170+ Places Milwaukee Parents Need to Know About in 2023

Your handbook for places to go, things to do and services to make life with the kids a little easier.   

Alverno College

3400 S. 43RD ST., 414-382-6100

Alverno College educates and empowers learners to be agents of change by challenging the status quo through principled leadership, professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world.  Alverno is educating tomorrow’s leaders to challenge the world. Discover how you can be part of something different.

Photo courtesy of Alverno College

Children’s Wisconsin

999 N. 92ND ST., WAUWATOSA, 414-266-2000

Children’s Wisconsin provides medical care and other services through a variety of clinical and community settings throughout Wisconsin. Their team cares for every aspect of a child’s health including physical, social and mental well-being. Their passion for kids drives them to innovate in more ways than you might imagine.

Photo courtesy of Children’s Wisconsin

Curiosity Corner Nursery School

2366 N. 80TH ST., WAUWATOSA, 414-774-5005 EXT. 108

Curiosity Corner offers the perfect play-based curriculum for young children ages 2½-6 years old. The school offers two or three half-day sessions per week for students, with each class being 2½ hours in length. The dedicated staff of experienced, warm and nurturing teachers will make your child’s first school experience one that will lay the foundation for a love of learning in the future.

Photo courtesy of Curiosity Corner Nursery Schoo

First Look Family Law

15850 W. BLUEMOUND RD., SUITE 304,  BROOKFIELD | 262-788-5335

Attorney Karyn Youso is a divorce mediator in practice for over 30 years. By lowering conflict, First Look Family Law can help lower costs – both financial and emotional. Low-conflict methods like mediation and collaborative practice are better for children and lead to more successful co-parenting.  Divorce is hard. First Look wants to help.

Photo courtesy of First Look Family Law

Girls on the Run Southeastern Wisconsin

5775 N. GLEN PARK RD. | 414-367-8171

Girls on the Run wants every girl to feel welcomed and included. The organization offers after-school empowerment programs for third- through eighth-grade girls. The engaging, research-based curriculum creatively combines movement with confidence-building lessons and activities. Run, hop, roll, walk, push or skip – participants of all diverse abilities belong on Girls on the Run’s team.

Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run Southeastern Wisconsin

Little Sprouts Play Cafe

4606 N. WILSON DR., SHOREWOOD, 1406 W. MEQUON RD., MEQUON | 414-563-7529

Little Sprouts Play Cafe is inspiring imaginations and caffeinating parents. With two locations, Milwaukee’s favorite play cafe offers indoor play, a cozy environment for young families, and curated classes. Little Sprouts is also the perfect spot for your child’s next birthday party. The cafe’s beautiful decor will make your event truly special. Let’s celebrate fun!

Photo courtesy of Little Sprouts Play Cafe

Milwaukee Jewish Day School

6401 N. SANTA MONICA BLVD., WHITEFISH BAY | 414-964-1499

At Milwaukee Jewish Day School, teachers fuel students’ curiosity and empower children to ask questions, find problems and solve them. Wherever you are on your Jewish journey, Milwaukee Jewish Day School is prepared to meet you there.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Jewish Day School

Ruckus & Glee

805 N. 68TH ST., WAUWATOSA, 414-395-3201 

Ruckus & Glee is a specialty toy, game, crafts and puzzle store for the young and young at heart. Ruckus & Glee offers free gift wrap, delivery, shipping and curbside pick-up. Toys in this specialty store are chosen for their ability to engage the imagination and their quality.

Photo courtesy of Ruckus & Glee

Shepherds College

1805 15TH AVE., UNION GROVE, 262-878-5620

Shepherds College is a fully accredited, three-year post-secondary school that provides a uniquely designed learning environment for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to discover and maximize their God-given potential. It offers specialty majors in culinary arts, horticulture and technology.

Photo courtesy of Shepherds College

The Little Village Play Cafe

6505 W. NORTH AVE., WAUWATOSA, 414-309-5700

A coffee shop, a gift store and a children’s play space walked into a bar … you get the idea. No reservations, just walk on in! Enjoy a full menu featuring Flour Girl & Flame pizza, Funky Fresh Spring Rolls, Anodyne Coffee, Pilcrow cold brew, Hatched bakery and more. Plus, The Little Village also has beer and wine! (Yep, we said what we said.)

Photo by Kyleen Dzploch Photography, courtesy of the Little Village Play Cafe

Wayland Academy

101 N. UNIVERSITY AVE., BEAVER DAM, 920-356-2120

Wayland is an independent, coed college preparatory school for boarding and day students, founded in 1855. The rich, rigorous academic program features small classes, an active STEAM program and an array of AP offerings. With a diverse student body, the educational experience and community at Wayland provide the perfect learning environment for the 21st century.

