A Madison Mom’s Guide to June 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 June’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!May 10-June 5: The Lion King: Times vary a  the Overture Center | More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Madison’s best-loved musical returns to Overture Center. See website for times and tickets.

June 1: 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.

June 2: 3rd Annual South Madison International Community Night: 5-8 pm at Villager Mall, Park Street | This is an annual, family-friendly, internationally-focused community event that will showcase four performances, community-sponsored activity tables, and a variety of information booths. Madison’s “Let’s Eat Out,” coalition of independently-owned food carts, will provide a number of international food options.

June 2-5: Verona Hometown Days | See website for schedule of events.

June 3-5: Festa Italia: McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg | See website for a schedule of events.

June 4: Summer Reading Triathlon Opening Ceremony: 11 am at Barnes & Noble West Towne and East Towne | From May 17 to September 6, kids in grades 1 through 6 can earn a free book at their local Barnes & Noble! Join us for the Summer Reading Triathlon Opening Ceremony on June 4 at 11:00AM. Kids can get their journals for a free book, enjoy fun activities and cast a ballot for their favorite book hero and place to win a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal.

June 4: Cabin Cooking: Cheese Day: 12-2 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Get a taste of life nearly 200 years ago as we explore family life before Wisconsin was a state. Today you’ll get the chance to help us create (and eat) some homemade cheese!

June 4: Engineering for Kids: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Drop into DreamBank and cultivate your child’s innate curiosity about the way things work with fun activities provided by Engineering for Kids of Dane County — a creative organization seeking to encourage a new generation of engineers.

June 4: Cows on the Concourse: 8 am – 1 pm on the Capitol Square | Cows on the Concourse is a celebrated tradition that kicks off June Dairy Month in Dane County. At this free and family-friendly event, kids and adults can meet and greet cows and baby calves from local dairy farms.

June 4: Saturday Science: Farms in Wisconsin: 10 am – 12 pm at the Discovery Building | Explore the many forms of Wisconsin agriculture during this free family event! Ride the free shuttle to Cows on the Concourse, discover how dairy products are made, investigate urban farming techniques, learn about plants and animals, taste free samples of Babcock ice cream and more.

June 4: Grand Opening Celebration: 10 am – 12 pm at the Goodard School-Verona | Join us for fun activities, refreshments, meet our faculty and see our program in action.

June 4: Sawyer Crossen Memorial Triathlon: 8:30 am – 12 pm at Monona Pool and Winnequah Park | Kids tri ages 4-17 age appropriate distances. Fun morning for families and a great way to jumpstart summer. Music, face painting and more! See website to register.

June 4: Family Opera Day: The Magic Flute: The Overture Center’s Playhouse | Suitable for children 5-11. Join Opera for the Young for our 6th annual Family Opera Day featuring our production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. Come for preshow activities where your family can make props and learn the show’s choruses so you can sing along from your seats. Free. See website to schedule event times.

June 4: Dragon Art Fair: 9 am – 4 pm at Market Street-Deforest | The fun and quirky 12th Annual Dragon Art Fair includes 100 great artists, a silent auction, local food and family entertainment, including Nickey Fynn & Fa’s Street Magic. Free shuttle bus!

June 4: Estate Planning Workshop: 10 am – 12 pm at Horn & Johnsen | A simple, affordable and effective planning solution designed exclusively for Wisconsin parents of minor children. Attend this 2-hour workshop led either by estate planning attorney Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy or by estate planning attorney John Horn and you will leave with a complete, signed will- based Wisconsin estate plan.

June 8/22/29/July 6: Land’s End Summer Concert Series: 7 pm at Harris Park, Dodgeville | Mark your calendar for THE BEST local music series event! Lands’ End is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Lands’ End Summer Concert Series – with a few surprises! See event page for schedule and additional information.

June 9-12: Summer Frolic: Grundahl Park, Mt. Horeb | See website for schedule of events.

June 9-12: Darlington Canoe Festival |  The Darlington Canoe Festival, dubbed a community homecoming by most, offers a great opportunity for current Darlington residents, past Darlington residents, and visitors to gather and celebrate community, family, and friends in Darlington’s historic downtown business district along the banks of the Pecatonica River. See website for calendar of events.

