Entertain the kids, but not at the expense of the parents.
The best way to get good seats for the fireworks while traveling with a gaggle of kids? Get to the lakefront early and spend the day flying a kite in Veteran’s Park. The fest starts at 11 a.m. and will last until dusk.
Sneak in something educational during your kids’ summer break. Free demonstrations and experiments take place every Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The U.S Air Force Thunderbirds are the main attraction, but will be joined by the Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Squadron and the P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
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July 29, Aug. 5 and 19; 2 p.m.
The Marcus Center presents a family-friendly and free music series, including the Kids from Wisconsin youth ensemble.
Two undeniable truths: Kids love parades and silly street performers. Find both every day of the Wisconsin State Fair starting at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. on the fair’s final day).
What could be more exciting for a kid than going to the zoo? Sleeping at the zoo! The Zoological Society even provides dinner and a movie, a campfire and s’mores: a real camp-out, only wilder.
Let the kiddos burn off some energy (and get your workout in, too) on 33,000 square feet of bouncy surfaces. There’s also dodge ball and soft foam cubes.
If getting up close and personal with animals is your style, you’ll want to wander around Shalom Wildlife’s 100 wooded acres. Kids even get to feed the animals.
About an hour from Downtown, this drive-in will transport you to the 1950s. Open every day in summer, it shows family-centric double features on a 90-foot screen, starting at dusk.