A Madison Family’s Guide to July 2018

If you are looking for a guide to keep you and your family entertained, we have got you covered! We’ve started a monthly events guide to be sure you don’t miss a thing happening around the Madison area. Here are this month’s “need to know” activities.

The Mombassadors for our Neighborhood Groups organize monthly meet-ups, so be sure to join the Facebook group for your area!

Be sure to check out our Greater Madison Area Guide to Summer! Here you will find guides to local parks, splash pads, beaches, festivals, fireworks, & more!

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.

June 29-July 4: Whitewater Fourth of July Festival | See website for event details. 

June 30-July 4: Evansville Fourth of July: Leota Park, Evansville | See website for event details.

June 30-July 1: BrickUniverse: Monona Terrace | BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention is set the make its spectacular return to Madison, Wisconsin at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in downtown Madison for two days: June 30 – July 1, 2018. The event is building on LEGO’s amazing popularity and ingenuity with awesome attractions all centered around everybody’s favorite plastic building blocks. The 2018 convention will have all-new LEGO attractions and exhibits.

Sunday, July 1: Campfire Fun: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: 10:30-11:30 am at Whole Foods | Join us as we make food fun in this culinary class designed for kids. This hands-on and interactive class will give children the confidence to try new foods. We will make a menu perfect for any camping trip…Cheesy Chicken Dog Bites, Skillet S’mores and Terrific Trail Mix plus read “S is for S’mores” by Helen Foster James ! Parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipes and coloring sheet to take home. Designed for ages 2-8. $16

Monday, July 2: Downtown Wild Rumpus: 5:00-7:30 pm at Brittingham Park | Enjoy play-centered, child led activities in the park each week, based on the educational approach of Anji Play. The library will provide special play equipment to spark your children’s imagination. At the end of each event, kids will create a Play Story, drawing and/or writing about their play for that day. Wear messy clothes, bring a water bottle, (optional) bring a picnic dinner or purchase a meal from the “Let’s Eat Out” local food carts, and make an evening of it!​ 

July 3-4: Monona Community Festival: Winnequah Park | See website for event details. 

Wednesday, July 4: Old World Independence Day: 10 am – 5 pm at Old World Wisconsin | On July 4, celebrate the spirit of Independence Day through living history presentations and fun hands-on activities for the entire family at Old World Wisconsin.  

July 4-8: Stoughton Fair | See website for event details.

Friday, July 6: Friday Fun Days – Super Hero Day!: 12:30-3:30 pm 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.

July 6-7: Sauk Prairie’s Fire on the River | See website for event details.

July 6-8: Catfish River Music Festival: Rotary Park, Stoughton  | The fifth annual Catfish River Music Festival is scheduled for July 6th – 8th in Rotary Park just outside the historic Stoughton Opera House located at 381 E Main St, Stoughton, WI 53589. The festival features free live music, yummy food and beverage vendors, and fun for the whole family. See website for full event details.

Saturday, July 7: Saturday Science: 10 am – 12 pm at the UW Discovery Building | How are science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) part of your everyday life? Investigate the world around you, discover why soap bubbles, explore how sunscreen works, learn about acids and bases and more! This drop-in event is free and open to the public. It features interactive exploration stations for kids and families.

Saturday, July 7FAMILY EVENT: Inspire Your Heart with Art with Happy Bambino: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | Get your family’s creativity on! Join Happy Bambino staff and create paper stained glass windows to catch the light and imaginations of your little ones. We’ll have the supplies, you just bring your ideas!

Saturday, July 7Fitchburg Festival of Speed | The Fitchburg Festival of Speed is an all-day festival taking place at the beautiful Agora complex. This first-time event should top your list of “Can’t-Miss” summer activities, whether you join as a spectator or participant.

Saturday, July 7: Story Saturday: “The Little Red Fort”: 11 am – 12 pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | Ruby’s mind is always full of ideas. One day, she finds some old boards and decides to build something. She invites her brothers to help, but they just laugh and tell her she doesn’t know how to build. “Then I’ll learn,” she says. And she does! When she creates a dazzling fort that they all want to play in, it is Ruby who has the last laugh. 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. Programs are free and geared toward ages 3-10. All youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, July 7: Fishing Game DIY: 9 am – 12 pm at Home Depot | Reel in the summer fun in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a fishing game while tackling educational and developmental skills. Once your fishing game is built, you and your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. Recommended Ages: 5-12. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.

July 9-15: Sauk County Fair | See website for event details. 

