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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 there!




Global Cardboard Challenge

October 10 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Participate in the 2015 Global Cardboard Challenge with us!

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an opportunity for children to play and learn by using simple materials to build the things they imagine.
It lets kids explore their interests and passions, teaches skills like critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork, and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity.

See photos from last year’s event


Meet the Musician

October 17 @ 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.


Living Lab Open House

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Did you know that Madison Children’s Museum is a local hub for child development research?

Through the National Living Lab Initiative, the museum collaborates with child development researchers at UW–Madison to educate the public about child development by immersing museum visitors in the process of scientific discovery. Created by the Boston Museum of Science and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the National Living Lab Initiative assists researchers and informal science educators in collaboration efforts that foster public awareness, engagement and understanding of the scientific study of children’s learning and development.

At this Living Lab open house, visitors will have a chance to meet MCM’s Living Lab UW–Madison research partners and learn about current topics in child development research being studied at MCM with the help of museum visitors.

This event is designed for adults, but children may attend with an accompanying adult. Advance registration is preferred, but not required.

Reserve Your Spot!

This program is offered in collaboration with the Wisconsin Science Festival.


Family Fun Day with DCFM

October 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Madison Children’s Museum is partnering with Dane County Farmers Market for a fall, family fun day!

Stop by the museum beginning at 9:30 a.m. to receive a family fun package including:

  • Admission to the museum
  • A $5 DCFM gift certificate
  • A mini-pictorial market pocket guide and check off list

Then take your family around the Square to observe all of fall’s offerings at the Dane County Farmers Market.

Pick up a pumpkin or two to bring back to the museum’s Art Studio to decorate. Afterward, enjoy playtime in museum exhibits. At 2 p.m., head to the Log Cabin for Lacto-Fermentation Fest, where kids can learn how the pioneers prepared food for fall.

Cost: $8.95 per person (a $14.15 value)
All ages welcome. Limited quantity available.
Purchase package at the museum admission desk on Saturday, October 24.




Pioneer Technology: Lacto-Fermentation Fest

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visit our historic Log Cabin to learn food preservation techniques used by Wisconsin’s early European settlers and Native American communities. Joining us for today’s program is special guest Faith Anacker, owner of Fizzeology Foods.

  • Explore the science at work behind fermentation
  • Sample local heirloom food
  • And help preserve some of the Log Cabin’s fall garden harvest

This program is offered in collaboration with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

Dig into Dinosaurs

October 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Explore mini science exhibits, movement games and dramatic play to investigate the lifestyles, behaviors and adaptations of dinosaurs. Work together as a group and use tools and skills of the paleontology trade to investigate theories and solve puzzles.

Recommended for ages 6 & up; registration required.

This program is offered in collaboration with the Wisconsin Science Festival.



MCM Open Last Monday

October 26 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Come and play!

We are open the last Monday of each month during the school year. Plus, Mondays are one of the more quiet days at the museum – it’s a perfect time to visit with your little ones!


Downtown Madison Family Halloween

October 28 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wear your costume downtown and join in the trick-or-treating and other holiday fun on Capitol Square. Downtown Madison Family Halloween is organized by Madison’s Central Business Improvement District. Check their website for activity updates!

Please note: For this event, MCM will extend its visiting hours to 6 p.m.


Baby’s First Halloween

October 29 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a Halloween party for our youngest visitors! Visit our photo booth to join our costume contest, dance to some live music from 10-10:30 a.m., and then join us for a costume parade through the exhibit galleries at 10:30 a.m.

Need help coming up with a costume? Check out these galleries from previous years:


Adult Swim: Monster Mash Up

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This month’s Adult Swim promises a creature feature to be remembered.

Adult Swim welcomes monsters of all kinds. Admission includes:

  • Dress as your favorite monster – costume required to win the Costume Contest!
  • Get Sketchy! Draw a monsterpiece from a series of live-model tableaus
  • Breathe life into a minipumpkin: Mr. Pumpkinhead Decorating offers a prize for top frenetically-modified squash
  • Help destroy the monstrous Giant Piñata, spawned from the mating of a puppet with a cardboard birthday cake
  • Watch Freaky Old Fright Flicks set to a live score
  • Touch a Real Human Brain, compare brains of different animals, and test your neuro-knowledge with UW Neuroscience Training Program.
  • Play in all the museum’s awesome exhibits!

Ages 21 and up. Local craft beer and handcrafted pizza from The Roman Candle available for purchase.

Ticket Details Price
General Admission Includes access to museum exhibits, the costume contest, a giant piñata, plenty of arts and crafts and more. $12.75 or $15 day-of
FrankenMuppet Craft Add on a premium Monster Mashup craft! Repurpose old stuffed animals and dolls to make your own Frankenstein Monster pal. $5
Caramel Apple Bar Add on a visit to the caramel apple bar. Once your apple is doused in caramel, choose your favorite toppings and enjoy! $5
Spooky Spa Package Relax and unwind like the Very Important Monster you are! Spooky Spa Package includes all the above, plus a complimentary BOO-zy Schocktail, chair massage (from professional massage therapist) and access to DIY Monster Makeover.  $30


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