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929 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-390-KIDS (5437)
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Hours and Fees:
Monday-Saturday9am - 5pm
SundayNoon - 5pm
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Adults & children age 1 and older $8.00
Seniors (age 55 and older) $7.00
Children younger than 1 year FREE
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What's New
March 29 - April 27
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Is velocity the same thing as speed? Find out in Velocity, a fun physics “lab.” Design experiments that echo skate parks, half-pipes, winding roads, mountain climbs, roller coasters, and more. With a simple drop of a golf ball, study and compare momentum, force, trajectory, speed, acceleration, friction, gravity, energy transfer, and of course, velocity. The lab includes three unique machines that kids can operate to launch golf balls, lots of tracks, ramps and loops, motion and data tracking software that illustrates the results of up to ten test runs, videos of everyday examples of physics, and a “freestyle’ design area to experiment with how and why things get moving, stay moving and stop.

Velocity is fun for everyone, and reflects the Museum’s commitment to providing science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) opportunities to our visitors. The exhibit’s educational content meets academic standards for school-age children, addresses important developmental and school-readiness skills for early learners, and it’s fun for adults along for the ride, too.
Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home
February 7 - May 18, 2014
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The Museum is excited to welcome back its award-winning educational traveling exhibit, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home! Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will encourage visitors to be active explorers and stewards of the land – our home sweet home.

Families can explore the exhibit’s Great Forest, Urban Forest, and connecting bridge and stream as they learn about the value of conservation, safety when playing outdoors, the water cycle, animal life, related careers and more. Exhibit activities underscore the importance of protecting ecosystems as well as ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. In the forest, families can explore the ranger’s station, lookout tower, campsite, forest trail and Woodsy’s puppet theater. A pretend home and backyard setting encourage children to make eco-friendly decisions each day. The exhibit’s pretend stream serves as a transition between the city and forest, and introduces concepts of interdependence and protecting natural resources.

Awards for the exhibit include a 2011 Golden Smokey Bear Award sponsored by the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Program, the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Advertising Council, and a 2011-2012 USDA Forest Service Eastern Region Honor Award “Connecting Citizens to the Land.” The exhibit was developed by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with the US Forest Service. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl are protected by Congressional law and are used with permission from the US Forest Service. All Rights Reserved. 16 USC 580p-4 & 18 USC 711a.
The Nursery & Garden Shop
Through June 29
Sponsored by: Piala's Nursery & Garden Shop

Are you ready for spring planting? In The Nursery & Garden Shop, children can role-play as a landscape designer or builder, or work in the garden shop full of hands-on activities!
Be A Maker
BAM Space: Phase II currently underway!
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Please note, the BAM Space is currently closed as we work to complete Phase II. The Space is expected to reopen soon.

The brand-new Be A Maker Space is a special space on the Museum floor dedicated to helping children learn skills, tinker with tools and materials, and share ideas, creations and experiences with others. There will be ongoing opportunities for kids to create something amazing during their visit.

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