100+ Places Milwaukee Parents Need to Check Out

Your resource for family fun, including places to go and things to do, plus services that will make your life easier

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Adoption/Foster Care Services

Adoption Services Inc.
5215 N. Ironwood Dr., Glendale | 414-332-1800

Catholic Charities
3501 S. Lake Dr., St. Francis | 414-551-3754


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Coalition for Children, Youth & Families

6737 W. Washington St., West Allis | 414-475-1246

Are you caring for a relative’s child, a child in foster care or an adopted child? The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families is here to help! The Coalition is an essential resource for trusted information, education and encouragement to help you build confident, strong and resilient families.

Holt International
414 E. Walnut St., Green Bay | 630-754-4514

Lutheran Social Services

Dance/Music Instruction

Academy of Dance Arts
9036 N. 51st St., Brown Deer | 414-354-8020

Bella Via
1220 W. Ranchito Ln., Mequon | 262-236-9298

1661 N. Water St. | 414-277-8480

Fresh Coast Dance
121 E. Silver Spring Dr. | 414-485-5530 

Kennedy Dance Co.
2001 W. Good Hope Rd., Glendale | 414-434-2321


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BlackBear Children’s Boutique

4312 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood | 414-368-0110

BlackBear offers a finely curated collection of baby and children’s clothing and gifts sure to please parents and children alike. The owners have scoured the globe to provide you with a selection of modern and unique brands for your little ones. You can shop online or in-store – they look forward to seeing you!

Lake Shore Dance
N19 W6721 Commerce Ct., Cedarburg | 262-377-0737

Milwaukee Irish Dance Studio
3555 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood | 414-441-4459 

Milwaukee Music Academy
3319 S. 100th St. | 414-916-7232

Salsabrosa Dance Company
3418 W. National Ave. | 414-243-0910 


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WELL Spa + Salon

424 E. Wisconsin Ave. | 414-277-9207

WELL Spa + Salon at The Pfister Hotel is a treasured refuge of relaxation. This soothing sanctuary is home to signature spa treatments, chic salon services, couples’ massages and much more. From the moment you enter the tranquil relaxation room, you’ll appreciate the restorative ambience and the comforting atmosphere.

School of Rock
4050 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood | 414-332-7625

Wauwatosa School of Music
10862 W. Wisconsin Ave. | 414-813-1744

White House of Music
2101 N. Springdale Rd., Waukesha | 262-798-9700

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
1584 N. Prospect Ave. | 414-276-5760

Day Care

Casa Corazón
4114 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood | 414-436-9227

340 W. St. Paul Ave. | 414-224-0990


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Curiosity Corner Nursery School

2366 N. 80th St., Wauwatosa | 414-774-5005

Curiosity Corner offers the perfect play-based program for introducing a young child to school! Curiosity Corner offers two or three half-day sessions per week for students. Each session is two-and-a-half hours long and is taught by a wonderful, caring and professional staff in the heart of Wauwatosa.

Multiple Milwaukee Locations | 414-762-0045

LifeWays Early Childhood Center
3224 N. Gordon Pl. | 414-562-0818

The Nurturing Nook
Locations On East Side And In Glendale And Fox Point | 414-961-1482

UW-Milwaukee Children’s Learning Center
2025 E. Newport Ave. | 414-229-5384


Eastside Dental
1845 N. Farewell Ave. | 414-253-3241

The Fun Kid’s Dentist
16655 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield | 262-786-1270

Highland Park Family Dentistry
6101 W. Vliet St., Wauwatosa | 414-475-9035 

The Kids Dentist
10618 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon | 262-241-0400 

Lakeshore Family Dentistry
Locations in Glendale, Greendale and Fox Point | 414-928-2518 

Shorewood Family Dentistry
3970 N. Oakland Ave. | 414-775-3112

Wagner Pediatric Dentistry
330 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay | 414-939-3870


3rd Street Market Hall
275 W. Wisconsin Ave. | 414-249-5062

AJ Bombers
1247 N. Water St. | 414-221-9999

The Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale | 414-236-7000

The Bay
342 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay | 414-455-3045

Cafe Hollander
Locations on East Side, in Wauwatosa and Brookfield

Hubbard Park Lodge
3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood | 414-332-4207


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9015 W. Burleigh St. | 414-873-7960

When you go to Bunzel’s, expect to be impressed. A family tradition for over 40 years, Bunzel’s takes you back to a time when great service was expected, quality was demanded and conversation was anticipated. Stop into Bunzel’s for homemade soup and hot or cold deli subs, or head to the meat counter and choose from over 30 varieties of brats and sausages.

