Due to winter weather, the museum will close at 3 p.m. today (1/22/19).

Hours: 9:30-5, Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays

Due to winter weather, the museum will close at 3 p.m. today (1/22/19).

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Hours: 9:30-5, Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays

Grown-up Activities at MCM


While visiting the museum as a family is always fun, we also offer many programs and activities created just for grown-ups!

Adult Swim

Adult Swim honors the public pool tradition of kicking the kids out so adults can have the space to themselves. Adult Swims are held approximately 6 times a year, on Friday evenings, and are open to adults 21 years and up. Each Adult Swim has a fun theme, which inspires crafts, activities, and (optional) costumes. Drinks and artisanal pizza are available from the Roman Candle.


Awaken memories through art with SPARK! Madison Children’s Museum hosts free 90-minute programs that work to tap into the memories of adults living with Alzheimer’s and dementia while bringing family together.


Every year the museum presents special events to raise funds that allow for the continued operation of the museum, including making it possible for us to offer our Access for Everyone program, which offers discounted admission rates, free nights, and other programs designed to help all families in our community benefit from all of the resources the museum has to offer. These fundraisers offer playful ways for adults to get in touch with their creative sides, while also donating to the museum.

Spring Scramble is a day of golf and networking with a playful twist, hosted at one of the premier local golf clubs.

Wonder Ball is the museum’s annual gala, usually featuring games and an imaginative theme, in addition to fine dining and live music.

Other museum fundraisers, which appeal to children as well as adults, include the American Girl Benefit Sale and Tea and Trains.

Adult Tour Groups

Groups of 10 or more adults may schedule guided tours of the museum through our group visit reservation page. Popular topics for adult tours include early learning environments, museum exhibit spaces, green building, art and design.


Adult Swim: Book Affair

Friday, February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A celebration of lovers and book lovers!

Show your love for all things literary — from pulp to poetry — at our February Adult Swim. Cosplay as your favorite literary character is encouraged! Whether you’re coupled as satisfyingly as Elizabeth and Darcy or solving crimes solo like Ms. Marple we all can enjoy the thrill of passion for a great new book.

Enjoy favorite scenes by Madison Shakespeare Company, and join FeLion Studios to carve a custom heart mold for their 10th annual Pour’n Yer Heart Out community iron pour.

  • Madison Shakespeare Company performances, 7:15-8 and 8:30-9:15 p.m.
  • Print your favorite lit quote from our crowd-sourced top ten list on our printing press.
  • Bookworm button-making
  • The Larva storytelling open mic
  • Sub Rosa Studio: make a custom duct tape pen topper
  • Book Mod Workshop: bring a book from home to turn into an origami masterpiece
  • Make a book-themed valentine for that special someone

Get Tickets!

Come see why Adult Swim is one of Madison’s favorite night-out activities!

You must be 21+ years old to attend Adult Swim. Photo ID required.


Baby Date Night – Spring 2019

Friday, May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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 list coming soon!

Register Now

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.

Space is limited and this event may sell-out, so please register soon. Members get 10% off of registration.

Did you know we offer free membership to new parents?!

Sign up for our free First-Time Parent Membership if you’re a first-time parent with a child under 18 months old.

The First-Time Parent Membership program is presented by:

Unity Point Meriter

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