Special Events

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

NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT
Every third Thursday of the month from 5-8 p.m.
Join us for FREE admission, courtesy of Northwestern Mutual Foundation and other supporting sponsors, from 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month! Enjoy access to all of the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, and stop by our Be A Maker space to find tools, materials and techniques for endless ways to experiment and create. Learn more.


MAKER FAIRE® MILWAUKEE
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.


THE GALA
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.


NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN
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 to purchase select products from our sponsors, Breadsmith, Fyffes, Kemps and Sargento, then show your receipt at the Museum to receive one FREE admission to the Not-So-Scary Halloween. One admission per product. Please check back this fall for more information.


HOLIDAY KITCHEN
November 24, 2017
Join us the day after Thanksgiving for a special event presented by Sendik’s Food Markets to celebrate cooking together, healthy eating and the importance of family meal time. Participate in a variety of hands-on workshops and learn the value of making good decisions when it comes to nutrition and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Lots of crafty projects, fun programs and delicious food samples will give the entire family a kick-start to healthy living this holiday season! Visit Sendik’s Food Markets to purchase select products from our sponsors, Breadsmith, Fyffes, Kemps, Palermo’s, and Sargento, then show your receipt at the Museum to receive one FREE admission to Holiday Kitchen. One admission per product. Please check back this fall for more information.


MAKESHIFT – GROWN-UPS ONLY

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.


COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

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.

Featured
Upcoming Events
Tue 26

Be A Maker: Afternoon Open Making

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed 27

Be A Maker: Morning Open Making

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 27

Be A Maker: Afternoon Open Making

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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