Revealed: Greater Milwaukee Foundation unveils October’s Gift to the Community

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MILWAUKEE — FOX6 and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation are teaming up to bring you Gifts to the Community – unique experiences that highlight the remarkable resources the community has to offer – as we celebrate the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s 100 years of service to the Milwaukee area.

The October Gift to the Community is a free admission weekend to Discovery World! The entire community is invited to attend this “Weekend on the Water,” October 3 & 4, which 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 Drive, Milwaukee
Date: Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 (Saturday only)

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

For more information, call (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 Oct. 3. 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

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. These community-wide opportunities have drawn well over 200,000 participants during the last nine months.

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!

About 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.