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MCM Special Events

Something is happening every day at Madison Children’s Museum, but we also have special events throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Camp Out in the Ward Window!

All summer long, kids can hike to the Community Concourse camping exhibit to learn different ways to build a campfire, identify Wisconsin birds, and cast lines for local fish. The new outdoorsy exhibit is a fun and informational tribute to a Wisconsin’s long tradition of family campouts.

Glow Show

Downtown Madison will light up all summer with MCM’s new temporary exhibit, Glow Show. Shining from the museum’s third floor, this art display consists of over 20 whimsical neon sculptures inspired by children’s artwork created in the MCM Art Studio. Look for it day and night this summer!


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Adult Swim: Summer Speakeasy

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Channel the Great Gatsby and travel back to the 1920s for a Prohibition-Era party!

  • Discover a rum pot in the Log Cabin
  • Sneak into a secret society meeting
  • Play your cards right in Possible-opolis
  • Get connected with post-war spiritualism talks
  • Learn the Charleston, Foxtrot, and other steps
  • Dance to music by The Viper and His Famous Orchestra

Sponsored by Zendesk.

Ages 21 & up. Tickets: $12

Free Family Night

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

Enjoy free admission 5-8 p.m. tonight.

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Wonder Ball: Go Wild with Wonder

August 23 @ 6:00 pm

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Expect untamed fun at our annual gala, while helping ensure that all kids can make the trek to Madison Children’s Museum.

Every August, we celebrate with the black-tie gala, Wonder Ball. Guests get gussied up to mingle, explore exhibits, enjoy entertainment, and raise funds for MCM. And because every party has to end, we created the Wonder Prom after party. Gala crashers and late night dancers welcome!

Sponsorships begin at $1,500, individual tickets are $175.

Reserve your seats today! Contact Clint Walz at 608.256.6445 x534.

Presented by Peggy & Tom Pyle

Title Sponsors:
Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP

J.P. Morgan
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C.

Major Sponsors:
American Girl, LLC
Blue Plate Catering
Celebrations Entertainment
Lau & Bea Christensen
CUNA Mutual Foundation
Dentistry for Madison
Event Essentials
EXL Service, Inc.
Felly’s Flowers
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Kraft Foods/Lunchables
Paoli Schoolhouse Shops & Café
Park Bank
The Roman Candle
University Research Park
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Adult Swim: Wonder Prom

August 23 @ 9:30 pm

Crash the Wonder Ball gala for a night of glam dancing and music with Primitive Culture and DJ Matt Album. Make your own corsages and safari bling, pose for a photo op in the safari jeep, sample edible insect appetizers, and enter a raffle to win the chance to be crowned Prom King or Queen for the night.

Ages 21+ only. Purchase tickets below.

Free Family Night

September 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy free admission from 5-8 pm.

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