BAGO is a collaboration between the Winnebago County Parks Dept., Oshkosh Recreation Dept., and pdsF.U.S.I.O.N.
The purpose of BAGO is to encourage kids and families to Go Outside. This year-long program will tap into the adventurous spirit of kids by offering monthly, themed events and activities geared towards individuals and families. Most of the events will take place at Winnebago County Community Park and the dates will vary depending on the monthly activities planned.
All BAGO activities and events will be open to the public and most of them will be free. Any funds collected during this year's program will go directly back into the program.
920 HOURS OUTSIDE
The BAGO program is based on 920 Hours Outside - moving our bodies with intention. The amount of time kids and adults spend outdoors matters for their physical and mental health. 920 Hours Outside will help move the needle on inactivity and obesity, and reduce the amount of time spent on our screens. Time spent outdoors will look different for each person and family, but the glorious part about nature play is that it is for everyone, no matter their age or stage of life. We encourage everyone to use the 920 Hours Outside Activity Tracker over the course of the year to track their progress. We will collect trackers during the last week of December and give away some awesome prizes to a few lucky people. We guarantee you will not regret committing 2023 to making memories outside!
Lapham-Hickey Steel has generously funded this year's BAGO programming.
Other sponsors include G.E.M.S. (Giving Empowers My Sisters), Image 360, FUSION Footwear, 4imprint, Fox River Brewing Company, Culver's of Oshkosh - Westowne Ave., Glow in the Park, Urban Air Adventure Park, Bago Bar & Grill, and Fifth Ward Brewing Company.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
Download the BAGO Event Calendar.
Candlelight Cross-Country Ski | Snow Shoe | Hike - FREE!
Date/time: Jan 20-22; Fri & Sat 6-8 p.m.; Sun 1-3 p.m.
Location: Park Pavilion
Enjoy a candlelit night of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking at the park. Limited equipment will be available (first come, first served). We do encourage attendees to bring their own equipment if they have it. Hot chocolate and smores will be available (We'll have a campfire for roasting your own marshmallows). Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are not allowed to join hikers.
Love is in the Air - FREE!
Date/Time: Feb 13-19
February is all about love and heart health. Individuals, families, and businesses are encouraged to get outside the week of Valentine's Day. Hearts will be marked along the walking trail at Winnebago County Community Park. Take a photo after your two-mile trail walk and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win heart-healthy prizes.
Lucky Leprechauns Hunt - FREE!
UPDATE: This activity has been canceled. All the tokens for this activity have been stolen. We hope you can enjoy some of the other BAGO events/activities happening throughout the year.
Date/Time: Daily, throughout March
Location: Ken Robl Conservation Park (map it)
With the Luck of the Irish, participants will follow a "treasure map" around Winnebago County Park. There will be 10 tokens (disc golf sized) placed around the different entities within the park. At each token, there will be a laminated sheet indicating what "lucky" exercise you must complete. Complete all 10 activities, snap a selfie, and send it to email@example.com to become entered for prizes.
Athletic Sale & Swap - FREE!
Date/Time: April 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Oaklawn Elementary
Clear out your closets of gently used athletic clothing, equipment and accessories and be a vendor OR donate your items at our FREE community swap table.
Interested in an affordable vendor space (those who wish to sell their items) for $10? 100% of your fee goes directly to the Be Active Go Outside (BAGO) program. Sign up today with this link where you can find more details: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSfOg91ZrqO.../viewform...
All items donated for the swap table provide equitable access to athletic clothing, shoes and equipment. All items not picked up will be donated to summer programming through the Rec and Boys & Girls Clubs.
SHOP THE SWAP. Admission to this event is FREE.
After Dark Eggs in the Park - FREE!
Date/Time: April 15 | Hop at 7:30 p.m. & Egg Hunt at 8 p.m.
Location: Soccer Shelter
Registration is required! Register here by April 9.
This isn't your traditional egg hunt... this is a glow-in-the-dark eggstravaganza for kids and adults! The event will kick off with a Bunny Hop followed by a nighttime egg hunt with thousands of glowing eggs throughout the park!
The Bunny Hop will be various lengths and go off in waves of different age groups. The glow-in-the-dark egg hunt will also go off in waves of varying age groups. Kids must be accompanied by adults.
Every kid participating in the hunt will get prizes... and adults will get adult-themed prizes!
Everyone is encouraged to wear glow-in-the-dark items. There will be glow-in-the-dark face paints and glow sticks available at the event.
AND... the Easter Bunny will be there hoping around and eager to take photos.
Hit the Trails - FREE!
Date/Time: Daily, throughout May
According to The League of American Bicyclists: “May is National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try. We encourage everyone to HIT THE TRAIL in May!
Field Day - FREE!
Date/Time: June 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Shelter 3
Kick off the summer and get outside! Many schools in the OASD have discontinued "Field Day" so this provides an opportunity for the entire city. Games such as drip-drip-drop, bean bags, relays, water balloons, and an inaugural kickball match.
Date/Time: July 22 at 9 a.m.
A family-friendly run/obstacle course through the park featuring a little mud, a few bubbles, a splash of color, and summertime fun! More details will follow. This event will be geared toward kids ages 4-15.
Pilates in the Park - FREE!
Date/Time: August 13 at 6-7 9.m.
Location: Shelter 3
Stretch it out! The health benefits of Pilates include: improved flexibility. increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back and hips. Pilates is a workout that all age groups can benefit from.
Back to School Bago Bags - FREE!
Date/Time: Daily, throughout September
Location: Winnebago County Parks Department Office
We are giving away free back-to-school bags full of items to keep kids active and outdoors. More details to come!
Haunted Hustle 5k
Date/Time: October 28 at dusk
Location: Soccer Shelter
The Haunted Hustle is an action-packed event with races and activities for the whole family! Dusk falls and the 5K Run, 5K Dog Jog & 5k Zombie Walk take place with a great post-race bonfire, s’mores, and music. Families can participate in pre-event activities such as a Hay-Bale course for the littles, pumpkin decorating, and more.
Plank-Ful - FREE!
Date/Time: Daily, throughout November
November is all about what you are "plank-ful" for! The goal is to complete a one-minute plank at 10 different locations marked in the park. Snap a selfie in your best plank position and submit it for prizes!
The Great Elf Hunt - FREE!
Date/Time: Daily, throughout December
Sleigh-what?! We just got a letter from Santa Claus saying his elves are up to "snow" good! Santa's scout elves have scattered across Winnebago County Community Park to play instead of watching over the good boys and girls before Christmas!
The Great Elf Hunt of 2023 will begin on December 1. Be sure to follow our page to keep up with Santa's updates on which elves are missing and in which parks they're being found in, every Monday beginning on December 4.
The elves MUST be returned to the North pole in order for Christmas to run smoothly, so please return found elves to the Oshkosh Recreation Department. Santa needs our help for the LAST time before Christmas. Get your flashlights and boots on before the snow comes and find these elves!