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!
Also, be sure to check out our popular Greater Madison Area Guide to SUMMER! From berry picking to splash pads, this guide has everything you need to make the most of the season!
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.
June 1-4: Verona Hometown Days | See website for full details.
June 2: ivivva Po-up Shop: 6:30-8 by at | Lululemon Hilldale | ivivva is a girls brand affiliated with Lululemon and they carry sizes 6-14. They will have their ivivva-cle jeep with and lots of fun surprises for the girls.
June: 2-4: Festa Italia: McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg | See website for full details.
June 2-4: Spring Art Tour | Discover the magic! Explore the treasures that await you under magnificent wide open springtime skies. View the vistas, prairies, and gardens that inspire this area’s artists. They will welcome you into their home, gallery, and farm studios. Be inspired as you watch them create woodwork, wheel thrown pottery, beautiful jewelry, gourd art, fine art paintings and much more. Wander through South Central Wisconsin as you tour the rarely seen Open Art Studios of Mount Horeb and surrounding areas; as far north as Sauk Prairie/Prairie du Sac, as far west as Barneveld/Ridgeway, as far south as Blanchardville/New Glarus, and as far west as West Middleton/Verona. See website for map and full details.
June 3: Cows on the Concourse: 8 am – 1 pm Downtown Madison | See website for full details.
June 3: Saturday Science: Journey of the Senses: 10 am – 12 pm at the UW Discovery Building | Discover the science behind your senses during this free event held on the first Saturday of every month! Explore touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight; learn how your body provides information about the world; make musical instruments; test your taste buds; experience augmented reality; use your sense of smell to find your way and more. This event is free and open to the public. It features interactive exploration stations for kids and families.
June 3: Exhibit Exploration: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Who’s ready for a morning of inspiration? You and your family are cordially invited to attend the unveiling of our brand-new exhibit, Finding you; Learning to Live Well. Come check it out, explore the activities, and see what’s new and exciting this time around. We’ll have special kids’ crafts to go along with the exhibit – so bring the entire family!
June 3: Kids DIY Workshop-Tic Tac Toe Game: 9 am – 12 pm at Home Depot-East & West| Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a wooden tic-tac-toe game to play with family or friends almost anywhere. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their game board and pieces with paint and stickers. o All kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. o Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
June 3: Troll Dance Party: 10:45 am – 1:45 pm at Madison Turner Events | Hosted by Princess My Party Ltd. Join the Pink & Blue Troll for a dance party, storytime, and FUN! This will be a “glow party” and all children will be given a free glow item to help add to the party! This event is geared to preschool & elementary school aged children. Photo opportunities with our themed backdrop. We will take photos & parents are welcome to take their own as well. Tickets are $18 per child & accompanying adult is free. Princess My Party is a non-profit company and is not affilliated with any other company. We use proceeds from our events to “do good” in the community by visiting hospitals, schools, churchs, hospice, benefits, and other charity events for children.
June 3: Story Saturday: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | The classic story of Caddie Woodlawn has inspired young readers to live adventurously and bravely. Instead of baking, Caddie would spend her time hunting with her brothers. She’d rather spend time with her Native American neighbors than sit and sew with her mother and sisters. Caddie’s story comes to life in the Museum; join the adventure!
June 3: Basket Weaving Class for Kids: 1-2:30 pm at JNJ Craftworks | Join instructor Victoria to learn how to weave a child basket! This workshop is fun and informative! Kids will learn to weave and complete one basket to take home. Cost $30. Purchase tickets here.
June 3-4: Free Outdoor Fun Weekend | No state park admission stickers or trail passes are required June 3-4, 2017. It is also Free Fishing Weekend when people may fish without fishing licenses or state trout stamps. Non-resident all-terrain vehicle operators do not need a non-resident trail pass to ride state ATV trails this weekend. Saturday, June 3 is also National Trails Day. Find more trail events across Wisconsin and the country on the National Trails Day website. Free Fishing Weekend – June 3–4, 2017: Learn alongside the kids on Free FishingWeekend, and be ready when they say,”Take me fishing, please!”
