A Milwaukee Mom’s Guide to February

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While we suffer/survive through these frigid winter days, getting out of the house can be a daunting feat. So much work goes into planning your exit from the warm oasis you’ve created at home that it’s easy to fall into a home-bound routine. Safely bundling and unbundling your kiddos for trips out of the house can be exhausting, but completely necessary, and if I don’t have a plan, more than likely we will spend all day/week/month in the house. There are some great happenings around the area this month that you will want to check out!

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  • We also have an extensive list of local guides to help you find everything from the best place to have brunch or our favorite kid-friendly restaurants, to family-friendly day trips. 
  • For ongoing activities, story times, playgroups, and more, check out our calendar.

February 13th – Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook :: Featuring a whimsical menagerie of animals and imaginary creatures, the endearing bedtime stories of Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook are brought to life on stage at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. This innovative adaptation from the acclaimed Mermaid Theatre Company of Nova Scotia introduces young audiences to the delights of colorful imagery and reading. Get 10% off your tickets with THIS LINK

Here is a list of events happening in the Milwaukee area in February 2018. Know of an event that we forgot? Leave it in the comments and we will be sure to add it to the list. 

February 1st Ice Skating on Monument Square (Racine) :: Enjoy FREE ice skating every day on Monument Square from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm from January to March! Ice skates will be available to rent on Fridays (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm), Saturdays (noon – 5:00 pm) and Sundays (noon – 4:00 pm). Rentals are free, but you must provide an I.D. as collateral. We are accepting ice skate donations!! The Downtown Racine Corporation is seeking ice skate donations for the ice rink that will be installed on Monument Square in January. Tax donation slips will be available at all locations. Monetary donations can be made out to Downtown Racine Corporation, Attn: Ice Skates, 425 Main St. Racine, WI 53403

February 1st-4th  – U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition/Winterfest 2018 :: Every winter, Lake Geneva hosts Winterfest, a nine day festival that celebrates art, winter, family, and fun. Winterfest is home to the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition, where fifteen teams of the most talented snow sculptors and artists from around the country gather to compete for a national title. The entire competition is open to the public, so Winterfest attendees can actually watch the artists at work! The festival doesn’t stop there – Winterfest is also home to a Human Dog Sled Race, The Abominable Snow Race, magic shows, helicopter rides, a chili cook-off, and incredible deals at local hotels and restaurants. There is something for everyone in Lake Geneva!

February 1st – Meijer Free First Thursday at MAM :: Admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum is free for individuals and families (excluding group tours) on the first Thursday of each month, thanks to Meijer.

February 2nd-5th – The Wisconsin Black Arts Festival 2018 :: This festival is a three day celebration including live performances from spoken word artists, dancers and musicians. There will also be vendor displays and interactive activities such as demonstrations from visual artists, writer workshops, craft making for children and film screenings.

February 2nd Stroller Tour :: Enjoy a stroller-friendly tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum with your kids ages 3 and under. After your tour, stay and enjoy Play Date with Art.

February 2nd Play Date with Art : Take a Trip :: It’s never too early to learn to love art! Drop in and make art together, in this monthly program designed especially for our youngest visitors. Stop and sing along during Singing Time at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Ages 5 and under (with adult). Free with Milwaukee Art Museum admission; registration not required.

February 3rd Mitten Fest 2018 :: “Now that New Year’s festivities have come and gone, folks in Milwaukee are forced to come to terms with the harsh realization that winter is here in full force and there’s not much to do outside. Fortunately, we’re less than a month from a one-day respite from the seasonal doldrums that offers an outdoor escape from the norm every February. For the past five years, Burnhearts’ Mitten Fest has helped combat cabin fever for thousands of people who converge in a two-block stretch on Bay View’s Potter Avenue (and part of Logan the last two years) with a wintry mix of live music, food, beverages, and charity.

February 3rd Winter Frolic :: Take a break from the stuffy confines of the indoors for some outdoor play and fun! There’s something for the entire family at Winter Frolic, including these activities: Sleigh rides, tractor rides, s’mores station, geocaching (new for 2018!), Alaskan Malamute dog sled demonstrations, snowshoeing, ice fishing, bonfires, amateur lumberjack competition, hiking, curling or hockey demonstrations, snowman building, an indoor marketplace featuring vendors with quality wares and services, and Native American dancer Ronnie Preston in full, spectacular regalia. A kid’s room with games and crafts will be open inside the PieperPower Education Center, and several outdoor warming stations will be located throughout the Preserve to keep visitors warm and comfortable. Coffee and hot chocolate may be purchased, or grab a bite for lunch from one of several food trucks showcasing their hearty, delicious menus.