Locations in Glendale, Brookfield and Greenfield

Ma Fischer’s
2214 N. Farwell Ave. | 414-271-7424

Miltown Eats
2730 N. Humboldt Blvd. | 414-434-9799
Miltown Eats is Milwaukee’s local meal kit delivery service. It partners with Wisconsin farmers to get fresh ingredients and practices sustainable packaging. Plus, delivery is free. 

Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water St. | 414-336-1111

Miss Katie’s Diner
1900 W. Clybourn St. | 414-344-0044


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Wisconsin State Fair 

640 S. 84th St., West Allis | 414-266-7000

The Wisconsin State Fair offers a unique experience for everyone who attends! The fair features Wisconsin’s largest agriculture showcase, dozens of free entertainment stages, exciting rides and games in SpinCity, countless family-friendly activities and food galore. This year’s fair takes place Thursday, Aug. 4-Sunday, Aug. 14.

Original Pancake House
16460 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

Organ Piper Pizza
4353 S. 108th St., Greenfield | 414-529-1177

779 N. Front St. | 414-271-2007

Stone Fire Pizza Co.
5320 S. Moorland Rd., New Berlin | 262-970-8800

Transfer Pizzeria Café
101 W. Mitchell St. | 414-763-0438


St. Anthony School
1727 S. Ninth St. | 414-384-6612

Augustine Prep
2607 S. Fifth St. | 414-810-1380

Brookfield Academy
3462 N. Brookfield Rd., Brookfield | 262-783-3200


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Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP

330 E. Kilbourn Ave., Suite 1170 | 414-271-1440

Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown has handled complex legal issues for over 50 years. Because of the firm’s experience, dedication and compassion, clients often return to work with GRGB again and again. GRGB was recently named a top workplace for professional moms by Working Moms of Milwaukee.

Brown Street Academy
2029 N. 20th St. | 414-935-3100

Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
4257 N. 100th St. | 414-462-3742

Elmbrook Preschool
13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield | 262-780-0122
A half-day preschool with a warm, welcoming environment promoting the development of the whole child. 

Golda Meir School
1555 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. | 414-212-3200

St. Marcus Lutheran
2215 N. Palmer St. | 414-562-3369

Marquette University
High School, 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave. | 414-933-7220


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Carroll University

100 N. East Ave. | 262-547-1211

Carroll University is Wisconsin’s first four-year institution of higher learning. The liberal arts university has more than 95 areas of study, including a variety of graduate programs and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy, and has prepared students to live a life of purpose and meaning through diverse learning opportunities and experiences.

Milwaukee College Prep
Multiple Milwaukee locations | 414-445-8020

Milwaukee German Immersion School
3778 N. 82nd St. | 414-393-5600

Milwaukee High School of the Arts
2300 W. Highland Ave. | 414-934-7000

New World Montessori
10333 Enterprise Dr., Mequon | 414-351-6000

North Shore Montessori School
4650 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale | 414-906-8900
Serving children ages 20 months to 12 years with authentic Montessori education, integrated Spanish and natural playscapes. 


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Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance

349 N. Oak Crest Dr., Wales | 262-968-6273 ext. 4800

Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance is a comprehensive, four-year college prep school designed for students with an interest in the arts. Students from across southeastern Wisconsin attend this top-ranked high school to pursue their passions in art, music, theater and creative writing.

Notre Dame School of Milwaukee
1425 S. 26th St. | 414-671-3000

Prairie Hill Waldorf
N14 W29143 Silvernail Rd., Pewaukee | 262-646-7497

Rocketship Southside Community Prep
3003 W. Cleveland Ave. | 414-455-3539

Tamarack Waldorf
1150 E. Brady St. | 414-277-0009

Tenor High School
840 N. Jackson St. | 414-308-1230

Mental Health

Children’s Wisconsin
8915 W. Connell Ct.

