Milwaukee Public Schools and many other school districts are off from March 26th - 30th, leaving us all wondering what on earth we should do with our kids. Luckily, we've got you covered. Here are some kid-friendly staycation ideas.
1. Art for kids at the Milwaukee Art Museum
The Art Museum has announced a rare Monday opening to kick-off spring break week, March 26-30, coinciding with the spring break vacation for many school districts including Milwaukee Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools. The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio will feature painting, word games and other activities based on the seascapes of Winslow Homer. These hands on activities are designed both to engage children of all ages, as well as provide context that caregivers can use to connect art making to observing art in the rest of the Museum.
The Museum will be open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018. The Museum’s standard hours of operation—10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with Thursdays until 8 p.m.—will continue, with the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio open when the Museum opens and closing an hour before the Museum closes.
2. Robotics Week at Discovery World
March 28-31, 2018 10am-4pm
Robots and technology will be invading Discovery World over Spring Break. Local FIRST Robotics Teams of all levels, university students, and professionals will be showcasing their engineering skills along with robots built for competition, industry, and entertainment.
3. "A Busy Bee" with the Florentine Opera at Betty Brinn Children's Museum
March 27th (1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.)
Catch a special performance of "A Busy Bee" with the Florentine Opera Company. 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 lessons of teamwork and never giving up. Along with this story about teamwork and self confidence, audience also learn about the importance of bees and how they do their important work in the world.
You can also head to the museum's Maker Space all week long for hands-on projects and active learning! Past projects include 3D design and printing, robotics, woodworking, knitting, electronics, soap-making, pickling, and cheese-making. The Make Space is not only fun, it also promotes a do-it-yourself attitude, curiosity, experimentation, problem-solving, sharing and collaboration.
4. "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" at the Milwaukee Public Museum
March 26th - 30th
11:00 - 3:00
Visit the museum for various special programs in "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" and out on the Museum floors.
5. Spring Break Camps
Urban Ecology Center
Kids will journey through all three branches of the UEC during this nature exploration camp, enjoying whole day nature activities. Experience what spring is all about—animation!
Wisconsin Human Society
Grades 2-6 - $55 - This camp is the perfect one-day getaway to learn all about animals and the work we do at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Take a private tour, make animal-themed crafts, and spend time with dogs and cats.
Thursday, March 29 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Milwaukee Campus
Thursday, March 29 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Ozaukee Campus
Thursday, April 5 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Milwaukee Campus
6. Tours & Tastings
Be a tourist in your own town with kid-friendly tours and tastings featured in our guide. You can get a free tour of the 88.9 studio, Stone Creek Coffee, Basilica of St. Josaphat the Jelly Belly Factory in Pleasant Prairie, Central Library, St. Joan of Arc Chapel, Wisconsin Humane Society, and more. Find out more here.
7. Day Trips
We've got a roundup of easy day trip to take with your kids. Some of our favorites for this time of year are the Dinosaur Discovery Museum in Kenosha, the Jelly Belly Factory in Pleasant Prairie, Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, and the Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum in Burlington. Find out more.
8. 12 State Parks within one hour of Milwaukee
From Aztalan State Park with its ruins of an ancient civilization, to Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee's only state forest, there is so much to explore in Wisconsin's State Parks. Here are 12 that are within one hour's driving distance from Milwaukee.
9. Kid-friendly Spring Hikes
Little legs can still go hiking! For little kids, try the Family-Friendly Trail at Wehr Nature Center, or the 3/4 mile Nature Loop at Hawthorn Glen, or the .15 mile Adventure Trail at Retzer Nature Center.
Do you know of a kid-friendly event going on during Spring Break this year? Let us know about it by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.