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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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Member PJ Party 2017

Friday, January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wear your favorite pair of pajamas, robe and slippers for an evening of family fun at MCM. This year we celebrate the opening of Seymore’s Adventures, our newest exhibit.

SEYMORE’S INAUGURATION
On November 8, 2016, children elected Seymore’s Adventures to be our new exhibit, through a kids-only voting process in our Polling Place. We kick off tonight’s festivities with a brief inauguration ceremony at 6:10 pm. The Honorable Paul B Higginbotham of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals will admininster the Oath of Office of MCM Exhibit.

LAKE SCIENCE
Learn the importance of a watershed and how a watershed works. Using a variety of materials, design your own watershed to test with muddy water from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Rooftop Clubhouse.

GYOTAKU
Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese art style of fish printing. Make colorful fish prints in the Art Studio from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

GREAT WOLF LODGE
Visit with our friends from Great Wolf Lodge.

MILK & COOKIES
Thank you to Sassy Cow Creamery for donating milk to go with our ‘bedtime’ snack!

MCM SCAVENGER HUNT BINGO
Win a prize!

BEDTIME STORY WITH THE CAT IN THE HAT FROM CTM
End the night with an interactive reading of Dr. Seuss’ book “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” from the Cat in the Hat! Children’s Theater of Madison is opening their new show “Seussical” in February and they are sending over their narrator to entertain with a story in the Wildernest.

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The Sparkler Cafe will be open during this event!

 

 

This event is FREE for members to attend, but tickets are limited. Tickets are open to members only.

Reserve your Tickets!

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Member Morning

Saturday, January 21 @ 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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Free Family Night & Stair Trek Exhibit Opening

Wednesday, February 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

At tonight’s free Family Night we celebrate the opening of Stair Trek: Core to Cosmos: a journey through the earth and sky in our five-story stairway. Stop on each floor of the museum as you trek, to punch your passport and enjoy activities inspired by each layer of the trek: underground, forest, sky, and outer space.

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Adult Swim: Maker Madness

Friday, February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Our next Adult Swim celebrates the Maker movement and will help Madison get ready for its second annual Maker Faire, coming to Monona Terrace this spring. Tonight, get a sneak peak at local maker exhibits and demonstrations, and make a thing or two for yourself.

  • Lego Lounge building zone
  • Monona Terrace Maker Faire info and Pancake Bot demo
  • Movie-Maker Madness: homemade Lego movies in the Lego Lounge, and a mad scientist silent film with live musical accompaniment on homemade instruments
  • Mega Sketch drawing robot demonstration
  • Cardboard robot factory
  • Viking-era metalwork demonstration
  • LED tape circuits: light-up valentines and paper craft creations
  • Needle felting
  • Iron heart casting
  • Plus, playtime in all the museum’s awesome exhibits!

Ages 21 & up.

Handmade pizza and craft beer 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
FeLion Studios’ Iron Heart Workshop At 7 and 8 p.m.: Our friends from FeLion Studios are getting in on the Maker Madness! Sit down with FeLion’s own Alisa Toninato for a cast-iron mold workshop, and sculpt and etch your very-own heart mold during Adult Swim, then meet up with FeLion at their community iron pour (at Sector 67) on February 11 to watch your creation be cast.  $20

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National Poop Day Celebration

Saturday, February 4 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

The voters have spoken! In our 2016 Polling Place election, kids passed a referendum to celebrate National Poop day at MCM. Join us for free activities throughout the day:

  • Enjoy a reading of Everyone Poops to kick off the day at 10 a.m.
  • Test your knowledge of animal scat facts with Henry Vilas Zoo, 10 a.m.–noon
  • Learn about our city’s waste-handling systems with a guest from the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, noon-2 p.m.
  • Cast models of coprolite (fossilized animal dung) and animal scat, 2–4 p.m.
  • Examine animal scat under the microscope
  • Craft with poopaper
  • Measure intestines from the animal world and craft a digestive system for a museum friend

 

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Brownie Ceramics Workshop

Saturday, February 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a day of sculpting, ceramics, and art discovery!

Scouts will earn the Potter Try-It badge by completing the following stages:

  • museum visit/clay art scavenger hunt
  • visit with a clay expert
  • make two projects (a simple pot and an art piece)
  • glaze one piece for firing.

Pieces will be fired in the museum’s kiln and will be available for pickup one week following workshop.

$8 per Scout; $4 per Adult (badges not included)

Register by: February 3, 2017

Select a class time to register online:

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.

Cast Metal Heart Charms

Sunday, February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Create your own cast metal charm to wear!

Scratch a design into a heart shaped plaster mold and we will cast it in lead-free pewter metal right before your eyes!

$5 per person (general admission not included)

Register online!

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Member Morning

Saturday, February 18 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

|Recurring Event (See all)
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.

Free Family Night

Wednesday, March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy free admission from 5-8 p.m. on the first open Wednesday of each month through the museum’s Access for Everyone program.

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Daisy Scout Mindfulness

Saturday, March 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us at Madison Children’s Museum for an introduction to the practice of Mindfulness.

Daisy Scouts will have the opportunity to make glitter mind jars and learn how to use them alongside mindful breathing to help cope with strong emotions.

$8 per Scout; $4 per Adult

Register by: March 8, 2017

Select a class time to register online:

10:00 a.m.10:40 a.m.11:20 a.m.

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