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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!
March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hey, Mooch! Hear this Ballyhoo!
Join us for a unique twist on Adult Swim! The third annual Sustainability Sideshow highlights the lighter side of sustainability through green-themed carnival games, upcycled fashion and art, carnival-inspired local food, live music and more.
The Sustainability Sideshow is a joint fundraiser for Sustain Dane and Madison Children’s Museum.
No zamps for punks – strictly 21 & up.
Eats: Rooftop Grown Greens with Slow Food Madison, Local ice Cream, Beet Cotton Candy, Epicurean Popcorn Bar
Booze: Compost-olitan Cocktails and beer for purchase
Tunes: Saturn’s 8 DJ, Active Percussion Duo, DB Pedersen, Über Alice, Yid Vicious
Skill Joints: Confession Booth, Peep Show, B-Cycle Races, Cargo Bike Plinko, Upcycled Instruments, Trashion Fashion Show – dress to walk the runway!, Meat and Meatless Raffle, Ask a Prepper!, Jar of Worms, GMO-Free Cornhole, Sustain-a-Note Contest, Hippie Xmas Dumpster Dive
$20 advance; $25 at the door. Includes light hors d’oeuvres and one Compost-olitan
Advance ticketing will close at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event.
Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door beginning at 7 p.m.
Add-On Dinner Option
Edible Insect Banquet, by Chef Dave of Liliana’s: limited seatings at 8, 9 and 10 p.m.
This cost does not include admission to Sustainability Sideshow.
Thanks to our event sponsors!
Clean Energy Empire
Summit Credit Union
March 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Learn how to make a giant puppet using recycled materials and simple construction techniques. We will be creating giant puppet figures for an art parade on May 2 called STRUT, led by UW visiting artist Laura Anderson Barbata. In this class, you can see techniques demonstrated for creating your own larger-than-life figures from cardboard and recycled materials. Hands on demonstrations, instructional materials and some supplies will be provided.
This class is free and intended for adults and children 9 and older with adult supervision. Please pre-register using the form below; seating is limited to 12. A second session covering the same material will be held on April 19th.
March 14 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
If this winter has you running in circles, or feeling irrational join us March 14 for Pi Day Celebrations.
The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.1415926. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi”
Admission all day will be $3.14 and we will open at 9:26 a.m.
- Take the Pi Mile Challenge! Check out a pedometer and see if you can walk enough steps that equal 3.14 miles or 3.14 kilometers.
- Show your love of pi through poetry with Pi-Ku in our Art Studio
- Circle dances at 11 a.m. , circle hunts, and an almost infinite paper pi chain will “’round” out our love of math and pi.
March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Drop-in program free with museum admission.
March 15 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
We will celebrate the color GREEN in the art studio. Stop by to choose from our buffet of green goodies to create a silly hat to wear for the downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Parade starts at 1:30 p.m. around the Capitol Square.
March 21 @ 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. Today’s special guest is Alexis Carreon, viola.
April 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Enjoy free admission from 5-8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.
Free Family Night is made possible by donations from our generous sponsors:
Lau & Bea Christensen ♦ Richard Goldberg & Lisa Munro ♦
Dan & Patti Rashke Family Foundation, Inc. ♦
Dane Arts ♦ The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. ♦
The Hovde Foundation ♦ Madison Arts Commission ♦
Peggy & Tom Pyle ♦ US Bank ♦ von Briesen & Roper, s.c. ♦
Alliant Energy Foundation ♦ American Transmission Company ♦
Associated Bank ♦ Jan & Bill DeAtley ♦ Ho-Chunk Madison ♦
Sherrie & Jerome Mullins ♦ WEA Trust ♦
April 19 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Learn how to make a giant puppet using recycled materials and simple construction techniques. We will be creating giant puppet figures for an art parade on May 2 called STRUT, led by UW visiting artist Laura Anderson Barbata. In this class, you can see techniques demonstrated for creating your own larger than life figures from cardboard and recycled materials. Hands on demonstrations, instructional materials and some supplies will be provided.
This class is free and intended for adults/ children 9 and older with adult supervision. Please pre-register using the form below; seating is limited to 12.
May 18 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday, May 18, 2015 area business and community leaders will gather to have fun, play golf, and network all while supporting learning through play at Madison Children’s Museum.
The 7th Annual Spring Scramble is being held at the exclusive Maple Bluff Country Club to raise critical funds for exhibits and educational programs that provide discovery, learning, and creative play for kids.
9:30 a.m. – Registration and foursome photos
10:30 a.m. – Golfer Welcome
11:00 a.m. – Shotgun Start
4:00 p.m. – Cocktails and Reception