Marquette University Center for Psychological Services
604 N. 16th St. | 414-288-3487

National Alliance of Mental Illness of Milwaukee
1915 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. | 414-344-0447

Rogers Behavioral Health
2400 S. 102nd St., West Allis | 414-327-3000

Wraparound Milwaukee
9455 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa | 414-257-7607


Aurora Family Medicine
163 N. Milwaukee St. | 414-227-1127

Bayshore Pediatrics
7950 N. Port Washington Rd., Fox Point | 414-228-0099

Greenfield Pediatrics
3365 S. 103rd St. | Greenfield | 414-321-3951


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Centers for Independence

2020 W. Wells St. | 414-937-2020 

For almost 85 years, the Centers for Independence has strengthened communities by helping people advance their total health. CFI is dedicated to helping people of all ages and abilities achieve independence. CFI’s unmatched breadth of services and resources allows others to find value in themselves and see a path forward.

Mayfair Pediatrics
3040 N. 117th St., Wauwatosa | 414-479-9990

Next Door Pediatrics
2561 N. 29th St. | 414-264-5338

Shoreview Pediatrics
2524 E. Webster Pl. | 414-272-7009 

Tosa Pediatrics
8651 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa | 414-774-9200


Gary’s Pet Jungle
2857 S. Howell Ave. | 414-744-3338

Lucky Mutts Rescue
9225 W. Beloit Rd.

Marineland Pets
311 W. Silver Spring Dr., Glendale | 414-249-4110

Milwaukee Animal Domestic Control Commission MADACC
3839 W. Burnham St. | 414-649-8640


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Humane Animal Welfare Society

701 Northview Rd., Waukesha | 262-542-8851
HAWS Schallock Center for Animals, W330 S1205 County Rd. C, Delafield

HAWS is an open-admission, no-kill shelter dedicated to strengthening the bond between animals and humans through adoptions and education. HAWS engages over 12,000 kids a year through its programs, teaching kindness and compassion for all!

Second Hand Purrs
4300 S. Howell Ave. | 414-727-7877

Tiny Tykes Puppies
2661 S. Howell Ave. | 715-321-2340

Wisconsin Humane Society
4500 W. Wisconsin Ave. | 414-264-6257


Babboni Photography
21185 Gumina Rd., Brookfield | 262-649-3020

Heather Cook Elliott Photography
207 E. Buffalo St. | 414-944-1475

Katiebee Photography

Little x Little Photography


Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


The Wisconsin DNR is dedicated to protecting the people of Wisconsin and our amazing natural resources. Wisconsin truly has something special. With 49 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state biking trails and thousands of acres of public land, there’s something for everyone. Find your adventure – go wild in Wisconsin.

Monkeybean Photo
Grafton | 414-915-4357

Reminisce Photography

Shannon Wuercher Photography

Talia Laird Photography
Stress-free newborn, maternity and family photography for busy mothers who want custom artwork in their home. 

Von Rueden Creative

Worzella Photography

Public Pools

Cedarburg Public Pool
W67 N851 Evergreen Blvd. | 262-375-7665

Elm Grove Swimming Pool Village Park
13600 Juneau Blvd.

Fox Point Pool
7040 N. Santa Monica Blvd. | 414-351-8908

Horeb Springs Aquatic Center
330 Spring St., Waukesha | 262-524-3727

Hoyt Park Pool
1800 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa | 414-302-9160

Mequon Community Pool
11335 N. Cedarburg Rd.

Schulz Aquatic Park at Lincoln Park
1301 W. Hampton Ave.

Sheridan Park Pool
4800 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy


Adventure Rock
Locations in Brewer’s Hill, Walker’s Point and Brookfield | 262-790-6800

Bavarian United Soccer Club
700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale | 414-232-1788

Cho’s Martial Arts
Multiple Milwaukee locations | 414-464-1060

Elite Sports Clubs
Locations in Mequon, Brookfield and Glendale | 414-434-2321

Flips 4 All
4630 N. Estabrook Ln., Glendale | 414-687-5862

Infinite Gymnastics
8989 N. 55th St., Brown Deer | 414-371-9520


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Girls on the Run Southeastern Wisconsin

5775 N. Glen Park Rd., Glendale | 414-367-8171 

Girls on the Run inspires girls of all abilities to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun curriculum that creatively integrates running. At the end of each season, the students compete in a 5K, which provides a sense of accomplishment and sets a confident mindset into motion.

JK Lee Blackbelt Academy
Multiple Milwaukee locations | 262-783-5131 

Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
1450 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. | 414-277-9094

Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club
7101 Good Hope Rd.

