A Madison Moms’ Guide to April 2018

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 libraries, 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.

Tuesday, April 3Mobile Preschool with the Radish: Common Ground-Middleton | Join The Seventeenth Radish at Common Ground – Middleton for a unique new drop-in, science based program – mobile preschool! April 3 – POP UP PHYSICS: 9:00-10:30 | 3-4 year olds | $12; 10:45-11:45 | 1-2 year olds | $12. On April 3rd, your child will explore foundational science concepts including density, momentum, and lift. Teachers will guide your child to approach these ideas through various play-based activities. These activities incorporate music, reading, math, sensory exploration, and art to introduce your child to this particular application of science.**Parents drop off in the upstairs event room, but remain on site at the cafe. Registration required.

Wednesday, April 4Free Family Night – Early Childhood Resource Fair: 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. Free Family Night is a great time for first time visitors to enjoy the museum, and is a popular time for older children to return to visit their favorite exhibits. April’s Free Family Night will feature a Resource Fair organized by the Madison Area Early Childhood Council. Please join us for community resources, developmental screenings, food/dinner and prizes.

Friday, April 6My Town: Mini Sprouts (ages 2-6): 10-11 am at Whole Foods Market | Join us 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 Sweet Potato Donuts, Watermelon Pizza and Lemonade Smoothies 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 recipes and coloring sheet to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $16

April 6-8: UW Science Expeditions | Get to know the people, places and science outreach programs of your land-grant university! Free and open to the public. See website for full details. 

Saturday, April 7: DIY Window Birdhouse: 9 am – 12 pm at Home Depot | Encourage a love for nature and ornithology in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a window birdhouse. Your young birdwatcher can observe birds’ behaviors like building a nest and watching eggs hatch without the need for expensive equipment. Once your birdhouse is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.

Saturday, April 7: 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!

Saturday, April 7: Kids in the Rotunda-David Landau: 9:30, 11 or 1 pm at the Overture Center | Welcome David Landau back to Kids in the Rotunda! A beloved local professional musician and teacher, David Landau’s music is the winner of the Parents’ Choice Award, three Best of Madison-Children’s Musician Awards, and a Children’s Performer of the Year Award from the Madison Area Music Association. You may recognize him from his first-grade teaching days or from the Cork ‘n’ Bottle String Band, a Madison favorite! His hilarious stories, catchy songs, and energetic dances have been known to give families serious cases of the giggles! Free. 

Saturday, April 7Alcohol Ink Tile Coaster DIY: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at JNJ Craftworks | All supplies provided. Kids can make 2 tile coasters.  Cost $12 Extra tile coasters $5 each. This is a FREE class for club members

Sunday, April 8: The Reluctant Dragon: 1 & 3 pm at the Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium | The classic and captivating fairytale full of mayhem and mischief between a little boy and the friendly dragon that moves in next door. Featuring an all-children ensemble with original script and songs. A series favorite! $2.00, adults; $1.00, children.

Tuesday, April 10DIY Jewelry – Right angle weave bracelet: 1-3 pm at JNJ Craftworks | This bracelet is made with round or bicone beads using a right angle weave and seed beads for added color. The stitch will be completed with a needle, Fire line and have a toggle closure. All supplies included. Participants will have choice of glass beads. Cost: $30 Class time: 2 hours

Tuesday, April 10: Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour: 6-8:30 pm at Verona High School | Join the Badger Prairie Needs Network at the Verona Area High School on Tuesday, April 10 from 6-8:30PM for the first stop of the 2018 Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour. DOORS OPEN AT 5PM. $10-$40. See website for full information. 

Wednesday, April 11Springtime Snacks: Mini Sprouts (ages 2-6): 10-11 am at Festival Foods | Join us 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 start thinking spring and prepare No-Bake Granola Nests, Bugs on a Log and Spring Burst Smoothies plus read “The Golden Egg Book” by Margaret Wise! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipes and coloring sheet to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $16

April 12-14A Race to the Finish & The Jungle Book: Verona Area Community Theater | A mini-musical based on Aesop’s Fable “The Tortoise and The Hare.” This performance will include The Jungle Book KIDS.
For grades K-1.

April 12-14Bye Bye Birdie – YPE: Verona Area Community Theater | A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye Bye Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses all-American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss.
For grades 5-8. 