June 4: Discover Madison Parks! Workshop: Connecting Kids to Nature: 1-3 pm at Warner Park Community Recreation Center | Join The City of Madison Parks Division for a family-friendly event focused on connecting Madison’s youth to the great outdoors! This exciting event is part of the community engagement process for the 2018-2022 update to the Parks and Open Space Plan. This workshop will include an outdoor nature discovery activity and interactive panel discussion, with opportunities for both kids and parents to participate. See website for full details. This event is best for ages 10+. There will be an outdoor nature discovery activity, snacks, and opportunities for kids to share their ideas and input during the panel discussion. Please come ready to share your unique perspectives, concerns and ideas as users of Madison’s parks! This event is free but please see the above link to register.
June 4: Hoofbeat Ridge Open House: 2-5 pm at Hoofbeat Ridge Camps, Mazomanie | Our annual Open House will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 2 – 5 p.m. Come join us for camp tours, riding and grooming demonstrations, and meet some of our summer staff and horses. Tours will be held at 2:30 , 3:30, and 4:30. Please note that we will not be offering riding to guests.
June 5: A Circus Celebration of Madison: 5:30-6:30 pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | Join performers from Circus World in a celebration of all things circus on Madison’s Capitol Square. Enjoy a laugh with clowns Steve ‘n Ryan, be amazed with the unicycle artistry of Wesley, and marvel at the juggling virtuosity of Jacob D’Eustachio.
June 7: Free Family Night at the Children’s Museum: 5-8 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | On the first open Wednesday night of each month, MCM invites our entire community to enjoy the museum for free. Tonight we’re celebrating the opening of a new exhibit on the 2nd floor – From Coops to Cathedrals: Nature, Childhood, and Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. There will be activities all around the museum, including pattern sewing cards in the Art Studio, stained glass rubbings on the rooftop, and building with Lincoln Logs at the Log Cabin!
June 8-11: Summer Frolic: Mount Horeb | See website for full details.
June 9: Box of Balloons Night at the Madison Mallards: 7-10 pm at the Madison Mallards Stadium | We are selling tickets for $15 each ($5 of which goes directly back to Box of Balloons) and each ticket purchased also gets a Mallards hat!. Cheer on Box of Balloons as we throw out the first pitch and enjoy the evening at the Duck Pond, which is always entertaining!
June 10: Breakfast on the Farm: 7 am – 1 pm at Blue Star Dairy, Middleton | Join Today’s Q106 Morning Show Jackson and Andi at the 39th Annual Dane County Breakfast on the Farm in Middleton!
June 10: Safety Saturday: 9:30 am – 1 pm at DreamBank | Support your family’s dreams at DreamBank! We’re proud to team up with the Madison Police and Fire Departments to share exciting ways parents and kids can make safer decisions, prevent injuries and use life-saving devices such as seat belts, bike helmets and smoke alarms. Stop in for a free child ID, fun hands-on activities, and fun giveaways!
June 10: Beer, Bacon & Cheese: New Glarus | See website for full details.
June 10: Gardening With Kids: 9 am – 12 pm at the Goodman Youth Farm | In this hands-on workshop, adults and kids will work, learn, and play side by side in all steps of the gardening process: prepping and planting beds, weeding and watering, harvesting, composting, and cooking with veggies right in the garden. Open to adults and children of any age. The workshop fee is $15 per participant. (Children 2 and under attend free.) See website above to register.
June 10: Literacy Network Summer Celebration: 11 am – 2 pm at the Literacy Network | Join Literacy Network Students, Volunteers and Supporters for: Food Carts: The Looking Glass Bakery, Jakarta Cafe, Taqueria Sabor Querentano, Kin Kin Coffee. Activities: Face Painting, Tarot Card Readings, Balloon Animals, Free Kids Books and more! Shop the book sale while you are here. This event is open to the whole community. Grab a friend and family and join in on the celebration!
June 10-11: Marquette Waterfront Festival: Yahara Park Place | See website for full details.
June 11: Mounds Dog Fest: 10 am – 4 pm at Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie | Every year, Mounds Pet Food Warehouse gives back to local communities with Dog Fest!! It’s our way of celebrating YOU for all that you help Mounds do in the Madison, Janesville, Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, and Middleton areas!! So bring the whole family and your K9 companion to this FREE event and enjoy paws on activities, contests, demonstrations and more!!
