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.
August 30-September 4: Walworth County Fair | See website for event details.
September 1-2: Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw & Festival | See website for event details.
September 1-3: Wilhelm Tell Festival | See website for event details.
September 1-4: Rock River Thresheree | See website for event details.
September 1-5: Moms & Mimosa: 8:30-10:00 am at JNJ Craftworks | Come join us with your friends once you drop your kids at school on school opening day. We don’t mind how you dress up, even pajamas are acceptable. But all we know is that you deserve a drink
September 2: Saturday Science-Fall Effect: 10 am – 12 pm at the UW Discovery Building | Explore the changing seasons during this free event held on the first Saturday of every month! Taste the season’s specialty flavors, find out how changing weather can affect your health, discover Mother Nature’s seasonal changes, bond with family over indoor games, design your own art and more. This event is open to the public.
September 2: Time for Cranberries: 11 am at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | Have you ever wondered how the delicious cranberries from Wisconsin make it to your table? Follow Sam as he tells about his first time helping with the cranberry harvest, then harvest some cranberries of your own!
September 2: Badger Fandemonium: 9 am – 3 pm at DreamBank | Show your Wisconsin pride during the first football weekend of the season! Bring your Badger spirit and make crafts to cheer on your favorite player or team. Bucky Badger will be on the scene from 10-11 am for fun family photo ops! We’ll also have a face painter from Funny Faces Family Entertainment from 1-3 pm, so stop in for some post-game day fun!
September 4: LaborFest: 12-5:30 pm at Madison Labor Temple Grounds | SCFL will celebrate Labor Day with its annual LaborFest celebration. NATTY NATION and Chris Plata with Extra Hot will perform. Union members and folks from all over Madison and south central Wisconsin will gather to enjoy music, dancing, cold beer and good food. The event is free and open to the public. Family-friendly activities include magic shows, face painting, a bounce house, balloon twister, and a caricature artist.
September 8: Back to School Bash: 5:30-8 pm at the Black Earth Children’s Museum | Celebrate the new school year with Black Earth Children’s Museum at the Back to School Bash! Enjoy the exhibits along with some extra fun school-themed activities!
September 8-10: Half Pint Resale: Madison Curling Club, McFarland | Half-Pint Resale is the Madison-area’s largest Children’s Consignment Sale, with items for new families, and kids ages 0-12 (and more!) This FREE-ENTRY sale has over 45,000 items for sale. Items come from over 600 consignors who want new homes for their still quality items. This is the 20th sale!
September 9: IronKids Wisconsin Fun Run: 9-11 am | The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS fun run offers young athletes the unique opportunity to feel the excitement of competition while enjoying the city and promoting healthy living. Ages: 3 to 13.
September 9: FREE Competitive Cheer “Try-It” Clinic: 9-11:30 am at CG Revolution | Come and check out the sport of competitive cheerleading! Open to athletes ages 4-11. Come and learn about the CG Revolution programs and try out the sport of competitive cheer!
September 9: Grandparents Day Crafts: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | We’re getting crafty for National Grandparents Day! Bring the kiddos and their creativity down to DreamBank and make a gift that Grandma and Gramps will be sure to cherish forever! We’ll provide all the supplies, you just bring your imagination.
September 9: Movies with Madison Parks-The BFG: 7:30-9:30 pm at Peace Park | Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the FREE show with Madison Parks! Presenting Movies with Madison Parks in partnership with Madison’s Central BID, enjoy a free movie in Peace Park! Make plans to enjoy Summer in Your City! As the sun sets, we will begin the movie. All are welcome!
September 10: Madison Ballet Nutcracker Auditions: Westgate Studios-Westgate Mall | Audition Fee: $10 per person. See website for times and full details.
September 10: Troy Gardens Fall Festival: 10 am – 2 pm at Troy Community Gardens | Bring your family and friends to our Fall Festival! Three local food carts will be selling yummy food with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Treat yourself to an ice cream or non-dairy cone, refreshing Great Dane beer, and wine from Tornado Steak-house. Purchase hand-made pottery to benefit Community GroundWorks. We’ll have free face painting and our annual apple cider pressing activities. Entertainment by the Truly Remarkable Loon, Kettle Moraine Blues Band, and Mami Wata African Drums. We hope to see you there! Attendance is free, however, donations are greatly appreciated!
September 10: New Glarus Family Fest | See website for event details.
September 10: Blackhawk Ski Club Open House: 12-3 pm | Come check out the amazing new West Chalet and learn about all the programs Blackhawk offers. Program representatives, coaches and board members will be available to answer your questions. Facility tours will also be available. Free Admission. Kid Friendly.
