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Is anyone else's house already overflowing with toys? Honestly, who needs more stuff?


This year, is focusing on *experiences* over toys. And there is no shortage of fun experiences to give your kids around Milwaukee this holiday season.


Plus, you'll find exclusive discounts just for readers!

Check out our top #10 picks for the season:

Give the gift of swimming! Swimming is a lifelong, confidence-building, lifesaving skill, and a great indoor activity for the cold winter months. 


When you ask for the Holiday Package at Goldfish Swim School, you'll get two months of lessons can be used whenever, buy now & use them later. Plus, you'll get an adorable book and goldfish toy that your child will love. 

The 10 Visit Play Pass offers discounted play admission for your favorite little one. At just $70 for 10 visits to Little Sprouts Play Cafe, this pack never expires and can also be used towards multiple kid admissions. Purchase yours on the website or in person (4606 N Wilson Dr, Shorewood, WI 53211)


Exclusive offer! readers can enjoy $5 off a Play Pass when they purchase online using code MILTOWN. The promo ends December 25 and can’t be combined with other offers.


There is no gift quite as precious as that of the gift of time. A Wilderness Resort family vacation to America’s largest waterpark resort is guaranteed to be a great time for your family and also leave lasting memories that you can talk about for years to come.


Wilderness offers four indoor waterparks and four outdoor waterparks totaling more than 12 football fields of water fun. There is also a four story dry foam playhouse for kids under 12 to play in, as well as mini golf, go-karts, laser tag, a laser maze, an indoor ropes course, a virtual reality arena, zip lining and 3 mega arcades. Kids never get bored at the Wilderness!


Find out more: Call 800.867.9453 to process orders for gift cards at any time. They are also available on


Special offer: On Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Purchase a $100 gift card and get a $10 bonus card.

Your are cordially invited to the Friend Like Me Royal Ball happening at the Hyatt Regency on January 19th! Your kids can meet Princesses, Princes, and Heroes of Royal Lineage at an epic 2.5 hour event. The Hyatt Regency Milwaukee has the largest ballroom with an unobstructed view in the area! There will be 20+ characters to meet, dance, and take photos, plus crafts, games, light snacks, and performances by our royalty.


Every child ticket ordered will receive a physical invitation to the ball that they can open up as a gift. Each Invitation is hand crafted. The snowflake design is cut out of a glistening card stock on the Cricut. It has 8 Swarovski crystals on the front and the blue background is cut by hand and glued behind the snowflakes. Cards can be addressed to a group of children or it can be individually addressed so each child gets to open their own invitation! 


Exclusive offer for readers: Get the early bird discount ($30 for a single child, $50 for 2 kids). If you have more than 2 kids you'd like to bring, please have them contact us for more discounts! The discount codes are "MTMRYL1" for one child and "MTMRYL2" for two kids.

Enjoy year-round free admission for 2 adults and all children under the age of 18 to all 12 of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s historic sites and museums across the state – including Old World Wisconsin, Circus World, and more!


As you step back in time, experience first-hand our state’s best stories. From up-close encounters with heritage animals and hands-on activities in working historic farms to the Big Top acrobats, elephants, clowns, and juggling, there’s something for everything with the Wisconsin Historical Society. 


Exclusive offer for readers: 40% off History Explorer Memberships for all MTM readers! Use this link and check the box that says “I wish to give a gift of membership” to get the discount.

Perfect for your little train lover! The family membership includes:


  • A riding pass for free, unlimited rides on regular scheduled passenger trains.

  • Be up to date! Receive copies of the Trackside eNewsletter.

  • Invitations and discounts to special events at the museum.

  • 10% discount in the gift shop.

  • Exciting volunteer opportunities!


You'll experience history in a fun way by riding on on the only remaining interurban railroad line in the state of Wisconsin. There are fun places to visit nearby, too, like the Elegant Farmer and Lauber's Ice Cream. Your child will light up when they see a real train pull into the station and they can get on board. With your family membership you can come out to ride our regular trains for free, all year long. If you have someone in your family who really likes trains, this is an ideal gift.

The EXPLORE MKE Community Gift Pack through Small Shops United offers deals throughout the city on arts, sports and entertainment, perfect for the whole family! Treat yourself by enjoying local attractions and activities like the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Admirals, Milwaukee Duffy Boats and Save Milwaukee Escape Room – all at discounted prices throughout the year.


Be a tourist in your own town, without the hassle. No paper coupons or card needed (although, we send you a card, if you like that sort of thing!) Activate your savings in three steps:

1. Choose your Gift Packs at
2. Activate your packages online at
3. Start cashing in on your deals!

*Don't want to wait for shipping? Choose to add the offers directly to your SSU account during Checkout.

New this year: download the Small Shops United mobile app to seamlessly track your offers from your phone. It’s that easy! 

Give your child a month of tae kwon do classes, and get a uniform to give them as a physical gift.


Martial art classes at JK Lee teach life skills and character enrichment. Children feel a sense of achievement and learn the value of focusing as they elevate their personal best. They help children become more confident and focused. We specialize in helping children do things they did not think they could do and then accomplishing them.


Children will learn and memorize fun martial art forms and combinations. They will also learn how to focus and listen better in school and home, do things the first time you ask them to do something, and how to handle bullies. Children and adults also get to break boards which helps elevate confidence. We also offer a family class option for moms, dads and grandparents. The family bonding is wonderful!


Exclusive offer for readers: 70% off our normal trial program!  A month of lessons and an official martial art uniform for $29.00.  For MTM readers only and on this link.

Children ages 10 and under do not need a membership to participate in group tennis lessons at Elite Sports Clubs. 


The program is designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions, and modified scoring—all tailored to their age, size, and ability. By kid-sizing the equipment (balls, racquets, and net height) and modifying play components, kids can quickly develop tennis skills such as rallying. They gain better technical and tactical skills using these methods, which helps them to achieve early success for a greater lifelong enjoyment of the game.

10. "Exploring Milwaukee with Kids" - New Release!

Find adventures all year long with this just-released book. This book is the ultimate guide to family fun in and around Milwaukee! Explore 200 bright, full-color pages with pictures and hundreds of ideas for things to do with kids around Milwaukee.​ It's organized by season so you'll always have something fun to do.

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