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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
See calendar for special hours.
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
Exciting changes coming to Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! exhibit
Grand reopening April 6
Sponsored by: Kohl's Cares and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Please note that Kohl's Healthy Kids: It's Your Move! is closed for renovation at this time, but parts of the exhibit will be opened for play whenever possible!

Thanks to our continued partnership with Kohl’s Cares and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Museum is developing a variety of new and engaging activities and safety messages for our popular health and wellness-themed exhibit, Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! The Museum is moving components in our popular game board-style exhibit to make way for new hands-on learning experiences for children, and important injury prevention information for adults.

Created with guidance from the experts at Children’s Hospital, the newly designed Safety and Injury Prevention and Practice 9-1-1 areas will feature key messages about water, fire and traffic safety; avoiding head injuries and falls; and how to respond in the event of an emergency.

Kohl's Healthy Kids: It's Your Move! Grand Reopening
Monday, April 6

Join us as we celebrate the opening of this newly remodeled exhibit. Please check back for details!
Word Headquarters
Now open!
Sponsored by: Northwestern Mutual Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, the Museum introduced its newest exhibit, Word Headquarters, on Feb. 14! The exhibit reflects our shared commitment to ensuring that children in our community have access to experiences that build critical school-readiness and literacy skills, preparing them for academic and lifelong success.

A busy pretend factory provides the setting where employees are “hard at play” cranking out the building blocks of literacy – including letters, words and the punctuation needed to create sentences, stories, songs and other forms of self-expression. Incoming and outgoing orders for compound words, verbs, nouns and other literacy concepts will demonstrate the mechanics of reading and writing, while “employee training programs” and “customer service” activities offer word games, audio books, an interactive performance space and role-play opportunities that help build the skills of early learners and emerging readers. Word Headquarters will remind caregivers that literacy requires more than just memorization of the alphabet and the beloved tradition of reading a book at bedtime by offering simple and engaging activities for adults to support the learning process, including ways to develop a child’s print awareness, alphabet knowledge, reading comprehension and more.

Word Headquarters is adjacent to Be A Maker, the Museum’s communal workshop that invites children and adults to explore a variety of do-it-yourself projects using tools, materials, digital resources and technologies that encourage children to build new skills, collaborate and share what they accomplish. To highlight important connections between literacy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Word Headquarters and Be A Maker share a visual communication activity inspired by the work of internationally recognized graphic designer and author Chip Kidd. Together, Word Headquarters and Be A Maker have transformed the Museum’s North Gallery and provide endless opportunities for learning through play!

Faculty from Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee assisted with the development of Word Headquarters, helping create an environment for activities that engage children and help adults understand how they can support a child’s development.
The Pizza Factory & Cafe
January 9 - March 29
Sponsored by: Palermo's Pizza

Role-play as the factory supervisor, a pizza maker in the mini manufacturing line or a worker in the packaging department. Or, pretend to be a customer and enjoy a slice at the bistro table!
Art Central Gallery
Our mini art gallery, featuring art by and for children
Sponsored by: David and Melina Marcus

Now showing:
Milwaukee Montessori School
Through April 12

Enjoy artwork from the students of Milwaukee Montessori School, who receive art instruction in a wide array of art mediums such as watercolor and acrylic paints, porcelain clay, chalks and charcoal drawing pencils, wire, and soapstone.

Wisconsin State Fair's Young People’s Art Exhibit 2015 Preview
April 25 - July 25
This impressive collection will feature a variety of pieces created by 6th to 9th grade students statewide, including drawings, paintings, prints, collages and photographs.

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