A Madison Mom’s Guide to February 2017

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! Here is a listing of neighborhood events that have been scheduled. 

February 1: Moms Night Out | Toot & Kate’s Winebar
February 3: Friday Morning Tuvalu Playdate

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!

February 1Free Family Night & Stair Trek Exhibit Opening: 5-8 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | At tonight’s free Family Night we celebrate the opening of Stair Trek: Core to Cosmos: a journey through the earth and sky in our five-story stairway. Stop on each floor of the museum as you trek, to punch your passport and enjoy activities inspired by each layer of the trek: underground, forest, sky, and outer space.

February 2Oregon Preschool Inc. Open House: 4:30-6:30 pm at Oregon Preschool Inc. | Our parent-cooperative preschool is organized and administered by parents, creating a wonderful opportunity for involvement in the classroom and OPI activities. Social, intellectual, emotional, and physical development form the basis of our program with emphasis on individual, small group, and large group interactions.

February 2Capitoland Christian School Open House5-5:30, 5:30-6, or 6-6:30 at Capitoland Christian School 

February 2-5: Disney on Ice: Bradley Center, Milwaukee-Event times vary | Celebrate the most memorable Disney tales with all your favorite characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure.

February 3: School Day Off: 10 am – 2 pm at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum | Join us for drop-in, free family-friendly activities at the museum on “No School” days for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Feb. 3rd Scavenger Hunt: Go on a scavenger hunt through the museum and look for different kinds of propaganda used throughout history. Create your own propaganda poster at the interactive touch-table in the temporary WWI exhibit, The Art of Persuasion.

February 3-5Scandihoovian Winter Festival | Outdoor & indoor activities, Mount Horeb/Blue Mounds area. See website for event details.

February 3-5: Frozen Assets Festival: 10 am daily at The Edgewater and Lake Mendota | the festival will be FREE and open to all and showcase winter lake recreation and science. Activities will take place on and off the ice at The Edgewater and on Lake Mendota. We’ll bring back favorites like ice skating, “pond” hockey, sleigh rides, historic iceboats and the ice science lab. See website for full list of activities.

February 3-5: Wisconsin Winter Fest: Angell Park and downtown Sun Prairie | The Wisconsin Winter Fest is a family-friendly, affordable weekend of fun, laughs and entertainment. Activities for children, teens, adults and seniors will take place over a 3-day festival that is centered in Angell Park and downtown Sun Prairie, WI. Most activities are free and those that have a fee attached, benefit local charities. See website for event details.

February 3 & 10 & 17: Groove & Glide: 6-8 pm at various Madison parks-see website for details | Make the most of winter at a Groove and Glide event! Experience the fun and beauty of ice skating under the lights with fun music and games. Our warming houses and concessions* will be open as well and skate rentals* will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All ages and experience levels welcome. Grab your friends, a date, or the whole family and come have some fun on the ice. Come one. Come all! These events are free to attend and no registration is needed

February 4: Souper Bowl XXI: 1-7 pm at Madison West High School | Join the Habitat UW-Madison Chapter for a great meal, local entertainment, student-thrown bowls and raffle drawings! The cost is $15 for a bowl (including soup, salad, bread and dessert); or $35 for a family of four (two bowls, four meals). Larger and more decorative bowls are sold at a silent Pro Bowl auction. All proceeds go toward helping build affordable housing in Dane County.

February 4: Daddy/Daughter Dance: 3-8 pm (two time options) at Warner Park Community Center | This fun-filled evening is perfect for daughters aged 4-13 years old. The night will be filled with music, dancing, and refreshments. Dress up, celebrate this special night! Times: Two dances offered – 3:00pm to 5:00pm (doors open at 2:45pm) and 6:00pm to 8:00pm (doors open at 5:45pm). Appropriate for ages: 4-13, semi-formal dress encouraged. Cost: $25/couple; $5/each additional daughter Advanced registration required. Register online or by phone (608)266-4711.

February 4National Poop Day Celebration: 9:30 am – 5 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | The voters have spoken! In our 2016 Polling Place election, kids passed a referendum to celebrate National Poop day at MCM. Join us for free activities throughout the day-see website for further event details. Free with admission.

