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Discovery World

July 6, 2018
  • 500 N. Harbor Drive
  • Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • (414) 765-9966
  • Website

Indoor activities.  We desperately needed indoor activities on our second day in Milwaukee.  Our afternoon at the Milwaukee County Zoo was pushing it when it comes to heat tolerance.  Day 2 could not be spent outside.

I just started searching “Things to do with Kids in Milwaukee” and got a few good ideas.  The one that looked the coolest was a Science and Technology Museum near the lake downtown.

Discovery World is on Harbor Drive near where Michigan Street runs in to the lake.  The area is  under some construction right now and, just like the issues we had parking downtown, Summer Fest is going on at night so that basically means the city shuts down during the day too.

It was really hard to figure out where to park.  There was no signage and there were cones already set up to direct traffic for the concerts that were still six hours away.  I went around a couple of cones and it was then that I saw the garage underneath the building at Clybourne Street.  There was, of course, a sign for festival parking at the entrance to the garage, but I pulled a ticket anyway.  As I went through, the guy taking money asked if I was there for the festival or the museum.  I said museum and he waved me through.

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Milwaukee Ale House

July 2, 2018
  • 233 N. Water Street
  • Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • (414) 276-2337
  • Website
  • Menu

Our trip to Milwaukee was a quick one.  Just two days.  The main objective was to go to the Milwaukee County Zoo.  We did that on the first day.  The second day in town was oppressively hot so we needed to find an indoor activity.

There are a couple of options downtown for kids so we thought that’s where we would head.  But first…lunch.

Sure, Milwaukee is known for it’s beer, brats, and cheese, but it’s the city that helped make American Adjunct Lager’s famous.  The craft beer scene in Milwaukee is still catching up.  Most of the places I could find didn’t do food or didn’t seem super family friendly  There was one though that stood out….so that’s where we headed to eat.

Milwaukee Ale House is on Water Street in the Historic Third Ward in downtown Milwaukee.  The restaurant takes up the first few floors of the Saddlery building between Buffalo and Chicago Streets.  The building dates back to the late 1800’s and has been home to a variety of different businesses before sitting empty for some years. It’s big claim to fame (according to the brewpubs website) is being home to the inventor of the hula hoop…though I can’t find any reference to either of the men credited with it’s invention being tied to Milwaukee.

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Ice Cream Factory

July 2, 2018
  • 6967 S. 27th Street
  • Franklin, WI 53132
  • (414) 215-7666
  • Website
  • No Online Menu

You gotta get ice cream after swimming.  Right?

We actually used that as a bribe to get the kids out of the water…otherwise there would have been tears all the way back up to the room.

Looking for ice cream stops on family vacation is no different than looking for places to eat.  Sure.  We could have just went to Culver’s…but where’s the fun in that?

I started looking for ice cream shops around our hotel and found one just a couple of miles away.  There were a few to choose from but I chose the one that does something interesting with their ice cream.

Ice Cream Factory is in a small strip mall in front of a Lowes on South 27th Street in the Milwaukee suburb of Franklin.  The small storefront looks to be fairly new taking over the space from a gift shop sometime in the last year.

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Milwaukee’s Classic Pizza

July 2, 2018
  • 3929 S. Howell Avenue
  • Milwaukee, WI 53207
  • (414) 744-7400
  • Website
  • Menu

We broke our “Friday is pizza night” rule again after a long day at the Milwaukee County Zoo.  It was only Thursday but no one was really in the mood to go out to a restaurant.  We had spent most of the day either in the car or walking around in the hot sun.

We got back to our hotel in Oak Creek, WI around 3:30.  The kids were itching to go swimming but we had told them we were going to wait until after dinner.  J and I just wanted to rest.

A little after 4:00, as the kids were being forced to watch whatever was on PBS instead of having an Apple TV Remote in their hand, J told me to order a pizza from somewhere.  I had a couple of options.  One was a regional chain.  One was a local place.  I wanted somewhere that just does carry-out/delivery style pizza and I found one not too far from our hotel that was highly rated.

Milwaukee’s Classic Pizza is on Howell Avenue just to the south of Howard Street in the Tippecanoe Neighborhood just north of the airport.  The restaurant is on a very busy boulevard with street parking up and down the street.  I was lucky enough to find a spot right outside.

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The Coop

July 1, 2018
  • 10001 Bluemound Road
  • Milwaukee, WI 53226
  • (414) 771-3040
  • Website
  • Menu

Eating at the zoo is never on the top of my list of lunch choices.  The food is usually served cafeteria style and while that’s fine, there are a lot of other places in the cities we visit that I want to eat.

We got up Thursday morning and drove from J’s parents house in the south Chicago suburbs straight to the Milwaukee County Zoo.  I didn’t want to get there really early because we couldn’t get in to our hotel until 3:00 PM.  If we get to the zoo early, we get done early, then we have no place to go.

We got to the zoo around 11:00.  That’s lunch time for us on East Coast time and it’s pushing nap time for B.   We didn’t want to start out day in the cafe so we started walking hoping the excitement of seeing some animals would hold the kids off for a while.

When we got through the Aquatic and Reptile Center, we started to hit a meltdown point.  We quickly looked at the map to find a restroom and something to eat.  I read the  map wrong and we started heading towards Lakeview Place…which wasn’t open, but there was a better option right in front of it.

The Coop is a food truck operated by the zoo’s concession contractor Service Systems Associates near Lake Evinrude.  It really looks like a food truck you’d see out on the street.  I actually thought they had brought it in for the day until I started trying to find information on it later in the day. Read more…

Milwaukee County Zoo

June 30, 2018
  • 10001 Bluemound Road
  • Milwaukee, WI 53226
  • (414) 771-3040
  • Website

Some people like to do beaches for their summer vacations.  We like zoos.  We’ve been members at Binder Park Zoo since before L was born.  We’ve always loved going to the zoo and it’s gotten even better with kids.

We’ve been planning our vacations around zoo trips the last few years.  Last year, we took a trip to the Columbus Zoo.  In the past we’ve done Indianapolis, Brookfield, Lincoln Park, Toledo, Detroit, and all the smaller zoos we can go for day trips.

This year we took off around the Big Lake to the where the sun rises instead of sets over Lake Michigan.

The Milwaukee County Zoo is on the west side of Milwaukee right where I-94 and I-41 meet.  The zoo’s main entrance is on Bluemond Road.  Unlike most zoos, when you enter the parking lot, you actually pay for both your parking and your admission at the same time.  With our reciprocal membership, which is half off, came out to just under $35 for the four of us to get in.

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Dialo’s Cafe

June 30, 2018
  • 1924 M-139
  • Benton Harbor, MI 49022
  • (269) 757-7200
  • Website
  • Menu

I seem to have been in Benton Harbor a lot recently.   It’s been both for work and for pleasure.  On the work trips, I usually try to find some place new to eat.  I’m always tempted to just order a pizza from Silver Beach Pizza but I know if I just look a little harder, there are places tucked in to a corner somewhere that I haven’t been able to find yet.

I was in Benton Harbor for work last Wednesday.  I knew I was going to have some time to stop for a sandwich so I started looking around.  I somehow stumbled upon a website of a BBQ place I had no idea existed.  The menu looked great and they do counter service carry-out so when I got to my lunch break, I headed to the south east side of town.

Dialo’s Cafe is on M-139 which is also known as Scottsdale Road about a mile north of the interchange with I-94 in Benton Charter Township.  This small brick building has been many restaurants over the years.  It was a Wing Heaven as recently as 2015 and became the resurrected Dialo’s Cafe in early 2016.

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