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.
Check out or list of farms, orchards and pumpkin patches here.
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.
September 16-October 29: Fall Fun at Enchanted Valley Acres: 9 am – 6 pm weekly on Saturday & Sunday | Enjoy the fall weather outdoors making memories amongst the beautiful valley at Enchanted Valley Acres! Wander through the 9 acres of corn mazes in the shape of Bucky Badger or ride down our famous Giant Slide that’s over 200 feet long. Pick the perfect pumpkin, enjoy the fall colors on a hay wagon ride, race friends on the rubber ducky races, and try out many other activities! Don’t forget to say hi to the goats!
September-October/Saturday & Sunday: Eugster’s Fall Festival- Fall Weekends | Admission includes Eugster’s Petting Farm, U-Pick Apple Orchard, Corn Mazes, Haunted House, Wagon Rides, Pumpkin Patch, Milk House Bakery, Puppet Shows, and Magic Shows. *Last ticket sold at 3:30* FIRM $10.00 per person (Age 1 & Under Free). (Click here for information on Fall Weekdays)
October 1: Autumn on the Farm: 1-3 pm at Schumacher Farm Park | Relax on an autumn afternoon at the farm. Take a prairie tour and learn how to collect seed, help plant the fall garlic crop and play a few gourd games. Apple cider and fermented food samples. Family-friendly, free event.
October 1: International Kite Fly for Peace: 11 am – 4 pm at McKee Farms Park | In early October, kite fliers from over 50 countries lift their kites into the wind expressing hope for peace and environmental harmony. This spirit recognizes and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of kite flying as a positive statement for promoting peace, international understanding and a sustainable planet.
October 1: Wright On!: 1-4 pm at the Monona Terrace | Build with Froebel blocks, just like those that inspired a young Frank. Make a faux stained glass piece of art and 3-d geometric ornament. Explore the building’s unique architecture on a Scavenger Hunt. Create your dream building at the Lego activity table and visit the “So you want to be an Architect” station, presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Wisconsin. Drop-in activities suitable for children 12 and under. Fun for the whole family!
October 1: Madison Comic Con: 10 am – 5 pm at the Monona Terrace | You wanted more, and you’ve got more! The Madison Comic Con is back and even bigger than ever! We’re still at Monona Terrace, and now we’re taking over the Exhibit Hall there with more space, more vendors, more artists, more guests, more everything! This is one show that you won’t want to miss!
October 4: Board Game Night: 6 pm at Barnes & Noble West Towne | Come in and try out some new board games.
October 5: Greenway Station Kids Day Event: 8 am – 1 pm at Greenway Station: Greenway Station’s annual Kids’ Day at the Market will be returning on October 5! The first 400 children to attend the Farmers’ Market that day will receive a free cookie and mini gourd to decorate. In addition to these free goodies, the Middleton Public Library and Olson Toon Landscaping will be providing fun activities and games for kids to enjoy from 8am-1pm. See website for full details.
October 5: Energy Efficiency Day: 9 am – 12:30 pm at the Black Earth Children’s Museum | Focus on Energy and SOUL of Wisconsin will share how to be energy efficient through displays and more!
October 6: Yummy Sprout Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Pumpkin Party: 9:30-10:30 am at Whole 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 fun and healthy recipes using PUMPKIN and read “Pumpkin Soup” by Helen Cooper. 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. $16
October 7: Kids in the Rotunda-Dancing Drum: Overture Center-Times Vary | 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
October 7: Great Pumpkin Giveaway: 9 am – 12 pm at Oak Bank, Fitchburg | Oak Bank is proud to announce the 17th Annual Great Pumpkin Giveaway scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7th from 9am to noon. When you make a cash donation to Summer Teaching to Advance Reading Success (STARS) you will get a pumpkin just in time for Halloween! Families are welcome to come to Oak Bank’s green space at 5951 McKee Road Fitchburg, to enjoy kids’ activities, refreshments, a Fun Play Inflatable bouncer and horse and carriage rides! We will also have special guest appearances from local mascots. Mark your calendar! For more information call 441-6000.
