If you are looking for a guide to keep you and your family entertained, we have got you covered! We’ve started a monthly events guide to be sure you don’t miss a thing happening around the Madison area. Here are this month’s “need to know” activities.
The Mombassadors for our Neighborhood Groups organize monthly meet-ups so be sure to join the Facebook group for your area!
Links to area library calendars, open swim times, and open play/jump activities can be found near the end of this post. This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you know of any fun family activities we have missed, please let us know in the comments.
March 31-April 2: Science Expeditions: UW-Madison Campus | Come explore UW-Madison—your public land-grant research university—and experience science as exploring the unknown. Talk with researchers, visit science venues across campus, enjoy our Science Spectacular Shows, and try your hand at our interactive Exploration Stations. From astronomy to zoology, UW Science Expeditions is the annual campus-wide science open house that connects you to UW people & places all year round. All events are free and open to the public. Parking is available. See website for event details.
April 1&2, 8&9, 14&15, 22,23: Lambing & Kidding Days: 10 am – 4 pm at Eugsters Farm | Admission includes Eugster’s New Lambing & Kidding Birthing Barn and also Eugster’s Petting Farm. $7.50 per person (Age 1 & Under Free). *Last ticket sold at 3:00 pm* FIRM
April 1: Breakfast with Bunny: 8-10:30 am at Benvenuto’s Northport | Join the Northside Business Association for Breakfast with Bunny! Tickets are $6/adult, $4/children (12-3), and kids under 3 eat free. Tickets can be purchased at: Benvenuto’s Northport, Old National Bank, Duwayne’s Salon and The UPS Store. All proceeds will benefit the northside area food pantries.
April 1: Celebration of Beauty and the Beast: 11 am at Barnes & Noble East Towne & West Towne | Join us as we celebrate the release of the new Beauty and the Beast movie. In addition to a special Storytime, kids of all ages are invited to sing favorite songs from the movie soundtrack and participate in other fun activities. Attendees will receive a mini-poster and bookmark, while supplies last.
April 1: FAMILY EVENT: Caricature Drawing: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at DreamBank | Stop into DreamBank and unleash your inner Picasso! Local artist, Paul Warner, will create fascinating caricatures right before your eyes – and he’ll share his tips and tricks to help you make remarkable art on your own. Join us and be inspired to flex that creativity muscle!
April 1: Story Saturday: “In Mary’s Garden”: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | Artist Mary Nohl created her very own garden of fantastic creatures! After hearing her story, make a one-of-a-kind sculpture of your own! Story Saturday at the Wisconsin Historical Museum features fun and exciting Wisconsin stories geared toward families and kids. Activities and crafts bring the stories to life! Free.
April 1: Princess Tea for You and Me by BlackGirlMagic: 10 am – 12:30 pm at the Goodman Community Center | Hear ye Hear ye! Calling all princesses! Come join us for treats and tea with Princesses that look like You and Me!
Our Little princesses will have the opportunity to enjoy Storytime, one on ones, coloring, and activities, singing & dancing, treats, and photo opportunities with our beautiful Princesses of Color. Tickets are $5 per person and all in attendance will need a ticket to enter.
April 1: The Man Who Planted Trees: 1 & 3 pm at The Overture Center Promenade Hall | Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender and laugh with Dog. In this ecologically inspired tale performed by the famed Puppet State Theatre Company, a French shepherd sets out to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland acorn by acorn. Their uplifting and unforgettable story shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. Join us as we celebrate one of humanity’s oldest art forms. Overture’s first-ever Puppet Festival brings together the traditional and the modern, the enchanting and the irreverent, all to surprise and delight you and yours. Tickets are $26. No children under 6.
April 1-2: On Wisconsin Spring Powwow: Alliant Energy Center | Join Wunk Sheek and American Indian Pathways to Educational Achievement, for the Annual Spring Powwow, featuring cultural demonstrations, exhibitions, intertribal dances and more. The event is free and open to the public.
April 2: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live: 1 & 4:30 pm at the Overture Center | It’s the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making! Observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaurs and other creatures. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, these puppets are so realistic you may want to run and hide—but don’t! You won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show. See website for ticket information.
