A Milwaukee Mom’s Guide to May

Milwaukee May Events

Spring is finally here without question and we are so excited to celebrate the return of sunshine and flowers and to get outside for good! There are some great happenings around the Milwaukee area this month that you will want to check out!

  • Join our MKE Moms Blog Community + Connection group on Facebook for local events hosted by our awesome team of Mombassadors. Last month, we got together for a morning of Mimosas in the Park and it was amazing! 
  • Make sure you are one of our MkeMB Insiders so you get all the updates each and every week, including exclusive discount codes and event ticket access, a recap of all our content from the week, and more! 
  • 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.

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

May 1st – Story Time at Discovery World :: Gather the little ones for engaging adventures into some of the best children’s books by some very talented, local storytellers and readers. Each month will have a STEM-focused theme that is age-appropriate for 2-5 year-olds. Each child will also receive a take-home craft compliments of our Kohl’s Design It! Lab.

May 1st – First Tuesdays – Free Entry to Milwaukee County residents to Boerner Botanical Gardens :: First Tuesdays at The Gardens, the free-admission day for Milwaukee County residents, will be offered from May through September, except major holidays. In 2018, the free days are May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, and Sept. 4. To receive free admission, residents must show ID and proof of residency.

May 3rd – Kohl’s Thank You Thursday, Free Admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum :: ALL visitors receive FREE access to the permanent exhibits of MPM on the first Thursday of every month during Kohl’s Thank You Thursday.

May 3rd – Free Admission to Milwaukee Art Muesum :: Admission is free the first Thursday of the month, sponsored by Meijer. 

May 3rd – Spring in Europe Bier Dinner at Cafe Hollander :: Join us for an evening of enchantment at Café Hollander Brookfield’s Spring Bier Dinner! Following a welcome bier, we’ll bask in four biers & ciders paired perfectly with a four-course dinner, then say goodnight with a wine toast. There will be goodie bags to take home and a special guest from Ansay International to chat bier with. Bon appétit!

May 3rd – Bedtime Stories at Verlo Mattress :: Verlo Mattress is proud to partner with MPS for a Bedtime Stories event at their Wauwatosa location on May 3 from 5-7 p.m. There will be volunteers, including Kathy Thornton-Bias, the president of Verlo, reading short stories to the school children. Healthy snacks will be provided and good sleep habits will be discussed. Raffle prizes will also be given out.

May 4th-June 3rd – Judy Moody & Stink : The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Treasure Hunt :: Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She’s got to figure out what to include in her “Me” collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? Set sail on this world premiere and find out! Suggested for families with young people ages 5 – 9+ 

May 5th – Stars on Ice 2018 :: There’s nothing like seeing Stars on Ice in the Olympic season! The best of the U.S. will be coming to you direct from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea to skate together – live in an all-new Stars on Ice show! See America’s top medal contenders including 2017 U.S. Champion Nathan Chen, World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner, three-time World Medalists Maia & Alex Shibutani, 2017 U.S. Champion Karen Chen, and U.S. Champion Jason Brown, plus Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White and more of America’s finest Olympic athletes in the 2018 Stars on Ice tour!

May 5th – Run for Home 2018 :: This is more than a run/walk, it’s a fun way to contribute to one of the most critical needs in the community. Exploit No More receives multiple calls every week from individuals, healthcare providers, high schools, and law enforcement who are trying to help victims of sex trafficking or prevent this evil from happening. Housing is one of the key needs to help victims. It takes our community to tackle this issue Join us again this year and help Exploit No More continue to move forward in bringing freedom to child trafficking victims!

May 5th-6th – Art in the Green :: This is a two-day, indoor, event showcasing local and regional artists. The artists will have work for sale in our Conservatory Annex with entertainment and food vendors throughout the Domes

May 5th-6th – Girl Scout Discount Days at Old World Wisconsin :: Tour Old World Wisconsin and return to the late 19th century of life on the farm, when waves of immigrants came to America’s heartland in search of a better life. Watch the farmers at work as they use traditional tools to shear our heritage sheep. All registered Girls Scouts (including adult scouts) in uniform or wearing clothing with the Girl Scout emblem are Free.

May 8th – Oak Creek Public Library Family Fun Night :: Come as a family and join our magazine scavenger hunt! Each family will be given magazines to search for words or images from a list of clues. After completing the hunt each family member will receive one small treat. This program is FREE and is geared towards children ages 5-10, but all ages are welcome. Registration not required.

