When the weather outside is frightful, your family relationships can be less than delightful. As personal injury lawyers in Milwaukee, we have endured our share of cooped-up winter days. The good news is that whether you have an athletic 10 year old, an energetic toddler or an artistic teenager, there are endless options for weatherproof family fun in the Milwaukee area. Get some exercise, have a few laughs, and maybe even learn a new skill - together!
Here is our list of the best indoor family activities in the Metro-Milwaukee Area.
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Get Your Roll On: Bowling is a Milwaukee institution. Create your own fresh family tradition with a trip to your local alley, or try the updated, family-friendly JB’s on 41. County Lanes in Franklin offers special prices for kids, and youth bowling tournaments.
No Shoes Required: Indoor playgrounds, gyms, bounce houses, and trampoline parks have grown in popularity. Some have great features for toddlers to try, and others offer excitement to dare-devil teenagers - check out a few to find the right fit for your family:
- Logemann Community Family Playcenter (Mequon)
- Infinite Gymnastics (Brown Deer)
- Bounce Realm (Greenfield)
- Chasing Tales (Oak Creek)
- Fun Timez (Franklin)
- Helium Trampoline Park (New Berlin)
- Sky Zone Trampoline Park (Waukesha)
Fun in Warm Water: Beat the winter blues by breaking out your swimsuit and goggles. Oak Creek High School offers an open swim on Saturdays from noon until 3pm. The cost is $2 per person, and children age 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Milwaukee Parks has two indoor pools that are open year round for open swim times: Noyes Pool and Pulaski Pool. The indoor pool admission fees are $3.00 for children ages 3 to 11, children 12 and older are $4.00.
Fun on Frozen Water: Have some fun that Elsa and Anna would approve of and try public skating at the Pettit Center. Adults are $7.50, Juniors (13-18) are $6.50, Youth (4-12) are $5.50, Children 3 and under are free, and skate rental is $3.50. Have a few family members who don’t want to skate? Bring sneakers and the jogging stroller for the indoor track.
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- The Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville has numerous events for kids. Check out the LEGO club, and the STEM Saturdays that teach science through fun activities to children in grades 2-5.
- The Milwaukee Art Museum offers an extensive selection of family activities, from drop-in programs and activities to scheduled classes. Most are included with museum admission, which is free on the first Friday of each month. Kids under 12 are always free, and a discount is offered to students and Wisconsin K-12 teachers with an ID.
- Brookfield’s Sharon Lynn Wilson Center For the Arts has a free monthly family art workshop, and more specialized classes for ages 5 through adult.
- The Hales Corners Library has events for kids of all ages, from a toddler playgroup to special movies on days where there is no school.
- The many locations in the Milwaukee Public Library system offer the expected story times and playgroups, as well as a LEGO club for tweens, and classes on topics like storytelling and book creation.
- The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has numerous public events. From open houses at the Olsen Planetarium, to concerts, to a meeting of the local chapter of Girls Who Code - you will surely find an entertaining activity, no matter how esoteric your family member’s interests might be.
- Take a tour - make learning fun by seeing how motorcycles, pizza and candy are made right here in Milwaukee.
- Harley-Davidson's Menomonee Falls facility has tours that welcome kids 12 and older. The tours are offered between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
- Palermo’s Pizza factory tours include lunch and a souvenir - call ahead as reservations are required.
- After your pizza lunch, you may need dessert. The Buddy Squirrel candy factory tour costs $3 per person and includes free samples.
For Special Spectator Experiences
Everyone loves the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Bucks, but how about some of the lesser-known (and more affordable) professional and college teams in town?
- The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers tickets to Panther basketball, volleyball, and soccer games. Check out the value packs for January home games of the men’s and women’s basketball teams - starting at $25 for 4 people!
- The Milwaukee Admirals have a wild schedule of promos including wacky theme nights, ticket specials, free concerts and other giveaways.
- The Milwaukee Wave has lots of family-friendly theme nights and other special events.
- No big sports fans in your family? See a discounted movie at the Kids Dream Winter Film Series, or just take advantage of the $5 Tuesday deal offered by Marcus.
Milwaukee is a special city, all year round, but the cold weather can curtail some of your usual activities. We hope that this list has given you some great ideas to battle winter boredom.
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