Calie Herbst, Founder & Editor

In 2013, Calie Herbst, a former teacher with three little ones, saw a need for a “One Stop Shop” for family fun in Milwaukee. So she founded Milwaukee With Kids. Her goal was to find the best this city has to offer families and share it with other parents. In one place. 

Today, Calie and her team take the work out of finding fun for kids & families around Milwaukee. They connect active parents and caregivers to the city’s best kid-friendly businesses, activities and events.

Milwaukee With Kids partners with businesses big and small to help spread the word about them far and wide.  Calie is available for hosting, moderating and media appearances. 

Jessie Abderholden, Accounts Manager

Jessie Abderholden lives on the Eastside of Milwaukee with her husband and two young boys. Her extensive background in hospitality and event coordinating fuel her constant search for memorable, experiential family-friendly happenings around town. In the summer they can be found exploring the city’s many splash pads and in winter months they enjoy sledding down Lafayette Hill. Their family spends many weekends at The Mitchell Park Domes, adventuring around the lakefront, and checking out the many playgrounds Milwaukee has to offer. 

Ronnicia Johnson-Walker, Milwaukee Calendar Editor

Ronnicia is a Milwaukee native and the mother of an energetic 8 year old boy.  She returned to Milwaukee 5 years ago after spending over ten years in Madison, WI.  It was important to Ronnicia to share the rich community and history of Milwaukee with her son, prompting her return.  Ronnicia has spent over ten years advocating for children of all ages in both her professional and personal life.  This advocacy has led her to consistently look for unique programming, community support and child friendly events in the Milwaukee County area.

Lisa Taub, North Suburbs Calendar Editor

Lisa Taub lives in Whitefish Bay with her husband and two children. After living in Chicago and then Madison Lisa feels Milwaukee is the perfect size city to raise a family. Currently, Lisa enjoys working part time as a physical therapist as well as being a part of the Milwaukee With Kids team in order to help her community find fun and family friendly local events happening in Milwaukee’s North Shore. Her favorite thing to do with her family is to explore the numerous beaches along Lake Michigan, find new playgrounds, and enjoy the bike trails throughout the city.

Melissa Darelius, South Suburbs Calendar Editor

Melissa finds joy in discovering interesting activities for families in her area. She grew up in a small town and never thought she would live in a big city, but she loves life here in Milwaukee and likes sharing its happenings with others!

She and her husband live on the south side of Milwaukee with their four kids. They frequent the public libraries and like to adventure at Wehr Nature Center. Her family has made traditions out of many area activities, like State Fair, Harvest Fair, and apple and pumpkin picking.

Bridget McMahon, West Suburbs Calendar Editor

Bridget McMahon lives in Wauwatosa. She worked in events planning until she made the change to be a stay-at-home mom after her second child.  Bridget and her husband, Drew, have two children.  She and her family enjoy going out to special events around town. Their favorite family activities are apple picking, State Fair and trick-or-treating.


WTMJ Wisconsin’s Morning News

Listen for our founder, Calie Herbst, every Tuesday morning on WTMJ Wisconsin’s Morning News on AM620. 

B93.3 FM

Listen for us on B93.3 FM every Friday afternoon, chatting about the top event for you and your kids over the upcoming weekend.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Exploring Milwaukee With Kids’ is like a travel guide for your hometown” (January, 2019)

Wisconsin Public Radio

6 Kid-Friendly Activities Around Milwaukee In January” (December, 2018)

Milwaukee Magazine

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