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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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

South End, near the Glockenspiel
Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 1pm-7pm, Sunday 1pm-7pm


childrens area 1

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
All families welcome!

Sunday, 3:30pm – All are welcome to follow the children’s dance groups representing the various regions of Germany and of course, Fritzi, German Fest’s lovable mascot and the Usinger Elves in the parade! Starts near the Glockenspiel and weaves its way through the festival grounds ending at the Sprecher Oktoberfest Tent for the Children’s Dance Showcase.


ALL children ages 5-12 who walk with a parent are invited to wear a special costume (provided by German Fest) while they last.  Costume handout begins at 2:45pm. Children who participate in or follow the parade will receive a treat and coloring book at the end.



Lori 4 (2)Glockenspiel Park

The Glockenspiel show takes place every day.  Check the schedule and don’t miss this special performance!  Located on the south end, near the BMO Harris Pavilion.

Performance Times:
Friday:  4:00, 6:00, 8:00
Saturday:  2:00, 6:00, 8:00
Sunday:  2:00, 4:00, 6:00




HARIBO® Sampling

Ready for yummy gummies? HARIBO® is celebrating family fun this year at German Fest! Throughout the weekend they will be handing out delicious HARIBO® GOLD-BEARS® right alongside the official Bear mascot! Swing by for some free HARIBO® GOLD-BEARS® gummies (located near the main gate), a big bear hug and an exclusive opportunity to take a photo with the HARIBO® Bear! Oh—and be sure to watch for the Bear in Saturday’s parade. Kids and grown-ups love it so, the happy world of HARIBO®!  Located on the South end of the grounds.



Milwaukee Police Department K9 Unit

The Milwaukee Police K9 Unit has been serving the citizens of Milwaukee since 2007. The unit currently has nine K9 teams. The K9s are German Shepherds from Germany and are trained for suspect apprehension, drugs and firearm detection. Members of the MPD K9 Unit, the MPD K9 Foundation and the German-American Police Association will be on grounds Sunday, July 30th.  Stop by their booth located near the Sprecher Tent to learn more about these special German Shepherds and their handlers.



Music on the Move

Inflatable children’s activities located on the north end of the grounds near the Skyglider.