If you’re a Green Bay Packer family, a pilgrimage to the motherland is a must! Here’s how to spend a weekend in Green Bay with Kids.
You can easily fill 2-3 days with attractions sure to please the whole family. The list below is enough for up to four days in Green Bay so choose your favorites to prioritize them into your itinerary.
Titletown Entertainment District
I’ll start with my boys’ favorite. Titletown. The last weekend trip we spent in Green Bay with kids, we went to Titletown three times at the request of my four-year-old. Best of all, nearly everything to do here is absolutely free! This means its the perfect place to spend an entire day or just drop in for 15 minutes of energy burning play, whatever fits into your day. Their free parking is plentiful.
For my two year old, the playgrounds were the highlight of Titletown and there was one perfect for his age group as well as two more for bigger kids.
The 40 yard dash (complete with working lane timers) got our whole group active!
On the far side of Titletown, there is a full-size, immaculate, football field open to the public. Bring your own ball and work on your passing, receiving, and field goal skills.
If you’d like a more passive sport, check out the north side of Titletown’s promenade where they’ve setup ping pong tables, bocce, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and bags with all the supplies you need as well as posted instructions on how to play!
It’s worth climbing or taking the elevator up to Arien’s Hill (a manmade building with a hill up the side) to see the view of Lambeau to the east and Titletown’s field to the west. On weekend nights all summer, outdoor movies are presented on the big screen and spectators lounge on the grassy lawn of the hill. In winter months, this hill transforms into a tubing hill.
If you need a break from the sun or the weather takes a turn, seek shelter in the locker area where shelves are stocked with children’s books and a wide variety of board games. The lockers are free to use for the day as needed too!
You’ll find public restrooms, a family restroom, and a water bottle fill up station across from the Locker Room as well.
A note on carry ins: Out of respect to the food venues on site, carry in coolers are not allowed, but feel free to bring in your water bottles and snacks for the family.
Everything I mentioned above is 100% free! If you want to tap into more that Titletown has to offer, grab a meal at Hinterland and try their fantastic array of beers. If you are in need of a pick me up, you can caffeinate with a beverage from Leaps & Bounds Café or get some Gelato on the first floor of Arien’s Hill at 46 Below.
Top Golf’s Swing Suite is also on the property for a bonus entertainment option.
The whole public space is no less than a Wisconsin treasure. The affordability here makes Titletown an ideal place to visit in Green Bay with kids.
Lambeau Field Stadium
Here it is. The historic and beautiful Lambeau Field. Even if you’re not in town for a game, be sure to spend some time inside this iconic stadium.
There are a variety of Stadium Tours offered year-round. These photos are from the 2 hour Legendary tour. Children 5 and under are free, Ages 6-17 are $28 and adults are $36 each.
It’s free to explore the atrium and while it may cost you a pretty penny to peruse the Pro Shop, its a place to behold. If you visit around lunch or dinner, grab a meal and a Curley’s Special Ale at 1919 inside the atrium.
Bay Beach Amusement Park
I have a whole post on this gem. Bay Beach holds so much nostalgia for me as I used to visit as a child myself. It remains one of the most affordable amusement parks in the nation!
Bay Beach offers free parking and admission and only charges 25 cents per ticket, with most rides being under 4 tickets to ride. Plus, there are attractions for all ages. At 1 year old, my son was able to go on 3 rides.
Your best bet for an enjoyable day at the Park is on a Thursday or during the edge months in May and September while crowds are low.
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
If you’re looking for something less crowded and quiet with plenty of animals to admire, take the road just passed the Amusement Park up to the free Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. We spent a few hours here and only spent $1 on a bag of corn to feed the geese and ducks.
The Wildlife Sanctuary has an admirable mission, to care for injured or at risk animals, and return them to their natural habitats when they regain their strength and ability to survive in the wild.
The grounds are beautifully maintained and perfect for an afternoon stroll. My two-year-old napped for the first hour we were there in the stroller while my four-year-old was endlessly entertained by eagles, hawks, owls, and spoiled geese.
Beyond the aviary, there are deer, wolves, numerous small mammals, and reptiles.
For the most unique experiences and animal demonstrations, be sure to check the program calendar which changes daily. These range from wolf feedings to bat walks and snake celebrations.
