A Madison Moms’ Guide to May 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.

Playtime Productions: The Reluctant Dragon – The Reluctant Dragon is a story about a child who befriends an unlikely reptile living in a nearby cave. As rumors and gossip spread about unusual noises coming from the cave, the other townspeople very much fear the idea of a huge green monster living in their midst. A famed dragon slayer arrives to rid the area of this so-called menace. The youngster must figure out how to save this friend from utter demise. Through camaraderie and diplomacy people come to accept the amiable beast and are cautioned about the power of unsubstantiated innuendo. The community becomes a better place for all through the efforts made in consideration and for cooperation. PlayTime Productions keeps shows accessible by embracing audiences with young children, and keeping prices free to very low. A donation of $1-$3 is suggested at most venues. See website for locations/times.

May 4-20The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: The Playhouse at Overture Center | Edward Tulane is a very dignified china rabbit, remarkable in every way except one: he doesn’t know how to love. When he’s swept away from the child who loves him, a transformative journey teaches him about family and friendship. See website for times and tickets.

Wednesday, May 2Cherries & Berries: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: 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 sweet and fun menu of Pink Power Granola Bites, Tart Cherry Salsa and Berry “Nice” Cream plus 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 recipes and coloring sheet to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $16

Wednesday, May 2: 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. See website for list of activities. 

Saturday, May 5: Bricks 4 Kidz: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | Bring the kids down to DreamBank for some hands-on, super-fun activities from Bricks 4 Kidz, an organization that promotes educational play with LEGOs! Encouraging kids to become more curious and confident with every creation, this workshop gives your little architects tactical tools to help them learn and grow. Free

Saturday, May 5: Great Glasses Play Day: 10 am – 12 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Join us for our 7th Annual Great Glasses Play Day! It is a day to celebrate kids who wear glasses, eye patches or other visual impairments. Join us for this FREE event filled with games, art projects, a play eye doctor’s office, snacks and more!

Saturday, May 5: Family Gardening Day: 10 am – 1 pm at Allen Centennial Garden | UW Family Gardening Day gives everyone a chance to see and explore some of the splendid facilities for teaching, research and outreach inthe 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. 

Saturday, May 5Verona Cinco de Mayo Festival: 8 am – 4 pm at Hometown Junction Park, Verona | In conjunction with The Verona Public Library, JnJ Craftworks, The Verona Area Chamber of Commerce and Dane Buy Local! See website for list of events. 

Saturday, May 5Saturday Science: Science of the Night: 10 am  – 12 pm at the UW Discovery Building | Discover how the night and darkness affect different things! Meet animals that stay up all night and sleep all day; orbit with models of the moon, sun and Earth; light up the darkness with glow-in-the-dark art; investigate nocturnal vision; and more. Plus, explore activities designed with the Morgridge Kids’ Science Council and the Vera Court Community Center. This event is free and open to the public. It features interactive exploration stations for kids and families.

Saturday, May 5El Día de los Niños: 10 am – 2 pm at the Goodman Community Center | Latino Children & Families Council and Latino Health Council event (in Spanish), with hands-on kids’ activities & entertainment, food, information fair. Free.

Saturday, May 5May the 4th Be With You Weekend: The Fifth Strikes Back: 9:30 am – 5 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | In honor of the galaxy’s geekiest holiday, Madison Children’s Museum presents a weekend of Star Wars and space-science based revelry! Episode II: The Fifth Strikes Back. All activities except for the Terrarium Workshop are FREE with museum admission, while supplies last. Costumes are encouraged. See website for full details. 

Saturday, May 5: Arch8’s Tetris: Overture Center | Bring the whole family to play a game with Arch8! Inspired by Tetris, the extremely physical dance quartet from the Netherlands explores how we connect with one another, building a private language to encourage audience participation. It is for the individuals who can’t sit still, the ones who like to climb walls and those who can imagine further than they can see. See website for times and tickets. 

Saturday, May 5: Safety Day: It’s that time of year again! SwimWest is excited to announce it will be hosting its 22nd Annual Safety Day on May 5, 2018, at the Madison West location located at 1001 Deming Way. Safety stations will be run from 12:30pm-2:00pm, along with fun activities sponsored by our local partners: I9 sports, Badger Gymnastics, Infinity Martial Arts, Musical Pathways Foundation, Middleton Fire Department. Open Swim will be from 2:00pm-3:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Any questions call SwimWest at (608) 831-6829.

Saturday, May 5: Kids DIY Workshop: Windmill Planter: 9 am – 12 pm at Home Depot West Madison Store | Discuss the benefits of non-polluting sustainable energy in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model windmill that holds a beautiful seasonal flower or low maintenance herb just in time for Mother’s Day. Once your windmill planter is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.

Saturday, May 5: Art Spin: 12-2 pm at the Chazen Museum of Art | Free Bucky Badger-themed project for all ages, noon-2 pm, 5/5, Chazen Museum of Art. 608-263-2246.

