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

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!




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.


Poop Day (observed)

Saturday, February 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Madison Children’s Museum holds our third annual celebration of National Poop Day (observed)!

History of National Poop Day at Madison Children’s Museum:

During our 2016 Polling Place election, kids passed a referendum to celebrate National Poop day at the museum. National Poop Day is a holiday celebrated on the day when municipalities supposedly report the most, how-can-we-say-it-delicately, activity in their sewage systems — the day after the Super Bowl. Poop Day is a fun way to explore an aspect of human life that’s important to our daily health, and which also claims an outsized share of attention in the world of small children.

Highlights (or, depending on one’s perspective, lowlights) of the day will include:

Everybody Poops Wildernest Story Time
Enjoy a reading of the international bestseller Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi to kick off the day at 10 a.m.

Possible-opolis Investigation Stations

  • Wonderful World of Poop: What is poop and where does it come from? 10 a.m.–noon
  • Learn about the human digestive system with UW Medical School students, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Unicorn Poop Factory, 2–4 p.m.
  • Learn where your poop travels with Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, 2-4 p.m.

Art Studio

  • Craft with elephant dung paper (while supplies last), 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Craft a “Number Two” pencil with a poop emoji topper, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Rooftop Clubhouse

  • Examine animal scat under the microscope, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Cast models of animal scat, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Member PJ Party 2019 [SOLD OUT]

Friday, February 15 @ 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. This year, we ask “why” with our favorite scientist, Ada Twist! Don your fuzziest slippers, and join us for a wonderful night filled with science and fun!

This event is now sold out. Please use the button below to join the wait-list. We make every effort to move people off the wait-list as space becomes available. 

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Activities will include:

  • Bedtime Story Reading – Join us for a special reading of Ada Twist, Scientist
  • Slumber Party Snacks – Warm up with our hot cocoa bar and chow down at our (nut free) trail-mix bar.
  • Collaborative Art – Contribute to an art project with one of our artists-in-residence
  • Planets or Elements Scavenger Hunt – search the whole museum to win a special prize, with divisions for bigger and little kids
  • more activities TBA!

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.

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If you register and discover you cannot attend, please email us as soon as possible so we can admit someone off of the wait-list.



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


SummerPalooza 2019: Free Admission

Saturday, June 8 @ 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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