October 7: DreamBank’s 5 Year Birthday Party: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm at DreamBank | DreamBank is turning 5 years old, and you’re invited to help us celebrate! Stop in for a slice of birthday cake and a chance to get your DIY on. We’ll have kids crafting all day long and will be decorating mugs from 1 to 3 pm while supplies last. Bucky will even be on site from 10 to 11 am. Bring the whole family for a day of fun and celebration!
October 7: Interactive Model Train Event: 9 am – 4 pm at the Black Earth Children’s Museum | Learn all about trains with Madison Train Club! This event is free with museum admission.
October 7: Saturday Science: Buzz in Your Backyard: 10 am – 12 pm at the UW Discovery Building | Learn about the creatures right in your backyard, including soil microbes, insects, plants and animals, during this free event held on the first Saturday of every month! Build a microscope to examine the tiny world around us, explore invasive species of plants and animals, discover microbes in the soil, dig into soil types, investigate insects common to Wisconsin and more.
October 7 & 8: Wisconsin – Girls Ice Hockey Weekend: 10:45 am – 12:45 pm at the Waunakee Ice Pond & Sun Prairie Ice Arena | Welcome to the registration for Girls Hockey Weekend. The DC Diamonds will be hosting two events over the weekend of October 7th and 8th. On October 7th, along with Waunakee Wildcats Youth Hockey and the Cap City Cougars, we will be hosting an event at The Ice Pond at Waunakee from 10:45am-12:45pm. On October 8th, along with Sun Prairie Youth Hockey and the Cap City Cougars, we will be hosting our second event at Sun Prairie Ice Arena from 1:30pm-3:15pm. We are welcoming all levels of skating and hockey experience to come and join us.
October 7 & 8: My Little Pony Party: 10 am – 12 pm at Marcus Theatres | Join us on October 7 & 8 from 10 a.m. to noon for a FREE My Little Pony Party to celebrate the opening of the new film! Activities will include: Face Painting,
Horse-Shoe Toss, Pony Crafts, Rainbow Crafts, Free Snacks, And more! Stay for the movie! Rated G. Movie admission sold separately.
October 7: Story Saturday: The Terrible Hodag!: 11 am – 12 pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum | The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers! Are hodags really that terrible? Olee Swenson and his lumberjack crew don’t think so. Join the journey of Olee and friends as they try to save the hodag from being caught by sneaky animal catchers!
October 7: Fall Harvest Festival: 10 am – 4 pm at the Madison Children’s Museum | Celebrate the bounty of vegetables, flowers and food brought to us from our gardens and animals all year at our Fall Harvest Festival! Kids will create art, test ideas, move with music and do a variety of activities throughout the museum all day related to the fall harvest and harvest traditions. In the process they gain social skills, hand-eye coordination, use their imaginations and creative thinking as they explore the harvest festival programs.
October 7: Monticello Square Fall Festival: Monticello Square, Waunakee | Waunakee area residents and visitors are welcome to come enjoy free autumn family fun.
October 7: LEGO Make & Take Activity Featuring LEGO Ninjago: 4-5 pm at Barnes & Noble West Towne | Calling all LEGO NINJAGO fans! Join us to celebrate the new movie and build a LEGO NINJAGO Movie Green Dragon Mini Model to take home with you. While supplies last.
October 7: DIY Fire House Bank: 9 am – 12 pm at Home Depot | Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a cute coin bank with a fire station design. Once the bank is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their project, 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.
October 7: Festival Foods Pumpkin Blowout | See website for details.
