10 Places to Take Your Kids

Finding new and constructive ways to fill your kids’ time can start to feel like a never-ending battle.

Here are 10 favorite local venues for affordable family fun and entertainment.


1. La Crosse Loggers

Voted #1 Sports Team in La Crosse (Best of La Crosse 2016), the Loggers are a wooden bat summer collegiate baseball franchise that holds membership in the Northwoods League. Season runs from first of July thru August with all home games played at Copeland Park.

2. Jump Start Adventure Park

Jump Start Adventure Park is an award winning action-packed, multi-attraction indoor experience for youth and adults of all ages! Designed for the adventure enthusiast, Jump Start features a variety of innovative core Trampoline Park attractions, Ninja Warrior Course, Extreme Nets Course, Parkour Area, Toddler Area, and much More! Ready for you to come out and play!

3. International Owl Center

Let the staff of the International Owl Center help you unravel the mysteries of owls as you meet the Center’s feathered ambassadors up close and personal. Touch owl feathers, learn to identify owls by the sounds they make and explore children’s owl art from around the world.

4. Island Outdoors

Island Outdoors is located right on the water and allows you to rent a canoe, kayak, paddle board, water bike, and head right out on the water from the parking lot. No loading and unloading of your car and driving around. In the winter, they rent snowshoes, ice skates, and even have a skating rink!

5. Children’s Museum of La Crosse

Voted #1 museum, #2 kids’ birthday space, #3 family entertainment venue (Best of La Crosse County). Fun & educational! Three floors of interactive exhibits for kids ages 1-12. Where kids play to learn and adults learn to play!

6. Parks & Pools 

La Crosse County offers public space of every kind, from forested hiking and scenic viewpoints to swimming pools, picnic facilities, and playgrounds. You will find unique green spaces like the La Crosse River Marsh. Plus, beaches, trails and much more.

7. Creative Canvas and Board

Creative Canvas and Board is a fun, inspiring art studio offering Sip & Paint Canvas Painting and Board Design classes. Offering open studio every day! Open studio means you can create what you want using their materials. They sell canvases, boards and more. All materials are included in the price of the base piece.

8. Shenanigans

Shenanigans is packed with family fun! This gaming paradise features paintball, laser tag, rock climbing wall, high ropes course, human hamster ball, inflatables, arcade games, prizes, pizza, and much more! Not to mention the beautiful view of the river from the back patio.


The YMCA has something for all ages and abilities. Childcare, youth sports, health & wellness, and teen programs are all offered at the La Crosse and Onalaska YMCAs.

10. Family-friendly Festivals

La Crosse County and surrounding areas have MANY festivals that are sure to be a hit!  For a complete listing, please visit our Festivals page.