National Railway Museum
I’ll get back to the animals, but first, lets talk Iron Horses. After much ado from my friends (especially you, Sarah), I have been eager to explore Wisconsin’s Nationally Recognized Railway Museum in Green Bay with kids. It did not disappoint. I only wish we had more time there before they closed. I think three hours would have been perfect with young children and we only had two hours.
When purchasing tickets, check if your existing museum membership has reciprocity with the National Railway Museum. Our Milwaukee Public Museum pass got us not only free entry, but train rides as well.
With little kids there are four highlights to prioritize on your visit.
- The indoor gallery houses masterfully restored trains that you can soak in, inside and out. Their collection is really quite impressive. Some that stood out to me in this gallery were Dwight D. Eisenhauer’s campaign train, a train car with a science lab on board, train car hospital rooms, a snow plow and a Pullman. My boys stood still just long enough for me to transport myself back in time and imagine how luxurious train travel would’ve been back in those cars’ heyday.
- Wooden train play structure. Children will love climbing in, on, and through the model train made of wood. The gondola car is complete with a sandbox bursting with sand toys. Have a picnic on the lawn and let the kids’ imaginations run wild.
- The Train Ride – The $3 (or free with reciprocity) train ride is worth the money. The ride is narrated and provides fascinating facts about the museum, its collection, and railroad history. I enjoyed learning about the hobo connection to the railroad. Obviously, I’ve seen the hobo in The Polar Express, but never really looked into the symbolism.
The ride lasted about 20 minutes and made two loops around the property. This was the perfect amount of time for my two kids to sit still. They especially liked the bridges that crossed over water.
- The Children’s Depot: It is important to visit this fourth highlight last, as once your kids find the train table they’ll never want to leave. Inside of the Children’s Depot are a number of interactive exhibits. Kids can shovel coal into the burner, play plinko, or flip the switches on signal lights.
At the desk in the Children’s Depot they gave away Thomas the Train themed small gifts and souvenir cards.
If your family has the stamina to see more of the museum, you can also enjoy the outdoor exhibition sheds and rolling stock.
There are bathrooms in the Children’s Depot as well as in the main entrance. Naturally, there is a gift shop in the main building with extensive toy train accessories and other collectables.
The National Railway Museum hosts a Polar Express experience every Christmas. Tickets go on sale each year on July 25 and sell out almost immediately.
If you didn’t get your fill of animal friends at the Wildlife Sanctuary, head just north of Green Bay for the NEW Zoo. The most unique park of this zoo’s experience is the brand new wooden canopy tour of the zoo. Exploring from the canopy gives visitors a perspective of the animals that is rare to see, plus allows closer viewing than traditional zoo habitats may allow.
The animals here are well groomed and look happy and healthy (other than the snow leopard, if I’m honest, he looked quite bored.)
In the main entrance there’s a gift shop, ice cream, and cold beverages. Hit the bathrooms in the main building in case of building closures throughout the park.
You’ll find a wide variety of species that I didn’t expect to see so far north in Wisconsin like Lions, Giraffes, and Penguins.
Before you leave: Across from the parking lot for the NEW Zoo is a fantastic picnic spot and playground.
Honorable mention: Minutes from New Zoo is a restaurant called Sweets and Eats. Their menu is kid friendly, the desserts not withstanding. There is patio seating and on the same property is a reasonably priced mini golf course.
Green Bay Children’s Museum
Perfectly curated and sized for children 7 and under, the Green Bay Children’s Museum was a wonderful way to spend 2-3 hours of the trip where kids can fully take the lead.
Their play spaces had the perfect combination of activities where kids can climb, experiment, observe, and play pretend.
From a lighthouse tower, to a flashing firetruck, a sailboat, a giant representation of our digestive system, pneumatic tubes, a diner, a craft room and more, we managed to only see half of the museum in the 2 hours we spent inside. We were having too much fun at the water table to pull ourselves away.
Admission is only $8 for everyone 15 months and up.
Nearby Fun after your Visit to Green Bay with Kids
If you’re heading to Green Bay with Kids, consider extending your trip or returning to head just a little further north to Door County. Check out my Door County with Kids Guide for 25+ reasons it should be up next on your list of family adventures!