We are open Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., and will be closed Memorial Day.
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Museum Hours: Open Tues. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We are open Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., and will be closed Memorial Day.
Save time and buy your tickets online now!

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Museum Hours: Open Tues. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Grown-up Activities at MCM

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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.

SPARK!

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.

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.

Fundraisers

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.


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SPARK! Storytelling and Singalong

Friday, May 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Awaken memories through art with SPARK!

Madison Children’s Museum hosts monthly 90-minute programs that work to tap into the pasts of adults living with Alzheimer’s and dementia while bringing family together.

SPARK! workshops are open to adults experiencing Alzheimer’s or other memory loss conditions, and their care partners. Advance registration is required.

This week’s theme: Storytelling and Singalong with Stuart Stotts

Register

To register for this popular program, use the online registration form linked above, or call 608.256.6445, ext. 156, at least 24 hours in advance.


SPARK! provides an opportunity for adults with dementia and their care partners to enjoy arts and artifacts in a comfortable setting, guided by trained docents and volunteers.

Fifteen museums serving Wisconsin and Minnesota residents are extending their cultural and historical collections to create meaningful experiences for older adults experiencing dementia and memory loss, and their care partners. Madison Children’s Museum is part of the SPARK! Alliance, which connects the museums with local partners in healthy aging to bring the model to museums, senior centers and programming organizations throughout the Midwest.

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SPARK! Drum Circle

Sunday, May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Awaken memories through art with SPARK!

Madison Children’s Museum hosts monthly 90-minute programs that work to tap into the pasts of adults living with Alzheimer’s and dementia while bringing family together.

SPARK! workshops are open to adults experiencing Alzheimer’s or other memory loss conditions, and their care partners. Advance registration is required.

This week’s theme: Drum Circle with Elmore Lawson

Register

To register for this popular program, use the online registration form linked above, or call 608.256.6445, ext. 156, at least 24 hours in advance.


SPARK! provides an opportunity for adults with dementia and their care partners to enjoy arts and artifacts in a comfortable setting, guided by trained docents and volunteers.

Fifteen museums serving Wisconsin and Minnesota residents are extending their cultural and historical collections to create meaningful experiences for older adults experiencing dementia and memory loss, and their care partners. Madison Children’s Museum is part of the SPARK! Alliance, which connects the museums with local partners in healthy aging to bring the model to museums, senior centers and programming organizations throughout the Midwest.

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Adult Swim: Craft on Tap

Friday, June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Get your craft on!

What pairs better with craft beer than arts & crafts? Get your friends together for an evening of amazing craft beer and DIY projects bound to amaze your Instagram followers. Groove to live music, engage in a little friendly competition, and (in addition to the beer!) enjoy artisanal pizza, appetizers from the Roman Candle.

Featured Crafts:

  • goat milk soap-making demo
  • custom button making
  • digital knitting demo
  • string-art wall-art

Add-On: Exercise your mad skillz to design and then acid-etch a custom glass beer stein!

New V.I.P. Adult Swim Experience: Brews, bugs, and burnt coasters — craft like a VIP with this premium package! From 6 to 8 p.m. we’re transforming our Rooftop into an exclusive biergarten for our VIP tasters. Sample a selection craft brews, each thoughtfully paired with an edible insect treat, and create your own wood-burnt drink coaster (exclusive Rooftop biergarten craft). Experts from our partner breweries will be on hand to answer all of your craft beer questions. $30 per person; includes event admission and VIP rooftop access between 6 and 8 p.m. Quantities limited.


 

Ticket Details Price
General Admission  Includes access to museum exhibits, live music, games, arts & crafts, and a little bit of friendly competition. $12.75 advance; $15 at the door
Beer & Bugs VIP Tasting Package Brews, bugs, and burnt coasters VIP Package in our rooftop biergarten. $30 per person; includes event admission
Add-On: Etched Glass Beer Stein Design and then acid-etch a custom glass beer stein. $10 per person; does not include admission

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Adult Swim programs will be offered rain or shine; no refunds will be issued unless a paid program is cancelled by MCM. For more information, please see our refund and cancellation policies.

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