Welcome to the weekend! Here are our top five picks for kids and families happening around Milwaukee this weekend. You can find this on the Weekend Guide page, too. It's updated every Wednesday.
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Featured Event: Train and Trolley Rides from the East Troy Railroad Museum
Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm
$8 - Kids 3 to 14 | $12.50 - Adults | Free - Kids Under 3
Take a 14-mile round trip from East Troy to Mukwonago, with a stop at the Elegant Farmer. Well-maintained historic rail cars let you experience rail travel like it was 100 years ago, on the last segment of electric interurban line in Wisconsin. Trains depart hourly from our historic depot at 2002 Church Street in East Troy - 35 minutes southwest of Milwaukee on I-43. Gift shop, rest rooms and museum.
#1. Ghosts Under Glass at the Domes
Friday, October 27th
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$8 per person; ages Two and Under free; Membership passes and coupons do not apply for this event.
Kids enjoy safe indoor trick or treating, a Halloween Carnival with games and prizes, a tour of the haunted Tropical Dome of Doom, Balloon Twisters, light shows in the Show Dome, Halloween crafts, and much more. Each child will receive a starter bag of trick or treat candy. New this year - the Desert Dome will be filled with cheerful candlelight, orange marigolds, and colorful decorations for Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. While this Mexican celebration occurs around the same time of year as Halloween, it is a completely different holiday with rich symbolism and traditions that appeal to people young and old. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Zilli’s Hospitality Group.
#2. Not-so-scary Halloween at Betty Brinn Children's Museum
October 27 & 28 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate the fall season with plenty of Halloween fun created especially for young children at the Museum’s popular Not-So Scary Halloween presented by Sendik’s Food Markets. Receive goodies at Treat Stops (with or without a costume!), and enjoy spooktacular activities and fun throughout the Museum. The event is free for Museum members and free with regular paid admission for non-members.
Visit Sendik’s Food Markets to purchase select products from our sponsors, Breadsmith, Fyffes, Kemps and Sargento, then show your receipt at the Museum to receive one FREE admission to the Not-So-Scary Halloween. One admission per product.
#3. Litte Monsters Mash at Kith and Kin
Saturday, October 28th
10:30 - 12:30
Kith and Kin (1932 E. Park pl., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211)
The Little Monsters Mash will feature take-home magic potions with a beloved Wizard, crafting some fun halloween crafts, painting monster faces, feeling for ooey-gooey tricks, reading spooky stories, and eating lots of treats! Tickets required, best suited for ages 0-6.
#4. See "The Book of Life" for free at Marcus Theaters
Participating Marcus Theatres
The Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series is back at participating Marcus Theatres this October, presented by American Family Insurance. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m., families can see not-so-scary monster movies for just $3.00 a ticket. Or, you can print out free passes online ahead of time. You can also pick up free passes from participating American Family Insurance Agents.
October 27-29: The Book of Life
Participating theaters include:
Hillside Cinema in Delafield
Majestic Cinema of Brookfield
Menomonee Falls Cinema
North Shore Cinema
South Shore Cinema
#5. Fox & Branch concert at Anodyne Coffee (Free!)
Sunday, October 29th
Everyone has fun at a Fox & Branch show, and the folk duo's main focus is performing for children and families. Dave Fox and Will Branch create fun and high spirits wherever they play. Audience members are invited to sing along, to dance, and to come onstage to try their hand at the washboard and other musical instruments. Anchored in American roots music, the duo also plays traditional music from other countries around the world.
Kids Eat Free this weekend at Cafe Hollander, Cafe Central, & Cafe Bavaria
If you need to fuel up before or after Trick-or-Treating this year, head to any Cafe Hollander location, Cafe Centraal or Cafe Bavaria, where kids 12 and under who show up in costume will receive free kids meal with any adult entrée purchase. Dine-in only, and limit four kids meals per party.
You can redeem this offer at the following location during the following times:
Cafe Bavaria: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Cafe Centraal: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Cafe Hollander Tosa: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cafe Hollander Downer: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cafe Hollander Mequon: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Cafe Hollander Brookfield: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cafe Hollander Hilldale: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Live theater performances for kids this weekend
"Spookley the Square Pumpkin" (Ages 3 - 7)
At the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center Saturdays and Sundays through October 29th
Spookley the Square Pumpkin is teased by the other pumpkins because of his odd shape. His new friends – three hilarious spiders named Edgar, Allan and Poe – try to convince Spookley that square or not, he has a right to be the Pick of the Patch on Halloween. Spookley isn’t sure he has what it takes until a mighty storm threatens to destroy the entire patch, sending the round pumpkins rolling towards the raging river. Just in time for Halloween, Spookley – the Official Spokes-Pumpkin for National Bullying Prevention Month as recognized by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center – teaches us there are times it is better to be square. Suggested for families with young people ages 3 – 7+
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (ages 6 - 16+)
Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
October 6th - November 5th
Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Cheer on the devoted father and eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, and his children, Jemima and Jeremy, as they plot to rescue Grandpa Potts and the children of Vulgaria from the dastardly Baron Bomburst. Based on the beloved 1968 film based on Ian Fleming's children's book and featuring an unforgettable score, this is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find "Truly Scrumptious."
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" in concert, live to film
The Riverside Theater
Saturday, October 28 • Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM
Sunday, October 29 • Doors at 1PM / Show at 2PM
Just in time for Halloween, one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films will be projected on the big screen at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater. Accompanied by Danny Elfman’s enigmatic score performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, this will be an extraordinary Halloween event not to be missed!
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