School-year hours: 9:30-5, Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays

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

School-year hours: 9:30-5, Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays

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

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.


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[SOLD OUT] Baby Date Night Fall 2018

Friday, November 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This event is now sold out! Registration is now open for our next Baby Date Night on May 24, 2019.

Join us for a special night celebrating parents!

By popular demand, we’re bringing back Baby Date Night!

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, with divisions for new crawlers, experienced crawlers, and walkers
  • Crawler Exploration Cave
  • Reasons My Kid Is Crying board
  • Footprint Holiday Card craft
  • Baby Dance Party
  • Parent Jeopardy, “I’ll take Diapers and Poop for $1200, Alex!”
  • A dramatic reading of “Just F*(&^%^ Eat” by Adam Mansbach*
  • Baby Date Night signature mocktail, the Red-Faced Screamer, for parents

(* Please note, this reading will include real, live swearing and will be scheduled at the very end of Baby Date Night. Parents bringing toddlers beginning to speak or able to “parrot” words are encouraged to remove their children from the area before the reading begins, or else holiday dinners with the grandparents could get unexpectedly “interesting.”)

This event is now sold out, but click below to learn more and register for our Spring 2019 Baby Date Night.

Sold Out!

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.


Free Membership for 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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SPARK! Felted Soap Making

Sunday, November 25 @ 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 feltedsoapSPARK! 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: Felted Soap Making

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! Singalong and Cookie Decorating at Wisconsin Historical Museum (3rd annual)

Friday, December 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Awaken memories through art with SPARK!

sparkcookiedecoMadison 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: Our 3rd annual Singalong and Cookie Decorating at Wisconsin Historical Museum

Please note that this event is held at Wisconsin Historical Museum, NOT Madison Children’s Museum!

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: Holidays on Hamilton

Friday, December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for a merry celebration of history, Hamilton, and the holidays!

Sharpen your quills and tune up your pipes for a night of musical merriment:

  • Arts and crafts, including quill pen calligraphy, silhouette portraits, embroidery, and printing press creations
  • Karaoke from Hamilton: An American Musical
  • Founding Fathers trivia
  • Design a flag
  • Grown-ups only playtime in the museum exhibits
  • Drinks, snacks, artisanal pizza, and a themed specialty cocktail available for purchase from the Roman Candle
  • And much more…

Full schedule of events coming soon. Come see why Adult Swim is one of Madison’s favorite night-out activities!

Get Tickets!

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


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Baby Date Night – Spring 2019

May 24, 2019 @ 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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