5 Artsy Activities You Can Enjoy with Your Kids in August

Where to find child-friendly culture in the city this month

Your kid may not have the attention span required to sit through a five-hour opera sung entirely in German. But your little artiste will likely enjoy any one of these three recurring programs, designed with the creatively inclined child ion mind.

KidZ Days At the Center

Marcus Performing Arts Center

At 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer, the Marcus Center presents a free outdoor show. Lots of local cultural organizations – like the Ballet Folklórico Nacional, First Stage or True Skool – participate.

Music and Movement: Story Time

Milwaukee Public Library, Central Branch

This Monday-evening story hour (Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26) is as free as it is free-wheeling. Musical instruments will be provided, and kids are encouraged to sing, dance and play along to the reading.

Saturday Studio Class

Blackbear Children’s Boutique

Have you been to Blackbear Children’s Boutique’s summer pop-up shop (2622 N Downer Ave., next to Café Hollander) yet? If not, consider checking out one of the two art classes – for mini makers, aged 4-6 – that it’s hosting with Neighbor Art Studio today. $14 gets you and your kid all the materials you’ll need for the class. And you can of course shop the boutique afterward.

Tuesdays in the Garden for Parents & Very Small Children

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Every other Tuesday (Aug. 13 and 17), local naturalist Naomi Cobb leads parents and kids on a leisurely stroll through the sculpture garden’s grounds, pointing out interesting art – as well as flora and fauna – along the way. The theme this month is “Fly, Jump, Crawl.”

Be A Maker: Art Studio

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Once a month (Aug. 17), the museum invites young Picassos and Kahlos (4 and up) into its studio space to create artworks that they can take home with them. The studio is stocked with a mix of dry and wet materials, so maybe avoid wearing white.  




Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.