kid stomping rain puddle with boots 150+ activity ideas for rainy days in Milwaukee Wisconsin

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Rainy days can be tough when you have kids. As long as there isn’t any lightning, you can grab the galoshes and umbrellas and embrace the raindrops. But when the weather’s too cold or inclement, you may have to get creative with indoor activities.

Luckily, Milwaukee has tons of ways to entertain the kiddos, even when playing outside isn’t really an option. Here’s your go-to guide for rainy day activities in the Milwaukee area.



Indoor Playgrounds & Play Cafés

Even if it’s freezing cold, too hot, or raining buckets, the kids will still need to get their energy out. We’ve rounded up a list of indoor play places that will let kids do just that.

Trampolines, climbing walls, imaginative play areas, and even full-size playground sets with tunnels and slides – these indoor playgrounds deliver fun for all ages!

Browse our list of indoor playgrounds and play cafés >> 


Indoor Water Parks

When you’re longing for warmth and sunshine, you can get your fix by heading to an indoor water park, where it’s 80+ degrees and comfortable all the time!

Springs Water Park at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee is your closest option, but we found more than a dozen indoor water parks in Wisconsin and Illinois that are within a few hours’ drive.

Make a splash inside one of these water parks >>



From local favorites like Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum, to lesser-known gems like the National Bobblehead Museum and the Spinning Top and Yo-Yo Museum in Burlington, southeastern Wisconsin is home to more than a dozen kid-friendly museums.

Read on to find your next adventure >>



For free, limitless fun on a rainy day, nothing beats a trip to the library!

There are 13 Milwaukee Public Library branches offering amazing programs for kids and families. Six stand out above the rest, in our humble opinion.

Read on for little-known facts, library art, and secret hiding spots >>


Tours & Tastings

Local tours and tastings are a great way to break the monotony of a rainy day. They’re the best places to learn something new, support local companies and products, and have fun doing it.

We found a bunch of tours and tastings that are all kid-friendly, so have fun exploring!

Get our list of local tours and tastings >>


At-Home Science Experiments

Do you have a budding scientist living in the house with you? Luckily, even simple science experiments done at home can be super educational and fun for kids of all ages.

Each of these easy science experiments will take about 30 minutes to complete from start to finish, and they each use simple ingredients from around the house.

Kid-tested science experiments you can do at home >>



Preschooler Shape Activities

Passing the time with a busy toddler or preschooler can be exhausting, and we can all use some fresh inspiration every now and then, especially on a rainy day!

For a variety of simple, fun preschool shape activities, click here.



Events Calendar

There are new and exciting things to do every week in the Milwaukee area! You’ll never be stumped for rainy-day boredom busters when you keep an eye on our ever-changing Events Calendar.

To see what’s happening today and this week, click here.

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