We’re open! Join us Mondays March 30 and April 6 for extra days of play!

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

We’re open! Join us Mondays March 30 and April 6 for extra days of play!

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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!

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. Tonight’s activities:

  • Visit the Art Studio this evening to help make masks and costumes for the upcoming STRUT! community parade.
  • Join Dean and St. Mary’s for Healthy Habits Week activities in Possible-opolis, 5-7 p.m.
  • Enjoy a dance performance by Limanya Drum & Dance Ensemble in Wildernest from 6:30-7 p.m.
  • Try out musical instruments at an Instrument Petting Zoo presented by Heid Music in the Art Studio


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.

  • Word game tournaments hosted by “I’m Board” game store
  • Giant Bananagrams and Magnetic Poetry wall
  • Poster printing and Cartonera making in the Art Studio
  • Overture Center presents “You Call that a Headline?” Newsies Game, Wicked Words Cookie Art, The Kinky Sound of Motown Motormouth, and Beastly Wicked Word Web
  • Palindrome performance: Mom Returns from the Horse Races, a short one-act play entirely composed of palindromes, by local playwright Bob Jacobson, 7 p.m.
  • Show off your skills in our grownup Spelling Bee, 7:30
  • Music by Flowpoetry, 8:30 p.m.

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


Gallery Night

May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at MCM for a one of a kind Gallery Night celebration! 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.


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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