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Visit Old World Wisconsin this spring for a taste of pioneer living. (PHOTO: Visit Milwaukee)

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Lakeshore State Park is the oasis you are looking for. (PHOTO: Visit Milwaukee)

100 things for kids to do in Milwaukee



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Explore the best Milwaukee has to offer with VISIT Milwaukee and OnMilwaukee this summer by "Urban Exploring." We'll be sharing parks to hike, walls to climb, rivers to paddle, trails to bike and so much more. Be a tourist in your own town and experience it with us!

This list features fun stuff in and around Milwaukee for kids of all ages. From smelling the roses at Boerner Botanical Gardens to visiting Old World Wisconsin, this list is chock full of suggestions to keep your little ones entertained all year long.

Read on and have a blast. If you have more suggestions, share them with us and your fellow readers by using the Talkback feature at the bottom.

  1. Visit the Domes
  2. Make friends with the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo
  3. See a big movie or the stars at the Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium
  4. Make the 2nd rattlesnake rattle at Milwaukee Public Museum (snake button!)
  5. Discover art at the Milwaukee Art Museum – particularly the latest Kohl's Art Generation exhibit
  6. Smell the roses at the Boerner Botanical GardensPHOTO: VISIT Milwaukee
  7. Pedal a paddleboat on the Veterans Park lagoon
  8. Take a splash at one of Milwaukee County Parks pools or splash pads
  9. Explore the Betty Brinn Children's Museum
  10. Say the password at the Safe House
  11. Enjoy a play from First Stage Milwaukee
  12. Find something unusual at American Science and Surplus
  13. Get the perfect yo-yo at Art Smart's Dart Mart & Juggling Emporium
  14. Watch the roasters at Colectivo Coffee on Humboldt
  15. Fly a kite at the lakefrontPHOTO: VISIT Milwaukee
  16. Play laser tag at Kids In Motion
  17. Strap on skates and take to the ice at the Pettit National Ice Center
  18. Crawl through the play tubes at Miller Park
  19. Slide into the water park at Country Springs Hotel
  20. Drive your parents crazy by taking them to Chuck E. Cheese's
  21. Feed fish and other aquarium life at the Urban Ecology Center
  22. Eat a slice of apple pie or pick a pumpkin in autumn at the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago
  23. Take a ride at the new Wauwatosa Skate ParkPHOTO: VISIT Milwaukee
  24. Go to story time at one of the Milwaukee Public Libraries
  25. Roller skate at Skateland
  26. Take a walk on the Milwaukee River Trails
  27. Ride the East Troy Electric Railroad
  28. Play ping-pong at Evoloution Milwaukee
  29. Write a fan letter to your favorite Brewer, Buck or Packer
  30. Watch the planes take off at Timmerman Field
  31. Cruise Lake Michigan on the Denis Sullivan, the world's only recreation of a 19th century sailing vessel
  32. Skip rocks on Pewaukee Lake
  33. See how the other half lived at The Pabst Mansion
  34. Visit Villa Terrace and pretend you're in Italy
  35. Wait for a train at the Cudahy Depot
  36. Get your parents to take you to a Brew City Bruisers' bout
  37. Get a taste of farm life at Green Meadows Farm
  38. Ride the bumper cars at StoneFire Pizza Co.
  39. Bounce around at Bounce Milwaukee
  40. Check out how Wisconsin residents lived in the 1800s at Pioneer Village
  41. See how root beer is made at Sprecher Brewery
  42. Tour the lakefront at warp speed on a segway
  43. Volunteer at the Wisconsin Humane Society or simply visit to check out the cute, fluffy, four-legged creatures
  44. Feed the geese at the Veterans Park lagoon (but no bread, please)
  45. Hike on the wooded paths at Lake Park
  46. Learn about nature at the Schlitz Audubon Nature CenterPHOTO: Visit Milwaukee
  47. See what frontier life was like at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle
  48. Ride the bus Downtown and then jump on the trolley
  49. Bike the Hank Aaron State Trail
  50. Hit golf balls at a driving range
  51. Bowl a few games at Bay View Bowl or Koz's Mini Bowl
  52. Jump in the lake and play on the cool equipment at Atwater Beach
  53. Grab a bucket and go fishing with dad
  54. Go sledding on St. Mary's hill
  55. Play pinball in the Landmark Lanes arcade
  56. Take a trip to the Wisconsin Dells for a weekend of fun
  57. Stroll along the Riverwalk and see the big neon fish
  58. Try out Adventure Rock's climbing wallPHOTO: Adventure Rock MKE
  59. Savor the flavor of the day at Kopp's
  60. Go miniature golfing
  61. Take a geocache tour
  62. Play a game of HORSE at your local court
  63. Go shopping for everything you need to start a garden
  64. Visit the cool Old World sausage shop at Usinger's
  65. Share Milwaukee history at the Forest Home Cemetary
  66. Play bocce at the Italian Community Center
  67. Chase butterflies at the Wehr Nature Center
  68. Connect with a curveball at batting cages
  69. Drive up to Leon's for a burger and fries, '50s style!
  70. Stop in at the COA Family Center
  71. Cheer for the Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and watch the new arena grow
  72. Sample step dancing at the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center
  73. Go to JumpZone in Franklin
  74. Find a treasure at the Mars Cheese Castle
  75. Experience the down-home fun of Lakeshore Chinooks baseball
  76. Learn something new at Discovery WorldPHOTO: VISIT Milwaukee
  77. Take part in a nature program at Havenwoods Environmental Awareness Center
  78. Watch Packers training camp at the Don Hutson Center in Green Bay
  79. Brush up on Milwaukee's story at the Milwaukee County Historical Society
  80. Take a class at Danceworks
  81. Explore an island at Lakeshore State Park
  82. Eat a pizza while you see at movie at Fox Bay Cinema
  83. Request your favorite song at Organ Piper Pizza
  84. See a movie at the Hi-Way 18 drive-in theater
  85. Take a scuba lesson at Port Deco Divers
  86. Climb to the top of Holy Hill
  87. Marvel at the falls in Menomonee Falls
  88. Go horseback riding in Ozaukee County
  89. Have lunch at Red Robin
  90. Convince mom and dad to drive you down to Great America
  91. Eat at Friday's Front Row Sports Grill at Miller Park
  92. "Ride" a Harley at the Harley-Davidson Museum PHOTO: VISIT Milwaukee
  93. Try one of the new foods at Summerfest.
  94. Take a tour of the post office.
  95. Eat Kettle Korn
  96. Take music lessons at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
  97. Join the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
  98. Eat something on a stick at the Wisconsin State Fair
  99. Go back in time at Old Falls Village Museum
  100. See how candy is made at Quality Candy and savor some free samples
  101. Go to open gym time at Swiss Turners

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