Memorial Day Weekend will usher in a busy season of summer activities in Kenosha County’s parks, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today.
The festivities kick off Friday, May 24, with the season kickoff at the Petrifying Springs Biergarten. On Saturday, May 25, the new Boundless Adventures aerial adventure park within Bristol Woods Park will open for business, and the season will officially begin at Silver Lake Park Beach.
The popular, weekly activities that launched at Petrifying Springs Park two seasons ago will resume in June. These include Yoga, CrossFit and Movie Nights in the Park. There are also new activities this year, including a bike rodeo and a food truck tour, plus the return of the annual Picnic in the Park.
“For years, I’ve said it should be our goal to wear out the grass in our parks,” Kreuser said. “I love to see it when our parks are filled with people, enjoying activities or simply taking in the scenery. With the schedule that our staff has put together, there will be more than enough reasons to come out to our great county parks this summer.”
An overview of the summer’s major activities is below:
Petrifying Springs Biergarten Grand Opening
Dates: Memorial Day Weekend
Where: Petrifying Springs Biergarten, located at Pavilion No. 1 near the south (Highway JR) entrance to Petrifying Springs Park, 5555 Seventh St., Kenosha.
Cost: Free to attend; beer, snacks and other refreshments available for purchase.
Details: The official grand opening of the season is set for 4 p.m. on Friday, May 24. The Blessing of the Bock by the Rev. Brit Windel of DayBreak Church will be held at 5:30, followed by the tapping of the ceremonial keg by County Executive Jim Kreuser at 6 p.m. Live music and other activities are on tap throughout the weekend.
About the Biergarten: Petrifying Springs Biergarten offers indoor and outdoor seating, German-style food, and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverage options. In addition, it offers activities such as kickball leagues, live music and family days. For more details about business hours, menu selections and activity schedules, visit the Petrifying Springs Biergarten website at www.petsbiergarten.com, check out the Biergarten’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petsbiergarten or download the Petrifying Springs Biergarten app on your smartphone.
Bristol Woods Park Boundless Adventures
Dates: Grand opening is May 25. Park hours over the holiday weekend are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including Memorial Day. A full schedule including spring, summer and fall hours is at https://boundlessadventures.net/wi-park/location-hours/.
Where: Bristol Woods Park, 9800 160th Ave., Bristol.
Reservations: Book online at https://boundlessadventures.net/wi-park/general-admission/ or call 262-924-8781 for more information.Ages: Open to ages 7 and older.
Details: Bristol Woods Park is the new location of a six-acre aerial adventure park with nine courses and over 120 obstacles for various skill levels. The courses are woven through the trees, challenging visitors to navigate between platforms on hanging, wobbly logs and pads, teeter-tottering planks, swinging perches and zip lines. For more information, visit https://boundlessadventures.net/wi-park/.
Kenosha County Public Beaches Open Memorial Day Weekend
Silver Lake Park – Silver Lake Beach
Silver Lake Beach lifeguards will be on duty when the beach officially opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25. Entrance fees are collected from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Silver Lake Park is located at 27000 85th St., Silver Lake.
Yoga in the Park sponsored by Villup Wellness
Dates: Mondays from June 10 through Aug. 5
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Petrifying Springs Park, Area #4
Ages: All ages are welcome (those under 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian)
Details: Classes will be for be geared for all levels from beginners to intermediate. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats.
Tots in the Park sponsored by Pringle Nature Center
Dates: Mondays from June 17 through July 22
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Where: Petrifying Springs Park, Area #6
Ages: 3-5 (Parents/guardians must accompany children)
Cost: $28 for 6 sessions or $5 per session ($25 for Pringle Nature Center members or $4 per session)
Registration: Registration is required. Contact Pringle Nature Center to pre-register at 262-857-8008 or download an online registration form at https://bit.ly/2PAKXfz.
Details: Tots in the Park is a parent/child participation program offered to preschoolers and their parents or guardians. Every week, the program offers a different theme including nature and educational activities such as story time, crafts, and hands-on learning activities for you and your child to enjoy in the outside air.