June 11: Family Opera Day: 12-2:30 pm at the Overture Center Playhouse | Join Opera for the Young (OFTY) for their 7th annual Family Opera Day featuring OFTY’s original adaptation of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. Come for preshow activities where your family can make props and learn the show’s choruses so you can sing along from your seats. Opera for the Young is joined by the Madison Youth Choirs and the Madison Children’s Museum. This event is FREE. See website for schedule of events.
June 12: Black Earth Children’s Museum Grand Opening Celebration | Discover and explore all the brand new exhibits at the Grand Opening of Black Earth Children’s Museum. Schedule of Events: 4:00 PM Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 4:15 PM Music with Ken Lonnquist. 6:15 PM Bubble Wonders Show. Food Available Throughout the Event. Many Other Activities! Event is free and open to the public!
June 13: Facts and A Flick Presented by Lakefront Brewery I Finding Dory: 7 pm at the Edgewater | We’ve partnered with Lakefront Brewery for Movies on the Water featuring Facts and A Flick, a free movie night for guests and locals alike. Movie-themed trivia will start at 7 pm for those who want to participate, followed by the outdoor movie at sunset. Movies will span from family friendly favorites like Finding Dory and Despicable Me to classics like Jaws and Casablanca. The 2016 family comedy, Finding Dory, is the sequel to all-time favorite, Finding Nemo. Dory, the forgetful but lovable blue tang fish is back this time to find her family.
June 15: Strawberry Fest at the Fitchburg Farmer’s Market: 3-6 pm | Loads of Strawberries. Culver’s Sundaes from the Fitchburg Lions Club. Live Music of Tairis (Celtic), Lots of Strawberry Themed Offerings from Our Vendors.
June 15-18: Firemen’s Festival: Cottage Grove | See website for full details.
June 16: Allergy Friendly Baseball: 6:35 pm at the Madison Mallards Stadium | The Food Allergy of Wisconsin and Mallards present Allergy Friendly Baseball. Sit in a peanut free section. $3.00 of each ticket sold will go back to FAAW. Price $34.00. All-you-can-eat-and-drink ballpack food and soda. Includes hot dogs, brats, burger, specialty brats, chips, coleslaw, potato salad, lemonade, and ice tea. 3 tabs per person can be used for tap beer, kids games, or novelty ice cream. Go to MallardsBaseball.com. Click Buy Tickets. Enter promo code: Allergy. Online orders include $1.50 fee.
June 16-17: Isthmus Jazz Festival: Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace | See website for full details.
June 16-24: The Little Mermaid: Verona Area Community Theater | See website for times and tickets.
June 17: Duck Dash: 8:30-11:30 am at Wingra Boats | Join us for Madison’s most unique race! Paddle on beautiful Lake Wingra with your choice of a kayak, canoe, or standup paddle board. Once ashore, choose between the scenic 10K Arboretum loop or a family-friendly 3K out-and-back run. All participants will receive a ticket to be placed in the raffle drawing for a chance to win prizes from our generous sponsors. All proceeds support Science Thursdays, a free outdoor science education program held every Thursday at Wingra Boats!
June 17: Father’s Day Cards and Crafts: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | What do you love most about Dad? Bring the kids to DreamBank for a creative crafting session celebrating the man who is your family’s beloved hero, teacher, friend and so much more! We’ll provide all the supplies you need to make Dad know how much he means to the family!
June 17: Cops & Bobbers: 8 am – 1 pm at Lakeview Park, Middleton | Middleton Optimist & Middleton Police Department present Cops and Bobbers, Lakeview Park Middleton. FREE fishing rod, reel & bobber to the first 150 kids age 15 and under. FREE bait provided by ACE Hardware Middleton Springs. FREE Bobbers from KEVA Sports Center & Ace Hardware. FREE food provided by Chick-fil-A West Towne. Beverages provided by Metcalfe’s Market & Costco. Fun contests & prizes including BIG & Little fish contest & more. Please bring your own fishing gear if you have it.