April 2: School of Veterinary Medicine Open House: 10 am – 3 pm at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine | Get an inside look at life-saving clinical care, world-class veterinary medical education, cutting-edge biomedical research, and the intricate connection between animal and human health. Featuring a walking tour of the hospital, live animals, presentations, interactive booths, and activities for kids.
April 4: Family Science Night: 6:30-8:30 pm at Edgewood College-Sonderegger Science Center |The Edgewood Family Science Night is an annual event in which the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood Campus features a host of hands-on science exploration stations that allow students of all ages to investigate science phenomena and the nature of scientific discovery. Edgewood students and families as well as representatives from UW- Madison, private organizations, and the greater Madison community will provide interesting science learning opportunities. Edgewood’s Family Science Night is a free event and is open to the public. Please come visit us and share in our activitie, s. We offer Spanish translation services and are a handicap-accessible facility.
April 4, 18, 25: Parent-Tot Time: 9-11 am at the Goodman Community Center | Children aged 2 yrs and under are free. Children 2+ are $3 per child. Family (4 or more children ages 2+) is $10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pay at the front desk.
April 5: Free Family Night at the Museum: 4-8 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Enjoy free admission on the first open Wednesday of each month through the museum’s Access for Everyone program.
April 6-8: The Lion King KIDS: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center – Times Vary | For grades K-2. Tickets are$4.50.
April 6-8: Guys and Dolls Jr.: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center – Times Vary | For grades 3-7. Tickets are $6.50.
April 7-8: Engineering Expo: 9 am – 2 pm at the UW-College of Engineering | Since 1940, UW engineering students have run EXPO biennially to showcase the field of engineering through student, faculty and industry exhibits, keynote speakers, and robotics and design competitions. This event is an interactive and unique opportunity for students of all ages to experience science and engineering first hand. Engineering EXPO has been designed to engage visitors in various exhibits, competitions, and presentations throughout the two-day event.
April 8: FAMILY EVENT: Bricks 4 Kidz: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | Bring the kids down to DreamBank for some hands-on, super-fun activities from Bricks 4 Kidz, an organization that promotes educational play with LEGOs! Encouraging kids to become more curious and confident with every creation, this workshop gives your little architects tactical tools to help them learn and grow.
April 8: MSCR Flashlight Egg Hunt: 8-8:30 pm | For Grades 4-8. Too old for the neighborhood egg hunt? MSCR is holding the annual Flashlight Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, 8-8:30pm for youth grades 4-8 to see what is hiding in the dark! Only registered customers learn the secret eastside location. This year’s event offers expanded hunting grounds and 2000 eggs! Everyone leaves with something sweet, but only the lucky ones find prize eggs. The event is held rain or moonshine, dress for the weather. No adults are allowed on the hunting field, but are welcome to watch the fun. Pre-registration is required, event is expected to sell out. Participants must bring a bag and a strong flashlight. The event is sponsored by Dream Lanes Entertainment. Use course #15137 to register at www.mscr.org, the registration deadline is Wednesday, April 5, 2017. $10 a person.
April 8: Bunny Breakfast: 8-11 am at Hyvee Fitchburg | Join us in the Market Grille for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Saturday, April 8th from 8-11am. A breakfast buffet will be served at 8.99 for adults, 6.99 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Reservations are accepted by calling 608-273-5131.
April 8: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble East Towne and West Towne | From Drew Daywalt, author of the New York Times bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit, comes a laugh-out-loud picture book about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors. Activities to follow.
April 8: Eggstravaganza: Door Creek Church | Attend one of the Easter Egg Hunts & activities at one of our two locations – all are welcome. See website for location/times.
April 8: Hoops & Hops: 12:30-7 pm at Art In Gallery | Incident concert (at the Orpheum) on April 8 from 12:30 to 7:00 at Art In on East Washington. There will be live music and hula hooping of all kinds is encouraged with experts on hand to teach kids some tricks. Lots of fun to be had for all ages. There will be vendors on hand selling Art, Shirts, Stickers and Hoops of course. Music starts at 12:30 with Anima and followed by Gary David and the Enthusiasts. Great jams all day to start a day of great music and friends.