CrossFit in the Park sponsored by CrossFit Kenosha
Dates: Wednesdays from June 12 through Aug. 7
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Ages: All ages welcome (under 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian)
Details: Free CrossFit classes will be available for people looking to participate in an exciting way to be active. Although this is a high-intensity exercise that is a strength and conditioning program, all are welcome to participate in a fun new way to stay healthy.
Gruber Law Offices presents Movie Night in the Park
Dates: Fridays from June 14 through Aug. 23
Where: Petrifying Springs Park, Area #1
Details: Kenosha County Parks is partnering with Gruber Law Offices to bring weekly movies to Petrifying Springs Park each Friday evening. Like Kenosha County Parks on Facebook for weekly movie listings once they become available.
Yoga on the Beach sponsored by Yoga Tree Wellness Center
Dates: Sundays from June 9 through Aug. 11.
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.
Where: Beach area at Old Settlers Park, 24100 75th St., Paddock Lake.
Ages: All ages are welcome (under 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian)
Details: Classes will be for be geared for all levels from beginners to intermediate. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat.
Twilight Jazz sponsored by the Anderson Arts Center
Dates: Tuesdays (June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20)
Where: Soccer field north of Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave., Kenosha
Ages: All ages are welcome
Details: Twilight Jazz is a free outdoor concert series. There will be food vendors available as well as outdoor bathroom facilities. A 50/50 Raffle to support the Anderson Arts Center will be offered. Come and pull up a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy.
Petrifying Springs Biergarten Food Truck Tour
Dates: Thursdays (June 27, July 11, Sept. 26), as well as Saturday, Aug. 24 (combined with Picnic in the Park event)
Time: 5-10 p.m.
Where: Petrifying Springs Biergarten
Cost: Admission is free. Guests can purchase food and beverages from vendors of choice.
Details: Join the Traveling Food Truck Tour all summer-long as food trucks gather at the Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten. Discover new street eats featuring up to 20 food trucks at each event. Activities also include a craft beer tent, music, and interactive games.
Kenosha County Bike Rodeo
Dates: Saturday, June 1
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Where: Starting point at Petrifying Springs Park, Highway JR parking lot, followed by an organized bicycle ride on off-street trails to the Moose Lodge, 3003 30th Ave, Kenosha.
Ages: All ages welcome
Details: The inaugural Kenosha County Bike Rodeo is a free event to promote bike safety and safety on trails for people of all ages. Highlights include an organized ride from Petrifying Springs Park to the Moose Lodge, safety classes, bike checks, raffles, food and the Kenosha Police Department’s annual bike auction. For more information, call the County Executive’s Office at 262-653-2600.
DairyAir Bike Ride
Dates: Saturday, June 15
Time: 7 a.m.
Where: Starting point at Bristol Woods Park, followed by an organized ride to the Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast at the Mighty Grand Dairy Farm, 22811 18th St., Brighton.
Cost: Bike ride is free; tickets for the Dairy Breakfast are $6 for adults, children under 6 are free
Registration: Register online at https://dairyairbikeride2019.eventbrite.com
Details: Join Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser for the eighth annual DairyAir Ride to the Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast. The 27-mile round trip ride starts at Bristol Woods Park and ends at Mighty Grand Dairy Farm. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department personnel will follow riders to and from the breakfast.
Two Wheels for Two Counties
Dates: Sunday, June 23
Time: Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.
Where: Brighton Dale Park, 830 248th Ave., Brighton
Cost: $25 per person before June 16, $30 per person after June 16
Registration: Register online at https://www.krbikeclub.com/annual-ride
Details: Ride the beautiful county roads of Racine and Kenosha on your choice of 26-, 43-, 62-, or 100-mile routes. Proceeds donated will support bicycling in Racine and Kenosha counties.
Contact the Kenosha Racine Bike Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-497-2798 for more information.
Picnic in the Park
Date: Saturday, Aug. 24
Time: 1:30 p.m.-dusk
Where: Petrifying Springs Park
Cost: Free; food and refreshments available for purchase
Details: This annual Kenosha County Parks celebration will include live music, food trucks and food carts and interactive family activities. The festivities will cap off with a fireworks show at dusk.
For more details, event rules and information about other activities, please visit the Kenosha County Parks website at http://parks.kenoshacounty.org, call 262-857-1869, or check us out on Facebook at http://facebook.com/kenoshacountyparks.