Friday, April 13Around the World: Mini Sprouts (ages 2-6): 10-11 am at Whole Foods Market | Join us 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 travel around the world making recipes from different countries (Cinnamon Plantains, Mini Samosas and Aloha Smoothies) plus read “The Sandwich Swap” by Queen Rania Al Abdullah! Parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipes and coloring sheet to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $16

Saturday, April 14Badger Kids Fair & Football Spring Game: 4:30-9 pm at Camp Randall Stadium | The Wisconsin football team will hold its annual Spring Game on Friday, April 13 beginning at 6 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badger Sports Kids’ Fair will start at 4:30 p.m. in the McClain Center, adjacent to Camp Randall. Preceding the Spring Game, be sure to check out the Badger Sports Kids Fair presented by BMO Harris Bank. Fans young and old will enjoy interactive games and activities, the chance to meet Badger student-athletes and much more. The Badger Sports Kids Fair will be held in the McClain Center from 4:30-6 p.m. Admission is free. Tickets for the Spring Game are $5 and are on sale now. The proceeds from the game will go toward the school’s “Animals Need Heroes Too” building expansion campaign. Fair is free, game is $5.

Saturday, April 14: Princess Ball: 5-8 pm at Doubledays, Cottage Grove | Here Ye! Here Ye! The little prince & princesses, kings, and queens of the Kingdom of Madison are invited to attend the Princess Ball! During this magical evening you will be treated to an elegant plated turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, vegetable, milk or coffee while our princesses dazzle you with a performance of live singing and storytime while you dine. After dinner there will be a formal reception where you can get up close & personal with your favorite princesses. There will be a make & take craft, princess lessons, dancing, and each little girl will be coronated as a True Princess and given a tiara to keep. $42/under 1 is free.

Saturday, April 14The Wonders of Magic with Isaiah Foster: 10 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Gather the kids and prepare to be amazed with this show for the whole family! For years Isaiah Foster has been providing quality entertainment through magic, comedy and mystery. Bring the kids to one of two 45-minute magic shows from 10-10:45 and 11-11:45. It’s an exceptionally entertaining way to spend your Saturday morning!

Saturday, April 14UW Volleyball vs Loyola Chicago: 6-8 pm at the UW Field House | UW Volleyball will host Loyola Chicago for the first of two spring matches at the Field House on Saturday, April 14 at 6pm. Admission is free!

Saturday, April 14: Kids in the Rotunda-Davey Doodle & The Red Hots: 9:30, 11 or 1 pm at the Overture Center | Davey Doodle and the Red Hots will get your toes tapping and bodies moving to their own unique interactive family fun music. Real life characters will come to life with songs about his dog Truffle Doodle, scoot scooting daughter April, and a stuffed brown bear named BB. They will also perform new classics for parties and holidays with the Happy Happy Birthday song and the Very Scary Halloween song. Other interactive adventures will take you on musical journeys through busy city streets, dandelion pastures, and riding on a Davey Doodle bus ride down all kinds of roads. Audience members will enjoy this fun musical adventure, and some members will be invited on stage to participate. Free. 

Sunday, April 15Boogie for Bernie’s: 1-4 pm at the High Noon Saloon | Join Bernie’s Place for this annual fundraiser event, featuring Kiddie-Cabaret with Anthony Cao. All family, friends, and community members are welcome to rock out with us! Suggested donations: $5 per ticket or $20 per family.

Sunday, April 15UW Softball vs IL – Lunch bag giveaway: 12-2 pm at Goodman Diamond, Madison | Support Coach Healy and the Badgers when they take on Illinois on Sunday, April 15 at Noon on another Sunday Kids Day, presented by Kohl’s. The first 500 kids, 12 and under, will receive a FREE Bucky Badger lunch cooler bag and kids in attendance will be able to run the bases and get an autograph from the team after the game.  $5 for adults, and $2 for youth (2-17), UW students, and seniors (55+).

Thursday, April 19Fluid acrylic pour painting: 6-7 pm at JNJ Craftworks | Anyone can make an original work of abstract art using acrylic paints, canvas, and pouring additives. This is a fun project where participants will be able to make 1 canvas painting. All supplies included.  Cost: $25 Class time: 1 hour.

April 20-22: Half-Pint Resale: Madison Curling Club | 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. 

