Special Events

The Museum hosts a variety of family-friendly events and fundraisers throughout the year. Visit our calendar for more information!

April 27, 2017
Come explore our special Big League Fun exhibit and celebrate the all-American game with an evening filled with stadium-style snacks, guest appearances by Hank the Ballpark Pup and the Famous Racing Sausages, a commemorative family photo, and souvenirs for the kids (including the newest edition of the Hank, the Ballpark Pup book!). Special thanks to the Brewers Community Foundation. Learn more.

July 3, 2017
Join the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum for a night of open play and the exclusive opportunity to watch the US Bank fireworks from the Museum’s balconies. Choose your seat, grab some popcorn and get your “Oohs” and “Ahhs” ready to view the spectacular display from the best seats on Milwaukee’s lakefront! Learn more.

September 23 & 24, 2017
Maker Faire Milwaukee is a free, family-friendly event that welcomes makers – tech enthusiasts, inventors, crafters, educators, tinkers and hobbyists of all ages – to exhibit their work and share their knowledge and skills with the community and other makers. The event is co-hosted by the Betty Brinn Children’s Musuem and Milwaukee Makerspace, and is locally organized and operated under a license from Make Media, Inc. Held at Wisconsin State Fair Park on the same weekend as Harvest Fair, Maker Faire Milwaukee aims to inspire, inform, connect and grow this community in the spirit of education, community improvement and economic and workforce development. Learn more.

October 7, 2017
The Gala is the Museum’s most important annual fundraiser. Proceeds from this adults-only event support the Museum’s educational mission, including free parenting education, admission, membership, field trips, transportation assistance programs, outreach, and events that benefit more than 80,000 children and adults each year. Learn more.

October 27 & 28, 2017
Celebrate the fall season with plenty of Halloween fun created especially for young children at the Museum’s popular Not-So-Scary Halloween, presented by Sendik’s Food Markets. Receive goodies at Treat Stops (with or without a costume!), and enjoy spooktacular activities and fun throughout the Museum. The event is free for Museum members and free with regular paid admission for non-members. Visit Sendik’s Food Markets – Balistreri Owned & Operated to purchase select products from our sponsors Breadsmith, Kemps and Sargento, and show your receipt to receive one FREE admission to the Not-So-Scary Halloween. One admission per product. Please check back this fall for more information.

November 24, 2017
Join us the day after Thanksgiving for a special day all about being with the ones we love, presented by Sendik’s Food Markets! Families can join us for crafty workshops with engaging DIY projects, fun programs and delicious food samples that celebrate cooking together, healthy eating and the importance of family meal time. Holiday Kitchen will feature a variety of hands-on activities that highlight the value of making good decisions when it comes to nutrition and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Visit Sendik’s Food Markets – Balistreri Owned & Operated to purchase select products from our sponsors Breadsmith, Kemps, Palermo’s and Sargento, and show your receipt to receive one FREE admission to Holiday Kitchen. One admission per product. Please check back this fall for more information.


MakeShift is an adults-only event series hosted in the Museum’s Be A Maker space. Join us to learn new skills, experiment with tools and technology, and meet creative people. Past MakeShifts have featured metal work, sewing, Nerf wars, home brewing, and dozens of other hands-on projects. Visit our BAM calendar for upcoming MakeShift events.


Attend a Making In Education Community of Practice (COP) for hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshops that focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) and the maker movement. Meetings will also serve as an opportunity for members to share resources, information and professional development opportunities. If you are an educator, then we hope you will consider joining the COP! Visit our Making In Education page for upcoming meet-ups.


Events and event details are subject to change.

Upcoming Events
Wed 24

Be A Maker: After-School Open Making

May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Thu 25

Tot Time: Ages 1-3

May 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Thu 25

Be A Maker: After-School Open Making

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
See the Full Calendar
BBCM Newsletter

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