Here are some free events for kids and families around Milwaukee this month!
1. Groundhog Day event at the Zoo
Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
The public is invited to visit the Zoo at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 2 and gather near the outdoor Polar Bear Exhibit where Lilly will be summoned, with her favorite treats of fish and peanut butter to make her first weather prognostication. That's right! A polar bear is making the prediction this year.
2. Family Free Day at the Zoo
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
Free admission for all! Parking and concessions rates still apply.
3. Free Kids Movies at Marcus Theaters
Enjoy the Kids Dream Winter Film Series presented by American Family Insurance. Between January 26 and March 18, moviegoers can see family-favorite films on the big screen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. Admission for all showtimes is just $3. Attendees can also enjoy concessions specials, including popcorn and fountain drinks for just $2.75 each.
FOR FREE TICKETS, VISIT MARCUSTHEATRES.COM/KIDSDREAM
February 2-4: “Despicable Me 3” – Rated PG
February 9-11: “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”
February 16-18: “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” – Rated PG
February 23-25: “My Little Pony: The Movie” – Rated PG
Hillside Cinema, Delafield, (262) 646-7302
Majestic Cinema of Brookfield, (262) 798-4099
Menomonee Falls Cinema, (262) 502-9071
North Shore Cinema, Mequon, (262) 241-6181
Ridge Cinema, New Berlin, (262) 797-9021
South Shore Cinema, Oak Creek, (414) 768-5961
4. Urban Candlelight Hike
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Three Bridges Park
Trails and campfires free; Fun Pass provides extras ($10 for adults and includes children)
Join other hardy northerners as they cure their cabin fever and bundle up for a winter adventure at the Urban Candlelight Hike! Hiking or snowshoeing on two miles of the candlelit Hank Aaron State Trail, roaring campfires and marshmallows, e-bike and fat tire bike demos, hot chocolate, and pastries await! Candlelight trails and campfires free to all. You can help support this event by purchasing a “Fun Pass” for extras, including a beer at the after party at Third Space Brewing! Fun Passes include one adult and all children 12 and under attending with adult.
5. Winter Wonderland at Hoyt Park
February 18th from 12:00-4:00
Hoyt Park (1800 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226)
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!
6. Library Happenings
Paws to Read
Read out loud to a cuddly canine! Say hello, give a pet, or read a selection of good books to furry friends provided by The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Great for reluctant readers.
Saturday, Feb 3, 1-2 pm
Tippecanoe, 3912 S. Howell Ave.
After School Valentine’s Crafternoon
Create a special Valentine’s Day card for another cupid-inspired craft. Learn about St. Valentine and the history of Valentine’s Day.
Tuesday, Feb 6, 4-5 pm
Mitchell St., 906 W. Historic Mitchell St.
Valentine’s Day Story Time
Hear stories, sing songs, and learn new fingerplays related to Valentine’s Day. Bring your favorite stuffed animal. Children are invited to wear their pajamas so they are ready to be tucked into bed when they get home.
Saturday, Feb 10, 10:30-11:30 am
Bay View, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Monday, Feb 12, 6-7 pm
Atkinson, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave.
Tuesday, Feb 13, 6-7 pm
Zablocki, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Mind, Body and Soul Line Dancers
Mind, Body and Soul Dancers provide step-by-step instructions to Urban Line Dances like The Wobble, Cha Cha Slide, and Cupid Shuffle. Bring the family to get fit and have fun!
Monday, Feb 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
7. Recurring events at the Urban Ecology Center
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.
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.
8. Free admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum
Free on Thursday, February 1st 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.)
9. Free admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum
Free to all visitors on Thursday, February 1st 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!
10. Free admission to Betty Brinn Children's Museum
Free to all visitors on Thursday, February 15th 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. The Museum will celebrate the Muskego Way, Amani and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods in October, November and December with special entertainment and resource booths hosted by community agencies and organizations.
11. Railroad to Wonderland at the Domes (Free admission on Monday mornings)
Escape the cold! Enjoy free admission to the Domes on Monday, February 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th for Milwaukee County Residents with proof of residency.
12. Educational Seminar: Yoga for Kids
Friday, February 9th from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
What happens to the body when we dance and shake? Why do we OM? Is our breath really magic? What the heck is mindfulness all about, and why should we teach it to our children? In this hour-long FREE session, Children's Director, Melissa King, will explain the science of yoga and why it's so effective. Learn what is actually happening in the body and why experiencing this practice at such a young age is a vital resource for happy and healthy adolescence, as well as adulthood. There will be fun and mindful games and activities for children to do in one room while the adults get to learn and ask questions in our main studio space. We will also have complementary beverages for all to enjoy.