September 10: Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek “In the Middle of Fall”: 2 pm at Mystery to Me | Celebrate another new book with our neighbors Kevin and Laura! Everything is yellow, red, orange. Everything is chilly, frisky, gusty. Everything is changing, turning. It’s the middle of Fall. Can you see it? Can you taste it? Can you smell it? Can you imagine it?
September 10: Kidz Bop: 4 pm at the Orpheum Theater | KIDZ BOP records kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids, for kids. Over the past 15 years, KIDZ BOP has created the #1 music brand for kids, selling more than 16,000,000 albums. Since 2001, families have welcomed KIDZ BOP into their homes and cars, making KIDZ BOP a fun and safe part of their daily lives. KIDZ BOP is proud to be a part of kids’ music “firsts.” For millions of kids each year, KIDZ BOP is their first introduction to pop music, and for tens of thousands of kids, the KIDZ BOP Kids Live Tour is their first concert experience.
September 15: Movies with Madison Parks-Space Jam: 7-9 pm at Allied Park | Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the FREE show with Madison Parks! In partnership with the City of Madison’s Neighborhood Resource Teams (NRT) we are presenting free movies at parks throughout the city! As the sun sets, we will begin the movie. All are welcome! No registration required.
September 16: Mexican Independence Festival: 11 am – 9 pm at 1602 S. Park St. | 100% free. Food Stands with the best selection of Mexican and Latino Restaurants in the Area. Live Performances. Kids Activities, Games, Entertainment and Bouncing Houses. Art Crafts, Flags, T Shirts, etc. Information about the Mexican Independence History. 100% organized by volunteers, 100% profits for the festival and scholarships for Latino Students!
September 16: Moove & Groove: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Get the entire family movin’ at DreamBank! Join Susan Neeley, owner of Moove and Groove, for an extreme dance party complete with bubbles, games, hula hoops, bean bag toss and so much more. Be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes!
September 16: Movies with Madison Parks-The Lego Batman Movie: 7-9 pm at Owl’s Creek Park | Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the FREE show with Madison Parks! In partnership with the City of Madison’s Neighborhood Resource Teams (NRT) we are presenting free movies at parks throughout the city! As the sun sets, we will begin the movie. All are welcome! No registration required.
September 16: Women’s and Men’s Soccer Pac the Mac: 4-9 pm at the McClimon Soccer Complex | Help the Wisconsin Women’s Soccer team Pac the Mac on Saturday, September 16! All fans can purchase $1 tickets for to the soccer doubleheader, beginning with the Women’s Soccer game at 4 PM versus Minnesota and Men’s Soccer at 7:00pm versus Loyola.Enjoy a pre-game Badger Kid Experience with sport inflatables, sign making stations and kid friendly activities!
September 16-17: Green Whimsy Consignment Sale: 10 am – 3 pm at Hawthorn Suites, Fitchburg | What will you find? Books, toys, games, puzzles, school supplies, classroom decor – basically anything appropriate for kids to read or help them learn plus anything appropriate for a classroom. Public Shopping Hours: Saturday, Sept 16, 10am to 3pm; Sunday, Sept 17, 10am to 3pm. (Everything remaining will be 1/2 price on Sunday!) Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Cash and credit cards accepted.
September 16-October 29: Fall Fun at Enchanted Valley Acres: 9 am – 6 pm | Enjoy the fall weather outdoors making memories amongst the beautiful valley at Enchanted Valley Acres!
September 17: Walk For Wishes® Madison: McKee Farms Park | Walk for Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish® fundraiser that celebrates the more than 285,000 wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. It’s a family-friendly event powered by wish families, volunteers, donor, and friends. By participating and fundraising, you help bring the life-changing impact of a wish to children in our community who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Registration: FREE. Everyone who raises $100 or more in pledges will receive a t-shirt. Pledges must be received no later than the start of the event for them to count towards your pledge total.
September 17: Caught the Bug: 1:30-2:30 at the Black Earth Children’s Museum | Dan Capps from Dan Capps Insects (known for his amazing displays at Olbrichs Gardens Blooming Butterflies) will present information on bugs about the world and the various roles they play in our environment.
September 18: Fur Trade in Wisconsin: 5-6:30 pm at the Madison Historical Museum | Program will take place outdoors on the stages next to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Rain backup will be inside the Wisconsin Historical Museum (30 N. Carroll Street). Enjoy a hands-on presentation and learn about the people, goods and ideas of the fur trade with costumed interpreters Paul and Dale-Harriet Rogovich.
September 18 & 19: Coop Playgroups of Madison Open House: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at 725 Gilmore St. | Weekly playgroups for children and caregivers in a gym and nursery with lots of toys and art supplies! Across from Wingra School in the Glenwood Moravian Church (no affiliation).
