Tuesday, June 5, 2018

FREE and Cheap Family Fun Summer Activities in Milwaukee 2018

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Summer outings can really add up!  Here's a list of FREE and cheap activities for your family to enjoy in the Milwaukee area. I will be adding to the list as more information becomes available, so keep checking back. If you have suggestions, feel free to comment on this post so I can be sure to add them!

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FREE Wading Pools and Splash Pads:  Head over HERE to see the map of Splash Pads, Wading Pools, Aquatic Centers, Deep Well Pools and Splash Pads/Waders in Pool Areas.

Alcott: 3751 S. 97 St.
Algonguin: 7850 N. 51 St.
Columbus: 7301 W. Courtland Ave.
Cooper: 8701 W. Chambers St.
Greene: 4235 S. Lipton Ave.
Hales Corners: 5765 S. New Berlin Road
Holler: 5151 S. 6 St.
Humboldt: 3000 S. Howell Ave.
Jacobus: 6501 W. Hillside Lane
Kops: 3321 N. 86 St.
LaFollette: 9418 W. Washington St.
Lindsay: 4360 N. 87 St.
Lyons: 3301 S. 55 St.
McCarty: 2567 S. 79 St.
Mitchell S 22 St. & W Pierce St.
Pulaski-Cudahy: 5400 S. Swift Ave.
Rainbow: 700 S. 119 St.
Saveland: 3700 S. 2 St.
Sheridan: 4800 S. Lake Dr.
Sherman: 3000 N. Sherman Blvd.
Smith: 5462 N. 33 St.
Tiefenthaler: 2501 W. Galena St.
Tippecanoe: 1411 E. Warnimont Ave.
Wahl: 4750 N. 48 St.
Walker Square: 1031 S. 9 St.
Washington: 1859 N. 40 St.
Wedgewood: 7201 W. Wedgewood Dr.
West Milwaukee: 5000 W. Burnham St.

Stay Cool in the Pool all Summer long with Season Passes!

Cool Waters
David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park
Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park

Family Water Parks:

Cool Waters in Greenfield ParkCool Waters in Greenfield Park
David F. Schulz in Lincoln Park
Pelican Cove in Kosciuszko ParkPelican Cove in Kosciuszko Park

Tosa Pool at Hoyt Par

Wiberg Aquatic Center at Wirth Park

Outdoor Pools:

If you're looking for a place to cool off on a hot summer day, these outdoor pools are the answer!

Milwaukee Beaches:

Bay View: 3120 S. Lake Drive
Bender: 4503 E. Ryan Rd.
Big Bay:  5000 N. Lake Drive
Tietjen (Doctors Park): 1870 E. Fox Lane
Grant: 100 S. Hawthorne Ave.
McKinley: 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Sheridan, 4800 S. Lake Drive
South Shore: 2900 S. Superior St.

Milwaukee County Parks:  Spend a day exploring one of the MANY Milwaukee area parks!  Pack a lunch, bring a blanket, and have an afternoon of exploring - all FREE!


Marcus Theatres Kid's Dream Summer:  Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 10 AM!  Admission is ONLY $3 plus Concession Specials!

Summer Reading Programs:

The Free Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program for kids in grades 1st – 6th is BACK!  Your child can earn a FREE book!

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program:  Once your child reads 300 minutes in June and July, he/she will earn Bookworm Bucks!
Franklin Public Library Kids Summer Reading Program

Greenfield Public Library Summer Reading Program
Greenfield Public Library Teen Summer Reaidng Program

Milwaukee Public Library Summer Reading Program

West Allis Public Library Kids Summer Reading Program
West Allis Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program

Milwaukee Area Dog Parks:

Portions of the following parks and parkways allow leashed dogs:

