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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!

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Summer Showstoppers: DrumPower and Truly Remarkable Loon

Saturday, July 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Join us for free family performances at Rotary Plaza Stage, just outside the museum.

DrumPower: 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Truly Remarkable Loon: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

DrumPower is a youth leadership program that provides young people with an opportunity to learn West African Traditional, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian drumming and their cultural/historical significance in order to build self-esteem and self-confidence through discovering the rewards of discipline, teamwork, creativity, responsibility and self-respect.

Following Drum Power’s performance, thrill to the wacky stunts, sidesplitting comedy, gravity-defying plate spinning and spectacular juggling of Madison’s craziest purple guy, Truly Remarkable Loon! From beanbag chairs to a parasol to a live mongoose, if it isn’t nailed down you can’t stop Loon from tossing it in the air in a hilarious juggling variety act that you and your family won’t soon forget.

In the event of inclement weather, the performances will take place inside the museum. Regular museum admission fees apply to indoor programming.

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Free Family Night with the Handphibians

Wednesday, July 5 @ 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. We often host community organizations and have educational programs at Free Family Night. Tonight we welcome the Handphibians for a free rooftop performance and percussion demo from 5:30-6:45 p.m. 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.


Free Family Night is an Access for Everyone program. The developmental benefits of play are critical to every child’s growth and the museum’s access programs ensure that all children and families are equipped with critical resources to succeed.

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Sensory-Friendly Museum Time

Sunday, July 9 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

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

Sensory Summer is 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!

Register here!

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Member Morning

Saturday, July 15 @ 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.

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30th American Girl Benefit Sale

Saturday, July 22 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Join us for an 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.


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

For more event information, 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!


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Looking for more fun activities to do with your doll?
Check out our Doll Accessory Workshops at Madison Children’s Museum on July 22!
 

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Doll Accessory Workshop

Saturday, July 22 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Make some fun travel accessories for your doll, stuffie, or small companion! In honor of American Girl’s 2016 Doll of the year Lea Clark, our craft projects and refreshments will celebrate Lea’s trip to Brazil. There will be real tropical drinks to sample as well as Brazilian treats.

Ages: Recommended for ages 6 & up. Children ages 4–5 may attend with an adult helper.
Price: $25 per person The price includes kits and all the supplies for each participant to make a doll-size suitcase, binoculars, travel booklet and map, and a doll-size pretend tropical drink.

Each child registration includes general admission for a single adult chaperone. Chaperone tickets do not include craft supplies, doll accessories, or other workshop materials. Adults who wish to participate in the workshop crafts and leave with their own set of doll accessories must purchase a full-price ($25) adult ticket.

There are 2 sessions for this program.

Please select a time to register online:

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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Adult Swim: Summer Camp

Friday, August 4 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Adult Swim goes to camp! Join us for classic summer camp crafts, outdoor games, and a campfire singalong with Hoot ‘n Annie.

  • Compete in the Camp Talent Show
  • Race your fellow campers on our giant slip & slide obstacle course
  • Roast ‘mallows at the DIY S’mores Bar
  • Sing songs and tell ghost stories around the campfire
  • Craft potholders, lanyards and friendship bracelets for your BFFs
  • And more…

Ages 21 & up

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

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
Add-On: Splash Pass Unlimited access to the slip & slide obstacle course $5
Add-On: S’mores Bar Access to DIY s’mores bar, including assortment of candies, crackers, chocolate and ‘mallows $5
Splash S’more Package Admission to event, access to S’mores Bar and unlimited use of Slip & Slide obstacle course $20

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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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Sensory-Friendly Museum Time

Sunday, August 6 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

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

Sensory Summer is 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!

Register here!

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Sensory-Friendly Museum Time

Wednesday, August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Sensory Summer is 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!

Register here!

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Member Morning

Saturday, August 19 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

|Recurring Event (See all)
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.

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