Isthmus JazzFest on the Terrace
Friday 4:30-10:00pm; Saturday 12:00-10:45pm
Description: The Isthmus Jazz Festival is a two-day celebration of America’s homegrown art form. The free festival kicks off the summer season in one of Madison’s most beautiful outdoor settings, the Memorial Union Terrace, with Lake Mendota as a glittering backdrop. A diverse crowd of students, jazz aficionados and families fill the tables to hear a lineup that reflects a century’s worth of jazz styles.
MMoCA Art Cart
Friday 9am-12pm Elvehjem Park
Friday 1-4pm Olbrich Beach
Description: Art Cart is one of MMoCA’s free summer art programs that brings expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to hands-on art projects at parks, playgrounds, and beaches in Madison and Dane County. These programs are a continuation of the museum’s efforts to engage children with visual art and creative expression. Both programs offer a variety of individual and group art projects planned for children ages three and above. All children should be accompanied by a supervising adult.
Family Fun Night: The Science of Music with Rockameem
Location: Goodman South Madison Library Branch
Whether its classical, rock or rap, there’s science behind those sounds! Enjoy drumming with Rockameem! Then, learn about the science of music and make some of your very own instruments to take home. Just in time for the Make Music Madison Celebration! Family Fun Night is generously funded by a grant from the Capital Times Kids Fund and the Friends of Goodman South Madison Library. No registration needed. For families, preschool, school age (grades K-5).
Madison Parks Moonlight Movie Series: Monsters University
Saturday 7:00pm, Gates open at 6:30pm
Location: The Duck Pond at Warner Park
Description: Attendees are welcome to bring their own blankets to sit in the outfield; no portable chairs will be allowed. Attendees can also sit in the stands of the Mallard’s stadium. Parking is available in the Warner Park parking lot. Concessions will be available.
June Dairy Month Celebration at Sassy Cow Creamery
Saturday:11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 192 Bristol Road, Columbus, WI 53925
Description:Free and and family-friendly event features calf barn tours, creamery tours, and wagon rides. Also don’t miss the many dairy product samples and contests! Food will be available from Country Kettle Corn and Slide Food Cart and Catering.
Family Yoga at the Zoo
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. (May 15 – September 30, 2014)
Location: Henry Vilas Zoo
Combine nature and yoga this summer with Yoga at the Zoo. Chirping birds, the warm summer breeze, and maybe even a rhino will accompany you through your practice. Since classes are held when the zoo is closed to the general public, a unique and peaceful experience awaits. Bring the whole gang for Family Yoga on Saturdays! (Cost – $5/person)
Bebe Chefs: Farmer’s Market Fun
Saturday: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Whole Foods Market – Madison
One of the best ways to increase the chances your child will try new foods is to have them help you in the kitchen. Children will have a blast helping prepare fun recipes using foods found at the Farmer’s Market. Tara Verma of Yummy Sprout will teach children cooking skills that will help them throughout their lives. Parents are encouraged to participate or watch. Includes recipe packet and coloring sheets to take home. Ages 2-6.
Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: The Power of Flowers
Sunday: 12:30 PM – 3:30pm
Location: UW Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711 (enter Arboretum at 1207 Seminole Hwy; proceed east 1 mile to Visitor Center).
Description: Free program for families at the UW Arboretum. Come and dissect a flower, discover a pollinator, learn the lifecycle of a seed, and discover the many varieties of flowers on our landscape. Smell, touch, and see the power of flowers! Ongoing drop-in activities inside the Visitor Center from 12:30-3:30; naturalist-led hike from 1:30-2:30.