Although Milwaukee has a reputation for business and sports, it’s also quite the family destination. In fact, the city was rated as the top destination for family travel in 2014 by the ABC Travel Guide for Kids. And why not? There are numerous family-friendly Milwaukee hotels, restaurants, and attractions that appeal to kids and adults of all ages. Therefore, on your next visit to Milwaukee, bring the kids and check out these family-friendly attractions.
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
For many parents, getting kids interested in learning can be a struggle. At the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, kids have such a great time playing that they don’t even realize they’re learning. For instance, kids can learn all about the people and places that make a community function in Home Town, where they can work at a bank, shop at the grocery, or work in an animal hospital. In Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! kids will see how important personal health is while exploring a variety of activity stations or studying the effects of germs found in daily life.
Milwaukee County Zoo
What kid doesn’t love animals? The Milwaukee County Zoo has more than 2,000 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles on more than 200 acres. Although families certainly can enjoy checking out the animals in their respective habitats, there are many more ways to experience the zoo. For instance, visitors can feed a variety of animals throughout the day and learn more about the animals at one of the Animals in Action presentations held each day. If the kids need to run off some energy, head to the Sky Trail Ropes Courses and Zip Line.
A motorcycle museum may not be the first attraction that comes to mind for families, but the Harley-Davidson Museum is far from ordinary. Families will find many activities to keep the kids engaged. For example, let the kids become a part of history by posing for a photo with the company founders in the lobby. Or have them dig through the Discovery Drawers to find a selection of vintage toys and collectibles. For a really fun family photo, head to the Imagination Station, where the kids can don Harley gear and take their place on a Harley Knucklehead motorcycle.
Milwaukee Art Museum
Art is for everyone, including children. At the Milwaukee Art Museum, families will find many ways to include kids in their visit. Start by visiting on Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays. Held five times a year, these events include hands-on art activities, tours, celebrations of special occasions, and more. Visitors also can download the Kohl’s Art Generation at the Milwaukee Art Museum app, which features games, videos, and scavenger hunts. Create your own family experience by engaging kids in conversation while touring the museum. Find out what artworks they like or dislike or which ones they think they could create themselves.
When visiting Discovery World Science + Technology Center, the question isn’t “What can you do?” Instead, it’s “What can’t you do?” Dive deep into aquatic life at the Reiman Aquarium and see if you’re brave enough to touch a shark. At the Innovation Station, learn how to send a message in Morse Code or find out how batteries work. You can also head outside to study the Wind Leaves. This outdoor exhibit features aluminum columns that rotate with the wind. Covered with stainless steel disks, the leaves create a kaleidoscope of reflections that change every second. You’ll also find musical benches where the kids can create their own songs.
To learn more about these and many other family-friendly attractions, check out Visit Milwaukee. It’s a fantastic resource for planning a family vacation to this Wisconsin city.
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