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7 Must-do events for kids in May

May is finally here! Here are some must-do events for kids this month:

1. Streets of Old Milwaukee Alive!

Friday, May 6 – Saturday, May 7th

Milwaukee Public Museum

Experience the Streets as never before during this event, where you get the chance to talk to costumed interpreters explaining the lives of residents of Streets in 1910. Be even further immersed into Milwaukee’s past as you visit with history curators and discover real artifacts not usually on display.

2. The Compassion Experience

Saturday, May 6-9th

First Immanuel Church in Cedarburg

This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic.

In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope.

3. Member Swap Day

Sunday, May 8th

Members of participating museums can enjoy free admission at all of the participating museums on Member Swap Day. As a current member, enjoy free reciprocal admission to:

  • Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
  • Charles Allis Art Museum
  • Grohmann Museum
  • Harley Davidson Museum
  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Pabst Mansion
  • Villa Terrace Art Museum

4. Princess Day at Next Act Theater

Saturday, May 14th

Join the Danceworks Performance Company’s Saturday matinee of The Quest dressed as your favorite princess or hero. Make your own magical memories! Kids are invited to come to the show dressed up in the princess or hero costumes. All youth dressed up at Saturday’s matinee performance will receive a special treat and an enchanting photo opportunity with The Quest’s princess after the show!

5. Cuban Day Street Celebration

Saturday, May 21st

There will be dancing in the streets this Saturday, May 21st from 11 AM to 5 PM. Live music, food at Cubainitas, and fun for the whole family. No fee for admission!

6. Family Sunday at the Art Museum

Sunday, May 15th

Investigate art that is meant to be used. Design your own chair, sculpt a vessel out of clay, and more!

7. Free Deck Tours on the SV Denis Sullivan

Saturday, May 28th


Kick off your summer just a bit early by celebrating the return of Discovery World’s tall ship, the S/V Denis Sullivan! Take a FREE deck tour, and explore the world’s only three-masted, Great Lakes schooner without leaving the dock. Meet the incredible crew, learn how the ship works, explore changes in sailing technology, and experience Milwaukee’s rich maritime history.

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