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10 free events for kids in October

Happy October! Here are some fun ways to spend time with your family around Milwaukee without spending a dime.


1. Free admission days


Milwaukee Public Museum: Free on Thursday, October 5th for all visitors. Open 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Residents of Milwaukee County receive a $2.00 discount on general admission everyday with proof of residency.)

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Milwaukee Art Museum: Free to all visitors on Thursday, October 5th from 10:00-8:00. Find out about kid-friendly exhibits and activities here. The museum is always free for kids 12 and under!

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Betty Brinn Children’s Museum: Free to all visitors on Thursday, October 19th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. for Neighborhood Night. Join in for FREE admission, enjoy access to all of the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, and stop by our Be A Maker space to find tools, materials and techniques for endless ways to experiment and create. The Museum will celebrate the Muskego Way, Amani and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods in October, November and December with special entertainment and resource booths hosted by community agencies and organizations.

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The Domes: All three domes are now open! Free admission to the Domes on Monday, October 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 23rd and 30th for all Milwaukee County Residents with proof of residency. 

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Family Free Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Saturday, October 7th

All visitors receive free admission, but the parking fees stay in effect.

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2. Day of the Dead Art Workshop

9:00 – 3:00

Sunday, October 1st

Walker Square Park 1011 W. Washington St.

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Presented by Milwaukee Art Museum at Walker Square Farmers’ Market. Join in to create free art projects to prepare for Milwaukee’s Day of the Dead Festival! 



3. Aromatherapy for kids

Sunday, October 1st

Zen Gen Yoga, 2723 N Downer Ave. Milwaukee

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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How can aromatherapy promote a child’s natural health? Join Mira Binzen – RYT 500, CCYT, and owner of Global Family Yoga – to learn about the numerous benefits and specific guidelines for safe use of the pure, potent plant power found in essential oils. This class is interactive and FREE for the whole family (pun intended).


4. Apple Fest at New Berlin Historical Park

Sunday, October 1st

19765 W. National Ave.

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Crank the corn sheller, grind and press apples for cider, ride the orchard barrel train, square dance in the barn, purchase heirloom apples from Westin’s Antique Apple Orchard, pumpkins, squash, cornstalks, and honey from the beekeeper. Plus, tour the pioneer-era homes and buildings in New Berlin Historical Park!



5. Thiensville Apple Fest

Sunday, October 1st

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Enjoy a charming small town atmosphere in a beautiful park on the shores of the Milwaukee River. Applefest will feature live music by the Squeezettes, along with vendors of fresh apples and apple cider, as well as other fall treats and crafts. This is a family friendly event highlighted by hay rides, a performance by Kohl’s Wild Theatre, an apple pie baking contest, coloring contest, polka contest, big wheel racing, and face painting. Applefest will feature delicious apple brats along with apple pies and other food and beverages. Note: There is no Packer game on that Sunday!



6. Piala’s Annual Fall Festival

October 7th, 9am-5pm & October 8th, 10am-4pm


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Come enjoy a bouncy house, giant slide and games, free for young & old! There will also be live music, local artisans, hot food and beverages. Plus, you can visit the resident animals and Peacock Palace There will be exclusive, festival-only plants specials. While you’re here, you can pick a pumpkin, squash or gourds, and carve a pumpkin!



7. Go Discover Changing Seasons

Saturday, October 14th

Drop in between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N Hopkins St, Milwaukee, WI 53209, USA

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Big changes are coming to Havenwoods! How do we prepare? How do critters and plants at Havenwoods prepare for winter? Drop in to explore the signs and discover these changes. Not just what we feel (brrrrr), but what we hear and see too! 



8. *Family Playtime: Make & Take Workshop Series

Every October 14th an 28th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Aurora Family Service, 3200 W. Highland Blvd. in Sallie’s Room

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Create a new artproject each week to enjoy and take home. The program is run by Katie O’Connor, MS, LPC, ATR, MFT-IT, Registered Art Therapist and Marriage and Family Therapist.



9. Milwaukee Babywearers Meet-up

Friday, October 27th

Well-Rounded Maternity Center (2455 S. Howell Ave.)

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Have questions on a carrier you own? Don’t know what type of carrier you should get? Just need some time out of the house with your little one? This is the perfect event for you! Moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers and kids of all ages are welcome to this event.This Meetup is a combination of a social gathering and our learning library. The “B” Learning Library will be available for trying carriers. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions, show carriers/carries, and help adjust fit as needed.On the 4th Fridays of the month from 2 – 4 pm!



10. There’s more! All *starred events* on our calendar are free.

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