June 10: Family Fun Night: 5:30-8:30 pm at Warner Park Community Recreation Center | Madison Parks and its partners are excited to bring Warner Family Fun Nights to the Warner Park Community Recreation Center. Join us for a fun-filled night of activities for all ages.

June 10: Good Day Market: 5-10 pm at Octopi Brewing, Waunakee | The Good Day Market is a night maker market popping up for one night only. Over 25 artisans, makers and independent designers from throughout the midwest will be selling handcrafted home and lifestyle goods. Free and open to all. See website for additional details.

June 10-12: Polkafest: New Glarus, WI | Free admission all weekend under the fest tent in historic downtown New Glarus and in New Glarus establishments, all within walking distance of each other.

June 11: Dairy Month Celebration: 11 am – 4 pm at Sassy Cow Creamery | Celebrate June Dairy Month with us at our creamery! Visit our cows, see our new barn, meet calves, enjoy ice cream plus much more. This event is FREE fun for all ages.

June 11: Oh, the Places You’ll Go Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble West Towne and East Towne | n celebration of life’s many milestones, join us for a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Activities to follow.

June 11: Safety Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm at DreamBank | DreamBank is proud to team up with the Madison Police and Fire Departments and The American Heart Association to share ways parents and kids can make safer decisions, prevent injuries and use life-saving devices such as seat belts, bike helmets and smoke alarms. Stop in for a free child ID, fun hands-on activities, giveaways and a free hands-only CPR lesson!

June 11: Dane County Breakfast on the Farm: 7-11:30 am at Hi-Way Holstein Ranch/Jason Ihm, Blue Mounds | Breakfast Menu: Cheesy scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, yogurt, cheese of many varieties, ice cream, milk & coffee.  In addition, samples of other dairy products will be offered in the Expo Area. See website for admission info.

June 11: SummerPalooza: Madison Children’s Museum | The summer season kicks into high gear with SummerPalooza! The fourth annual SummerPalooza festival features: Free museum admission all day, Free performances outside the museum, Block party on N. Hamilton Street with games and strolling entertainment.

June 11-12: Marquette Waterfront Festival:  Yahara Place Park | See website for schedule of events.

June 13: Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society-Free Family Concert: 11 am – 12 pm at the Overture Center Playhouse | We’ve broken down the barriers that separate audience and performer, making our concerts into riotously interactive events. Rather than leading audiences through a museum, we invite audiences to trespass into the creative and re-creative process right in the concert hall. We own up to our crimes, and we proudly proclaim that we are GUILTY AS CHARGED.

June 15/22/29: Lakeside Kids: 10-11 am at Monona Terrace |  Free and open to the public.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. See website for schedule of events.

June 16: Keeping Kids Safe Online: 10 am at PROMEGA BioPharmaceutical Technology Center | How do you keep your child safe online from predators? Junior League of Madison is hosting a free event June 16 called CyberWise to help parents learn how to do just that. The event, being led by former Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent Heather Ryan, will share what predators are looking for, what other dangers exist, and what parents can do to help their kids stay safe. See website to register.

June 16-18: Cottage Grove Festival | Celebrate the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department with carnival games, live music, and so much more! See website for schedule of events.

June 17-22: Isthmus Jazz Festival: All Day Friday and Saturday, 8PM Wednesday June 22 at the Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace | See website for additional details.

June 17-25: Mary Poppins: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center | See website for showtimes and ticket information.

June 18: 1st Annual Hangin’ with Heroes Family Event: 5 pm at Warner Park in the Mallards Stadium Backyard | Madison Moms Blog is beyond thrilled to announce our first ever Hangin’ with the Heroes event, an event celebrating the heroes in our lives from Superman to Superdad! See website for full details and to purchase tickets.

June 18: Kids in the Kitchen: 10-11 am at Hyvee Fitchburg | During this class, kids ages 4-9 years will have fun making a variety of variety of healthy snacks and treats, taste new foods, and put the food groups into practice. See website to register.

June 18: Cabin Cooking: Jam Day: 12-2 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Get a taste of life nearly 200 years ago as we explore pre-statehood Wisconsin. Today you’ll get the chance to help us create (and eat) some homemade jam!

June 18Mazomanie Fire Department Sesquicentennial Celebration: Mazomanie Fire Department | See website for event details.