February 4: Frosty Princess Fest: 2-4 pm at Pump It Up | Come dressed in your favorite princess costume! Price includes: *Princess wand to carry during entire event *2 Hours of play and games in our arenas *Princess available for photos with attendees during the last hour of the event.

February 4Clown ‘N Around: 10 am – 1 pm at Sun Prairie Nursery School | We are hosting our annual family carnival event on Feb. 4th at Sun Prairie Nursery School, located in the United Methodist Church.  The event will feature: Silent Auction, Raffle, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Trinity Irish Dancers. David Landau, Children’s Entertainer, Beans ‘N Cream Ice Cream, Day One Pizza.

February 4: Disney Reads Day: 11 am at Barnes & Noble East Towne and West Towne | Celebrate the Magic of Storytelling on Disney Reads Day! Join us as we read popular Disney stories and do fun activities to inspire kids’ imaginations. Plus, giveaways including stickers, bookmarks and mini-posters (while supplies last). 

February 4: 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!

February 4Bring on Spring Free Concert with David Landau: 10-11 am at Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center | David Landau is a former first grade teacher, an award-winning musician and entertainer, and he very funny and kid-friendly! His personal appearances are upbeat musical programs that keep children engaged and constantly thinking. Kids will sing, dance, act, shout just a little bit and laugh a bunch! Adults, sit back and enjoy the show! This event is FREE and open to the young and young at heart.

February 4: Saturday Science-Badger Athletics: 10 am – 12 pm at the Discovery Building |  Science and sports collide during this free event held on the first Saturday of every month! Explore the science of sports with UW-Madison student-athletes, learn how your brain and body work together to make you move, see how to stay safe while you play, test your sports techniques, discover the benefits of being active and more. This event is free and open to the public. It features interactive exploration stations for kids and families.

February 4 & 17: Kid Disco: 11 am – 2 pm at the Great Dane-Hilldale | The Great Dane Hilldale is bringing disco back and making it cooler than ever. Kid Disco is back for another year of fun and entertainment. Funny Faces Entertainment will be helping out to bring the kids all the fun they could ask for, from balloon sculptures to face painting they have it all. Don’t forget about the music. DJ Nick Nice will be setting the mood of the 70’s through his musical genius. The price of admission is $5 per person, but includes two snacks and a drink for the kids. There will be a maximum charge of $15 per family.

February 4-5Lil’ Cupids Lunch: 12-4 pm at The Melting Pot, Madison | Show your little cupid just how wild you are about them by treating them with a delicious lunch date! On Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5, from noon- 4 p.m., The Melting Pot of Madison invites you and your little heartthrob to enjoy a three-course fondue feast to celebrate St. Valentine’s holiday! Kids Eat Free!

February 4-5The Wild Rumpus Winter Circus Presents: Circus for a Small Planet: Goodman Community Center | Join our interplanetary space-travelling team in their quest to save their tiny planet, a planet which is coming apart at the seams…. Our fanciful tale of redemption unfolds in a strange universe populated by stilt creatures, aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, magicians and clowns in our next annual community circus extravaganza! Proceeds from our show will benefit the Wild Rumpus Circus Scholarship fund. It’s a zany and meaningful way to warm up winter! Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m. Suggested donation: $12.50 adults, $7.50 kids. We will accept checks and cash at the door. ONLINE/advanced reservations are available!

February 5: Walbridge School Open House: 1-3 pm | Meet teachers, staff & parents, discover the innovative way we teach. Enrollment information available for grades 2-8.

February 7Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Sweetheart Snacks: 9:30-10:30 at at Whole Foods Market | Join other mini sprouts as we make food fun in this culinary class designed for toddlers and preschoolers. This hands-on and interactive class will give children the confidence to try new foods. We will prepare some recipes full of love and read “The Day It Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipe packet and coloring sheets to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. See website to purchase tickets.

February 8Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Food Art: 10-10:45 am at DreamBank | Join other mini sprouts as we make food fun in this culinary snack 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 fun and healthy edible art project and read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. This 45 minute class is a great introduction to culinary classes. Parents are encouraged to participate or watch (parents/ caregivers attend free with student). Includes recipe packet and coloring sheets to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. See website for tickets.

