All access, special activities await guests of the Foundation’s next Gift to the Community

Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 24, 2015 – The Greater Milwaukee Foundation invites the entire community to a “Weekend on the Water” at Discovery World, Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4. Admission to the interactive science and technology center will be free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days as the Foundation presents its centennial Gift to the Community for October.

The weekend of complimentary access includes regularly scheduled shows as well as special programming designed to educate and entertain guests of all ages and interests. Get up close and personal with salt water species in a brand new touch tank in the Reiman Aquarium; climb aboard the impressive S/V Denis Sullivan for tours and demonstrations; create your own unique keepsake in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab; and much more.

“At Discovery World, you can’t help but have an enormous amount of fun at the same time you are learning. Visiting this fabulous center as a child might even inspire a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics,” said Ellen M. Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “We are grateful to have this resource in greater Milwaukee and excited to make it accessible to all during this special weekend in October.”

In addition to all permanent exhibits on the Discovery World campus, the weekend’s special activities will include:

  • Kohl’s Design It! experiences, including an open lab, vacuum formed aquariums and vacuum formed Lake Michigan coloring fun
  • Freshwater Lab experience, with UWM demonstrations Saturday morning and Discovery World demonstrations on Sunday
  • S/V Denis Sullivan deck tours
  • R/V Neeskay tours – UWM freshwater research vessel (Saturday only)
  • Science Saturday experiences (Saturday only)
  • Dr. Discovero presents: The Magic of Science
  • Movies in the Digital Theater and Innovation Theater
  • Brady Intelligent Products Lab window cling giveaways
  • Lakeshore State Park audio tours

Call 414.765.9966 with questions or visit to access a more detailed schedule and information about the days’ events, including parking recommendations and directions. Discovery World is located at 500 N. Harbor Drive in Milwaukee.

“Thanks to generous support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, we will be able to open the doors of Discovery World to the entire community,” said Joel Brennan, president and CEO of Discovery World. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share our exhibits and educational experiences with families throughout the Milwaukee area. Our ‘Weekend on the Water’ will celebrate our world-class lakefront and provide families with fun and interactive experiences that give them a better understanding of freshwater and a better idea of its importance to Milwaukee’s economic health in the years to come.”

In celebration of its 100th year of service, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has been presenting monthly Gifts to the Community that enable people to experience many of the region’s greatest assets together. The Foundation’s Gift to the Community for September provided special access and free behind-the-scenes tours at Miller Park. These community-wide opportunities have drawn well over 200,000 participants during the last nine months.

New Gifts to the Community are revealed each month on FOX 6 Milwaukee.

About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

For a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,200 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world. Ending 2014 with more than $841 million in assets, it is also among the largest.