Kids Activities in Upper East Side

Admission for Two or Four or a Family Membership to Jewish Museum Milwaukee (50% Off)

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Milwaukee

$12 $6

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Museum celebrates the history of Jewish people in Wisconsin through rotating engaging exhibits

$149 for a Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride for Up to 12 from Milwaukee Coach and Carriage ($300 Value)

Milwaukee Coach and Carriage

Milwaukee

$300 $149

Horse-drawn wagons ferry up to 12 passengers past downtown Milwaukee sites on a tour to the lakefront

$50 for Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Sound Check Entertainment & Studios ($100 Value)

Sound Check Entertainment & Studios

West Allis

$100 $50

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Each week, expert instructors meet with adults and kids during lessons focused on voice, guitar, drums, or other instruments

UniverSoul Circus at Wisconsin State Fair Park on September 17–20 (Up to 43% Off)

UniverSoul Circus

Wisconsin State Fair Park

$33.35 $19.25

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Worldly cast dazzles audiences with aerial performances, exotic animals, and hip-hop dance set to pulsating music ranging from soul to Latin

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Four or Eight Laser-Tag Sessions at Kids in Motion (Up to 53% Off)

Kids in Motion

New Berlin

$20 $10

Kids aged 5 and older race around a 1,500 sq. ft. laser-tag arena that's specially designed to appeal to children

Five or Ten Open-Play Passes or Birthday Party for Up to Eight at Family Tree Haus (Up to 51% Off)

Family Tree Haus

Franklin

$40 $20

5,000 square feet of open space where kids can slide, climb, and and play with toys

One-Hour Pass for Two, or Birthday Party for 10 at Helium Trampoline Park (Up to 46% Off)

Helium Trampoline Park

New Berlin

$24 $13

Massive facility housing 130 trampolines, a 30-foot rock climbing wall, and a massive foam pit that visitors of all ages can leap into

Laser-Tag Package for Two or Four at Lasertag Adventure (40% Off)

Lasertag Adventure

Waukesha

$53.50 $32

Three hours of laser tag in a multi-level, jungle-themed laser-tag arena, trampoline dodgeball; and one one-topping pizza

Mini-Golf, Pizza, and Soda for Two or Four at Logger's Park Sports Complex (Up to 57% Off)

Logger's Park Sports Complex

Richfield

$27.45 $12

Pairs or groups of four putt their way through a meticulously-landscaped 18-hole mini-golf course, then enjoy pizza and soda

$24.99 for Cosmic Bowling for Four with Beer/Soda and Fries at Belgium Community Center ($72.49 Value) 

Belgium Community Center

Belgium

$72.49 $24.99

Colorful lights, energetic music, and glow-in-the-dark lanes enliven games as players sip soda and munch on fries

$15 for Two Games of Bowling for Up to Five from King Pin Bowl (Up to $55 Value)

King Pin Bowl

West Bend

$55 $15

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Bowling balls crash through pins on modern bowling lanes while cooks grill entrees at the in-house restaurant with a full bar

$39 for Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Kenosha Conservatory of Music ($88 Value)

Kenosha Conservatory of Music

Kenosha

$88 $39

Students learn sight-reading, rhythm, and other skills during one-on-one music lessons; guitar, drums, piano, and other instruments

$9 for a Tour for One at The Gold Pyramid ($15 Value)

The Gold Pyramid

The Gold Pyramid

$15 $9

Built as a private home in 1977, the 17,000 sq. ft. pyramid features statues, a moat, a three-pyramid garage, and Egyptian-style furnishings

Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Four or Eight at Maple Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Maple Lanes

South Business Drive

$28 $14

Two hours of bowling on one or two lanes at an alley that also features sand volleyball courts and a golf simulator

$23 for a Visit to Richardson Adventure Farm for Two Adults and Two Kids ($46 Value)

Richardson Adventure Farm

Spring Grove

$46 $23

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Explore a 28-acre corn maze, an observation tower, and 850-foot zipline at an operational family farm

Ice-Skating Outing for Two, Four, or Six at Rink Side Family Entertainment Center & Ice Arena (Up to 58% Off)

Rink Side Family Entertainment Center & Ice Arena

Rinkside Sports

$24 $11

Groups pick up ice skates then glide across newly resurfaced ice rink

One or Two Tactical Laser-Tag Sessions for Two or Four at Tactical Combat (Up to 51% Off)

