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7 must-do family events in April

Spring has arrived! Venture out and explore all that Milwaukee has to offer for families this month.

Here are some highlights from our Event Calendar:

1. Ella Enchanted (ages 6 and up)

April 1 – May 1, 2016

Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater (929 N. Water St.)

First Stage presents a musical, magical fairy tale with the world premiere of Ella Enchanted. At birth, Ella of Frell was given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy. She must obey any order given to her, whether it’s hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head! Unwilling to accept her fate, strong-willed Ella embarks on a quest to reverse this curse, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and a handsome prince along the way. Your family will experience a fairy tale like no other in this world premiere musical adventure. For everyone ages 6 and up.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Marcus Center box office at 929 N. Water Street, by phone at (414) 273-7206 or online at

2. Last day of Milwaukee County Winter Farmer’s Market

Saturday, April 9th

Greenhouse at Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)

Free admission and free parking

The last day of the fabulous Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market will be Saturday, April 9th The best of local foods from farms and businesses across Southeast Wisconsin gather from 9:00am-12:30pm. Admission is free, and there’s free parking. There s a children’s story time around 10:00 a.m. The market is open despite the Domes’ closure to the public!

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3. Wizard of Oz at Avalon Theater

Saturday, April 9th

10:30 a.m.

Avalon Theater (2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.)

The Wizard of Oz (1939) will be showing at the Avalon Theater with their new Second Saturday Classic Series. The 2nd Saturday of every month with feature a morning brunch screening of a classic film.

The $15.00 brunch package includes admission, breakfast sausage, mimosa and mixed pastries. $5.00 general admission is also available.

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4. Spring Fishing Clinics for Kids (Free!)

Saturday, April 9th

9:00 – 3:00

11 Milwaukee County Parks

Members of local fishing clubs will teach children the basics of fishing at the 32nd Annual Spring Fishing Clinics for Kids, Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., at 11 Milwaukee County Parks.

Children age 15 and under are invited to the hands-on clinics featuring knot tying, safe use of fishing equipment, and instruction on proper fishing techniques.

Parks hosting clinics are the following:

Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Road

Dineen Park, 6901 W. Vienna St.

Grant–Oak Creek, Mill Pond on Oak Creek Pkwy.

Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124 St.

Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave.

McCarty Park, 8214 W. Cleveland Ave.

McGovern Park, 5400 N. 51 St. (wheelchair accessible)

Mitchell Park, 524 S. Layton Blvd.

Scout Lake Park, 5902 W. Loomis Rd. (wheelchair accessible); Sheridan Park, 4800 S. Lake Drive

Washington, 1859 N. 40 St. (wheelchair accessible)

Wilson Park, 1601 W. Howard Ave.

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5. Parent’s Night Out at Bounce Milwaukee

Saturday, April 9th

6:00-9:00 p.m.Bounce Milwaukee (2801 S. 5th Ct.)

It’s not babysitting; it’s better. The second Saturday of every month, drop your kids off any time after 6:00 p.m., and pick them up again any time before 9:00 p.m. Your kids get supervision (and fun!) provided by Bounce Milwaukee’s staff (often including certified teachers) – unlimited access to rock climbing, laser tag, obstacle courses, our inflatable sports arena, and small group games. They also get your choice of entree (wrap, pizza, or salad), beverage (soda, juice, water or milk), side (tots, salad or fruit cup) and dessert (a cookie, brownie, fruit or Purple Door ice cream).You get to do what adults do when kids aren’t around. You can add-on extras like movie or show tickets, gift certificates to local, independently owned restaurants, or more. We’ve even had parents have their date here in our upstairs mezzanine – that works, too!Pre-registration (below) is required.

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6. Okee Dokee Brothers (all ages!)

Sunday, April 10th

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Wilson Center for the Arts (Brookfield)

This kid-friendly, Grammy Award-winning folk duo from Denver, CO will be performing at the Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield on Sunday, April 10th from 2:00-3:30.

This is truly a family-friendly performance for all ages. It will be approximately 80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission. The three-time Parent’s Choice Award winners have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters.”

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7. Signs of Spring Family Hike (Free!)

Saturday, April 16th

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Join the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee for a family nature hike. Hike and search for skunk cabbage, migratory birds, bursting buds, and other signs of spring. You’ll also create a spring-themed craft to celebrate the season. There will be free transportation to and from Neighborhood House of Milwaukee (2819 W. Richardson Place) to their 93 acre nature center. Bus departs at 9:30 am and will return at 2:30 pm. Please bring a lunch. Please register with Tasha at 414-933-6161.

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