A Madison Moms’ Guide to June 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, berry picking & 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 1-3: Festa Italia: McKee Farms Park | See website for event details. 

June 1-3: Verona Hometown Days | See website for event details. 

Saturday, June 2Sprouting Chefs: Splash’n Summer Snacks: 10:30-11:45 am at Whole Foods Market | 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, June 2: Children’s Community Fest: 11 am – 2 pm at District #1 Old Schoolhouse, Mount Horeb | The event is free to attend and fun for all ages! Join us to celebrate the end of the school year and kick off summer. Enjoy live music & entertainment, food, a silent auction and spring plant sale and more!

Saturday, June 2: Cows on the Concourse: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Downtown Madison | Cows on the Concourse is an annual, family-friendly event located in the heart of Madison that focuses on the important role the dairy industry has in maintaining healthy lifestyles, strong bones and the Wisconsin economy. See website for event details.

Saturday, June 2: Parks & Trails Unite Festival: 10 am – 7:00 pm at Lake Farm County Park and McDaniel Park | Dane County Parks is teaming up with United Madison to host a one of a kind Parks & Trails Unite Festival. This FREE community event will encourage unity, give us the opportunity to lift each other up to better understand and learn from one another, and celebrate our amazing parks and trails and the community connections that they provide. The Festival will take place in BOTH Lake Farm County Park and McDaniel Park, and includes the new Lower Yahara River Trail and a mile-long boardwalk bridge that connects the two parks and provides an off-road trail connection between Madison and McFarland that didn’t previously exist.

Saturday, June 2Kids’ Boxing with Canvas Club Boxing: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | Come glove up at DreamBank! Coaches Jesse and Melissa of Canvas Club will be teaching jabs, hooks, and uppercuts in a series of stations, along with leading boxing classes. Not only is boxing a great workout for the mind and body, it also helps kids increase focus, reduce stress, and build self-confidence! Please note, no contact is involved. Free

Saturday, June 2: Dragon Art Fair: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Market Street, DeForest | The Fair will feature 100 fantastic artists, great food, a dance exhibition and music by “The Artesians.” A Silent Auction benefiting arts scholarships will be held from 9-2 PM. Free

Saturday, June 2: Kids DIY: Classic Car: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Home Depot West & East | Share the nostalgic pastime of car modeling with your child in our classic car hands-on workshop. Together you can build a vintage General Motors-style wooden car to put on display or take for a ride “with no particular place to go. Once your vehicle is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. Recommended Ages: 5-12. 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.

Saturday, June 2: Saturday Science: Sounds of the City: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the UW Discovery Building | From animals to bridges, parties, sirens, music, boats and laughter, explore the city and all the sounds it makes! Why does the train clickety clack? Do you know why stoplights buzz? How many teeth does a tree grinder have? Can you hear insects walk on a sidewalk? This event is free and open to the public. It features interactive exploration stations for kids and families.

Saturday, June 2: Family Opera Day: Overture Center Playhouse | Join Opera for the Young (OFTY) for their 8th annual Family Opera Day featuring OFTY’s original adaptation of Dvorák’s Rusalka. Come for preshow workshops and enjoy opera-related activities including art, yoga and singing. See website for full schedule. 

Saturday, June 2: Fruit Fest: 2-9 pm at Plan B | LGBTQI block party for all ages/lifestyles. Plan B parking lot and 900 block of Williamson street, with music, food, vendors. Free admission.

June 2-3: Free Outdoor Fun Weekend | On June 2 and 3, Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish for free, hike or bike state trails for free, enjoy free admission to state parks and forests and ride public ATV trails for free. See website for event details. 

Sunday, June 3: Ride the Drive: Madison Parks | Join us for activities, food, fun and entertainment on Sunday, June 3 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for Madison’s 10th Annual Ride the Drive! Ride the Drive is more than just closing roads to traffic. At this year’s Ride the Drive, stroll, roll, pedal or glide your way to three downtown area parks—join us at Brittingham Park, Olin Park and Law Park! Select the park name for a complete listing of activities, food, fun and entertainment at each park!

Tuesdays, June 5/12/19Rich Baumann: 5:30-6:30 pm at Olbrich Park | Free kid music at the Biergarten. 

Wednesday, June 6: Free Family Night & Exhibit Opening: 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. This month we’ll be celebrating the opening of a brand new exhibit—more details coming soon!

June 7-10: Summer Frolic: Grundahl Park, Mount Horeb | See website for event details. 