Sunday, May 6thMay the 4th Be With You Weekend: Revenge of the Sixth: 10 am – 5 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | In honor of the galaxy’s geekiest holiday, Madison Children’s Museum presents a weekend of Star Wars and space-science based revelry! Episode III: Revenge of the Sixth. See website for full details. 

Sunday, May 6: Mother’s Day Gift Making Workshop: 1-2:30 pm at the Monroe Street Arts Center | Create artistic flowers, cards and more for Mom! Use paper, clay and paint in this workshop. All ages welcome. $25

May 6-23: Family Classics Retro Series: Marcus Point Cinema in Madison and Palace Cinema in Sun Prairie-Sundays @ Noon, and Mondays & Wednesdays @ 7pm | Featuring “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “The Sound of Music” and “The Wizard of Oz!” Plus, on May 13, the Palace Cinema will offer brunch and a special screening of “The Sound of Music” to celebrate Mother’s Day. All tickets only $5.

Monday, May 7: Bucky on Parade: 11 am – 12 pm on State Street | Bucky on Parade is a free public art event bringing 85 life-size Bucky Badger statues to the streets of Madison and Dane County from May 7 to September 12. Join us May 7 at 11 a.m. to kick off the Parade! All statues will be unveiled simultaneously, rain or shine, at locations throughout Madison. An official Bucky on Parade digital map will be available soon featuring all the statue locations. The party continues at 11:30 a.m. with Bucky on Parade Post-Unveil Celebration at the Top of State Street. Facebook event here

Friday, May 11Lot’sa Pasta: Mini Sprouts: 10-11 am at Whole 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 make a pastalicious menu of Mac & Cheese Muffins, Fruit “Spaghetti & Meatballs” and Berry Milkshakes plus read “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett! Parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (they attend free with student ticket). Includes recipes and coloring sheet to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $16

Friday, May 11: Baby Date Night: 5:30-7:30 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Join us for a special night celebrating parents! Bring your baby for a special baby date night at the museum where there will be just as much playful fun for parents as kids! Activities will include baby races, a handprint keepsake, bubbles, and crawler exploration station. Not to leave the parents out of the fun, we’ll have a signature “mocktail,” a chance to confess your silliest parenting moments, the opportunity to participate in our NewlyParent game, and finally a chance to let out all your bedtime frustrations with a dramatic reading of Go the F*&k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. Registration is $7 for adults, and free for babies and toddlers age 0 – 3. For the safety of the crawlers and unsteady walkers who will be present, attendance for children is limited to those three and under.

Friday, May 11: Family Fun Night: 5:30-8:30 pm at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center | $5 per family. 2nd Fridays (except July and August). Regular ctivities include: Gymnasium Fun – bouncy house, sports, fun games; family Fitness Classes and Fit2Go Van; classes, movies & themes change monthly; drop-In Art and Pottery Projects; game Room Fun – pool, ping pong, foosball, air hockey; child Care Room – drop off young kids for playtime.

Saturday, May 12: Madison Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale: 10 am – 2 pm at the Alliant Energy Center | Discounted rain barrels and compost bins. Open to Madison and non-Madison residents. Limited quantity available.

Saturday, May 12: Kids Building Wisconsin: 9 am – 4 pm at McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg | 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! Kids Building Wisconsin is free and open to the public, 9am to 4pm. 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.

Saturday, May 12Mother’s Day Cards and Crafts: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | Show Mom how much you love her with a splash of creativity! Stop into DreamBank and make a Mother’s Day gift she’ll treasure forever. Bring the whole family for a morning of crafting and making new friends, while we create homemade cards and gifts that will make Mom’s day extra special. Free

Sunday, May 13: UW Arboretum Family Walk: 1:30 pm at the UW Arboretum | Family Walk: A Spring in Our Step. The naturalist will lead families to explore the flourishing prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Wednesday, May 16Pickle Fun: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: 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 about pickling and prepare Quick Honey Pickles, Blackberry Jam, Veggie Pops and Strawberry Yogurt Smoothies plus read the beautiful book “Pandas Love Pickles” by Elizabeth Lynch! 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

May 18-20Syttende Mai Festival: Stoughton | Get your fest legs under you with a pair of nearby cultural celebrations. Syttende Mai marks the signing of Norway’s constitution (May 17, officially) and takes over Stoughton for a weekend of traditional arts demonstrations and entertainment, including Stoughton Village Players’ annual original play following the adventures of Ole and Lena. See website for full details. 

Saturday, May 19Pizza Parlor: Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: 10:30-11:30 am at Whole Foods | Join us as we make food fun in this culinary class designed for toddlers and preschoolers. This hands-on and interactive class will give children the confidence to try new foods. This class will be all about pizza as we prepare Rainbow Fruit Pizza, Funny Face Pizza and Purple Moon Smoothies plus read “PIZZA” by Frank Asch! 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

Saturday, May 19Gardening with Kids 101: 9 am at the Goodman Youth Farm | Join us for this hands-on, family friendly workshops for educators, community youth leaders, parents, and kids interested in gardening and garden-based education. 