October 7-8: Fall Heritage Festival: Mt. Horeb | Fine artists and crafters line “The Trollway”, Mount Horeb’s historic Main Street, lined with life-sized mythical creatures. Experience our Norwegian heritage with farmer’s market, buggy rides, Pumpkins on Parade, upcycle craft, heritage demonstrations and the Sons of Norway Host Frokost, an authentic Norwegian Fall breakfast. Fair and festivities run from 9 to 4 on Saturday, and 10 to 3 on Sunday. Don’t miss this fabulous fall event for the whole family.
October 7: Family Safety Day at Wilde East Towne Honda: 10 am – 4 pm at Wilde East Towne Honda | Wilde East Towne Honda is hosting its 3rd Annual FREE Child Safety Event on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10:00am-4:00pm. This awesome community event is open to the public and a great opportunity to enjoy free food and entertainment, in addition to learning valuable safety information. In partnership with Operation KidSafe, this event is designed to promote and educate families about child safety. Each child in attendance will receive a FREE Child Safety Kit, including a lifetime Safety Bio Document for their child with photo and digital fingerprints. (No database or records of children are maintained–the record will go home with parents).
October 8: Kids’ Art Adventures: Taking Sides: 1-2:30 pm at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art | If you could change anything about the world, what would it be? What wishes do you have for the future? See how different artists share their concerns for the world in Taking Sides. Try your hand at relief printmaking and create a work of art that expresses your dreams and ideas. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promptly at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited.
October 8: Día de Fútbol: 10 am – 5 pm at Breese Stevens Field | The event will feature a youth soccer clinic from 10:00 AM – Noon. Following the clinic, there will be two youth tournaments that will feature local Dane County children from pre-selected teams. One will feature teams of 10-12 years old and the other 13-15 year olds. In addition to soccer, there will be food carts and beverages available for purchase throughout the day. There will be music played over the PA system and La Movida will also be present for a portion of the event. This event is a one for the entire family and all ages are encouraged to attend.
October 8: Children’s Theatre-Ken Lonnquist: 1 pm at the Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium | Toe-tapping tunes, creative lyrics and audience participation with the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Fun for the whole family! See website for full details.
October 10: Sensory Friendly Night: 3-7 pm at the Black Earth Children’s Museum | For families and visitors who are looking to enjoy a quieter evening at the museum.
October 11: Yummy Sprout Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Popp’n Popcorn: 9:30-10:30 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 fun and healthy recipes using popcorn and read “Popcorn” 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. $16
October 13-29: Kids Dream Not-so-Scary Halloween Film Series: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 am at Marcus Theatres | This October, bring the whole family to the theatre for the Kids Dream Not So Scary Halloween Series presented by American Family Insurance!
October 14: Fall Family Fun with The Aldo Leopold Nature Center: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Celebrate and explore autumn with DreamBank and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center! We’ll be hosting a variety of fall-related activities including leaf identification, leaf rubbings, and an exercise where we’ll explore how animals prepare for winter. Be sure to bring your curiosity and love for the great outdoors!
October 14: Yummy Sprout Culinary Tween & Teens: Delicious Delights: 10:30-11:45 am at Whole Foods | Explore healthy food and learn some advanced kitchen skills in this culinary class designed for tweens and teens. This hands-on and interactive class is a perfect chance to learn and express creativity through food. We will prepare some fun and healthy recipes including homemade Sushi & Autumn Banana Bread. Includes a recipe packet and a treat to take home. Ages 11-18. $25
October 14: Kids in the Rotunda-BALLET FOLKLÓRICO DE MARÍA DÍAZ: Overture Center-Times Vary | 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
October 14-28: Haunted Trail: 2-5 pm at the Dane County Humane Society | Every fall, dedicated DCHS volunteers transform our outside walking paths into one of Dane County’s spookiest haunted trails. With new ghouls and ghosts each year, and a growing reputation, this event lures hundreds of thrill seekers to our Main Shelter each year! On Saturday afternoons, we will also offer a family-friendly trick-or-treat event. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a fall hike while showing off creative costumes, and the kids will love meeting friendly monsters and villains along the trail. Be sure to head out to our Main Shelter before the spooky season is over! See website for full details.
