Kids Activities in Wauwatosa

54% Off Scavenger Dash

Trinity

$127.59 $59

Teams of two traverse the streets of Milwaukee as they find clues, collect items, take pictures, and complete challenges

Up to 44% Off Tours of Pabst Mansion

Avenues West

$18 $11

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Flemish Revival mansion showcases historic past of Pabst Brewing Company, rare 19th-century art, and original furnished halls

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

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

50% Off Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride

Milwaukee

$300 $149

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

66% Off Cosmic Bowling and Beer/Soda for Four 

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

Up to 73% Off Bowling

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

Up to 54% Off Petting-Farm Visit in Waterford

Waterford

$27 $13

Fuzzy fleeces, soft feathers, and bristly hides rub against hands at a petting zoo where kids can also ride a pony and milk a cow

52% Off Family-Fun Outing

Bristol

$83.75 $40

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Families of four compete in laser-tag arena, slam multicolored bumper cars, play 150+ arcade games, and navigate a laser-maze

55% Off Private Music Lessons

Kenosha

$88 $39

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

Up to 51% Off at Kristof's Entertainment Center

Round Lake Beach

$22 $11

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Bowlers compete across three games, then head to the arcade for games like pinball and Monster Drop

52% Off Ice-Skating Classes

Gurnee

$125 $60

Kids, teens, and adults learn to ice-skate in age-appropriate classes held in seven- or eight-week sessions

Up to 55% Off Bowling at 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

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Going to the movie theater should be more enjoyable than watching a movie at home––a concept that Rosebud Theater has down pat. Cinephiles regain the sparkle in their eyes as they enter the historic venue, which originally opened as The Tosa Theatre in 1931 and was recently modernized to have great views and stellar sound. Unlike cramped multiplex theaters, Rosebud houses one solitary, comfortably spaced theater, where visitors won’t have to worry about hearing explosions from the monster-truck movie next door or accidently walking into the wrong monster-truck movie.

In addition to typical movie snacks such as popcorn, candy, and soda, the Rosebud sports a full menu of appetizers, sandwiches, quesadillas, and pizza, as well as a full bar stocked with wine, cocktails, and microbrews––all of which are delivered to patrons during featured presentations. Rather than standard chairs, the theater is furnished with cushy loveseats with room for 180 movie lovers to savor first-run Hollywood hits without wrestling strangers over armrests.

6823 W North 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

One of 12 indoor 400-meter ovals in the world and the only sea-level oval in the United States accessible to athletes, the nonprofit Pettit National Ice Center has become an essential destination for speed skaters training for the 2014 Olympic Games. Practicing skaters join the ranks of Apolo Anton Ohno, Chad Hedrick, and Shani Davis, all of whom have competed or trained at Pettit, participated in the last five Winter Olympics, and beaten an avalanche into submission. With its 155,000-square-foot arena and 97,000 square feet of ice, the Olympic training site has hosted the 2005 U.S. National Short Track Championship and eight international speed-skating competitions.

In addition to Olympic-caliber sportspersons, Pettit accommodates nearly 400,000 annual visitors for public-skating sessions and lessons in skating, figure skating, and speed skating. Skating clubs, hockey leagues, curling, and wheelchair- and special-needs-skating classes commence on two 100'x200' rinks. Meanwhile, spectators and Olympic torches on their day off can sidestep the ice by contemplating infinity while resting in a lounge overlooking the arena, or jogging around the 443-meter track circling the ice oval.

500 S 84th St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

CMP Tactical Lazer Tag brings cathode combat into the modern video-game era with high-tech weapons and a tactical playing experience that includes a variety of high-stakes missions. Groups ultimately succeed or fail as a team, and all of CMP's sessions promote teamwork as allied players capture a building, rescue a hostage, or draw a mustache on the dictator's self-portraits. In each high-tech shootout, lightweight sensors worn on the head emit audible hit-recognition sounds when digital bullets strike.

4905 S Howell Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Bumper, Slick, Makaia, and Diego may sound like a team of superheroes, but at Oceans of Fun, they are the names of just 4 of the 11 sea lions and seals that inhabit the center's waters. Nestled in the Milwaukee County Zoo, the educational center focuses specifically on marine animals, educating visitors on their traits, their favorite places to play, and conservation strategies. Kids can feed the seals and sea lions buckets of fresh fish or build their animal-training repertoire during interactive programs; the animals also perform in shows four times daily throughout most of the year.

10001 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Beach-goers stave off direct sun exposure by hunkering under Bradford Beach Cabana Company's signature cabanas, or basking in the shade of rented beach umbrellas. The purveyor's cushioned lounge chairs fit comfortably beneath their shady structures, and a team of food-service attendants is on hand to ferry snacks to beach-goers who would otherwise have to infiltrate seagull potlucks. On breaks from lounging, adventurers can take to the waves in rented water gear, paddling touring kayaks or balancing atop standup paddleboards on the clear lake waters.

2400 N Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee,
WI
US