What are the five best things to do with kids in Milwaukee?

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Milwaukee offers plenty of family-friendly activities, from museums to ice skating, Olympic style. Here are five you shouldn’t miss:

1. Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. The colorful museum caters to children age 10 and under and features as a life-sized train set, a mini TV studio with a live camera and a rotation of special kid-centric exhibits.

2. Milwaukee Public Museum . This puzzlingly named attraction is actually part natural science museum, part human history museum. The Puelicher Butterfly Wing allows kids to see exotic butterflies up close — they fly unfettered in this two-story glass-walled area and may even land on you. The museum also features the largest known dinosaur skull in existence, T. Rex and woolly mammoth skeletons and an IMAX theater. On the human history side, the "Streets of Old Milwaukee" exhibit recreates turn-of-the-century urban Milwaukee life, with 25 life-size shops, restaurants and bars evocative of the era.

3. Discovery World. This massive waterfront science and technology center contains a hodgepodge of exhibits guaranteed to keep even the most high-energy kids entertained. There’s a full aquarium, a life-size model of an 1852 schooner, an automatic flight simulator and Wisconsin native Les Paul’s guitar and amp collection.

4. Harley-Davidson Museum. Devoted to the history of the seminal Milwaukee-made motorcycle, this museum lets tiny two-wheel enthusiasts clamber onto Harleys for "test rides" — don’t worry, they won’t go anywhere. Children 5 and under get in free.

5. Pettit National Ice Center. Kids can ice skate like Olympians at this official U.S. Olympic training facility, where champion speed skaters including gold medalist Apolo Ohno have trained and competed. The public can skate at certain times every day of the week, and skate rentals are available.

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