Dear readers, I hope you're enjoying this beautiful summer with your kids. We've been staying busy with baseball games, sprinklers, smoothies, and a lot of "Sophia the First" if I'm being honest.
There are so many fun features coming up this month on MiltownMoms.com, including our visit to the East Troy Railroad and a Kid's Guide to the Milwaukee Riverwalk.
Please continue to send your feedback to me so I can continue to improve the site and make it as useful as possible for you.
1. Free admission days
Don't miss free admission at these Milwaukee area attractions this month! Milwaukee Public Museum: Free on Thursday, July 6th 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.)
Milwaukee Art Museum: Free to all visitors on Thursday, July 6th from 10:00-8:00. Find out about kid-friendly exhibits and activities here. The museum is always free for kids 12 and under!
Betty Brinn Children's Museum: Free to all visitors on Thursday, July 20th 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.
The Domes: All three domes are now open! Free admission to the Domes on Monday, July 3rd, July 10th, July 17th, July 24th and July 31st for all Milwaukee County Residents with proof of residency.
2. Summerfest free admission specials
Kohl's Family Day
Sunday, July 2nd from noon - 3:00 (while supplies last)
The first 2,500 patrons who donate 3 nutritious non-perishable food items will receive 1 FREE admission ticket, valid for the day of the promotion only.
(Suggested items include canned chicken or tuna, fruits canned in 100% juice and low sodium vegetables. All donations benefit Hunger Task Force.)
Sentry Foods and Dean's Milk & Ice Cream Children's Fest Day with Today's TMJ4
Tuesday, July 5 • noon – 3pm
All patrons arriving between noon – 3:00 pm will be admitted FREE! Spend a fun-filled day with the family enjoying Children’s Fest activities including the Map of Fun and the Family Ticket Package drawing. Select food vendors will even be offering discounts on food and beverage items.
Northwestern Mutual "Make a child Smile" Day
Saturday, July 8 • noon – 3pm (while supplies last)
The first 1,500 patrons who donate new or gently used children’s books (preferably picture books and early readers for children birth through age 10) with a $10 minimum value will receive 1 FREE admission ticket, valid for the day and time of the promotion only. All books collected will be donated to The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.
3. Kidz Days at the Marcus Center
KidZ Days At the Center offers free programming for children throughout the summer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. It is held outdoors on KidZ Stage. This community service provides live performing arts that incorporates an educational component and encourages interactive participation.
Presenters include First Stage,the Milwaukee Public Library, special guest performers such as TrueSkool Breakdancers, WI Conservatory of Music, and The Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team, and cultural presenters representing Native American, African, Asian, Hispanic, Indian and some European countries.
There are no tickets or reservations required to attend any of the KidZ Days At the Center programs. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
4. Fox & Branch Free Show for Kids
Monday, July 10th
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 15th
Bastille Days in Cathedral Square
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.
5. South Shore Frolics
July 14 - 16
At South Shore Frolics, each night of the festival is capped with a firework show. The festival, dubbed one of Milwaukee’s oldest, includes a car show, art, live music, a fish fry and games for the kids.
6. Bastille Days
July 13-16, 2017
Milwaukee’s popular French festival and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations attracts over 250,000 visitors annually who enjoy live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows.
Kids' and Family Day is Saturday, July 16th starting at 10:00 a.m. Activities this year will include mini ballet classes & autograph signings with Milwaukee Ballet, and a Fox & Branch concert.
7. Milwaukee Air & Water Show
Milwaukee's lakefront will be roaring with special aircrafts during the Air & Water Show, and it's free to watch from afar! The Blue Angels will be there! (You can also buy tickets for front row center seats.)
8. Family Fun Day at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts
Sunday, July 16th
Enjoy a free family day at the Quilt Museum in Cedarburg. The museum will be celebrating the start of two very different exhibits; Lace: Works of Adornment and In Death. Join in for a free event that all ages can participate in including fiber crafts, lace demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, raffle, tours from the curator, community art projects and More! This event is sponsored by the Kohler Foundation.
9. Waterford Balloonfest
Watch hot air balloons take flight, and enjoy family-friendly activities at this free festival in Waterford. There will be bouncy houses, tethered balloon rides, balloon launches, a balloon night glow, fairy princess meet and greet, and Brewers sausages meet and greet.
10. Milwaukee Ballet Performance
Friday, July 21st
As part of their community outreach initiative, Ballet Beat, the Milwaukee Ballet will be giving a free performance!
11. Brady Street Festival
Saturday, July 29th
Brady Street will be rocking with four stages packed with live entertainment, including some local bands. For kids, visit the Kohls Color Wheels Art Station and Adventure Rock Climbing Wall.
12. Free admission specials to German Fest
Enjoy German cuisine, brewing contests, folk instruments, organs, "tracht" clothing, and more! For kids, there will be make and take crafts, a t-shirt tent, bouncy houses, Milwaukee Bucks demos and activities, youth sports activities, a Children's Fairy Tale Parade, and more!
Kids under 12 always free!
Friday - $3.00 admission
Sunday July 30th – Free admission from 11:30 am – Noon at the South Gate only
Sunday, July 30th – Bring three non-perishable food items to support the Hunger Task Force and receive FREE ADMISSION Sunday from 12-3pm at the South Gate only.
Free Admission for Active Military Personnel All Day, Any Day
13. Art & Chalk Fest
Saturday, July 29th & Sunday, July 30
Museum of Wisconsin Art (West Bend)
Join the fun for an outdoor juried fine arts and crafts festival to be held on the Museum of Wisconsin Art's new cultural campus. The festival will offer 60 artist vendors, music, food, face painting, art projects, a kids’ chalk contest, and live street chalking by professional chalk artists.
14. Enchanted Evening in the Gardens
Sunday, July 30th
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Boerner Botanical gardens
Spend an Enchanted Evening with the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens! Discover fairies in the flower beds and magic around every corner in this very special free event in the gardens. Children and parents will enjoy whimsical crafts, engaging entertainment, and fun games all evening long. Visitors are welcome to dress as a favorite fairytale character and join the fun. Firefly catch-and-release at 8:30pm!