May 9th-12th – Animal Tales : Aseop’s Fables :: For more than two thousand years, we have shared Aesop’s fables with children to teach basic moral principles. Bug in a rug will bring to life some of the most well-known and beloved of these stories. Follow our adventurous animals as they learn about friendship and self-confidence.

May 12th – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! At Discovery World :: Creeping, crawling, flying, and fantastic! Join Tony “The Bug Whisperer” and his Creepy-Crawly Zoo show as we welcome special guest Dan Capps with one of the most impressive insect collections in North America.

May 13th – Free Admission for Mothers to Milwaukee Public Museum :: MPM offers free admission to Mothers on Mother’s Day. 

May 13th – Mother’s Day at Bartolotta Restaurants ::  Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning where you want to enjoy this special holiday and celebrate mom. Looking for a splendid and memorable Mother’s Day brunch or dinner? Not to worry – your favorite Bartolotta restaurant is serving superb cuisine with impeccable service. Make a reservation at one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee for Mother’s Day and rest assured, your mom’s special day will be unforgettable. We look forward to celebrating with you!

May 13th – Mother’s Day Brunch at Old World Wisconsin :: Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13 with a visit to Old World Wisconsin where all Mother’s receive FREE admission for the day! Make that visit extra special for the whole family by reserving your prepaid seats for a delicious brunch buffet inside Old World Wisconsin’s historic 1894 Clausing Barn with menu and food prepared by Chef Stephen Hilgen. Check out the menu on the Old World Wisconsin web site. 

May 13th – Mother’s Day at the Gardens :: Mother’s Day is the perfect time to take a stroll through the gardens with the whole family! The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens will be on hand with FREE kids’ activities, balloon art from Miss Sparkle the Clown, make-and-take gifts for Mom and more. You can also enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch with Zilli Hospitality Group (brunch not included in FBBG event).

May 13th – Mother’s Day Picnic & Paddle :: Paddle with us to discover and celebrate urban wilderness paddling in Lincoln Park where Lincoln Creek joins the Milwaukee River. AND join us for a Bring-Your-Own, Mother’s Day Picnic. Picnic at noon, Paddle will begin at 1 pm.

May 13th – Mother’s Day Brunch at Hom Fired Grill :: Celebrate the best mom in the world by treating her to brunch at HOM Wood Fired Grill! We will be featuring an unlimited buffet from 11am-3pm and our regular dinner menu from 3pm-9pm. Reservations are highly recommended as we do fill up quickly! 

May 13th – Mother’s Day Brunch at Hilton City :: Celebrate mom this Mother’s Day with a delicious brunch at downtown Milwaukee’s Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

May 13th – Mother’s Day Brunch at The Pfister :: Make Mother’s Day in Milwaukee a grand event with an unforgettable brunch at The Pfister Hotel. Savor traditional chef-prepared favorites with stations including The Carvery, The Griddle, a seafood display, gourmet dessert table, and more.

May 13th – Intercontinental Milwaukee Mother’s Day Brunch :: Give your mom a day to remember, while enjoying a beautiful, chef-prepared buffet in her honor. In addition to the brunch, all mothers will receive a rose and a glass of champagne to mark the special occasion.

May 13th – Mothers Drink Free Champagne ::  Mom’s are the real MVP and that is why at Mikey’s we are going to celebrate with mom’s drinking champagne for free ALL DAY! Make sure to come in early for Brunch and stay for the drinks. We are located on the beautiful Cathedral Square.

May 17th – Neighborhood Night at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum :: Join the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum for FREE admission, courtesy of our sponsors, from 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month! Enjoy access to all of the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, and stop by our Be A Maker space to find tools, materials and techniques for endless ways to experiment and create.

May 19th – Adult Inflatable Night :: Have an evening without any kids and the opportunity to relive some childhood games. We will have bubble soccer, a bounce house, an obstacle course, bounce slide, bags, knockers, and much much more.

May 19th – DIY Spa Day at Pin-it LIVE :: You deserve a night off and out! What better way to treat yourself than with a spa night! All guests will receive: DIY Makeup Remover Wipes, Sugar Lip Scrub, Home Fragrance & a glass of wine!

May 26th-27th – The Wilde Subaru Family Kite Festival…A Whale of a Tale :: On Saturday, May 26th, and Sunday May 27th, The Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois and Gift of Wings are presenting the The Wilde Subaru Family Kite Festival, 31 Years in Veterans Park, a Milwaukee County park, on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The event will begin at 10:00 am, through 6:00 pm, (5 pm Sunday) with the GRAND LAUNCH of 600+ kites at NOON!

Be sure to visit our Community Calendar for May 2018 to find out more about all the events that have been submitted so you can plan out a really fantastic month! 

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