Special Events

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

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.

January 28 & May 6, 2018
On Milwaukee Museum Member Swap Day, Museum members receive free reciprocal admission at these participating organizations: Charles Allis Art Museum, Grohmann Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, Pabst Mansion and Villa Terrace Art Museum. Just show your membership card at the admissions desk at each venue to receive free admission for the two adults and number of children listed on the card. Please check each venue for hours of operation and visitor information. Learn more.

September 28-30, 2018
Save the date for Milwaukee’s Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – our fun, free, family-friendly Maker Faire® Milwaukee – Celebrating Five Years in 2018! Maker Faire® Milwaukee is a family-friendly event that welcomes makers – tech enthusiasts, artists, inventors, crafters, educators, tinkerers, and hobbyists of all ages – to exhibit their work and share their knowledge and skills with other makers and with the community. 

November 3, 2018

Save the date for the Museum’s most important fundraising event of the year. In addition to supporting our commitment to early learning and school readiness, the Gala reflects how the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s Maker Initiatives and our community outreach efforts are shaping and strengthening our educational mission.


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.


Educators are invited to our Be A Maker Teacher Studio 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. Visit our Be A Maker Teacher Studio page for upcoming events and meet-ups.

Events and event details are subject to change.

Upcoming Events
Mon 22

Be A Maker: Morning Open Making

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 22

Be A Maker: Afternoon Open Making

January 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue 23

Be A Maker: Morning Open Making

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
See the Full Calendar
BBCM Updates

Check out BBCM’s latest newsletter, Handprints, with Museum updates and information. Learn more.