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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
Members FREE

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What's New
BUGS ON THE BALCONY
Opens May 29
Sponsored by: Anderson Pest Solutions

The bugs return to the Museum’s south balcony this summer in this outdoor exhibit sponsored by Anderson Pest Solutions. Kids can build a giant insect using big bug parts or everyday objects, guide a bug through kid-sized maze tables, or crawl inside and outside a 6-foot beehive climber as they learn about anatomy, habitats and the value of insects. Seating on the balcony provides a spot to both eat and play, so pack a picnic lunch – we’ll provide the ants!
New activities in Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! exhibit
Now open!
Sponsored by: Kohl's Cares and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

On April 6, visitors were introduced to a variety of new activities in our popular health and wellness-themed exhibit, Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! made possible through our longstanding partnership with Kohl’s Cares and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The giant board game-themed exhibit prompts children to move along a colorful path using oversized spinners and game cards. Game challenges and physical activities throughout the area highlight the importance of staying healthy, and encourage families to make good decisions when it comes to nutrition, activity and rest, personal care and safety.

New additions to the exhibit help children understand water, fire and traffic safety, how to avoid falls and head injuries, and how to respond in the event of an emergency. A kid-sized emergency response ambulance gives children the opportunity to role-play as members of the ambulance crew and helps them learn about injury prevention and first aid. A pretend home setting features an updated Practice 9-1-1 activity where kids can learn how to identify an emergency and call for assistance. The new Drop in the Bucket game emphasizes water safety at home, at a swimming pool or at a beach, and the Safety Mini Golf Course highlights traffic safety for passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. A health and safety-themed foosball game, stop-and-go light stations, and a protective-gear bicycle activity round out the fun – all introducing important messages about ways to stay safe and prevent injuries.

Messages on game prompts and digital screens throughout the exhibit encourage families to develop good habits and make decisions that help them avoid and better prepare for life’s unexpected challenges. Be sure to check out all of the new activities during your next visit!
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 Real Estate Office
July 3 - September 27
Sponsored by: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Need some help finding your home sweet home? In this pretend Home Town business sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, children can role-play as the real estate agent or the homebuyer. Kids will explore maps, home styles and design, and how agents work to help families find the perfect home.
Art Central Gallery
Our mini art gallery, featuring art by and for children
Sponsored by: David and Melina Marcus

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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