Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn Program Series

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, visit the museum for lunch and a new presentation with themes from WWII to music to photography and more!  Each program lasts from 11:30am-1pm.  Fee: $10 per Member and $12 per Non-Member, includes lunch and museum admission.  Registration is required by the Friday before each program date.  To register, call the Education Department at (262) 521-2859, ext  224  or email at education@wchsm.org.

  • January 14,Growing Girls of Courage, Confidence and Character for Over 100 Years” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation from the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast on how Girl Scouts has been building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place in Waukesha County and throughout southeast Wisconsin since the early 1900’s. From homecare badges in the 1920’s to today’s technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)-based programs, Girl Scouts has evolved to capture what interests girls and prepares them for their tomorrow.
  • February 11, “Historic Breweries and Taverns in Waukesha County” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by the museum staff on taverns and breweries in the 1800s and 1900s in Waukesha County, including rare images and artifacts in the museum’s collections.
  • March 11, “Easter Traditions” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by Waukesha Floral and Greenhouse on Easter traditions.  Enjoy demonstrations on creating holiday centerpieces, the history and care of lilies, spring planting, and much more!
  • April 15, “Amish Traditions” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by Richard Dawly on Amish traditions in Wisconsin and throughout the US, including farming, clothing, quilt making, food, and much more!
  • May 13, TBA

Discovery Club

Families with children 3-5 years old can join us for Discovery Club once a month, with a new theme and activities each time!  Each program is led by the museum’s Education Department, and includes games, storytelling, I-Spy, music, and crafts.  Programs run from 10-11am.  Fee: $4 per child, $3 per non-member adult, museum member adults are free; fee includes museum admission to all exhibits including the new Les Paul exhibit.  Registration required by the Tuesday before each program date, call the Education Department at (262) 521-2859, ext 224 or email at education@wchsm.org.

  • All programs are 10-11am
  • January 15, “Fairy Tale Adventure” – Saddle up your horse and join us for a journey to fairy tale village!  Participants will hear stories that will inspire games like the prince/princess and the pea pillow challenge, and crafts like magical mirrors.
  • February 19, Rockin’ Rhymes” – Let’s shake up traditional nursery rhymes to create some silly activities!  Included will be the nursery rhyme Olympics, Humpty Dumpty egg challenge, and a special craft project.
  • March 19, “Neverland Adventure” – Get sprinkled with pixie dust for your flight to Neverland!  We will make a drum like Tiger Lily, float pirate ships like Captain Hook, and make pixie wands like Tinkerbell.
  • April 16, ” Mad Scientist” – Join us for an exploration into the world of science!  We will be performing wacky experiments, including slimy worms, magical rainbows, bubbly balloons, and much more!
  • May 21, “Fairy Houses” – First we will listen to the book Fairy Houses, then families will create their own Fairy House using natural materials like branches, flowers, shells, and stones.  Take your house home and see if a fairy moves in during the night!


Kids’ Night Out!

Kids rule the museum after hours!  Children 5-10 years old will enjoy a pizza dinner, then art activities, games, experiments, and much, much more!  Parents can use this time to have a fun time themselves by going out to dinner, shopping, or running a few errands.  Kids’ Night Out is from 5:30-8pm.  Cost is $20 per child per evening, pizza dinner is included.  To register or for additional information please call the education department at 262-521-2859, ext. 246 or email at jschmitz@wchsm.org.

  • “Superhero Academy” Saturday, January 31st: Have dreams of saving the world? Always wanted to leap buildings in a single bound? Then become a superhero and save the day with us. Create your own superhero costume, train to learn how to use your new super powers and then fight crime –all in one night! Registration deadline is Wednesday January 28th.
  • “Fantastic Beasts” Saturday, February 21st: Look at a variety of unusual animals and the special traits that make them so unique. Learn about camouflage, poisons and how animals protect themselves from predators. Create your own camouflage; learn how an anglerfish gets it dinner and how flying squirrels fly. Registration deadline is Wednesday February 18th.
  •  “The Old West” Saturday, March 21st: Yee-haw! Saddle up as we head into the Old West. We will find out what it was like to pack up everything you own in a wagon, what life was like for the pioneers who made the journey and the beginning of cowboys in the United States. Registration deadline is Wednesday March 18th.
  • “Swashbucklin’ Pirates” Saturday, April 18th: Ahoy mateys! Come sail the high seas with us as we learn about pirates and their treasure. We will create our own pirate flag insignia, learn pirate lingo and see if we can discover some buried treasure of our own. Registration deadline is Wednesday April 15th.

Rockin’ Through the Ages Family Event!

Saturday, December 27 and Tuesday, December 30; 10am – 3pm

Join us at the Waukesha County Museum on December 27th or 30th for a musical tour through time! This family event will celebrate different styles of music including classical, jazz, rock and roll, and disco, and the culture (fashion, sports, transportation, movies, famous people, etc) that accompanied them. There will be tons of games, experiments, activities, and crafts that the whole family can enjoy!  Families can try on clothing from each time period for amazing photos, play real instruments including Les Paul electric guitars, go on a scavenger hunt for a prize, and much, much more!  Stop by anytime between 10 am and 3 pm to participate in all four themed activity areas, plus see the rest of the museum’s exhibits!  These activities are included with museum admission and no registration is required.  For additional information, email education@wchsm.org.

Happy Birthday/Unbirthday Party at the Waukesha County Museum

Saturday, January 17; 10am – 3pm

Celebrate JanBoree’s birthday and everyone else’s unbirthday with a unique party at the museum! At 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2pm, see Bubble Wonders with Geoff Akins Hannah, where families will be spellbound with fog-filled volcano bubbles, dancing bubbles, bubble caterpillars, and even kids in bubbles! This show is perfect for children of all ages and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Then join in our unbirthday party games with flamingo croquet, tea cup balance, white roses obstacle course, I’m late rabbit hop, and much more! Also, create a mad hatter hat and a playing card bowtie to take home. Plus see all the museum’s exhibits! Admission and all activities are FREE and no registration is required.

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Scout Event Days

Girl Scout Event Day, Saturday, March 7, 2015 – Click Girl Scout Event Flyer for additional information

Cub Scout Event Day, Saturday, March 14, 2015 – Click Cub Scout Event Flyer for additional information

Museum Explorers Spring Break Camp

April 6 – 10, 2015

Children ages 6-10 years old can spend a week at the museum completing experiments, crafts, games, and I-spies under the direction of the Education Department.  This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time…” where we will explore fairy tales, legends, myths, and tall tales of all kinds.  Click Spring Camp Flyer for all the details and pricing.  Click Registration Forms to register for spring camp.  Spaces fill quickly!

Museum Explorers Summer Camp

Week 1: July 20-24 – Season’s Greetings

Week 2: July 27-31 – Around the World in 5 Days

Week 3: August 3-7 – Mad Scientist

Children ages 6-10 years old can spend one, two, or three weeks at the museum completing experiments, crafts, games, and I-Spies under the direction of the Education Department.  Click Summer Camp Flyer to view all of the details for all three weeks.  To register your camper, click Summer Camp Registration Forms to download the forms to mail into the museum.  Register your camper soon, spaces fill quickly!  Call the Director of Education at 262-521-2859, ext. 224 or email education@wchsm.org with any questions.