Experience Wauwatosa From The Great Indoors

Two people wearing bowling shoes and holding bowling balls

With a retro blacklight bowling alley, quaint bookstore, premier shopping mall, and paint and sip studio, Wauwatosa’s indoor activity scene is one worth exploring time and time again. 

No matter the time of year you’re visiting our charming city, cozy up to countless activities that are perfect for all ages. Whether you’re looking for a game night on the town, indoor entertainment, or a way to flex your creative muscle, check out these indoor activities for every occasion.

Indoor Games

1st & Bowl. Adding a fun twist on the classics, 1st & Bowl is Milwaukee’s first Football Bowling bar (and a place you can only find here in our charming city). The fun never stops at this indoor facility that’s complete with Basketball Connect 4, bags, and Football Bowling.

Stop into this large warehouse filled with 15 football bowling lanes, two Basketball Connect 4 play areas, a bean bag toss area, an outdoor patio space, a full-service bar and restaurant, and an area for arcade games, board games, and Jenga.

Bowlero. Complete with 72 bowling lanes and an arcade with old-school games, Bowlero is a Tosa outing that everyone can agree on.

The indoor bowling alley takes a retro spin on a classic with black lights, soft lounge seats, and huge HD video walls that play everything from live sports and music videos to classic family films. 


Indoor Entertainment

Milwaukee Bucks Game at Fiserv Forum. Located just a short drive outside of Wauwatosa, Fiserv Forum is the best place to catch our 2020-2021 NBA Champions up close and personal.

Get the full Milwaukee Bucks game day experience when you stay in Tosa to avoid the downtown crowds and enjoy our local bars and restaurants before tipoff.

Mayfair Mall. A shopping trip to Mayfair Mall is a must if you’re looking for an indoor activity to enjoy during your visit. Complete with your favorite retailers, including Nordstrom, Crate & Barrel, Old Navy, and more, the mall also features small businesses that you can only find here in Wauwatosa. 

With over 160 retailers for shopping, dining, and entertainment, you’ll never run out of things to do and places to explore.


Indoor Arts

Kneeland-Walker House Indoor Tour. Built in 1890, the Kneeland-Walker House sits on 1.5 acres of land and is the largest remaining residential lot in Wauwatosa. 

The Queen Anne house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated landmark of Wauwatosa and Milwaukee County. Take a peek into Tosa’s history with an indoor tour from the Wauwatosa Historical Society on Wednesdays. 

Arte Bar & Painting Lounge. Whether you’re looking to pick up a new hobby, dust off an old talent, or just have fun trying something new, Arte Bar & Painting Lounge is a great way to flex your creative muscle. 

The perfect activity for art-lovers, choose from their instructor-led classes or paint your own masterpiece in an Open Canvas Painting session.

Creative Fire. At Creative Fire, you don’t have to be a pottery pro to create your own special souvenir. 

Mold something special at one of their many classes for adults and children of all skill sets. Get your hands dirty and have some fun with friends and family during your next visit to Tosa.

The Grey House Creative Market. The perfect place to sip, shop, and create, Greyhouse Creative Market is a one-of-a-kind bar and boutique DIY store. 

Put your creative cap on and make a fun keepsake from your visit to Tosa. Be sure to check out their website for the full workshop schedule and make a reservation before you visit to secure your spot.

Little Read Book Store. Serving up a slice of Wauwatosa magic, The Little Read Book Store is a quaint shop on the edge of Tosa Village

Dedicated to the fine art of browsing, they encourage you to get lost in their countless titles, new and old, across endless genres. Plus, they always have a helpful staff member ready to suggest a book.

Pro tip: Pick up your next read and head over to any of Tosa’s coffee shops to set the scene for a perfect, cozy afternoon.

Discover Wauwatosa wants to ensure you have a safe and healthy travel experience. Learn more about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re here in Wauwatosa. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please check the local hotel and travel restrictions and retail and restaurant hours/menus before you go. 

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