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.
Thursday, February 1: Girl Scout Sign Up: 6 pm at the Pinney Public Library | See website for details.
Friday, February 2: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Pickle Fun: 9:30-10:30 am 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 (including homemade pickles) and read the beautiful book “Pandas Love Pickles” by Elizabeth Lynch! 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. $16
Friday, February 2-3: She-Madison Ballet: The Bartell Theatre | Underneath the ethereal dancer lies an indomitable spirit driven by grit, wisdom, tenacity, and fearlessness.Madison Ballet’s She celebrates the work of female choreographers and the many faces of women in classical and contemporary ballet. She is an evening of shorter works that challenges us to redefine what is male and what is female.
February 2-4: Frozen Assets Festival: The Edgewater | The fourth annual Frozen Assets Festival, a family-friendly weekend festival held indoors and outdoors at The Edgewater, will be held February 2nd through Sunday, February 4th. The Festival is free and open to the public and offers a variety of family-friendly activities at The Edgewater on Lake Mendota. Join us for ice skating, sleigh rides, “pond” hockey, the ice science lab and more!
Saturday, February 3: Kids in the Rotunda – Black Star Drum Line: 9:30 am, 11 am & 1 pm at the Overture Center | Returning for their 4th year, Kids in the Rotunda welcomes back The Black Star Drum Line. Founded in 2008 by director Joey B. Banks, Black Star Drum Line gives kids in the Madison community an opportunity for creative expression through percussive arts. Banks incorporates diversity, respect for self and others, unity and mastery as the core elements of the youth development model he created as a youth professional in the Madison area for over 20 years. Free.
Saturday, February 3: Saturday Science: Badger Athletics: 10 am – 12 pm at the UW Discovery Building | Learn how math & science shape athletic performance at this free event held on the first Saturday of every month! Meet UW student-athletes from Badgers Give Back, explore how your body moves, learn to stay safe on the field with helmet fitting and impact smash simulation, measure your speed at our quickness testing station, find out about staying fit and its impact on your health and more. Badger Athletics and the Math of Sports is free and open to the public. It features interactive exploration stations for kids and families.
Saturday, February 3: Souper Bowl XXII: 12-5 pm at Madison West High School | Souper Bowl XXII will be held at Madison West High School on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 12-6 p.m. The community soup feast has become a Madison tradition since 1995 and is the largest fundraiser for the UW-Madison student chapter of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County. Last year’s event served more than 1,300 attendees over 200 gallons of soup! Attendees begin by choosing a locally-made ceramic bowl from hundreds of handmade bowls displayed. After choosing a bowl, attendees receive the soup of their choice, salad, bread and desserts. Next, attendees enjoy a wide-variety of entertainment including celebrity soup servers, an acapella singing group, the UW marching band and Bucky Badger, to name a few. The cost is $15 for a bowl (soup, salad, bread and dessert included) or $35 for a family of four (four meals and two bowls included). The event also includes a silent auction of artistic bowls created by local artists and a raffle.
Saturday, February 3: Saturday Science Workshop: You’re Dragging Me Down: 10 am at UW Space Place | Space Place family workshops are offered during the school year on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for children ages 6-10 and their families. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required. “You’re Dragging Me Down” – Build a simple paper airplane and see how increasing the drag the plane experiences will change how far it will fly.
Saturday, February 3: Caricature Drawing: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at DreamBank | Bring the kiddos to DreamBank for a morning of fun! Local artist Paul Warner will be on site for free caricature drawing. While you and the kids wait, you can practice bringing your own characters and cartoons to life. Leave inspired to flex that creativity muscle!
Saturday, February 3: 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 ’70s 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.