June 18: Father’s Day Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble West Towne and East Towne | To honor dads, grandpas and caregivers, we will read two charming books, Dad School and Grandpa Loves You! Activities to follow.

June 18Vision at the Arboretum: Fly by Night: 9:30 am – 12 pm-Meet at UW-Arboretum Visitor Center | Join the McPherson Eye Research Institute and friends to learn how vision works for owls and bats in their nighttime environment. $8/adult and $5/age 12 & under. Preregister by emailing [email protected] of calling 608-265-4023; drop-ins are welcome.

June 18: Juneteenth: 12-6 pm at Penn Park | Juneteenth is the one event that is totally dedicated to the African American experience here in Madison and across the nation. See website for schedule of events.

June 18: Father’s Day Card and Crafts: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Bring the kids to DreamBank for a creative crafting session celebrating the man who is your family’s beloved hero, teacher, friend and so much more! We’ll provide all the supplies you need to make Dad know how much he means to the family!

June 19: Rock & Read: A Father’s Day Family Fundraiser: 3-6 pm at Capital Brewery | Join Madison Public Library Foundation for an afternoon of fun in the sun at the third annual Rock & Read. Tickets are a $5 suggested donation and go on sale May 9 at mplfoundation.org.

June 19: Breakfast on the Horse Farm: 9 am – 12 pm at Conzemius Horse Farm, Fitchburg | Bring Dad to breakfast, enjoy a fun filled morning at the farm! See the horses and other animals, enjoy fun activities for the kids, meet some celebrities, and still be home for your afternoon cookout! See website for ticket information.

June 23-26: Oregon Summer Fest: 245 Brook Street, Oregon, WI | See website for schedule of events.

June 25: Olympic Day: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Join us as we celebrate Olympic Day, an international effort to celebrate well-being, and inspire some gold medal-worthy dreams! Test your ice IQ by scoring hockey goals, try your hand at our curling station, and experience the thrill of a simulated ski hill jump. Be sure to sign the Olympic flag to cheer on your favorite athletes!

June 25: Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery Storytime: 11 am at Barnes & Noble West Towne and East Towne| From author-illustrator David Gordon comes a funny, whimsical take on believing in yourself and telling bullies who’s boss! Join us for a fun-filled Storytime!

June 25-26: Cedarburg Strawberry Festival | See website for schedule of events.

June 25-26: Midwest Log Rolling Championships | See website for schedule of events.

June 26: World Food Fest: 12-5 pm at Angell Park, Sun Prairie | Free admission, kid’s activities, cooking classes await you at the World Food Fest. This family-friendly event features flavors from around the World prepared by the area’s top Chefs.

June 26: Jewish Community Picnic: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm at  Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Jewish Community Campus in Verona | Celebrate summer with a morning of fun at the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Jewish Community Campus in Verona. Picnic games for all ages, bounce house, climbing wall, crafts, music, food and more. Stop by the registration table, fill out a card and get free admission to the Goodman Aquatic Center. Everyone who registers will be eligible to win a summer pass to the Goodman Aquatic Center!

June 28: “Multiple Streams of Income” Book Launch and Networking Event: 5:30-7:30 pm at Ganser Company | Join author, Jasmine Zapata, MD and other local entrepreneurs for an evening of education, empowerment and networking. Food, music, and door prizes available. Family friendly event. Free admission!

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

June 30: Allergy Friendly Mallards Baseball: 7:05 pm at Madison Mallards “Duck Pond” | The Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin Charter Community Connection Night at the “Duck Pond” with the Madison Mallards will be playing the Lakeshore Chinocks. Peanut free concession stand with ingredient listing available for the items sold. Special seating section the TDS Triple Play Club. Tickets are $29.00 /person and include all you can eat and drink (soda and water) and 3 draught  beers or three tickets for the kids games. $3 of every ticket will be donated to FAAW. Lap seats for children age 5 and under. Go to www.foodallergywis.org to order tickets and to view a flyer and for more information.

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.

June 2: Momshine Tries Canvas Club Boxing
June 23: Cooking Class: Make Ahead Meals

Ongoing Activities:

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

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.

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.

The Lunchtime Show with David Landau – 11:30 am on Mondays 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.

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.

Jammin’ With Jeremy – Barnes & Noble East Towne – 10:30 am on Thursdays. Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, songs and art projects with our fabulous storyteller, the one and only Jeremy!

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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