A Madison Moms’ Guide to May 2017

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 library calendars, 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.

May 1Summer in YOUR City: YOUR Storytime at Lisa Link Peace Park: 11 am – 1 pm at Elizabeth Link Peace Park | Part of the free summer event series, “Summer in YOUR City,” Madison’s Central BID, in partnership with Madison Reading Project, presents a story hour for children ages 1 and up at Lisa Link Peace Park on the first Monday of the month in May, June, July, and August. Featuring books selected and read by Madison Reading Project the event will also include book-centric crafts and snacks provided by BID district businesses. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket, or grab one of the Downtown Madison blankets, snuggle up and enjoy a story while enjoying your time outdoors.

May 2Healthy Snacks Storytime: 9:30-10:30 am at Whole Foods Market | Join other mini sprouts 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 some fun and healthy pasta recipes and read “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipe packet and coloring sheets to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $15

May 3: 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.

May 3: Darkness and Light: 6:30-7:30 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Ever wonder what it would be like to live and work at one of the coldest, most remote places on Earth? Christian Krueger and Mack van Rossem can tell you all about it. They are adjusting to life in more moderate conditions after thirteen months operating the biggest and strangest telescope in the world, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. See incredible pictures of their exciting and challenging adventure, and learn what it takes to capture the almost invisible neutrino, nicknamed the ghost particle.

May 4Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Cherry Berry Fun: 9:30-10:30 am at Whole Foods Market | Join other mini sprouts 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 some fun and healthy recipes using cherries and berries and read “Cherries and Cherry Pits” by Vera B. Williams! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipe packet and coloring sheets to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $15

May 6: Free Comic Book Day: Westfield Comics | The 16th Annual Worldwide Free Comic Book Day comes to Madison with Free Comic Books for All Ages at WESTFIELD COMICS! Both Westfield Comics locations in Madison are joining thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the biggest day in the comic book industry and comic art form on Saturday, May 6. On Free Comic Book Day, over 5.6 million comic books will be given away by participating stores worldwide, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books!

May 6: Family Gardening Day: 10 am – 1 pm at Allen Centennial Gardens | UW Family Gardening Day gives everyone a chance to see and explore some of the splendid facilities for teaching, research and outreach in the plant sciences as well as to tour the beautiful gardens on campus. Learn more about gardening at the Allen Centennial Garden and take home some plants of your own! Free and open to the public.

May 6: Mommy + Me Class: 11:30 am at barre3 | Join Kaitlynn on Saturday, May 6th at 11:30 AM for a donation based, 30 minute, Mommy (or Daddy!) + Me barre3 class. Bring your littles ages 2-14 for a fun time and some yummy snacks! Delicious, healthy treats are being provided by our own local Metcalfe’s Market. For this event we are partnering with Grey Spoon Photography to give your family a FREE photo session. All Mommy + Me attendees on May 6th will be entered to win a 30 minute family photo session with 10 digital images ($175 value). Donations will be accepted in lieu of class fee. All proceeds will benefit Every Mother Counts, promoting safe childbirth for women around the world. Moms and dads, reserve your spots today! Learn more about Every Mother Counts:

May 6El Día de los Niños: 10 am – 2 pm at the Goodman Community Center | The Latino Children and Families Council of Dane County is proud to sponsor El Día de los Niños Celebration (The Day of the Children Celebration). This event will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 10am to 2pm at the Goodman Community Center at 149 Waubesa Street. There will be food, information booths for families, children’s dances, games, activities for children, and once again this year we will be having a “parade of nations” featuring children displaying their cultural heritage. Live DJ party and hands-on science experiments and crafts. Key information on educational, and employment opportunities. This year we are looking forward to offer more resources and assistance to Latino parents.

May 6: Great Glasses Play Day: 10 am – 12 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Glasses rock! Join us to celebrate our children in glasses, or contacts, or patches. Enjoy crafts, story time, and activities for families in the Celebrations Room. Museum admission is free for children with prescription glasses or corrective eye patches from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The Great Glasses Play Day is a day to show how proud we are of our children in glasses, how thankful we are for better vision for our kids, but most of all, just to have fun and support one another.

