By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published May 29, 2018 at 7:16 PM

Looking for somewhere to take the kids during the dog days of summer? Want to see the acclaimed likes of First Stage, the Milwaukee Ballet and more for the low, low price of free? The Marcus Center may just have the answer to both of those questions.

For its 16th year, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts will host KidZ Days at the Center, showcasing a variety of local live performing arts organizations entertaining and educating young audiences on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. at the facility's KidZ Stage. And, best of all, the shows are free.

Here's this year's lineup of local entertainment:

June 19 – First Stage
June 20 – Milwaukee Public Library
June 21 – Florentine Opera
June 26 – First Stage
June 27 – Wisconsin Conservatory Instrument Petting Zoo
June 28 – Lucky Diop African Drumming
July 3 – First Stage
July 5 – Milwaukee Public Library
July 10 – First Stage
July 11 – David Stokes: Laughing with Animals
July 12 – Milwaukee Ballet 
July 17 – First Stage
July 18 – The Milwaukee Flyers
July 19 – Balloonist Peter John
July 24 – First Stage
July 25 – Kids Are People Too
July 26 – Salsabrositas
July 31 – First Stage
Aug. 1 – Ballet Folklorico Nacional
Aug. 2 – Milwaukee Public Library
Aug. 7 – First Stage
Aug. 8 – Ronnie Preston: Native Grass Dancer
Aug. 9 – Trinity Irish Dancers
Aug. 14 – First Stage
Aug. 15 – Kohl's Wild Theater - Jamboree
Aug. 16 – SueMo Dance Company 

For more information on KidZ Days at the Center or specific events, visit the Marcus Center's website

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.