5 Reasons to See “Some Assembly Required”

“Some Assembly Required” is on view now at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.

THE BETTY BRINN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM has extended its latest special exhibit, “Some Assembly Required,” through May 10. Here are five reasons to check it out.

  1. It’s cold. It’s dark. You’re not in the mood to bundle up and take your kids sledding or ice skating. But you don’t want to keep them cooped up at home all day either.
  2. The exhibit was designed in partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop. It doesn’t look like a toy store, and nobody’s going to pressure you to buy a $50 stuffed animal while you’re there. But it does encourage kids to channel their inner mad scientist or artistic genius to design and assemble creations of their own.
  3. Each of the exhibit’s activity stations embodies a different educational concept. So while your kids are building (literal) bridges or making music, they’ll be learning valuable skills. Even if they just think they’re having fun.
  4. The show has been a hit with kids and adults alike. “It’s been very well received,” says Joe Pariso, the museum’s associate director of exhibit services. He adds that adults can work through many of the activities alongside their children.
  5. You’ve already taken your kids to see Frozen II six times in the last month. So take “Into the Unknown” to heart, and try something new!

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s February issue

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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.