June 17: SummerPalooza: 9:30 am – 5 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | The summer season kicks into high gear with SummerPalooza! Hosted by Madison Children’s Museum and Rotary Club of Madison, the fifth annual SummerPalooza festival features: Free museum admission all day. Free performances outside the museum. Block party on N. Hamilton Street with games and strolling entertainment. See website for full schedule.
June 17: Mad City Vegan Fest: 10 am – 5 pm at the Alliant Energy Center | Free & open to the public. (Also free parking!) Where anyone and everyone – from curious omnivores to longtime vegans – can enjoy delicious vegan food and find helpful information on protecting animals, the environment, and your health. Inspiring speakers, a vegan food court, awesome prizes, and vegan-minded exhibitors. Plus, lots of free samples.
June 17: Dairy Month Celebration: 11 am – 4 pm at Sassy Cow Creamery | Celebrate June Dairy Month with us at our creamery! Visit our cows, meet calves, and enjoy ice cream plus much more. This event is FREE fun for all ages.
June 17: Juneteenth: 11 am – 6 pm at Penn Park | Annual celebration of African American heritage & emancipation: Parade begins 11 am, 6/17, from Fountain of Life Church to festival, noon-6 pm, Penn Park, with all-ages activities & entertainment, food & more. Free admission.
June 17: Jewelry Make and Take: 11:30 am – 2 pm at JNJ CraftWorks | Design & create Beautiful Earrings or bracelet! Join Artist Shirly as she guides you through the ins & outs of Designing & Creating your own Custom Earrings/ bracelet! Keep them for yourself or give them as a gift! Shirly is bringing her huge bead collection to share with you as well as all you need to create your jewelry! You will be guided through each fun & easy step!
Have your own beads you want to incorporate into your design? Bring them along! This will be a fun-filled, creative time & you go home with beautiful Jewelry you created yourself!This is family fun event! Cost $15 – $25 each project.
Pay at the door.
June 18: Rock & Read: 3-6 pm at Capital Brewery | Madison Public Library Foundation’s fourth annual Rock & Read fundraiser will take place on Sunday, June 18, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Rock & Read is an opportunity for families who are committed to our libraries to come together for a fun, sunny afternoon to celebrate and support the future of Madison Public Libraries. This family-oriented fundraiser will take place at the Capital Brewery Bier Garten and include live music by Yid Vicious and Sean Michael Dargan, crafts by Monroe Street Arts Center, and hot dogs, burgers and ice cream for all to enjoy. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Madison Public Library Summer Reading Program, which allows kids to read and learn all summer long.
June 19: Churn Up Your Dairy Pride: 5-6:30 pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | Join Old World Wisconsin, The Hoard Historical Museum & National Dairy Shrine, and Sassy Cow Creamery to celebrate Wisconsin’s rich Dairying Tradition and National Dairy Month. Help our historic farmers churn butter, learn about early Dairy Co-ops, make cow-crafts to take home, and pose for a photo with our animal friends! Enjoy a taste of Wisconsin-made milk and ice cream and discover how Wisconsin continues its tradition of dairying today. Think you already know all about The Dairy State? Then join us for some trivia that cheese lovers of all ages can sink their teeth into.
June 20: Facts and A Flick Presented by Lakefront Brewery I Jaws: 7 pm at the Edgewater | We’ve partnered with Lakefront Brewery for Movies on the Water featuring Facts and A Flick, a free movie night for guests and locals alike. Movie-themed trivia will start at 7 pm for those who want to participate, followed by the outdoor movie at sunset. Movies will span from family-friendly favorites like Finding Dory and Despicable Me to classics like Jaws and Casablanca. Based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel, Jaws is a 1975 thriller directed by Steven Spielberg telling the fictional story of a New England beach town terrorized by a man-eating Great White. Trivia Theme: 70’s Blockbusters, Spielberg Movies and the best of Shark Week Trivia.
June 21: Pie & Ice Cream Social: 5 pm at Lakeview Park, Middleton | It’s a wonderful family friendly event featuring the musical talents of the New Horizons Band playing popular, familiar and patriotic tunes. Join us!