Saturday, April 21: Music Lab: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Uncover your little one’s innate musicality with music-making activities using their voice, body and instruments! Local early childhood music teacher, Julie Mazer, will guide your child’s journey with simple rhythmic and melodic concepts. They’ll even get to create their very own musical instrument to take home!

April 21: Kids in the Rotunda-Magic of Isaiah: 9, 11 or 1 pm at the Overture Center | The Magic of Isaiah presents, The Pure Energy Magic Show. This show is geared towards families and children of all ages. The show incorporates audience participation, comedy, magic and illusion. The Magic of Isaiah will take you on a journey through your imagination as you witness one of a kind illusions that will make you want more. The only requirement for the show is your imagination. Free. 

Saturday, April 21Spring into Baking: Sprouting Chefs (ages 4-12): 10:30-11:30 am at Whole Foods Market | Join us 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 an awesome spring menu of Carrot Breakfast Muffins, Homemade Pretzels, Pumpkin Honey Bread and Carrot Cake Smoothies plus read the book “Bread and Honey” by Frank Asch! Includes recipes to take home. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (attends free with student). Designed for ages 4-12. $18.

Saturday, April 21Healthy Kids Day: 10 am – 12 pm at the Lussier Family East YMCA | Free admission. Fun games and activities for kids and families. Healthy snacks. Meet community partners. Post-Healthy Kids Day Open House! Free admission. Open gym & swim: Check branch for hours! Facility tours and membership specials.

Saturday, April 21Tea Time Party – Twinkling Fairyland: 2-4 pm at the Monona Community Center | Welcome to Fairyland! Explore the magical mysteries of the enchanted forest and all things fairyland! There will be dancing various fairy and gnome inspired crafts, music and other fairyland fun. Tea time snacks are provided and dress up is encouraged for these one-time classes. $25-$35

Tuesday, April 24Intergenerational Stories and Birdfeeder: 10-10:45 am at the Heritage Senior Center | Inter-generational Storytelling Program with Make and Take Bird Feeders. Join Storytelling Naturalist Coral Conant Gilles as we welcome spring through stories, songs, and hands-on nature activities. Kids and residents will enjoy a free Flora and Fauna storytelling program before making bird feeders to take home (nut-free). Wiggle. Dance. Sing. Play. Tell. Target audience: 2 – 6 year olds and Heritage residents. Cost: Free!

April 24-29: Canstruction Madison: West Towne Mall Midway | Community members are invited to attend the 8th Annual Canstruction Madison event beginning April 24th at the West Towne Mall in Madison, WI, hosted by Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM). Teams from businesses, churches, schools and organizations around Dane County will build giant structures made of canned goods and packaged food and will compete for awards with a primary goal to help End Hunger in our community. This year’s theme Rock “Can” Roll will have the Wet Towne mall midway rocking! Come out and enjoy the FREE event and vote for your favorite Cansculpture!

Wednesday, April 25Eating the Rainbow: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class (ages 2-6): 10-11 am at Festival Foods | Join us 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 prepare a colorful and fun menu of April Fools Carrots, Rainbow Fruit Pizza and Unicorn Smoothies plus read “Too Many Carrots” by Katie Hudson! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipes and coloring sheet to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $16

Friday, April 27Richard Floeckher: Piano: 7-8 pm at the Rhapsoday Arts Center | Rhapsody faculty and pianist Richard Floeckher will perform a solo recital of piano music including a rich variety of music from several time periods. The performance will also include great information about the music. A free-will offering will benefit our scholarship fund.

Saturday, April 28Crazy Legs Classic Race Day Fun: 9-11 am at DreamBank | Whether you’re running the Crazy Legs Classic, or cheering someone on, DreamBank is welcoming all runners and fans to help us count down to the big race. Meet up with friends and family, and make a sign to cheer the runners on and give them a dose of inspiration to finish the race strong.

Saturday, April 28Succulent plant make and take- For mother’s day: 1-2 pm at JNJ Craftworks | RSVP required
Cost : $20 and up. Please join us create your own unique arrangement for Mother’s Day. (Bring your dad and surprise your mother). We will have a variety of containers, soil, stones, and of-course succulents and in 30 mins you will have a beautifully designed succulent arrangement.. Price start $20 and goes up based on the container you choose. Call to register: 6086921476

Saturday, April 28: Spring Fling: 10 am – 2 pm at the Primrose School of Middleton | Join us for a festival full of family fun activities, games, food trucks, a student art show, raffles and a silent auction! Proceeds from this event will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Madison and our national charitable partner, Save the Children.  

