Oh Summer, Come Hither!

What to do? Here’s to do!Anthony Herrmann at the beach
(Part 2-Stay Cool)
by Just Add Kids Founder, Paula Herrmann



Finally, for my kiddos, too!

What a whirlwind end of a school year it was for me and my family. Wheow. Dang! I’ve survived.

It’s been a pretty low-keyed two days into the summer break for my kiddos. The weather has kept us from our subdivision pool and the beach, and really not running outdoors to play, as it almost seems like autumn! Last week in this blog, JAK Chat, I highlighted a number of indoor play destinations in the area. This week I’m, or rather my brother in law, (pictured) hitting the water in hopes of HOT days ahead and a need to escape the heat. Yes?! Read more…


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Just Add Kids Beach 'n Pool Destination Guide 2014 infogram

Kenosha County Destinations:

Anderson Park Swimming Pool (located at 8730 – 22nd Avenue in Kenosha) has two pools with a tot pool with small children’s slide, 2 water slides, and a diving board. Lockers, lounge chairs and umbrella tables are available.  Life guard on duty.  Fee for entrance.

Washington Park Swimming Pool (located at 1821 Washington Road in Kenosha) is a zero-depth entrance pool with interactive water features, 3 waterslides, and a diving board.  Lounge chairs and umbrella tables are available.  Life guard on duty.  Fee for entrance.

Alford Park Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 2901 Alford Drive in Kenosha) this beach offers a picnic area. No life guard on duty.

Eichelman Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 6125 – 3rd Avenue in Kenosha)

Pennoyer Park (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 3507 – 7th Avenue in Kenosha)

Simmons Island Park (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 5001 Simmons Island in Kenosha)

Southport Park (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at  7825 – 1st Avenue in Kenosha)

Lake Andrea Beach (located inside Prairie Springs Park 9900 Terwall Terrrace, Pleasant Prairie) offers swimming, windsurfing, fishing, sailing and boating in the water, and children’s playground, sand volleyball courts, and restrooms. Fee charged for admission. Open daily during summer season from 10am-7pm.

Old Settlers Park (sandy beach on Paddock Lake located at 24100 75th Street in Salem) provides lifeguards on duty, shaded picnic and lawn area, shelter building, bathhouse and restrooms, and playground equipment. Fee charged during summer beach season from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Silver Lake Park (located at27000 85th Street in Silver Lake) boasts a sandy beach, sand volleyball courts, picnic areas and shelters, bathhouse, concession stand, lakeside playground equipment, and windsurfing area. Fee charged during summer beach season from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area (located 9 miles west of I-94 on Hwy. 142 at 26313 Burlington Road, Kansasville) has a swimming beach available with a changing area, picnic tables and a flush toilet. No lifeguard on duty.  The beach opens in early May to mid-September, weather permitting.  When it is open, the swimming hours are 6am-11pm. State park admission fee applies.


Christiane and Max waterpark


Racine County Destinations:

North Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan at 89 Kewaunee Street in Racine) features a deep sandy shoreline with beach open to the public for swimming, fishing, picnics and a host of other activities. North Beach has a hard plastic walkway for strollers, wheelchairs and coolers;  volleyball nets; a bath house and restrooms;  bike/walk path;  The Beachside Oasis concessions and seating area; adjacent Kids Cove Playground; and almost forgot…palm trees! Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10am – 6pm from the first week in June through the first week in September.

Zoo Beach (waterfront north of North Beach at Goold Street and Michigan Boulevard in Racine) is wheelchair accessible and has a lifeguarded swimming area from 10am – 5:30pm.

Quarry Lake Park (located at 3800 Northwestern Avenue in Racine) offers a bath house, picnic area, and scuba diving.

Fischer Park on Browns Lake (located at 30326 Durand Avenue, Highway 11 in Burlington) has a lifeguarded swimming area, and is also the site of the Aquaducks waterski team shows which runs most Thursdays and Saturday nights from late May through August.

(Southern) Milwaukee County Destinations:

Bender Park Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 4503 E. Ryan Road in Oak Creek)

Grant Park Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at S. Hawthorne Avenue in South Milwaukee) offers a sand beach with volleyball courts, restroom facilities, pavilion with food and beverage as well as beach cabana rentals.

South Shore Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 2900 S. Superior Street in Milwaukee) with wheelchair-accessible restrooms and concessions in the pavilion.

Pelican Cove Family Water Park (located in Kosciuszko Park, 2201 S. 7th Street, Milwaukee) boasts giant and kid-sized waterslides, spraying and splashing interactive toys, adjacent to picnic areas.  Admission rate $2.50 and under.

more options listed here.

(Southern) Waukesha County Destinations:

Muskego Park (located at S83 W20370 Janesville Road in Muskego) Lifeguarded beach open 11am – 7pm daily.

Mukwonago Park (located at S100 W31900 County Hwy O in Mukwonago) Lifeguarded beach open 11am – 7pm daily.


Hope you find yourself and yours diving into some splashtastic fun soon! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the heat to turn up!

If you know of other public outdoor swimming destinations in the area, please help Just Add Kids help other families and let us know. Post here in the comments, or email us at contact@justaddkidsonline.net

Have a blast!





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