May 6Saturday Science: Special Effects: 10 am at the Discovery Building | Explore the science of special effects during this free event held on the first Saturday of every month! See how to make fantastic things appear using today’s technology, make smoke and fog on demand, learn how superheroes “fly,” try your own sound effects, create your own movies and more. This event is free and open to the public. It features interactive exploration stations for kids and families.

May 6Story Saturday: The Flavor of Wisconsin: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | Discover Wisconsin’s past through its food! The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids introduces kids to the wide variety of food Wisconsin has to offer. This Story Saturday will focus on the food Wisconsinites are most known for: cheese! 

May 6: Free Water Safety Day: 1-4 pm at SwimWest-Deming Location | This will be our 20th year presenting our Water Safety Day to the Dane country community held at our 1001 Deming location. We will have water safety education stations, jump house, presentations from Infinity Martial Arts, Kindermusik, Fire Truck by the Middleton Fire Department, open swim from 2:30 – 4:00, obstacle course by Badger Gymnastics, and bike and helmet safety.  

May 6: Build a Flower Pot: 9 am – 12 pm at Home Depot | Join our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a flower pot to hold spring flowers to keep or give to Mom. Once the project is complete, your child can paint their project to personalize it. o All kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. o Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin

May 7: Piano on the Patio: 2-4 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Join students from Edgewood High School for an informal piano recital and hands-on activities on the Rooftop. Children will have a chance to meet older youth and see see them take the stage as performers, try out a piano, and learn about their service learning projects in the community.

May 7Wildflower Wander: 10:30 am – 12 pm at Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Bring your mother or another for this easy stroll to see some of Wisconsin’s spectacular spring wildflowers. All are invited to join us on this easy and enjoyable morning stroll. May is an excellent time to view both early and late spring flowers since their bloom times overlap and our woodland areas are simply spectacular! Learn about some of the ephemeral wildflowers found at ALNC as we celebrate spring! Moms, families, grandparents, plant lovers – and even dads – are invited to join
us on this easy and enjoyable morning. ALNC members: $6/person. Non-members: $10/person. Children 3 and under: Free.

May 7Chrysalis Moving for Mental Health 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk: 10: 30 am at John Wall Family Pavilion in Tenney Park | Chrysalis 6th Annual Moving for Mental Health 5K & 1 Mile RunWalk. Recognizing the Importance of Work and Physical Activity on Mental Health. 10:30 a.m. Registration, 11:00 a.m. Race Start. $30 registration, $10 youth registration (under 18). Beautiful Route. Free Parking On-site. Live Music. Complimentary Massages. Celebratory Snacks. Moving for Mental Health T-Shirts. *Special prizes for largest team and top fundraisers.

May 7Marquette-Atwood Neighborhood Art Walk: 11 am – 5 pm | An annual self-guided art walk through the wonderful Near East side Marquette and Atwood neighborhoods. Artists open up their homes and studios for this one day event to share their artistic talents and creative spaces with neighbors, friends, and art lovers. Free.

May 9Elsewhere and Inbetween: 1 pm & 7 pm at Edgewood College-Predolin Humanities Center, Anderson Auditorium |This show is free for all attendees! Mystical, Magical Fantasy is currently the most popular theme in children’s literature. Why is this so? What is it that draws children to these magical, mythical places and characters? In this year’s Theatre for Young Audiences production we will explore the World of Fantasy in today’s most popular Children’s Literature and create an exciting new play that reflects why this theme is such a favorite!

May 10Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Farmer’s Market Fun: 10-11 am at Happy Bambino | Join other mini sprouts 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 some fun and healthy recipes using ingredients found at the Farmer’s Market plus read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and “The Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipe packet and coloring sheets to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $15

May 11: Red SHOES: 5:30-7:00 pm at Hotel Red | Join Summit Credit Union for their Red SHOES event as guest speaker, entrepreneur and Chief Impact Catalyst Sarah Young of Zing Collaborative inspires you to create your Juicy, Joyful Life! Experience an interactive and nourishing evening that will inspire you to explore how to create more joy, ease and flow in your daily life. Leave with motivation to align your life with the things that ignite your spark. Delicious finger foods and a cash bar will be served as you mix and mingle with like-minded women determined to live and lead with impact and heart! Reserve your FREE seat today – and bring along a friend. Seating is limited, so register today! Valet and street parking will be available.

