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Kids Get Hands On at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Ever feel nervous about taking a little kid to a museum? I’d love to take Rissa to the art museum but she wants to put her hands on everything! Now, I’m not going to avoid it but there’s another option in the Milwaukee area we checked out…

betty brinn children's museum sign

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum!

preschool girl on floor piano

This place is perfect for kids who want to touch touch touch! There are lots of areas set up for interactive learning and imaginative play. There is a Hometown area with a post office, vet clinic, grocery store, etc. Then there are areas focused on nature, music, physics, and more.


It is smaller than I thought, but a great place to take the kids. I’m already imagining Rissa and Xander playing together in the Hometown area… like Xander shops and Rissa runs the checkout. While she liked being able to touch everything, she didn’t always have the interest to fully explore certain areas. It is definitely a place that you will enjoy multiple visits.

It’s worth checking out their membership depending on how many kids you have and how often you think you’ll go. We had never been there before and don’t have a membership. Without a membership we paid for single admission for Rissa, Brian and I. Please note under 1 year old is free. I think age 3 and up is ideal for attending. I didn’t think there was much for 1-2 year olds to do. Also, if you plan to go around lunch time and visit the cafe, I suggest eating at the cafe before going in. The cafe isn’t actually inside the museum and has limited hours.

Have you ever taken your kids to a children’s museum?


Friday 26th of July 2013

That is perfect for a sensory seeking child like my 2 year old. I know most people say 3 and up is good for places like these but parents to sensory seeking children like me benefit so much from this!

Darcy Zalewski

Friday 26th of July 2013

Yes this is a great place for sensory seeking children. The best part, I think, is even if a child only plays with a few buttons at a station (for example) during future visits they'll expand on how they learn and interact.

Like Rissa only wanted to turn the crank to move the mail along the belt, but in the future she can work on matching and sorting the envelopes.

Beth P

Wednesday 24th of July 2013

We love that place! I agree with the 3 and up age thing. We had a membership one year but now we just pick up tickets from daily deal sites. It's a great place to go when you can't be outside. I usually plan to take my sister when she visits with her son.

Darcy Zalewski

Friday 26th of July 2013

I can imagine it's much busier in the winter. Once X is a little older I think we'll get the membership.