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We hope you will join us for some of these fun events and activities!

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UPDATE: FREE admission at Erb Pool for Children’s Week will be extended beginning Sunday, July 25 to Sunday, August 1. Upon reopening, Mead Pool will also offer FREE admission for children through August 1.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

  • Children’s Week Kick-Off Event At Appleton Memorial Park
    Join us for our kick-off party taking place during our Kids Fun Run at Memorial Park. Anyone ages 2-12 is invited to come out and participate in the runs (which are broken down by age group). Festivities start at 6:00 pm Visit our website at www.appletonparkandrec.org to pre-register for the event.
  • Virtual Finding Miss Pa Ja With The Appleton Public Libary
    Miss Pa Ja at 10:00 am and travel to places near and far for a pop-up reading and learning gathering. Come see where she’s visiting each week on the Appleton Public Library’s Facebook page. www.facebook.com/appletonpubliclibrary
  • FREE Admission At Erb Pool
    On Sunday, Erb Pool will be open and free of charge for kids 17 and under. Erb pool features diving boards, in-water basketball hoops, two giant run-out water slides, and leisure pool with water features! Pack your beach towel and sunscreen and take advantage of this great opportunity to enjoy the pools for FREE!
    • Kids-Free Hours at Erb Pool: 1:00-8:00 pm
  • FREE Admission At The Downtown Appleton YMCA
    FREE for all children ages 16 and under and their families all week. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Art in the Park
    The Trout Museum of Art will be hosting Art at the Park on the weekend of July 24-25 at City Park.
    Activities include:
    • Rondini’s Magic & Illusion Show (9:30am – 10:30am)
    • Make-And-Take Art Projects
    • Live Music
    • Food Trucks
    • Large-Scale Free Community Art Projects
    • More Than 150 Artists Selling Their Work

Monday, July 26, 2021

  • FREE Open House At The Downtown Appleton
    • YMCA Drums Alive: 5:00 – 5:30 pm (Appvion Gym)
    • Arts & Craft: 5:00 – 7:30 pm (Commons Area)
    • Inflatables: 5:00 – 7:30 pm (McGuire Gym)
    • Open Swim/Splash Pad (No Guardian Pool): 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • FREE admission for all children ages 16 and under and their families all week. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • FREE Small Bucket Of Range Balls For Kids
    At Reid Golf Course From course open until 2:00 pm kids (ages 18 and under) can come and enjoy free-range balls. Call Reid at (920)832-5926 with questions.
  • 10th Frame – 2 FREE Bowling
    Games Kids under 17 get two free bowling games and shoe rental with adult supervision from 11:00 am – 6 pm.
  • Try Pickleball & Open Basketball at the Community First Champion Center
    FREE. 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Call (920)659-5712 with questions.
  • Kids Golf FREE at Badger Sports Park
    Join us for a free round of mini-golf for all kids under 18! Golf hours are 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.
  • THE ACADEMY Martial Arts Leadership – FREE Beginners Karate
    Experience the benefits of martial arts! 9:30 am for 4 & 6-year-olds 10:00 am for 7 – 12-year-olds
    • FREE uniform for the first 10 participants!
  • Toddler Story Time (Virtual)
    Appleton Public Libary Join Miss Teresa at 10:00 am for a Facebook storytime with songs, rhymes, and stories geared towards 0-3-year-olds. www.facebook.com/appletonpubliclibrary

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

  • Create a Mosaic Treasure Tile At The Appleton Public Library
    Mix up some Plaster of Paris and mold a tile filled with your choice of tiny treasures. We’ll provide decorative supplies or feel free to bring some of your own. Stop by anytime between 10:00 am and 11:30 am. (Recommended ages K-6. Siblings welcome.)
  • FREE Admission At The Downtown Appleton YMCA
    FREE for all children ages 16 and under and their families all week. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • FREE Family Zumba with the YMCA
    Houdini Plaza from 6:00 – 6:45 pm.
  • FREE Outdoor Discovery Play At City Park
    Create & Fill you own Nature Boxes (FREE; Registration Required through the Building for Kids website)
  • Kids Rummage Sale Through Appleton Parks & Recreation
    Join us at Pierce Park from 9:00 am – noon for this annual event. Youth will be on hand selling gently used toys, games, clothing, and accessories. 
  • 10th Frame – 2 FREE Bowling Games
    Kids under 17 get two free bowling games and shoe rental with adult supervision from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm 
  • Funset Boulevard Basic Wristband Deal All Day
    Children under 17 will have the opportunity to receive 10 Free tokens with the purchase of a Basic wristband for just $5.00, (a $15.45 value) and have all-day unlimited access to the Train Ride, Bumper Cars, Carousel, Giant Kid’s Playground, and Toddler Zone. Laser Tag admission is not included in this offer but will be offered at half price.
  • FREE Dance-O-Rama (With Unity Dance Academy Staff)
      •  Ages 4 – 12 are welcome to come and experience a new genre of dance during this fun event. (2nd floor City Center in dance studios 1, 2 and 3 from 1:00-3:00 pm) Call Erin at 832-3944 with questions.

