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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!
Friday, October 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
It’s A Maker Smash!
Explore the museum after dark and get inspired for Halloween with themed activities!
Bring your old Halloween costumes to contribute to our Costume Closet. Let another member take it home and give it new life on October 31st.
DIY COSTUME CLOSET
Adopt an old costume or grab secondhand clothing to create an upcycled costume yourself.
Hold a real human brain with UW Neuroscience. Yes, we mean real!
OUT OF THIS WORLD SNACKS
Snack on asteroids with activities inspired by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission. The probe just launched and MCM was there to see it. Find out about this amazing mission to collect a sample from an asteroid and return it to Earth!
Win a prize!
Sing along to the Monster Mash at our maker smash!
HALLOWEEN TOTE BAG UPGRADE
Upgrade your ticket for $5 to get an exclusive MCM screenprinted Halloween tote that you can color in the art studio. You’ll want to use it for trick-or-treating every year!
This event is FREE for members to attend, but tickets are limited. Tickets are open to members only. A limited number of guest tickets may be available later. Information about guest tickets will be posted here closer to the event.
Friday, October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Explore the science of sweets and celebrate Roald Dahl’s centenary at a wild and wonderful trip through the world of Willy Wonka. Madison Children’s Museum’s celebrates the Wisconsin Science Festival and the Wisconsin Book Festival this week, with science experiments and crafts inspired by Dahl’s wonderland (and chocolate tasting, of course!). Tonight’s event is open to ages 18 & up.
- Live music by the Everlasting Gobstoppers
- Meet & Greet with Willy Wonka and his Wonkaland pals
- Collossal Candyland game
- Sweet Science demonstrations with UW Food Science Club and Biochem Outreach Club
- Panel discussion: Oompa Loompa Labor: Sweet or Sour?
Artisan pizza, appetizers, and craft beer (ages 21 & up with ID) available for purchase from The Roman Candle.
Ages 18 & up.
|General Admission||Includes access to museum exhibits, performances, arts & crafts, and more||$12.75 advance; $15 day-of|
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Monday, October 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Join us for a Halloween party for our youngest visitors! Visit our photo booth to join our costume contest, dance to some live music from 10-10:30 a.m., and then join us for a costume parade through the exhibit galleries at 10:30 a.m.
Need help coming up with a costume? Check out these galleries from previous years: