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Top Weekend Events For Kids (Sept. 23-26, 2021)

Milwaukee is opening its doors, and there are plenty of kid-friendly autumn activities going on to keep the young ones (and even their furry friends) entertained. Here are our top picks for the weekend:


1. Doors Open Milwaukee

Saturday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 26
Various locations
Admission: FREE

Model Railroad Club Milwaukee Doors Open

Doors Open Milwaukee is back! A celebration of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods, architecture, and history, this event offers FREE behind-the-scenes tours of 70 businesses and organizations. Some of the more kid-friendly ones include Model Railroad Club, Milwaukee Fire Museum, Adventure Rock in Walker’s Point, UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium, The Collaborative Farm, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Get all the info here.

Note: Masks are required at all locations, and some require proof of vaccination. Many locations offer virtual tours through Oct. 3.


2. Fromm Petfest

Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Henry Maier Festival Park
Admission: FREE

bulldog at Fromm Petfest Summerfest grounds Henry Maier Festival Park Milwaukee Wisconsin

Join thousands of pet lovers and their four-legged family members for a day of fur and fun at Henry Maier Festival Park! Here’s your doggy’s chance to try his paw at dock diving, an agility course and more. For the two-legged children, there’s a kids zone with fun activities near the Community Park playground. Admission is FREE for the whole family, including pets. Get the details here.


3. Harvest Fair

Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26
Wisconsin State Fair Park
Admission: FREE

woman pumpkin bowling at Harvest Fair at Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee

For the 28th year, Harvest Fest will be offering up FREE entertainment at Wisconsin State Fair Park. There will be kid-friendly activities galore, including pumpkin bowling, make-your-own scarecrows, giant hay bales, a mini milk crate maze and amusement rides (tickets $1 each). Moms and dads will love the amphitheater headliners, lumberjack shows, farmers’ market and State Fair food vendors, including cream puffs in pumpkin spice and latte flavors. Get details here.


4. Maker Faire Milwaukee

Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
MSOE Kern Center
Admission: FREE

robots at Maker Faire Milwaukee School of Engineering MSOE
Photo Credit: Instagram, @dalek_nigel

Part science fair and part county fair, Maker Faire showcases creative work in dozens of fields – technology, art, engineering, and a lot more! Hosted by the Milwaukee School of Engineering and presented by Gearbox Labs, the event also offers a bunch of related hands-on activities (registration required). Learn more here.

Note: Masks required in all campus buildings for individuals ages 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. All Faire visitors ages 12 and over must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result for entry.


5. Town Truck Day

Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Corners of Brookfield
Admission: FREE

fire engine at Town Truck Day The Corners of Brookfield Wisconsin

Get to know the teams and trucks that help keep us safe! Kids can get an up-close look at the Town of Brookfield Fire Department, Police Department, construction and utility vehicles. Plus, enjoy Purple Door ice cream in Market Square, and watch Badger football on the big screen at 11 a.m. Get more info here.


There’s so much more happening this weekend! Check out our Events Calendar >>

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