June 22: Ice Cream Boat Float: 4-6 pm at Wingra Boats | Looking for a fun family outing or unique date? Don’t miss Wingra’s monthly Ice Cream Boat Float!Ice Cream Boat Float takes making a sundae to a whole new level; don’t miss it! For $3 a spoon ( in addition to rental) you can paddle around Lake Wingra to different stations to get your bowl, ice cream, toppings, whipped cream & cherry. There is no need to register online, but we would appreciate knowing ahead of time if you plan to attend.
June 22-25: Oregon Summer Fest | See website for full details.
June 23-25: Summer Feast: Sun Prairie | See website for full details.
June 24: Wishing Wells’ Children’s Boutique Pop-up Shop: 10 am – 3 pm at Sassy Cow Creamery | Wishing Wells’ Boutique is a new local boutique offering unique apparel, accessories and essentials for babies and moms. The first 25 kids of parents who visit the pop-up will receive a free scoop of Sassy Cow Ice Cream!
June 24: Sun Prairie Kids Triathlon | The Tri 4 Schools race will be held at Prairie Athletic Club in Sun Prairie and surrounding neighborhood. See website for full details and to register.
June 24-25: Harry Potter & the Sorcer’s Stone In Concert: Overture Center | The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert will feature The Madison Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. See website for tickets.
June 24: Engineering for Kids: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | When it comes to engineering, kids are naturals! Drop into DreamBank and cultivate your child’s innate curiosity about the way things work with fun activities provided by Engineering for Kids of Dane County — a creative organization seeking to encourage a new generation of engineers. Bring the whole family to play, learn and get inspired. Who knows, it might be the start of your child’s lifelong passion!
June 24: 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Festival: 6-9 pm a the Edgewater | Join us for our Summer Solstice Festival, where the sun shines bright and the day is long! We’ll bring together the city’s best local fare and some of our favorite local spirits from Yahara Bay to celebrate the season. Enjoy sounds from the Darren Sterud Orchestra and a sunset courtesy of Lake Mendota. Free and open to the public.
June 24: Shake the Lake: 4-11 pm | The Madison Mallards and Festival Foods are excited to continue their commitment to community involvement in the Madison area with the return of Festival Foods Shake the Lake. Now in its third year, the free community celebration is planned for Saturday, June 24, 2017. Festival Foods Shake the Lake will feature live music, food and family activities beginning at 4 p.m. on John Nolen Drive between Broom Street and Blair Street.
June 24-25: Cederburg Strawberry Festival | Craving an art-filled weekend brimming with the most luscious summer fruit? Come celebrate Cedarburg’s 32nd Annual Strawberry Festival, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, June 24 & 25, 2017. This free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of many, drawing up to 100,000 people annually to toast the bold and delicious fruit in all its forms, and enjoy some of the most decadent homegrown strawberries in the area.
June 24-25: Spring Green Arts & Crafts Fair: Downtown Spring Green on Jefferson Street | See website for full details.
Dane County Farmers’ Market – Saturdays on the Capitol Square. April 15-November 11 from 6:15 am – 1:45 pm.
Westside Community Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, 7:00am – 12:30pm, April 15 – November 4. Behind UW Health Digestive Health Center , Corner of University Avenue & University Row.
Fitchburg Farmers’ Market – 3-6 pm every Thursday May – October at the Agora Pavillion.
Hilldale Farmers’ Market – Wednesday and Saturday: 8AM – 1PM. May 6, 2017 – November 4, 2017. Location: At the corner of University Ave. and Midvale Blvd. across from Metcalfe’s Market.
Eastside Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays 4PM-7PM April 18th – October 31st. Central Park, 202 South Ingersoll St.
South Madison Farmers’ Market– Sundays, May 1 – Oct., 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mondays, May 9 – Oct., 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays, May 17 – Oct. 25, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursdays, May 26 – Oct. 27, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Labor Temple 1602 S. Park St. Mondays: 2518 Rimrock Rd. Thursdays: Villager Mall on Park St. Madison.
