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Find fun on a rainy day

Spring brings sunshine, green grass and the beginning of blooming flowers. But, it can also bring spring showers.

Rather than keep the kids cooped up in the house singing “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” try one of the many indoor activities that are offered in and around Milwaukee to help combat the rainy day blues.

1. Jump around at Sky Zone. The indoor trampoline park boasts the largest trampoline surface in Wisconsin. The wall-to-wall trampoline coverage will let your kids literally bounce off the walls. Sky Zone, W229 N1420 Westwood Drive, Waukesha, also offers dodgeball, volleyball and basketball.

2. Have fun at Flabbergast. Your kids can enjoy a huge arcade, jump houses, obstacle courses, slides, bungee runs and other fun indoor activities. And, you can enjoy the parent lounge while your kids run around and play. Flabbergast is at W248 N5250 Executive Drive, Sussex.

3. Visit the Domes. Officially known as the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, this makes a great rainy day (or any day) activity for the family. The Domes are filled with hundred of plants, flower and trees – they all look pretty and smell great. Each dome features a different theme and is a great place for your kids to explore.

Monkey Joe's is at 2040 W. Bluemound Road in Waukesha.

Monkey Joe’s is at 2040 W. Bluemound Road in Waukesha.

4. Monkey around at Monkey Joe’s. Located at 2040 W. Bluemound Road, Waukesha, this is great for kids 12 and younger. There’s an inflatable play center where kids can bounce, jump and slide. Monkey Joe’s also has slides and obstacles courses, all providing hours of entertainment for your children.

5. See a flick at the Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium. At the MPM Theater, 800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee, you get the option between three equally cool experiences. You can see a 3D film, a planetarium show, or a giant screen film. These shows will all make you and your kids feel as though you’re participating in the show and not just watching it. Doesn’t look like the rain is ending anytime soon? Spend the day between the theater and the rest of the Milwaukee Public Museum. Your kids won’t know what to do first.

6. It’s never raining inside Country Springs (unless you count the cascading water from one of its many water features). Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, has a great indoor waterpark, which includes tube and body slides, a lazy river, activity pool and arcade. It can get pretty busy, so make sure to call or visit their website to make sure they’re not full for the day.

The waterpark at Country Springs Hotel is at 2810 Golf Road in Pewaukee.

The waterpark at Country Springs Hotel is at 2810 Golf Road in Pewaukee.

7. Find adventure at Adventure Rock. This is a great place for your kids to have fun and get exercise, even on a rainy day. There are a bunch of different walls to climb, and the staff will walk your kids through the climbing process before they begin. If you don’t have the needed equipment, such as shoes and a harness, you can rent it all at Adventure Rock, 21250 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. They have a bunch of different rates, including daily, monthly and annual memberships.

8. Jump like there’s no tomorrow. The Helium Trampoline Park, 6235 W. Beloit Road, New Berlin, is a great place to spend the day. The trampoline park provides a huge room where the floor and walls are all trampolines. There’s a foam pit that your kids can jump into (off a trampoline, of course) a rock wall for climbing, basketball hoops and dodgeball.

9. Strike out on a rainy day. Pinstrikes, which can be found at the Bayshore Mall, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive, Glendale, has 11 bowling lanes, a 65-foot HD video wall, laneside restaurant service and cool lighting throughout.

Driving the bus at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee.

Driving the bus at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee.

10. Enjoy hands-on learning at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. Located at 929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, this museum is packed with interactive, educational exhibits that lets your kids learn hands on. Your children can drive a bus, work at a store or post office and ride a motorcycle all without leaving the building.

11. Discover. What better place to discover and explore than Discovery World? At 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, you and your family can explore an aquarium, navigate your way through a ship, or check out the many other interactive exhibits that the museum has to offer.

12. Get your kids in motion: Kids in Motion, 14135 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin, has something for everyone. There’s an open play area, laser tag designed for kids 5 and older, a stage area, arts and crafts center, train room, science and conservation room, puzzle area, grocery room, construction zone, music area and game section.

About Kirsten Yovino

Kirsten Yovino is a Milwaukee-area resident and co-owner of brewcityparent.com.

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