Don't let the cold weather get you down! Check out these great exhibits in Milwaukee's museums for some ideas of what to do with those stir-crazy kids this winter!
Milwaukee Public Museum -- If you haven't seen the upgrade to the Streets of Old Milwaukee, why not take the kids to see it now while the weather is not so great? The re-imagined exhibit includes a new streetcar entrance that makes you feel like you're going back in time, a new courtyard and themed storytelling throughout the Streets. And, don't worry -- the kid-favorites are still there, from the chance to climb the stairs and look into upper-story windows, the water pump, and of course the candy shop!
Discovery World -- On weekends at Milwaukee's science museum, families get the opportunity to take part in walk-up, no-registration-required workshops. On-tap for January?
Color Changing Slime in the THIRST Lab -- Test pigments that change color, learn about polymers and take home a sample of fun, heat-sensitive slime. (January 14)
Fishy Insides in the Freshwater Sustainability Lab -- Take a look inside some of the creatures that rule the water, including yellow perch, sea lamprey and dogfish sharks. (January 14)
Fireworks in Winter in the Bill Brady Intelligent Products Lab -- Use specialized inks to print a poster highlighting the shimmer of the Northern Lights. (January 28)
Betty Brinn Children's Museum -- Did you know that the engineers and makers at Betty Brinn create traveling exhibits that are super-in-demand by other museums throughout the nation? The benefit to having such a resource in our hometown is that our kids get first dibs at the exhibits! The newest traveling exhibit, Big League Fun, has lots of baseball-themed interactive fun for kids and their grownups -- from pretending to sell concessions or be a commentator to getting in the game itself by pitching, batting and running bases.
Yup, baseball in winter! Check out what we wrote about the new exhibit here.
Milwaukee Art Museum -- Kohl's Art Generation gives kids who visit the Art Museum the chance to create their own art in three different programs during museum hours.
Kohl's Art Generation Open Studio: Winter Garden -- On Saturdays and Sundays, families can take inspiration from the museum's exhibit, "Nature and Opulence: The Art of Martin Johnson Heade" and then check out live plants and insects in order to make their own contribution to a community mural that will be displayed at Penfield Montessori Academy.
Paper Play: Kindergarten to Contemporary Art -- Families will be inspired by real-life artists who create from paper and then be able to create their own mysterious scene, a sculpture and a colorful weaving.
Kohl's Art Generation Lab: Haitian Art -- The Milwaukee Art Museum has one of the most impressive collections of Haitian art in the world. Children will get the chance to draw on that rich culture by taking part in various activities.