Tuesday, July 10Mobile Preschool – Astronomy: 9-10:30 am at the All Saints Neighborhood | Join The Seventeenth Radish at All Saints Neighborhood for a unique new drop-in, science based program – mobile preschool! During Pop-Up Astronomy your child will explore outer space, learning about the-sun, moon, stars, planets, comets and more!. Key learning objectives include identifying planets, shape recognition through constellations and exploring different textures through sensory play of galaxy slime. Teachers will guide your child to approach these ideas through various play-based activities. These activities incorporate music, reading, math, sensory exploration, and art to introduce your child to this particular application of science. $15

Tuesday, July 10Little Sprouts Gardening: Vegetable Soup: 10-11 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens | Little Sprouts Gardening classes are gardening and literature-based early childhood classes designed to meet the multi-dimensional learning and developmental needs of children ages 2-5 years. Each class is designed for children to work side-by-side with their adult caregiver as they engage in hands-on, fun, age-appropriate experiences that support the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. Classes take place outdoors in the Children’s Kitchen Garden where participants water plants, plant seeds, dig in the soil, harvest fruits and vegetables, and explore the garden as part of the learning experience. Ages 2-5 years with an adult. Dress for the weather and activities.

Tuesday, July 10: Amazing Sprouts Garden Adventures: 9:30 am at Allen Centennial Gardens | Flowers are more than just pretty, they give us dye, food, medicine and help pollinators eat. In this program, participants will explore the Garden to discover different types of flowers and make a flower creation to take home. The Amazing Sprouts is a program for 4-5 year olds and their caregivers designed to expose children to the natural world through hands-on gardening activities. This program will run rain or shine (with the exception of severe weather), please come dressed for the weather (raincoats are recommended, no umbrellas for the kids please), be sure to apply sunscreen to your child, and bring a water bottle. Registration required, space is very limited.

Tuesday, July 10: Family Field Trip: 12:30 pm at Goodman Youth Farm| Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled afternoon in the garden! Harvest and cook a healthy snack, plant seedlings, explore the worm compost bins, create outdoor art, visit with our resident chickens or explore the tall grass prairie. Activities will vary by date. Join us for one (or all!) of these hands-on garden adventures! 

Wednesday, July 11: Free Family Night: 5-8 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | On the first open Wednesday night of each month (MCM closed on Wednesday, July 4th), 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, July 11: Meet Us on the Green: 10-11:30 am at Hilldale | Join Hilldale and Madison Moms Blog for our weekly summer playdates on The Green! Each week features a different theme and includes crafts, snacks, playtime and more. While these events are free, we ask that you register so that we can plan appropriately for snacks and crafts! Register here

Wednesday, July 11Eating the Rainbow: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: 10-11 am at Festival Foods | Join us as we make food fun in this culinary class designed for kids. This hands-on and interactive class will give children the confidence to try new foods. We will prepare a colorful and fun menu of Kale-a-mole, Rainbow Fruit Pizza and Unicorn Smoothies plus read “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipes and coloring sheet to take home. Designed for ages 2-8. $16

July 11-15: Jefferson County Fair | See website for event details. 

July 11-15: Lafayette County Fair | See website for event details. 

Thursday, July 12Summer Playdate at Greenway Station: 9-11 am at Greenway Station, Middleton | Madison Moms Blog has partnered for a Summer Playdate series with Greenway Station! These free events will take place during the Greenway Station Farmers Market from 9-11 am. Schedule of Events July 12th: Join Middleton Public Library for Middleton Public Library for games/activities, coloring sheets, library card sign up and book check out! 9 – 11 AM: Creative Soul Camp will be offering a variety of fun activities including a cooking demo featuring food from the Greenway Station Farmers Market!

July 12-15Fête de Marquette: McPike Park (formerly Central Park) | Located in the heart of Madison’s east Isthmus, Fete promises something for everyone: 20 performances on 3 stages, games and activities for families, 14 local restaurants, an eclectic array of arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of great beer and wine! This event is free admission! Best of all, proceeds benefit the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center’s programs and services.

July 13-15: Albertfest: St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Sun Prairie | See website for event details. 

Friday, July 13: Willy Street Chamber Players: 11 am – 1:00 pm at the Goodman Community Center | Join the award-winning Willy Street Chamber Players for “Community Connect–” a concert at the beautiful Goodman Community Center on Friday, July 13, at noon. Bring the whole family to this inclusive and informal event that will feature your favorite WCSP musicians performing exceptional and exciting classical works that span the continents and the centuries. Entry to Community Connect is free-of-charge thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. Bring the kids early for an instrument petting zoo at 11 am.

