Museums: Always Fun but Not Just For Kids

1/24/2017 - Kristin Lindstrom

One of the most extraordinary things that I have found in Kenosha is the seemingly endless opportunity for people to get out of their houses and enjoy the city. Whether it is a class, event, or just checking out a local gem, Kenosha has no shortage of things to occupy your time. Another real perk is that not all of these cool opportunities are family/kid only events. There are definitely some awesome adult-only events that you can take advantage of if you don’t have kids, or you have kids but want a night away from them with other people who can legally drink alcohol. There are events all over Kenosha for grownups, but I really want to focus in on the events that are put on by the Kenosha Public Museums. And just as a forewarning, you should probably call you friends, create a Facebook group, or phone the babysitter right now, because some of these events have a limit to the number of people they allow, and you don’t want to miss out on all the fun!

If you love being creative and making art or crafts, “Art Uncorked” is the thing for you. These workshops are for adults only (21+) and cover a variety of art forms – painting, glass fusion, and more. Food and beverages (beer, wine, and a non-alcoholic option) are included in the cost of the class. In fact, the popular local restaurant Twisted Cuisine, often caters these events. Over the winter holidays, there was an Art Uncorked workshop for grownups to make Gingerbread houses. This activity is traditionally for children, but was a great night out for adults who participated. The workshops are designed to be laid back and aim to take the pressure off of making a “perfect” piece of art – just come have fun. If you’ve never been to an “Art Uncorked” workshop before, you might want to consider signing up for the next event on March 8th. Kelly Drumm-Frederick will lead the class and participants will paint custom St. Patrick’s Day beer steins.

There are a number of classes and workshops that don’t involve food or alcohol, too. You know, if you want to truly focus on art or learn a new skill. On February 4th, there is a workshop called Tintype Photography that will be taught by Milwaukee photographer Margaret Muza. If you’ve ever wanted to dabble in the art of capturing moments with photography, this would be the class for you. On March 26th there will be a Sensational Skin Scrubs workshop led by Laura Zielinski. At the end of the class you will have made a skin scrub that you can take home to use for yourself, or give to a friend as a nice gift! Last, but not least, another Milwaukee artist, Ashley Town, will be leading a Letterpress Printing workshop on March 29th. If you’ve always wanted to try letterpress printing, or you’re interested to know more about what it is, sign up for this workshop! All three of these workshops are new and obviously pinpoint some specific areas of interest, but there are many additional offerings throughout the year.

The big summer hit for adults is always the Museum Crawl. The Crawl is a progressive event that could be equated to a museum-themed birthday party for grownups. This year the Museum Crawl will be on Friday, July 14th, with food, beverages, games, raffles, and plenty of fun from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Guests start off by checking in at the Kenosha Public Museum, ride the streetcar to the Dinosaur Discovery Museum to get the party started. Games (such as the T-rex toss where your arms are pinned to your sides to make short arms!), music and, of course, really great food and drinks are all part of the event. After about an hour or so, you get to hop onto the Streetcar again and head down to the Civil War Museum. There you will find more games (like a horseshoe toss from the second floor to the main lobby), more music, and a different food and drink selection for you to indulge in. After about an hour or so, a short walk to the Kenosha Public Museum brings you to the final stretch. You guessed it - MORE games, food and beverages, music, and raffle drawings await! This is a ticketed event and only 200 tickets are sold – so watch for event information to post because you won’t want to miss out on attending.

Another awesome event is PotterPalooza! What started out as a family event was quickly replicated for an adults-only version. I had the good fortune to attend PotterPalooza at the Kenosha Public Museum last weekend and enjoyed a night of Harry Potter magic! I was able to attend with my ever-famous boyfriend (remember the guy who was eating our Tenuta’s treats in the car before we left the parking lot), a non-Harry-Potter-obsessed-muggle. I am a BIG Harry Potter nerd, but  we both had such a blast! For the boy to enjoy the event as much as he did, without even caring the slightest about Harry Potter, is proof that it was a very successful evening. We got sorted into houses, took classes, hunted for horocruxes, tasted potions and made our own, created some DIY crafts, earned house points to compete against the other houses, and got to peruse a room full of Harry Potter themed merchandise. As much as I love children (and as a teacher they hold a very special spot in my heart), it was nice to be able to enjoy the evening among other adults and not have to worry about being in the way of a child trying to enjoy the event or having to whip out my ID every time I wanted another drink. A similar event was held the week prior for families – and as someone without children, I appreciate the separation for my sake and the sake of kids who adore Potter-themed fun, too.

These events are a great way to experience the museums as an event space. The Kenosha Public Museum and the Civil War Museum both offer spaces that can be rented as event venues for weddings, baby or bridal showers, birthday parties, anniversary parties and more. Whether hosting your own event or enjoying a museum-planned event, you’ll love spending time at our beautiful, world-class museums. I am definitely sold on attending more adult-only events in the future at the museums. The museums don’t take these events lightly; they tend to go all out to make sure that the evenings are as much fun as guests would hope. If you’re looking for a date night, a girls’ night, or just a kid-free evening, the events/workshops at the museums are the perfect place to go – so much more fun than just dinner and a movie.

Kristin Lindstrom

Community Blogger

Teacher. Runner. Nature lover. Kenosha transplant. Favorite things include good food, great books, and beautiful days spent outside. Finding new things to love about living in Kenosha everyday!