Our mission is to make it easy for you to find fun things to do with your kids in and around Milwaukee. If you're looking for a fun place to take your kids, you'll find it below. The businesses featured below represent the MKE With Kids Network, and they are MKE with Kids Approved! That means they are local, safe, fun, & enriching. They've supported us and make it possible to run MKEwithKids.com. 

 

100 PLACES TO TAKE YOUR KIDS IN MILWAUKEE

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Want to make a lantern and take it for a moonlight walk? Paint a frozen pond? Build a raft and float it across the pond? The Lynden Sculpture Garden operates as a laboratory at the intersection of art, nature, and culture. We offer hands-on programs that integrate our collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures and temporary installations, and our community of artists, with the natural ecology of 40 acres of park, pond, and woodland. From summer camps, to weekly art drop-ins, family workshops and programs for the very young, Lynden is a place for nurturing inquiry, creativity, and joy.

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The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) is located in a 32,000-square-foot, contemporary wedge-shaped building on the bank of the Milwaukee River in downtown West Bend. MOWA provides a variety of innovative and diverse educational programs for all ages. When we say that we want everyone to have meaningful access to the arts, we mean it! Check out Studio Saturdays, Mini Masters, Junior Masters, Teen Masters, and more at wisconsinart.org.

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Situated in Brookfield's beautiful Mitchell Park, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts annually welcomes more than 45,000 people, including more than 10,000 students every year. Through arts education programs such as Beyond the Classroom performances for student groups, ArtsReach community outreach sessions, and Arts Camp: The Art of Nature; year-round art exhibitions and visual art classes for all ages and artistic abilities; international competitions and festivals; premier dance, theater, and music performances—including free summer outdoor concerts—and more, it is the mission of the Wilson Center to provide lifelong access to the arts.

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Check out our full guide to all things ART for kids in and around Milwaukee, including museums, art galleries, paint-your-own-pottery, art classes for kids, and more!

 

Find out more about the Walkers Point Center For The Arts, Latino Arts Inc., the Haggarty Museum Of Art , and more!

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Find out when you can see the wings open and close, what exactly an Artpack is, and what book you need to take with you on your next visit.

 
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BLACKBEAR CHILDREN'S BOUTIQUE

BlackBear Children's Boutique™ is a local, online shop offering a finely curated collection of baby and children’s clothing and accessories ranging from 0 to 6 years. Combining a clean, chic style with a unique design twist, BlackBear™ brings together independent brands from near and far, with a handpicked selection of sustainable and ethically produced goods. Find BlackBear™ online, at local popup events, or contact owner, Emma, for an in-person shopping appointment in Shorewood!

Special offer for Miltownmoms readers: Save 15% on your first order with code miltownmoms15 at check out! Select free Local Pick Up at check out to save on shipping.

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PUMPHERO

Plan your pump while you're out and about. PumpHero is a mobile app that helps you find dozens of local places where you can pump in a comfortable, convenient, and safe place. No more pumping in cars & restrooms! Download PumpHero on the Apple App Store, Google Playstore.

 
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The folks at Superior Culinary Center love food. And their mission is to help you discover a love for cooking by using a variety of fun and exciting tools. They work with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, providing a range of services from cooking demonstrations to small group instruction. Whether you're a parent, a school administrator looking for a unique field trip, a leader in search of team building opportunities, or trying to find some new date night ideas, they have a culinary class or event that's right for you.

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We put together a full list for you to make it easy to find baking and cooking class for your kids and family.

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MAYFAIR FAMILY DENTISTRY

Wauwatosa

 

At Mayfair Family Dentistry, we strive to provide a comfortable, upbeat and fun experience for our guests. Our niche is providing dental treatment for children and adults that have special healthcare needs. What sets us aside is that we try to listen to our guests needs and balance that with what we see from the clinical aspect. Each guest is unique and we make sure this is the focus especially when treating our kiddos with special healthcare needs.

FEATURED KIDS HAIRCUT
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A Hair for Kids / Adult to Kids Salon Chair Rental LLC

Looking for a kid’s fun hair chair salon? This family salon specializes in kids 1st cuts packages with entertainment. Kids can take a spin in one of the fun hair chairs, and teens can play X Box video games. We also offer a full service salon for both Moms and Dads so your children can play with you next to them. Planning a birthday party filled with pampering spa services? We offer fun packages sure to fit any family budget from ala’carte to full service packages. Sit in side-by-side fun cute pedicure chairs or get a manicure with your BFF.

DAY TRIPS  
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EAST TROY RAILROAD MUSEUM & TRAIN RIDES

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 3pm (June - Sept)

 

Saturdays and Sundays only in May & October

 

$8 - Kids 3 to 14 | $12.50 - Adults | Free - Kids Under 3

Take 14-mile round trips from East Troy to Mukwonago, with a stop at the Elegant Farmer. Well-maintained historic trains let your kids experience the last electric interurban line in Wisconsin. Trains depart from our depot at 2002 Church Street in East Troy - 35 minutes southwest of Milwaukee on I-43. Gift shop, rest rooms and museum.

