Family Fun


 Make German Fest YOUR Family Tradition!

At German Fest, families will find plenty of entertainment throughout the grounds every day. Fireworks, parades, carousel organs, German candies in the Marktplatz, a playground, the Battle of the Mascots, Dachshund Derby, Glockenspiel, German dance performances and more!  Here are a few of our special Children’s Activities:



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The latest soccer craze…BubbleBall Soccer is the game you know and love played while surrounded by an inflated bubble.  Bounce and bash is the name of the game, score a goal if you can!  Free participation for kids and adults.  Located in Glockenspiel Park.  Sat. & Sun.


Culture Pavilion

European Train Enthusiasts Display
German Language Games
Kids of ALL ages can come and test their German language knowledge with games like “Worterklatsche,” German Scrabble, Word Searches, “Zungenbrecher” (Tongue Twisters), matching German words to pictures and other German language games.

Children’s Activity Area

Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 1pm-7pm, Sunday 1pm-7pm


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Children’s Arts & Crafts
Bring your children ages 4-10 for an hour of FREE, unsupervised but volunteer assisted, make-and-take and hands-on craft activities. Parents welcome to stay and play too!

T-Shirt Tent
Design an original German Fest T-Shirt! Create your own shirt using various colors and stamps such as dachshund, soccer ball, teddy bear, German & American flag, pretzel and many more.

Children’s Fairy Tale Parade – Sunday

Sunday, 3:30pm – All children at the fest are invited to participate along with dance groups and of course, Fritzi, German Fest’s lovable mascot and the Usinger Elves! The Parade starts near the Glockenspiel and weaves its way through the festival grounds ending at the Sprecher Oktoberfest Tent.

4:00pm Children’s Showcase on the Sprecher Oktoberfest Stage

German Fest Sports Area

A great place to relax and enjoy your food and beverage while being entertained by various sports organizations.  Fun for all ages!

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Demonstrations and activities

2016 SPORTS AREA SCHEDULE (2017 Sports Area Schedule COMING SOON):
6:00 – 8:00  Festival Strings
Students from the Wisconsin Conservatoryvplay classical music “unplugged”

1:00 – 2:00  Fitness Demo
Various Fitness Challenges with audience participation

2:30 – 3:30  Futbolito FC Youth Soccer Program with TOPSoccer WI
Soccer Drills Demonstration with audience participation
Fubolito is a program that introduces kids 3-10 years old to footy
TOPSoccer is a non-competitive soccer program for special needs kids

5:00 – 6:00  Milwaukee Wave Professional Soccer
Audience participation

6:00 – 8:00  Wisconsin Adaptive Sport Association
Innovative and enriching athletic program designed for individuals with orthopedic, visual, and/or other physical/health impairments exhibits wheelchair competitions, with audience participation

12:00 – 1:00  Milwaukee German Immersion School
Soccer Skills demonstration in German and English

1:00 – 8:00  Midwest Outdoor Handball Championships
Teams from the Chicago area, Illinois State University and UW-Milwaukee will be competing. Come find out why Handball is one of the hottest sports in Germany!


Lori 4 (2)Glockenspiel Park

The Glockenspiel performance takes place every day.  Check the schedule and don’t miss seeing this German clock come to life!
Performance Times:
4:00, 6:00, 8:00
2:00, 6:00, 8:00
2:00, 4:00, 6:00



Music on the Move

Inflatable children’s activities located on the south end of the grounds.