Did you know that kids under 12 are always admitted for free at the world-class Milwaukee Art Museum? It’s also free to everyone on the first Thursday of every month.
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Here are some fun and worthwhile things to do with kids at the MAM:
1.) Watch the wings open and close. The wings of the iconic building open and close every day when the museum opens and closes. They also flap each day at noon.
2.) Stomp around Windhover Hall. Your kids will love stomping around the stunning white marble floors in this grand, light-filled hall. The glass ceiling is 90 feet high, and the space offers an amazing view of Lake Michigan. This space is actually open to the public without charge during regular museum hours.
3.) Visit the Kohl's Art Generation Open Studio, open Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Kids and families can explore different art materials and techniques used to create the art works in the museum’s collection. Themes change monthly, so check their website for updated information.
4.) Check out the free Artpacks and sketch pads at the ArtPack Station outside the Kohl's Art Generation Open Studio. They are filled with activities that can be used in the galleries each time you visit the museum. They’re designed for a wide range of ages and attention spans. (They're honestly genius!) Activities include sketch packs, picture books, custom puzzles, puppets, and more.
5.) Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays: Five times a year, enjoy hands-on art activities, interactive performances, family tours, visiting artists, and more.
6.) Play Date with Art: This drop-in monthly program is designed for the museum’s youngest visitors. Stop and sing along during Singing Time at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.( They even do stroller tours beforehand for kids age 3 and under! Registration required.)
7.) Story Time in the Galleries: Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., come hear a story that relates to a work of art in the galleries, and then create your own story or drawing to take home.
8.) Take an Art Class for Kids: The Museum offers Youth Studio Classes in fall, winter, and spring for ages 6–15, or take a Summer Art Camp class. Scholarships are available.
Game Changer: We recommend the "A is for Art" book by Marjorie Nelson Moon. It features a piece of art for each letter of the alphabet housed in the Milwaukee Art Museum. You can look through the book together at home, and easily spot some of the pieces when you visit.