School just started but do you already feel the
need for a family break? If you have a free weekend why not plan a
mini road trip to Milwaukee, our friendly neighbor to the north
where you'll family activities galore! A fair warning - don't
attempt to visit everything all in one weekend! Lucky for us,
Milwaukee is just a quick drive away.
Where to play:
Even if you aren't much of a Harley fan, you'll
Harley-Davidson Museum's well-thought-out
exhibits with over 500 motorcycles, interactive areas for the
youngest fans and a ton of photo opportunities for kids (and
parents!) to pretend to ride off into the sunset!
If you have kids with a lot of energy - and who
doesn't? - head to the highly rated Betty Brinn
Children's Museum where kids can let loose. Older
children will shriek with excitement at the three-story play
structure while the younger set will have fun exploring Home Town,
a revamped kids-size community sporting a brand new Harley-Davidson
dealership. A large play area complete with a tree house slide,
sand area and water play will entertain the tots.
For more hands-on learning, visit Discovery
World where science, technology, innovation and
environmental science meet. Plan to spend at least half a day here
- there's that much to see! But if you're pressed for time, you
won't want to miss their aquarium or their 1900's recreated
If the kids (or you!) find poop fascinating, you
won't want to miss the Milwaukee Public
Museum's newest exhibit based on the popular book
by Dr. Wayne Lynch, "The Scoop on Poop." Make sure to save time for
the museum's butterfly vivarium where you can walk amongst
free-flying butterflies, stroll through Milwaukee's streets of
yesteryear or take a peek at the world's largest dinosaur
Sure, Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo are
great, but they're missing one animal that we love - the elephant!
When my family wants to see them we head to one of our other
favorite zoos, the Milwaukee County
Zoo. Take some time to monkey around at the Monkey
House, feed a giraffe or choo choo chug away on the mini
Although baseball season is coming to a close, be
sure to mark your calendars next spring for a game at
Miller Park. The sausage races alone are worth the
trip, but we found that the stadium is very family-friendly with an
area made for kids including a replica Bernie Brewer slide and
clubhouse, pitching cages and batting cages. To add to the
excitement (and to avoid feelings of guilt visiting the "other"
team) come here to cheer on the Cubbies when they're playing the
Where to chow down:
You and the family could probably spend an entire
weekend just eating your way through "Brew City" Milwaukee. And
yes, there is more than just beer and brats there!
For fun on Fridays dine at Lakefront
Brewery for the infamous Captain Rusty's Fish Fry
where there's Polka music wafting through the air and an electric
atmosphere where you won't be ashamed of your children's loud
Try Blues Egg, a
wildly popular restaurant that combines old world ingredients and
fresh products which results in a diverse menu and delicious food.
They donate a portion of their daily egg plate to a different
charity each month.
For a unique spin (pun intended!) on eating with
the family, head to the trendy hot spot SPiN!
Milwaukee, and challenge each other with a round
of ping-pong while waiting for your food. Try their Ooey Gooey Mac
and Cheese Truffle Burger. You can thank me later!
Do you have picky eaters? Then you have to stop by
Public Market. With 16 vendors that specialize in
Wisconsin products, you'll be hard-pressed to find something you
and your kids don't like. At Green Kitchen, healthy food is
the name of the game. Or taste different cheeses at West Allis
Cheese & Sausage Shoppe.
Where to stay:
Parents looking for a family friendly (and
pet-friendly) hotel with a great location should look no further
than the Hilton
Milwaukee City Center located right in downtown.
If you don't mind being away from downtown stay at
Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South.
They offer a "home away from home" atmosphere with a very
convenient kitchenette including a fridge, microwave and
dishwasher. Don't miss their free hearty breakfast - one of the
best we've seen!
Cheryl Eugenio is a wife and mommy to two toddler boys who are officially addicted to traveling and exploring Chicagoland and beyond.
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