A Madison Moms’ Guide to March 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!

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.

Friday, March 2Seussical: West High School | Musical, 7 pm, 3/2-3 & 9-10, West High School. $10.

Saturday, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Kids in the Rotunda: 9:30 am, 11 am & 1 pm at the Overture Center | From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertain your whole family. Enjoy a diverse lineup of local, regional and national performers selected exclusively for children ages nine and younger and their families. Free for kids and families. See website for schedule and performers. 

Saturday, March 3: Kid Disco: 11 am – 2 pm at Great Dane -Hilldale | The Great Dane Hilldale is bringing disco back and making it cooler than ever. Kid Disco is back for another year of fun and entertainment. Funny Faces Entertainment will be helping out to bring the kids all the fun they could ask for, from balloon sculptures to face painting they have it all. Don’t forget about the music. DJ Nick Nice will be setting the mood of the ’70s through his musical genius. The price of admission is $5 per person, but includes two snacks and a drink for the kids. There will be a maximum charge of $15 per family.

Saturday, March 3Tweens & Teens Culinary Class: Healthy Homemade: 10:30-11:45 am at Whole Foods Market | Explore healthy food and learn kitchen skills in this culinary class designed for tweens and teens (ages 11-18). This hands-on and interactive class is a perfect chance to learn some more advanced kitchen skills and express creativity through food. We will prepare a delicious menu from scratch including homemade pasta, homemade jam and homemade sushi! $20

Saturday, March 3: Saturday Science-Science of Color: 10 am – 12 pm at the UW Discovery Building | Learn how light colors our world and is essential to science at this free event held on the first Saturday of every month! Discover how to use color to study stars, learn how colors are mixed to make new shades, explore how fluorescence is used in research, mix light to create your own colors and more. This event is being held in conjunction with the Color Symposium. This event is free and open to the public. It features interactive exploration stations for kids and families.

Saturday, March 3Clown ‘N Around: 10 am – 1 pm at Sun Prairie Nursery School | Looking for some good family fun? Come to Clown ‘N Around Saturday, March 3rd from 10am-1pm! This is a fundraiser for Sun Prairie Nursery School (located in the United Methodist Church). Admission starts at $5 per family and carnival game punch cards, pizza, and ice cream are available to purchase as well. There will also be Trinity Irish Dancers, Magician Ryan Martin, a face painter, balloon artist, silent auction and raffle. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 3: Dino Day: 10 am – 5 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Dig into Dinos on our third annual Dino Day. Join us for a day that is full of paleontological fun that is as big as a Titanosaur! Activities for sauropods and other bigger dinos (age 5 and up).

Saturday, March 3Kids’ Boxing with Canvas Club: 9:30 am – 12 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.

March 3-4: Madison Kids Expo: Alliant Energy Center | Get information and samples for everything kid-related – such as toys and games, sports and fitness, learning devices, safety products, health and nutrition, pediatricians, martial arts, dancing, day cares, schools, natural products, activity equipment, camps and much more for kids of all ages. There will also be tons of activities for the kids including inflatables, face painting, craft workshops, Touch-A-Truck, petting zoo, and more! See website for full details and for tickets. 

Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20: Chatty Chipmunk’s ToddlerTime: 9:30 am at the Monona Public Library 

Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20Ready to Read Raccoons Family Storytime: 10:15 am at the Monona Public Library

Wednesday, March 7: Free Family Night: 5-8 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | On the first open Wednesday night of each month, MCM invites our entire community to enjoy the museum for free. Free Family Night is a great time for first time visitors to enjoy the museum, and is a popular time for older children to return to visit their favorite exhibits.

