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Entertain the kids, but not at the expense of the parents.

1) Fireworks Kite Festival

July 3
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.

2) Science Saturdays at Discovery World

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.

3) Milwaukee Air and Water Show

July 21-22
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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4) Live at Peck Pavilion Sunday Band Concerts

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.

5) State Fair Daily Parade

Aug. 2-12
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).

6) Snooze at the Zoo

Aug. 8-11
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.

7) Rockin’ Jump Indoor Trampoline Park

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.

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8) Shalom Wildlife Zoo

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.

9) Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre

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.


“Celebrate Summer” appears in the June 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Find it on newsstands beginning May 28th, or buy a copy at milwaukeemag.com/shop.

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