Madison Children’s Museum will be closed for fall maintenance September 1 through 4, reopening Saturday, September 5.

Museum Hours: Open Daily, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Madison Children’s Museum will be closed for fall maintenance September 1 through 4, reopening Saturday, September 5.

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Museum Hours: Open Daily, 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 there!

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Free Family Night

September 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy free admission from 5-8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month through the museum’s Access for Everyone program. Tonight, we celebrate Madison’s new “Love to Ride” initiative with a celebration of bicycling for all ages.

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
Macy’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

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SPARK! Alliance Conference & Training

September 10 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Every day until September 11, 2015

Conference Headquarters: Madison Concourse Hotel

Madison Conference Host: Madison Children’s Museum

This two-day conference will provide an opportunity for museum professionals, volunteers, healthcare professionals and caregivers to learn how to develop a successful cultural program or enrich their current program activities for adults with memory loss.

Download the SPARK Conference Preliminary Program

Registration fees

Price $125* $150 $85 $75
Registration Details Full Conference Full Conference Thursday Only Friday Only

*Early Bird pricing through July 31

Register Online!

Lodging

Madison Concourse Hotel
SPARK! Alliance Group Rate: $145/night (single/double); $155 (triple); $165 (quad)
To book, call 608.257.6000 and request the SPARK! Alliance Group Rate.

About SPARK!

Fifteen museums serving Wisconsin and Minnesota residents are extending their cultural and historical collections to create meaningful experiences for older adults with dementia and their caregivers. The SPARK! Alliance connects the museums with local partners in healthy aging to bring the model to museums, senior centers and programming organizations throughout the Midwest. SPARK! provides an opportunity for those with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy arts and artifacts in a comfortable setting, guided by trained docents and volunteers.

The two-day conference will assist museums and other senior program sites with starting new programs or enriching their current program activities. The conference will provide resources for starting a program and hands-on exploration of art projects, creative movement, activities and engagement exercises. The benefits of this conference will further extend to care takers and care professionals with opportunities for discovering new ways to interact with people in facilities or group settings with memory loss.


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SPARK! Alliance Conference & Training

September 11 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until September 11, 2015

Conference Headquarters: Madison Concourse Hotel

Madison Conference Host: Madison Children’s Museum

This two-day conference will provide an opportunity for museum professionals, volunteers, healthcare professionals and caregivers to learn how to develop a successful cultural program or enrich their current program activities for adults with memory loss.

Download the SPARK Conference Preliminary Program

Registration fees

Price $125* $150 $85 $75
Registration Details Full Conference Full Conference Thursday Only Friday Only

*Early Bird pricing through July 31

Register Online!

Lodging

Madison Concourse Hotel
SPARK! Alliance Group Rate: $145/night (single/double); $155 (triple); $165 (quad)
To book, call 608.257.6000 and request the SPARK! Alliance Group Rate.

About SPARK!

Fifteen museums serving Wisconsin and Minnesota residents are extending their cultural and historical collections to create meaningful experiences for older adults with dementia and their caregivers. The SPARK! Alliance connects the museums with local partners in healthy aging to bring the model to museums, senior centers and programming organizations throughout the Midwest. SPARK! provides an opportunity for those with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy arts and artifacts in a comfortable setting, guided by trained docents and volunteers.

The two-day conference will assist museums and other senior program sites with starting new programs or enriching their current program activities. The conference will provide resources for starting a program and hands-on exploration of art projects, creative movement, activities and engagement exercises. The benefits of this conference will further extend to care takers and care professionals with opportunities for discovering new ways to interact with people in facilities or group settings with memory loss.


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PuppetFest

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Participate in large-scale puppet construction and performances with Minnesota-based Puppet Farm Arts.

Puppet Farm Arts was born out of a desire to engage communities in the magnificent act of creating theatrical spectacle and fantasy in the public-square. From its inception, the Puppet Farm has been dedicated to the multi-disciplinary theatrical arts as a vehicle for social change and community enrichment.

Funkyard programming is presented by

NGLIC (Plum Logo) (Web)

Additional support provided by CUNA Mutual Group, Dane Arts,
Habush Habush & Rottier, Lunchables, Madison Arts Commission and Zendesk, Inc.

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Wonder Ball

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Wonder Ball, Night at the Tropicana, Madison’s most whimsical gala travels to the Tropicana Club for an evening of the spicy rhythms of MadiSalsa, savory treats from Dan Fox of Fox Heritage Catering, exciting live and silent auctions and colorful entertainment, all with a Latin flare!

Sponsor Levels

Sponsorships with tickets for four begin at $1,000 – Individual tickets begin at $150. For sponsorship details and benefits, please contact Pete Schwieger, at 608.256.6445, ext. 537 or pschwieger@madisonchildrensmuseum.org

Full details here 

 

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Fall Harvest Festival

September 19 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Every day until September 20, 2015

Celebrate the fall harvest season and investigate the science, history, art and culture of the food we eat.

Visit our historic 1830’s Log Cabin to learn about harvesting, making and preserving foods and participate in traditional song and dance.

Then, come up to the Rooftop Ramble for cooking demonstrations and tastings using vegetables, fruits, eggs and herbs grown here at Madison Children’s Museum.

Learn how to save seeds and participate in harvest-related games and crafts in the Funkyard.

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Fall Harvest Festival

September 20 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until September 20, 2015

Celebrate the fall harvest season and investigate the science, history, art and culture of the food we eat.

Visit our historic 1830’s Log Cabin to learn about harvesting, making and preserving foods and participate in traditional song and dance.

Then, come up to the Rooftop Ramble for cooking demonstrations and tastings using vegetables, fruits, eggs and herbs grown here at Madison Children’s Museum.

Learn how to save seeds and participate in harvest-related games and crafts in the Funkyard.

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Girl Scouts: Badge Bonanza

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 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: $12/scout; $4/adult

Registration includes museum admission and all Badge Bonanza activities.

Badge Bonanza pre-registration will be processed by Girls Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland, through their Girl Scout E-Biz site. For more information, or registration questions, please contact Courtney at feuquay@gsbadgerland.org.

Register Online

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Gallery Night

October 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at MCM for a one of a kind Gallery Night celebration, with free admission from 5-9 p.m, featuring new exhibitions by Lynda Barry and Finn Jackson, plus an art-making adventure in the Funkyard with Angela Richardson.

Gallery Night is organized by Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and MCM’s participation is part of our 2015 Funkyard Festivals, a series of free public arts events in our outdoor Funkyard space. Find complete Gallery Night information here.

 

Funkyard programming is presented by

NGLIC (Plum Logo) (Web)

Additional support provided by CUNA Mutual Group, Dane Arts,
Habush Habush & Rottier, Lunchables, Madison Arts Commission and Zendesk, Inc.

Day of the Dead Shadow Box Workshop

October 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Participate in a community art project celebrating the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead.
Stop by our Art Studio to create a shadow box to contribute the Remembrance and Celebration art exhibit at Edgewood College. The show will open October 9.

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