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Love Your Great Lakes with Fund For Lake Michigan

Alright friends, it’s about time we talk about the Great Lakes. They’re not just your usual body of water, they’re so much more. Please read along as we take a few minutes to explain why we love the Great Lakes here at Discovery World.

Did you know that the five Great Lakes are home to 3,500 different species? Did you also know that they hold over 23 quadrillion liters of water? That is enough water to sustain 2.3 billion people for their entire lives (if they live the average 78 years and use 34 liters of water a day). But, let’s not steal all our water from the Great Lakes. We wouldn’t want them to dry up now, would we? The lakes already provide 40 million people with clean drinking water and 212 billion liters of water a day for farming and industry.

With the Great Lakes being such an abundance of fresh water, many humans are relocating their homes and businesses to the surrounding areas. This move is great for the businesses, however, there is a great concern with pollution in the lake water. The Great Lakes are so big that less than 1% of water leaves the system every year. This allows pollution to stay in the water, harming the animals, plants, and water supplies.

Here at Discovery World, we educate our guests daily about the Great Lakes. But we realized we wanted to create even more awareness. Luckily, we have some amazing friends and partners. With the help of Fund for Lake Michigan, Discovery World is excited to host Love Your Great Lakes Day, a day solely focused on community efforts to revive, sustain, and admire the Great Lakes.

At Discovery World’s Love Your Great Lakes Day on Saturday, February 11th, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about ways people are inspired by the Great Lakes, whether artistically or scientifically.

What can you do at Love Your Great Lakes?

(Image courtesy of JMKE Photography)

Food, Sports, and Fireworks! Your Guide to January and February at Discovery World

You made it! Welcome! Come on in. Make yourself at home. Take your shoes off. May we offer you some lovely cheeses? How about a glass of something refreshing? You’re fine? Fantastic! Thanks for joining us here at the Innovation Blog. Have a seat. Did you hear about Karen? I know, right? So weird. Anyway, there’s a lot of fun stuff happening here at Discovery World in the next few weeks, and we wanted to tell you all about it.

Experience a Taste of Bartolotta
Sat, January 28 | 11am-3pm

We’re doing something entirely new here at Discovery World. At Taste of Bartolotta, you can explore all the interactive fun of Discovery World with your entire family while sampling delicious food along the way from a myriad of Bartolotta Restaurants! Dig into a delicious beef bourguignon from Lake Park Bistro, authentic clam chowder from Harbor House, ridiculous rib tips and completely bonkers mac n’ cheese from Miss Beverly’s Deluxe BBQ. And? So very much more, including pumpkin salted caramel cheesecake. Wine, beer, soda, and water will also be available for purchase.

How does Taste of Bartolotta work? You arrive at Discovery World. You purchase admission. Or, if you’re one of our fantastic Discovery World Members, you get in free. Once inside, you purchase food tickets from one of three stations located in Discovery World. Food tickets are sold in packs of 10 for $5.00 (cash or credit only, no refunds). Then you explore, find all the different food stations. And then you eat. And enjoy. It’s simple, really.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Steve Atwell Memorial Fund Scholarship, which provides funds so that underserved youth in our community can attend Discovery World Summer Camps.

Get hungry. Get to Discovery World. Explore and enjoy!

It’s Opening Day for Sportsology
Saturday, February 4th

Discovery World is hosting a fantastic and fun NEW exhibit called Sportsology. The exhibit features engaging, interactive challenges that allow you to test your athletic abilities and learn how your body works.

Special guests on Opening Day include Project ADAM, the Wisconsin Figure Skating Club, and the Lakeshore Chinooks. They’ll be joining us with expert advice and fun, interactive demos. Experience the science of Sportsology, only at Discovery World!

Sportsology is presented in partnership with Aurora Health Care & Marquette University.

Love Your Great Lakes Day
Saturday, February 11

It’s exciting and new. It’s all you need. It is space and time measured by the heart. It’s love. It’s a many splendored thing, just like our Great Lakes. And we love our Great Lakes.

Discovery World and the Fund for Lake Michigan are partnering for a family-friendly celebration of our freshwater abundance. Join us for interactive educational experiences, talk to people from local organizations who help protect our Great Lakes, meet some of the many creatures who live in the Great Lakes, and explore your connection to fresh water. Dive in. Love Your Great Lakes.