September 20: Afterschool Craft & Cook: Mosaic Magic: 3:30-4:45 pm at Whole Foods Market | Let your creativity soar! Join us on an adventure of crafting and cooking. We will learn about about the awesome art of mosaics! Then make a yummy and healthy snack to eat and an art project that we can take home and display! Ages 6-11. (parents/ caregivers are free to watch OR leave & return). $18
September 20: Madison Contemporary Vision Dance: 5:30 & 6:30 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Join MCVD for a free performance and children’s dance class in the Celebrations room. All ages are welcome. No registration or prior dance training needed. FREE
September 20: Free Family Night and Kids for Peace Celebration: 5-8 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | This month, Free Family Night moves to the third Wednesday of the month due to our fall maintenance schedule. Tonight we celebrate Kids for Peace Day, with guest performances by Suzuki Strings of Madison and Vision Contemporary Dance, and a new Art Gallery exhibition of children’s portraits from The Memory Project.
September 21: Zoovies: The Secret Life of Pets: 7 pm at the Henry Vilas Zoo | Come watch on our 16′ outdoor screen. Bring your blankets and chairs for our film series. Tickets are $5 at the gate (for ages 3 & up; under 3 is free), and the gates open at 7 pm. The movie begins at dusk. Concessions will be available for purchase.
September 21: Sensory Friendly Night: 3-7 pm at the Black Earth Children’s Museum | For families and visitors who are looking to enjoy a quieter evening at the museum. *Dates subject to change.
September 21: Fall Fest: 3-6 pm at the Agora Pavillion, Fitchburg | Celebrate the start of autumn with your friends and neighbors at Fall Fest at the Fitchburg Center Farmer’s Market, Thursday, September 21 from 3-6pm. Besides the regular vendors, you’ll be able to enjoy: Culver’s Frozen Custard Sundaes from EAGLE School. Free Carriage Rides. Water Bottle & Tote Bag Handout by Oak Bank. Live Music of the Greg Anderson Band (Polka).
September 22-23: Free Sale Fundraiser: McFarland UCC Church-Times Vary | All items are FREE (nothing is priced) with encouraged monetary donation of choice from customers. 100% of proceeds will be given to customers’ choice of three non-profit organizations in the Madison area. Leftover items from the sale will be donated to Project Babies, Pregnancy Helpline and directly to needy individuals/mothers/families.
Non-profit organizations include: McFarland Youth Center,
McFarland High School Pride Pantry and Dane County Friends of Ferals
*Monetary donations to Free Sales for Families also accepted*
September 23: AppleFest: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at Warner Park Community Recreation Center | See website for event details.
September 23: Harvest on the Farm: 10 am – 1 pm at Kids Express Learning Center | Community Around the Children’s Hospital presents Harvest on the Farm. The event will be filled with pumpkin decorating, face painting, corn box, caramel apple stand, mini golf, games and music. Food available for purchase from The Rodeo Wagon food cart. Tickets available $10/family
September 23: Trucks & Treasures: 9 am – 12 pm at Reindahl (Amund) Park | The big rig gig is a showcase of Madison’s premier public service machinery, equipment and employees. Kids of all ages (adults too!) are welcomed to climb on, explore and get up close and personal with the big rigs and meet the employees who operate them.
September 23: Family Science Day: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Bring your tiny Einsteins down to DreamBank for a hands-on, educational adventure in science! Give your kids the freedom to explore and watch them become more curious, creative and confident with every discovery. We’ll be featuring four different science departments from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, so stop by to join the fun!
September 23: Pregnancy Helpline DiaperDash 5k run/walk: 9am at McKee Farms Park | This 5K fundraiser includes a Kids’ Dash this year with a fantastic goodie bag for the kids. All proceeds fund their Diaper Bank which provides free diapers to local families. Last month, in August, they gave out 15,000 free diapers, no strings attached!
September 24: Rockin’ Jump 2 Year Anniversary Guest Appreciation: 11am-7pm at 2700 Novation Parkway, Madison | Unlimited jump time for just $15; Free Human Hamster Ball and Human Sling Shot rides with each purchase; A free slice of pizza and free 16oz soda for every paying guest; Free face painting from 10am – 3pm; Exclusive “Guest Appreciation Day” birthday party discount for parties booked through the end of December; Visits from Mascots from the Madison Mallards, Madison Capitals and Bucky Badger; And 50% of all ICEE drink sales will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Program
September 24: Zoo Run Run: 8 am at the Henry Vilas Zoo | Get your running shoes on and join the Henry Vilas Zoo for the 12th Annual Zoo Run Run & Kids’ Roo Run Run on Sunday, September 24, 2017! Join us as we welcome back our Predator vs. Prey Edition, and introduce brand new predator & prey options! BACK for 2017: All participants will have the choice to sign up to be a predator (snow leopard) or prey (red panda). See how much prey you can catch OR if you can keep from getting caught! The Zoo Run Run and Roo Run Run help us to keep the Henry Vilas Zoo forever free. Please join us to help us make our 12th Annual Race another record breaking year.
