Please note that the museum will be closed August 23 until noon on August 24 as we prepare for our Wonder Ball fundraiser gala.

Museum Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Please note that the museum will be closed August 23 until noon on August 24 as we prepare for our Wonder Ball fundraiser gala.

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Museum Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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!


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!


Wonder Ball: Go Wild with Wonder

August 23 @ 6:00 pm


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 or

Presented by

Title Sponsors:





Major Sponsors:
American Girl, LLC
Lau & Bea Christensen
CUNA Mutual Group
Event Essentials
EXL, Corp.
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Dr. & Mrs. Jay and Tonya Hazen
Neider & Boucher, S.C.
Paoli Schoolhouse Shops & Café
Park Bank
University Research Park
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Special Recognition:
A.M. Mailing Services, LLC
Blue Plate Catering
Celebrations Entertainment
Event Essentials
Felly’s Flowers
Urban Land Interests
Wisconsin Distributors

Media Partner:
BRAVA Magazine


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.

Free Family Night

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

Enjoy free admission from 5-8 pm.

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