Photo courtesy of Wayland Academy

Adoption/Foster Care Services

Adoption Services Inc.
5215 N. Ironwood Rd., Suite 201, Glendale, 414-332-1800

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

Coalition for Children Youth and Families
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2353, West Allis, 414-475-1246

Holt International
WI & IL Branch, 414 E. Walnut St., Suite 261, Green Bay, 630-754-4514,

Lutheran Social Services
P.O. Box 88868, Milwaukee, 414-840-6551

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
21 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, 414-485-5530

Lake Shore Dance
N19 W 6721 Commerce Ct., Cedarburg, 262-377-0737

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

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

1801 E. College Ave., South Milwaukee, 414-762-0045, (Multiple other Milwaukee locations) 

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

Nurturing Nook
2330 N. Prospect Ave., 414-220-8494, (Other locations in Glendale and Fox Point) 

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


161 W. Wisconsin Ave.,414-278-6070

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

The Fun Kids Dentist
16655 W. Bluemound Rd., Suite 380, 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
7155 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale, 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., Milwaukee, WI 53202, 414-221-9999

Bavarian Bierhouse
700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale,414-236-7000

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

BelAir Cantina
Five locations in Milwaukee area

4156 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, 414-332-7777, (Second location in Fox Point) 

Cafe Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave., 414-963-6366, (Other locations in Wauwatosa, Brookfield and Mequon) 

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

18880 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, (Other locations in Glendale and Greenfield)  

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

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

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

Original Pancake House
16460 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

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

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

Education: Pre-12, Public and Private

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

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

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

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

Dominican High School
120 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, 414-332-1170

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

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

Mequon-Thiensville School District
5000 W. Mequon Rd., 262-238-8500

Milwaukee College Prep
1228 W. Lloyd St., 414-264-6000,

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

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

Milwaukee Montessori
345 N. 95th St., 414-250-7779

Milwaukee Public Schools
5225 W. Vliet St., 414-475-8393

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

Notre Dame School of Milwaukee
1425 S. 26th St., 414-431-7950

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

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

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

St. Marcus Lutheran
2215 N. Palmer St., Milwaukee,414-562-3163

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

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

Wauwatosa School District
12121 W. North Ave. 414-773-1000

Mental Health

Children’s Wisconsin
8915 W. Connell Ct., (Multiple other locations.) 

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

Newport Healthcare

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


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

Children’s Wisconsin
8915 W. Connell Ct., (Multiple other locations.) 

Greenfield Pediatrics
1365 S. 103rd St., West Allis, 414-321-3951

Mayfair Pediatrics
3040 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, 414-244-9367

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

Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County
701 Northview Rd., Waukesha, 262-542-8851

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

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

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

Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus
630 W. Dekora St., Saukville, 262-377-7580

Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus
8900 16th St., Mount Pleasant, 262-554-6699


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

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

Katiebee Photography

Kellie Roman Photography

Little x Little Photography
900 S. Fifth St.

Reminisce Photography

Shannon Wuercher Photography

Studio 29 Photography
2018 S. First St.,414-335-4031 

Von Rueden Creative

Public Pools

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

Elm Grove Swimming Pool
13600 Juneau Blvd.

Fox Point Pool
7100 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 Pool
4800 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy


Adventure Rock
2220 N. Commerce St., 262-790-6800, (Other locations in Brookfield and Walker’s Point) 

Bavarian United Soccer Club
700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale

Cho’s Marital Arts
4222 N. 76th St., 414-464-1060, (Multiple other locations) 

Elite Sports Clubs
2001 W. Good Hope Rd., Glendale, 414-434-2321, (Multiple other locations) 

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

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

JK Lee Blackbelt Academy
12645 W. Lisbon Rd., Brookfield,262-783-5131, (Multiple other locations)  

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

Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club
7101 W. Good Hope Rd.,414-358-2678

Milwaukee Recreation
5225 W. Vliet St., Suite 162, 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

Summer Day Camps

Elite Sports Clubs SCAMP
2001 W. Good Hope Rd., Glendale, 414-434-2321 (Multiple other locations) 

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

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

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

Mathnasium Summer Program
423 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, 414-763-9441, (Multiple other locations)

Milwaukee Ballet The Nutcracker Junior Camp
128 N. Jackson St., 414-902-2117

Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy
Multiple locations, 414-939-8808

Milwaukee Recreation Summer Day Camps
Multiple locations, 414-475-8501

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

YMCA Day Camps
9250 N. Green Bay Rd., Brown Deer, 414-274-0759, (Multiple other locations) 

Things to Do

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum 
929 E. Wisconsin Ave., 414-390-5437

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

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

Discovery World 
500 N. Harbor Dr., 414-765-9966

EAA AirVenture
3000 Poberenzy Rd.., 920-426-4800

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

Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.

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

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

Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St., 414-278-2728

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

Mitchell Park Domes
524 S. Layton Blvd., 414-257-5600

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

Northwestern Mutual Community Park
200 N. Harbor Dr. (Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds), 414-273-2680

Prairieville Park
2507 Plaza Ct., Waukesha, 262-784-4653

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

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

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

Urban Air
2440 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, 414-216-9485

Urban Ecology Center Riverside Park
1500 E. Park Pl., 414-964-8505 (Other locations in Washington Park and Menomonee Valley)

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

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

Wisconsin State Fair
640 S. 84th St., West Allis, 414-266-7000

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

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, and at Mayfair Mall, Wauwatosa, 414-988-1740 

Door County Rock and Gem
10421 Water St., Sister Bay; 4199 Main St., Fish Creek, 920-854-3667

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

Gift of Wings
1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., 414-283-5483

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

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

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


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