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10 free events for kids in May

My youngest daughter’s name is Mae, and to me it means sunshine and light and lots of color. I hope you can enjoy some of these free events with your family this month. Thank you to our 2017 sponsors for allowing to spread the word about family-friendly fun in Milwaukee:

Aurora Health Care

East Troy Electric Railroad

Epic Family Chiropractic

Happy exploring,Calie


1. Free admission days

Don’t miss free admission at these Milwaukee area attractions this month, May 2017!Milwaukee Public Museum: Free on Thursday, May 4th for all visitors. Open 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Residents of Milwaukee County receive a $2.00 discount on general admission everyday with proof of residency.)

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Milwaukee Art Museum: Free to all visitors on Thursday, May 4th from 10:00-8:00. Find out about kid-friendly exhibits and activities here. The museum is always free for kids 12 and under!

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Betty Brinn Children’s Museum: Free to all visitors on Thursday, May 18th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. for Neighborhood Night. Join in for FREE admission, enjoy access to all of the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, and stop by our Be A Maker space to find tools, materials and techniques for endless ways to experiment and create.

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The Domes: All three domes are now open! Free admission to the Domes on Monday, May 1st, 8th, 16th & 22nd from 9:00-12:00 a.m. for all Milwaukee County Residents with proof of residency. There is no free admission on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.

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2. Milwaukee PBS Family Night

Enjoy Milwaukee PBS’ Family Night With Your Children! Pop the popcorn, gather the juice boxes and make a date for Family Night with your children. It’s easy with a little help from Milwaukee PBS KIDS.

Each Friday, Milwaukee PBS brings you special programming for your family. Between 6 pm and 8 pm, you can enjoy some of the PBS KIDS’ best programming including movie specials and themed programming. The Family Night specials will repeat again on Saturday and Sunday nights. You can find all the fun on Milwaukee PBS KIDS Channel 10.3 over the air or on Channel 975 on Spectrum.

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3. Family Nature Hike – Spring Birding

Saturday, May 6th

Havenwoods State Forest

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Spend an hour with a naturalist on a family friendly hike. Warblers, kingbirds, herons, and woodcocks are returning to Havenwoods. We’ll head out with binoculars and welcome them back. Wear boots or shoes that can get wet or muddy.

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4. Free Family Fun Day at the Wisconsin Quilt Museum

Sunday, May 7th

12:00 – 4:00

Come for a free day (thank you Kohler Foundation) to celebrate the brand new exhibit: Quilt National ’15! Quilt National are all award winning contemporary quilts. The entire day will be filled with free, fun, family-friendly games and activities. There will be a raffle, scavenger hunt, crafts, games, fiber crafts, curator tours, a community art project and artist videos explaining their works!

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5. Art in the City – Plein Air

May 11 – 17th

“From the Park” by Scott Hefti

Over 75 acclaimed artists will paint and compete for over $6,000 in prizes along the Milwaukee Museum Mile on the East Side. Last year’s inaugural event brought thousands to the Mile, showcasing some of the best painters from around the Midwest and exposing new audiences to our museums and to all the East Side has to offer.

Participating museums include Charles Allis Art Museum, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, North Point Lighthouse, MOWA at Saint John’s On The Lake, and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.

Event Schedule:May 11-17 – Artists paint along MMM, 8-5pm May 13 – Brady St. Quick Paint Competition, 8-5pm May 14 – Prospect/North Ave. Quick Paint Competition, 8-5pm May 18 – Art In The City Soirée May 19-21 – Public art sale at Saint John’s On The Lake

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Kids are welcome to interact with the artists throughout the event!

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6. Milwaukee Museum Mile Day

Sunday, May 14th

The five museums along the lake on Milwaukee’s East Side have been teaming up for several years, and Milwaukee Museum Mile Day is their annual opportunity to show why they’re such cultural assets to the community.

For one day only, entry into all five museums — Jewish Museum Milwaukee, MOWA at Saint John’s on the Lake, Charles Allis Art Museum, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and North Point Lighthouse — is offered at a free or reduced rate, with a free shuttle bus serving all the locations.

The museums are located within a comfortable walking distance of each other—along N. Prospect, N. Wahl and N. Terrace Avenues—and offer visitors the opportunity to discover Milwaukee’s history, architecture, arts and culture.

Each will have children’s art activities!

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7. Discover Turtles!

Saturday, May 13th and 20th

9:00 – 2:00

Havenwoods State Forest Nature Center

Drop in to meet some live turtles, make racing turtles, and turn a dollar into a turtle! Younger kids will enjoy the chance to pretend to be a turtle, On a sunny day, take a hike out to the ponds to look for turtles basking in the sun.

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8. Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Competition

Saturday, May 20th

1:30 – 5:00

BMO Harris Bradley Center

Free and Open to the public! Students from 45 Milwaukee area schools will perform in front of an audience of thousands of friends, family and community members, sharing the new salsa, tango, and swing dance steps they learned over the course of the Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom program.

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9. Fox & Branch Family Concert

Sunday, May 21st

Anodyne Coffee, 224 W Bruce St.

A Fox and Branch family show is all about audience participation. The kids get to sing, clap, dance and play rhythm instruments. Adults get to enjoy the music, clap and sing along. The music is fun and folksy, with international influences. Check out my review of one of their recent concerts.

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10. Cuban Day Street Festival

Sunday, May 21st

Enjoy live Latin music bands, a bouncy house, face painter and more. Free admission, streets between Mason and Wisconsin on Milwaukee Street closed off for festival.(Food & Drinks – $12 all you can each buffet and $7 Mojitos provided by Cubanitas)

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