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Local groups have a few Milwaukee gift ideas for your Black Friday

(Clockwise from upper left) The Brewers, Milwaukee Film, Summerfest and the Milwaukee Zoo have discounts lined up for holiday shoppers.
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(Clockwise from upper left) The Brewers, Milwaukee Film, Summerfest and the Milwaukee Zoo have discounts lined up for holiday shoppers.

It’s a week for giving thanks and also for buying stuff. While a lot of attention for the latter goes to the retail side of things — both in person and online — a handful of Milwaukee organizations offered reminders that you can go a more local route when doing your gifting this holiday season.

Summerfest Power Pass

The World’s Largest Music Festival is seven months away, but it’s trying to keep those warm-weather thoughts in your head by rolling out a weekend sale on UScellular Power Passes, which get you into the Summerfest grounds all nine days.

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, you can score a pass for $65 — half off its regular $130 price tag. The sale runs through the end of the day next Monday, Nov. 27, and is only available online via the Summerfest Store.

The festival folks also wanted to remind you that all five American Family Insurance Amphitheater shows are on sale (not at a discount) right now for the country or glam metal or pop music fan in your life. Here’s the schedule with helpful links so you can learn more about each:

Milwaukee Zoo Pass, animal sponsorship

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is one of the driving forces behind making the Milwaukee County Zoo the destination it is for animal lovers and anyone who needs to trick highly energetic children into taking a long walk. If you have people from either of those groups on your shopping list (or you’re one yourself), there are a few different gifting routes you can take.

The Zoo Pass is the magic ticket that gets the holder into the zoo free for a full year. On top of that, it also delivers discounts on classes and camps, coupons for certain attractions (the train and carousel among them), free or discounted admission to 150 zoos and aquariums across the country, and more. Also, during the holiday season, buying a Zoo Pass will also get you a free plush tiger.

A close-up of a snow leopard standing in a cave, with a plush snow leopard toy digitally added to the image.
Zoological Society of Milwaukee

The society’s Sponsor an Animal program is an option that also provides a unique sense of connection. Pick just about any animal from the zoo’s residents, and the support goes toward the Zoological Society’s mission to conserve species, educate the public and support the zoo. This year’s special offer (available now through Jan. 31) puts the spotlight on Choto, the zoo’s new male snow leopard. A $50 sponsorship includes:

  • A plush-toy snow leopard made from recycled materials
  • A colorful fact sheet on snow leopards
  • A certificate of sponsorship
  • An invitation to a special event for animal sponsors at the Zoo
  • Sponsor recognition on the “All in the Family” donor board for a year
  • A “Sponsor an Animal” decal

Milwaukee Film Cyber Monday sale

Kpolly and the crew over at Milwaukee Film are waiting until Cyber Monday to get in on the action with discounted Milwaukee Film Festival passes and ticket packages. The organization says these will be the lowest prices before the event, which is scheduled for April 11-24, with the offers available starting at midnight next Monday and ending when the clock hits midnight again.

First up is the All-Access Pass, which gets you into every single screening at the festival. Last year, that ended up being more than 280 films from 51 countries, so a lot of bang for your buck. That’s especially true during the sale, which knocks down the usual price from $625 to $425. The deal is good if you’re a Milwaukee Film member as well, with the price going from $525 to $325.

You could also go with either of the Film Festival Packs. A six-pack will run you $60 ($50 for members), down from the usual $85 ($70 for members). If you want to round up and get the 10-pack, that’ll set you back $95 compared with the usual $145 (or $80 for members vs. the $120 full price).

Milwaukee Brewers 4-packs and Kids Crew

Not sure if you heard, but there will be some new old faces running the dugout for the Brewers next season. If you want to see how manager Pat Murphy and associate manager Rickie Weeks fare during their first season in charge, the team has a quartet of four-pack plans to choose from:

  • Weekend Plan: April 7 vs. the Mariners, June 15 vs. the Reds, Aug. 18 vs. the Guardians, Sept. 7 vs. the Rockies
  • Friday Plan: April 26 vs. the Yankees, May 31 vs. the White Sox, June 28 vs. the Cubs, Aug. 16 vs. the Guardians
  • Sunday Plan: May 27 vs. the Cubs, June 16 vs. the Reds, July 14 vs. the Nationals, Sept. 22 vs. the Diamondbacks
  • Rivals Plan: June 29 vs. the Cubs, July 10 vs. the Pirates, Aug. 9 vs. the Reds, Sept. 2 vs. the Cardinals

As an added incentive, any four-pack purchased between now and the end of the day next Monday will include a voucher for a free fifth game (valid for Monday-Thursday games not including Opening Day, Labor Day and Cubs games).
If you have a Brewers fan who clocks in at age 14 or under, the team’s Kids Crew is back for another season. The package comes with six ticket vouchers good for select home games, four shoe charms and a City Connect apparel set with a replica jersey, sunglasses and bucket hat. Kids Crew members also get access to events, including:

  • A free tour of American Family Field
  • Access to the ballpark 30 minutes early on select dates to watch batting practice
  • A Kids Crew Parade lap around the warning track prior to a designated game
  • Early registration and $20 discount for Brewers Baseball Academy