Saturday, February 3: “I am F.A.T.” with author Jaia Davis: 2:30-3:30 at the Wisconsin Historical Society | Name calling hurts and bullying is painful. Local 10-year-old author Jaia Davis was inspired to write ”I am F.A.T: Based Upon Real Life Events” after experiencing bullying when she was in the 4th grade. Join Jaia as she shares how she coped with bullying and provides tools to help everyone, young and old, deal with bullies. A book signing will follow the program. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, February 3: Story Saturday: “The Quickest Kid in Clarksville”: 11 am – 12 pm at the Wisconsin Historical Society | “The Quickest Kid in Clarksville” by Madison-based author Pat Zietlow Miller talks about Alta, the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee. When Alta is challenged to a race by a new girl in town whose running shoes are new and shiny, Alta looks to her hero Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist, to try her best in the race even though her shoes are full of holes. “The Quickest Kid in Clarksville” is a timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship. Story Saturday at the Wisconsin Historical Museum features fun and exciting Wisconsin stories geared toward families and kids. Free activities and crafts bring the stories to life! Presented in partnership with the Madison Reading Project.
Saturday, February 3: Daddy/Daughter Dance: 3-5 pm and 6-8 pm at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center | One night. Two dances. Hundreds of memories. Register today to join the party! This event is perfect for daughters aged 4-13. Dress up and celebrate the night on Saturday, February 3 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center. Register ONLINE or by phone (608)266-4711. $25/couple, $5/ each additional dancer.
Saturday, February 3: Poop Day (observed): 10 am – 4 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | During our 2016 Polling Place election, kids passed a referendum to celebrate National Poop day at the museum. National Poop Day is a holiday celebrated on the day when municipalities supposedly report the most, how-can-we-say-it-delicately, activity in their sewage systems — the day after the Super Bowl. Poop Day is a fun way to explore an aspect of human life that’s important to our daily health, and which also claims an outsized share of attention in the world of small children. See website for full details.
February 3-4: Madison Winter Festival: Elver Park | The Madison Winter Festival is a community festival in Madison, WI celebrating and promoting outdoor sports, recreation, art and healthy lifestyles in the winter. Held each year since 2005, the festival features cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow sculpting, sledding, running, skijoring and other family oriented events.
Tuesday, February 6: Girl Scout Sign Up: 6 pm at the Verona Public Library | See website for details.
Wednesday, February 7: Meet Us At Hilldale | A Valentine’s Day Playdate: 10-11:30 am at Hilldale | Join us for our complimentary February playdate with Madison Moms Blog, featuring valentine making for loved ones and the American Family Children’s Hospital, yummy snacks and samples, and more!
Wednesday, February 7: Free Family Night: 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.
Wednesday, February 7: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Sweetheart Snacks: 9:30-10:30 am at Festival Foods | 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 recipes and coloring sheets to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $16
Friday, February 9: Kids Fun Night: 4:30-7:30 pm at Villari’s Martial Arts Cooperative | Give yourself a night off and bring your child to Villari’s Martial Arts Cooperative for a fun martial arts evening on February 9th from 4:30-7:30! There will be snacks, fun martial arts drills and activities, pizza, and a showing of The Karate Kid with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Attendance is only $25 per student! Any new student receives a %50 discount on their first month of a four-month membership. ($30 value) All kids 4-12 are welcome! More than one kid? Ask about our family discount and referral credits. Check out more events on our Facebook page and website.
Friday, February 9: Family Fun Night: 5:30-8:30 pm at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center | $5 per family. 2nd Fridays (except July and August). Regular ctivities include: Gymnasium Fun – bouncy house, sports, fun games; family Fitness Classes and Fit2Go Van; classes, movies & themes change monthly; drop-In Art and Pottery Projects; game Room Fun – pool, ping pong, foosball, air hockey; child Care Room – drop off young kids for playtime. $5/per family.
Friday, February 9: School Days Off-Anniversary of the Red Cross–Triage Simulation Game: 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. School Days Off at the Museum is from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Saturday, February 10: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Healthy Homemade Treats: 10:30-11:30 at Whole Foods Market | Join other mini sprouts as we make food fun in this culinary class designed for children. This hands-on and interactive class will give the confidence to try new foods. We will prepare some homemade treats that are healthy and taste great plus read “A Crankenstein Valentine” by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat! 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 2-7. $16
Saturday, February 10: Kids in the Rotunda – Kiddyoke With the Gomers: 9:30 am, 11 am & 1 pm at the Overture Center | The Gomers bring their infamous Kid-powered Karaoke to the Rotunda stage! The Gomers know nearly every song in the book and will play your favorites including “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and the “ABC Song”, as well as pretty much any classic rock tune you can think of and your School House Rock favorites. Free.
