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16 *free* events for kids and families in May

Here are some family-friendly events that are totally *FREE* around Milwaukee this month!

1. Spring Children’s Book Fair

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00am – 4:00pm

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

Free (donations appreciated)


Join us at this NEW event and discover books that will teach kids about key environmental issues and inspire them to find ways they can get involved in activities that make the world a better place. This one-day event will include a broad selections of books for sale, author talks, and in-person book signings.

2. Family Outing to Kohler Arts Center / Kohler Andrae State Park (Ages 5 and up)

Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9:45 am. – 4:30 p.m.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee (2819 W Richardson Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53208)

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Enjoy a guided tour at the Center, followed by a hike at Kohler Andrae State Park. Children ages 5+. Bus leaves from Neighborhood House. (2819 W. RICHARDSON PL.) Please pack a lunch. To register please call 414-933-6161 xt. 142

3. Milwaukee Museum Mile Day

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Various Museums

All five locations offer free/reduced admission, free guided tours, some offer refreshments (while supplies last), kid’s activities and raffles at each museum. Free Shuttle and Parking – Bus runs continuously every half hour between all museums beginning at 11am from Saint John’s On The Lake and ending at 4pm.

Free Admission:

Charles Allis Art Museum

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Saint John’s On The Lake

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Reduced Admission: North Point Lighthouse Museum: Ages 12+, $5 • Under 12 & Seniors 65+, FREE

4. Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom (all ages!)

Saturday, May 19 from 9:30am – 2:00pm

BMO Harris Bradley Center (1001 N 4th St, Milwaukee, WI 53203)

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Free & open to the public!


You’re invited to the Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Dance Competition! Come see how dance is impacting the next generation of Milwaukee’s superheroes! Free & open to the public! Join us at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, May 19th as 5th and 6th graders from 50 Milwaukee area schools come together to compete in salsa, tango and swing dance! Competition starts at 9:30am Finals & Awards start at 12:30pm Stop by anytime!

5. Family Kite Festival

Saturday, May 26 from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s Lakefront

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Price: Free

Professional kite flying teams, Giant Kites over 150 ft long and shaped like an Octopus, Kite flying lessons, Free kites to the first 100 kids that sign up and participate in the Kids Mad Dash. Kites and Food for sale. Call Scott at 414-305-3145.

6. Mai Fest Germantown

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Friday, May 18 from 5 pm to midnight / Saturday, may 19 11 am to midnight / Sunday, may 20 Noon to 8 pm

Friedenfeld Park, W140 N11492 Country Aire Drive • Germantown, WI

Price free


Germantown’s Mai Fest is packed full with authentic German cuisine, beverages, entertainment and live performances. Including a youth soccer tournament sponsored by the Germantown Soccer Club and a kids activity area.

7. Free admission / beverages for moms on Mother’s Day

Find out all the places you get free admission and free beverages on Mother’s Day!

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8. Mother’s Day Event at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Sunday, May 13th, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


The Gardens are officially open for the season! Mother’s Day is the perfect time to take a stroll through the gardens with the whole family. The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens will be offering FREE kids activities including make-and-take gifts for mothers and grandmothers! Garden admission not included as part of the FBBG event. You can also enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch with Zilli Hospitality Group (brunch not included in FBBG event). For pricing or reservations, call 414-409-3959 or visit ZHG’s website at

9. Fox & Branch Family Concert

May 27th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. (224 W Bruce St, Milwaukee, WI 53204)


10. Library Happenings

May the Fourth Be With You CrafternoonFly casually into the East Branch for a special Star Wars Day crafternoon! Enjoy music from the movies while creating a variety of crafts, including a paper bag Chewbacca and a Lando Calrissian cape. Star Wars fans of all ages are welcome to attend. Costumes optional but strongly encouraged.Friday, May 4, 3:30-5:30 pmEast, 2320 N. Cramer St.

Secret Garden Sensory Play Story TimeExplore sensory play outdoors in the Secret Garden. Each session will include stories, songs and exploratory play with bubbles, water, sand or dirt. Things could get messy – so dress accordingly! Registration is required, call 286-3011 or register online at (Program will be held indoors in case of inclement weather.)Friday, May 4, 10:30-11:30 amTippecanoe, 3912 S. Howell Ave.

Art Workshops: Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.)A drop-in program designed for children in grades K5-5. Each visit includes a story and discussion of a book or illustrator. Participants then work on imaginative art activities relevant to the book or artist theme for the day.Tuesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 6-7:30 pmTippecanoe, 3912 S. Howell Ave.Monday, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 4-5:30 pmAtkinson, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave.

11. Kids Hour at the Apple Store

Did you know that the Apple Store at Bayshore and Mayfair host free Kids Hour classes with topics such as “Creating Music with Garage Band”, “Book Club”, “Making Movies Together”, “Sphero Maze Challenge”, and “Programming Robots”? Check to find the most current schedule.

12. Recurring events at the Urban Ecology Center

Animal Feedings

Come one, come all! Help feed the Center’s resident turtles, snakes, fish and more.

Every Saturday, from 1:00 – 1:30 at Urban Ecology Center – Washington Park.

Every Saturday, from 1:00 – 2:00 at the Urban Ecology Center – Riverside Park.

EcoArt Wednesdays

Menomonee Valley (3700 W. Pierce, Milwaukee, WI 53214)

Every Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Join in for nature inspired recycled arts & Crafts.

Little Explorers Morning Playgroup

Menomonee Valley (3700 W. Pierce, Milwaukee, WI 53214)

Preschool is the age of discovery and we’re here to help your kids learn and explore! Join in on the 2nd Friday of the month for our preschool playgroup. There will be activities (including our secret slide) specifically designed to engage the senses of children ages 4 and under.

13. Free admission to Boerner Botanical Gardens

Free on Tuesday, May 1st

The Gardens offer free admission to Milwaukee County residents with proof of residency on the first Tuesday of each month, May through September. Check their website for the most updated information.

14. Free admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum

Free on Thursday, May 3rd 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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15. Free admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum

Free to all visitors on Thursday, May 3rd from 10:00-8:00 for all visitors. Check out an art pack and explore the galleries, or visit the Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio. The museum is always free for kids 12 and under!

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16. Free admission to Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Free to all visitors on Thursday, May 17th 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 the Be A Maker space to find tools, materials and techniques for endless ways to experiment and create.

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17. Shakespeare in Love Floral Show at the Domes (Free admission on Monday mornings)

Enjoy free admission to the Domes on Monday, May 7th, 14th, and 21st (not 28th) for Milwaukee County Residents with proof of residency.

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