April 9: Waisman Center Children’s Theatre-WWW.Oz: 1 & 3* pm at the Waisman Center | A twister warps Dorothy through her computer screen into the land of the wacky, weird and wizardly Oz, who in this day and age resides in cyberspace. PlayTime Productions brings another classic tale, WWW.OZ, to the stage. Just when you think the story is familiar, a new dimension appears. Come see what unfolds in PlayTime’s adaptation of the story for the children’s stage accompanied by an original musical score. *NOTE: Sensory-friendly performance at 3:00 in partnership with the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin. Admission: $2.00, adults; $1.00, children.
April 9: The Elixir of Love-Opera for the Young: 1:30 pm at the Stoughton Opera House | Opera for the Young’s adaptation of The Elixir of Love moves the action to Lonesome Gulch, a town in the American Old West. Miss Addy, Jimmy Reno, and Bill Corey form the love triangle of the story, with Dr. Dulcamara appearing as the “snake oil” peddler who sells the love potion. Tickets are $5 at the door.
April 10: MSCR Nerf Battle: 1-3 pm at MSCR East | For Grades 3-5. Join the Nerf Battle for some awesome spring break fun! Takes place Monday, April 10, 1-3pm, at MSCR East, 4620 Cottage Grove Rd. Children in grades 3-5 can improve skills in the target practice arena, and enjoy face-to-face games in the combat zone! Participants should bring their favorite Nerf Blaster and 20 Nerf darts! Use course # 15275 to register at www.mscr.org, the registration deadline isApril 7, 2017. $10 per person.
April 11: Easter Bunny at Country Financial: 9:30-10:30 am at Country Financial | Stop by and say “hello” to the Easter Bunny! This event is free and open to the public! There will be treats for all of the kids that come by! We hope to see you there!
April 13: Yummy Sprout: Kids’ Workshop!: 10 am OR 1 pm at Revel | Get crafty and creative with food in this interactive workshop designed for ages 6-15. Bring the kids to Revel for an awesome spring break adventure and let your imagination shine. Tara Verma from Yummy Sprout will lead attendees through a creative culinary journey. Attendees will whisk up some delicious recipes like dark chocolate & honey parfaits and cumin carrot hummus. In addition they’ll have hands-on fun with two DIY projects: edible necklaces and fun fridge magnets! Parents are welcome to participate or observe. Revel’s bar will be open for those who wish to enjoy an adult beverage while supervising. Tickets $30.
April 14-16: Glow Quest Underground Egg Hunt: Cave of the Mounds | Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity at Cave of the Mounds! Walk through a passage INSIDE the Cave called “The Meanders” which will be filled with OVER 300 GLOWING EGGS on a path lined with colorful lights! See if you can find all of the special glowing bunny eggs! Collect colorful stones and crystals from your Tour Guide. Reservations are not necessary. Regular hours and Cave Tour rates apply.
April 15: Madtown Author Daze: 11 am – 4 pm at The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art | Dozen of midwest authors will be on hand for a meet and greet, book sale and signing. Meet your next favorite author! This is a family-friendly event with authors from every genre. Live music will be provided courtesy of Lee de Falla. The event is FREE to the public.
April 15: Too Many Carrots Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble East Towne and West Towne | When Rabbit collects too many carrots, which leave him unable to sleep in his cozy burrow, other animals offer to share their homes. Will Rabbit make his way back? Join us to find out at this special springtime Storytime featuring Too Many Carrots. Activities and coloring to follow.
April 15: Johnson Creek 10th Annual Egg Hunt: 2 pm at Johnson Creek Premium Outlets | It’s an egg-citing time of the year at Johnson Creek Premium Outlets, as the popular center prepares for its 10th annual Egg Hunt! On Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m., hundreds of little ones will hop over to the grassy area between Nike Factory Store and Rue21 in search of brightly colored eggs. The little egg hunters are encouraged to bring their own basket and fill it to the brim with seasonal treats and sweets. Families will also have the chance to snap a photo with the Bunny, who will be onsite delighting guests throughout the egg hunt.
April 15: Adventure Tote Bag DIY + Book Signing: 11 am – 4 pm at Revel | Drop-in. Event is free to attend. Books, drinks, and DIY project available for purchase. See website for details.
