Family Hop is highlighted by “Stories on The Hop,” a unique event from our friends at Rooted MKE. On Saturday, April 1, from 10-11 a.m., Rooted MKE will take over a stationary streetcar outside our maintenance building for a fun-filled hour of reading and crafts. Participants will hear a reading of “Last Stop on Market Street,” participate in a discussion of the book's themes, and complete a streetcar-themed craft project before heading home with their very own copy of the book.
The event is completely free, but advance registration is required.
*As of Saturday, March 18, registration for Stories on The Hop is full. Stay tuned for future events on board The Hop.*
From March 27 through April 8, children are invited to play Hop Bingo on board the streetcar. Print out the bingo card below, take a ride on The Hop and see what you can spot along the way, remember to get a sticker from your streetcar driver, and then bring your completed card to Classy Girl Cupcakes near our Cathedral Square stops to receive a free cupcake.
825 N. Jefferson St.
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Limited to children ages 12 and younger while supplies last)
Family Hop isn’t only on board the streetcar – you can bring the fun home with you, too! Download the two coloring pages below and let the kids get started designing their perfect streetcar and station. When finished, send us a pic at email@example.com or use the hashtag #thehopmke on social media. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!Hop Coloring Page Station Coloring Page
If you’re hoping for a lighter crowd, travel during the week or in the morning. The cars tend to be much more crowded on weekends and in the evening. Try parking near Burns Commons. There’s plenty of free street parking in the area.
When the streetcar reaches either end of the line (Intermodal Station or Burns Commons), there’s a little break while the operator switches ends to start driving in the other direction. The operators are always up for a high-five or quick photo as they’re walking through the vehicle, and if it’s not too busy, will sometimes let little ones get a peek inside the cab.
All Hop stations feature level boarding, so you can just roll right on. No need to fold up strollers on board—just make sure to set the break before the streetcar starts moving. Please don’t block the aisle or doors so other passengers can easily get on and off.
Bottles, sippy cups or covered drinks with a straw are fine, but please leave cups without lids at home. Leave the snacks in your bag – eating is not allowed on board the streetcar. If you use an electronic device that makes noise, please use headphones.
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