7 Low-Cost Summer Activities for Kids in Milwaukee

Things to Do in Milwaukee with Kids this Summer

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After lazy days at the pool and beach, do you ever think there is nothing left to do with your kids this summer? Think again! Gather up the kids, maybe a few friends and neighbors, and get ready for some inexpensive--and even free--summer fun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's largest city.

  1. Attend the Marcus Kids Dream $2 Film Series
    Bring the kids to Marcus cinemas at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer to watch special kid-favorite films on the big screen. Popcorn and soda specials also available.
    When: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
    Where: Majestic Cinema, 770 Springdale Rd., Brookfield
    How much: films are $2, specially-sized popcorn and sodas are also $2 each
  2. Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo
    Your kids will learn about the wonders of the animal kingdom with a trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo. From ring-tailed lemurs to snow leopards to long-armed crabs, the Milwaukee County Zoo is home to more than 2,200 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles.
    When: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily during summer months
    Where: 10001 W. Blue Mound Rd.
    How much: General admission is $15.50 adults; $12.50 children (ages 3-12); $14.50 seniors; free for kids under 2. (Note that these prices apply from April 1 to October 32, 2018. Lower prices exist during the other months as it's off-season then.
  3. Check out Milwaukee Area Swimming Pools and Water Parks
    When the mercury rises, it's time to head to your local swimming pool or water park. Milwaukee County offers many great locations where your kids can splash with hundreds of new friends.
    When: times vary per location
    Where: throughout Milwaukee County
    How much: prices vary per location
  4. Take in a Presentation at First Stage Milwaukee
    Check out the free summer performances put on by First Stage Milwaukee's Summer Theater Academy students.
    When: throughout the summer
    Where: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St.; Oconomowoc Arts Center, 614 E. Forest Street, Oconomowoc; Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield
    How much: Free
  5. Visit the Betty Brinn Children's Museum
    Designed especially to promote the healthy development of children in their formative years, from birth through age ten, Betty Brinn's exhibits are fully interactive. Chances are your children will never suspect they're at a "museum," as to them it will seem more like a giant fun-zone.
    When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday, noon - 5 p.m. Sunday
    Where: 929 E. Wisconsin Ave.
    How much: $7.50 adults and children over 1, $6.50 seniors, free for children under 1.
  6. Hit the Beach!
    Many kids love nothing more than a nice sand beach and a chance to frolic in the waves. Warm weather brings the people of Brew City flocking to the lakefront hubs of Bradford and McKinley Beach, but there are other great beaches dotting our shoreline to the north and south as well.
    When: throughout the summer
    Where: throughout the city
    How much: Free
  7. Create and explore art at the Milwaukee Art Museum                                Drop-in classes at this lakefront museum help your child dive into art with ease. Kohl's Art Generation Open Studio hosts a monthly theme that guides hands-on art activities.                                                    When: throughout the summer (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, until 7 p.m. on Thursday)
    Where: throughout the city
    How much: Free for kids under 12 years of age
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