Discovery World expansion provides more options for kids

An early morning photograph of the Discovery World Museum located on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee’s downtown lakefront area is expanding, and getting upgrades, that will provide more children with opportunities to get real-world learning experience.

Metroparent Magazine reports

 The addition of almost 20,000 square feet of accessible public space, including a new entrance, a new pavilion and added permanent exhibits, will transform the look and feel of the lakefront science museum.

But the reasoning behind the planned expansion is much more substantive. Discovery World’s public relations manager Paul Fladten explains, “The reason we exist is to have impact on our community and to inspire more kids to envision themselves as future members of the workforce.” And the revamping of the museum’s facilities will allow its STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programming to reach more Milwaukee-area students in a more targeted manner.

The added space will allow Discovery World to host more students for field trips. Fladten says the building is currently “maxed out for field trips.” During the busiest months, April and May, the museum has to actually turn schools away. And the students who are able to be accommodated are often forced to eat their lunches as early as 10:30 a.m. The additional lunchroom space planned in the expansion will accommodate 275 kids at one time.

For more, visit