Saturday, February 10: Valentine’s Day Cards and Crafts: 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.
Saturday, February 10: Winter Carnival Family Fun: 12-2 pm at Alumni Park | Enjoy family-friendly fun in Alumni Park as part of the Hoofers Winter Carnival. Join us for an afternoon on the lakefront with a mini-hockey shoot-out and stick sculpture-making in the new Alumni Park, where you can also explore artful exhibits highlighting UW-Madison alumni. Then, warm up in One Alumni Place, the park visitor center, with winter-themed storytelling, art activities, and free hot cocoa and cider. All activities are drop-in and free to attend. (Children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.) Details, parking and location information at AlumniPark.com. Brought to you by the Wisconsin Alumni Association in partnership with the Wisconsin Hoofers Winter Carnival (Feb. 3-11).
February 10-11: Wild Rumpus Circus: Goodman Community Center-Times Vary | On Feb. 10 and 11, The Wild Rumpus Circus will transform the Goodman Community Center gym into a circus big top with its performance of “Punky Rumpus: A Steampunk Circus.” Audiences will have three opportunities to see this unique performance, on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 and 7 pm, and Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 pm. There is a suggested donation for tickets, $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Wild Rumpus Circus Scholarship Fund, which awards several thousand dollars every year to financially challenged families and individuals to study circus arts.Online/advanced reservations are available at http://www.therumpusroom.org. There will also be plenty of seating available at the door.
Sunday, February 11: Mad Science – Spin, Pop, Boom!:1 pm at the Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium | The audience will be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event. Foaming cups and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry. Join us for early bird activities beginning at noon on this show day! Interactive! Educational! Fun! $2.00, adults; $1.00, children.
February 16-18: Zor Shrine Circus: Alliant Energy Center-Times Vary | Classic circus with acrobats, clowns, aerialists, and trained animals galore! General admission, $18.00 ; reserved seating, $21.00. Children under 1 year old are free.
February 16-25: Tuck Everlasting: 7 pm Fridays, 2:30 & 7 pm Saturdays and 2:30 pm Sundays at The Playhouse at the Overture Center | Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster longs for adventure. When she meets the Tuck family and discovers they hold the secret to immortality, she faces an extraordinary choice: return to her own family, or join the Tucks on their never-ending journey. $40 ($28 ages 12 & under).
Saturday, February 17: Children of the Rainforest: Grupo Axé Capoeira: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm at Olbrich Botanical Gardens | Experience the first Olbrich performance of the Chicago Chapter of Grupo Axé Capoeira, an international Capoeira organization headquartered in Vancouver. Founded in Recife, Brazil in 1982, it has subsequently established academies throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. For those unfamiliar, capoeira (pronounced “cap-o-ay-ra”) is a unique, interdisciplinary Brazilian art form combining dazzling acrobatics, dance, martial arts and passionate Afro-Brazilian music.In addition to capoeira, the Axé Team’s performances include colorful costumes, live music, and a host of other Afro-Brazilian cultural dances you won’t see anywhere else! $5 Adults (ages 13 & up), $3 Child (ages 12 & under), FREE ages 2 & under, Admission includes entry to Olbrich’s tropical Bolz Conservatory.
Saturday, February 17: Movies with Madison Parks-Leap!: 6-8:30 at Tenny Park Rink | Grab a blanket and a lawn chair and join us for the show! Madison Parks is showing the movie Leap! (2016) outdoors on the frozen lagoon at Tenney Park. No cost and no RSVP needed. We’ll have the shelter open at 3pm with concessions, skate rentals and of course, hot-buttered popcorn for $1/bag. Cost: Free! Skate rentals are available: 1st hour: Adults $6, Children (15 & under) $3. $2/each additional hour . Men’s, women’s and children’s are available. **If the rink is closed, the movie will be rescheduled.
