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Museum Hours: Open Tues. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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!




Adult Swim: Sustainability Sideshow 2018

Friday, April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hey, Mooch — hear this ballyhoo!

Join us for a unique twist on Adult Swim! Our sixth annual green-themed carnival highlights the lighter side of sustainability through carny games, upcycled fashion and art, circus-inspired local food, live music, and more.

Sustainability Squabble: Survey says…put your best team together for a round of Family Feud with a green twist (7 p.m.)

Barker Bonanza Open Mic: Mesmerize the crowd with a dramatic telling of your own sustainability sins to win the Sustainability Epic Fail trophy (8 p.m.)

Trashion Fashion: Come dressed to impress in upcycled finery, or make your own trashion accessories in the Art Studio to be runway ready for our Trashion Show (9 p.m.)

Tunes: Live music by the Rohnellaros (members of VO5), who tap their unbridled renewable energy to accompany the fun.

Skill Joints: Get crafty with upcycled felted sweaters, play a round of Climate Change MadLibs, visit the “Guess Your Carbon Footprint” Booth, compete for white elephant arcade prizes and more!

Eats: Epicurean popcorn bar (included with admission). Pizza and carnival snacks available for purchase.

Booze: Beer, wine, and signature cocktail available for purchase.

Bonus Add-on: Join natural dye expert Hannah O’Hare Bennett to experiment with natural, eco-friendly iron-oxide textile dyes, and create a handy, hand-dyed hankie to treasure forever. $5 add-on ticket does not include general admission.

The Sustainability Sideshow is a joint fundraiser for Sustain Dane and Madison Children’s Museum. $12.75 advance/$15 day of event.

No zamps for punks – strictly 21 & up.


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 day-of
Add-ons Hand-Dyed Hankie Workshop  $5

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Baby Date Night

Friday, May 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a special night celebrating parents!

Bring your baby for a special baby date night at the museum where there will be just as much playful fun for parents as kids!

Activities will include baby races, a handprint keepsake, bubbles, and crawler exploration station.

Not to leave the parents out of the fun, we’ll have a signature “mocktail,” a chance to confess your silliest parenting moments, the opportunity to participate in our NewlyParent game, and finally a chance to let out all your bedtime frustrations with a dramatic reading of Go the F*&k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach.


Registration is $7 for adults, and free for babies and toddlers age 0 – 3. For the safety of the crawlers and unsteady walkers who will be present, attendance for children is limited to those three and under.


Member Summer Shindig 2018

Thursday, August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of summer fun — just for members!

Event details and activity list coming soon.

Register Online

This event is open to museum members only; registration is free for all active members. Due to the popularity of this event, and to ensure that as many of our members are able to attend as possible, we will not be opening ticket sales to non-member guests.

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The Sparkler Cafe will be open during this event!

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