Northside Farmers’ Market – Sundays 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, May 7th-October 22nd. 2817 N. Sherman Ave, Northside TownCenter parking lot, across from Warner Park. Over 30 vendors, offering fresh produce, cut flowers, plants, eggs, meat & cheese. As well as prepared food, coffee and baked goods. Live entertainment each week & Master Gardener, 1st & 3rd Sundays. Located between Willy St Co-op North and Old National Bank. Accept SNAP/EBT & Double dollars participant.
Sun Prairie Farmers’ Market – Stop by between 7a.m.-noon to check out everything the market has to offer! Location: behind City Hall (300 E. Main).
Janesville Farmers’ Market – Saturday Mornings 8 am – 1 pm May – October.
Lodi Farmers’ Market – Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. April 29 – October. 902 N. Main St., next to Kolks Lumber Lodi Valley.
Greenway Station Farmers’ Market – Every Thursday, May 11-October 5, rain or shine from 8am-1pm, Locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers, plus homemade baked goods, jams, cheeses, meats and more! The Market is located in the parking area near Fuddruckers.
Monroe Street Farmers’ Market – Every Sunday May 7 – October 29, 9am – 1pm, Edgewood High School parking lot. A variety of fresh produce and local food from South Central Wisconsin will be available in a fun, family-friendly environment.
Mineral Point Farmers’ Market – Saturdays 8:30-11 am May – October. Water Tower Park, Business 151 at Madison Street.
Capitol View Farmers’ Market – The Capitol View Farmer’s Market operates from May 31 – October 11 from 3:00PM – 7:00PM. The market will close at 6:30PM closer to Fall. The Capitol View Farmers Market is located on Madison’s far east side at 5901 Sharpsburg Drive.
DeForest Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 PM May 23 – October 24, 2017. We decided to keep the market in Fireman’s Park for the first half of the season and to move it in front of the DeForest Village Hall for the second half of the season.
Monona Farmers’ Market – Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. May – October. Ahuska Park in Monona, WI. Located at East Broadway between Monona Drive and Stoughton Road.
Verona Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. May 10 – Oct. 18. 306 Main St. Verona.
Concerts at McKee – Be sure to mark your calendar for the third Monday of June, July and August for this lively party in the park! Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine or have dinner and drinks at one of our many food carts and brew carts available to serve you at the concert. Food and drink carts open at 6pm along with Madison Music Foundry youth bands and headliners begin at 7pm. Concerts at McKee includes a selection of food carts, including Slide Food Cart, Taqueria MariMar, Cupcakes A Go-Go, Banzos (just to name a few) with local tap beers and powerhouse bands. It will truly be a party in the park!
Summer Concert Music Series – 5:30-6:30 pm at DreamBank. Complement Madison’s beautiful summer evenings with the dream-inspiring sounds of local musicians. Drop by DreamBank to check out these talented artists, and enjoy free snacks before you head out to enjoy a musical evening on the square. June 28-August 2nd. See website for details.
Tunes on Tuesday – Weekly for 4 weeks from 6-8 pm starting June 6th. The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy will once again host “Tunes on Tuesday” for four consecutive weeks starting on June 6. Enjoy a slow walk through the conservancy and hear local musicians as they perform along the path. The program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. each week. There is no cost to attend.Musicians are scheduled to perform at Orchid Heights park, the springs, Frederick’s Hill and the original Homestead site.
Concerts on the Rooftop – Thursdays from 7-9 pm at the Monona Terrace.
Lunchbox Live – Thompson Investment Management invites you to our “Lunchbox Live!” June concert series. Open to the public. Bring your friends, and your lunch, and we’ll provide great music and a beautiful setting for you to enjoy your lunch hour! Weather permitting. Don’t have a lunch? Don’t worry, we’ll also have food carts featuring delicious foods for you to purchase. See website for full details.
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.
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.
Concerts on the Square – Wednesdays on the Capitol Square.
Orpheum Summer Movie Series – Family-friendly films. See website for full details.
ZOOvies – Join us for our new series: ZOOvies at the Henry Vilas Zoo! Grab some popcorn, set up a blanket on the lawn, and enjoy a movie on the big screen! Tickets: $5/person (free admission for children under 3). For all movie dates, the zoo gate will open at 7pm and the movie will start between 7:15 and 7:30pm. See website for dates and movies.