October 15: Trick or Trot: 10:30 am at the Capitol Square | Spooky music sets the scene as you trick or treat amidst a sea of people in their (complimentary) costumes: cats, witches, and pumpkins. Face painting and balloons for the kids, raffle prizes for the adults, and endless encouragement from the most laid back and supportive fitness event around. Register today for GSAFE’s 2017 Trick-or-Trot 5K Walk/Run. The Trick-or-Trot will take place Sunday October 15, starting at 10:30 a.m. on the Capitol Square.
October 15: Waisman Whirl Run, Walk & Roll for All Abilities: 10 am at the Waisman Center | Join us for the third annual Waisman Whirl 10k, 5k and 1 mile Run, Walk & Roll for All Abilities. The event will start and finish at the Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave.
October 17: Yummy Sprout Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Lots’a Pasta: 9:30-10:30 am at Whole 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 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. $16
October 18: Yummy Sprout After-school Craft & Cook: Spooky Fun: 3:30-4:45 pm at Whole Foods | Let your creativity soar! Join us on an adventure of crafting and cooking. We will learn about mixed media art! Then make a yummy and healthy snack to eat and a spooky art project using watercolors, pastels and more that we can take home and display! Ages 6-11. (parents/ caregivers are free to watch OR leave & return). $18
October 19-22: DISNEY ON ICE – Reach for the Stars: Alliant Energy Center-Times Vary | Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach for the Stars. Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.” Life bubbles when Sebastian strikes up his hot crustacean band and the Daughters of Triton make a splash as they introduce Ariel in an ‘80s pop montage. Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally, Flynn Rider, on their journey to see the floating lights. Relive a tale as old as time when Belle opens her heart to new adventures as the Beast’s enchanted objects take center stage for a dazzling skating spectacle.
October 19-22: Sister Act the Musical: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center-Times Vary | See website for tickets.
October 20: Telescope Workshop: 7-8 pm at the University of Wisconsin Space Place | Build and learn to use your own telescope! We will construct the telescope, help you learn to use the lenses that are included, and give you some tips for observing. The fee for the workshop is $35 which includes the Galileoscope telescope kit. Email [email protected] to register for the workshop.
October 20-21: Madison Ballet Push: 8-10 pm at the Bartell Theatre | Madison Ballet’s ‘Push’ takes ballet to the edge of the art form, pairing the drama and precision of ballet with contemporary choreography and music. ‘Push’ shines the spotlight on the athleticism and allure of each dancer with an evening of shorter classical and current works. Think you know ballet? Push your own boundaries and you’ll be seduced and surprised by Madison Ballet’s ‘Push’. Madison Ballet’s repertory programs present ballet in its purest form -athletic, sensual, and intimate. The 200-seat Drury Stage at the Bartell Theatre is just the setting for showcasing shorter works by both established and up-and-coming choreographers.
October 21: Kids in the Rotunda-Tommy Ensemble: Overture Center-Times Vary | 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
October 21: Fall Festival at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – 701 Bear Claw Madison | 5:30pm. There will be a chili cook-off, costume contest, costume parade, photo booth and trunk or treating (just bring candy to share)! Free and fun for the entire family. Everyone is welcome to come dressed up in Halloween Costumes but for safety, please no masks.
October 21-22: Haunted Hustle: KEVA Sports Center | The fun weekend starts on Saturday with the all day race expo and packet pick-up. Dusk falls and the kids race, 5K, and 5K Stroller Derby take place with a great post-race bonfire, s’mores, and live music. Sunday morning racers put their training to the test with the 10K and a challenging half marathon (13.1 miles), ending the weekend with the Haunted Hustle Finish Festival. The race start/finish is located at KEVA Sports Center in beautiful Middleton, Wisconsin.