Bay View, 3120 S. Lake Drive
Bender, 4503 E. Ryan Road
No dogs allowed on Bender Beach
Caesar's, 1939 N. Warren Ave.
Center Street, 6420 W. Clark St.
Chippewa, 11500 Park Hill Ave.
Cudahy, 3000 E. Ramsey Ave.
Cupertino, 2000 E. Iron St.
Doctors, 1870 E. Fox Lane
No dogs allowed on Tietjen (Doctors) Beach
Estabrook (east side of park), 4400 N. Estabrook Drive
Falk, 2013 W. Rawson Ave.
Grant, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave.
No dogs allowed on Grant Beach
Hales Corners, 5765 S. New Berlin Road
Humboldt, 3000 Howell Ave.
Holt, 3300 S. 106 St.
Kohl, 7603 W. County Line Road
Lake, 3233 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Lincoln Creek Parkway, 46 St. to 34 St.
Lincoln Memorial Drive Parklands, N. Lake Drive to Wahl and; Park Place
No dogs allowed on Bradford or McKinley beaches
Little Menomonee River Parkway, Mill Road to Silver Spring Drive
Maitland, 6001 S. 13 St.
Menomonee River Parkway, Grantosa to Concordia and Center St. to Church St.– No dogs allowed from Grantosa to Silver Spring
Milwaukee River Parkway, Good Hope to Bender sidewalk only on the east side of the street
Mitchell Boulevard, 5115 W. Bluemound Road
Pleasant Valley, 1229 E. Concordia Ave.
Pulaski-Cudahy, 5400 S Swift Ave
Rawson, 1400 E. Rawson Ave.
Root River Parkway, Lincoln Ave to Rawson Ave., Drexel to Oakwood Road, 27 St. to Oakwood Road, and Loomis to Layton
Sheridan, 4800 S. Lake Drive
South Shore, 2900 S. Shore Drive
Underwood Creek Parkway, Bluemound Road to Watertown Plank Road
Valley, 343 N. 42 St.
Warnimont, 5400 S. Lake Drive, west of the Oak Leaf Trail only
West Milwaukee, 5000 W. Burnham St.

Family Fun Activities:

Farmers' Markets 2018 Milwaukee and Surrounding Areas

Kids Skate FREE

North Point Lighthouse:  Children 4 and under are FREE, Under 12 $5, 12+ $8.00

Old World Wisconsin:  Return to Wisconsin of the late 19th century, when waves of immigrants came to America's heartland in search of a better life.

Lions Den Gorge Nature Preserve:  This park offers tremendous views. Stroll across bridges over the gorge or down the gorge stairways to walk along the Lake Mighican shoreline. This 73 acre park offers plenty of hiking trails, boardwalks through the wetlands, picnic areas, scenic views, and restrooms.

Pizza Train:  Enjoy a family fun night out for pizza on a train!

Sprecher Tours:  Tour participants of all ages get to sample all available sodas to their heart's content.

Seven Bridges:  Hiking Trail in Grant Park

2018 Summer's Best FREE Parks Concerts!
2018 Schedule - Shows go on, weather permitting, no rain dates. Schedule subject to change.

Miller Park Tours:  Experience the magnificence of Miller Park while enjoying an exclusive tour that includes the dugout, luxury suite level, visiting clubhouse, press box, Bob Uecker's broadcast booth and other behind-the-scenes attractions!

Wehr Nature Center:  Special Events on select dates and times
Be sure to check out the Wehr Nature Center Early-Childhood Nature Playspace
Fireside Fridays at Wehr Nature Center July 20

Geocaching at Havenwoods:  If you like discovering history, enjoy spending time outside, and need the challenge of solving a good puzzle, then a geocaching adventure might be just the thing for you!

FREE Movies in the Park

FREE Movies in the Park: Grafton, Greenfield, Milwaukee, New Berlin, Sussex, Oconomowoc, Port Washington, and Waukesha

West Allis Public Library Summer Movies:  Fridays at 2:30 pm
Greenfield Public Library Summer Movies:  Tuesdays at 1:30 pm

Traveling Beer Gardens

Experience an old Milwaukee tradition in the Parks - Beer Gardens! In the mid-19th Century, Milwaukee’s German immigrants brought biergartens and Gemütlichkeit to the parks.
Milwaukee County FREE Days
*Complimentary admission to Milwaukee County Residents only with a valid photo ID on the following days:

Milwaukee Art Museum:  FREE the first Thursday of every month

Milwaukee Public Museum:  MPM Thank You Thursday, First Thursday of every month from 9AM to 8PM

Mitchell Park Domes:  Free on Mondays from 9AM to noon

FREE Admission:

Betty Brinn Children's Museum:  Enjoy free admission on the third Thursday of every month from 5 - 8 p.m., courtesy of US Bank and FOX 6!

Boerner Botanical Gardens:  Enjoy free admission on the first Tuesday of every month during the summer

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