An extra day of play! Join us from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, April 27 for MCM Open Monday.

Museum Hours: Tues - Sun 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. plus the last Monday of each month.

An extra day of play! Join us from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, April 27 for MCM Open Monday.

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Museum Hours: Tues - Sun 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. plus the 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!

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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 artsinstitute.wisc.edu/iarp/barbata/publicevents.html

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Gallery Night: UW Neon and Light Biennial

May 1 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at MCM for a one of a kind Gallery Night celebration, with free admission from 5-9 p.m. View installations by Faisal Abdu’Allah, Olive Early, Laura Anderson Barbata, and JJ L’Heureux; plus, for one night only, the University of Wisconsin Invitational Neon and Light Exhibition.

Gallery Night is organized by Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and MCM’s participation is part of our 2015 Funkyard Festivals, a series of free public arts events in our outdoor Funkyard space. Find complete Gallery Night information here.

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STRUT! Parade

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

STRUT! is a community procession showcasing the expressions and collaborations of over twenty of Madison’s creative and cultural groups through stilt walking, dance, music, design, puppetry, and more. With special guests the Brooklyn Jumbies and Bently Spang.

All are welcome to participate in the STRUT! Parade, whether you participate with a community group or as an individual. To confirm your group’s participation, contact Marcia at strut.barbata.spring2015@gmail.com

1 p.m. Groups gather and walk to the Capitol Square
2 p.m. Procession begins on Capitol Square
3 p.m. Closing and after-party at Madison Children’s Museum Funkyard
5 p.m. Brooklyn Jumbies Meet & Greet and book signing at Edgewater Cafe

For additional information about the parade or upcoming workshops, visit artsinstitue.wisc.edu

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Great Glasses Play Day

May 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Glasses Rock!

Come celebrate the 4th annual Great Glasses Play Day and help raise awareness.  Admission is free to the event for children with prescription glasses or corrective eye patches.  Meet-up on Sunday, May 3rd, from 2 – 4  p.m. in the Wildernest. Enjoy  crafts, story time and activities for families.  Special guest: SeeMore Mouse from Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.

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A Day in a Kid’s Life

May 6

Day in a Kid’s Life shares kid stories at #madisonstoryproject

Sharing the Stories of Madison’s Youth

The Madison Story Project, a Madison-area youth storytelling project, invites area kids and teens, along with their parents, teachers, and friends, to document A Day in a Kid’s Life by sharing a story, or by simply sharing details of their day.  Throughout A Day in a Kid’s Life young people can document and share their day by using the hashtag #madisonstoryproject on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc. The project accepts all formats – text, photo, audio and video.

The Madison Story Project, a collaboration between Madison Children’s Museum and Madison Public Library, collects, shares and archives stories from Madison’s young people. A Day in a Kid’s Life is the public launch of our Madison Stories website.

Submissions will be accepted for twenty four hours: from midnight on May 6 to midnight on May 7. Join us for a celebration at MCM today during Free Family Night, with free admission from 5-8 p.m.

By contributing the details of a typical day, participants will help to write our history for future generations — showing what it means to be a young person living in the Madison area in 2015.

 

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Free Family Night

May 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Every 4 weeks on Wednesday until July 1, 2015

Enjoy free admission from 5-8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month through the museums’s Access for Everyone program.

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

American Family Insurance
CUNA Mutual Foundation
Hamilton Roddis Foundation, Inc.
TDS Telecommunications Corporation
American Transmission Company
The Eric D. Hovde & Steven D. Hovde Foundation
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, Inc.
Alliant Energy Foundation
Associated Bank
Ho-Chunk Madison
WEA Insurance Corporation

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FunkYard Derby Car Workshop

May 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us in creating a fleet of cars to be used this spring and summer on our Funkyard Speedway!  We will have dozens of blank pinewood derby car bodies to be customized your very own way, then we will use that car to run races all summer long on our brand new Funkyard racetrack.  Come and design, draw, sand, hammer, paint, and assemble with us!

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Funkyard SparkFest

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for a Funkyard Festival that will spark imagination and celebration. Funkyard Festivals is a new 2015 event series that offers free arts activities open to the public in our outdoor Funkyard space. Today’s SparkFest celebrates the elements of fire, earth, air, and water:

  • Blacksmithing Demonstrations, 10 am-2 p.m. with MCM Senior Exhibit Fabricator Jon Edwards and guest artist Aaron Howard
  • Fire Dance Demonstrations, 10:30 am-12:30 p.m. with Aylin Dance Troupe
  • Pit Fired Pottery Demonstration with Midwest Clay Project, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Music by Forward! Marching Band, 1-1:30 p.m.
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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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Free Family Night

June 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Every 4 weeks on Wednesday until July 1, 2015

Enjoy free admission from 5-8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month through the museums’s Access for Everyone program.

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

American Family Insurance
CUNA Mutual Foundation
Hamilton Roddis Foundation, Inc.
TDS Telecommunications Corporation
American Transmission Company
The Eric D. Hovde & Steven D. Hovde Foundation
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, Inc.
Alliant Energy Foundation
Associated Bank
Ho-Chunk Madison
WEA Insurance Corporation

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