Wednesday, March 7Craft & Cook: Color Fun: 3:45-5 pm at Whole Foods Market | Let your creativity soar! Join us on an adventure of crafting and cooking. We will be making berry chia bowls for snack and some beautiful chalk and water prints to bring home. Ages 6-11 – parents/ caregivers are free to watch OR leave & return (there is a café area in Whole Foods as well as a new Ancora Coffee across the street). $18

Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22: Ready to Read Raccoons Family Storytime: 9:30 am at the Monona Public Library

Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22: Chatty Chipmunk’s ToddlerTime: 10:15 at the Monona Public Library

Saturday, March 10: STEAM Saturday: 10:30 am at the Monona Public Library | Ages 5-9

Saturday, March 10Got Sports? With KEVA Sports: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | KEVA Sports Center is bringing the power and energy of the game downtown to DreamBank! Basketball, football target toss, soccer shootout, and ring toss – all right here and ready for action! Bring the whole family and get ready to get your game on.

March 10-24Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly: The Playhouse at Overture Center | Kids of all ages will love this rock ‘n’ roll romp in a big bug’s world. This delightful new musical celebrates diversity while also teaching about the fascinating world of bugs. Turns out a bug’s life isn’t all that much different from ours!

Wednesday, March 14: Family Storytime: 5:15 pm at the Monona Public Library

Wednesday, March 14Superhero Superfoods: Mini Sprouts (ages 2-6): 9:30-10:30 am at Festival Foods | We make healthy food fun in this culinary class designed for kids. This hands-on & interactive class will give children the confidence to try new foods. We will make a menu as wonderful as Wonder Woman and as super as Superman (Spiderman Strawberries, Superfood Granola Bars & Superhero Smoothies) & explore the super powers of superfoods plus read “Eating the Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert! Caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student tix). Includes recipes and coloring sheet to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $16

March 16-17: Free Sale Fundraiser: McFarland UCC church-Times vary | All items are FREE (nothing is priced) with encouraged monetary donation of choice from customers. 100% of proceeds will be given to customers’ choice of three non-profit organizations in the Madison area. PREEMIE-TEEN ITEMS! Clothes (Preemie-Teen/Junior), Toys, Books, Puzzles, Games, Kids’ Kitchen/Bedding/Bath, DVDs, Crafts, Shoes, Nursing Items, Diapering, Outerwear, Sports Equipment & Apparel, Maternity Clothes and MUCH MORE!

Saturday, March 17STEAM Powered Tweens: 1:00 pm at the Monona Public Library | For tweens (grades 5-8) come a different STEAM powered event on the third Saturday of each month. We will play with build a chain reaction with simple machines, explore how dots become fine art, and eat pie. Plus, you can tell your parents it is educational!

Saturday, March 17Fiesta Fun: Sprouting Chefs (ages 4-12): 10:30-11:30 at Whole Foods | Join us as we make healthy food fun and learn kitchen skills in this culinary class designed for kids. This hands-on and interactive class is a perfect chance for kids to express themselves and their creativity through food. We will prepare Kale Nachos, Vanilla-Berry Fruit Salsa w/ cinnamon chips and Banana Horchata Smoothies plus read the book “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmeiri! Includes recipes to take home. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (attends free with student). Designed for ages 4-12. $18

Saturday, March 17St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Wear your green and drop by DreamBank for a special St. Paddy’s Day celebration! We’ll have crafting and coloring for the kids, so just bring your creative spirit, fun-loving attitude, and luck of the Irish!

Saturday, March 17: Shamrock Shuffle: Downtown Madison | The Shamrock Shuffle is scheduled to run every year around St. Patrick’s Day, coordinating with The Madison St. Patrick’s Day Parade and other events celebrating this yearly ritual. Money from the race is donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and the Children’s Dyslexia Center. To date, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated by The Madison Shamrock Shuffle’s proceeds.

Saturday, March 17Slainte Irish Dancers: 10:30-11:15 at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with an Irish dance performance? Slainte Irish Dancers-UW Chapter will perform at the Museum starting at 10:30am. After the performance, kids and families will have the chance to learn a jig from the team!

Saturday, March 17: Easter Egg Hunt & Open Swim: 12:30-3:30 pm at SwimWest | Swim West will be hosting their annual Easter egg hunt and open swim on Saturday, March 17th at the Madison West location located at 1001 Deming Way. Open swim will run from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. The Easter egg hunt will start at 1:00pm with staggered start times for different age ranges: 1:00pm (ages 1-3), 1:10pm (ages 4 & 5), 1:20pm (ages 6+). The Easter Bunny will start visiting around 12:45pm. Please bring 2 or more new or gently used children’s books to donate to SwimWest’s Little Free Library. 