February 3rd and 17th Winter Wildlife Adventure :: In winter, nature records the fascinating activities of animals. We can often tell more about animals by the signs they leave behind. Explore the environment and learn how to identify the tracks of different animal species and read animal’s activities. When weather permits, participants can use Retzer’s snowshoes for the adventure. Limit 30 participants; walk-ins welcome, space permitting.

February 3rd Yoga @ the Museum :: Join us one Saturday a month for yoga under the wings, in Windhover Hall, presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum and omTownYogis.

February 3rdGreat Lakes Pet Expo :: Pet fundraiser show with animal entertainment, educational presentations, specialty pet products and services. Local rescues and shelters are featured with their companion, adoptable pets.

February 3rd Urban Candlelight Hike at Three Bridges Park :: There’s something for everyone at the Urban Candlelight Hike: hot chocolate, pastries, hiking/snowshoeing, a roaring campfire & marshmallows, and e-bike/fat tire bike demos! Over 400 lights will light two miles of trails!

February 3rd-24th – Kohl’s Art Generation Lab: Live Performances :: Visit the Kohl’s Art Generation Lab: Haitian Art every Saturday in February for special performances at 1 p.m., followed by a tour of Haitian art.

February 2nd-4th Caps for Sale :: A peddler gets into some monkey business during the Racine Children’s Theatre (RCT) production of “Caps for Sale” Friday, February 2 through Sunday, February 4. Adapted from the classic tale by Esphyr Slobodkina, “Caps for Sale” is the story of a cap peddler’s life, some monkeys, and their monkey business.

February 7th  Valentine’s Paint n’ Sip Night :: Relax and paint the night away at the Gardens! Follow along as we teach you how to paint. Perfect date night! All painting supplies provided – must be 21 or over to purchase alcohol.

February 7th- March 14th Teen Wheel :: Come on in and learn the basics of the potter’s wheel. Make items you can use; cups, bowls, vases or make items to grace your room; creatures, covered boxes or sculpture.

February 8th-11th Disney On Ice presents Dream Big :: Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disneys Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget.

February 10th – Woman Up! :: Join the Shepherd Express for a day dedicated to the empowerment of women. Mingle with vendors, sample delicious foods & drinks, watch expert presentations, enjoy a fashion show and celebrate YOU.

February 3rd-10th – Parent/Child Pottery Classes :: Make a large pizza plate and family size popcorn bowl with your own two hands.

February 11th – Chili Cook Off 2018 :: 15 teams will be judged by celebrity judges and the people’s choice. Brewery tours on the hour and chili tasting from 1:00-4:00pm with the winners announced at 4:30. Live entertainment and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Feeding America of Southeastern Wisconsin.

February 13th – Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook :: Featuring a whimsical menagerie of animals and imaginary creatures, the endearing bedtime stories of Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook are brought to life on stage. This innovative adaptation from the acclaimed Mermaid Theatre Company of Nova Scotia introduces young audiences to the delights of colorful imagery and reading. Get 10% off your tickets with THIS LINK

February 17th – The Milwaukee Public Museum’s Food & Froth :: Once a year, the Milwaukee Public Museum throws open the doors for our Food & Froth, a giant after-hours party. Think hundreds of craft beers, dozens of samples from local restaurants and caterers, live performances from local bands, and three floors of exhibits. Your ticket directly supports education programs, collections, research, and exhibitions at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

February 18th – Marquette University Symphony Orchestra: “Mendelssohn’s Ninth” :: The Marquette University Symphony Orchestra will perform their annual mid-winter concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 18 in the Varsity Theatre (1326 W. Wisconsin Ave. | Milwaukee, WI). This performance is free and open to the public. The symphony, lead by Maestro Erik Janners, will be performing Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 9 as the main feature for this concert.

February 18th – Boreas Trail Adventure :: Boreas, the Greek God of the North Wind and bringer of Cold Weather, can be a trickster, and no one knows this better than those who run! BUT, don’t let Boreas trick you into missing the second of two XCThrillogy’s Choose Your Own Trail Adventure, the Boreas Trail Adventure. The challenging but fun trails of Bristol Woods are ideal to let Boreas know that he cannot stop you! This 3-mile looped course will consist of single track trails, and wide groomed paths that lead you on an adventure through this 197-acre park!  The Choose Your Own Trail Adventure event allows the participant to decide their distance for the event based on fitness, goals, and Boreas.  Starting at 10:30, participants have three hours to run, walk, snowshoe, or romp through the three-mile looped course as many times as they would like.

