A Madison Mom’s Guide to July 2016

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 Madison. Here are July’s “need to know” activities. Further happenings, such as library story times, open play/jump/swim, and ongoing Madison Children’s Museum events can all be found on our calendar.

Feel free to join our various Neighborhood Groups where Mombassadors organize meet-ups for area moms!

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!


June 29-July 4: Stoughton Fair: Stoughton Fairgrounds in Mandt Park | See website for schedule of events.

July 1: Sundae Bar and Free Farm Tour: 2-4 pm at Sassy Cow Creamery | July is National Ice Cream Month! During our farm tours on July 1, we will be hosting a sundae bar. Farm tours are free and sundaes are $3.

July 1-2: Kraner Blue Butterfly Festival: Black River Falls | The  2016 Karner Blue Butterfly Festival to be held Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 will include additional events and entertainment formerly a part of Festival in the Park.  Events on Friday and Saturday will be held in downtown Black River Falls before shifting to Lunda Community Park on Saturday night for music and fireworks.  The Black River Area Chamber of Commerce Karner Blue Race will also be held on Saturday, July 2. See website for full details.

July 2: Fire on the River: Sauk Prairie Independence Celebration |  See website for schedule of events.

July 2: Celebrate the Red, White and Blue: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Get ready for Independence Day – DreamBank-style! Swing by with the whole family and make patriotic wands for parade watching, along with other red, white and blue crafts. Funny Faces Entertainment will also be here from 10 am to noon making balloon hats, animals and more. Let freedom (and creativity) ring!

July 2: Family Concerts at Rotary Plaza: 10 am – 12 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum’s Rotary Plaza | Join us for a morning of free music for all ages at Rotary Plaza Stage, just outside the museum’s front entrance. 10-10:45 am: Atimevu Drum & Dance Company. 11:15 am-noon: Ken Lonnquist and the Kenland Band.

July 2: Hello, My Name is Octicorn Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble West Towne and East Towne | Octicorn is the funny, sweet and disarming character who is a champion for anyone who has ever felt a little bit different. And isn’t that everyone? Join us for Storytime featuring Hello, My Name Is Octicorn. Activities to follow.

July 2: Saturday Science Subways to Skyscrapers: 10 am at the Discovery Building | Explore how cities work during this free family event! See why cities look the way they do; find out how cities get clean water, energy and more; learn how roads are designed; discover urban plants and animals; and more. This event is free and open to the public. It features interactive exploration stations for kids and families.

July 2-4: Old World Independence Day Celebration: Old World Wisconsin | Celebrate the spirit of Independence Day in 19th-century America through living history presentation and fun hands-activities for the entire family. Help make ice cream, participate in period sports and games, enjoy a picnic lunch in the village and enter the greased-pole contest! The event culminates on Monday, July 4 with an old-fashioned parade through the village! See website for times and ticket information.

July 3-4: DeForest Fourth of July: DeForest Windsor Area |  See website for schedule of events.

July 3-4: Monona Community Festival: Winnequah Park | See website for schedule of events.

July 3-4: Westmorland Fourth of July | See website for schedule of events.

July 4: WaunaBoom: 2-10:10 pm at Ripp Park, Waunakee | Come and celebrate Independence Day at this free event, while experiencing the fun, food, music, family activities, flagpole dedication and fireworks display.

July 6-10: Jefferson County Fair | See website for schedule of events.

July 6: Free Family Night: 5-8 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Enjoy free admission from 5-8 p.m. on the first open Wednesday of each month through the museum’s Access for Everyone program.

July 9: Community Firefly Hike: 6:30-9:30 pm at Indian Lake County Park | Make a fun firefly craft, eat a s’more around the fire, and learn about fireflies. P.J. Liesch, UW-Madison’s Entomologist a.k.a. “The bug guy,” will be on hand to explain what makes fireflies light up. Our special guests includes off-duty officers from the Madison Police Department. Together we can build relationships and heal. This event is free and pre-registration is required. See link to register and for timeline of events.

July 9: Listen to Your Art: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Bring the kids and create your very own masterpiece at DreamBank! Join us during Art Fair on the Square and help your child discover their inner artistic visions. We’ll provide the supplies, so all your family needs is imagination and creativity.

