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

Special Events

Something is happening every day at Madison Children’s Museum!

We also have special events throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you here!



Open New Year’s Day Noon-5 p.m.

January 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

MCM is open from noon-5 p.m. today. Join us for special programs throughout the afternoon.


Governor-elect Evers’ Inaugural Madison Kids Gala

January 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

On the weekend before the Wisconsin Inauguration, special events for kids will be held in Madison, Milwaukee, and Appleton. Madison Children’s Museum is pleased to have been chosen as the location for Governor-elect Evers’ Madison Kids Gala.

The gala will be a fun and casual event with activities, music, snacks, and a short address by the governor-elect. Admission will begin at 9:30 a.m., with special activities running from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This event is organized by the 2019 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Inauguration. Tickets are now being sold on their website: $5 for kids and adults, or $15 for a family of four, free for kids 2 and under. Proceeds from all 2019 Wisconsin Inauguration events benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.

Reduced Admission Prices:
 From 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. that day, Madison Children’s Museum will also reduce our walk-up admission rate to $5 for kids and adults, or $15 for a family of four, and free for kids 2 and under. This museum rate is only available while the museum still has capacity. Members will still be able to enter and participate for free, but entry is subject to space restrictions; see below.

Capacity Cap:
 Due to the anticipated popularity of this event, it is possible that we will reach the capacity of our space and need to limit walk-up admissions for part of the morning. Anyone who purchases a ticket through the Wisconsin Gubernatorial Inauguration website will be allowed to enter, but walk-up admissions may be paused until enough people leave to make the space safe and fun for everyone. If you want to be guaranteed entry, we suggest you purchase tickets in advance. Madison Children’s Museum members must also purchase advanced tickets to be guaranteed entry.

Admission includes access to the whole museum and to the special activities, while supplies last. The governor-elect will be speaking briefly in our Coops to Cathedrals exhibit, which will offer limited, on-floor seating.

Members of the press will be covering this event, and all attendees may be filmed or photographed.

Member PJ Party 2019 – registration coming soon

February 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Members take over the museum for an epic, evening party!

Wear your favorite pair of pajamas, robe, and slippers for an evening of family fun at Madison Children’s Museum. Each year we select a book to read at the program and base our activities on it!

Event registration and activity details coming soon.

Roman Candle Pizza Logo

The Sparkler Cafe will be open during this event!

This event is open to current museum members only; registration is free for all members.
Due to the popularity of this event, and to ensure that as many of our members are able to attend as possible, we will not be opening ticket sales to non-member guests. If you register and discover you cannot attend, please tell us as soon as possible so we can admit someone off of the wait-list.



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


SummerPalooza 2019: Free Admission

June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The summer season kicks into high gear with our seventh annual SummerPalooza! There will be free museum admission all day, free performances outside the museum, and a community parade around Capitol Square at noon.

Stay tuned for the announcement of programming details!


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