Sunday, March 18: Natural Family Expo: Monona Terrace | The 6th Annual Natural Family Expo will be Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Monona Terrace and features Fantastic Exhibitors, The Mini Crafty Fair, Birth & Baby Fair, All-Day Performances, and Kids’ Activities!

Wednesday, March 21: Madison Moms Blog – Meet Us At Hilldale | An Easter Playdate: 10-11:30 am at Hilldale Shopping Center | The Easter Bunny is coming to Hilldale! Join us for our monthly playdate with Madison Moms Blog for photos with the Easter Bunny, egg-cellent crafts, delicious treats, and more! While this event is free to attend, we ask that you register so that we can plan appropriately for crafts and snacks.

Wednesday, March 21Breakfast Bliss: Mini Sprouts (ages 2-6): 10-11 am at Festival Foods | Join us as we make food fun in this culinary class designed for toddlers and preschoolers. This hands-on and interactive class will give children the confidence to try new foods. We will prepare a menu perfect to start the day with; Very Berry Chia Jam, No-Bake Granola and Protein Parfaits plus read “Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast” by Josh Funk! 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 2-6. $16

Friday, March 23: CPR & First Aid Demonstration: 9 am – 12 pm at Swim West | SwimWest will be hosting a CPR and first aid demonstration during our weekly $5 Friday open swim on Friday, March 23rd at the Madison West location located at 1001 Deming Way. So come meet other moms, play in our warm water pool and take a half hour to focus on refreshing your CPR and first aid skills! Open swim will be from 9-12noon. We will be offering infant and child CPR and first aid demonstrations at 9, 10 and 11am. There are 50 spots available. Each adult will need to sign up for their time preference. It is first come, first serve. The cost for this event is $5. If you are interested in participating please go to Swimwest.com, find the event on our calendar, and click on the event to sign up. Any questions email [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you there! 

March 23-24: Just Between Free Sale: Alliant Energy Center | Come see what the excitement is all about! It’s organized like a retail store. Prices are 50% – 90% off retail. Items are all in good condition-Many new! GREEN living is our goal!

Saturday, March 24Storybook Magic with Children’s Theatre of Madison: 9:30 am  – 12 pm at DreamBank | Join Children’s Theater of Madison for Storybook Magic! In this engaging and interactive story time, children and their families will use imagination and creativity to bring the spring-themed story, Superworm, to life through drama-based activities. This action-packed book by Julie Donaldson revolves around the kidnap of a creative and heroic worm whose animal friends use teamwork to come to his rescue. Afterwards, students will make their very own Superworm to take home! This story is best suited for ages 4 and up.

Sunday, March 25UW Softball vs Rugters Kids’ Day: 11 am – 1 pm at Kellner Hall | Help the Badgers cap their first home series of the season when they host Rutgers on Sunday, March 25 at 11am for the first Sunday Kids Day, presented by Kohl’s, of the season. Kids, 12 and under, are eligible to enjoy a $5 Kids Combo, and receive a hot dog, fountain drink and chips for only $5 at the Goodman Diamond concession stand. Kids will also receive a free team schedule poster, and have the opportunity to run the bases and get an autograph from the Badgers after the game.

March 26 & 27: Creative Soul Camp: 11 am 3:30 pm at Middleton Community Church-United Church | A spring camp opportunity allowing kids (ages 6-12) to expand and explore their creativity. Campers will have fun practicing yoga and mindfulness with little om BIG OM, get messy and create in art class, practice and perform in theatre class with All About the Drama and make some healthy and delicious creations in culinary class with Yummy Sprout. 11am-3:30pm Monday March 26th & March 27th, 2018.

March 26-30: Spring Break Events: Monona Public Library | See website for details on events. 

March 26-30: Spring Break Camp: Henry Vilas Zoo | For campers in grades 1-6. We’ve made our spring break camp very flexible to fit your schedule. You get the best deal and the most exciting experiences if you sign up for all week, but you can also sign up for individual morning or afternoon sessions. See website for times and pricing. 

