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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 here!




Member Morning

Saturday, September 16 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

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The 3rd Saturday of each month

Stop in Saturday morning for exclusive members-only playtime!

We know that MCM Members love and value the museum more than anyone else. We love you too. And we want to see you more often, so we’re setting up private playtime in the museum for our biggest fans.


Madison World Music Festival: Ladama Popup Performance

Saturday, September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Madison World Music Festival presents a free family performance by Ladama, just outside the museum at Rotary Plaza stage.

Ladama is an ensemble of women musicians from across the Americas who strive to engage youth in the process of music-making. Join Mafer Bandola (Venezuela), Lara Klaus (Brazil), Daniela Serna (Columbia), and Sara Lucas (US) for a performance and workshop on Afro-Columbian percussion including cumbia, bullerengue and gaita music styles.


Rain location: Madison Children’s Museum Community Concourse


Adult Swim: The Wedding Zinger

Tuesday, September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

From prenup to break-up, we’re toasting everything that’s wild, wonderful, and woeful about weddings!

Wear your favorite bridesmaid dress, dust off your Electric Slide, and join us for an evening of irreverent revelry:

  • Get down on the dance floor to party favorites, spun by a local DJ
  • Upcycle vintage wedding attire to craft a runway-worthy party outfit and accessories.
  • Try your hand at crafting Pinterest-inspired place-cards, centerpieces, and up-cycled corsages – oh la la!
  • Find a date with the MCM Matchmaker at our Dating Game (7:00 p.m.) or test your knowledge at our Newlywed Game (7:30 p.m.). Both games open to friends, coworkers, bonafide couples, and everyone in between.
  • And more…

Artisanal pizza, appetizers, craft beer, wine, and a craft cocktail will be available for purchase from The Roman Candle.

Ages 21 & up only.

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

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Help local teens get All Dressed Up!

Bring a prom-appropriate dress or accessory to donate to the Junior League of Madison for their annual All Dressed Up event. All Dressed Up assists hundreds of area high school girls in finding their perfect prom dress and accessories free of charge every spring. All attendees bringing items to donate will be entered into a drawing to win 4 passes to a future Adult Swim.

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Free Family Night and Kids for Peace Celebration

Wednesday, September 20 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On the first open Wednesday night of each month, MCM invites our entire community to enjoy the museum for free. Free Family Night is a great time for first time visitors to enjoy the museum, and is a popular time for older children to return to visit their favorite exhibits. This month, Free Family Night moves to the third Wednesday of the month due to our fall maintenance schedule.

Tonight we celebrate Kids for Peace Day, with guest performances by Suzuki Strings of Madison and Vision Contemporary Dance, and a new Art Gallery exhibition of children’s portraits from The Memory Project.

Sensory-Friendly Museum Time

Monday, September 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for autism- and sensory-friendly museum time!

Sensory-friendly hours are part of  a new initiative of Madison Children’s Museum to support and welcome families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or sensory processing challenges. This program is part of a series of four free events just for children with ASD and/or sensory challenges, and their families.

For more information about this program series, and what to expect at our ASD- and sensory-friendly events, please check out our Sensory Summer information page. For specific inquiries, please contact Sandra Bonnici via email or phone, at (608) 256-6445 ext. 524.

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registered attendees will be able to take advantage of express check-in!

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