Tactical Combat

Gurnee

$80 $39

During one-hour sessions, players engage in 6–7 games that simulate combat adventures with replica M16/M4 laser guns

Two-Hour Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Jump America (Up to 51% Off)

Jump America

Gurnee

$40 $20

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Kids bounce and play within 16,000-square-foot facility filled with trampolines and foam pits

Go-Karts, Mini Golf, and Bowling for 2 or 4 at Kristof's Entertainment Center in Round Lake Beach (Up to 53% Off)

Kristof's Entertainment Center

Round Lake Beach

$60 $29

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Bowling balls collide with pins, Formula K go-karts zip down racetracks & putted golf balls maneuver around 18-hole course's waterfalls

Lego Robotics Model Build & Play Pass or Day Camp at C&A Robot Factory (Up to 54% Off). Nine Options Available.

C&A Robot Factory

Libertyville

$30 $15

Thousands of Lego bricks let kids create cars, towers, or anything else they imagine

$25 for Bowling for Up to Six with Shoe Rentals, Pizza, and Drinks at Fatman Sports Lounge & Lanes (Up to $126 Value)

Fatman Sports Lounge & Lanes

Fatman Sports Lounge

$126 $25

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Neighborhood bowling alley entertains guests with bowling on 12 automatically scored lanes

Open-Gym Passes or Birthday Party for Up to 10 or 20 Kids at Quick Stick Lacrosse and More (Up to 61% Off)

Quick Stick Lacrosse and More

Volo

$50 $25

The open gym and parties include access to dodgeballs, baseball equipment, and lacrosse equipment

Bowling with Shoe Rental for 2, 5, or 10 from Chicagoland Bowling (Up to 57% Off)

Chicagoland Bowling

Multiple Locations

$28 $12

Hour-long game at your choice of 10 Chicagoland Bowling member centers

$64 for 30 Minutes of WhirlyBall or Laser Tag for Up to 10 Players at WhirlyBall ($150 Value)

WhirlyBall

Multiple Locations

$150 $64

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Zip around courts in a bumper car, tossing wiffle balls with plastic scoops through goals, or slink through neon laser-tag arenas

Two, Four, or Six Indoor Amusement Center Passes to Party Fantasy Up to 55% Off)

Party Fantasy

Mundelein

$10 $5

Kids leap atop inflatables, ascend rock-climbing wall, race in go karts, and play games in video arcade

Two, Four, or Six 45-Minute Music Classes at Kindermusik By Lisa (Up to 61% Off)

Kindermusik By Lisa

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Seasoned instructors lead parents and children up to 7 years of age through play activities incorporating music and movement

Two Hours of Trampoline Sports and Play for Two or Four at Xtreme Trampolines (Up to 55% Off)

Xtreme Trampolines

Multiple Locations

$38 $17

Supervised kids and adults bounce off commercial-grade trampolines lining floors and walls or try their hand at trampoline dodge ball

Sports Birthday Party for Up to 10 or 20 Kids at Kits Sports Center (Up to 58% Off)

Kits Sports Center

Lake Zurich

$145 $64

Up to 20 kids can play at basketball, baseball, soccer, or flag football during a birthday party at this sports center.

$27 for a Punch Card for Five Indoor-Play Visits at Chicago TreeHouse ($52.50 Value)

Chicago TreeHouse

Lake Zurich

$52.50 $27

Kids roam free in 7,700 sq. ft. indoor play place with multilevel climbing structure, swings, and soft basketball court

$18 for Nickel City Family Entertainment Center Visit for Four with Pizza, Pop, and Gameplay ($31.99 Value)

Nickel City

Northbrook

$31.99 $18

Share a large pizza and pitcher of soda between turns on 100+ nickel-operated video and redemption games

Bowling and Shoe Rental for 4 or 20 at Jeffery Lanes (Up to Half Off) 

Jeffery Lanes

Wheeling

$240 $119

Vintage bowling alley with midcentury-modern-style ball returns and manual scoring

Two or Four Private Instrument or Voice Lessons at Piano Trends Music Company (Up to 61% Off)

