Things To Do In Milwaukee


$21 for Two Movie Tickets, Two Beverages, and One Popcorn at Times Cinema ($40.50 Value)

Times Cinema

Washington Heights

Digital projection and 3D screens show new releases in theater outfitted with comfortable seats, concessions, and cocktails

$40.50 $21

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Mötley Crüe – The Final Tour with Special Guest Alice Cooper on Friday, August 7, at 7 p.m. (Up to 24% Off)

Motley Crue

BMO Harris Bradley Center

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The final tour sees Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, & Mick Mars going out big, performing glam-metal hits with special guest Alice Cooper

$59.60 $45

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Beginners' Rock Climbing Class with Gear and Optional 10-Visit or Two-Month Pass at Milwaukee Turners (50% Off)

Milwaukee Turners

Kilbourn Town

26 ft. top ropes, two bouldering areas & tread wall send climbers to new heights during open gym or classes that teach safety & belaying

$58 $29

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Two-Hour Ceramics-Painting Class for Two, Four, or Six at Ceramics Plus (Up to 56% Off)

Ceramics Plus

West Allis

Choose from more than 14,000 ceramic figures, paint your piece, and fire it during two-hour class

$49 $24

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5 or 10 Barre Classes at The Movement Center (Up to 57% Off)

The Movement Center

Pewaukee

Instructors lead students in highly controlled dance movements at a ballet barre

$80 $35

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Two or Four Tickets to Horny Goat Brew Pub's Hawaiian Luau on Saturday, February 28 (Up to 49% Off)

Horny Goat Brew Pub

Bay View

A traditional pig roast and live band fuel the festivities at a Hawaiian-themed party with all-inclusive food and a cash bar

$90 $50

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The Sing-Off at The Riverside Theater on Saturday, March 28, at 8 p.m. (Up to 47% Off)

The Sing-Off Live Tour

Riverside Theater

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Fan favorites from NBC’s a cappella competition, including VoicePlay and Street Corner Symphony, show off their pipes on a national tour

$46.73 $25

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$28 for Movie for Two with Beverages and Pizza at Rosebud Theater (Up to $50.50 Value)

Rosebud Theater

Wauwatosa

Duos feast on pizza and sip cocktails and microbrews while settling into cushy loveseats and enjoying Hollywood hits

$50.50 $28

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Children's Cookie-Decorating Class or High-Tea Class for One or Two at Superior Culinary Center (Up to 52% Off)

Superior Culinary Center

Milwaukee

Kids learn how to decorate cupcakes and cookies or prepare high tea during fun, hands-on classes

$29 $16

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$45 for an Indoor Rock-Climbing Membership & Intro Climbing Lessons at Adventure Rock Indoor Climbing Gym ($125 Value)

Adventure Rock Indoor Climbing Gym

Brookfield

Package includes membership for six weeks, one On The Rocks introductory lesson, and gear rental

$125 $45

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Sabree3 ATA Martial Arts (55% Off)

Sabree3 Taekwondo Center

Mount Mary

Learn the beginner basics of blocks, kicks, and strikes while focusing on traditional values such as respect and discipline.

$60 $27

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Private Dance Lessons and Practice Parties at Fred Astaire Pewaukee (Up to 89% Off). Three Options Available.

Fred Astaire Pewaukee

Pewaukee

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

$128 $20

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$55 for a Shooting-Range Package for Two with Safety Gear at Brew City Shooter's Supply ($105.98 Value)

Brew City Shooter's Supply

West Milwaukee

Owned and operated by military veterans with an eye toward safety; training facility with 14 pistol lanes and 2 rifle lanes

$105.98 $55

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One or Three Months of Kung Fu, Kenpo, and Tai Chi Classes at Rising Dragon Martial Arts (Up to 73% Off)

Rising Dragon Martial Arts

Milwaukee

Master Instructor Steve Jungmann teaches traditional Chinese martial arts forms alongside full-contact sparring

$90 $29

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Month of Unlimited Metcon Madness Classes for One or Two at SELF Fit (Up to 55% Off)

SELF Fit

Milwaukee

Metcon Madness classes employ the elements of CrossFit workouts without the heavy lifting

$120 $60

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10 Fitness Classes from XCEL Personal Training LLC (70% Off)

Xcel Personal Training

Brookfield

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$120 $36

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5, 10, or 20 Semi-Private Personal-Training Sessions at Anytime Fitness Greenfield (Up to 83% Off)

Anytime Fitness

Greenfield Club

Trainers lead small groups in fitness regimens aimed at setting and meeting fitness goals

$200 $35

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Beginner Mosaic Class for One, Two, Four, or Eight at Terra Domus Design Group (Up to 60% Off)

Terra Domus Design Group

Milwaukee

Students receive all the materials to create a 12”x12” mirror or wall hanging during a three-hour class that teaches mosaic techniques