October 21: Storybook Magic with CTM: 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 Halloween-themed story, Room on the Broom to life through drama based activities. This action-packed book by Julie Donaldson revolves around a kind witch’s cat who becomes jealous when she invites a dog, a bird and a frog for a ride on her broom. Afterwards, students will make their very own “magic” wand to take home! This story is best suited for ages 4 and up.
October 22: 5th Annual MCC Trunk or Treat: 3-5pm at Middleton Community Church :: 645 Schewe Road | Move from trunk to trunk in the parking lot of Middleton Community Church as costumed hosts share goodies from their decorated cars. Trunk or treat is a safe trick or treating alternative that keeps kids out of the street while still enjoying the fun of trick or treating. After you’ve made your rounds in the parking lot, come inside for more free family fun. Get your picture taken with our gargoyle friends and post it to Facebook. Enter to win door prizes and vote for your favorite trunk. Take part in a variety of fall craft activities and games. Then, if you dare, move down the hall to meet Smaug the Dragon. This truly magic creature is amazing to behold and will strike fear in the bravest heart! Don’t forget to journey out back for more games and a bonfire with free roasted hot dogs and marshmallows.
October 25: Downtown Madison Family Halloween: 3-6 pm | See website for details.
October 25: Yummy Sprout Mini Sprouts Culinary Class: Monster Mash: 9:30-10:30 at Festival Foods | 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 some fun and healthy MONSTER snacks perfect for fall and read “The Monster at the End of This Book” by Jon Stone. Parents or caregiver 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. $16
October 25-28: The Amazing Acro-Cats In Madison: Weekly on Wednesday , Thursday , Friday , Saturday at the Bartell Theatre | The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of REAL performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for over 200 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road, and tour the nation’s stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus! A portion of the proceeds always benefits our mobile foster and rescue efforts. They have cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and Alley, our rising star, has even leapt into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump!
October 26: Dunkin’ For Pumpkins 2017: 6 pm – Cambridge Area Pool | Come swim with the pumpkins as they float around the pool. Your child will be able to enjoy games in and around the pool while swimming with the pumpkins. Kids will dunk for their pumpkins at designated age group time slots. Bring your trick or treat bags for an extra treat. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED – $6 Resident, $9 Non-Resident, NO charge to parents or chaperones.
October 26: Free Crafting day for Kids – Bracelet: 11 am – 5 pm at JNJ CraftWorks | Bring your kids to JNJ Craftworks on Oct 26th, while parents shop kids get to create a custom bracelet. We’ll have a variety of beads and supplies for your kid to create a bracelet.
October 27: Downtown Middleton Trick or Treat: 11 am – 2 pm | Safe and fun afternoon of tricks and treats!
October 27: Trick or Treat the Street & Creepy Crawl: Mt. Horeb-6-9 pm | Main Street will be lit with luminaries welcoming kids and adults of all ages to participate in the Creepy Crawl and Trick or Treat Main Street. The Creepy Crawl event is a haunted hike on the Military Ridge Trail from 4th Street to 2nd Street. Main Street Businesses on both ends will also be handing out candy at the event.
October 27: Create greeting card with love Free Kids event: 11 am – 5 pm at JNJ CraftWorks | Bring your kids to JNJ craftworks on Oct 27th, while parents shop, kids get to create a set of custom greeting cards to spread the love in their life, including yourself! We’ll have a variety of different supplies for you to make cards and envelopes.
October 27: Fall Fest: 5:30-7:30 pm at Aldo Leopold Nature Center | FREE. Celebrate the “Creatures of the Night” in not-so-scary style with an evening of fun-filled indoor and outdoor activities your family will enjoy! Come dressed in costume and join in the costume parade! See website for full details.
