We are open Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., and will be closed Memorial Day.
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Museum Hours: Open Tues. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We are open Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., and will be closed Memorial Day.
Save time and buy your tickets online now!

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Museum Hours: Open Tues. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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!

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SummerPalooza 2018: Free Admission

Saturday, June 9

The summer season kicks into high gear with our sixth annual SummerPalooza!

  • Free museum admission all day
  • Free performances outside the museum
  • Community parade around Capitol Square at noon

On the Rotary Stage
10 a.m. Isthmus Jazz Fest Kids’ Stage
11 a.m. Zhong Yi Lion Dance
11:30 a.m. Black Star Drum Line, youth drumline

On Hamilton Street
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Games, strolling entertainment, and activity tables with local community organizations
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wild Rumpus “Try-It” Circus

On Capitol Square
12-12:30 p.m. Community parade around Capitol Square, with Forward! Marching Band, the Handphibians, Black Star Drum Line, Zhong Yi Martial Arts, and more.

SummerPalooza is presenter by BMO Harris Bank with additional support from Habush Habush & Rottier.

 

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Adult Swim: Craft on Tap

Friday, June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Get your craft on!

What pairs better with craft beer than arts & crafts? Get your friends together for an evening of amazing craft beer and DIY projects bound to amaze your Instagram followers. Groove to live music, engage in a little friendly competition, and (in addition to the beer!) enjoy artisanal pizza, appetizers from the Roman Candle.

Featured Crafts:

  • goat milk soap-making demo
  • custom button making
  • digital knitting demo
  • string-art wall-art

Add-On: Exercise your mad skillz to design and then acid-etch a custom glass beer stein!

New V.I.P. Adult Swim Experience: Brews, bugs, and burnt coasters — craft like a VIP with this premium package! From 6 to 8 p.m. we’re transforming our Rooftop into an exclusive biergarten for our VIP tasters. Sample a selection craft brews, each thoughtfully paired with an edible insect treat, and create your own wood-burnt drink coaster (exclusive Rooftop biergarten craft). Experts from our partner breweries will be on hand to answer all of your craft beer questions. $30 per person; includes event admission and VIP rooftop access between 6 and 8 p.m. Quantities limited.


 

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
Beer & Bugs VIP Tasting Package Brews, bugs, and burnt coasters VIP Package in our rooftop biergarten. $30 per person; includes event admission
Add-On: Etched Glass Beer Stein Design and then acid-etch a custom glass beer stein. $10 per person; does not include admission

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Adult Swim programs will be offered rain or shine; no refunds will be issued unless a paid program is cancelled by MCM. For more information, please see our refund and cancellation policies.

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Dolls & Friends Pajama Party

Friday, July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of dolls and crafts!

We’re kicking off our annual American Girl Benefit Sale weekend with a PJ party for kids and their dolls (and their grown-ups too!). Put on your PJs and bring your favorite pint-sized pal to the museum for an evening of fun with your favorite doll, stuffie, or other favorite toy.

Featured activities:

  • Show your doll pride with DIY buttons for you and your doll
  • Craft doll-sized treats and drinks
  • Snap a souvenir in our Doll & Me photo booth
  • Even dolls need dolls! Create a tiny puppet, doll, or other itsy-bitsy companion for your doll.
  • Close out the evening with a dance party, with tunes inspired by musically-minded American Girl dolls Melody and Gabriela.

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American Girl Benefit Sale: Saturday Sale

Saturday, July 21 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Buy Saturday Tickets
Learn more about the sale

For more information about American Girl Benefit Sale tickets, check out our ticketing FAQ!


Join us for a two-day American Girl™️ extravaganza!

This year’s sale features an exceptional selection of dolls, books, accessories, and more! All merchandise is deeply discounted from retail price, and all sale proceeds benefit the American Girl Fund for Children and Madison Children’s Museum.

The annual American Girl Benefit Sale offers restored and resold overstock and returned merchandise donated by American Girl and Mattel. It attracts up to 7,000 shoppers from all over the country and raises around $1 million dollars each year. All funds raised go to support the exhibits and programs of Madison Children’s Museum and American Girl’s Fund for Children, which provides grants for charitable programs for children throughout Dane County.

