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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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Free Family Night

Wednesday, May 3 @ 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. 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.

Tonight, we explore ice!

Ice Painting

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Art Studio
Drop in and paint with frozen watercolor blocks to explore the properties of ice and color.

Ice Harvesting

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin
Learn about the tools and techniques early European settlers used to harvest ice from the lakes to preserve food throughout the year.

Darkness and Light: Thirteen Fabulous Months at the South Pole

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Celebrations
Christian Krueger and Mack van Rossem will share pictures and stories about their time at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Read more….


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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Darkness and Light

Wednesday, May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thirteen Fabulous Months at the South Pole

Ever wonder what it would be like to live and work at one of the coldest, most remote places on Earth? Christian Krueger and Mack van Rossem can tell you all about it. They are adjusting to life in more moderate conditions after thirteen months operating the biggest and strangest telescope in the world, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. See incredible pictures of their exciting and challenging adventure, and learn what it takes to capture the almost invisible neutrino, nicknamed the ghost particle.

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Great Glasses Play Day

Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Glasses rock! Join us to celebrate our children in glasses, or contacts, or patches. Enjoy crafts, story time, and activities for families in the Celebrations Room. Museum admission is free for children with prescription glasses or corrective eye patches from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The Great Glasses Play Day is a day to show how proud we are of our children in glasses, how thankful we are for better vision for our kids, but most of all, just to have fun and support one another.

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Piano on the Patio

Sunday, May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join students from Edgewood High School for an informal piano recital and hands-on activities on the Rooftop. Children will have a chance to meet older youth and see see them take the stage as performers, try out a piano, and learn about their service learning projects in the community.

Rain location: Celebrations Room, floor 2

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Adult Swim Deep Dive: Dreamscapes

Thursday, May 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Adult Swim honors the public pool tradition of kicking the kids out so adults can have the space to themselves. Adult Swim Deep Dives are intensive, small-group workshops, featuring one-on-one guidance from MCM artists, and inspiration from area experts. Dive into the deep end!

Workshop Schedule:
6:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Rev. Selena Fox. Join dream-interpretation expert Selena Fox as she delves into the meaning of your dreams! She earned a M.S. in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and does counseling, readings, and life coaching with clients all over the world.
7 p.m. Create a unique painting inspired by your own dreams, daydreams, or even nightmares with instruction and guidance from Selena and MCM staff Laurie Rossbach and Jennika Bastian.

Ages: 21 & up.

Price: $40 per person – includes one drink ticket, guest lecture, instructor-led activity, and all project materials

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

Register online!

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Member Morning

Saturday, May 20 @ 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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Adult Swim: Glow Motion

Friday, June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate the return of long summer nights with an incandescent dance party!

  • Paint glow–in-the-dark murals in the black-lit Art Studio
  • Marvel at a special performance by the multitalented P-Funk Allstar Kim Manning
  • Enjoy a phosphorescent cocktail
  • Learn new moves and dance the night away
  • Make LED cards and fashion accessories
  • Put on a shadow puppet show
  • Make colossal drawings on a retro overhead projector
  • Experience a rooftop hoop jam
  • Savor one of the best sunset views in the city

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 day-of

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Free Family Night

Wednesday, June 7 @ 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. Tonight we’re celebrating the opening of a new exhibit on the 2nd floor – From Coops to Cathedrals: Nature, Childhood and Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. There will be activities all around the museum, including stained glass rubbings on the rooftop!


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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Member Morning

Saturday, June 10 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

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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SummerPalooza 2017

Saturday, June 17 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

The summer season kicks into high gear with SummerPalooza! Hosted by Madison Children’s Museum (MCM) and Rotary Club of Madison, the fifth annual SummerPalooza festival features:

  • Free museum admission all day
  • Free performances outside the museum
  • Block party on N. Hamilton Street with games and strolling entertainment

SummerPalooza is a partnership between Madison Rotary Foundation and Madison Children’s Museum, with generous support from Habush Habush & Rottier Charitable Fund.

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