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Lake Geneva Canopy Tours offers family friendly outdoor adventure recreation on their 100-acre wooded property on the outskirts of beautiful Lake Geneva. The 9 zip-line canopy tour sends you soaring through the tree tops, along 5 sky bridges and 3 spiral staircases. The high ropes excursions offer 16 challenging elements built within a pine forest. Customized team building experiences help your group bond, overcome challenges and build skills. Plan a wonderful birthday party, family outing or unique bachelorette party. Just 45 minutes from Milwaukee, they offer family friendly fun and memories.  Check the website for age/weight guidelines.

Please use coupon code "miltownmoms10" for a $10 per person discount on a full Zip-line tour or "miltownmoms5" for $5 off per person on our High Ropes Excursions or Short Zip-line Tour.

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2001 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60195

Located just off I-90 in Schaumburg, Ill., Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is the only entertainment venue of its type in the Midwest. The experience beckons guests of all ages to be transported to a bygone era – an age of chivalry, where knights do battle atop valiant steeds for the favor of the royal court – and enjoy a four-course feast fit for a king. All ages are welcome, and guests are able to purchase tickets and participate in special events on the website.

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The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) is located in a 32,000-square-foot, contemporary wedge-shaped building on the bank of the Milwaukee River in downtown West Bend. MOWA provides a variety of innovative and diverse educational programs for all ages. When we say that we want everyone to have meaningful access to the arts, we mean it! Check out Studio Saturdays, Mini Masters, Junior Masters, Teen Masters, and more at wisconsinart.org.

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Travel back in time at this outdoor living history museum. Encounter the stories of immigrants who came to call Wisconsin Home.  Explore a bustling 19th century village, and come face to face with heritage animals at historic working farms. There is something for everyone at Old World Wisconsin.

 

•Ride an 1890s bicycle

•Help with family farm chores

•Lend a hand in the immigrant kitchens

•Stroll through heirloom gardens

•Play old-fashioned games

•Try heritage foods

•Festive Halloween & Christmas events

              

Located less than an hour from Milwaukee in the scenic Kettle Moraine forest.

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Find out why Bookworm Garden in Sheboygan will be one of your favorite day trips to take with your kids - and it's FREE!

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SEE ALL 50 MILWAUKEE DAY TRIPS FOR KIDS >

Want more ideas? Check out our entire list of Day Trips, including the Jelly Belly Factory, Bookworm Gardens , and Holy Hill .

 
FEATURED SCHOOLS & DAYCARES  
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CASA DE CORAZON

Casa de Corazón in Shorewood provides quality Spanish immersion child care that families turn to for their children’s first educational experiences. Casa de Corazón is an environment where curiosity thrives. We provide safe, encouraging, and educational child care services that parents trust to engage their children while they are at work. Through Spanish immersion curriculum, sustainable practices, and an emphasis on social responsibility, we prepare children for their future endeavors both inside and outside scholastic settings.

 

EBENEZER CHILD CARE

With locations in downtown Milwaukee, the south side of Milwaukee, Oak Creek, West Allis, and Wauwatosa, Ebenezer Child Care Centers provide quality, licensed early care and education programs, 3K, 4K, before- and after-school, and Summer Blast programs from the heart in a home-like atmosphere. They offer individualized, nurturing care and a structured curriculum that is virtues-based and focuses on all aspects of a child’s development: academic, physical, emotional, and social. All centers are NAC accredited and have a YoungStar 5-Star Rating. Both locations serve children 4 weeks to 12 years of age.

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SafeHouse Milwaukee is an exciting restaurant experience for kids. Enter via undercover entrance, and if you don't know the password, be prepared to complete an amusing spy clearance test. Once inside, the SafeHouse is fully packed with family fun, food, and missions. Junior spies will have their own special menu of kid friendly favorites. While they’re waiting for their food, agents-in-training are welcome to investigate the hidden wonders of this unique restaurant. Bring your loved ones out for the super-secret spy mission of a lifetime. But keep in mind, any intelligence found must remain top secret.

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See our full, updated listed of places where Kids Eat Free!

 
INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS
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(New Berlin, WI)

 

Come join us year-round to run, climb, ride, slide, and have a blast at our indoor playground. The Big Backyard brings the outdoors inside with huge play equipment, riding toys, balls, playhouses, infant toys, and more. We are also the perfect place to host parties and special events. Let us make your child’s party fun, easy, and one they won’t stop talking about. You will find the most appropriate ages for the indoor playground are children ages 0-8; however, we always welcome older children who come with their families.

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(Milwaukee, WI)

Bounce Milwaukee is Milwaukee's premier place for parties and play. With inflatables, laser tag, a rock wall, climbing structure, ball pit, air hockey, vintage games, pinball, and much more, Bounce specializes in bringing families together through play. Plus, they offer a full-service restaurant.

 

(Parents, don't miss the bar upstairs and massage chairs!)

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(Shorewood, WI)

 

Ideal for ages up to 6 years old, Milwaukee’s favorite play cafe offers indoor play and so much more.  Young kids will enjoy safe, creative play, while parents can relax with a drink from their espresso bar, enjoy free wifi, and snack on some delicious food options. It's a well-loved spot for birthday parties, children’s classes, and family events. Check out their calendar for the latest and greatest in upcoming events. This shoe-free (socks required) environment is a perfect spot for your family to enjoy year round!

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