February 8: Cutting Edge Performing Arts Gala: 7 pm at the Orpheum Theater | Madison Chinese Culture Organization (MACCO) cordially invites you to attend the Cutting Edge Performing Arts Gala by The Guangdong Art Troupe of China. Tickets: Adults $25 and children $12.

February 11: Valentine’s Day Celebration: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Roses are red, violets are blue, DreamBank is excited for Valentine’s Day – how about you? Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with hot cocoa and fun holiday crafts for the kids! We’ll provide the supplies, you just bring your creativity.

February 11: Valentine’s Day Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble East Towne and West Towne | Join us for Storytime and activities in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Featured titles are The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story and Valentine’s Day Is Cool. Don’t miss out!

February 11Visit with Madison Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics: 9:30 am – 2 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – celebrate your smile with a visit and some activities from Madison Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics. Free with museum admission.

February 11: Candlelight Snowshow Hike: 4:30-8 pm at the Aldo Leopold Center | This event occurring will depend on snow. In partnership with Madison Parks and Monona Parks & Recreation, all ages and abilities are welcome to this FREE snowshoeing event! After snowshoeing, warm up by a roaring fire; and for a small fee, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, some tasty popcorn or make your very own s’more. Head into the nature center to learn about local habitats, explore our planet and dive into January’s “Corals & Seas” theme in ALNC’s exhibits, interactive theaters and Nature Nook play spaces. Suggested donation is $5 for family admission to the exhibit space. This is a FREE event with FREE parking and a FREE shuttle from the Meriter Monona parking lot (6408 Copps Ave); popcorn & hot chocolate and s’mores will be available for a small fee.

February 12Cast Metal Heart Charms: 12-2 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Create your own cast metal charm to wear! Scratch a design into a heart shaped plaster mold and we will cast it in lead-free pewter metal right before your eyes! $5 per person (general admission not included)

February 12: Kids’ Art Adventures: 1-2:30 pm at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art | Find inspiration and explore expression through a diverse range of artworks by K-12 students in Young at Art. Embrace your creative potential with a project inspired by select works on view. Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of works on view in the museum’s exhibitions. The program is appropriate for children ages six to ten, accompanied by an adult.  Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are encouraged to arrive early to reserve a space in the workshop. A sign-up sheet is available at the lobby welcome desk fifteen minutes before the workshop begins.

February 12: The Wonders of Physics: UW Chamberlain Hall-Times vary | This is a free event but tickets are required. See website for times and tickets. 

February 12: Wildlife Fun: 1 pm at the Waisman Center Children’s Theater | He is that guy with the gray beard and bald head who happens to be a Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Teacher of the Year and an “Aldo Leopold” award winner. The Northshore United Educators (WEAC) honored David for educational excellence. Using live creatures and animal artifacts, songs and short stories, David gets down with his audiences, and makes learning fun. Admission: $2.00, adults; $1.00, children. Advance tickets for any show in the series can be purchased beginning at noon on performance days. 

February 13: Kids Valentine’s Cooking Party: 4:30 p m at Hy-Vee, Whitney Way | For kids 8 to 13 years old. We’ll have a Valentine’s Cooking Party! Creating a meal, sparkling beverage, and special treat to take home. Register online. Pay at Customer Service. $10/child. See website for tickets.

February 17-19: Zor Shrine Circus: Alliant Energy Center | See website for details.

February 18: Meet the Musician: 11 am at the Madison Children’s Museum | Kids love music, but even more, they love musical instruments! Add hands-on fun and you’ve got a hit. Professional musicians from the Madison Symphony Orchestra bring the instruments, you bring the kids! Today’s special guest, Davis Perez, Viola. Free with museum admission.

February 18: Kids Build Workshop: 10 am – 12 pm at the Southern Training Center, Madison | Kids Build events are free, two-hour workshops held from 10 a.m. to noon one Saturday per month, September through May, for children ages 5-12. At these workshops, kids will have the opportunity to make wood projects, as well as build their skills and confidence. The workshops are limited to 30 kids each month in each area, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tools are supplied and there are no fees to participate. Children are able take their projects home to enjoy, along with a certificate of project completion. See website to register.

