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

We will be closed on Thanksgiving day, and will reopen at 9:30 on Friday, November 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

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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!

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Casas for CASA – Saturday

Saturday, December 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

MCM hosts the eighth annual Gingerbread Casas for CASA event for Dane County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children in Dane County.

Visit Saturday to watch teams decorate Gingerbread Houses at the museum, or visit the display of completed houses on Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Plus, we’ll have gingerbread-themed projects in the Art Studio throughout the weekend!

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Tea & Trains

Saturday, December 2 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Our annual Holiday Event, held at the Madison Club.

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Individual tickets and ticket packages are available for purchase online or by phone; sponsorships must be purchased directly with a member of our event staff. To purchase a sponsorship, or to purchase tickets by phone, please contact Gabriella Gerhardt at (608)354-0537.

Please see the Tea & Trains event page for all details, updates and ticket information. 

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Casas for CASA – Sunday

Sunday, December 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

MCM hosts the eighth annual Gingerbread Casas for CASA event for Dane County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children in Dane County.

Visit Saturday to watch teams decorate Gingerbread Houses at the museum, or visit the display of completed houses on Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Plus, we’ll have gingerbread-themed projects in the Art Studio throughout the weekend!

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I Am Jazz Community Book Reading with Sarah McBride

Thursday, December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Madison Children’s Museum is pleased to partner with the Human Rights Campaign, Welcoming Schools, the Madison Metropolitan School District, and others to present this special event. The museum will be open late with free admission for event attendees.

You must register on the Human Rights Campaign’s webpage to attend.

For more information and updates please see the event Facebook page.

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Join us for the 3rd annual “I Am Jazz” Community Book Reading — a FREE family event including art activities, pizza, and ice cream with rainbow sprinkles! All are welcome to join us.

In these challenging times, show your support for transgender, non-binary and gender expansive youth and children.

Sarah McBride will be reading the book “I Am Jazz,” a picture book based on childhood experiences of transgender teen, Jazz Jennings. Sarah is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. She was the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Jen Cheatham, Madison Metropolitan School Department (MMSD) superintendent, will also be speaking. MMSD is a “school district that values and celebrates diversity unequivocally.”

This event began in Mount Horeb in early December 2015 when over 600 community members attended readings of “I Am Jazz” at the Mt. Horeb Public Library hosted by Amy Lyle and at the Mt. Horeb High School hosted by SAGA in support of a young transgender girl in their community.

This event is co-sponsored by Welcoming Schools, The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, MMSD, GSAFE, A Room of One’s Own Books, The Madison Public Library, Fair Wisconsin and the Madison Children’s Museum. Sponsoring organizations will have information tables and A Room Of One’s Own will be selling gender inclusive books.

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Únase a nosotros para la 3ra lectura abierta a la comunidad del libro “I Am Jazz” — un evento familiar GRATUITO que incluye actividades de arte, pizza y helado con chispitas de dulce. ¡Invitamos a todo el público a participar de este evento!

En estos tiempos difíciles, es importante demostrar su apoyo a jóvenes y niños(as) transgénero, de género no binarios y de género expansivo.

Sarah McBride leerá el libro “I Am Jazz”, un libro ilustrado basado en las experiencias infantiles de una adolescente transgénero, Jazz Jennings. Sarah es la Secretaria de Prensa Nacional de la Campaña de Derechos Humanos (HRC, por sus siglas en inglés). Ella fue la primera persona abiertamente transgénero en pronunciarse durante la convención política de un partido importante: la Convención Nacional Demócrata de 2016, en Philadelphia.

Contaremos con la participación de Jen Cheatham, superintendente del Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). MMSD es un “distrito escolar que valora y celebra la diversidad de manera inequívoca”.

Este evento comenzó en Mount Horeb a principios de diciembre de 2015 cuando más de 600 miembros de la comunidad asistieron a las lecturas de “Yo soy Jazz” en el Biblioteca Pública de Mount Horeb organizada por Amy Lyle y en la Escuela Secundaria Mount Horeb auspiciada por SAGA, en apoyo de una joven transgénero en su comunidad.

Este evento es copatrocinado por el programa de Escuelas Acogedoras o Welcoming Schools de la Fundación Human Rights Campaign, MMSD, GSAFE, A Room of One’s Own Books, la Biblioteca Pública de Madison, Fair Wisconsin y el Madison Children’s Museum.

Las organizaciones patrocinadoras tendrán mesas de información y A Room Of One’s Own ofrecerá libros inclusivos de género.

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Adult Swim: Mega Geek Mashup

Friday, December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Deck the Halls with Droids and Daleks…

Presenting an Adult Swim for geeks of all stripes (and their geek-curious sidekicks!) Join us for an evening of gaming, making, cosplay, and holiday revelry.

Featuring:

  • Nerd-tastic Crafting: Make your own vintage video game perler-pixel ornaments, decorate Cthulhu holiday cards, and make Star Wars and Game of Thrones snowflakes
  • Lego Lounge: create holiday-themed Lego sculptures to win fabulous prizes
  • Live Music by the Allegro String Trio: 7:30-8:30 p.m., featuring video game theme music and holiday tunes
  • Mario Kart Tournament
  • Awkward Holiday Photo Booth: capture precious memories to last a lifetime
  • DC/Marvel Scavenger Hunt Showdown: choose a side and use your super sleuth skills to rack up points for your team 
  • Superhero Cocoa: free samples 6:30-8:30, while supplies last
  • Mega Geek Costume Contest: 9:30 p.m.
  • Pokeball Terrariums: Make the perfect gift for that special someone. $5 add-on project fee

Artisanal pizza, appetizers, craft beer, wine, and a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster cocktail will be available for purchase from The Roman Candle.

Ages 21 & up only.

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 at the door
Add-On: Poké Ball Terrarium Craft Craft a tiny world for your best Pokémon pal inside a clear Poké Ball, using a variety of miniatures. (See a sample terrarium here.) $5 add-on

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Member Morning

Saturday, December 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.

Starting in Fall 2017 we will also include orientation sessions for First-Time Parent Program members.

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New Year’s Eve Dance Party

Sunday, December 31 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

It’s Winter Wonder Week!

Are your little ones not quite ready to stay up until midnight?

Shake, rattle, roll and bid farewell to 2017 at our New Year’s Eve afternoon dance party, complete with glow bracelets, sparkling juice and a confetti-filled early New Year countdown at 4 p.m.

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Member PJ Party 2018

January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wear your favorite pair of pajamas, robe and slippers for an evening of family fun at MCM.

A full list of activities is coming soon.

This event usually fills up quickly, so register now to attend!

Register Now!

 

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The Sparkler Cafe will be open during this event!

 

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Member Morning

January 20, 2018 @ 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.

Starting in Fall 2017 we will also include orientation sessions for First-Time Parent Program members.

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