May 11: Patches & Plaid Class: 7-9 pm at Bloom Bake Shop, Monroe St. | Tradition Market and Bloom pair up for this pop-up class full of treats inspired by your inner child. Bloom will be serving a ‘grown-up’ kids menu while Tradition teaches about upcoming fall fashion trends and up-cycling your kids clothing by using patches and embellishments. Your ticket will include food and a pair of kid’s overall Or plaid shirt and patches to adorn them (sizes up to 7 and based on availability). $35 per person. Call Bloom @ 608.509.7669 to reserve your spot!

May 11-13: Free Sale Fundraiser: McFarland UCC Church | May 11-13 will be the 2nd semi-annual FREE Sale Fundraiser, a baby/kid sale in McFarland, where nothing is priced and people take what they want/need and give what they can (100% of proceeds go to local charities of the customer’s choice). Many people who truly have little or no money to spend on children’s items have benefited from this, as well as the charities that money was raised for! The free sale fundraisers run entirely on donations and volunteered time. Click here to volunteer to help with this event. Hours are Thursday, May 11 from 10am-7pm, Friday, May 12 from 10am-7pm, and saturday, May 13 from 8am-11am.

May 13Mother’s Day Craft DIY Wet Felted Flower: 1-2:30 pm at JNJ Craftworks | Wet felt flowers are an easy way to begin making 3D felted projects, as they are small and easy to handle and limited only by your own imagination. Felt flowers are very versatile and once you have made a few, you can use them on hair clips, to decorate clothing, presents or as a broach. Come and learn the traditional way of felting. Our instructor will guide you to make one felt flower using wool, hot water and soap. $15-Fee includes supplies and instruction.

May 13Bob Kann PRESENTS An Outrageously Good Time!: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | Wisconsin has a magical past, and Bob Kann brings that history to life through jolting juggling, mesmerizing magic, silly storytelling, and much more! This is an entertainment extravaganza guaranteed to tickle audiences’ funny bones and spark their imaginations! Free with admission by donation.

May 13Kids Building Wisconsin: 9 am – 4 pm at McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg | Kids Building Wisconsin is free and open to the public. Kids Building Wisconsin inspires and encourages kids’ interest in construction. Don’t miss this fun family event hosted by our great friends at Tri-North Builders-North Builders! There will be big construction equipment, awesome hands-on exhibits highlighting the many exciting careers in the construction industry, food, fun visitors, and lots of chances to win prizes. The first 2,000 kids get a free safety vest.

May 13Madison Mini Maker Faire: 10 am – 5 pm at the Monona Terrace | Maker Faire is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. More than 100 makers are expected to participate in Madison’s 2017 Faire. This year’s event will feature local talent as well as some makers and entertainers who are part of the national Maker Faire tradition. Robot Resurrection, a 30 foot fire blowing robot made of airplane parts, will be making his Madison debut. In addition, ArcAttack will thrill Madison audiences of all ages with their Tesla coil performance art. Adults: $10 Advance/$15 Day of Event; Children 5-11: $5 Advance/$8 Day of Event.

May 12-14: A Year With Frog and Toad: Overture Center, Times Vary | Nominated for 3 Tony Awards, this whimsical show follows two friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — as they celebrate their differences and discover just how much caring and fun you can squeeze into every season of the year. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm. Children and adults alike will enjoy this enchanting musical. Enjoyed by everyone ages 3 and up. No lap seats.

May 14: Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk: Olin Park | See website for full details. 