April 15: Fitchburg Farms Egg Hunt: 10 am – 2 pm at Fitchburg Farms | Come Join us for a day filled with family fun! On Saturday, April 15th from 10:00am until 2:00pm, we will be hosting our fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt. Hop on in with your little ones, ages 1-12 and their Easter baskets to hunt for plastic eggs inside of our WARM Garden Center. The Easter eggs will be hidden amongst our beautiful plants. Turn in your eggs for a special Easter goodie bag filled with Easter treats!
April 15: Monona Easter Egg Hunt: Winnequah Park | Join us for the 19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Winnequah Park. The hunt begins at 10:00 am SHARP! Don’t be late or you’ll miss all the fun. There will be candy, prizes, lots of fun, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The hunting grounds will be divided into separate areas for ages 1–2, 3–4, 5–6, and 7–10 years. Please come and join us for this FREE community event.
April 15: Cottontail Classic Run: McGaw Park, Fitchburg | 10k Run; 5k Run/Walk; FREE Kids Easter Egg Hunt (following the run/walk events). See website for full details.
April 15: FAMILY EVENT: Easter Egg Hunt: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | Word on the street is that the Easter Bunny is showing up a day early down at DreamBank! So stop on by and kick off your Easter weekend in our inspiring space! We’ll have an Easter egg hunt for the kids right at 9:30 am, followed by some creative, Easter-friendly crafting. It’s guaranteed to be a hoppin’ good time for the whole family!
April 15: Sun Prairie Easter Egg Hunt: 1-3 pm at Fireman’s Park | Lion’s Club Easter Egg Hunt.
April 15: The Great Egg Hunt and Spring Spectacular: 2-4 pm at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Legend has it that every spring a rabbit would visit children’s homes during the night and leave a woven nest with an egg in it as a sign that spring had arrived. Join us to celebrate spring as we bring this legend to life. Go on an egg hunt to search for real eggs throughout the ALNC grounds, learn how to use natural dyes, visit with some spring animals, learn all about other animals that lay eggs, and much, much more! Hop on over to ALNC to celebrate all things spring! Pre-registration recommended; walk-ins welcome. ALNC members: $6/person. Non-members: $10/person.
April 16: Easter Brunch: 10 am – 3 pm at The Edgewater | Hop on over to The Edgewater for Easter Brunch! Executive Chef Joe Heppe and team will be serving brunch in the Grand Ballroom at The Edgewater, Sunday, April 16, from 10 am to 3 pm. Reservations are required. Have some family fun with a special pint-sized buffet, Easter candy station, spring-themed crafts and Easter egg decorating. Take photos with the Easter Bunny for $10 and remember the event for years to come. $52 per person/$19 children 5 – 12 years old/Children under 5 complimentary.
April 18: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: My Town: 9:30-10:30 am at Whole Foods | Join other mini sprouts as we make food fun in this culinary class designed for toddlers and preschoolers. This hands-on and interactive class will give children the confidence to try new foods. We will explore our community and prepare some fun and healthy recipes plus read “All Through My Town” by Jean Reidy! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipe packet and coloring sheets to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. Tickets are $15.
April 21: UW Football: 6:30 pm at Camp Randall | The Wisconsin football team’s annual Spring Game will be held on Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badger Sports Kids’ Fair will start at 5 p.m. in the McClain Center, adjacent to Camp Randall. The UW Athletic Department is pleased to partner once again with a campus department on the Spring Game. This year’s partner is the UW’s Waisman Center, which is dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased using the link above.
April 21-23: Midwest Horse Fair: Alliant Energy Center | The Midwest Horse Fair is the largest 3-day horse fair in America. 300 clinics, seminars, and educational events are presented by some of the top horse professionals from around the country. More than 500 commercial exhibitors offer shopping opportunities and hundreds of horses make it the equine event with something for everyone! See website for details.
April 22: Sprouting Chefs: Fiesta Fun: 10:30-11:45 am at Whole Foods | Join other sprouting chefs as we make healthy food fun and learn kitchen skills in this culinary class designed for kids. This hands-on and interactive class is a perfect chance for kids to express themselves and their creativity through food. We will prepare some healthy and fun recipes perfect for a fiesta plus read the book “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmeiri! Includes a recipe packet and a treat to take home. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (attends free with student). Designed for ages 4-12. Tickets are $18.
