focus on family fun

October, 2019

top: Kohl's Art Generation Family Sundays: Día de Los Muertos event. Photo by Front Room Photography

right: On the Wings

of a Mariposa play reading. Photo courtesy

of First Stage.

Milwaukee Art Museum

 October brings a popular annual event to the Milwaukee Art Museum, with a Kohl’s Art Generation Sunday themed around Dia de Los Muertos. On Oct. 13, 10am-4pm, families are invited to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday through music, art making, and more. Make paper flowers and skeleton paintings, create a remembrance to add to the community ofrenda (altar), and get a sneak peek of the play On the Wings of a Mariposa, performed by First Stage children's theatre.

 This month, visitors can also look forward to a night of scavenger hunts and exciting discoveries at MAM After Dark: Mystery, Oct. 18, 7-11pm, and the new exhibition Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking, opening Oct. 3.

 For more information on upcoming exhibitions and events, visit


First Stage

First Stage's 33rd season takes flight

with a bilingual world premiere

 On the Wings of a Mariposa, in collaboration with Latino Arts and the United Community Center, opens First Stage's 2019/20 season. Over three years in the making, this bilingual world premiere play follows the heartwarming journey of 10-year-old Pilar as she learns to stay connected to her beloved abuelita.

 Set amidst the monarch butterflies' annual migration and Día de los Muertos celebrations, this beautiful tale of Mexican culture and traditions will remind us all that "when we love someone, they never really leave us." This play features original music written by Dinorah Marquez, director of nationally-acclaimed Latino Arts Strings Program.

 Recommended for families with young people ages 5-17, On the Wings of a Mariposa runs Oct. 18-Nov. 10 at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater. Visit for details and tickets.