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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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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!

  • Groove to house music spun by DJ Yorel and DJ Phil Money. Dance instruction 6:30-7:30; dance party 7:30-9:45 p.m.
  • Paint glow–in-the-dark murals in the black-lit Art Studio
  • Screen print your own glow-in-the-dark t-shirt (BYO shirt) or poster with Lesley Numbers
  • Marvel at a special performance by the multitalented P-Funk Allstar Kim Manning
  • Enjoy a phosphorescent cocktail
  • 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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Frank Lloyd Wright birthday celebration!

Wednesday, June 7 - Saturday, June 10

We’re celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday with a grand event!

Wednesday, June 7

Free Family Night | 5 to 8 p.m.
From Coops to Cathedrals: Nature, Childhood, and the Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright is a whimsical, interactive exhibit to celebrate the childhood and experiences of this famous architect. Through Frank’s eyes as a child, the exhibit inspires young visitors to experiment, tinker, design, play, and “learn by doing,” which is exactly what Mr. Wright did throughout his life.

The exhibit ribbon cutting will be at 5:15, with special programs happening in the Art Studio, Log Cabin, and Rooftop Clubhouse. Birthday cake will be served at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 8

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday!
Architectural 3D Structures | 11 a.m. to noon
Recognizing Shapes in Nature | 2 to 4 p.m.

Friday, June 9

Printing Press | 10 to 11 a.m.
Frankly Building with Lincoln Logs | 11 a.m. to noon
Abstract Drawing from Nature | 1 to 3 p.m.
Frontier Science | 2 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 10

Kite Making | 10 a.m. to noon
Architecture Yoga | 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Cabin Cooking: Mr. Wrights Steel Cut Oats | noon to 2 p.m.
Frontier Crafts | 3 to 4 p.m.

All these programs are free with admission!

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Free Family Night & Exhibit Opening!

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 pattern sewing cards in the Art Studio, stained glass rubbings on the rooftop, and building with Lincoln Logs at the Log Cabin! Birthday cake will be served at 7 p.m.


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.

This Member Morning is part of our opening festivities for From Coops to Cathedrals: Nature, Childhood, and the Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. We’re celebrating the architect’s 150th birthday with a whimsical, interactive exhibit that inspires visitors to experiment, tinker, design, play, and learn by doing, which is exactly what Mr. Wright did throughout his life. Explore the new exhibit during this exclusive member playtime!

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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 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

View the full schedule here.

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

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Free Family Night

Wednesday, July 5 @ 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. We often host community organizations and have educational programs at Free Family Night. Please check our calendar to see information for each month. 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.


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, July 15 @ 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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Doll Accessory Workshop

Saturday, July 22 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Make some fun travel accessories for your doll, stuffie, or small companion! In honor of American Girl’s 2016 Doll of the year Lea Clark, our craft projects and refreshments will celebrate Lea’s trip to Brazil. There will be real tropical drinks to sample as well as Brazilian treats.

Ages: Recommended for ages 6 & up. Children ages 4–5 may attend with an adult helper.
Price: $25 per person The price includes kits and all the supplies for each participant to make a doll-size suitcase, binoculars, travel booklet and map, and a doll-size pretend tropical drink.

Each child registration includes general admission for a single adult chaperone. Chaperone tickets do not include craft supplies, doll accessories, or other workshop materials. Adults who wish to participate in the workshop crafts and leave with their own set of doll accessories must purchase a full-price ($25) adult ticket.

There are 2 sessions for this program.

Please select a time to register online:

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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Member Morning

Saturday, August 19 @ 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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Member Morning

Saturday, September 16 @ 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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