Friday, June 8: Ice Cream Boat Float: 4-6 pm at Wingra Boats | Looking for a fun family outing or unique date? Don’t miss Wingra’s FIRST Ice Cream Boat Float of the summer! ( And it’s on the last day of school!) This event takes making a sundae to a whole new level; don’t miss it! 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.

Saturday, June 9: Goodman Youth Farm Volunteer Day: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm  at Troy Gardens | 9:00am-12:00pm, 5017 Sudbury Way: Volunteers of all ages gather to weed, plant, compost, and learn about organic gardening. Join us for one Saturday, or all of them! Group are welcome to sign up together.

Saturday, June 9Kids Jazz Exploration & Magical Concert: 10 am at the Madison Children’s Museum | A jazz trio concert for kids will be performed by John Becker, Laurie Lang and Chris Wagoner. Laced with short stories about jazz history, funny introductions to songs and instruments with some musical magic tricks. The show will include songs like “Over the Rainbow,” “What a Wonderful World” and “My Favorite Things,” and will encourage kids to sing along, while featuring several students from various jazz school residencies. This event is part of Madison Children’s Museum’s annual SummerPalooza.

Saturday, June 9: Family Safety Day: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm in Downtown Madison| Safety Saturday is an event that educates parents, children, and the public on ways to make safe decisions, prevent injuries, and to encourage the use of safety devices such as seat belts, bike helmets, and smoke alarms. Using the remarkable State Capitol Square and Dane County Farmers’ Market as a setting, thousands of community members attended the Safety Saturday event each year. Through interactive displays, games, activities, and demonstrations, the event seeks to teach kids to make safe decisions, so injuries are less likely to occur, and to help them deal with emergencies when they do occur.

Saturday, June 9Art+Lake+Green+Bike: 11 am – 2 pm at Alumni Park | Kick off summer with a campus open house of interactive programs on the UW-Madison’s East Campus Mall and along the Lakeshore Path during Wisconsin Bike Week. (All activities are free and drop-in except where indicated.) Visit Alumni Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to experience the scents and tastes of summer. Enliven your senses with lavender demonstrations by Rebecca Powell ’78, the owner of Devil’s Lake Lavender Farm; nitro infusion demonstrations using locally grown herbs with artisanal chef and restaurateur Jonny Hunter ‘05, MPA’11; an all-ages Badger Pride Wall make-and-take art activity; a visit with a beekeeper; and free lemonade.

Saturday, June 9: Taste of the Arts Fair: Sheehan Park, Sun Prairie |  Bring your appetite for specialty foods, crafts, garden art/crafts, and fine art! Vendors vary greatly and include quilts, woodworks, florals, jewelry, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, ceramics and much more. See website for full details. 

Saturday, June 9: Safety Saturday: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | Support your family’s dreams at DreamBank! We’re proud to team up with the Madison Police and Fire Departments to share exciting 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, and fun giveaways! Free

Saturday, June 9: SummerPalooza: Madison Children’s Musuem/Downtown Madison | Free museum admission and events. See website for details. 

Saturday, June 9: The Flavor of Wisconsin: 10:30 at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | Discover the taste of Wisconsin! The state’s land and its people are really what makes Wisconsin’s food unique. Some flavors are familiar; some are not. But every food has its own story that tells you where it comes from and about the people who brought that food tradition to Wisconsin. Authors Terese Allen and Bobbie Malone will talk about some of the food that makes Wisconsin, Wisconsin. After their demonstration, you’ll have a chance to be the cooks when they teach you how to make butter and Hmong larb! Suggested donation of $2/child .

Saturday, June 9: Dane County Breakfast on the Farm: 7-11:30 am 5116 Pheasant Branch Road, Waunakee | Event Admission Includes parking, breakfast, and all entertainment and activities. Ages 0 – 2 = Free. Ages 3 – 11 = $4.00. Ages 12 and up = $8.00. Breakfast Menu: Cheesy scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, yogurt, cheese, custard, milk & coffee. Additional samples of other dairy products will be offered in the Expo Area.

June 9-10Marquette Waterfront Festival: Yahara Park Place | See website for event details. 

Monday, June 11Black Earth Children’s Museum First Anniversary Party: 4-7 pm | This event will be a celebration of a successful first year, and a fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the museum (allowing for exhibit expansion, programming, and more) and will be poured back into the local community we love so much. Tickets are $10 Person (ages 1+) Pre-Event and $15 Person at the Door. Please note our space is limited, so if you want to attend you will need to make sure to purchase ahead of time!Tickets Include Entry to the Event, Admission to the Entertainment Tent, Exhibit Fun, and More!

June 14-17Cottage Grove Firemen’s Festival | See website for event details. 

June 15-16: Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival: Green County Fairgrounds | See website for event details. 