February 18Family Public Program: Owl You Need is Love… and Birds!: 1-3 pm at the Aldo Leopold Center: Bring your family and loved ones to a fun-filled afternoon to celebrate Wisconsin’s true winter romantics…the owls!  Owls court through the cold, dark winter evenings and by Valentine’s Day, they are often sitting on a nest of eggs! In this celebration of owls, we’ll learn how to recognize different owl calls, make an owl craft, head outside with binoculars to see and identify Wisconsin’s other winter bird residents.  We’ll submit our bird sightings to the Great Backyard Bird Count.  Come join us—it’ll be a hoot! ALNC members: $6/person; Non-members: $10/person-children under 3 are free.

February 18Mighty, Mighty Construction Site Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble East Towne and West Towne | All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site – this time with a focus on team-building, friendship and working together! Will they get the big job done? Come and find out at Storytime featuring Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. Coloring and activities to follow. 

February 18: Children of the Rainforest-Kalaanjali School of Indian Dance : 10:30 am and 1:30 pm at Olbrich Botanical Gardens | Kalaanjali ‘s Bharatanat yam students receive rigorous training in the Natyashast ras, one of the greatest creations in the field of dance, drama, and theater. While the scope of Natyashast ras is well beyond dance, the Natyashast ras offer a systematic education in the basic dance steps, hand gestures, foot movements, eye movements, neck movements, rhythms, facial expressions, and the other rules and principles that make up the foundation of the dancing art. Tickets available at the door starting a hour before each performance. $5 Adults (ages 13 & up), $3 Child (ages 12 & under), FREE ages 2 & under. Admission includes entry to Olbrich’s tropical Bolz Conservatory. Doors open to the performance space approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

February 18Sprouting Chefs: All Around The World: 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 travel around the world making recipes from different countries plus read the book “The Sandwich Swap” by Queen Rania Al Abdullah! Includes a recipe packet and a treat to take home. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (attends free with student). Designed for ages 4-12. See website for tickets.

February 18Storybook Magic with CTM: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Love Monster is a slightly hairy creature trying to fit in with the cuddly residents of Cutesville. But as it turns out, it’s hard to fit in with the cute and the fluffy when you’re a googly-eyed monster. And so, Love Monster sets out to find someone who will love him just the way he is. Join Children’s Theater of Madison for Storybook Magic and bring Love Monster by Rachel Bright to life through interactive storytelling. You’ll even get to create your very own monster puppet!

February 18-19: Mad City Model Railroad Show: 9 am – 5 pm at the Alliant Energy Center | The Mad City Model Railroad Show and Sale returns to the Exhibition Hall. Exhibits include all scales, toy trains, clinics, exhibits and 300+ tables of vendors.

February 18-19: Madison Winter Festival: Elver Park | See website for event details.

February 19: Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play!: Straight from the pages of six time Emmy winner Mo Willem’s award-winning children’s books and produced by the Kennedy Center, this vaudevillian romp will have your little ones dancing in their seats! Gerald, Piggie and their friends take the stage in a rollicking adventure where they learn what it’s like to be in a play. It’s a stylish, hilarious introduction to theater for our littlest audience. See website for tickets.

February 22-23: Shen Yun: Overture Center | Thousands of years ago, China was known as the Land of the Divine. The ancient Chinese believed that their glorious civilization was a gift from the heavens. But that world was lost ‘€” until now. Shen Yun brings this world to life. Fascinating stories from 5,000 years of Chinese culture are told through the vivid athleticism and deep expressiveness of classical Chinese dance, one of the most demanding art forms in the world. A groundbreaking East-West orchestra captures the spirit of ancient China. Grand animated backdrops place the audience right inside the action and Shen Yun’€™s uplifting energy is something you can feel long after the curtain falls. See website for tickets.

February 25Culinary Tween & Teens: Healthy Homemade Desserts: 1-2:30 pm at Whole Foods Market | Explore healthy food and learn begining advanced kitchen skills in this cooking class designed for tweens and teens. This hands-on and interactive class is a perfect chance to learn and express creativity through food. We will prepare some fun and healthy dessert recipes. Includes a recipe packet and a treat to take home. Ages 11-18. Instructor: Tara Verma of Yummy Sprout. See website for tickets.