Fireworks in Winter
Sat, January 28 | 10am • 11:15am • 12:30pm • 2:15pm • 3:30pm | Brady Intelligent Products Lab

January marks the beginning of the three-month period of high activity for our planet’s silent fireworks, the Northern Lights. Visit the Brady Lab and use special inks to print a poster celebrating this natural, hauntingly beautiful phenomena.

This 60-minute workshop is walk-up only. Pre-registration is unnecessary. Open to 15-20 participants at a time. All ages are welcome. Adult supervision is required.

Portable Clouds
Sat, February 4 | 10:30am • 1pm • 3:30pm | THIRST Lab

What kind of clouds are made of sunshine and sugar? Cotton candy! Join us in the THRIST Lab, and explore the science of spun sugar. And make your own fluffy and deliciously sweet cloud to enjoy.

This 30-minute workshop is walk-up only. Pre-registration is unnecessary. Open to 15-20 participants at a time. All ages are welcome. Adult supervision is required.

To Love Fish Is to Know Them
Sat, February 11 | 11am • 12pm • 2pm • 3pm | Freshwater Sustainability Lab

Fall in love all over again… with fish! Explore a few of the astonishing creatures that live right in Lake Michigan. Can you tell a bass from a bluegill? Learn to identify the creatures that share our waters.

This 30-minute workshop is walk-up only. Pre-registration is unnecessary. Open to 15-20 participants at a time. All ages are welcome. Adult supervision is required.

Boy Scout Day with the Admirals
Sat, February 11 | $20 per person

Once again, Discovery World is teaming up with the Milwaukee Admirals to offer Boy Scouts an exciting, jam-packed day of fun and adventure!

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and their families are invited to Discovery World to engage in special Scout programming and to explore our interactive, hands-on exhibits. After spending the afternoon at Discovery World, Scouts will head to the Admirals new home location, the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, to watch the Admirals leave it all on the ice. Check-in will be at noon, with classes going from 1-4pm in our lab spaces. Scouts will be able to explore the labs and participate in unique and innovative programming.

Price includes admission to Discovery World, special Scout activities in Discovery World’s labs, and a ticket to the Milwaukee Admirals hockey game.

To register, contact Nathan Harker at 414.227.0556 or by email at nharker@milwaukeeadmirals.com

Visit the Kohl’s Design It! Lab for January Maker Fun!
Weekends in January | 10am-5pm | INCLUDED with General Admission

The Kohl’s Design It! Lab is a wonderful place to spend family time together making incredible projects that you can take home. This month, we’re celebrating some remarkable people and places in history. Adult visitors will enjoy creating the Kinetic Snowflakes and the Elvis Presley “Shake-y Legs” (Elvis was born on January 8, 1935) while younger guests will love creating a Willow Ptarmigan crown (the Willow Ptarmigan is the state bird of Alaska, which became a state on January 3, 1959). Other projects you can make and take home in January include a boxing glove inspired by Muhammad Ali (born January 17, 1942) and an American flag inspired by the original sewn by Betsy Ross (born January 1, 1752).

And be sure to take advantage of the new Upcycling Wall. Kohl’s Design It! Lab staff gather magazines, egg cartons, ribbon, cardboard, yarn, bubble wrap, popsicle sticks, vinyl, wrapping paper and all kinds of interesting materials that people would normally toss in the trash or the recycling bin and sort those items into orange buckets. You can use these throwaway materials to create whatever you can think of!

Wow. It was so good to see you. Thanks for stopping by. This was fun.  Let’s do this again sometime. And join us at Discovery World in January and February!

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General Admission

Adults $20
Child (3-17) $16
Child 2 & Under $Free
Senior (60+) $16
College Student* $14
Military Active and Veterans* $14

*Valid ID Required.

Prices are subject to change. Click HERE to buy tickets and for important information you need to know before visiting. 

Current Hours

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Tues-Fri -
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Getting Here

We are located on Milwaukee’s lakefront with easy access on and off of the expressway.

500 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Get Directions
Adults $20
Child (3-17) $16
Child 2 & Under $Free
Senior (60+) $16
College Student* $14
Military Active and Veterans* $14
Military* Active Duty & Veterans $14

*Valid ID Required.

Prices are subject to change. Click HERE to buy tickets and for important information you need to know before visiting. 

Current Hours

Wednesday-Sunday: 9am-4pm
Tues-Fri -
Sat & Sun -
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