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8 things to do with kids this weekend

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Family Free Milwaukee Heritage Day

Saturday, February 17th

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Milwaukee county Historical Society​ (910 N. Old world Third St.)

​Start your day off with a mommy and me yoga session, take a selfie with the first Mayor of Milwaukee, Solomon Juneau, join in a game of Ping Pong in front of our vault, play giant blowup bowling, or test your sports knowledge with our interactive quiz or scavenger hunt.

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“Let’s play in the snow” event (Free!)

Saturday, February 17th

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Lakeshore State Park

​Come down to Lakeshore State Park and make snow sculptures and snow castles, and paint the snow in the big lawn area in the middle of the park (it’s the area that is connected to the pebble beach). They’ll have some ‘sand castle’ molds and spray bottles of ‘paint’ to decorate your creations with. Dress warm, and snow pants are recommended. This event is for ALL ages!

Let them know you are coming by clicking on ‘Going’ on the event page: Meet in the big lawn area, and while you’re walking up you can look out for fox tracks in the snow. As always, free parking is available at the south entrance (follow Erie St. behind Summerfest’s American Family Amphitheater), and there is limited free parking from the north entrance off of Harbor Dr and Clybourn St.

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“A Busy Bee” – Florentine Opera Performance

Saturday, February 17 from 10:00am – 11:00am

Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park (1500 E Park Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53211)

Explore the world of pollinators in a fun, family-friendly opera. “A Busy Bee” is composed by Ruben Piirainen and is based off of the book by SHARP Literacy. It tells the story of Bella the honeybee who is trying to find her place in the hive. With the help of her friends Miguel, Sophia, and Buzz: Bella learns the important life lesson of never giving up. Pay what you can at the door.

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Hootenanny at Schlitz Audubon

Saturday, February 17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (1111 E Brown Deer Rd, Bayside, WI 53217)

We plan on heating up the night with our very first hootenanny! Bring the whole family to groove on the dance floor to live music. Professional barn dance caller Patricia Lynch will teach some easy dance steps, or you can just tap your toes and enjoy the music of Frogwater. We will have snacks and a “who’s who” of owls here, too. Join us – we’ll have a hoot! This event is wheelchair accessible. Registration is required. To register call 414-352-2880 x0.

M: Youth $5 | Adult $10NM: Youth $10 | Adult $15

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Winter Wonderland at Hoyt Park

Sunday, February 18th

Hoyt Park (Wauwatosa)

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool invite you to embrace the winter season and its beauty at our annual Winter Wonderland event. It will include winter-themed activities for children in the historic Grand Hall, as well as a winter woods walk through the surrounding park and landscaped pool area led by staff member and horticulturalist Michael Kreuser. The event is free, and no reservations are needed. Food items, including hot dogs, brats, pizza and beer garden pretzels, will be available for purchase from The Landing at Hoyt Park. Beverages for purchase include hot chocolate and several adult beverages on The Landing’s menu. We also will be roasting marshmallows for s’mores on the warm Grand Hall fire. Learn about nature’s winter beauty, and enjoy the cozy atmosphere in front of the fireplace in the Grand Hall at Hoyt Park!

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Pop-up Nature at Wehr Nature Center: Animal Clues

Sunday, February 18 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W College Ave, Franklin, WI 53132

Pop-Up Nature: Animal Clues Want to explore nature with your children but don’t know how to get started? Stop in for a “pop-up” program with a nature expert to get your adventure on! There will be a naturalist led activity from 1-1:30, followed by self-guided activities you can enjoy with your family. This month, join a naturalist to learn how to look for animal clues, createan animal track notebook, and then go on a self-guided walk to look for tracks, signs, and scat! $5 per family, plus parking fee. No pre-registration is required.

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Wiscon-Sing! Family Concert at the Gardens

Sunday, February 18

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Boerner Botanical Gardens Education & Visitor Center: 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, 53130

$5/person suggested donation

A fun, educational, interactive musical journey through Wisconsin’s history and heritage with folk musician David HB Drake! The concert features handmade and historic instruments, including Indian courting flute, mountain banjo, dulcimer, & concertina. This concert was recently featured on Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Life program. Learn more about it and see a behind-the-scenes preview here.

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“The Sleeping Beauty” (5k – 5th grade)

Feb 17 – 25, 2018

2:00 p.m.

Cardinal Stritch University (6801 N Yates Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53217)

You’ve been invited to the christening of the royal miracle baby, but beware the forgotten faerie who casts a deathly spell and threatens to ruin it all. A mysterious fool wanders into Once Upon a Time to tell this story extraordinary and meets enchanted flower faeries to help him on his journey. Can overprotective parents keep the Princess safely sheltered inside the castle walls? Or, will curiosity, adventure and the pursuit of a good story of prevail over thorny troubles (even if it takes 100 years) in this vibrant, imaginative retelling of The Sleeping Beauty.​

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