Saturday, May 19“If You Had a Jet Pack” with author Lisl Detlefson: 2 pm at Mystery to Me Books | A fun and creative answer to the question “what would YOU do if you had a jetpack?” perfect for fans of Boy and Bot and How to Train a Train.

Saturday, May 19: Goodman Youth Farm Volunteer Day: 9 am at Troy Gardens | 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, May 19: Waunakee Kids Triathlon: 8:30 am – 12 pm | The seventh annual Tri 4 Schools Waunakee Kids Triathlon raises money for health and fitness resources at the schools of our participants! With FOUR distances, an adaptive triathlon, and scholarships and assistance for those who need it, we encourage ALL children ages 3-14 to come out and have fun!

Saturday, May 19: Superhero Day: 10 am – 4 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Join us today as we celebrate the superheroes among us. Come dressed in your favorite superhero attire or design your own at the museum. Design your own superhero mask, test your save-the-day physical skills in obstacle course challenges, experiment in the Wakanda Science Lab, declare your super powers and use them for good. See website for full details. 

Saturday, May 19: Kids’ Yoga with little om BIG OM: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at DreamBank | Bring your little yogis to DreamBank for an imaginative session on the mat! Yoga instructors from little om BIG OM weave stories, games and music together for a fun class that helps kids increase their focus, get active, and discover new confidence in their abilities. Free

Saturday, May 19Wisconsin Shipwrecks for Kids!: 10-11:30 am at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | Have you ever wondered what lies in the depths of Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers? Join us for this drop-in event to learn how maritime archaeologists map our state’s shipwrecks and other underwater discoveries. Free with admission by suggested donation of $5/adult and $3/child ages 5-17 

Sunday, May 20: WORT Block Party: 11 am -7 pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. | Come celebrate the 21st Annual WORT Block Party and 15th Annual No Crap on Tap on Sunday, May 20, 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. The WORT Block Party is a free event and all are invited. So, pass the word and bring the whole family to join in the fun while supporting Madison’s community radio station.

May 21Hitchhikers Guide to the Garden: 10-10:45 am at Allen Centennial Garden | Experience an immersive sensory tour of the Allen Centennial Garden. This session will focus on using your sense of sight to explore the garden during a 45-minute guided tour of the Allen Centennial Garden with your little one. This program is designed for parents and care providers who have a tiny one in a snuggly. Please note: You are welcome to arrive with a stroller, however due to our narrow paths and the nature of this program, we cannot support strollers or older siblings during the actual program. Registration required, space is very limited. Free

Thursday, May 24Spring Bodega: 4-8 pm at Breese Stevens Field | The Bodega is unlike any market you will find in Madison. Our spacious field provides ample room for our vendors, food carts, an interactive children’s area, beer and wine sales, live music, and plenty of yard games for some friendly competition. Did we mention that it’s free admission? Children’s entertainment by Nature Net, providing educational and hands on learning activities for the children who attend. The Spring Bodega is featuring The UW-Madison Arboretum and Tinkergarten too!

Friday, May 25Farmer’s Market Fun: Mini Sprouts: 10-11 am at Whole 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 learn about the food we can find at the farmer’s market and prepare Berry Popovers, Watermelon Salad, Quick Honey Pickles and Cherry Pie Smoothies 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 recipes and coloring sheet to take home. Designed for ages 2-6. $16

Saturday, May 26Farmer’s Market Challenge: Tweens & Teens: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Whole Foods | Explore healthy food and learn kitchen skills in this cooking class designed for tweens and teens. 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 challenging menu using food found at the farmer’s market; Strawberry-Cherry Breakfast Tarts, Midwest Salsa, Chia Pudding & Watermelon Freezies. Includes recipes and a treat to take home. Ages 11+. $20

Saturday, May 26Music and Laughter with David Landau: 10 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Join award-winning musician, entertainer, and former first grade teacher David Landau for a very silly morning at DreamBank! The kids will sing some, move some, act some, dance some, shout just a little bit, and laugh a bunch. The adults can just sit back and enjoy the show! There will be two shows: one from 10-10:45 am and one from 11-11:45 am. Free

Sunday, May 27: UW Arboretum Family Nature Program: 1:30 pm at the UW Arboretum | Wetlands. May is American Wetlands Month, and spring is the perfect season to explore wetland ecology. Naturalist-led hike, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. 


Farmers’ Market

Dane County Farmers’ Market -April 14-November 10


Ongoing Music/Movies:

Early Childhood Music Program – Edgewood College. 7-week session. Ages: Birth to 3 years. Fridays, April 13 to May 25. 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm. $70 per child, $60 for each additional child per household.

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.


Storytimes:

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

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:

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. 

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

 
Libraries
Madison Central
Alicia Ashman
Goodman South
Hawthorne Library 
Lakeview Library
Meadowridge Library
Monroe Street Library
Pinney Library
Sequoya Library
Rosemary Garfoot Library-Cross Plains
Fitchburg Library
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