Madison Children’s Museum will be closed Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving.

Museum Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Madison Children’s Museum will be closed Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving.

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Museum Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 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!




MCM Open Last Monday

November 30 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Come and play!

We are open the last Monday of each month during the school year. Plus, Mondays are one of the more quiet days at the museum – it’s a perfect time to visit with your little ones!


Free Family Night

December 2 @ 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.

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


Tea & Trains

December 5 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Our annual Holiday Extravaganza, held at the Madison Club.

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

Dance Wisconsin Nutcracker Performance

December 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a half hour program featuring short scenes from the Nutcracker ballet, performed by dancers from Dance Wisconsin.

This event will be a great preview for little ones who aren’t ready to watch a full performance in the theater.


Edible Insects

December 6 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Come learn about how eating insects will help save the earth. Meet the insects that live on our Rooftop and try an entomophagy treat. Discover why eating insects is a food trend that is here to stay!



Adult Swim: Winterstellar

December 18 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Coming to a galaxy near you!

Stop by our Winterstellar event before or after seeing The Force Awakens.

Enjoy all of your favorite Adult Swim activities, with an epic interstellar twist!

  • Live music by the Smashin’ Cantina Band
  • Star Wars Holiday arts and crafts: perler bead ornaments, Star Wars origami, and more!
  • Holiday photo booth
  • Ugly sweater contest
  • Jedi Training Academy: complete a series of challenges to earn your Jedi credentials
  • Playtime in all the museum’s awesome exhibits – including the Millenium Chicken
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
Wookiee Cookiee Bar Decorate & devour cookie versions of your favorite deep space characters and enjoy some deliciously dark(side) hot cocoa $5
Ugly Sweater Workshop We’ve got all the baubles & brocade you need to mod that Red Shirt into something festive. Pick one of our sweaters or bring your own! $5 / $10
Boba’s Bounty (All-Inclusive) Sugar up at the Wookiee Cookiee Bar, then go wild at the Ugly Sweater Workshop, all at a stellar discount. $25

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Winter Solstice Celebration

December 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Help us celebrate the Winter Solstice a few days early!

What’s the Winter Solstice? It’s the shortest day of the year, and traditionally, it was spent celebrating family and welcoming the sun and light back into the world. Come participate in some traditional yule and solstice activities.

Gadget Gurus: Computerized Knitting

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

Join us in the Art Studio for a knitting demonstration with artist Tanya K.

Tanya works with a computer-controlled knitting machine, which she will use to digitize photographs and drawings, and create a work of knitted art for the museum, right before your eyes!

Gadget Gurus: Drawing Robots

December 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Visit the Art Studio to check out our new Digital Drawing Machine from Brown Dog Gadgets.

Kids can experiment with brush bots and robots that draw.


Gadget Gurus: Make an LED Name Tag

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

Make your own programmable, light-up LED name tag. Kids will etch their names and designs into acrylic, then attach LEDs and a battery to complete the project!

Ages 9 and up. Supplies limited.

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