Gateway to Fun

Vacation and kids go together when you keep them busy, and lord knows you love the end of the day when they are too tired to argue about bedtime! From baseball games to apple picking, your family will have something to do from the moment you arrive in Beloit until you pack up the car to head home. Check out some of these hot spots that are sure to please even the too-cool-for-school 8 year olds.

Beloit Snappers Game From April to early September, check out the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field. The Snappers first came to town in 1982 and they’ve been affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins and Oakland A’s. Grab a hot dog and some popcorn and watch a game, but don’t forget to bring a glove to catch foul balls. Make sure to get your photo with their mascot Snappy! He will be happy to pose for a quick picture to remember the day you finally listened to that age-old song and took them out to the ball game.

Edge Paintball & AirsoftPerfect for kids ages 10 and up, work up a sweat playing paintball or airsoft at The Edge Paintball & Airsoft. Join your kids in pelting each other while getting some exercise. You’ll all be ready for a nap in your hotel room after! Make sure to pack some wipes to clean up when you’re done… this one can be a sticky situation if you have a little sniper in your group.

Beloit Farmer’s MarketThis farmer’s market isn’t only for adults looking for delicious produce and local goods. Your kids will love all the different food and craft vendors and the Fun Zone is a lot of fun. You can even take them to get their first tattoo! (It’s henna and it only lasts up to three weeks.)

The Apple Hut Make your kids do the dirty work and go apple picking from late August to Halloween at the Apple Hut. After you’ve gathered your apples, stop in the gift shop and the bakery for some tasty homemade treats, such as apple pie, pumpkin bread, caramel apples and, of course, apple cider donuts. Make sure to eat them while they’re hot!

Ironworks Golf Lab While golf may be in the name, the Golf Lab is more than just golf. Treat your kids to an afternoon of pizza and simulator time, and you can join them in playing games like baseball, basketball and zombie dodgeball. If you want to get a little practice in, entertain your children with one simulator while you golf on the other. Everyone wins!

Riverside Park Beloit’s 24-acre park sits directly on the Rock River and offers fun for the whole family. Bring your fishing poles and tennis rackets, so you can take your kids fishing in the lagoon or river and then play some tennis on the four lighted courts. During the summer, tandem bikes and paddle boats are available for rent and winter brings ice skating on the lagoon. The River Walk is a 3.5 mile walking and biking path that runs along the river, which makes it the perfect spot to ride that rented tandem bike or take a sunset stroll to end your day out in Beloit. It also makes the perfect pit stop when you’re traveling to get the wiggles out and stretch your legs.

Turtle Island Playground Open sunrise to sunset from April to November, Turtle Island Playground is located at Riverside Park. This is no ordinary playground — it’s based on the adventures of Roy Chapman Andrews, Beloit native and the original Indiana Jones. Your kids can dig for fossils, climb on dinosaur bones, explore the treehouse and shipwreck, and so much more.

Doodles Beloit If you have a little Picasso on your hands, bring them to Doodles for a Blank Canvas and Kiddie Cocktails class. Kids can sip on kiddie cocktails while they receive instruction on how to paint the designated photo, and they learn painting theories, brush techniques and more during the class. Your kids get to keep their masterpiece, so get ready to hang it over the mantle when you get home! Parents and grandparents are welcome to enroll in the class, too.

Bonus: Doodles is located right above Flying Pig, which serves any sweet treat you could ever imagine! They’re famous for their gourmet popcorn and shaved ice, but you have to try their truffles and cookies.

Skelly’s Farm Market Just a short drive from downtown Beloit, Skelly’s is open for three seasons of operation: strawberry season, summer season and fall season. Starting in early June, your kids can pick their own strawberries or you can buy some that have been pre-picked, but by the time July rolls around they’re pretty picked over (pun intended), so get there early! Summer season calls for sweet corn starting in mid-July and apple picking is the main event of fall season come mid-September. During every season, your kids can enjoy the playground, gift barn and bakery. Skelly’s is a great place for a day out with your family.

Beloit ClubWith our Member for a Stay privilege, you and your family are welcome to what the Beloit Club has to offer. The food is outstanding, the cocktails are fresh and the grounds are impeccable. Relax by the pool with a drink in hand while your children play in the kid’s pool area or teach your kids the perfect swing at the driving range before a round of golf. Sundays at the club are special for families, so you can end your day with a family-style meal after spending the day together.

The next time you’re in Beloit, check out some or all of these activities whether you’re with your children or not. One of the best things about Beloit is that it’s a family-friendly town with enough to keep you busy or you have the option to relax. We know the perfect place for you to relax, too. *wink wink*