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Museum Hours: Tues-Sun 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, plus last Monday of each month.

Thank you for voting us Best Museum in Madison for the 2015 Best of Madison Awards!

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Museum Hours: Tues-Sun 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, plus last Monday of each month.

MCM 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 there!

Madison Children's Museum Special Events


Free Family Night

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

Enjoy free admission from 5-8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. be sure to visit the Art Studio this evening to help make masks and costumes for the upcoming STRUT! community parade.


Free Family Night is made possible by donations from our generous sponsors:

Lau & Bea Christensen ♦ Richard Goldberg & Lisa Munro ♦
Dan & Patti Rashke TASC Family Foundation ♦
Dane Arts ♦ The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. ♦
The Hovde Foundation ♦ Madison Arts Commission 
Peggy & Tom Pyle ♦ US Bank ♦ von Briesen & Roper, s.c. ♦
Alliant Energy Foundation ♦ American Transmission Company 
Associated Bank ♦ Jan & Bill DeAtley ♦ Ho-Chunk Madison ♦
Sherrie  & Jerome Mullins ♦ WEA Trust ♦



Dane County Farm Day

April 11 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the Dane County Farm Bureau in celebrating agriculture!
Gather your family and friends to see, taste and experience what Wisconsin’s agriculture has to offer.  This hands-on event will have you “snacking around Wisconsin” and is sure to make you moo with delight.

Singing for Literacy

April 14 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Join local singer Bernie Schlafke and members of the string band Hoot ‘n Annie for a program of popular songs he performs and teaches in daycares to enhance early language acquisition. Tap your toes, dance, and sing along to favorites in English and Spanish!


Adult Swim: Word Freaks

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month along with everything that is wonderful about words, at our first Adult Swim open to adults age 18 and over.

  • Music by Flowpoetry
  • Word game tournaments
  • Show off your skills in our grownup Spelling Bee
  • DIY magnetic poetry
  • Enjoy all of the museum’s great exhibits without having to share with the kiddos
  • And more! Check back in early April for a complete schedule of activities

Grown-up beverages available for purchase (ages 21 and up with ID); soda and pizza available for purchase by everyone.

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All the Water in the World

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come join the librarians from UW-Madison’s Water Library and explore the great lakes, the different types of water in the world, and what we can do to keep water clean.


Giant Puppet Workshop – SOLD OUT

April 19 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn how to make a giant puppet using recycled materials and simple construction techniques. We will be creating giant puppet figures for an art parade on May 2 called STRUT, led by UW visiting artist Laura Anderson Barbata. In this class, you can see techniques demonstrated for creating your own larger than life figures from cardboard and recycled materials. Hands on demonstrations, instructional materials and some supplies will be provided.

This class is free and intended for adults/ children 9 and older with adult supervision. Please pre-register using the form below; seating is limited to 12.


Meet the Musician

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Meet a guest musician from the Madison Symphony Orchestra each month to learn about and listen to the instruments of the orchestra. This month our special guest is Liz Marshall, flute.


STRUT! Workshop with artist Laura Anderson Barbata

April 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Meet UW-Madison interdisciplinary artist in residence, Laura Anderson Barbata, and help us make costumes and masks out of recycled materials for the upcoming STRUT! parade on May 2.

STRUT! is a community procession showcasing the expressions and collaborations of over thirty of Madison’s creative and cultural groups through stilt walking, dance, music, design, puppetry, and more. Everyone is welcome to participate and march in the parade!

For more information on upcoming art events with Laura Anderson Barbata, visit


Spring Scramble

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Monday, May 18, 2015 area business and community leaders will gather to have fun, play golf, and network all while supporting learning through play at Madison Children’s Museum.

The 7th Annual Spring Scramble is being held at the exclusive Maple Bluff Country Club to raise critical funds for exhibits and educational programs that provide discovery, learning, and creative play for kids.

9:30 a.m. – Registration and foursome photos
10:30 a.m. – Golfer Welcome
11:00 a.m. – Shotgun Start
4:00 p.m. – Cocktails and Reception

To sponsor this event, or register a foursome please download and complete the 2015 sponsorship form. Email, mail or fax by Friday, May 1, 2015 to Pete Schwieger.

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