Thursday, March 29Yummy Sprout: Kids’ Workshop!: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at Revel | Stuck in Wisconsin over Spring Break? Join Yummy Sprout at Revel for a tropical getaway adventure and let your imagination shine. Get crafty and creative with food in this interactive workshop designed for kids ages 6-14. Attendees will whisk up some delicious recipes and make creative keepsakes. Students will make Hawaiian Pinwheels, Pineapple Salsa, and Aloha Smoothies on a creative culinary journey. They’ll also DIY some fun fridge magnets to take home! Parents are welcome to participate or observe (their participation is included in the price of the child’s ticket). Revel’s bar will be open for those who wish to enjoy an adult beverage while supervising. $30

Friday, March 30Artistic Foodie Camp (ages 3-9): 10-11:30 am at Whole Foods | Join us for a FUN camp during spring break perfect for ages 3-9. In this hands-on and interactive camp we will make splatter paint donuts, rainbow guacamole and swirly smoothies! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipes and coloring sheets to take home. $20

Friday, March 30: Madison Ballet-Rise: Overture Center | Madison Ballet invites you to help close its season in grand style at the historic Capitol Theater, the company’s original Madison home. The evening will feature the work of some of the country’s most sought-after choreographers and a mixed bill of ballets that offers something for everyone. Madison Ballet’s ‘Rise’ takes dance to a new level as classical and contemporary styles blend seamlessly, creating a performance that is fresh and unexpected. 

Saturday, March 31Egg Hunt & Pictures with the Easter Bunny: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Word on the street is that the Easter Bunny is showing up a day early down at DreamBank! So stop on by and kick off your Easter weekend in our inspiring space! We’ll have an Easter egg hunt for the kids at 9:30 am, followed by some creative, Easter-friendly crafting and pictures with the Easter bunny from 10-12pm. Pictures will be on a first come, first served basis. It’s guaranteed to be a hoppin’ good time for the whole family!

Saturday, March 31: Easter Egg Hunt: 9:30 am at Droster Park | Join us at the Elvehjem Neighborhood Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 31, 2018. The event starts at 9:30 am at SHARP at Droster Park. Children of all ages and their parents/guardians are welcome. A separate area will be designated for children age 4 and under. Treats will be provided for all participants. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ongoing Music/Movies:

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

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

The Lunchtime Show with David Landau – 11:30 am – 12 pm at McFarland House Cafe | There is a cover charge of $5.00 per kid for this show. Adults, babies, and babysitters are free of charge.

Kids Dream Winter Film Series – January 26 – March 18 |Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10 a.m. as select Marcus Theatres. Admission only $3.00! Concessions Specials: $2.75 Popcorn and $2.75 Fountain Drinks. See website for participating theaters and for schedule. 

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

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


Museum Storytime – UW Madison Geology Museum – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 10:30 am. Museum storytime is geared toward preschool-aged children and each week features a book, museum specimens and a craft to take home. No reservations required, except for groups larger than 10. Free.

Barnes & Noble East Towne – Various themed storytimes. See website for schedule. 

Barnes & Noble West Towne – Various themed storytimes. See website for schedule.

Ongoing Playgroups & Parent Groups:

Morning Play Date at DreamBank – Enjoy a morning of meeting new friends at DreamBank. While the kids participate in interactive story time and crafts, grown-ups can explore our exhibit and enjoy a cup of coffee in our inspiring space. Free snacks, fun and learning abound, so bring your hungry bellies, listening ears and colorful imaginations! 10-11 am.

Sun Prairie Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Monday from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 395 E. Linnerud Dr., Sun Prairie. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Janesville Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Thursday from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 4445 Woodgate Dr., Janesville. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Middleton Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Thursday from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 701 Deming Way, Middleton. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Verona Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Thursdays from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 305 S. Main St., Verona. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Fitchburg Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Fridays from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 2927 S. Fish Hatchery Rd., Fitchburg. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Waunakee Birth-to-Three Play Group – Weekly on Wednesday from 9-10 am at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, 101 E. Main St., Waunakee. Our drop-in play group allows children to build social skills and enjoy a new environment! Our play group is led by a skilled therapist and is available to answer general development-related questions.

