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7 must-do events for families in August

1. Kid-friendly concerts

Head to Wonderful Wednesdays at Lake Park for concerts tailored specifically toward children. Concerts start at 6:30 and run through Wednesday, August 17th.

Or check out Chill on the Hill every Tuesday in beautiful Humboldt Park in Bay View. There are always tons of families there and great energy at the bandshell.

2. Visit the fair

The Wisconsin State Fair is officially open, and there are lots of options for family entertainment that are totally free once you’re inside the fairgrounds.

Kohl’s Family Value Day is Monday, August 8th. All fairgoers enjoy discounted admission from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Adults will receive admission for only $5 (a $7 savings), and youth 11 and under will receive FREE admission (a $6 savings).

The Kohl’s Activity Zone for kids and families is open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily and will be located on South Grandstand Avenue. It will include Kohl’s Color Wheels, Kohl’s Design It! Mobile Lab, Kohl’s Wild Theater, and more.

Check out our Guide to the Fair for Kids & Families.

3. Celebrate National Lighthouse Day

Visit one of Milwaukee’s coolest landmarks and learn about the history of North Point Lighthouse. Enjoy family activities, explore Great Lakes exhibits, and climb the tower for a spectacular view of Lake Park, the lake and city. Regular admission rates apply. Find out more.

4. Be Irish for a day

Irish Fest returns to the Summerfest Grounds August 18-21. There are lots of kid-friendly activities including the Family Passport, parades, Leprechaun Village and a special children’s area. Get free admission Sunday before 11:00 a.m. with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Children 12 and under are totally free. Find out more.

5. The Compassion Experience

This kid-friendly, interactive experience is coming to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Muskego August 26-29. A self-guided tour will immerse visitors in the lives of two children living in Uganda and Bolivia. Through the use of an iPod, a headset and over 2,000 square feet of interactive space, visitors will see the children’s homes, walk through schools and markets, and hear life-changing stories of hope—all from the perspective of a child whose life began in poverty.

This free event is appropriate for all ages and is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has never had the chance to travel outside the U.S. to get a small glimpse of what life can be like in developing countries. You can make a reservation, but walk-ins are welcome. Find out more.

6. Snooze at the Zoo

Camp out at the zoo! Each night features a movie, kid-friendly activities, s’mores around a group campfire (sponsored by The Sleep Wellness Institute), and a buffet dinner. The next morning, enjoy breakfast and a day at the Zoo! This ZSM fundraiser is a fun, safe camping experience for families (especially for first-time campers) and youth groups such as Girl and Boy Scouts. It’s the only time each year when the general public can camp at the Zoo. Find out more.

7. Catch a free family movie

Soak up the last of summer with a free, outdoor family movie. Check out Peck Flicks for old-school favorites like Jumanji. You can check out Veterans Park Family Flicks and Humboldt Park’s Film on the Hill.

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