Kids Dream Summer Film Series – 10 am June 11 – August 16 on Sundays, Mondays & Wednesday at Marcus Theatres. Admission only $3.00!
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.
Stories, Songs and More – Barnes & Noble West Towne. Join in as our Barnes & Noble staff members share stories and songs with children, ages 2 to 6, and their families. See website for details.
Stories, Fingerplays and More – Barnes & Noble West Towne. Join in as our Barnes & Noble staff members share stories and songs with children, ages 2 to 6, and their families. See website for details.
Barnes & Noble East Towne – Various themed storytimes. See website for schedule.
Barnes & Noble West Towne – Various themed storytimes. See website for schedule.
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.
Summer Family Playgroup – Friday mornings, June-July (June 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7, 14, 21, 28), from 9-11 am at University Houses Preschool. Drop in to any or all of these free Friday morning playdates! Families are invited to have fun with the toys and activities inside and also explore the outdoor playground area. Bring a snack and enjoy the morning together! Siblings and friends are always welcome.
Ongoing Parent Groups:
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.
Babywearing Meetings – Come join us to learn about babywearing, connect with other caregivers, and bond with your little ones. Bring your own carriers, or learn with ours. Our meetings are always FREE and open to the public! BWI-Madison Meetings are really helpful for learning about safety and new techniques, trying on a wide variety of carriers, and getting personalized guidance from accredited Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs). Plus, you’ll meet some really nice people, and the meetings are super kid-friendly! Become a member and check out a different carrier each month from our lending library of over 150 carriers!
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!
Other Ongoing Activities/Events:
Free Science Thursday – 6:30 pm on Thursdays at Wingra Boats. Join our weekly Free science education for children. Each week is a different topic, and will include hands on environmental activities. All ages are welcome! Reservation is not necessary but RSVP’s are appreciated.
Summer in Your City – Various free kid-friendly activities happening in downtown Madison.
Lakeside Kids – Wednesdays 10-11am • Ages 4 and up. Come to Monona Terrace on Wednesday mornings and enjoy this eclectic and educational program designed for children ages four and up. A wide variety of local performers, artists, and organizations provide entertainment, hands-on fun, and learning. In the event of inclement weather, outdoor programs will be moved inside. Please call 608.261.4000 after 8:30 a.m. the day of the event for program location.
Sassy Cow Creamery Free Farm Tours – Join us for free farm tours in June, July and August. Tours will run at 2 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. No need to register, just meet us at the creamery. From there, you will follow the tour guide to the farm in your own vehicle. If you have questions, feel free to give us a call at 608-837-7766.
Art Cart – Art Cart and Art Cart EXTRA! are free outdoor art programs that travel to parks, playgrounds, and beaches across Dane County in summer. The programs bring expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to making art outdoors for children ages three and above. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Families are invited to drop in with no pre-registration necessary. See website for schedule.
Family Field Trips – Troy Kids’ Garden and Goodman Youth Farm. field trip will feature hands-on outdoor activities for parents and kids of all ages: harvest and cook a healthy snack, plant seedlings, explore the worm compost bins, or create outdoor art. At the Kids’ Garden, located on Madison’s northside, families can also visit with our resident chickens or explore the tall grass prairie. At the Youth Farm, on Madison’s east side, unique experiences include meeting our honey bees or packing fresh produce to donate to the local food pantry. Activities will vary by date. Join us for one (or all!) of these hands-on garden adventures! See website above for dates and to register.
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.
Warner Family Fun Nights – Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Fridays (see website for dates), $5 per family.
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.
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].
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!
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.
Eastern Holistic Health For Families – 11:00am – 12:00pm third Saturdays at Tao Sangha Center. Fee: $8-10 per parent/child pair. Learn and practice how to make our energy and heart positive and strong through fun holistic practices including yoga, family shiatsu healing and Buddhist meditations. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. RSVP Tao Sangha Healing Center, 2330 Willard Ave, Madison. 608-257-4663 or [email protected] TaoSangha-na.com.
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.