Saturday, July 14th: Space Day: 10 am – 4 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Join us today as we look to the skies for inspiration while celebrating scientific discovery, artistic expression and the spirit of adventure. All activities are FREE with museum admission while supplies last, and do not require advance registration.

Saturday, July 14: Splash’n Summer Snacks: Sprouting Chefs Culinary Class: 10:30-11:45 am at Whole Foods | Join us for a hands-on, interactive class that is a perfect chance for kids to express creativity through food. We will prepare Watermelon Pizza, Ranch Kale Chips, Fruity Fun Snow Cones & Frozen Banana Bites plus read the book “Blueberries For Sal” by Robert McCloskey! Parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student). Ages 5-12. $18

Saturday, July 14: West Fest Madison: 12:00-7:00 pm at Elver Park | Westfest at Elver Park is a fun-filled, intergenerational summer festival of family fun, food and lively entertainment highlighting the diversity of our neighborhoods, building community pride, with collaboration and support from partner agencies, organizations, businesses, homeowner and neighborhood associations. 

Saturday, July 14FAMILY EVENT: Family Fun with Funny Faces Entertainment: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | Bring the whole family downtown to get creative at DreamBank! Join Funny Faces Entertainment for a family fun edition of Art Fair on the Square. There will be face painting, balloon animals, and a fun summer craft for the kiddos!

Saturday, July 14: Goodman Youth Farm Volunteer Day: 9 am – 12 pm at Troy Gardens | Join us the second Saturday of each month from April through November from 9:00am to 12:00pm! We will weed, plant, compost, and learn about organic gardening. All of our projects will help get our farm ready for visiting students. We love volunteers who come in groups, in families, or on their own. We also welcome volunteers of all ages! (Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)

Sunday, July 15SPECIAL EVENT: Felt Camper with Heidi LeHew: 12-2 pm at DreamBank | Wrap up your artsy weekend with a splash of creativity! Join Heidi LeHew, DIY expert and owner of ReKindled for this inspiring crafting event. You’ll be making adorable felt campers — a simple and creative piece that adds a little fun to your decor! This drop-in style event will be first come, first serve while supplies last!

Tuesday, July 17: Concert in the Park-Sun Prairie Community Band: 5-8 pm at Westmore Park | Join us for some family fun and FREE entertainment from our local Community Band. Kid-friendly entertainment will begin as early as 5:00 pm and the The Band plays from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 18: Meet Us on the Green: 10-11:30 am at Hilldale | Join Hilldale and Madison Moms Blog for our weekly summer playdates on The Green! Each week features a different theme and includes crafts, snacks, playtime and more. While these events are free, we ask that you register so that we can plan appropriately for snacks and crafts! Register here

July 18-22: Fond du Lac County Fair | See website for event details. 

July 18-22: Green County Fair | See website for event details. 

July 18-22: Waukesha County Fair | See website for event details. 

Thursday, July 19: Kids Fest at the Fitchburg Farmers’ Market: 3-6 pm at Agora Park | Enjoy popcorn, snow cones, face painting, a visit from the Fitchburg Fire Department, balloons, live music and the usual Market finds!

July 19-22: Dane County Fair | See website for event details. 

Friday, July 20Flick & Float!: 7:00-10:30 pm at Monona Community Pool | Back by popular demand, the Monona Community Pool will host two separate Flick ‘n’ Floats at the 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.

Saturday, July 21SPECIAL EVENT: Taste of DreamBank: 10 am – 2 pm at DreamBank | Join us for the Taste of DreamBank! We’ll be inviting local food businesses including Greenbush Bakery, Metcalfe’s Market, Ugly Apple Food Cafe, Village Pizza, and Slide Food Cart for a “taste” of their organization. You’ll get the chance to experience what they’re all about, so bring your taste buds and let the sampling begin while supplies last!

Saturday, July 21: Bike for Boys & Girls Club: McKee Farms Park | See website for details and to register. 

Saturday, July 21: Big Top Parade: 11 am in Downtown Baraboo | Parade Day will take you back to the fabulous 50’s with themed floats, costumes, music, food and fun!

July 21-22: American Girl Benefit Sale | See website for ticket information. 

July 21-22: Janesville Warbird Weekend | See website for event details. 