April 22: Family Fun Day: 9:00 am – 2 pm at Kromrey Middle School | The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District’s Wellness Program will host a free Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kromrey Middle School. We invite your family and friends to join us, open to everyone, not just Middleton district. A 2-mile fun walk/run will be held along with other great activities. See website for full event details.
April 22: We Are the Dinosaurs Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble East Towne & West Towne | Laurie Berkner’s chart-topping, beloved hit “We Are the Dinosaurs” is now a picture book! Featuring an adorable cast of characters and vibrant, playful art by Ben Clanton, We Are the Dinosaurs transports readers back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Don’t miss out!
April 22: FAMILY EVENT: Celebrate Earth Day, the Right Way: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | Stop in and celebrate Mother Earth with DreamBank! Join American Family Insurance’s rock star sustainability team for a morning of fun and creativity as we make recycled bird feeders for the kiddos to take home. Celebrate a new Earth Day tradition!
April 22: BUS-ted: 9 am – 12 pm at the Madison Central Library | Say goodbye to the old Dane County Bookmobile and hello to the new one! There will be a variety of interactive, artistic ways for kids and adults to deconstruct the old bus, tour the new bus, and participate in related activities in the Central Library Children’s Room!
April 22: Arbor Day/International Migratory Bird Day Celebration: 8 am – 12 pm at McGraw Park, Fitchburg | Join us for a morning of fun in McGaw Park! 8:00 AM – Bird walk with David Drake of UW – Extension 10:00 AM – McGaw Park tree planting 10:30 AM – Hoo’s Woods raptor program with Diane Moller.
April 22: A Day With Dad: 1-4 pm at KEVA Sports Center | Mark your calendar for this fun family free event! Activities include: Inflatables, sports, crafts, cookie decorating, music, drawings for prizes, and so much more! This is a free even open to the public. To benefit Reach-A-Child. Other activities include: Harry Potter’s Quidditch Mini Play, Len Mormino new children’s book, Digging for Gold, Face painting with Sylvia and more to come.
April 22-23: Half-Pint Resale: Madison Curling Club, McFarland | Buy high quality, better-than-garage sale finds for your 0-12 year olds and for your young family. Shop your children’s sizes for the spring and season ahead. You can also find shoes, linens, cloth diapers, gaming, books, toys, baby items, bikes, baby carriers, feeding items, breast pumps and more. See website for times.
April 22-30: To the Promised Land: Overture Center Playhouse | A young African-American girl’s experience growing up in Milwaukee during the civil rights movement is overlapped with the true story of Golda Meir, the future prime minister of Israel. Both girls grew up in the same house, but 60 years apart from each other. Using magical realism, the two girls form a friendship, discovering their shared strength and hope, and how they both overcome injustices to realize their dreams. We are proud to present this new compelling young adult drama by Milwaukee playwright-actor Jonathan Gillard Daly. For ages 10 and up. See website for tickets and times.
April 23: UW Arboretum Family Nature Program: 1:30 pm at the UW Arboretum | Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) by taking a walk in our gardens and learning about the birds that make their homes here. Naturalist-led hike from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., indoor activities from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.
April 24-30: Canstruction® Madison 2017 – ‘Can Film Festival’: West Towne Mall | We’re rolling out the red carpet for the Can Film Festival, this year’s theme for the 7th annual Canstruction® Madison. A community competition to end hunger, Canstruction® Madison brings the community together to build imaginative structures out of canned goods and packaged food; after the event, the building blocks are donated to the MOM Food Pantry, one of the largest pantries in Dane County. Presented by Godfrey Kahn S.C and Associated Bank. Monday, April 24 – 6am-9pm (Build). Tuesday, April 25– Sunday, April 30: Public Viewing and Voting (in person at West Towne Mall and on Facebook and Instagram). Sunday, April 30, 6:30pm: Award Ceremony.
April 27-29: West Side Story: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center – Times Vary | For grades 8-12. Tickets: Regular: $16.50; Senior: $11.50 (65 years and older); Children/Students: $11.50 (through High School).