Saturday, February 17: Kids in the Rotunda – Ken Lonnquist: 9:30 am, 11 am & 1 pm at the Overture Center | Ken Lonnquist is a longtime favorite performer and songwriter for children in Madison and beyond. Join us for a concert filled with favorites from his award-winning recordings, videos and musicals. Ken’s charm, spontaneity and clever lyrics make music enjoyable for people of any age! Free.
Saturday, February 17: 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!
Saturday, February 17: Madison Moms Blog Kid Disco Playdate: 11 am – 2 pm at the Great Dane Hilldale | Join us for a complimentary Kid Disco Playdate, brought to you by the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company at Hilldale Shopping Center! Let your kiddos get their wiggles out with rocking tunes from DJ Nick Nice and his bubble machine, plus balloon animals from Funny Faces, yummy snacks and more. Adults can enjoy their favorite beverages and pub food too! Space is limited. Reserve your spot today! This event is part of our monthly Meet Us At Hilldale playdate series with Madison Moms Blog.
February 17-18: Mad City Model Railroad Show: 9 am – 5 pm (Sunday until 4pm) at the Alliant Energy Center | 51st annual show features huge 90,000 square feet of model railroads in all scales (sizes), toy trains, how-to clinics, exhibits and vendors (300+ tables). Adults – $12, Seniors (65+)- $11, Children (5-11) – $6, under 5 – free. Two-day pass $16. Door prizes and four train sets given away each day.
Sunday, February 18: Shopkins Live!: 1 & 4 pm at the Overture Center | Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! lights up the stage in this premiere live production packed with show stopping performances featuring the Shoppies. Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs, and show off the trendiest fashions.
Tuesday, February 20: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Souper Soup: 9:30-10:30 am 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. Warm up from the frigid weather as we prepare fun and healthy soup and biscuit recipes and read “Soup Day” by Melissa Iwai! 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. $16
Saturday, February 24: DreamBank: Maple Syruping 101: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | We’re teaming up with The Aldo Leopold Nature Center to celebrate this Wisconsin tradition! Spend a fun morning with the family learning about forest wildlife, tapping trees and getting up close to the fascinating process of making irresistibly delicious maple syrup! Of course, we’ll be taste-testing, so be sure to bring your sweet tooth.
February 24-25: Dairy-Aire Gymnastics Invitational: Monona Terrace | Adults $12 one day or $20 for two. Students & Seniors $10 one day or $15 for two. Children (5-12) $7 one day or $10 for two. Children Under 5 Free & Competitors FREE! Programs $3
Wednesday, February 28: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Fairytale Fun: 9:30-10:30 am at Festival Foods | 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 healthy and fun recipes with a modern twist on classic farytales and read “Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears” by Beth Coulton! 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. $16
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.
Kids Dream Winter Film Series – January 26 – March 18 |Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10 a.m. as select Marcus Theatres. Admission only $3.00! Concessions Specials: $2.75 Popcorn and $2.75 Fountain Drinks. See website for participating theaters and for schedule.
$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:
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).
Ice Skating at the Edgewater – Skating arm-in-arm in the crisp air on a rink overlooking Lake Mendota, while the Capitol dome lights the sky in the other direction, life doesn’t get much better than that! See website for schedule and pricing.
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.
Mini Racer Club – Wednesdays from 10:15-11:15 am at Tracks Hobbies. This drop-in program is for our youngest of racers (ages 4-5). Weekly agenda includes a race-themed story, running cars on the Tamiya Track and a simple race-themed craft. How do you get started in the club? – Option 1: You may purchase a Tamiya Mini-4WD kit for adult assembly prior to the first club session. Bring your completed car along to your session. – Option 2: You may purchase a pre-assembled Tamiya Mini-4WD at your first club session. During the session, you decorate the car and run it on the track. TAMIYA CAR KIT FEE: $15-$35, depending on model and assembly status chosen.
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.