Summer in Milwaukee will look different this year, but Milwaukee Recreation is still offering affordable, multi-interest programming for kids and families, set to begin in early July.
MKE With Kids is proud to partner with Milwaukee Recreation to help spread the word about their youth programs.
Summer Registration Now Open
Summer Registration opened June 8 for city of Milwaukee residents and will open June 15 for non-residents. They are offering music, dance, science, art, outdoor education classes, and more for kids and families.
All Recreation staff will wear masks and maintain a clean environment. Masks are recommended for participants, but they are not required. Free disposable masks will be available for participants that request one. Hand sanitizing stations will be available for patrons and participants are asked to wash their hands prior to starting their activities.
Free "Rec At Home" Virtual Programming
Along with in-person offerings, families can also participate in Milwaukee Recreation’s free “Rec. At Home” virtual programming on the Milwaukee Recreation's Facebook page.
Each week, Milwaukee Recreation's professional instructors will bring classes right into your living room. The weekly schedule – featuring fitness workouts, cooking classes, outdoor education videos, and more – will be posted every Sunday afternoon on Facebook, Instagram, and mkerec.net.
No registration is required. All classes will be archived on their Facebook timeline to watch after each session concludes.
Summer Playgrounds Operate as Free Meal Sites
Beginning June 22, Milwaukee Recreation will be serving free meals at 15 playfields around the city.
In the interest of safety for its staff and participants, Milwaukee Recreation will not provide its traditional structured play opportunities at these sites.
However, Milwaukee Recreation will unveil a new Mobile Recreation program beginning July 6. Mobile recreation vehicles will be visiting 15 playfield sites throughout the city, twice a week for 20-30 minutes, with structured play opportunities and exercise components. Children will have the chance to take home the equipment they personally use during these activities.
Stay tuned for specific site information and updated schedules at mkerec.net/playgrounds.
Twilight Centers For Teens
Milwaukee Recreation's Twilight Centers provide free, safe places for teens to spend time with friends. Twilight Centers offer game room activities, enrichment opportunities, mentorship, and more!
All Twilight Center participants must wear a mask. Free, disposable masks will be available on-site. Hand sanitizing stations will be available for patrons and participants are asked to wash their hands prior to starting their activity.
Six summer locations are open to middle and high school students in the evenings on Monday-Friday beginning July 6.
Milwaukee Recreation is also providing childcare opportunities at dozens of locations around the city. Camps will open on July 6. The updated list of camp locations will be posted at mkerec.net/afterschool.
Campers will be divided into smaller groups of eight or nine children (along with one or two staff members) to ensure that a single room does not have more than 10 individuals at once.
Milwaukee Recreation is a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, established in 1911 to enrich and strengthen the community by promoting healthy lifestyles, personal development, and fun through memorable recreational and educational experiences for people of all age and abilities.
During this unprecedented time, they are working hard to find the best ways to serve our community while ensuring the safety of customers and staff. This may result in schedule changes and/or cancelations of activities, which will be communicated to you as soon as possible.