Milwaukee Recreation
5225 W. Vliet St. | 414-475-8180

North Shore Academy of Gymnastics
W59 N270 Cardinal Ave., Cedarburg | 262-375-0430

Paley Tennis Center
2916 W. Vera Ave., Glendale | 414-434-0704

Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association
10427 W. Lincoln Ave.,  West Allis | 414-328-9972

Summer Day Camps

Challenge Island Greater Milwaukee
Challenge Island is a cross-curricular STEAM enrichment program for kids ages 3-14+. It offers in-school field trips, after-school, family nights, girl scouts, summer camps and birthday parties.

Elite Sports Clubs SCAMP
Locations in Mequon, Brookfield and Glendale | 414-434-2321

First Stage Theatre Academy 
325 W. Walnut St. | 414-267-2970

JCC Rainbow Day Camp
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay | 414-964-4444


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Refined Renovations

9730 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa | 262-649-8388

Refined Renovations is an award-winning, full service team of expert designers, architects and craftsmen who imagine, design and build beautiful and inspiring places to live. Our team of NARI-certified professionals have 20-plus years’ experience in transforming the home you have into the home you love.

Mad Science STEM Camps
2855 S. 160th St., New Berlin | 262-330-5029

Mathnasium Summer Program
Multiple Milwaukee locations, 423 E. Silver Spring Dr. | 414-763-9441

Milwaukee Ballet The Nutcracker Junior Camp
128 N. Jackson St. | 414-902-2100

Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy
Multiple Greater Milwaukee sites | 414-939-8808


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The Plaza Hotel Milwaukee

1007 N. Cass St. | 414-276-2101

The Plaza Hotel Milwaukee is your chance to experience charm and comfort in the heart of lively Downtown. Have breakfast at the vintage café, explore by the lakefront, and even see a show around the corner. The Plaza is pet-friendly, too, so you can bring your furry family members along.

Milwaukee Recreation Summer Day Camps
Multiple Milwaukee locations | 414-475-8180

Milwaukee Yacht Club Sailing School
1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. | 414-271-4455

Summer EXPLORE! at Marquette University High School
3401 W. Wisconsin Ave. | 414-933-7220

YMCA Day Camps
Multiple Milwaukee locations | 414-274-0759

Things to Do 

Above & Beyond Children’s Museum
902 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan | 920-458-4263
Above & Beyond has enjoyed 30 years of community service, enhancing the lives of children and their families.

Betty Brinn Children Museum
929 E. Wisconsin Ave. | 414-390-5437 


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The Merchants of Whitefish Bay

E. Silver Spring Dr., from Lydell Ave. to Lake Dr., Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay’s scenic Spring Drive is full of shops selling outdoor gear, designer furniture, clothes, toys, gifts and more, along with cafes and restaurants that kids will love. Plus, they host events all summer long. The village is ideal for parents, with its excellent schools, diverse housing options and safe neighborhoods.

Bounce Milwaukee
2801 S. Fifth Ct. | 414-312-4357

Bug & Goose Play Cafe
13448 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove | 262-788-5029
An indoor play space designed to nurture imaginations and curiosity for little ones and to form an uplifting community for caretakers.

Dave & Buster’s
2201 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa | 414-454-0100


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Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

165 N. Park Ave., Neenah | 920-751-4658 

Located on scenic Lake Winnebago, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass features contemporary glass, antique paperweights, Germanic drinking vessels, rotating exhibits, classes and a shop to explore the magic of glass art. Admission is free. answers@bmmglass.com 

HOURS: Tues-Sat: 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun: 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Discovery World Science and Technology Center
500 N. Harbor Dr. | 414-765-9966

Harley-Davidson Museum
400 W. Canal St. | 414-287-2789

Havenwoods State Forest
6141 N. Hopkins St. | 414-527-0232

JB’s on 41
4040 S. 27th St. | 414-281-8200

Little Sprouts Play Cafe
4606 N. Wilson Dr., Shorewood | 414-563-7529; 1406 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon | 262-518-0122
Milwaukee’s favorite play cafe offers indoor play and award-winning birthdays for families with young kids. Celebrate fun at both locations. 


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Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn | 262-675-3335

Start a family tradition at Wisconsin’s newest three-day German festival, August 5-7. There’ll be dachshund and corgi races, Knockerball, the Original Live Glockenspiel show, carnival rides, food, entertainment, bingo, on-site camping, and more! And Sunday is Thrivent Family Day.

Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd., River Hills | 414-446-8794

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Dr. | 414-224-3200

Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 W. Bluemound Rd. | 414-771-3040


Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Public Museum

Milwaukee Public Museum

800 W. Wells St. | 414-278-2728

Milwaukee Public Museum is a natural and human history museum in the heart of the city. MPM houses unique dioramas, life-size villages, cultural and natural exhibitions, a live butterfly garden, a planetarium, and more to inspire curiosity and excite minds. What will you find?

Missing Links
12950 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon | 262-243-5711

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
524 S. Layton Blvd. | 414-257-5600


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Urban Air Milwaukee West

2440 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha | 414-216-9485

Are you ready to soar, fly and jump? Come along to Urban Air where they activate awesome every day! The No. 1 place for birthday parties and special events, Urban Air has rock climbing, go karts, a sky rider, trampolines, bumper cars and more. And parents can enjoy a snack and drink on the patio.

National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum
170 S. First St. | 800-414-1482

Northwestern Mutual Community Park
200 N. Harbor Dr. | 414-273-2680

NEIGHBOR art studio
2201 N. Farwell Ave. | 414-436-5512
A playful art studio and shop for families with kiddos ages 8 months – 12 years (and adults!).


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Renaissance Theaterworks

255 S. Water St. | 414-278-0765

Renaissance Theaterworks is Milwaukee’s first professional theater company founded and led by women, and the nation’s second-oldest theater devoted to gender equality. The 2022-23 season’s theme is RESILIENT. Join the theater’s email list on r-t-w.com for information on youth programming.

Prarieville Park
2507 Plaza Ct., Waukesha | 262-784-4653

Racine Zoo
2131 N. Main St., Racine | 262-636-9189
Feed the giraffes, ride the Zoo Choo Express, visit the aviary, and explore immersive wildlife exhibits along the beautiful lakefront.

Riveredge Nature Center
4458 County Hwy. Y, Saukville | 262-375-2715
This Nature Center has trails, a natural playground, classes, and play groups from yoga to tree climbing. The drive from Downtown Milwaukee is only 37 minutes.

Rockin’ Jump
9009 N. Deerbrook Trail, Brown Deer | 414-522-1945


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EAA Aviation Museum

3000 Poberezny Rd., Oshkosh | 800-564-6322

With a collection of more than 200 historic airplanes, along with world-class galleries and displays, the EAA Aviation Museum is a year-round destination. Kids will enjoy the interactive KidVenture Gallery with 16 hands-on exhibits, a scenic overlook from Tower of Flight, and the chance to climb into the cockpit of a half-scale model F-22.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Brown Deer | 414-352-2880

Shalom Wildlife Center
1901 Shalom Dr., West Bend | 262-338-1310

Sky Zone
W229 N1420 Westwood Dr., Waukesha | 262-696-1600

Urban Ecology Center
Multiple Milwaukee locations | 414-431-2940


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The Burlington Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

400 McCanna Pkwy., Burlington

This year’s family-friendly Burlington Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, at 8:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served afterward, and attendees have the chance to enter a turkey and pie raffle. Register online between July 18-31 and use the code MILMAG for an early bird discount!

Veloce Indoor Speedway
W229 N1400 Westwood Dr., Waukesha | 262-232-6700

Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave., Franklin | 414-425-8550

185 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield | 262-786-7777


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WhirlyBall Brookfield

185 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield | 262-786-7777

WhirlyBall is the most fun you can have going four miles an hour! It combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars in a nonstop game of action. WhirlyBall Brookfield has 45,000 square feet of space for family celebrations, corporate events and birthday parties. Plus, three WhirlyBall courts, 12 bowling lanes and a craft beer bar.

Toy Stores

American Science and Surplus 
6901 W. Oklahoma Ave. | 414-541-7777

Art Smart’s Dart Mart
1695 N. Humboldt Ave. | 414-273-3278

Board Game Barrister
5530 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale | 414-988-1730; 2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa | 414-988-1740

Fischberger’s Variety
2445 N. Holton St. | 414-263-1991

Gift of Wings
1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. | 414-273-5483

Little Monsters
2445 N. Farwell Ave. | 414-964-2323

Ruckus & Glee
805 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa | 414-395-3201

The Smiley Barn
2420 Milwaukee St., Delafield | 262-303-9037

629 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay | 414-964-2130