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9 things to do in Milwaukee before summer ends

The kids are heading back to school soon, but here are nine fun ways to soak up summer before that day arrives!

1. Take advantage of free family festivals

Check out the Lake Moon Festival at Concordia’s Lake Michigan bluff on Saturday, August 8th. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through the beautiful grounds, live music, bird house making, fireworks and more. The festival starts at 4:00 p.m., and Willy Porter performs at 8:00 p.m.!

IndiaFest in Humboldt Park is also free on Saturday, August 15th. Enjoy traditional dance, music and the best Indian food in Milwaukee.

2. Meet “Paw Patrol” at the State Fair

Meet your child’s favorite “Paw Patrol” characters at State Fair Friday, August 7th – Sunday, August 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Or, just eat a cream puff!

3. Visit a truly unique playground

We’ve rounded up a list of four truly unique playgrounds. Imagination Station in Oconomowoc and Possibility Playground in Port Washington are build to be accessible and stimulating for children of all abilities. Both are quite large, fenced in, and feature sensory stations, accessible swings, wheelchair ramps, and more.

Swing Park, on the east end of the Marsupial Bridge started as a few “guerilla” artists and engineers hanging swings under the bridge at night, without city approval. The project gradually progressed as more and more people visited and fell in love with the space. Though not an “official” playground, the urban public space remains there today, offering swings for all who love to swing – and who doesn’t?

4. Switch up your beach scene

Did you know there are nine public beaches in Milwaukee county along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan? Why not explore a new one?

5. Explore Milwaukee by canoe

Look at the city’s history from a different perspective… by canoe! The Urban Ecology Center invites you to discover the history of downtown Milwaukee as well as explore ecological issues facing the river today. Meet at the Milwaukee Rowing Club Boathouse (1990 N Commerce St.).

6. Brush up on your golf game

Kettle Hills in Richfield offers Family Golf Day every Sunday for ages 3 and up. Participate in any of the following activities: up to 9 holes of golf on the Rolling Nine, Unlimited Range Balls, Putting Green with Games, and SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf) on the Practice Hole (ages 3+).

7. Visit the traveling beer garden

The Traveling Beer Garden is run by Milwaukee County Parks staff. All the revenue collected goes back into improving the parks across Milwaukee County. It features converted fire trucks, craft beer, gourmet sodas, Hard Root Beer, Hard Ginger Beer, and other refreshments from Sprecher Brewing, Co., Inc. In addition, great food is also available from Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub.

And, yes, the traveling beer garden is family-friendly!

8. Explore nature for free

Go on a free family nature hike at Havenwoods State Forest, check out Saturdays in the Garden with the Neighborhood House, explore Milwaukee Neighborhoods with Visit Milwaukee’s Geocaching Tour, or search for a letterbox in a mysterious location.

9. Take a book, leave a book at a Little Free Library

Who doesn’t love Little Free Libraries? They are so darn cute and fun.

Find one near you, and search for a gem with your kids!

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