February 25Zumbathon Charity Event for GSAFE: 2-4 pm at the Goodman Community Center | This Zumbathon® Charity Event will raise funds to support GSAFE, a local non-profit that works to create safe schools for LGBTQ+ youth. Open to the public. Minors ages 13-17 need to be accompanied by an adult.

February 25: Move and Groove: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank: Get out of the house on this cold, winter weekend and get moving in our inspiring space! Susan Neeley, owner of Moove and Groove, will lead your family in an extreme dance party complete with bubbles, games, hula hoops, bean bag toss and so much more!

February 25Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble East Towne and West Towne | Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In celebration of the beloved author’s birthday on March 2nd, we will host a special Storytime featuring coloring, activities and more. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled Storytime! 

February 25-March 12: Seussical: Overture Center Playhouse-Times vary | Imagine that! Join the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and all your favorite Seuss characters in this must-see musical caper that will have you singing its tunes all the way home. See website for times and tickets. 

Ongoing Activities: 

Healthy Snacks Storytime: Fridays at 9:45-10:30 at Huckleberry & Persimmon. Join Yummy Sprout for a fun and kid friendly storytime! A wonderful chance for kids to try new, healthy recipes as healthy snacks will be served every week (children under 12 months attend for free). Register ahead of time or drop-in (cash and card accepted).

Winter Concert Series -: 2-3 pm at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a winter Sunday at Olbrich with musical performances in our Evjue Commons. All Winter Concerts are traditional theatre-style seating with the exception of our Botanical Boogie dance concerts. In 2017, all of Olbrich’s Winter Concerts will require a $2 admission fee per person.

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

Cure Cabin Fever – Saturdays in January at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Shake off the winter blues with these free, family-friendly, drop-in activities on Saturdays in January. Activities are geared towards ages 4-12, and all youth participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Edgewater Open Skate – 1/4/2017 – 2/24/2017 Weekly on Wednesday , Thursday , Friday. Adult ‘€“ $7 Students (with valid ID) ‘€“ $6 Youth (12 yrs ‘€“ 5 yrs) ‘€“ $4 Seniors ‘€“ $4 4 and Under FREE Skate Rental Fee: $3 Available in size Youth 9 through Adult 13.

Kid Disco – The Great Dane Hilldale is bringing disco back and making it cooler than ever. Kid Disco is back for another year of fun and entertainment. Funny Faces Entertainment will be helping out to bring the kids all the fun they could ask for, from balloon sculptures to face painting they have it all. Don’t forget about the music. DJ Nick Nice will be setting the mood of the 70’s through his musical genius. 

Warner Family Fun Nights – Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Fridays (see website for dates), $5 per family.

Circus After School – Mondays at The Rumpus Room, Mazomanie. Circus After School with Marcia Miquelon and Jacob Mills. This is a special, after-school survey of all things circus, including aerial arts, juggling, physical comedy, tightwire, stilt walking, acrobatics, German wheel and more! $90 for 9 weeks. PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available! Drop-in enrollment is also available!

MMoCAkids ArtPack – Families are encouraged to stop by the reception desk in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lobby and ask for the MMoCAkids ArtPack, the museum hands-on discovery kit for exploring art. Designed for family members to use together, the ArtPack contains a variety of fun activities that promote observation and imaginative thinking about visual art. Visiting an art museum with a child can be stressful if you are so worried about your child touching the art that you can’t enjoy the art, but the joy of art and art making is for people of all ages. These programs are designed for families with young children.

Children’s Playgroup at University Houses Preschool – Come along to play, chat and sing with your little ones. Bring a snack and talk to other families while the kids enjoy the toys and dramatic play area.

Morning Play Date at DreamBank – Enjoy a morning of meeting new friends at DreamBank. While the kids participate in interactive story time and crafts, grown-ups can explore our exhibit and enjoy a cup of coffee in our inspiring space. Free snacks, fun and learning abound, so bring your hungry bellies, listening ears and colorful imaginations! 10-11 am.