July 23-29: Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh | EAA AirVenture is a family-friendly event as there is something for everyone! Apart from watching daily air shows, kids are invited to experience hands-on, educational and fun aviation-based demonstrations by participating in KidVenture. Highlights include booths where kids can learn basic building skills, Condor flight simulators and Kiddie Hawk flight trainers. Meanwhile, EAA AirVenture is fun for the whole family as there are a variety of flight opportunities available, a drone cage and more!

July 24-29: Rock County 4-H Fair | See website for event information. 

July 24-29: Washington County Fair |  See website for event information. 

Wednesday, July 25: Meet Us on the Green: 10-11:30 am at Hilldale | Join Hilldale and Madison Moms Blog for our weekly summer playdates on The Green! Each week features a different theme and includes crafts, snacks, playtime and more. While these events are free, we ask that you register so that we can plan appropriately for snacks and crafts! Register here

July 25-29: Columbia County Fair | See website for event information. 

Saturday, July 28FAMILY EVENT: Zoo to You: Who’s ready to spend a morning meeting new animal friends? Join the Henry Vilas Zoo at DreamBank for a little quality time with zoo animals in our inspiring space. Kids will learn about different animals while experiencing them first-hand!

July 28-29: AtwoodFest | AtwoodFest is an annual neighborhood music festival held on the last weekend in July on Atwood Avenue. The street is closed from Monty’s Blue Plate Diner to Tex Tubbs and two Music stages are located at each end with a KidsFest, MakerMarket, Community Art Project, and tons of food and craft vendors between. 

July 28-29: Midwest Fire Fest: Downtown Cambridge |  Midwest Fire Fest is a demonstration heavy celebration of all things created with fire, heat, and smoke including but not limited to clay, metal arts, welding, forging, hot glass, food, and performance. Other attractions for the weekend include, on site firing and hot reveal of a clay sculpture, Community Iron Pour, Fire Dancers, Saturday Night’s Fire Feast, and smoking hot music all weekend.


Farmers’ Markets:

Dane County Farmers’ Market 
Eastside Farmers’ Market
Capitol View Farmers’ Market
Union South Farmers’ Market
Northside Farmers’ Market
Southside Farmers’ Market
Hilldale Farmers’ Market
Monroe Street Farmers’ Market
Westside Community Market
Greenway Station Farmers’ Market
Downtown Middleton Farmers’ Market
Fitchburg Farmers’ Market


Ongoing Music/Movies:

Kids Dream Summer Film Series – Join us Sunday, Monday and Wednesday at 10AM, June 24 – August 29 to view your favorite family flicks for just $3.00 at select Marcus Theatres. See website for locations and schedule. 

Capitol City Band Concerts in the Park – Thursdays June 14 to August 30 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rennebohm Park.

Concerts on the Square – Wednesdays. See website for full details. 

Concerts at McKee – Be sure to mark your calendar for the third Monday of June, July and August for this lively party in the park!

Casey Day – 9-10 am most Saturdays at The Cargo Bike Shop, Willy St.  Join us at The Cargo Bike Shop for an hour of fun music, dancing and singing. Most Saturdays from 9am to 10am. Fun for all ages, whether it’s shaking your booty to Baby Beluga and other Casey Day favorites, or enjoying some Cafe Domestique coffee and a treat from Batch Bakehouse or Underground Food Collective.

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

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

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

Live Music in the Backyard – Wisconsin Brewing Company. Live outdoor music! Check website for specific bands. Kid-friendly! Grab your friends and head to Wisconsin’s Backyard for beer and live music! The brewery opens at 3pm and the band plays from 6:00-9:00pm. Miller and Sons brats and hot dogs will be sold with proceeds benefiting a local non-profit.


Storytimes:

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.

Story Saturday – Madison Historical Museum. 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.

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. 

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:

Summer Spin –  Chazen Museum of Art, June 7 – August 23. Grab the kiddos and join us every week as we bring the museum outdoors! Enjoy live music, cool and refreshing treats, outdoor films, adventures with art, and lots of surprises. Everyone is welcome.

Art Cart and Art Cart Extra – The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s popular, free outdoor art programs bring expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to art projects at parks, playgrounds, and beaches in Madison and Dane County during the summer. Both programs offer a variety of individual and group art activities planned for children ages three and above. All children should be accompanied by a supervising adult. Organized summer camps and other childcare programs must pre-register at 608-204-3021 to attend Madison Art Cart sites; families are invited to drop-in with no pre-registration necessary. Art Cart will begin in Madison on Thursday, June 14.