July 9: Daisy-Head Mayzie Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble West Towne and East Towne | When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew’s head, she is faced with her classmates’ taunts and her parents’ dismay, and a publicity agent’s greed. How Mayzie learns that love is more important than fame and fortune makes an endearing morality tale for our time. Join us for the Storytime that is vintage Seuss! Activities to follow.

July 9: Sun Prairie Kids Triathlon: Prairie Athletic Club | The Tri 4 Schools race will be held at Prairie Athletic Club in Sun Prairie and surrounding neighborhood. See website for registration and details. So how is Tri 4 Schools unique? They do not use race entries to help cover our costs. Instead, they work with businesses, individuals, and grants to offset therace and operational costs so that 100% of the race entry fees go back to schools.

July 11-15: Beauty & the Beast Jr.: Times vary for shows at Edgewood College | First Act Children’s Theatre production, 4 & 7 pm, 7/15, Edgewood College-The Stream theater. $7 ($5 kids). 608-358-9572.

July 11-17: Sauk County Fair | See website for schedule of events.

July 12: Madison Area Herpetological Society: 2-3 pm at the Fitchburg Library | Join the Madison Area Herpetological Society as they present a reptile/amphibian show & tell.

July 13 & 17: Lakeside Kids: 10-11 am at the Monona Terrace | Come to Monona Terrace on Wednesday mornings and enjoy this eclectic and educational program designed for children ages four and up. A wide variety of local performers, artists, and organizations provide entertainment, hands-on fun, and learning. In the event of inclement weather, outdoor programs will be moved inside. Please call 608.261.4000 after 8:30 a.m. the day of the event for program location.

July 13-17: Lafayette County Fair | See website for schedule of events.

July 14-17: Bastille Days: Milwaukee  See website for schedule of events.

July 14-17La Fête de Marquette: Madison’s Central Park | Four days of fabulous world-class music, unparalleled local cuisine, cute boutiques, cold craft beer, wine for all tastes, an expanded Family Fête, and much more!

July 15Artist in Residence Workshop: A Reading with the UW Comics Club (kid friendly!): 4-5 pm at Madison Central Library | Come meet the artists from the UW comics club for this public reading and hands-on workshop! Join artist in residence Josh Duncan for a sharing of family friendly comics and use this inspiration to create your own! See demonstrations of different comic formats, sharpen your doodling skills, and meet the artists of the local comic world.

July 16: Are We There Yet? Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble West Towne and East Towne | Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride! After reading this inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you’ll never look at being bored the same way again. Join us for this fun-filled Storytime with activities to follow.

July 16: Eastern Holistic Health for Families: 11 am – 12 pm at Tao Sangha Center, Madison | 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. Fee: $8-10 per parent/child pair.

July 16: Storybook Magic with CTM: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | The Children’s Theater of Madison is at DreamBank for some storybook magic! Bring your imagination and creativity and join CTM for an interactive story time that will bring the story “Planting a Rainbow”, written by Milwaukee based author; Lois Ehler to life. We’ll even give you seeds and a pot to decorate so your kids can plant a rainbow of their very own!

July 16-17: American Girl Doll Benefit Sale: Greenview Drive, Middleton | The annual American Girl Benefit Sale attracts over 7,000 shoppers from all over the country and brings in nearly $1 million dollar each year. All funds raised go to support the exhibits and programs of Madison Children’s Museum and American Girl’s Fund for Children, which provides grants for charitable programs for children throughout Dane County. See website for full details, times, and to purchase tickets.

July 17: Happy Lotus Sangha Summer Social: 2-5 pm at Joyful Path Meditation & Healing Center, Blue Mounds | Join Happy Lotus Sangha for summer fun, play, and Buddhist-themed activities. Hand-on on activities on the life of the Buddha and Buddhist symbols will be offered. Children will have opportunities to explore through arts, crafts, chanting, discussion, meditation, and simple yoga exercises. We may take a hike on the bike path or at the nearby park.