Hike It Baby – Hike It Baby wants to inspire your family to get outside and explore! Hike It Baby is a volunteer run parents group that hosts trail hikes, park & plays, urban strolls, toddler trail wanders and more. See the website or Facebook page for more information. 

Saturday Playgroup at University Houses Preschool – Come along to play, chat and sing with your little ones. Bring a snack and talk to other families while the kids enjoy the toys and dramatic play area.
Saturdays, 10:30- Noon, Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, March 10, April 14, and May 12
6033 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719. Bring your friends! Everyone is welcome at this free, fun event.

Little Learners – What? Educational play-dates with your little ones. Sessions include story time, music, art, sensory bins, and a snack. Who? Children ages 0 – 5 with their parents or caregivers. When? 10am – 11am on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Where? Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Community Room. Cost? $5 per family/session. Payment can be made when you register or on the day of the session

Lodi Moms’ Group Meet-up – We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:00/11:30 at Lake Wisconsin E Free Church in Lodi. There is childcare for pre-school children for the first half while we meet together for a time of connection and study. Then we all go upstairs to play together in the big multi-purpose room. In the summer we have been meeting in parks to play. 

Babywearing Meetings – Come join us to learn about babywearing, connect with other caregivers, and bond with your little ones. Bring your own carriers, or learn with ours. Our meetings are always FREE and open to the public! BWI-Madison Meetings are really helpful for learning about safety and new techniques, trying on a wide variety of carriers, and getting personalized guidance from accredited Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs). Plus, you’ll meet some really nice people, and the meetings are super kid-friendly! Become a member and check out a different carrier each month from our lending library of over 150 carriers!

Mother Baby Hour – Located at the Meriter Business Center-See website for various days/times. Mother Baby Hour is a time for moms and their babies to get together to ask questions, express concerns, learn about resources and share stories. A Registered Nurse/Community Educator facilitates the groups and offers a weekly topic. Join us as early as the first week after your baby is born!

Other Ongoing Activities/Events:

Public Skate – Verona Ice Arena. These are open to the public…No reservation required. General Admission Cost: $5. Youth (K-12) & 50+: $3. Pre-K: $0. Skate Rental: $3 (Limited Availability) No stick or puck. Toddler Skating Aids: Free (Limited Availability).

little Om Big Om – Yoga for kids and families. 

Ice Skating at the Edgewater – Skating arm-in-arm in the crisp air on a rink overlooking Lake Mendota, while the Capitol dome lights the sky in the other direction, life doesn’t get much better than that! See website for schedule and pricing.

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

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. 

Mini Racer Club – Wednesdays from 10:15-11:15 am at Tracks Hobbies. This drop-in program is for our youngest of racers (ages 4-5). Weekly agenda includes a race-themed story, running cars on the Tamiya Track and a simple race-themed craft. How do you get started in the club? – Option 1: You may purchase a Tamiya Mini-4WD kit for  adult assembly prior to the first club session. Bring your completed car along to your session. – Option 2: You may purchase a pre-assembled Tamiya Mini-4WD at your first club session. During the session, you decorate the car and run it on the track. TAMIYA CAR KIT FEE: $15-$35, depending on model and assembly status chosen.

Open Art Studio – 12:30-2:30 Monthly on the First Wednesday at The Seventeenth Radish. Come and join us the first Wednesday of every month at either our Verona or Waunakee location. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy art without limits. A variety of art materials will be available to use to create works based on the weekly book. This kid-only drop off event is hosted the first Wednesday every month. Advance registration is required as spaces are limited.

Afterschool Expeditions – Afterschool Expeditions is a free program for students in grades K-8 to explore, engage and discover science from UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research with structured hands-on activities. This program takes place during the fall and spring semesters. TO REGISTER: You pick your adventure! The registration page will have different activity options for each date. You may select only ONE rotation plan per date. This lets us know which two activities you will be participating in when you come.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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