May 17Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Vegetable Fun: 10-10:45 am at DreamBank | Join other mini sprouts as we make food fun in this culinary snack 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 fun and healthy recipe using veggies and read “Eating the Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert. This 45 minute class is a great introduction to culinary classes. Parents are encouraged to participate or watch (parents/ caregivers attend free with student). Includes recipe packet and coloring sheets to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $10

May 17: Free Peanut Allergy Clinic: 9 am – 5 pm at the office of Dr. Bukstein (Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center), 2nd floor of Physicians for Women, 2955 Triverton Pike Dr, Fitchburg | As a service to the community Dr. Bukstein is offering free skin testing and introduction of peanut in his office on the 2nd floor of Physicians for Women, 2955 Triverton Pike Dr, Fitchburg WI. This is a first come first served basis on May 17th 9am-5pm. Please call 608-609-2188 for reservation.

May 19-21Syttende Mai: See website for full events details | Syttende Mai is a very colorful and family-oriented affair with many attendees wearing authentic Norwegian costumes. Along with the dancing performances by the World Famous Stoughton Norwegian Dancers, there are exhibits of Norwegian rosemaling (painting) and hardanger (needlework), and woodcarving, Norse costume style show, Norwegian church services, smorgasbord of Norwegian foods, a variety of musical performances, and an Ugliest Troll Drawing contest. We look forward to seeing you in Stoughton.

May 20Photography for Kids: Outdoor Photography: 2-3 pm at JNJ Craftworks | This is the perfect photography course for anyone brand new to photography. Learning new skill like photography is fun, pride & satisfaction, built confidence, decision making skills, new preservative. This outdoor-based class is ideal for kids, home schoolers, Girls Scouts and anyone wanting to learn about photography in a fun way. Course: Basic camera, Photography 101 basic concepts such as Rules of Composition, Motion, Lighting, Focus, Perspective, Color & Tones and Textures. Duration: 1hr (Indoor instructions and outdoor shoot). Recommended Digital camera. But you can bring any camera or smart phone. Date of program May 20th at 2:00pm for kids/3:30pm for Teens. Cost of program: $15 – $20. Grades of girls: 3rd grade and above or 8+ years.

May 20Sprouting Chefs: Farmer’s Market Fun: 10:30-11:45 am at Whole Foods Market | Join other sprouting chefs 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 some fun and healthy recipes and using ingredients found at the farmer’s market plus read “Growing Vegtable Soup” by Lois Ehlert! Includes a recipe packet and a treat to take home. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (attends free with student). Designed for ages 4-12. $18

May 20: Free Admission Day: 9 am – 4 pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | On Saturday, May 20, enjoy free general museum admission. Explore four floors of exhibits to learn the stories of native people, settlement days, immigrants’ experiences and lively politics of Wisconsin. Visit the museum store for special deals on unique gifts and souvenirs.

May 20: Puppies on Parmenter: 11 am – 3 pm at Capital Brewery | Join us at our 8th annual Puppies on Parmenter dog parade for OccuPaws. It will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 from 11 am to 3 pm (parade starts at 11:30 AM) starting and ending at the Capital Brewery Beer Garden 7734 Terrace Avenue Middleton. Admission is $5 and children under 10 are free. Bring your dogs and children for a dog costume parade around the block in downtown Middleton, live music by Red Hot Horn Dawgs, lots of raffle items, a live auction, doggie Simon says, hot dogs and brats and of course Capital Brewery’s selection of craft beers.

May 20: Aly’s Honky Tonk Hustle: 10 am – 12 pm at McFarland High School | Aly’s Honky Tonk Hustle is an annual event held in memory of Aly Wolff. It takes place in McFarland, WI every May and features a 5k Run/Walk and Honky Tonk after party. In the last four years, over 800 participants have been in attendance at each event and over $500,000 has been raised for cancer research. See website for full details and registration.

May 20: School of Madison Ballet Workshop Performance: 1:30 & 3:30 pm pm at the Bartell Community Theatre | Family-Friendly Performance. Open to the Public. Join Artistic Director W. Earle Smith and the students of the School of Madison Ballet for an informal performance of classical ballet and selected excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Raymonda, and Madison Ballet’s original Expressions. Performances: 1:30pm & 3:30pm. No ticket required. $5 suggested donation per person.

