Here are some family-friendly events that are totally *FREE* around Milwaukee this month!
1. Sculpture Milwaukee
June 1st – 3rd is opening weekend of Sculpture Milwaukee, and it runs through October. The outdoor exhibit is back again this year with 21 works by renowned artists on display along Wisconsin Avenue through October 21.You can hop on the trolley with your kids and see the art from the window, or you can take a casual stroll down Wisconsin Avenue on a self-guided tour. Start at O’Donnell Park at the lakefront and move west down Wisconsin Avenue to 6th Street. Or start on the northeast corner of 6th and Wisconsin Avenue and walk east toward the lake. Or start anywhere in between! Each sculpture displays an informational plaque about the artist and the artwork. The exhibition includes colorful sculptures such as “The Heart Called After the Flood” (Dine), easily relatable works such as “Immigrant Family” (Otterness), and abstract designs such as “Legend of the White Snake” (Yi).
2. Safety Day at Bayshore
Saturday, Jun 2, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bayshore Town Center (5800 N Bayshore Dr, Glendale, WI 53217)
The Glendale Police Department and North Shore Fire Department invite you to the 37th annual Bayshore Safety Day. All aspects of public safety represented; law enforcement, fire protective services, emergency government, family service agencies, civic organizations, and private sector businesses.Some of the highlights this year include the Fire Cadet Challenge, a Vehicle Roll-Over Simulator, Drone Demonstration, Dive Team Demo, LOTS of cool Vehicles and the chance to meet the K-9 Boomer, who is retiring this summer.
3. Hands-on Kids’ Workshops at Home Depot
This month one of the featured projects is “Classic Cars”.The Home Depot near you hosts Kids’ Workshops every month recommended for kids ages 5-12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times.
4. Cathedral Square Farmer’s Market features Danceworks classes (ages 7+)
Saturday, June 2, June 23rd, and June 30th
10:15am – 11:00am
Cathedral Square Park (520 E Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202)
Cathedral Square Park farmer’s market features Danceworks Family Hip Hop for ages 7+. This class will teach young students and their parents basic hip hop movements while instilling rhythm and precision. Before or after the class, enjoy fresh produce, locally made crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment and great activities.Over 100 Wisconsin farmers, craftsmen, bakers and chefs offer seasonal, fresh and unique items. Everything is made or grown locally, so shopping here is the GREEN thing to do! Class is from 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and the Farmer’s Market is from 9:00a-12:30p
5. Kids Fishing Fridays begins
Friday, June 8 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Monthly on the second Friday, until Sep 15, 2018
Lakeshore State Park (500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202)
Meet at Fishing Dock Along Western Path. Park staff will supply poles and bait for up to 20 children as we fish for panfish. Children younger than 16 do not require a fishing license. Dogs are welcome at public events, as long as they are in compliance with the park rule of being on a leash no longer than 8’ in length. As a reminder to all visitors, no alcohol is allowed in the park (with the exception of on-site purchase of beer at the Urban Island Beach Party). It is typically more windy and cool by the lake during our events, so please dress accordingly. Free parking is available at the south entrance by following Erie St to the park access road along the Milwaukee Harbor and behind Summerfest’s American Family Amphitheater. Limited 3-hour free parking is available along N Harbor Drive and Clybourn St near Discovery World (portions of this may be closed during festival dates). Paid parking is available at the O’Donnell parking structure on Michigan St.
6. Juneteenth Day & Parade
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018
2460 N 6th St, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Juneteenth Day is June 19th, and it commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Today, it is a celebration of African American achievement. The celebration in Milwaukee includes a lively parade, a Miss Juneteenth Day Pageant, and food vendors.
7. Greek Fest
Jun 22 – 24, 2018
Wisconsin State Fair Park (640 S 84th St, West Allis, WI 53214)
Be entertained by traditional Greek music and dancing, along with a Greek Market full of imported goods and artifacts. Taste fresh, authentic Greek food including gyros, Greek chicken, lamb, saganaki (fried cheese), souvlaki (skewers), baklava (sweet dessert made with phyllo dough) and loukoumades (fried dough). Games and rides for children of all ages are available. Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay for parking.
8. Mulan: Movie Night in the Garden
Friday, June 22 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Alice’s Garden 2136 N 21st St, Milwaukee, WI 53205
2018 Movie Nights in Alice’s Garden will all be throwback movies! We will begin with MULAN, the Disney version of an ancient Chinese fable. Fa Mulan is an independent-thinking, strong young woman, who is unable to fit into the role of a good and obedient wife which is impressed upon her by rules of her society. When the Huns cross the Great Wall to invade China, and men are drafted from households across China, Mulan sneaks off as a man (with a helpful Cricket and comedic dragon, Mushu) to join the Chinese army in place of her injured father.Once again, Scott Thomas. will be our “screen master” for our movie nights! We are also excited to announce that we are partnering with Milwaukee Recreation this movie season, who will have one of their Rec-N-Roll mobile units onsite with activities for the children, and those young at heart, before the showing of the movie!Come early! Come play! Bring your blankets, lawn chairs! Put the pajamas on the kids, if you’d like! There will be snacks and baked goods for purchasing, prepared by Dawn Davis, of Dawn’s Yummy Delights, LLC. See you in the garden!
9. Fox & Branch Family Concert
June 24th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. (224 W Bruce St, Milwaukee, WI 53204)
10. Cuban Day Street Festival
Sunday, June 24 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Cubanitas (728 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202)
Free festival and fun for the whole family. Nabori, Clave y Afinque, DJ RICK, Salsabrositas, bouncy house. Fun for the entire family!
11. Strawberry Festival
Sat, June 23rd – Sun, June 24
Washington Ave, Cedarburg, WI 53012
This free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of many, drawing up to 100,000 people annually to celebrate the strawberry, enjoy live music, browse and purchase original artwork from hundreds of artists, and enjoy some of the most decadent homegrown strawberries in the area. For our littlest strawberry-lovers, Henry’s Kids Korner at Cedar Creek Park offers pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatable bounce houses, food vendors, dancers, clowns, interactive performances from Mr. Pickles sponsored by Country Air Rides and lots of other activities. One of the Festival’s most popular events is the CedarQuacker 500 sponsored by Port Washington State Bank, where hundreds of rubber ducks are launched into the creek in a race to the finish Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
12. Free admission to area attractions
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens Free on Tuesday, June 5th.
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.
Milwaukee Public Museum
Free on Thursday, June 7th 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.)
Free admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum
Free to all visitors on Thursday, June 7th 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!
Free admission to Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Free to all visitors on Thursday, June 21st 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.
Enjoy free admission to the Domes on Monday, June 4th, 11th, and 18th and 25th for Milwaukee County Residents with proof of residency.