April 29: The Wonderful Things You Will Be Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble East Towne and West Towne | From brave and bold to creative and clever, this rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, The Wonderful Things You Will Be is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids. Activities to follow.
April 29: Crazylegs Classic: 10 am at the Capitol Square | The Crazylegs Classic 8K run/2 Mile walk has become a must-do spring-time tradition in Madison. The 8K run features the ChronoTrack Timing System and a wave start. Both the run and walk follow a scenic course starting in downtown Madison at Capitol Square, through the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and ends near the 50-yard line in Camp Randall Stadium. Admission: 8K Run $40.00; 2-Mile Walk $20.00.
April 30: AWA Breakfast on the Farm: 8 am – 12 pm at 1675 Linden Drive, Madison | Come and enjoy a delicious country breakfast including eggs, mushrooms, sausage, pancakes, cheese, applesauce, ice cream, juice, milk and coffee! There will be plenty of entertainment for everyone, including a petting zoo, the UW Marching Band, and a visit from Bucky Badger! Hope to see you all there!
School Days Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum – April 6, 11,12,13, & 14. Join us for drop-in, FREE family-friendly activities at the museum on “No School” days for the Madison Metropolitan School District. School Days Off at the Museum is from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. See website for activities.
Dane County Farmers’ Market – Saturdays on the Capitol Square. April 15-November 11 from 6:15 am – 1:45 pm.
Garden Your Heart Out! – Join us as we work, learn, and play at the Goodman Youth Farm and Troy Kids’ Garden this season! Community GroundWorks is excited to offer opportunities for families, individuals, and groups to get involved at our two youth garden sites from April through November. Whether you’re looking for a hands-in-the-dirt volunteer opportunity, a chance to build your skills as a gardener (or garden educator), or a kid-friendly garden adventure, we think you’ll find kindred spirits, and plenty of reasons to come back for more! Programs include: Family Field Trips, Workshops, Volunteer Days.
Lodi Moms’ Group Meet-up – We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:00/11:30 at Lake Wisconsin E Free Church in Lodi. There is childcare for pre-school children for the first half while we meet together for a time of connection and study. Then we all go upstairs to play together in the big multi-purpose room. In the summer we have been meeting in parks to play.
Zoo Sleepovers – Bring your family (ages 5 and up) and join us for pizza from the zoo’s Glacier Grille, behind the scenes tours, and animal encounters before tucking in to sleep in the Discovery Center/Herpetarium. Wake up and enjoy a continental breakfast, then explore the zoo before it opens. Morning before the visitors come is one of the busiest and most fun times at the zoo! Watch how the keepers care for and work with the animals, and enjoy the chance to interact with the animals when you are the only visitors in the zoo! This program is designed for families and groups (scouts, clubs, church, etc.) and is full of fun and exclusive experiences! Zoo members: $55/person; Non-members: $65/person. See website for days/times/registration.
Casey Day – 9-10 am most Saturdays at The Cargo Bike Shop, Willy St. Join us at The Cargo Bike Shop for an hour of fun music, dancing and singing. Most Saturdays from 9am to 10am. Fun for all ages, whether it’s shaking your booty to Baby Beluga and other Casey Day favorites, or enjoying some Cafe Domestique coffee and a treat from Batch Bakehouse or Underground Food Collective
Warner Family Fun Nights – Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Fridays (see website for dates), $5 per family.
Circus After School – Mondays at The Rumpus Room, Mazomanie. Circus After School with Marcia Miquelon and Jacob Mills. This is a special, after-school survey of all things circus, including aerial arts, juggling, physical comedy, tightwire, stilt walking, acrobatics, German wheel and more! $90 for 9 weeks. PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available! Drop-in enrollment is also available!
MMoCAkids ArtPack – Families are encouraged to stop by the reception desk in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lobby and ask for the MMoCAkids ArtPack, the museum hands-on discovery kit for exploring art. Designed for family members to use together, the ArtPack contains a variety of fun activities that promote observation and imaginative thinking about visual art. Visiting an art museum with a child can be stressful if you are so worried about your child touching the art that you can’t enjoy the art, but the joy of art and art making is for people of all ages. These programs are designed for families with young children.