May 20: Habitat for Humanity Rock the Block: 11 am – 2 pm, Sun Prairie | Habitat for Humanity of Dane County is kicking off a week-long Rock the Block neighborhood revitalization volunteer project on Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an outdoor community fair in the field on the corner of Vandenburg Street and Chicory Way in Sun Prairie. During the week of May 20-26 hundreds of Habitat volunteers will be in the neighborhood completing exterior home repairs and improvements to a dozen homes. Volunteers will be painting, landscaping, planting shrubs, repairing patios, installing rain barrel systems, powerwashing, replacing gutters and more.The official kick-off on May 20 will feature several community organizations hosting booths, live music, a library book sale, a bounce house from the YMCA, a fire truck and a brat stand hosted by the VFW. Habitat will also provide free dumpsters and Habitat ReStore will be on hand to accept donations of furniture and building materials as part of the community revitalization and clean-up project. A short program will be presented at Noon with Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser, Habitat CEO Valerie Johnson and a Habitat homeowner. The public is welcome to attend this free family event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 21: Bloom: An Event for New & Expected Moms: 2-4:30 pm at the Madison Concourse Hotel |  BLOOM is an event for new and expecting moms that you’re going to love. This event is geared towards moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, foster moms of infants, or are planning on growing their family soon. This event will provide an afternoon of pampering, light snacks, photo booth, educational resources, giveaways and swag, shopping and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 24th at 7 PM.

May 21WORT Block Party: 11 am – 7 pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard | Come celebrate the 20th Annual WORT Block Party and 14th Annual No Crap on Tap on Sunday May 21, from 11 am to 7 pm on the 200 Block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Enjoy a beer garden and live music. There will also be children’s activities, food from around the world, art and craft vendors, info tables, WORT boutique, and a raffle with fabulous prizes donated by area businesses.

May 21: Isthmus Food Cart Fest: 2-6 pm at Central Park | Isthmus presents Madison’s finest food cart festival in downtown’s Central Park. Join us from 2-6 p.m. for a taste of new and favorite food cart fare, musical entertainment and a selection of craft beer in the sun. Ticket price includes entry & sampling from over 30 local carts.

May 21: Family Food Fest: 11 am – 2 pm at Lincoln Elementary | Family Food Fest is a community-based event that brings together students, parents, and community members to explore Farm to School! At Family Food Fest, kids will have the opportunity to partake in fun farm to school games, delicious local food samples, creative art projects, garden exploration, and physical activity challenges! Families will be able to meet local farmers, taste locally-grown produce, engage with community groups, and experience student dance performances. Activities will be fun, educational, and free for all ages.

May 24Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Snack Attack: 10-11 am at Festival Foods | Join other mini sprouts 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 some healthy snack recipes and read “Bread and Honey” by Frank Asch! Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipe packet and coloring sheets to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $13

May 26-29: Brat Fest: Alliant Energy Center | Hours: Friday: 6-9 am (Take Your Brat to Work Day) and 10am to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 10 pm; Monday: 10 am to 6 pm. See website for full details. 

May 27Bird and Nature Outing: 10-11:30 am at Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Join a naturalist for an easy, family-friendly walk from Aldo Leopold Nature Center into the beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park and enjoy a bit of nature education along the way. These are free nature outings and no registration is required. Co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partner groups Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, and Aldo Leopold Nature Center. See our websites and Facebook pages for more details and fun bird and nature activities. Contact 608-698-0104 for more information.

May 27: Run Madtown Kids Run: 6:30 pm | The Run Madtown events are a staple in our community, and we’ve partnered with Madison Festivals to help get kids active along with the adult series of running events. Spring Race, Saturday, May 27th at 6:30pm, kicks off the Twilight 5k/10k events.

May 30FREE Nutrition & Wellness During Pregnancy Workshop: 6-7 pm at Physicians for Women | Andrea Shor, a Maternity Nutrition & Wellness Specialist will be hosting a FREE workshop open to expecting moms as well as women who are thinking about starting a family soon. This workshop is a tremendous opportunity for women who want to get on the right track with their nutrition during pregnancy and even before pregnancy as that will set the tone for the next nine months. We will go over a lot of very important nutrition & wellness information you won’t want to miss! You don’t have to be a patient at Physicians for Women to attend!

