Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
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The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum announces events through April 2018

Winter/spring 2018 calendar of events at the Betty Brinn Children's Museum.

By - Jan 12th, 2018 03:08 pm

MILWAUKEE — T­­he following is the winter/spring 2018 calendar of events at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.

Special Exhibits

Let’s Play Railway!

Opening January 15

Let’s Play Railway! returns to the Museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery on January 15. Little engineers will enjoy a pretend ride on the rails as they step into our kid-sized train exhibit, featuring an interactive engine, cattle wagon and caboose. Let’s Play Railway! promotes early math and literacy, encourages problem solving and helps young children develop important social skills as they practice communicating, sharing and taking turns. Play tables with open-ended train building sets and a book nook with train-themed stories round out the fun and learning. Let’s Play Railway! is sponsored by Wm. K. Walthers, Inc.


Opening January 22

Explore the science of motion in Velocity, an all-ages experience reopening in the Museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery on January 22. The whole family can roll and race golf balls on tracks that demonstrate momentum, gravity, speed, and distance in a fun interactive physics lab. As a ball makes its way on inverted loops, circular tracks, hills, and more, Velocity’s data visualization technology captures its real-time trajectory, velocity and motion in the form of colored lines of light. Visitors can see and compare their runs, along with other fun statistics, making them want to experiment again and again.

The Pizza Factory and Café

The Pizza Factory and Café is now open. Kids can role-play as the factory supervisor, a pizza maker in the mini manufacturing line or a worker in the packaging department in this pretend, kid-sized business sponsored by Palermo’s.

Special Events

Neighborhood Night

January 18, February 15, March 15, & April 19

Enjoy FREE admission from 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Neighborhood Night is presented by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation with additional support provided by US Bank, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino’s Heart of Canal Street Program, the Joseph and Vera Zilber Charitable Foundation, Inc. and media sponsor FOX6. Visit for additional information.

Every Neighborhood Night: Be A Maker!

The Museum’s Be A Maker (BAM) space has all kinds of tools, equipment and materials that make it fun to tinker and create.

Milwaukee Museum Member Swap Day

January 28

On Sunday, January 28, Museum members receive free reciprocal admission at these participating organizations: Charles Allis Art Museum, Grohmann Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, Pabst Mansion and Villa Terrace Art Museum. Patrons can show their membership card at the admissions desk at each venue to receive free admission for the two adults and number of children listed on the card. Please check each venue for hours of operation and visitor information.

Weekly Programs

Birth through age 5 are critical years in a child’s development. In addition to special programs throughout the year, the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s weekly programs are a great way to promote early learning and have fun together. Space is limited. Please register for programs when you arrive at the Museum. Visit for additional information.

Tot Time: Recommended for children ages 1-3

Every Thursday, 10:30-11 a.m.

Tot Time features songs, stories, games and other activities for the Museum’s youngest visitors.

Pint-Size Science: Recommended for children ages 2-5

January 9 & 16, February 6 & 20, Mach 6 & 20, April 3 & 17: 10:30-11 a.m.

From the kitchen to the playground – and even in the car – science is all around us. This facilitated program features hands-on science discoveries through stories, songs and experiments.

It’s In the Bank! Presented by WaterStone Bank: Recommended for children age 4 and older

January 15 & 18, February 16 & 19, March 9 & 26, and April 9 & 20: 11:30 a.m.

This facilitated program teaches children about earning, spending, saving and sharing. Children will be the contestants in a fast-paced game show that will help them develop their financial vocabulary and learn to make smart decisions.

Nature Nook with the Urban Ecology Center: Recommended for children of all ages

January 31, March 14 & April 11: 10-10:30 a.m.

February 13: 11-11:30 a.m.

Learn about wildlife, the sounds of nature, and how animals live in different seasons with the Urban Ecology Center. This facilitated program includes interactive, nature-themed songs, stories, games, and hands-on fun.

Maker Programs

The Be A Maker space is a communal workshop that welcomes young children, families and groups to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math by working on a broad range of do-it-yourself projects that help children build new skills, collaborate and share their accomplishments. Outfitted with real tools, materials and technologies, the makerspace offers self-directed activities and workshops facilitated by Museum staff and guest makers. Visit for additional information.

Be A Maker Open Making

Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-noon & 2-4 p.m., and Saturday 2-4 p.m.

The Museum’s Be A Maker (BAM) space has all kinds of tools, equipment and materials that make it fun to tinker and create. Each month, the BAM space changes their STEAM-related focus and provides family-friendly projects and activities to promote learning and self-guided exploration.

Learn to Solder Workshop

February 19, 2-3 & 3-4 p.m.

April 20, 2-3 & 3-4 p.m.

Join us for our facilitated workshops in our Be A Maker space to learn beginning soldering skills. Participants will receive all the materials and tools needed to create a project from start to finish. Recommended for children age 6 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum admission is not included in workshop fee.

Members: $10 / Non-Members: $15

To register, visit:

Visitor Information

Location: 929 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Special Hours: The Museum will be closed on Sunday, April 1

Admission: $8 per person; $7 for seniors (ages 55+); children age 1 and younger are free

Phone: 414-390-5437


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