Children’s Playgroup at University Houses Preschool – Come along to play, chat and sing with your little ones. Bring a snack and talk to other families while the kids enjoy the toys and dramatic play area.
Morning Play Date at DreamBank – Enjoy a morning of meeting new friends at DreamBank. While the kids participate in interactive story time and crafts, grown-ups can explore our exhibit and enjoy a cup of coffee in our inspiring space. Free snacks, fun and learning abound, so bring your hungry bellies, listening ears and colorful imaginations! 10-11 am.
Kids in the Rotunda – Free shows for kids and families at the Overture Center. See website for times and schedule.
Art After Overture – 9 am – 2 pm at Madison Central Library. Stop by Central Library for art activities, special book displays and more, inspired by performances at Overture Center for the Arts’ Kids in the Rotunda series. Activities will be available from 9 am – 2 pm in the Children’s Room.
Monday Night Kid Music with David Landau – 5:30- 6:15 at the Harmony Bar and Grill | Fun for kids 2 to 8 and totally tolerable for parents of any age! Cover – $3.
The Lunchtime Show with David Landau – 11:30 am – 12 pm at McFarland House Cafe | There is a cover charge of $5.00 per kid for this show. Adults, babies, and babysitters are free of charge.
UW-Arboretum Family Walks – See website for dates and details.
Car Seat Checks – The goal of the Safe Kids Injury Prevention Program is to help educate families on safety and injury prevention. A large component of our work is providing safety information and services to our Dane County communities. Car seat checks are available throughout the Madison area, see website for dates and locations. Appointments are required for car seat checks. You can make an appointment by calling (608) 890-8999 or e-mail [email protected]health.org.
Toddler Story & Stroll – Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on nature and the seasonal changes of spring. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Limited space; register early!
Bird and Nature Walks – 1:30-3 pm at various Madison parks – Free, family-friendly Bird and Nature Walks are offered year-round on Sunday afternoons 1:30-3:00 pm by Madison Parks and FUN: Friends of Urban Nature partner groups. Join the FUN!
Kids & Pets Storytime– Animart Pet Store – 10:30 am – 11 am weekly on Tuesdays. Read with the Story Time Pet of the Week. A fun event for parents and children. Admission is $1.89 + tax per child.
Museum Storytime – UW Madison Geology Museum – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 10:30 am. Museum storytime is geared toward preschool-aged children and each week features a book, museum specimens and a craft to take home. No reservations required, except for groups larger than 10. Free.
Open Art Studio – Use the Monroe Street Arts Center studio as your own! Work on a self-directed project under the guidance of an experienced art teacher. We will provide all of the art materials and one planned project per class to get you started. This is a drop-in class, but please call ahead to hold a spot, 608.232.1510. Cost is $12 per class or $48 for 5 classes with an Open Art Studio Pass.
The Crafty Project – The Crafty Project does monthly Kiddo Crafty Events at their creative studio. Additionally, The Crafty Project studio is a fabulous location for mom’s to get together and have a night out and create. They have a fun schedule of classes and offer private events.
Mommy & Me Hour – 10 am Tuesdays at Nicki’s Diapers. Join us for the NEW Mommy & Me Hour at the Nicki’s Diapers Madison Retail Store! Each week we will have a topic to discuss in an informal, friendly environment.
Mother Baby Hour – Located at the Meriter Business Center-See website for various days/times. Mother Baby Hour is a time for moms and their babies to get together to ask questions, express concerns, learn about resources and share stories. A Registered Nurse/Community Educator facilitates the groups and offers a weekly topic. Join us as early as the first week after your baby is born!
Italian Language Courses for Kids – Tuscany Language Academy offers Italian language courses for children starting in January 2017. Each course will be provide weekly exposure to the Italian language. Each lesson will be enriched with songs, videos, games, visual and interactive material.
Meditation for Kids and Families – Kadampa Meditation Center of Madison – On Sunday mornings from 10-11:15, we offer Mindful Living: Prayers for World Peace in the main meditation room and Dharma for Kids in the kid’s meditation room. Dharma for Kids is suitable for kids ages 4-10. Older children and teens are welcome to attend the teaching with their parents, and parents with toddlers younger than four can stay with their children to participate in kids class together. Cost: $5/Adult and $1/child over 4.