July 20: Kids in the Rotunda-Justin Roberts and Summer Library Carnival: 10:30 am or 2 pm at Overture Center-Rotunda Stage | Celebrate reading at this event co-sponsored by Overture Center for the Arts and Madison Public Library. Enjoy a performance by indie-rock kid performer Justin Roberts at 10:30 AM and 2 PM at Overture Center. Then, stop by the new Central Library for carnival games, crafts and more! Plus – outdoor play and bubbles! 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Top of State, Philosophers’ Grove, 100 W. Mifflin St. (Children must be accompanied by an adult; no drop-offs.) No registration is required.

July 20: Meet & Greet Athletes: 1-2:30 pm at Monona Public Library | We are happy to be working with the Madison Mallards to have Maynard at our event, possibly along with a Mallards player. We are also working with the UW Madison “Badgers Give Back” program and the Madison Radicals Professional Ultimate team! Please join us for the fun. See website to register.

July 20-24: Dane County Fair | See website for schedule of events.

July 20-24: Fond du Lac County Fair | See website for schedule of events.

July 20-24: Green County Fair | See website for schedule of events.

July 20-24: Waukesha County Fair | See website for schedule of events.

July 21: Lunchbox Live: 11:45 am – 1 pm at 918 Deming Way, Middleton | Thompson Investment Management invites you to “Lunchbox Live!” 2016. Bring your friends, and your lunch, and we’ll provide great music and a beautiful setting for you to enjoy your lunch hour!  Don’t have a lunch?  Don’t worry, we’ll also have food carts featuring yummy foods and desserts for you to purchase. Open to the public.

July 22: Flick & Floats: 7-10:30 pm at the Monona Community Pool | There will be games and prizes for the kids, music for everyone, concession specials, and when the sun goes down, we’ll show a movie on our inflatable big screen! Flick ‘n’ Float movie nights require an admission fee of $2 per person or season pass.

July 22: Disc Golf & Games in the Library with Glass Nickel Pizza: 5:45-7:45 pm at Monona Public Library | For ages 10-16. Disc golf is a fun way to enjoy time outdoors and get some exercise, with a minimal investment. Learn the basics of disc golf by joining us for a Teen Night In playing mini disc golf in the library. We’ll also have Stop Motion video equipment, Origami, and Glass Nickel Pizza! Registration required.

July 23: Kids’s Zumba: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Let your kiddos burn off their extra energy and learn something new! Zumbatomic helps strengthen children’s balance, coordination and mobility while encouraging self-confidence, teamwork and pride in diverse cultures. Jenny Blake of Pure Beauty Fitness will crank up the Latin-inspired tunes for a dance-tastic afternoon!

July 23: Babywearing 101: 11 am – 12 pm at Huckleberry & Persimmon | Join Cynthia, of LuluBean Babywearing, to learn the skills to comfortably and confidently wear your kiddos. Learn safe and proper ways to carry babies from newborn to toddler. Babywearing 101 is ideal for those who have never worn a baby and have little or no experience with carriers. There will be time for questions and checking out carriers, too. $18/per family; pre-register and save 20%.

July 23: Too Many Moose! Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble West Towne and East Towne | When Martha gets an unusual pet, she’s delighted by all of the fun things they do together. If one moose is this marvelous, then more must be better! Join us as we read about this madcap moose adventure with activities to follow.

July 23-24: Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration: Baraboo | Baraboo will commemorate its stupendous circus heritage as the historic home of the world-famous Ringling Bros. Circus with the 4th Annual Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24, 2016. The Big Top Parade, featuring over 75 circus and community entries, will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, traveling around the downtown historic courthouse square district. Other family-friendly events are scheduled in the city that morning and throughout the weekend.

July 24: Milwaukee Armenian Fest: 11 am – 6 pm on grounds of St. John the Baptist Armenian Orthodox Church | See website for full details.

July 26: Magic Poodles: 2-3 pm at the Fitchburg Public Library | Join us for a fun and quirky dog show with plenty of tricks and an educational twist. Stick around after the show for for the meet an greet and get some hands on experience with the dogs.

July 26-31: Rock County 4-H Fair | See website for schedule of events.

July 26-31: Washington County Fair | See website for schedule of events.

July 27-31: Columbia County Fair | See website for schedule of events.

