Epic winter weekend ahead for Milwaukee families January 24th-25th


It may be the middle of a dreary Wisconsin winter, but you'd never know it by perusing our Family Fun Calendar and seeing all of the kid-friendly events happening this weekend. Here are five that you won't want to miss.

1.) Winterfest at the Urban Ecology Center: Saturday from 12:00-4:00, check out a sled dog demonstration, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing and more! Warm up with food and beverages. There's even a "Winterfest for Afternoon Nappers" earlier in the day for very young children.

2.) Free admission for all at the Milwaukee Public Museum:

Fox 6 and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation are giving monthly gifts to the community to celebrate GMF's 100 year anniversary. January’s gift to the community is an all-access, free weekend at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Saturday, January 24th and Sunday, January 25th. The Milwaukee Public Museum will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. No reservations are required and all guests are welcome, regardless of county of residence. Features of this special weekend include free general admission for all visitors at Milwaukee Public Museum, free admission to all shows at the Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium, all visitors named “members for a day” receiving discounts on food, beverages and gifts, storytellers in period dress interacting with visitors on the Streets of Old Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Public Museum educators engaging guests throughout the exhibit floors.

3.) Winterfest at Boerner Botanical Gardens: On Sunday from 10:00-2:00, enjoy a Winter Woods Walk through Boerner's forest with a nature expert, an indoor kid's area with winter-themed events and crafts led by staff of the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, hot dogs, chili, and hot drinks.

Admission to the Winter Woods Walk is $5 per person; free for children 5 and younger. Admission to the children's crafts and activities area is $6 per child. Children of Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens members pay $4; children 3 and younger get in free.

4.) Winter Carnival at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: This totally free event on Sunday from 12:00-4:00 features snowshoeing, cookie decorating, live animals, indoor preschool playspace, ice skating on Mystery Lake (b.y.o. skates), horse drawn sleigh rides, s’mores, sledding, Food Truck: Gouda Girls, Ice Cano Hikes to Lake Michigan, Animal Tracks and Traces Hikes, live Owl Raptor Program, Fox and Branch family music show, and the Door County Sled Dogs team (all rescued dogs!).

5.) Winter Tales by the Fire at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: See the Florentine Opera's Goldie B. Locks & the Three Singing Bears, one of the most beloved tales of all time comes to life before your eyes. Tickets are $7.00 (Call the Box Office at 262-781-9520 to reserve your tickets!)

How to choose? What will you be up to this weekend?


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