Mother-child day out: 6 places to take the kids
On the fourth episode of "I'm gonna count to 3," the MetroParent Magazine podcast, my regular co-host Matt Colby couldn't join me so I had my two daughters, Alex and Wendy co-host!
The girls and I talked about our favorite places to head out on mother-daughter day trips in Milwaukee. Here are our top picks!
Our favorite summertime things to do in this picturesque little town? Browsing the toys at Cedarburg Toy Company and the Cedar Creek Trading Post, buying some candy at Ashley's Confectionery and collecting rocks at The Gem Shop. Here are some more ideas!
2. Old World Wisconsin
My younger daughter, Wendy, talked a lot about our fun at Old World Wisconsin, where the girls love to play with the old-school toys and games, play school at the one-room schoolhouse and explore the church and blacksmith shop. Check out the website for more information.
3. Grant Park
It can be easy to take for granted the fact that we're lucky enough to live on a really great lake. We don't hang out at the lake nearly enough, so it's always a treat when we manage to get there.
Grant Park is our favorite place to go to enjoy Lake Michigan. We hunt for rocks, try our best to skip them across the water, jump over waves and, new this year, we grab a bite to eat at Ferch's Beachside Grille.
Another cool thing about Grant Park is that, after you're hot, wet and sandy from hanging out at the beach, you can dry off and cool off in the shady Seven Bridges Trail through the woods and count up all the bridges (Wendy came up with eleven this time!).
4. Milwaukee Public Museum
This is always one of our first stops when we decide to have a Downtown Adventure Day. The girls love the Streets of Old Milwaukee, one of my kids loves the butterfly wing (Wendy has a phobia of butterflies, so it's not for her.) and another of my kids loves the dinosaurs (Alex -- not so much). MetroParent also featured MPM as one of its top edu-tainment destinations!
5. Betty Brinn Children's Museum
Another choice for being edu-tained in Milwaukee, my kids love the Hometown exhibit the best -- for kids, there's nothing better than pretending to have the responsibilities of adulthood without actually worrying about what those responsibilities actually entail!
6. Central Library
This is another must-see location when we go on downtown adventures. The children's room is one of the best around: the selection of books keeps my bibliophile happy, and the puppet theater and lighthouse replica keep the other one busy!