Family Farm Weekend

Sponsored by
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 9 & 10, 2017

Free Zoo admission for Zoo Pass members with photo ID.

Farmers marketExperience farm life right in the city of Milwaukee when you come to the Zoo's Family Farm Weekend. During the two-day event, head to the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm and enjoy farm animals, food and friendly competition. You can see and even touch certain farm animals – like chickens and rabbits – during designated times at the Stackner Animal Encounter. Shop around the local farmers market filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and other Wisconsin-made products. Learn what it's like to milk a cow, take a turn churning ice cream or sit in on a basket-weaving demonstration. Children age 10 and under, weighing 70 pounds or less, can test their muscle strength in the Pedal Tractor-Pull Exhibition, sponsored by CNH Industrial.

What would a farm weekend be without milk? Kids and adults can take part in a milk-chugging contest. Then go inside the barn to see the dairy cows and learn more about how they are milked. The Zoo has the only working dairy in the city of Milwaukee. The Zoo's cows can produce more than 200 pounds of milk a day, which will be turned into cheese by Clock Shadow Creamery, the city's only urban creamery. The partnership between Clock Shadow and the Zoo has been in place for almost two years. The milk, purchased and picked up twice a week, is mixed with milk from other dairy farms to create different kinds of cheese – including the popular "squeaky" cheese curds. Clock Shadow Creamery is located in Walker's Point.