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Enjoy the winter outdoors this weekend with family hikes at Wehr and Retzer nature centers!

6 Friday

Meijer Free First Friday: Admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum is free for individuals and families (excluding groups) on the first Friday of each month, thanks to Meijer.

Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

mam.org

Playgroup with Stories:  A 20-minute story time for children and their parent or guardian is followed by open play time with a variety of age-appropriate, educational toys. For children ages 2 and under with a parent of guardian.

Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

mpl.org

7 Saturday

Family Nature Hike – Winter Birds: Winter is a great time to go bird watching, with leafless trees and a snowy landscape making it easier to find the birds. Dress warmly as we will spend most of the time outside looking for sparrows, juncos, hawks and owls. We have binoculars and snowshoes you can borrow.

Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

414-527-0232

friendsofhavenwoods.org

Fractured Fairy Tales -- Volume III: Cinema Academy/Greatworks performs this free-wheeling adaptation of stories like "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "Henny Penny."

Arrowhead High School North Campus Theater, 800 N. Ave., Hartland

1:30 p.m.

$6/person

lakecountrychildrenstheater.org

Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market: Brings together about 50 weekly vendors to sell high quality fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, poultry and dairy products, along with freshly baked goods, jams, cider, honey, maple syrup, sorghum, sauces and soups, and delicious global cuisine. Runs Saturdays through April 8

Milwaukee Domes Greenhouse Annex, 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free parking and admission to the market

mcwfm.org

Paws and Read: Read out loud to a cuddly canine! The Alliance of Therapy Dogs will provide furry friends the first Saturday of each month. Come in to say hello, give a pet, or read a selection of good books. Great for reluctant readers!

Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

1 to 2 p.m.

mpl.org

Play & Learn: Up in the Sky: Join our Kindermusik class where we can fly, flutter and float. We will sing, dance and explore instruments together.

Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

mpl.org

Saturdays at Central: Lovabye Dragon Family Workshop: Children and their families will be brought into a world where dreams do come true as they explore fairy tales from around the world filled with fantasy, rhyming verse, mythical characters and hopeful endings.

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

10:30 a.m.

mpl.org

Winter Wildlife Tracking: Animal tracks are important clues, but nibbled branches, stray animal fur or scat make these clues all significant to the story they tell. Participants will learn how to identify the tracks for different animal species, and read the animal's activities. We will even learn how to move the way different animals do in order to make certain kinds of tracks. When you learn to read the signs, it's like being let in on little secrets of animal life.

Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha

9 to 11 a.m.

$5 for families and Scouts, Register by Friday, January 6.

262-896-8007

waukeshacounty.gov

Winter Wildlife on Snowshoes: Winter is a great time to get out and explore the environment, and snowshoes are a fun way to do it. Join a Retzer naturalist as you trek the trails in the silent world of winter on snowshoes. The program will emphasize wildlife tracks and signs and recreational snowshoeing as you connect to your winter surroundings.

Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha

1 to 3 p.m.

$5 for families and Scouts, Register by Friday, January 6.

262-896-8007

waukeshacounty.gov

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