The benefit sale is in two main parts, the Saturday Sale which requires paid tickets, and the Sunday Markdown Sale, which has paid tickets only for the first hour, and free, walk-up tickets for the rest of the day.


Saturday Sale tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available online.

Sunday Markdown Sale tickets for Sunday entry times between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. will be distributed for free on-site, starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are required to participate in the American Girl Benefit Sale. Every attendee must present a ticket; the time printed on your ticket will determine what time you will be allowed to enter the sale.

For more information about buying American Girl Benefit Sale tickets, check out our ticketing FAQ! For more information about the benefit sale, please see our sale information page, including frequently-asked questions and everything you need to know to have a great day at the American Girl Benefit Sale!


 Saturday Schedule:

  • 6 a.m. First arrivals
  • 7 a.m. First paid ticketed entry begins, sale grounds open
  • 2:45 p.m. Final entry into the warehouse
  • 3 p.m. Sale grounds close, all attendees must depart

Get Saturday Tickets!For more information about American Girl Benefit Sale tickets, check out our ticketing FAQ!

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American Girl Benefit Sale: Sunday Markdown Sale

Sunday, July 22 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

FREE entry tickets for the Sunday Markdown Sale will be distributed on-site, starting at 8 a.m. on July 22.

Free Sunday tickets will be for entry times after 9 a.m.; Sunday tickets for entry times before 9 a.m. are no longer available. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 8 a.m. on the day of the sale, and will only be available for pick-up at the sale location (8330 N. Greenview Dr. Middleton, WI 53562).

For more information about American Girl Benefit Sale tickets, check out our ticketing FAQ!


Join us for a two-day American Girl™️ extravaganza!

This year’s sale features an exceptional selection of dolls, books, accessories, and more! All merchandise is deeply discounted from retail price, and all sale proceeds benefit the American Girl Fund for Children and Madison Children’s Museum.

Looking to score great deals on American Girl merchandise? Get tickets for the American Girl Benefit Sale!

The annual American Girl Benefit Sale offers restored and resold overstock and returned merchandise donated by American Girl and Mattel. It attracts up to 7,000 shoppers from all over the country and raises around $1 million dollars each year. All funds raised go to support the exhibits and programs of Madison Children’s Museum and American Girl’s Fund for Children, which provides grants for charitable programs for children throughout Dane County.

The benefit sale is in two main parts, the Saturday Sale which requires paid tickets, and the Sunday Markdown Sale, which has paid tickets only for the first hour, and free, walk-up tickets for the rest of the day.

Learn more about the sale


Saturday Sale tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available online.

Sunday Markdown Sale tickets for Sunday entry times between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. will be distributed for free on-site, starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are required to participate in the American Girl Benefit Sale. Every attendee must present a ticket; the time printed on your ticket will determine what time you will be allowed to enter the sale.

For more information about buying American Girl Benefit Sale tickets, check out our ticketing FAQ! For more information about the benefit sale, please see our sale information page, including frequently-asked questions and everything you need to know to have a great day at the American Girl Benefit Sale!


 Sunday Schedule:

  • 6 a.m. First arrivals, Free ticket distribution starts
  • 8 a.m. First paid-ticketed entry begins, sale grounds open
  • 9 a.m. Free-ticketed entry begins
  • 11:45 a.m. Final entry into the warehouse
  • 12 p.m. Sale grounds close, all attendees must depart

FREE entry tickets for the Sunday Markdown Sale will be distributed on-site, starting at 8 a.m. on July 22.

Free Sunday tickets will be for sale entry times after 9 a.m.; Sunday tickets for entry times before 9 a.m. are no longer available. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 8 a.m. on the day of the sale, and will only be available for pick-up at the sale location (8330 N. Greenview Dr. Middleton, WI 53562).

For more information about American Girl Benefit Sale tickets, check out our ticketing FAQ!

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Member Summer Shindig 2018

Thursday, August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of summer fun — just for members!

Event details and activity list coming soon.

Register Online

This event is open to museum members only; registration is free for all active 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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The Sparkler Cafe will be open during this event!

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