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Family Fun on Spring Break in Milwaukee

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By Chelsie Layman
Communications & Social Media Assistant
VISIT Milwaukee

The kids are almost out on spring break, so why not use that extra time to take a trip around Milwaukee to explore spring fun? We’ve got you covered on some of the top things to do on spring break with kids of all ages.

Take a bike ride on Milwaukee's scenic lakefront

Want to bike around the lakefront and the Oak Leaf Trail, but don’t want the hassle of packing all those bikes in the car? Not to worry! Bublr Bikes just re-opened for the 2015 season, so riding is as easy as checking a bike out and going! This year also comes with a new and even easier pricing structure. 

Take a trip to the ultra-interactive Harley-Davidson Museum; even for non-motorcycle enthusiasts, this museum is a fascinating stop chock full of Harley history, as well as the American history surrounding the motorcycle and the evolution of travel in our country. You and the kids can even try a few on for size before leaving, go ahead – you know you want to. Worked up a full throttle appetite after roaring through the museum? Not to fret! MOTOR Restaurant, just steps from the museum’s front door, is sure to satisfy the heartiest of appetites (we know that growing kids sure can eat…). We recommend the turkey burger or mac ‘n’ cheese washed down with some ice cold country lemonade.

If that’s not quite your speed (see what we did there?), the Milwaukee Public Museum has a wealth of fun for kids to explore, from the new permanent exhibit “Crossroads of Civilization” to the dinosaurs, plus enjoy movies and planetarium shows on the IMAX screen in the Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater. They also offer overnight trips for kids: book in advance here.

Take a tour at Palermo's Pizza, Milwaukee's pizza factory

Another unique Milwaukee experience to enjoy with the whole family is the Palermo’s Pizza Factory tour. With multiple days and tour packages to choose from, there’s bound to be the perfect option for your family to see how Milwaukee’s only pizza factory operates (plus, enjoy a slice of pie in Pizzeria 3301)!

Though it has "pub" in its name and certainly serves up some incredible Milwaukee-brewed beers, Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub is a spot for families with kids of all ages. With a robust menu for the adults (and adventurous kiddos), there is also a kids menu to please even the picky eaters in the family. Rooty the Crow hats are also a must for the little ones to have even more fun.

There’s no reason to be bored at home with the family this spring break!


Crossroads of Civilization at Milwaukee Public Museum

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By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

This month, the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) is unveiling a brand new permanent exhibit!  Crossroads of Civilization: Ancient Worlds of the Near East and Mediterranean explores both the literal and intellectual crossroads that existed between Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and the later cultures of the Near East and Mediterranean (Iran, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Tunisia) over 5,000 years.

King Tutankhamun in Chariot at Milwaukee Public Museum

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Public Museum

When you first walk in, you’re greeted with a wall-sized interactive touch-screen timeline. This is definitely an exhibit that blends old and new; a classic MPM-made scale model of the temple of Pharaoh Ramesses III is a long-time visitor favorite, but now its detailed miniatures exists alongside a 360-degree digital rendering of the inner rooms of the temple. Throughout the exhibit, there are other fun interactive elements that let you dig even deeper. But rest assured, the addition of digital content has not in any way diminished the craftsmanship that the museum is famous for. Our museum is one of the only ones in the country with such talented in-house creators, and it shows in the exhibit’s fun and immersive design. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a life size recreation of King Tutankhamun in his chariot (pictured above). The boy king has been sculpted based on new forensic research done on his mummy, and the two horses that pull his chariot are so lifelike that you half expect to see them breathe.

Instead of being broken up based on which civilization an artifact is from, Crossroads of Civilization has six thematic areas: Construction, Communion, Community, Communication, Commerce and Conflict. This presentation gives you a different perspective on history, making it easier to draw connections and map the enormity of both the size and span of the ancient world in your mind. For example, despite looking very similar to the untrained eye Padi-Heru and Djed-Hor, MPM’s two mummies who are both on display in this exhibit, lived 400 years apart!

This exhibit is a permanent addition to the museum, so you don’t have to hurry there…but don’t you want to be one of the first to check it out? Crossroads of Civilization opens March 15, 2015.