October Gift to the Community

Discovery World Logo.pngThe entire community can visit Discovery World for free Oct. 3 and 4 as the Greater Milwaukee Foundation presents its centennial Gift to the Community for October. This “Weekend on the Water” includes free admission to the interactive science and technology center, all exhibits and shows, plus special programming for guests of all ages.


Where:  Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Date:  Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4

Hours:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Directions  |  Parking information


The weekend of complimentary access includes regularly scheduled shows as well as the following special programming. For a complete program schedule, visit the Discovery World website.

Kohl’s Design It! Experiences 

Kohl’s Design It! Lab
Location: Kohl’s Design It! Lab 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Vacuum Form Aquariums
Location: Reiman Aquarium 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Vacuum Formed Lake Michigan Coloring Fun
Location: Tent
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Freshwater Experience

UWM onsite demonstrations 
Location: Freshwater Lab
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday only

Discovery World onsite demonstrations 
Location: Freshwater Lab

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday only

Sailing Vessel (S/V) Denis Sullivan Deck Tours 

Location: East Dock
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

R/V Neeskay Tours 

Explore UWM’s School of Freshwater Research Vessel 
Location: Dock
10 a.m. – 4.p.m. Saturday only

Brady Giveaway 

Join experts from the Brady Intelligent Products Lab to screen print blowing leaf window clings that change colors in different temperatures – just in time to match our autumn foliage!
Location: Promenade
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Invasive Species Cart 

Learn about these pesky creatures!
Location: Between sky bridge stairwell elevators 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Science Saturday 

Join us for these outdoor science experiences so big (and sometimes dangerous) that we can’t do them inside!
Location: Posner Park (Innovation Theater if inclement weather)
Saturday only. For a complete program schedule with times, visit the Discovery World website.

Dr. Discovero presents: The Magic of Science

Explore mystifying illusions of color, sound, and light with simple scientific concepts
Location: Innovation Theater
Saturday only.  For a complete program schedule with times, visit the Discovery World website.

Movies in the Innovation and Digital Theater

Location: Innovation Theater and Digital Theater
For a complete program schedule with times, visit the Discovery World website.

For more information: 

Web: http://www.discoveryworld.org/events/greater-milwaukee-foundation-free-weekend/

Phone: 414.765.9966


Discovery World expects extremely limited parking on this weekend. If the parking garage is at capacity, Discovery World strongly recommends parking at either the O’Donnell Park Structure, U.S. Bank, or Lake Lot (located across from the Summerfest Grounds). Please note all parking rates apply at each individual garage.

The AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run will also be taking place on October 3rd. Listed below is a schedule of when vehicle access into Discovery World will be restricted. 
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Run 
12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Walk

About Discovery World

Discovery World is a science and technology center that is fun for the whole family! The 120,000-square foot facility includes interactive exhibits, the Reiman Aquarium, movies in the Digital Theater, learning labs, live theater shows, and more! You’ll find fun and educational experiences for all ages during your visit to Discovery World. Come and explore!