October 28: Spook-tacular Halloween Bash: 9:30 am – 12 pm at DreamBank | Get ready to rule trick-or-treating by designing your very own candy bag at DreamBank! Creepy, crawly, spooky or silly — no matter how you decorate it, these bags are the coolest way to collect your sweets. Our spook-tacular party is the perfect place to show off your Halloween costume too, so come dressed to impress! We’ll provide the supplies — you just come ready to craft, create and celebrate.
October 28: Festival Foods Boofest | See website for details.
October 28: Kids in the Rotunda-Sparky & Rhonda Rucker: Overture Center-Times Vary | 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
October 28: Yummy Sprout Sprouting Chefs: Frights & Bites: 10:30-11:45 am at Whole Foods | 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 frightful and delightful recipes and read “What Was I Scared Of” by Dr. Seuss. Includes a recipe packet and a treat to take home. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to participate or watch (attend free with student). Designed for ages 4-12. The perfect way to get ready for Halloween! $20
October 28: Costume Contest and Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers: 2-5 pm | See website for details.
October 28 & 29: Closing Weekend Special-Eugsters Farm Halloween Weekend: 10 am – 5 pm | Admission includes Eugster’s Petting Farm and Corn Mazes. This late in the season, pumpkins will be pre-picked and available in the market only. *Wagon rides to the patch are no longer offered.* $7.00 per person (Age 1 & Under Free)
October 31: Trick or Treat: 4-8 pm at the Black Earth Children’s Museum | Time for Halloween costumes, art, exhibits, tricks and treats!
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.
Fitchburg Farmers’ Market – 3-6 pm every Thursday May – October at the Agora Pavillion.
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.
Eastside Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays 4PM-7PM April 18th – October 31st. Central Park, 202 South Ingersoll St.
South Madison Farmers’ Market– Sundays, May 1 – Oct., 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mondays, May 9 – Oct., 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays, May 17 – Oct. 25, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursdays, May 26 – Oct. 27, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Labor Temple 1602 S. Park St. Mondays: 2518 Rimrock Rd. Thursdays: Villager Mall on Park St. Madison.
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.
Sun Prairie Farmers’ Market – Stop by between 7a.m.-noon to check out everything the market has to offer! Location: behind City Hall (300 E. Main).
Janesville Farmers’ Market – Saturday Mornings 8 am – 1 pm May – October.
Lodi Farmers’ Market – Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. April 29 – October. 902 N. Main St., next to Kolks Lumber Lodi Valley.
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.
Monroe Street Farmers’ Market – Every Sunday May 7 – October 29, 9am – 1pm, Edgewood High School parking lot. A variety of fresh produce and local food from South Central Wisconsin will be available in a fun, family-friendly environment.
Mineral Point Farmers’ Market – Saturdays 8:30-11 am May – October. Water Tower Park, Business 151 at Madison Street.
Capitol View Farmers’ Market – The Capitol View Farmer’s Market operates from May 31 – October 11 from 3:00PM – 7:00PM. The market will close at 6:30PM closer to Fall. The Capitol View Farmers Market is located on Madison’s far east side at 5901 Sharpsburg Drive.
DeForest Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 PM May 23 – October 24, 2017. We decided to keep the market in Fireman’s Park for the first half of the season and to move it in front of the DeForest Village Hall for the second half of the season.
Monona Farmers’ Market – Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. May – October. Ahuska Park in Monona, WI. Located at East Broadway between Monona Drive and Stoughton Road.
Verona Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. May 10 – Oct. 18. 306 Main St. Verona.
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.
ZOOvies – Join us for our new series: ZOOvies at the Henry Vilas Zoo! Grab some popcorn, set up a blanket on the lawn, and enjoy a movie on the big screen! Tickets: $5/person (free admission for children under 3). For all movie dates, the zoo gate will open at 7pm and the movie will start between 7:15 and 7:30pm. See website for dates and movies.
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.
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:
Kids in the Rotunda – 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.
Flea Market – 8 am – 3 pm at Angell Park, Sun Prairie. First Sundays May-October (except June, which will take place Memorial Day weekend, May 28).
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.