Friday, June 15Family Class: Fireflies in the Gardens: 6:30-8:00 pm at Olbrich Botanical Gardens | Have you ever watched fireflies and wondered how and why they create their own light? Joins us as we learn all about fireflies and explore what it is like to be a firefly on Olbrich’s Great Lawn. Class includes hands-on science explorations, a scavenger hunt, and a take home activity. Ages 5-11, with an adult.

Saturday, June 16Father’s Day Cards and Crafts: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | What do you love most about Dad? 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! Free

June 16 & 17: Free Incredibles 2 Party: 10 am – 12:00 pm at Point Cinema | Join us on June 16 & 17 from 10 a.m. to noon for a FREE Incredibles 2 Party to celebrate the opening of the new film! Stay for the movie! Rated PG. Movie admission sold separately. 

Sunday, June 17: Rock & Read: 3-6 pm at Capital Brewery | Madison Public Library Foundation’s fifth annual Rock & Read fundraiser is an opportunity for families who are committed to our libraries to come together for a fun Father’s Day afternoon to celebrate and support Madison Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. This family-friendly fundraiser will include music by DJ Rob Dz and Golpe Tierra, a bicycle bookmobile, a photo booth and kids’ activities. The Roman Candle pizza, Schoep’s ice cream, soda and Capital beer will be for sale for all to enjoy. Suggested Admission: Adults $7, Kids $4. See website to purchase tickets. 

Tuesday, June 19: Amazing Sprouts Garden Adventures: Seeds and Me: 9:30 -11:00 am at Allen Centennial Gardens | Seeds come in all shapes and sizes and are how almost all plants begin. Participants in this program will explore the diversity of seeds and plant your own seeds to take home. The Amazing Sprouts is a program for 4-5 year olds and their adult 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. Amazing Sprouts is an adult/child program for 4-5 year olds. Due to the nature and content of this program siblings are not encouraged to attend. Because of campus liability policy, minors cannot be unattended in the Garden. FREE | Registration required, space is very limited.

Thursday, June 21: Strawberry Fest: 3-6 pm at Agora Pavillion, Fitchburg |  Loads of Strawberries * Culver’s Sundaes from the Fitchburg Lions Club * Live Music of Bi Dana (Celtic), Lots of Strawberry themed offerings from vendors. 

June 21-24: Oregon SummerFest | See website for event details. 

June 22-24: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Verona Area Community Theater | The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. See website for schedule. 

Saturday, June 23: Bubble Wonders: 9:30 am – 12:00 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! Free

Saturday, June 23: Shake the Lake: 5-11 pm | See website for event details. 

June 23-24: Cedarburg Strawberry Festival | See website for event details. 

Tuesday, June 26: Amazing Sprouts Garden Adventures: Lovely Leaves : 9:30- 11:00 am at Allen Centennial Gardens | Learn all about the unbe-leaf-able power of leaves. Participants will explore the diversity of leaves and make their own leaf art to make home. The Amazing Sprouts is a program for 4-5 year olds and their adult 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. Amazing Sprouts is an adult/child program for 4-5 year olds. Due to the nature and content of this program siblings are not encouraged to attend. Because of campus liability policy, minors cannot be unattended in the Garden. FREE | Registration required, space is very limited.

Thursday, June 28Art Class with Wall Whimsy: Sea Turtle Painting: 2-3:15 pm at the Black Earth Children’s Museum | Join us for an art class for 5-10 year old’s! As June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, we are keeping with the theme and painting sea turtles! The little artists will get a canvas to take home with them! Cost includes professional instructor time, supplies, the take-home canvas and includes admission for the registered child AND 1 adult to the museum for pre or post-class exploration time.

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

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.


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.

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 – Join To the Moon! Yoga for Kids of Madion for one of our upcoming 6 week Family Yoga sessions! Come sing, dance, stretch, breath, relax and have a BLAST all while teaching little ones how to be strong, healthy, kind and peaceful. You and your child will shake, rattle and FLOW with engaging yoga songs, games that help teach balance and mindfulness and act out original theme based yoga stories. No prior experience necessary and great for all kiddos ages 2-11. Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot or with any questions! 
6 week session at Paik’s Martial Arts Center
4120 Monona Drive
Madison, 53716
Wednesday’s at 10:00am starting April 25th (can join any time)
Drop ins welcome!!!!
$5 per person 

6 week session at SuperCharge! Foods
1092 East Washington
Madison, 53704
Sundays at 10:00am starting May 6th (no class May 27th for Memorial Day)
Drop ins welcome!!!
$5 per person

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

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
Open Play/Jump
Open Swim

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