Piano Trends Music Company

Crystal Lake

$63 $29

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30-minute instrument or voice lessons for all ages

Visit for Two or Four to Kohl Children's Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Kohl Children's Museum

Glenview

$22 $14

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Two-acre outdoor sculpture park and 16 other interactive exhibits teach children how to build a house, harness natural power, and make art

$40 for Four Lessons on Piano, Guitar, Drums, or Other Instruments at JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons ($88 Value)

JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons

Multiple Locations

$88 $40

During private, 30-minute lessons, students learn the basics of singing or their choice of string, wind, or percussion instrument

$29 for Two 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Terra Sounds ($80 Value)

Terra Sounds

Glenview

$80 $29

Students can practice instruments including guitar, piano, drums, violin, or voice or study techniques such as songwriting or improvisation

Six Open-Play Sessions at Jump!Zone (Up to 42% Off). Six Locations Available.

Jump!Zone

Multiple Locations

$60 $35

Kids bounce across massive inflatable arenas, slides, and obstacle courses

Two Hours of Bowling for Four or Eight with Drinks and Shoes at Liberty Lanes Bowling Center (Up to 59% Off)

Liberty Lanes Bowling Center

Carpentersville

$141.50 $59

Retro-style bowling alley; includes shoe rental and pitcher of soda or beer

5 or 10 Drop-In Play Sessions, or a 90-Minute Firefighter Birthday Party for Up to 14 at FireZone (Up to 61% Off)

FireZone

Schaumburg

$45 $19

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Hands-on activities in a firehouse-themed activity center with real firefighters teach safety skills and fuel imaginations

Three Games of Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Glowgolf (Up to 55% Off)

Glowgolf

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Luminescent golf balls, lit-up putters, neon obstacles, and incandescent walls illuminate players negotiating tricky glow-themed landscapes

5 or 10 Bounce-House Play Passes at Pump It Up (Up to 51% Off

Pump It Up

Schaumburg

$40 $20

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Kids scramble and jump through bounce houses and coast down inflatable slides during five or 10 play sessions

Adult Painting Class for One, Two, or Four or Kids' Birthday Party at The CAKE Village (Up to 62% Off)

The CAKE Village

East Dundee

$50 $25

Artist leads adults in painting their own masterpieces; kids celebrate birthdays playing in the mini villiage and nibbling on cake

Three or Six Open-Play Outings at Kids Club Party and Fun (Up to 50% Off)

Kids Club Party and Fun

Schaumburg

$30 $16

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Kids frolic in small houses, mini cars, and cushioned playhouses as parents sink into comfy couches and sip on coffee or tea

Weekday or Weekend Admission for One, Two, or Four at Illinois Railway Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Illinois Railway Museum

Coral

$10 $5

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Watch restored antique train cars in operation, then check out memorabilia from the Chicagoland and national rail industries

Admission for Four Adults, or Membership for One Adult or Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Elgin History Museum

Eastside Elgin

$12 $8

Two floors of history exhibits reflecting Elgin's rich past, including a collection of Elgin Watches and Elgin Road Race memorabilia

$110 for $200 Worth of Music Lessons — GuitarSmart

Guitarsmart

Downtown Elgin

$200 $110

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

All-Day Access Package for Up to 8 or Party Package for Up to 15 at Coral Cove Family Fun Center (Up to 52% Off)

Coral Cove Family Fun Center

South Beloit

$36 $18

Modern and classic arcade games stand alongside five inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses for ample family fun

$19 for Two Games of Bowling with Shoes for Five at Badgerland Bowling Centers (Up to $52.50 Value)

Badgerland Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$52.50 $19

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Groups of up to five strap into shoes and bowl at any of six locations, each with an onsite restaurant

Bowling Package for Two, Four, or Six with Pizza at Badger Bowl (Up to 59% Off)

Badger Bowl

Madison

$36.99 $16

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A Madison institution since 1977, Badger Bowl regales patrons with bowling, live music, poker tournaments, sand volleyball, and concessions

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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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In 1977, a group of Milwaukee’s sailors responded to its city’s lack of a public sailing institution by banding together with county officials to create a not-for-profit organization accessible to everyone. The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center has continued to uphold this original vision of granting everyone—regardless of age, physical ability, or financial means—a chance to develop sailing skills while exploring Lake Michigan’s aqueous expanses. Since its founding, it has imparted its knowledge upon upwards of 100,000 student via hands-on classes and private lessons.