September 26: Paint the Patio: 3-7 pm at the Black Earth Children’s Museum | Enjoy the museum and if you’d like, help us paint the covered patio and front sidewalk with washable chalk paint! *Dates subject to change.
September 30: Bricks 4 Kidz: 9:30 am – 12 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.
September 30: 11th Annual Badger Childhood Cancer Networks Superhero Run/Walk: 9 am at KEVA Sports Center | Help us raise awareness of the impact of childhood cancer on families in our area. Help us raise critical funds for the Badger Childhood Cancer Network’s programs providing information, emotional support, emergency financial aid, and transportation assistance for families of children with cancer and blood disorders. We have timed 5K and 10K run options and a two mile awareness walk. We offer a kids Superhero dash before the run/walk.
September 30: Sprouting Chefs: Applicious: 10:30-11:45 am at Whole Foods Market | 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 fun and healthy recipes using apples and read “Secrets of the Apple Tree” by Carron Brown. Includes a recipe packet and a treat to take home. Parents are encouraged to participate or watch. Designed for ages 4-12. $20
September 30: Pipers in the Prairie: 4:30-8 pm at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Join the Aldo Leopold Nature Center as we light up the night sky at the 15th Annual Pipers in the Prairie & Festival Fire! A captivating and unforgettable celebration of the harvest season, our major fundraising event of the year is family-friendly and offers a unique blend of activities found nowhere else in Madison.
September 30: Movies with Madison Parks – The Secret Lives of Pets: 6:45-8:30 pm at Warner Park | Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy a free showing of one of these classic movies!
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.
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.
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.
Movies with Madison Parks – Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy a free showing of one of these classic movies! See website for details and locations.
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.
Barnes & Noble East Towne – Various themed storytimes. See website for schedule.
Barnes & Noble West Towne – Various themed storytimes. See website for schedule.
Ongoing Playgroups & Parent Groups:
Meet Us at The Green :: A Weekly Playdate Series at Hilldale Shopping Center – We are so excited to announce our weekly playdate series kicking off on August 16th and running through September 27th! Each Wednesday we will congregate at The Green from 10:30am-Noon. The Green is a brand new green space located near Sundance Cinemas at Hilldale Shopping Center! The weekly playdate series will be co-hosted by Hilldale Shopping Center & Madison Moms Blog and is FREE to attend and each week will feature a special guest appearance (think Cinderella, Belle, superheroes, local musician David Landau and MORE!) along with some fun activities geared towards kids.
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.
Saturday 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.
Saturdays, 10:30- Noon, Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, March 10, April 14, and May 12
6033 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719. Bring your friends! Everyone is welcome at this free, fun event.
Little Learners – What? Educational play-dates with your little ones. Sessions include story time, music, art, sensory bins, and a snack. Who? Children ages 0 – 5 with their parents or caregivers. When? 10am – 11am on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Where? Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Community Room. Cost? $5 per family/session. Payment can be made when you register or on the day of the session
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!
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:
Drop-In Pontoon Rides – Drop-in rides take place June 5th – September 29 at these sites: Fridays, at Tenney & UW Goodspeed Family Pier, 650 N Lake St (Goodspeed rides dependent on construction – check www.mscr.org) 1:30-2:30pm & 2:45-3:45pm & Sundays, at Tenney, 1:30-2:30pm & 2:45-4:15pm. Please arrive 45 minutes early to sign in. First come, first served. Children 3 and younger are free. New this year – free Drop-In Ride tickets are available for people who can’t afford the fee. Please call 204-3020 or email [email protected] Please allow at least one week to process request.
Mad-City Ski Team Free Waterski Show – The Mad-City Ski Team is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers that perform free water ski shows for the Madison community throughout the summer and compete in regional and national water ski show tournaments. See website for full details. Final home show September 3rd.
Flea Market – 8 am – 3 pm at Angell Park, Sun Prairie. First Sundays May-October (except June, which will take place Memorial Day weekend, May 28).
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.
KEVA Open Play – Youth Open Play at KEVA Sports Center. Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:30-1. Lots of indoor activities set up for toddlers. Drop in fee accepted or free with a KEVA membership. Begins September 5th.
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.