Ongoing Activities

Healthy Snacks Storytime – Fridays 9:45-10:30 am at Synergy Dance Studio. Join Yummy Sprout for a fun and kid friendly storytime! A wonderful chance for kids to try new, healthy recipes as healthy snacks will be served every week, $4 (children under 12 months attend for free).

Dane County Farmers’ Market – Saturdays on the Capitol Square. April 15-November 11 from 6:15 am – 1:45 pm. 

Westside Community Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, 7:00am – 12:30pm, April 15 – November 4. Behind UW Health Digestive Health Center , Corner of University Avenue & University Row.

Hilldale Farmers’ Market – Wednesday and Saturday: 8AM – 1PM. May 6, 2017 – November 4, 2017. Location: At the corner of University Ave. and Midvale Blvd. across from Metcalfe’s Market.

Northside Farmers’ Market – Sundays 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, May 7th-October 22nd. 2817 N. Sherman Ave, Northside TownCenter parking lot, across from Warner Park. Over 30 vendors, offering fresh produce, cut flowers, plants, eggs, meat & cheese. As well as prepared food, coffee and baked goods. Live entertainment each week & Master Gardener, 1st & 3rd Sundays. Located between Willy St Co-op North and Old National Bank. Accept SNAP/EBT & Double dollars participant.

Greenway Station Farmers’ Market – Every Thursday, May 11-October 5, rain or shine from 8am-1pm, Locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers, plus homemade baked goods, jams, cheeses, meats and more! The Market is located in the parking area near Fuddruckers.

Garden Your Heart Out!  – Join us as we work, learn, and play at the Goodman Youth Farm and Troy Kids’ Garden this season! Community GroundWorks is excited to offer opportunities for families, individuals, and groups to get involved at our two youth garden sites from April through November. Whether you’re looking for a hands-in-the-dirt volunteer opportunity, a chance to build your skills as a gardener (or garden educator), or a kid-friendly garden adventure, we think you’ll find kindred spirits, and plenty of reasons to come back for more! Programs include: Family Field Trips, Workshops, Volunteer Days

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!

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. 

Zoo Sleepovers – Bring your family (ages 5 and up) and join us for pizza from the zoo’s Glacier Grille, behind the scenes tours, and animal encounters before tucking in to sleep in the Discovery Center/Herpetarium. Wake up and enjoy a continental breakfast, then explore the zoo before it opens. Morning before the visitors come is one of the busiest and most fun times at the zoo! Watch how the keepers care for and work with the animals, and enjoy the chance to interact with the animals when you are the only visitors in the zoo! This program is designed for families and groups (scouts, clubs, church, etc.) and is full of fun and exclusive experiences! Zoo members: $55/person; Non-members: $65/person. See website for days/times/registration.

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

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

Circus After School – Mondays at The Rumpus Room, Mazomanie. Circus After School with Marcia Miquelon and Jacob Mills. This is a special, after-school survey of all things circus, including aerial arts, juggling, physical comedy, tightwire, stilt walking, acrobatics, German wheel and more! $90 for 9 weeks. PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available! Drop-in enrollment is also available!

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.

Children’s 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.

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.

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.

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].

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!

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!

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.

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!

Italian Language Courses for Kids – Tuscany Language Academy offers Italian language courses for children starting in January 2017. Each course will be provide weekly exposure to the Italian language. Each lesson will be enriched with songs, videos, games, visual and interactive material. 

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
Stoughton Library
Sun Prairie Library
Verona Library
Waunakee Library

Open Play/Jump
Open Swim


One Response to A Madison Moms’ Guide to May 2017

  1. Darlene Murphy May 10, 2017 at 9:10 am #

    The Brat Fest Memorial Bike Ride is happening on May 21st – starting at Capital Brewery in Middleton. There’s a 10K family fun ride and kids 12 & under ride for free! Have some fun while raising funds to support Badger Honor Flight. Signup info here:

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