variety of cultural, recreational and educational activities for individuals of all ages. Families who wish to find things to do with their kids have many options.


Check out the schedules of Marinette-area theaters to ascertain each theater's upcoming children's performances. The University of Wisconsin-Marinette's Theatre on the Bay offers two children's plays each year. The children's shows span different age levels and interests with serious, comedic and dramatic performances. The Menekaunee Theatrical Company performs in parks throughout Marinette. The company performs plays that recreate the history of the Marinette-Menominee region in an entertaining and educational way.


Take the kids to a local park. Marinette County operates 11 regional parks that provide opportunities to hike, raft, fish and picnic; six of them also offer campgrounds. Twelve Foot Falls Park offers rustic campgrounds, as does Veterans Memorial Park, which also has walking trails that include bridges where kids can observe the waterfalls below. The City of Marinette operates supervised playgrounds for kids aged 6 and up during the summertime. The playgrounds are open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fred Carney Park on Ogden Street, Duer Gym at 402 Williams Street and Garfield Elementary School Park at 1615 Carney Boulevard. The School District of Marinette provides free breakfasts and lunches at the playgrounds.


Bring the kids to a Marinette festival. The Logging Heritage Festival runs over the Fourth of July weekend. The festival, held on Stephenson Island, celebrates the area's history as a logging center. Families will find kid-friendly activities at the festival including games, a miniature horse show, a parade and fireworks. In August, the Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Waterfront Festival in Menominee, MI, 3 minutes from Marinette across the bridge. The festival includes children's entertainment, games, a children's parade, inflatables and arts and crafts projects.


Spend a day at the library. Marinette County has six public libraries that run children's programs throughout the year. The libraries, which include the Coleman Library, the Wausaukee Library, the Peshtigo Library, the Crivitz Library, the Niagara Library and the Stephenson Library, feature a wide range of children's activities, including family movies and story times.