Attractions & Activities

Family Activities to Historical Museums
Looking for something new or fun to do? Then Downtown Appleton is the place for you! From a recognized kids' museum and world-class performing arts center to historical and art museums, there's something to open your mind and keep you entertained.

APPLETON BOYCHOIR
Fox Cities Building For The Arts, 4th Floor 111 W.  College Avenue,    920-955-2224
Founded in 1979, the Appleton Boychoir has grown to include over 200 members.  Since its founding, the Boychoir has made appearances with many exceptional choirs and orchestras and the typical Appleton Boychoir season proudly brings some of the world's finest musical groups of children and young people to the Fox Cities.  Membership is by audition and a boy remains in the program through the end of his eighth-grade year or until his voice changes.   www.appletonboychoir.comhttp://www.appletonboychoir.com/

APPLETON PUBLIC LIBRARY
225 S. Oneida Street  920-832-6173
Learn, know, gather and grow -- your center of community life where potential is transformed into reality. Hours: Labor Day-Memorial Day: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m.  Memorial Day - Labor Day:  Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. -6 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. -1 p.m., Closed Sunday.     www.apl.org

APPLETON YACHT CLUB
1200 S. Lutz Drive     920-733-9848

APPLETON YMCA
218 E. Lawrence Street  920-739-6135
Dedicated to fitness and health including 3 swimming pools, 3 gyms, 4 racquetball courts, Lifestyle Center, weight room, cycling and more.   Fitness classes throughout the day and on weekends.  Daily licensed drop-in child-care M-F 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. for children 6 weeks to 6 years. Day Care M-F 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and preschool/Pre-K and school age programs available. YMCA day passes and AWAY program memberships accepted.  Mon - Fri 5 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.. (Summer weekends til 3 p.m. only).  www.ymcafoxcities.org

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE FOX VALLEY
117 S. Locust Street   920-731-0555

THE BUILDING FOR KIDS CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
100 W. College Avenue   920-734-3226 
The third largest children's museum in  Wisconsin, The Building for Kids Children's Museum build's children's imagination, creativity and confidence.  Our hands-on exhibits and interactive programming provides endless opportunities for children to learn through play. Tues.- Sat.  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sun.  Noon - 5 p.m.  Closed Monday. www.buildingforkids.org

EYE CANDY INK
101 W. Edison Ave. Suite 180           920-730-9237
Custom tattoo studio - Two award winning tattoo artists, JackieLyn Vanden Heuvel and Paul Schmidt, make skin sweet!  Get your new skin art in a fun, friendly and super-clean environment. Also, Wisconsin-made fine stoneware for sale in our Art Gallery, plus other one-of-a-kind artworks by local artists.  Studio hours:  Tues. - Fri. 11a.m. - 7 p.m.   Sat. noon - 6pm. www.eye-candy-ink.com

FOX CITIES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (FOX CITIES P.A.C.)
400 W. College Avenue  920-730-3760
Northeast Wisconsin's premier venue for the performing arts features the Kimberly-Clark Broadway Across America - Fox Cities and the Boldt Arts Alive! Series. In addition to drawing the community together for world-class performances, the Fox Cities P.A.C. also provides educational opportunities and hosts community events. For more information, visit www.foxcitiespac.com. Fox Cities Performing Arts Center - Where the Arts Come Alive!

FOX CITIES ROTARY MULTICULTURAL CENTER
128 N. Oneida Street   920-882-4056

FOX VALLEY SYMPHONY
111 W. College Avenue  920-968-0300

HEARTHSTONE HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM
625 W. Prospect Avenue 920-730-8204

THE HISTORY MUSEUM AT THE CASTLE
330 E. College Avenue 920-735-9370

WISCONSIN MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE
10 E. College Avenue, Second Floor         920-419-2721
A premier destination for visitors to engage in environmental conservation and wildlife education.  The exhibits provide a safe and unique experience for visitors to see exotic animals up close.  Open:  Weds & Thurs. noon - 4:30pm and 2nd. Saturday of the month 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Schedule a tour: 920-419-2721 

LAWRENCE ACADEMY OF MUSIC
100 Water Street   920-832-6632
The Academy provides instruction for 2,000 children and adults in piano, voice, harp, and most band or orchestral instruments. Enroll in Early Childhood Music classes, Girl Choir, Balinese Gamelan, adult programs, youth bands or orchestra, or summer camps.  Visit the website for teacher biographies and concert schedules!www.lawrence.edu/dept/acad_music

LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY
711 E. Boldt Way 920-832-7000
http://www.lawrence.edu/

MAKAROFF YOUTH BALLET THEATRE
Fox Cities Building For The Arts, 4th floor, 111 W. College Avenue     920-257-8288
Northeast Wisconsin's premier nonprofit youth ballet company,  MYB continues the 50-year Makaroff family legacy of excellence in ballet.  Jeanette Makaroff, former dancer and Ballet Mistress for Milwaukee Ballet, serves as Artistic Director.  MYB's mission is to make the fine art of ballet accessible to the community through its young, advanced dancers.  MYB performs two concerts each season as well as other engagements. http://www.focol.org/makaroffyouthballet/

newVOICES (formerly White Heron Chorale)
Fox Cities Building For the Arts, 4th Floor, 111 W.  College Avenue       920-832-9700You first knew us as White Heron Chorale - now we introduce a new name for a revitalized adult choir comprised of over 75 talented musicians under that baton of Phillip A. Swan.  newVoices presents a range of live vocal music by the region's premier adult chorus.  Tickets and concert information at newvoiceschoir.org. 

OUTEREDGE STAGE
303 N. Oneida Street   800-987-1680

PAPER DISCOVERY CENTER
425 W. Water Street     920-380-7491
Discover the world of paper by crawling through a paper machine and dodging a giant sneeze. Explore the science of paper making a piece of paper to take home. Learn about the history of paper. Activities and hands-on exhibits for all ages.  Home to the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame.  Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon. - Sat.
www.paperdiscoverycenter.org

RIVERVIEW GARDENS
242 W Seymour Street  920-268-8489

SKYLINE COMEDY CAFE
1004 S. Olde Oneida Street  920-734-5653

THOMPSON COMMUNITY CENTER
820 W. College Avenue  920-733-2860
Providing more than 70 social, recreational, health & fitness, arts, & lifelong learning activities and services each month accessible to all adults.  Thompson Café open Tuesday - Thursday for lunch year 'round with Grandpa's Grill on Thursdays from May thru Oct.  Space may be rented during and after normal business hours.  Open Monday- Friday 8:30-4:30 p.m. with some activities on evenings and weekends  www.ThompsonCenter.org

THE TROUT MUSEUM OF ART
Fox Cities Building for The Arts, 111 W. College Avenue   920-733-4089
Be a Part of the Art.  As one of the region's premier spaces for visual arts, The Trout Museum of Art features exhibitions of regional, national and international visual art.  The museum frequently presents special events, lectures and jazz performances in the newly remodeled 1922 historic complex which also contains studios for art classes.  www.troutmuseum.org.

WISCONSIN MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE
10 E. College Ave.          997-9766 or 419-2721
A premier destination for visitors to engage in environmental conservation and wildlife education. The exhibits provide a safe and unique experience for visitors to see exotic animals up close. Open: Weds & Thurs. noon - 4:30pm and 2nd. Saturday of the month 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Or call to schedule a tour.

WRISTON ART CENTER & GALLERIES (Lawrence University Campus)
613 E. College Avenue   920-832-6621