While summer is certainly shaping up to be different this year, not all fun for the family has to be put on hold. Wauwatosa is home to an array of fun outdoor experiences that will give the whole family something to smile about. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Tosa activities to enjoy outside while still having the ability to remain socially distant and safe. Get ready to load the vehicle, pack up the kids, and head to Tosa to make memories with the family that you won’t forget.
Milwaukee County Zoo
The Milwaukee County Zoo is the perfect place to get your kiddos laughing and learning this summer. Walk through the outdoor exhibits and experience critters from all around the globe –like Belle the Elephant and Maya the Giraffe. Daily capacity will be limited to accommodate social distancing, so make sure you purchase tickets and parking passes online ahead of time. Your family will have tons of fun viewing the outdoor animal exhibits, walking the 190-acre grounds, and enjoying favorite attractions like the train, carousel, and the summer exhibit Dinosaurs Unearthed.
Magical Murals of East Tosa
East Tosa is home to vibrant murals all within walking distance of one another that make the perfect selfie backdrop for both the young and young at heart. Discover critters like a six-eyed tiger on BelAir Cantina and a larger than life goldfish on Tosa Yoga. These pops of color will get the kids creativity flowing… and perhaps their stomachs growling. Treat them to an award-winning chocolate chip cookie from Rocket Baby Bakery (best in the state!) or a tasty doughnut from Cranky Al’s. We recommend parents try a Danish from RBB or Alton Brown’s favorite cruller from Cranky Al’s. You can’t go wrong with whatever you decide. Enjoy your treats outside at the 69th St. Plaza—a hip gathering place with giant lounge chairs, picnic tables, and canopy shade that will leave you feeling recharged – East Tosa style.
TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park
Jump –or cannon ball– into summer fun at TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park. The kids will love zipping down the giant slide and exploring the water playset while you soak up some Vitamin D on the pool deck. Of course, the pool will operate a little differently this year, following guidelines provided by the CDC, Milwaukee County, and the Wauwatosa Health Department. Pool-goers must make a reservation ahead of time, which will ensure your visit won’t be a belly flop.
Hartung Park is the perfect park for little ones needing to burn off some energy. Since the park is built on the site of a former quarry, kids will have fun exploring the hilly grounds snaked with windy trails. The park playground boasts endless entertainment—imagine the kiddos whooshing down slides, drumming up a beat on the bongos, and swinging until their heart is content. Wrap up your visit exploring the picturesque stone labyrinth—a sweet spot to get together for a family photo op. We promise you won’t feel overwhelmed at this park. It’s super manageable for young families making it a stress-free pit stop for a fun afternoon in the sun.
Yo Mama! Frozen Yogurt and Goodies
After an adventurous day packed full of family fun, it only makes sense to top it off with something sweet. Enjoy a yummy cup of frozen yogurt topped with your favorite goodies from Yo Mama! in the Village of Wauwatosa. Feeling healthy? Top your froyo off with chia seeds, toasted coconut, and berries. Looking to indulge? Maybe you’ll opt for caramel sauce, cheesecake bites, and cookie dough. Whether you choose to order online for pick up or in-person at their ordering station to enjoy outside, the kids will have a blast concocting their very own froyo masterpiece.
There are so many fun outdoor experiences to uncover in Tosa that will leave you with unforgettable family memories. The last few months have been especially tough on little ones and these socially distant activities are sure to give them something to look forward to. We can’t wait to see what fun you get into during your visit—share your memories made in Tosa with us on social media using #DiscoverWauwatosa.
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