Drop-In Summer Ice Skating Lessons – 6/11/2018 – 8/20/2018 Weekly on Monday 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm at the McFarland Community Ice Center. $15

East Wild Rumpus – Weekly on Thursdays, 6/28-8/16, 5-7:30 pm. Enjoy play-centered, child led activities in the park each week, based on the educational approach of Anji Play. The library will provide special play equipment to spark your children’s imagination. At the end of each event, kids will create a Play Story, drawing and/or writing about their play for that day. Wear messy clothes, bring a water bottle, (optional) bring a picnic dinner or purchase a meal from the “Let’s Eat Out” local food carts, and make an evening of it!​ Please note, this program takes place at Reindahl Park (1818 Portage Rd).

Kids Create at the Top of State – Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., June 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018. Madison’s Central BID presents a children’s art and activity series to take place on Fridays from 10am-1pm in The Grove. The BID will partner with various local organizations to provide an afternoon of themed art and learning projects for children. This event will provide children and downtown families with an afternoon of fun and educational projects.This summer’s theme is Music and Movement. Free. 

Leopold Community Nights – Join the Fitchburg Public Library on Tuesday evenings for Leopold Community Nights at Aldo Leopold Park, 2906 Traceway Dr. Held from 5-7 pm, there will be activities for the whole family – food, sports, arts & crafts, BINGO & much more. All are welcome. Every week on Tuesday from June 19, 2018 – July 31, 2018.

Summer Expeditions – Summer Expeditions is a free program for students in grades K-8 to explore, engage and discover science at UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities. The program takes place on Wednesday afternoons during the summer from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and includes two 45-minute guided activities. Summer Expeditions runs from late June to early August.

Terrace Art Zone – Memorial Union. June 13-September 3. Join Wheelhouse Studios for art making/crafting this summer – all supplies provided! Enjoy FREE programs in The Art Zone: Wednesday evenings in June and July and our popular Terrace Paintacular is back on Labor Day!

Open Art Studio – Arts & Literature Laboratory. Open Art Studio welcomes youth ages 6-19 years old to explore their creativity through self-guided art-making and writing (using our supplies and library)! Registered students can participate in open art for free or by donation.

Lakeside Kids –  Wednesdays 10-11am • Ages 4 and Up. 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.

Science Thursday – Wingra Boats. Join us every Thursday from 6-7pm during the summer at Wingra Boats for a FREE science education program for kids.

Ice Cream Boat Float – Wingra Boats. For $3 a spoon ( in addition to rental) you can paddle around Lake Wingra to different stations to get your bowl, ice cream, toppings, whipped cream & cherry.

Family Field Trip – Goodman Youth Farm. Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled afternoon in the garden! Harvest and cook a healthy snack, plant seedlings, explore the worm compost bins, create outdoor art, visit with our resident chickens or explore the tall grass prairie. Activities will vary by date. Join us for one (or all!) of these hands-on garden adventures! Garden-themed activities for all ages, 12:30-2:30 pm: Kids’ garden, 6/22, 7/6 & 20, 8/3; Youth farm, 6/26, 7/10 7 24, 8/7. Free.

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

Breastmilk Donation – Got extra breastmilk? Swing by the Mother’s Milk Alliance every Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm to donate. Call 608 251 0776 for more details or check out our website at www.mothersmilkalliance.org.

little Om Big Om – Yoga for kids and families. 

To the Moon! Yoga for Kids 

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

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

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

KEVA Open Play – Youth Open Play at KEVA Sports Center. Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:30-1. Lots of indoor activities set up for toddlers.  Drop in fee accepted or free with a KEVA membership. Begins September 5th.

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

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

Car Seat Checks – The goal of the Safe Kids Injury Prevention Program is to help educate families on safety and injury prevention. A large component of our work is providing safety information and services to our Dane County communities. Car seat checks are available throughout the Madison area, see website for dates and locations. Appointments are required for car seat checks. You can make an appointment by calling (608) 890-8999 or e-mail [email protected].

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

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

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

Eastern Holistic Health For Families – 11:00am – 12:00pm third Saturdays at Tao Sangha Center. Fee: $8-10 per parent/child pair. Learn and practice how to make our energy and heart positive and strong through fun holistic practices including yoga, family shiatsu healing and Buddhist meditations. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. RSVP Tao Sangha Healing Center, 2330 Willard Ave, Madison. 608-257-4663 or [email protected] TaoSangha-na.com.

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


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

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

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