July 28: ZOOvies-Kung Fu Panda 3: Henry Vilas Zoo | Join us for our new series: ZOOvies at the Henry Vilas Zoo! Grab some popcorn, set up a blanket on the lawn, and enjoy a movie on the big screen! Zoo gate opens at 7pm
Movie begins at dusk. Tickets: $5/person (Free for children 3 and under)

July 28-31: WaunaFest | See website for schedule of events.

July 29-31: German Fest:  Summerfest Grounds, Milwaukee | See website for schedule of events.

July 30: Bubblewonders: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | “Anything is possible” is the mantra Bubble-ologist, Geoff Akins, conveys through his wondrous, awe-inspiring show for kids. Combining incredible bubble wizardry with whimsical words of wisdom your little ones will take to heart, “Bubble Wonders” offers a terrific way to help cultivate the natural curiosity and enthusiasm that makes kids eager to learn and grow. Bring the whole family for a bubble-bursting good time – be sure to RSVP soon to reserve your spot!

July 30: Brady Street Festival:  11 am – midnight, Milwaukee | Brady Street will be rockin’ the night and day away with 4 stages packed with live entertainment, including some of our fav local bands.

July 30: Loop the Lake Bike Ride: 9 am – 2 pm at Olbrich | Loop the Lake is Clean Lakes Alliance’s annual bike ride around Lake Monona that highlights our community’€™s lakes and lakeshore bike paths. See website for full details and to register.

July 30-31: Atwood Fest | See website for schedule of events.

July 30-31: Greek Fest: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Madison | Annual church picnic, 3-8 pm on 7/30 and 11 am-6 pm, 7/31, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, with food, traditional music, church tours, kids’ activities, market. Free.

July 31: Harry Potter Day at the Duck Pond: 4:05-7 pm at the Warner Park Duck Pond | Support the Pinney Library Capital Campaign as the Mallards take on the newest members of Slytherin House, the Green Bay Bullfrogs! July 31st is Harry Potter’s birthday and the release of JK Rowling’s new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, picking up the wizard’s story 19 years after the final novel in the series. Along with wizarding-inspired activities, the Mallards will be outfitted in Hogwarts-themed jerseys and the new book will be available for sale. $5 from every ticket purchased will benefit Pinney Library. See website to purchase tickets.

Madison Momshine:

Madison Momshine was started by a Madison Moms Blog contributor and is a community of Madison area moms looking for a healthy balance in food, fitness, and life. Click link above for more information, or join the Madison Momshine private Facebook group here. There are various events and classes planned every month. Here is the list of May events-click on links for more information.

July 10: Momshine Summer Kick-Off: 3-5 pm at McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg | Bring the whole family out for a fun afternoon at the park! Meet some fellow Momshiners, enjoy the McKee Farms Dream Park (and/or splash pad!), and learn all about Momshine’s new Healthy Habits Club starting in August. This FREE event will include: Fun movement for kids (and parents!) with the Fit 2 Go Van, featuring hula hoops, jump ropes, sports equipment, the Imagination Playground (giant foam building blocks!), obstacle courses and more. (http://www.mscr.org/our-programs/youth-sports-fitness/fit2go). Outdoor yoga for kids and moms. Healthy snacks. We’ve reserved the Kids Crossing Shelter, which is right next to the dream park, for this event.

Ongoing Activities:

Fitchburg Flea Market – Every Sunday from 9-2 at McGaw Park (closed on 6/26, 7/3, 7/17 and 8/21). Vintage collectibles, antiques, bakery, repurposed items, produce, homemade crafts, and household treasures. Free admission. Vendor spots available for $15. Dogs welcome at the park.

A Wild Rumpus in the Park – 2-4 pm weekly on Tuesday (6/14-7/26) – Come play with us at the Haen Family Park [7702 Tree Lane] every Tuesday through the end of July. The library will provide special Anji Play equipment to inspire your children’s imagination. In Anji Play, children enjoy self-determination in play. They choose what, where, with whom and even whether to play. Wear messy clothes, bring a water bottle and leave your inhibitions at home! This event is in partnership with Anji Play, the Madison Parks Division, and the Madison Children’s Museum.

Sassy Cow Creamery Tours – Fridays from 2-4 pm. Join us for FREE farm tours and learn about how we care for our cows. Just show up at our creamery!

