Janesville truly shines as a family-friendly destination with our wide array of attractions and activities tailored to all ages. From educational attractions to natural wonders, our city offers an abundance of opportunities for quality family time. So gather the family and embark on an unforgettable adventure in Janesville, Wisconsin. Start creating memories that will last a lifetime in our vibrant and welcoming community.

June Events:


*Ongoing | Spring StoryWalkยฎ

Ongoing | Milton House Museum Tours

*Every Saturday | Janesville Farmers Market

Every Sunday | Sterling North Museum Tours

*Every Sunday & Wednesday | Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show

*Every Tuesday | Music at the Marv

*June 1 | Creekside Cruise Night – Kids Night

June 3 | Rock County Dairy Breakfast

– The Daluge Farm also offers summertime tours and Farm Camps for kids.

*June 3 | Bike Rodeo

*June 3 | Take a Kid Fishing Derby

*June 3 | Rock County Squish Meet

June 7 | Story & Stroll in the Gardens

*June 10 | Rock River Heritage Park Ribbon Cutting & Picnic in the Park

*June 15 | Janesville Town Square Gran Prix & Kids Roll Bike Race

*June 15, 22, 29; July 6 | Kids Noontime Entertainment

*June 16 | Movies in the Park: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

*June 16 | Summer Night Hike

June 17, 18 | Fly-in or Drive-in Pancake Breakfast

*June 24 | Touch a Truck

*June 29 | Camp Fire Tales

The Janesville Ice Arena will reopen in mid-June with family, teen, and public skates.

*Note: Don’t forget to check the individual websites or contact the venues for the most up-to-date information on opening hours, ticket prices, and any additional updates about offerings.

Rock County Dairy Breakfast – Kim Hoholek Photography
Rock Aqua Jays – Kim Hoholek Photography

Free Activities:

๐Ÿ’œ Summer playground checklist: For tons of fun this summer, take on this Playground Challenge to visit all 43 of Janesville’s playgrounds by September 24! As you explore each park, mark it on the list and take a picture of your family enjoying the playground to document your visit. Once you have visited all 43 playgrounds, send your photos to the Janesville Parks & Recreation Facebook page or submit them by email at recreationmail@ci.janesville.wi.us. All families that complete the challenge will be entered to win a prize! Download playground checklist.

๐Ÿ’œ Walk the downtown Public Art Trail: Download the trail map.

๐Ÿ’œ Cool off at downtown’s interactive water feature, The Bubbler

The Bubbler – Megan Oโ€™Leary Photography

๐Ÿ’œ Check out a book from Hedberg Public Library

๐Ÿ’œ Enjoy a day of outdoor fun and recreation at Janesville’s 64 parks. This expansive system offers a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including playgrounds, picnic areas, and walking trails. With beautiful scenery and ample space to roam, local parks are a perfect spot for a family outing. Learn more about area parks.

๐Ÿ’œ Geocaching to both hide and find hidden containers at marked by coordinates at different locations throughout the city

Free park highlights:

Riverside Park Splash Pad

– Visit the new Play Trail at Schneider Farm Park

– Take a rock for motivation or leave a rock for inspiration at one of Janesville’s seven Kindness Rock Gardens.

– Hiking at the Rock River Heritage County Park, Devil’s Staircase, Robert O Cook Memorial Arboretum, or Rockport Park

Joan and John Evans Legacy Sundial

– Skatepark in Bond Park

Lions Beach

– Flying kites at Kiwanis Community Park

– Fishing at Lustig Park, Riverside Park, or Traxler Park

๐Ÿ’œ Paid park highlights:

– Palmer Park Wading Pool

– Rockport Pool


๐Ÿ’œ Skelly’s Farm Market: a family-owned farm with pick-your-own strawberries, sunflowers, and pumpkins when in season, with playgrounds, wagon rides, and homemade bakery favorites like apple cider donuts.

Skelly’s Farm Market
Skelly’s Farm Market – @ninaaav

๐Ÿ’œ Nature’s Touch Garden & Activity Center: two HUGE bounce pillows (the largest in Wisconsin) plus terrainable rides, pedal carts and tracks, obstacle courses, giant chess and checkers sets, a sandbox, duck races, corn hole games, and more.

๐Ÿ’œ Kidtopia Indoor Playground: indoor playground with bouncy houses, toys, games, and more

๐Ÿ’œ Lincoln-Tallman House on the Rock County Historical Society campus: a fun, educational opportunity for kids to walk the same halls and hear the stories of a 19th-Century Rock County family and their daily life.

๐Ÿ’œ Rotary Botanical Gardens: includes the Nancy Yahr Memorial Children’s Garden, with the fragrant Popcorn plant and plants that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Look for their StoryWalkยฎ from June through October. This outdoor exhibit is a children’s book displayed on posts so you can stroll through and read with your little one. Their annual Garden Art Exhibit, on display from mid-May through mid-September, ties in with the StoryWalkยฎ book.

Rotary Botanical Gardens – Marsha Mood

๐Ÿ’œ RiversEdge Bowl: family glow bowling every Saturday

๐Ÿ’œ Velocity Downtown Adventures & Rental: rent bikes, scooters, or even kayaks

๐Ÿ’œRetro City Rockade: a blast-from-the-past arcade with pinball machines and more than 50 fun games

Tasty Meals & Sweets:


๐Ÿ’œ Citrus Cafe: waffles, pancakes, and fresh-squeezed orange juice

๐Ÿ’œ Bessie’s Diner: aviation-themed restaurant inside the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport

๐Ÿ’œ Wedge Inn East: homemade donuts and cinnamon rolls

Bessie’s Diner


๐Ÿ’œ Pizza:
 Marco’s Pizza
 Milwaukee Street Pizza
 Mac’s Pizza Shack
 Jim’s Pizzeria
 Lisa’s Pizzeria
 Sam’s Pizza
 Chubby Bubba’s Pizza

๐Ÿ’œ Italian House: Family Feast deals with pasta, subs, and garlic bread

๐Ÿ’œ GR’s Sandwich Shoppe: sandwiches, paninis, and more

๐Ÿ’œ Luke’s Deli: hot dogs, sandwiches, wraps, fresh-squeezed lemonade

Learn more about uniquely local restaurants.


๐Ÿ’œ Cookie dough bites and fun macaron flavors like birthday cake, fruity pebbles, and peanut butter and jelly, along with more grown up flavors from 808Cheesecake

๐Ÿ’œ Fudge, handmade sodas, and s’mores charcuterie trays from the Sugar Exchange

๐Ÿ’œ Ice cream tacos, nachos, and flights from Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co

The Sugar Exchange


๐Ÿ’œ Classy Rascals Children’s Clothing Boutique: boutique with a curated collection of clothes and toys for your little ones ages newborn to tween

๐Ÿ’œ Uptown Janesville: stores like Angry Fox, Blessed Divine Creations, Letgo N Play, RonMar Tasty Popcorn, Chuck E. Cheese, Claireโ€™s, GameStop, & more

๐Ÿ’œ Kids Closet: thrift store with like-new clothing, toys, baby equipment, and more

Explore more fun to find in Janesville at our website, or reach out to us for any additional recommendations or questions – we’re happy to help!

Date Posted | May 31, 2023