$75 $37

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$55 for Hands-On Sea Lion Splash Program on Animal Training at Oceans of Fun ($100 Value)

Oceans of Fun

Oceans of Fun

During the 2.5-hour program, kids ages 5–10 feed sea lions fresh fish poolside and learn the basics of animal training and conservation

$100 $55

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The perception of pole dancing is changing. When Maureen Metzger and her business partner DJ Hamilton started Blush Pole Fitness & Dance six years ago, Maureen says, "people thought [the instructors] were strippers." Since then, she's seen attitudes adjust as pole dancing went from taboo to a possible Olympic sport. Maureen equates pole dancing with aerial arts, on par with performances seen in shows such as Cirque du Soleil. She leads a series of classes and workshops that focus on upper-body and core strength or hone in sensual spins and dances. "You can be sexy and sensual," Maureen says, "and it doesn’t have to be tasteless . . . I watch Dancing with the Stars, and I think that is way more sexual than anything we do."

Occasionally, she still has to spend some time fighting inaccurate stereotypes, including an episode in early 2012 that involved inviting Jim Stingl of the Journal Sentinel to studio for a fact-finding mission. But mostly, Maureen and DJ concern themselves with empowering women to be "strong physically and emotionally." There comes a time, she says, when "you stop feeling sexy, you age, you gain weight, you get so busy with other parts of your life. . . I think we lose [that] and [pole dancing] reminds us to be women." She credits pole dancing as a vital ally in boosting her self-esteem during a double mastectomy in her battle against breast cancer.

And though Maureen is the first to tout the power of pole dancing, she is also one of the first to undercut some of its weightier connotations, much like a doctor who uses a stethoscope that squeaks. "[We're] totally willing to laugh at ourselves," she says. "Nobody is taking this too seriously." The lighter mood, in particular, helps welcome shy students, who Maureen and DJ witness transform into "strong, confident, sexy, and feminine [women]."

7701 West Greenfield Avenue
West Allis,
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Steve Shapson has always taken a do-it-yourself approach to his food, having cultivated wild mushrooms and started his own home-brewing store. One day, a customer entered this brewing facility in search of a thermometer, and Steve quickly discovered the man had something other than brewing in mind. As the customer explained his newfound passion for amateur cheese making, Steve enthusiastically dove into the concept, inviting the fellow foodie to his store to help him discover the process. Since then, he's become The Cheesemaker, striving to pass on hard-earned knowledge that he maintains can't be found in conventional cheese-making guidebooks.

Steve teaches techniques for making hard and soft cheeses, butter, yogurt, and kefir in onsite workshops that last either just a few hours or a full weekend. During hands-on workshops, he explains both proper and improper techniques, often citing mistakes he's made in the past as examples and telling cautionary tales about arranging rival cheeses next to each other on a serving platter. To supply his workshops and fill out his take-home cheese-making kits, Steve gathers a range of cultures and inoculants necessary for developing different cheeses, as well as basic-to-advanced gear such as curd knives, strainers, and warming vats.

1500 East Park Place
Milwaukee,
WI
US

After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.

But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.

7722 W Greenfield Ave.
West Allis,
WI
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The 74-foot tower of North Point Lighthouse stretches to meet the neighboring trees of Lake Park. Attached to it are two-and-a-half stories of wood-frame keeper's quarters that once housed historic figures such as Georgia Stebbins, keeper for thirty years.

Renovated in 2007, the bright, airy building now acts as home to artifacts and lighthouse-related curios, including an original 1928 Fresnel lens that helped guide seafaring vessels. Additionally, a Chadburn telegraph, recovered from a sunken ship, pays homage to the orders that went to and from the ship's bridge and engine rooms.

Guests can browse both the quarters and the lighthouse, and explore the site's more than 120 years of history by perusing the artwork and photographs displayed throughout the galleries. Dedicated volunteers are also on hand to dispense fascinating information and history, and to give limited guided tours that lead visitors to the top of the tower, where they can catch views of the surrounding park and lakefront.

2650 N Wahl Ave.
Milwaukee,
WI
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It's rare for museums to have cozy dining rooms, but the Charles Allis Art Museum wasn't always a museum. Earlier in the 20th century, it was businessman and arts patron Charles Allis's Tudor-style mansion. Allis bequeathed it to the public along with his massive art collection, though, and nowadays, visitors can stop by to see pieces that span 2,000 years. Some highlights? Works by Winslow Homer, Classic antiquities, a large collection of Asian ceramics, plus rotating exhibits by local Wisconsin artists.

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum nestles in a historic mansion, too, albeit a different one. This one was built in the likeness of an Italian Renaissance villa in 1923, by architect David Adler. Its art spans a smaller period, from the 15th century through to the 18th. Visitors can browse wrought-iron work by Cyril Colnik, and explore a formal, outdoor Renaissance garden.

2220 North Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee,
WI
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As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO's Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium's drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.

1040 N 4th St.
Milwaukee,
WI
US