A Foot in Both Camps

This summer, get your camping gear, load the kids in the car and head into the city for these family-friendly adventures.

Urban Ecology Center
Canoe Camping Adventure
June 13-14

Get a new perspective of the city as you explore the Milwaukee River by canoe. Participants will paddle the waterway by day, then pull off at a riverside campsite for the evening. Cook dinner over a fire and catch some Z’s in your tent before paddling back to Riverside Park the next morn. Dinner, breakfast and all camping and canoeing equipment is included. Per the UEC, adults and teens (accompanied by an adult) only. $70 members, $85 nonmembers. 414-964-8505, urbanecologycenter.org.

Miller Park
Field of Sweet Dreams
July 25

Fantasize of being in the big leagues? Now you can do just that … while sleeping in center field. Tickets went on sale May 27 for this annual campout at Miller Park. Activities throughout the evening (the Brewers vs. Diamondbacks game broadcast on the centerfield video board, a full-length movie up on the big screen, private tours of the park and more) keep the young – and young at heart – entertained. Tickets range from $80 for kids ages 3-12 and $115 for ages 13 and up. 414-902-4452, brewers.com.

Milwaukee County Zoo
Snooze at the Zoo
Aug. 12, 13, 14 or 15

Ever wonder if the lion sleeps at night? Find out for yourself as you snooze under the stars at the Milwaukee County Zoo. This popular fundraiser for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee fills up fast and features a buffet dinner, outdoor movie, s’mores around a group campfire and breakfast the next morning. Best of all, stay and play at the zoo the next day! Registration and pricing information available online. 414-258-2333, zoosociety.org.