Madison Children’s Museum will be closed Memorial Day, May 30.

Museum Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Madison Children’s Museum will be closed Memorial Day, May 30.

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Camps at Madison Children’s Museum


Sign up for some serious school-age fun!

Kids have lots of interests, so our spring, summer, and winter camps have lots to offer—from art and fashion to cooking and technology.

Registration for Spring Break and Summer Camp sessions:

For registration questions, or to be added to the waiting list for a sold-out camp session, please contact the registrar, or call 608.256.6445 ext. 156. (Sold-out camps may be viewed here.)

Morning camps run 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Afternoon camps run 1 – 5 p.m.; mini-camps may be scheduled at other times. Campers are asked to bring a lunch to morning camps and a snack to afternoon camps.

Fees and Payment

2016 Camp Fees: $140 standard camp session; $115 four-day camp session (July 5-8 camps)

Members receive a 10% program discount on all camp sessions. To receive your member discount when registering online, you must log in as the primary member on your membership. Links to log in or sign up for a new account can be found in the upper right hand corner of the registration page.

For information about program cancellation, withdrawal, and refunds, please see our cancellation policy.


Family Access members may apply for camp and program scholarships through MCM’s Access for Everyone program. Read more and apply online on our AFE scholarship page.



Nature Heroes Camp

June 20 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What makes someone a Nature Hero? Is it someone who teaches others about nature? Someone who builds a park? What about someone who plants flowers in their yard from which insects can eat? Learn to explore the world in the way that Nature Heroes throughout history have and inspire new Nature Heroes in your own communities.

Dates: June 20 – 24, 1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: completing grades 1-5

Register Online!


Pioneer Living Camp

June 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Try your hand at pioneer living!

  • Work with traditional tools
  • Communicate and trade with neighbors
  • Attend school in a one-room schoolhouse
  • Grow, cook, and preserve food; and more!
  • Plus, spend time in our authentic 1838 Log Cabin, recovered from Walworth County

Dates: June 27 – July 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ages: completing grades 1 – 5

Register Online!


Dig Into Dinosaurs Camp

July 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This camp may be as short as a T-Rex’s arms, but it’s sure to be a tall order of fossil fun!

Get a peek into the world beneath our feet, as we explore the basics of paleontology, archaeology, and geology. Even better, we’ll get to spend our Thursday session at the UW Geology Museum for a very special tour!

Dates: July 5 – 8, 1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: completing grades 3 – 5

Register Online!


Fishing Camp: From Lake to Plate

July 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Experience firsthand the world of fishing in this experiential camp.

  • Learn all aspects of fishing; from growing your own bait, to knots and tackle, to cleaning and cooking your catch
  • Gain knowledge about water systems in Wisconsin
  • Discover new and important ways to help protect our natural resources
  • Plus, field trips to local Madison lakes for fishing fun!

Dates:  July 25-29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ages: completing grades 3-5.

Register Online!


Cardboard Adventure Camp

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Design, engineer and build your own contraptions inspired by the Global Cardboard Challenge. More details coming soon!

Dates:  July 25 – 29, 1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: completing grades 3 – 5

Register Online!


Ceramics Camp

August 1 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for a supersized version of our Clay Creations program.

  • Explore hand-building and glazing techniques
  • Create your own clay masterpiece to fire in our kiln
  • Projects include life-sized fantasy masks, animal sculptures, jewelry, bowls, and more

Dates: August 1 – 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ages: Completing grades 3 – 5

Register Online!


Miniature Worlds Camp

August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Great things can come in very small packages! In the Miniature Worlds summer camp, we will be making terrariums, doll houses, dioramas, tiny foods, miniature figures, and more. What miniature world will YOU want to create?

Dates: August 1 – 5, 1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: Completing grades 3 – 5

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Birding Bonanza Camp

August 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Did you know there are over 200 different types of birds here in Wisconsin?

  • Spend time on our Rooftop with the chickens and pigeons, and observe sparrows and other birds that visit our feeders
  • Explore the sounds, behaviors, habitats and colors of Wisconsin’s birds
  • Learn to sing bird songs, identify the common birds of Madison using binoculars
  • Make your very own birding journal
  • Find out what you can do to help the birds that live in our community

Dates: August 8 – 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ages: Completing grades 3 – 5

Register Online!


Lego Lab Camp

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Step into our LEGO Lab to create your own sculptures and experiment with different motors, sensors, and various doodads to design and build your own robotic contraption.

Dates: August 8 – 12, 1 – 5 p.m.
Ages: Completing grades 3 – 5

Register Online!

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