Eugster’s Summer Petting Farm – Open daily 10am-5pm June 10th-September 16th. $5.50 per person (Age 1 & Under Free). Admission includes Eugster’s 15-acre Petting Farm and optional animal feeding.

Summer Concert Series – Tuesdays at 7pm at Olbrich Botanical Gardens – Enjoy the summer evening with a concert on the Great Lawn of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens. A wide variety of music is highlighted, including jazz, folk, honky-tonk, and much more. Olbrich’s Summer concerts are Tuesdays, June 21 – July 26 at 7 p.m. with special performances August 2 and August 9. A $2 admission donation is suggested.

Science Thursdays – 6-7 pm at Wingra Boat House. Free family-oriented workshop for all ages. Presented by area teachers and sponsored by the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Association. See linked PDF for full dates/details.

Burgers and Bluegrass – 4-8 pm on Thursdays at Whole Foods Market – Our summer series of grilling out and listening to fantastic tunes kicks off with music from SpareTime Bluegrass Band. They will be playing from 5-7pm, and we will be grilling out from 4-8pm. Join us for burgers, brats, and more! Every Thursday night thru August.

Friday Fun Days at the Monona Community Pool – Transform a normal Friday into a Fun Friday! Almost every Friday form 12:30 – 3:30 pm, our wacky staff will plan a variety of water games and other activities for children of all ages. Patrons can also bring their own floatation devices to enjoy some Friday fun! Pool Pass or daily admission is required for entry.

Art Cart – The Art Cart is a free, traveling art program that provides creative, outdoor art-making experiences to children ages 3+ and their families. Activities include both group and individual projects, with a variety of materials. See website for schedule and map.

Concerts on the Rooftop – Monona Terrace: Thursdays from 7-9 pm. A truly unique Madison experience!  Enjoy spectacular local bands accompanied by the best views in the city!  Concerts on the Rooftop offer a wonderful opportunity for networking after work, or kicking back with friends and family.

Moonlight Movie – Madison Parks: See website to details.

Concerts on the Square – Capitol Square: See website for details.

Family Fun Nights – Goodman South Madison Library. See website for details.

Family Adventure Day – Sun Prairie Library. Do you love hands-on activities? Then come to Family Adventure Days! Geared for Kindergarten through 5th Grade; All ages are welcome! Children under the age of 8 must be directly supervised by their adult at all times. Participate anytime from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Program ends at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays: June 29, July 13, and July 27; Fridays: June 24, July 8, and July 22

Movies on the Water – The Edgewater: Join us every Tuesday at sunset for Movies on the Water at The Plaza for Madison’s best views, a featured film and an ice-cold beer from Lakefront Brewery. See website for dates and movies.

Summertime Fun Events –  Wisconsin Historical Society: See website for schedule.

UW-Arboretum Family Walks – See website for dates and details.

Summer Concert Series – Winnequuah Park, Monona: Join the Friends of the Monona Senior Center, Inc. for a free evening of music! Bring your family, friends, picnic basket, blanket, and lawn chairs. Come relax and enjoy this wonderful community music series with us.

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].

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program – Introduce your toddler or pre-school aged child to a safe and wonderful natural world. This program is specifically designed for children ages 2-5. Each week, we’ll explore a different seasonal topic through hikes, outdoor exploration, music, puppetry, songs, stories and more. Each session will include a snack. An adult must accompany all children to the program. $9/child. See website for registration.

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!

Monday Night Music With David Landau – 5:30-6:15 pm at The Harmony Bar and Grill –  Fun for kids ages 2-8. Cover is $3.

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!

Morning Play Date -10-11 am at DreamBank. See website for list of dates. –  Enjoy a morning of meeting new friends and dreaming new dreams at DreamBank. While kids enjoy interactive story time and crafts, grown-ups can explore our new exhibits 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!

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.

Stories, Fingerplays and More – Barnes & Noble West Towne – 10:30 am-11:15 am weekly on Tuesdays. Join in as our Barnes & Noble staff members share stories and songs with children, ages 2 to 6, and their families. Free.

Stories, Songs and More – Barnes & Noble West Towne – 10:30 am-11:15 am weekly on Thursdays. Join in as Barnes & Noble staff members share stories and songs with children, ages 2 to 6, and their families. 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!

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