Throughout the summer’s balmy months, Milwaukee Community Sailing Center’s experienced and certified staff can be found reviewing boat safety with students during on-shore lessons or calling out instructions to their trainees from within a sailboat cruising around the lake. As winter’s frigid winds rage across the city, a host of off-season winter sessions enables skippers to keep their sea legs toned until spring returns. Bobbing cheerfully in the onsite marina, the center’s seaworthy fleet is comprised of more than 80 meticulously maintained vessels, including sturdy dinghies, cruisers, and saddled-up krakens. The center’s dedication to bringing the community together on the water is further evidenced in its outreach programs, including one designed to help Milwaukee’s at-risk youth turn a new leaf by helping them uncover hidden talents, develop leadership skills, and conquer their fears.

1450 N Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Reservations/Appointments: Not offered

Established: 2008

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Pro Tip: If you call in advance, we can get a docent for your tour.

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Exhibits on Golda Meir and Jews Who Rock

Q&A with Ellie Gettinger, Education Director

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

Jewish Museum Milwaukee has beautiful engaging displays, including the only Marc Chagall tapestry in Milwaukee. This is an epic piece?it's 14'x19') and provides perspective on Jewish history. In addition, our changing exhibits enliven the understanding of the Jewish experience. Every three months, JMM has a totally new display to explore.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

I love touring the Museum. There are so many interesting and unique stories that show the development of the city of Milwaukee. There is a lot of information, but the museum's size makes it easy to get through in an hour or two.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Right now our changing exhibit is Jews Who Rock (through August 10). This display includes fabulous performance photographs, loads of trivia, and great connections to many artists and their work. In September, we are opening our largest exhibit to date, Stitching History from the Holocaust, which will detail the experience of Hedy Strnad, a woman who sent eight designs to Milwaukee in the hopes of immigrating.

1360 N Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee,
WI
US

German expressionism. American decorative arts. Among the nation's best American art post 1960. The Milwaukee Art Museum is a leading American institution for the work of self-taught artists and holds one of the largest collections of works by Georgia O’Keeffe and other artistic luminaries in four floors of the 341,000-square-foot museum. Encompassing more than 25,000 pieces, the museum's collection ranges from 90 works of Haitian art and 450-plus German expressionist prints to an expansive contemporary art selection that includes pieces by Andy Warhol. Among the more singular holdings in the more than 40 galleries are the earliest surviving American-made chair.

Temporary and traveling exhibitions pass through each year, spotlighting everything from Rembrandt to color photography. Upcoming highlights include tattoo art, nineteenth-century portraiture, and, in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the abstract paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. Delve deeper into works on display during lectures and talks, part of a packed events calendar that includes concerts and film screenings. Visitors can also flex their own artistic muscles during programs such as kids' and adult art classes.

700 N Art Museum Dr
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Making new friends doesn't have to involve going to the bar or lurking in the grocery store produce section. It could mean joining Milwaukee Social Club, a local organization that schedules sports leagues and special events. Players have their choice of sports to play year round, from Touch Football in the Fall to Softball, Volleyball, and Kickball in the summer. A second season of new leagues has been added for participants. They can also enjoy events such as Packer Viewing parties and the exclusive "MSC Day-Off".

270 E Highland Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Discovery World’s 120,000 square feet of exhibits celebrate exploration—both of technology and aquatic life. Guests can gaze at a 75,000-gallon freshwater tank filled with species found in the Great Lakes, stroll down a glass-enclosed tunnel beneath the 65,000-gallon saltwater tank containing colorful Caribbean fish, and admire jellyfish showing off their limber break-dance skills before getting their hands wet in touch tanks with sturgeon, stingrays, and more. The museum further satisfies thirst for watery knowledge with to-scale replicas of the Great Lakes and the Challenge, a 19th-century schooner.

Discovery World houses plenty of exhibits dedicated to innovative technology, including Les Paul’s House of Sound, which features guitars from Les Paul’s own personal collection. Visitors can also practice flying a plane and skywriting marriage proposals in the airplane simulator, or peer inside a nuclear reactor as it generates energy.

500 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee,
WI
US