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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!



Rooftop Icicle Festival

February 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Come up to the Rooftop Ramble at Madison Children’s Museum for some frosty fun. Eat flavored snow, skate on our toddler ice rink, try your hand at snow art, and learn how solar energy works, even in the coldest of winter months.


Free Family Night

March 2 @ 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.

This month, enjoy free admission on Wednesday, March 2. We’ll be hosting the annual Kids’ Safety Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with interactive activity stations presented by members of the Safe Communities Coalition.

Free Family Night is made possible by donations from our generous sponsors:

Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation
Madison Community Foundation
Richard Goldberg & Lisa Munro
American Family Insurance
Lau & Bea Christensen
Dan & Patti Rashke TASC Family Foundation
Culver’s VIP Foundation
CUNA Mutual Foundation
Dean & St. Mary’s
The Hovde Foundation
Madison Arts Commission
Peggy & Tom Pyle
US Bank
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
American Transmission Company
Associated Bank
WEA Trust


Adult Swim: Sustainability Sideshow

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hey, Mooch! Hear this Ballyhoo!

Join us for a unique twist on Adult Swim!  Our fourth annual green-themed carnival highlights the lighter side of sustainability through 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. $20 advance/$25 day of event ticket includes hors d’oeuvres and a signature shot.

No zamps for punks – strictly 21 & up.

Eats: Rooftop Grown Hors D’Oeuvres,  Artisinal Cotton Candy, Epicurean Popcorn Bar

Booze: Beer and other grown-up beverages available for purchase

Tunes:  Forward! Marching Band, Active Percussion Duo, Recycled Bag Orchestra, and more!

Skill Joints: Confession Booth, Quick Draw with Green-Living Models, B-Cycle Races, Plinko, Trashion-Making and Trashion Fashion Show, Jar of Worms, Heirloom Cornhole, Sustain-a-Note Contest, Hippie Xmas Fishing Hole, and more!

Ticket Details Price
General Admission Includes activities, hors d’oeuvres and a signature shot $20 advance; $25 day-of

Register Online!

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Midway Sponsors
Community Shares of Wisconsin
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.

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Mad Hatter Tea Party

April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Take a trip to Wonderland on April Fool’s Day! Join us for an evening party with Dance Wisconsin.

  • Enjoy refreshments at our Mad Hatter Tea party
  • Meet dancers from Dance Wisconsin’s April production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Try out science experiments and art projects inspired by Alice’s story
  • Explore the museum after-hours, and play in all of our awesome exhibits!

Tickets: $10 adult or child; no registration required for infants under one year (members, log in to your account and take an additional 25% off, on top of your 10% member discount!)

Proceeds benefit MCM’s Access for Everyone program and Dance Wisconsin.



Girl Scouts: Museum Mayhem

April 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland teams up with MCM to offer a whole day of scouting fun at the museum. Explore the museum and visit dozens of hands-on activity stations to complete activities toward a variety of badges for Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts.

Fee: $15/scout; $5/adult

Registration includes museum admission and all M activities.

Museum Mayhem pre-registration will be processed by Girls Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland, through their Girl Scout event registration site. For more information, or registration questions, please contact Courtney at This event was originally scheduled for September 26, and has been rescheduled by the Badgerland Girl Scout Council.

Register Online


Musical Morning for Scouts

April 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to register for a special group visit to enjoy all the museum’s exhibits, plus the following public programs:

  • Meet the Musician 11 – 11:30 a.m. – performance and instrument demonstration with a guest violinist from Madison Symphony Orchestra
  • Instrument Petting Zoo with Heid Music: 11:30 a.m. – noon

Group visit admission fee: $5 per scout; 1 free adult chaperone per 3 kids. Arrival time can be any time between 9:30 and 11 a.m.

To book, please complete the Group Visit Form.

This program makes a great add-on to Overture Center for the Arts 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Kids in the Rotunda performance. Kids in the Rotunda performances are free and do not require advance registration. 


Junior Girl Scout Camp-In

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - April 17 @ 8:30 am

Join us for a night at the museum just for Junior Girl Scouts!

Fee: $30 per scout; $15 per adult

Tonight’s camp-in theme is Junior Detectives. Examine evidence, work with secret codes, and hunt for clues while solving a mystery. Campers will complete 4 activities toward the Detective badge. Camp-in registration fee includes museum admission, all program materials, an evening snack and a light breakfast.

Badges are not included, and must be purchased separately through your scouting organization.



Girl Scout Puppet-Making Workshop

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about some of the puppetry trick used in the Lion King, and create large scale puppets in a special art workshop for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts.

Workshop fee: $8 per girl, with 1 free adult chaperone per 3 kids

Badges are not included, and must be purchased separately through your scouting organization.

This program makes a great add-on to Overture Center for the Arts matinee performance of The Lion King. For group ticket information, contact the Overture Group Sales office at 608.258.4159.

Capacity: 40 scouts (minimum 8)


Spring Scramble

May 23

Save the date for Spring Scramble, the museum’s annual golf fundraiser!

Join us Monday, May 23 at the exclusive Maple Bluff Country Club for an enjoyable day on links. With your support, we’ll be able to raise critical funds for exhibits and educational programs and provide discovery learning and creative play for kids.

More details coming soon.

Email Pete, our Development Officer for information on sponsorship.

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