February 18th – Wiscon-sing! Family Concert at the Gardens :: The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens presents a fun, educational, interactive musical journey through Wisconsin’s history & heritage with folk musician, David HB Drake. From Native Americans & French explorers, to lumberjacks & Great Lakes Sailors, to our present-day farmers, the concert features handmade & historic instruments, including the Indian courting flute, mountain banjo, dulcimer, & concertina. All ages welcome.

February 24th Milwaukee Comic Con :: Comics, games, toys, costumes and so much more! Enjoy a weekend of fun for the whole family when the Milwaukee Comic Con returns this February 24th!

February 23rd-25th 56th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels :: Custom Car Show – North America’s Premier Show car series.

February 20th-25th Finding Neverland :: Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.

February 24th- March 4th 2018 Auto Show :: Do all your auto shopping under one roof – or just come to kick the tires! See the newest models from all the major brands, plus concept cars, hybrids, classics, antique and custom cars, performance accessories and more!

Milwaukee Indoor PlayOngoing Events: 

November 30- February 5th – Milwaukee’s Beer Line Traveling Photo Exhibition :: Lakefront Brewery becomes the next home for the traveling art exhibition, Milwaukee’s Beer Line. A collection of 1950s-era photographs, the show chronicles the little known history that ties together Milwaukee’s railroading and brewing industries. Using images from the Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s Wallace W. Abbey Collection, the display shines a light on the impressive railroad, the Milwaukee Road, and the blue-collar labor force that heartily supplied the city’s main breweries (Schlitz, Pabst, and Blatz) along what became commonly known as the Beer Line.

December 9th- April 28th Brown Deer Winter Market :: Come to the Brown Deer Farmers Market to find unique locally made items. Free Admission. 

January 20th- February 17th – Cross-Country Skiing for Beginners Urban Ecology Center Valley Branch :: Don’t get stuck inside this winter – give cross-country skiing a try! We’ll provide the gear and the instruction that’ll have you hitting the slopes in no time. Be sure to dress in layers. Continue your adventures by becoming a UEC Member. With your membership you can borrow snowshoes or any of our equipment lending program items.

January 13th- February 24th – Snowshoeing for Beginners at Urban Ecology Valley Branch :: Learn the basics of snowshoeing and enjoy snowy hikes this winter. Equipment provided. Make sure to dress in layers and wear waterproof footwear. Continue your adventures by becoming a UEC Member. With your membership you can borrow snowshoes or any of our equipment lending program items.

January 20th- March 18th Railroad to Wonderland Train Show :: Fifteen scenes will highlight chapters from the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Just like Alice, the plants vary in size, from miniature to larger-than-life. Included in the brilliantly colored landscape will be red and white miniature tree-form azaleas, multicolored ‘Total Madness’ Petunias, purple and white ‘Whiskers’ Pansies, and bright orange ‘Dynamite’ Cyphea. At the opposite end of the scale will be two giant-sized topiaries shaped as flamingoes, with plumage represented by ‘Pink Splash’ Hypoestes. Favorite scenes are sure to be the miniature castle, complete with the Queen’s Croquet-Ground, and the life-sized tea party.

January 21st – February 25 – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat :: Speaking only in rhyme, the Cat in the Hat shows Sally and her brother that “it’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how,” despite the misgivings of their well-mannered Fish. But what will Mother think of all the antics when she returns home? Find out when all of your favorite moments from this Dr. Seuss classic come to life before your eyes.

Ongoing – Toddler Time at Bounce Milwaukee :: From 10am – 2pm each Monday and Wednesday, we reserve some of our attractions for the use of our youngest guests (ages 1-5 and their families)! In addition to our regular, kid-friendly free time, we’ll offer age-appropriate small group games led by our amazing hosts, including parachutes and “Rody-O” in our inflatable sports arena. We also offer specially-themed crafts and additional activities, all included in the discounted $9 Bounce admission!

Winter Guides:

Milwaukee Winter Bucket List

Milwaukee Area Sledding Hills

Outdoor Ice Skating in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Indoor Play Guide

200+ Milwaukee Date Ideas

Know of an event that we forgot? Leave it in the comments and we will be sure to add it to the list. 

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