By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Mar 16, 2023 at 2:06 PM Photography: Bobby Tanzilo

Things are hopping on The Hop, from the Lakefront Line coming together to the newly announced return of the streetcar's Family Hop all-ages program, coming back beginning Monday, March 27. 

Returning for the first time since 2019 before the pandemic, Family Hop features several free events and interactive activities that help kids and parents discover Milwaukee and learn utilizing the Downtown streetcar, highlighted by "Stories on the Hop" and "Hop Bingo."

The former, held from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, will host a children's storytime on a stationary streetcar at the maintenance facility, centered on the book “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña. The story session will include a reading, a group discussion and crafting time, topped off with all attendees receiving a copy of the book. The event is free; advance registration, however, is required at Rooted MKE children's bookstore's website.

Taking place onboard throughout throughout the program, Hop Bingo will feature cards filled with regular sights along the streetcar's path. Kids who fill enough spaces to score a bingo and score the special sticker from the streetcar operator can take their completed card to Classy Girl Cupcakes, 825 N. Jefferson St. near Cathedral Square, during its business hours for a free cupcake. To play along, download a card at The Hop's website or pick one up at any Milwaukee Public Library branch location. 

Similar free all-ages Family Hop events and activations will run from March 27 through Saturday, April 8. 

For more information, events and streetcar tips, visit The Hop'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.