Stories, Fingerplays and More – Barnes & Noble West Towne, Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Join in as our Barnes & Noble staff members share stories and songs with children, ages 2 to 6, and their families.

Stories, Songs and More – Barnes and Noble West Towne, Thursdays at 10:30 am. Join in as our Barnes & Noble staff members share stories and songs with children, ages 2 to 6, and their families.

Kids in the Rotunda – Free shows for kids and families at the Overture Center. See website for times and schedule.

Art After Overture – 9 am – 2 pm at Madison Central Library. Stop by Central Library for art activities, special book displays and more, inspired by performances at Overture Center for the Arts’ Kids in the Rotunda series. Activities will be available from 9 am – 2 pm in the Children’s Room.

Monday Night Kid Music with David Landau – 5:30- 6:15 at the Harmony Bar and Grill | Fun for kids 2 to 8 and totally tolerable for parents of any age! Cover – $3.

The Lunchtime Show with David Landau – 11:30 am – 12 pm at McFarland House Cafe | There is a cover charge of $5.00 per kid for this show. Adults, babies, and babysitters are free of charge.

Public Skate – Public Skates offered at both Madison Ice Arena (MIA) and Hartmeyer Ice Arena (HIA). Adults: $5 Children/Students/Seniors: $3 Skate Rental: $3. See website for schedules.

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].

Toddler Story & Stroll – Learn and play with your youngster in this fun, hands-on series that focuses on nature and the seasonal changes of spring. Classes include a story, a stroll through the outdoor gardens, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler to spend quality time together. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Limited space; register early!

Bird and Nature Walks –  1:30-3 pm at various Madison parks – Free, family-friendly Bird and Nature Walks are offered year-round on Sunday afternoons 1:30-3:00 pm by Madison Parks and FUN: Friends of Urban Nature partner groups. Join the FUN!

Kids & Pets Storytime – Animart Pet Store – 10:30 am – 11 am weekly on Tuesdays. Read with the Story Time Pet of the Week. A fun event for parents and children. Admission is $1.89 + tax per child.

Museum Storytime – UW Madison Geology Museum – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 10:30 am. Museum storytime is geared toward preschool-aged children and each week features a book, museum specimens and a craft to take home. No reservations required, except for groups larger than 10. Free.

Open Art Studio – Use the Monroe Street Arts Center studio as your own! Work on a self-directed project under the guidance of an experienced art teacher. We will provide all of the art materials and one planned project per class to get you started. This is a drop-in class, but please call ahead to hold a spot, 608.232.1510. Cost is $12 per class or $48 for 5 classes with an Open Art Studio Pass.

The Crafty Project – The Crafty Project does monthly Kiddo Crafty Events at their creative studio. Additionally, The Crafty Project studio is a fabulous location for mom’s to get together and have a night out and create. They have a fun schedule of classes and offer private events.

Mommy & Me Hour – 10 am Tuesdays at Nicki’s Diapers. Join us for the NEW Mommy & Me Hour at the Nicki’s Diapers Madison Retail Store! Each week we will have a topic to discuss in an informal, friendly environment.

Mother Baby Hour – Located at the Meriter Business Center-See website for various days/times. Mother Baby Hour is a time for moms and their babies to get together to ask questions, express concerns, learn about resources and share stories. A Registered Nurse/Community Educator facilitates the groups and offers a weekly topic. Join us as early as the first week after your baby is born!

Italian Language Courses for Kids – Tuscany Language Academy offers Italian language courses for children starting in January 2017. Each course will be provide weekly exposure to the Italian language. Each lesson will be enriched with songs, videos, games, visual and interactive material. 

Meditation for Kids and Families –  Kadampa Meditation Center of Madison – On Sunday mornings from 10-11:15, we offer Mindful Living: Prayers for World Peace in the main meditation room and Dharma for Kids in the kid’s meditation room. Dharma for Kids is suitable for kids ages 4-10. Older children and teens are welcome to attend the teaching with their parents, and parents with toddlers younger than four can stay with their children to participate in kids class together. Cost: $5/Adult and $1/child over 4

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

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