Saturday, April 28: Kids in the Rotunda-Laura Doherty: 9, 11 or 1 pm at the Overture Center | CD Release Concert! Chicago-based Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats acoustically rock your kid’s world with breezy folk-pop tunes from her Parent’s Choice award-winning CDs. Expect some new upbeat, catchy songs in this full band show as they celebrate the release of Laura’s 5th CD “High Five”. They’ll play a few fan favorites too! Laura has been rated one of the top 4 children’s acts in Time Out Chicago. Free. 

Ongoing Music/Movies:

Early Childhood Music Program – Edgewood College. 7-week session. Ages: Birth to 3 years. Fridays, April 13 to May 25. 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm. $70 per child, $60 for each additional child per household.

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.

$5 Tuesdays at The Movies – All first-run Marcus Theater locations. See the hottest blockbusters for just $5. If you’re a MMR member, the popcorn is on us!

$6 Early Bird Movies – Palace (Sun Prairie) and Point (Madison) Cinemas. Early risers can catch any film for just $6 before 11 a.m. at participating 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:

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.

Sun Prairie Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Monday from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 395 E. Linnerud Dr., Sun Prairie. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Janesville Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Thursday from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 4445 Woodgate Dr., Janesville. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Middleton Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Thursday from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 701 Deming Way, Middleton. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Verona Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Thursdays from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 305 S. Main St., Verona. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Fitchburg Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Fridays from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 2927 S. Fish Hatchery Rd., Fitchburg. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Waunakee Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Wednesday from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 101 E. Main St., Waunakee. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Hike It Baby – Hike It Baby wants to inspire your family to get outside and explore! Hike It Baby is a volunteer run parents group that hosts trail hikes, park & plays, urban strolls, toddler trail wanders and more. See the website or Facebook page for more information. 

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:

Free Breakfast Tuesday – 6:30-10:30 am at Chick-fil-A West Towne. Receive one free, predetermined entree every Tuesday in 2018! Wake up to breakfast at Chick-fil-A West Towne – one breakfast you don’t want to miss. 

Craft Making – Daily at JNJ Craftworks. Just walk in any day, you will find a craft and supplies which you can make for $5 – $10. Examples include: scrabble tile desk stand, paper flower, small earring, etc. 

Public Skate – Verona Ice Arena. These are open to the public…No reservation required. General Admission Cost: $5. Youth (K-12) & 50+: $3. Pre-K: $0. Skate Rental: $3 (Limited Availability) No stick or puck. Toddler Skating Aids: Free (Limited Availability).

little Om Big Om – Yoga for kids and families. 

Kid’s Herpetological Society Meeting – The general meetings typically occur on the second Friday nights from 7-10 pm at the Clark Street Community School in Middleton. A Kid’s Herpetological Society meets for an hour before regular meetings from 7-8 pm. See website for details and schedule. 

Snooze at the Zoo Sleepovers – Henry Vilas Zoo – Sleep next to the animals and enjoy special animal encounters while learning about all zoos do to care for animals here and in the wild! See website for dates and prices. 

Open Art Studio – 12:30-2:30 Monthly on the First Wednesday at The Seventeenth Radish. Come and join us the first Wednesday of every month at either our Verona or Waunakee location. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy art without limits. A variety of art materials will be available to use to create works based on the weekly book. This kid-only drop off event is hosted the first Wednesday every month. Advance registration is required as spaces are limited.

Afterschool Expeditions – Afterschool Expeditions is a free program for students in grades K-8 to explore, engage and discover science from UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities. This program takes place during the fall and spring semesters. TO REGISTER: You pick your adventure! The registration page will have different activity options for each date. You may select only ONE rotation plan per date. This lets us know which two activities you will be participating in when you come.

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.

Calendar of Events for Libraries, Open Play Areas, and Open Swim

Madison Central
Alicia Ashman
Goodman South
Hawthorne Library 
Lakeview Library
Meadowridge Library
Monroe Street Library
Pinney Library
Sequoya Library
Rosemary Garfoot Library-Cross Plains
Fitchburg Library
McFarland Library
Middleton Library
Monona Library
Sauk City Public Library
Stoughton Library
Sun Prairie Library
Verona Library
Waunakee Library
Open Play/Jump
Open Swim
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