    STUDIO I

      • 1:00 -1:00 Warm Up & Stretch
      • 1:10-1:40 Ballet, Ages 4-6
      • 1:45-2:15 Ballet, Ages 7-9
      • 2:20-2:50 Ballet, Ages 10-12
      • 2:50-3:00 Cool Down
    • STUDIO II
      • 1:00 -1:00 Warm Up & Stretch
      • 1:10-1:40 Musical Theater, Ages 7-9
      • 1:45-2:15 Musical Theater, Ages 10-12
      • 2:20-2:50 Musical Theater, Ages 4-6
      • 2:50-3:00 Cool Down
    • STUDIO III
      • 1:00 -1:00 Warm Up & Stretch
      • 1:10-1:40 Acro, Ages 10-12
      • 1:45-2:15 Acro, Ages 4-6
      • 2:20-2:50 Acro, Ages 7-9
      • 2:50-3:00 Cool Down

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

  • Virtual Preschool Storytime With The Appleton Public Library
    Enjoy preschool storytime at 10:00 am with Betsy on Facebook Live! Look forward to interactive storytimes featuring the letters of the day, songs, dancing, and wonderful stories. Parents & caregivers can also look forward to learning early literacy tips to help their children gain essential skills for kindergarten readiness. www.facebook.com/appletonpubliclibrary
  • FREE Admission At The Downtown Appleton YMCA
    FREE for all children ages 16 and under and their families all week. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • FREE Beginner Karate Class
    Have you ever thought about signing your child up for Karate? Come and try the FREE class from 9:30 – 10:00 am at Karate America East – W3173 Springfield Drive. For ages 4 and up.
  • FREE Annual Children’s Parade
    Registration is required and can be done at www.buildingforkids.org. The parade starts at Houdini Plaza at 6:00 pm and ends in City Park with a Family Reception that goes until 8:00 pm.
  • 10th Frame – 2 FREE Bowling Games
    Kids under 17 get two free bowling games and shoe rental with adult supervision from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • FREE Indoor Batting Cages At Play It Again Sports Appleton – All Day!
    Kids 14 and under are invited to come to enjoy free indoor batting cages during business hours, 9 am – 8 pm. For more information, contact Play It Again Sports at (920)735-0432.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

  • FREE Admission At The Downtown Appleton YMCA
    FREE for all children ages 16 and under and their families all week. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • FREE Beginner Karate Class
    Have you ever thought about signing your child up for Karate? Come and try the FREE class from 9:30 – 10:00 am at Karate America East – W3173 Springfield Drive. Ages 4 and up.
  • Roaming Ruckus At Kiwanis Park
    Join the Building for Kids and the Appleton Public Library for a True Play Program developed in partnership with Anji Play educators and based on the 5 pillars of Anji Play: Love, Risk, Joy, Engagement and Reflection. Participants will meet outdoors for a period of child-directed play using open-ended materials. At the end of their time, children are encouraged to create a “Play Story” and share their reflections on their play. Visit apl.org/cal to register or just stop by.
  • Fun With Books & All Star Readers With The Appleton Public Library at Memorial Park
    Improve your literacy skills and develop a love of reading and
    language through stories and activities. Designed for English
    Language Learners and families from culturally diverse
    backgrounds. Free books, snacks, and crafts will be provided.
    5:00 pm. Register at apl.org/cal
  • 10th Frame – 2 FREE Bowling Games
    Kids under 17 get two free bowling games and shoe rental with adult supervision from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Annual Parks & Recreation Department’s Playground Fair
    This is the BIGGEST Parks and Recreation Department special event of the year!! Our energetic Playground Leaders and local businesses/organizations sponsor two fun-filled days of carnival games, the trackless train, new and exciting inflatables, great food and entertainment. Visit the prize redemption center and cash in your tickets for fun prizes to take home with you.
    • LOCATION: Pierce Park
    • DATES: Thursday & Friday, July 29th and 30th from 2:00 – 8:00 pm
    • SPECIAL DATES: **Friday only from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm we will open the Fair for families with children with special needs**
    • FEE: $5.00 = 1 wristband* & 1 punchcard**, $2.00 = 1 punchcard** *The wristband allows for unlimited use of all inflatable rides and attractions during the two-day fair; must have for inflatable use **One (1) punchcard allows the holder the ability to play up to 10 carnival games; punchcard may not be used for inflatable rides/attractions

Friday, July 30, 2021

  • FREE Admission At The Downtown Appleton YMCA
    FREE for all children ages 16 and under and their families all week. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Annual Appleton Parks & Recreation Playground Fair
    (2-8 p.m. @ Pierce Park) – See Thursday Playground Fair open from 12:30-2:00 pm for families of children
    with special needs.
  • Squashy Squishies At The Appleton Public Library
    Stop by between 10:00 and 11:30 am to make your own Squishy
    from memory foam! Carve and paint them into any shape or
    character you can think of. (Recommended ages K-6.
    Siblings welcome.)
  • 10th Frame – 2 FREE Bowling Games
    2 FREE kids under 17 bowling admissions and shoe rental with adult supervision from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • FREE Ice Skating At The Community First Champion Center
    11:00 am – 1:00 pm History Museum At The Castle Free child with a paid adult admission. Mention “Children’s Week” to get the discount.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

  • Paint By Number Community Mural Project At The Downtown Appleton YMCA
    Join our community art project from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm during the Farmer’s Market on Durkee Street. FREE admission for all children ages 16 and under and their families all week. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Week Long Events

  • Johnson Bank – Bring In Your Piggy Bank
    Throughout Children’s Week, kids can stop by Johnson Bank with their change and run it thru the change counter. Kids who do this will also receive a goody bag.
  • St. Vincent De Paul
    50% off toys. FREE book for any kid that visits the store.
  • Fleet Feet
    20% OFF all kids shoes sizes 1.0 – 7.0.
  • Appleton Public Library Summer Library Program
    It’s not too late to register for the Summer Library Program! Visit apl.beanstack.org to play virtually or visit the Appleton Public Library to sign up for the paper program. Participants in the virtual program can also stop by the library to pick up a cool summer badge book. The program ends August 7th and the last day to pick up prizes will be August 14th.
  • Pokémon Scavenger Hunt
    Visit the Children’s Area at the Appleton Public Library and request a scavenger hunt log from the Children’s Desk. Then it’s time to hunt some Pokémon! Everyone who completes the scavenger hunt will receive a vinyl Pokémon sticker.
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