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a special holiday tradition, benefiting Madison Children’s Museum


Saturday, December 1, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at The Madison Club, 5 East Wilson St. 

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This event is now sold out. Thank you for your support!

Individual tickets ($35 each) for adults and children over one. This year we do not plan to have at-door admission this year. Ticket holders should check in at our registration desk when you arrive at Tea & Trains.

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Activities at Tea & Trains 2018

  • Holiday high tea featuring gourmet food and treats to delight all ages
  • Conductor Joe Schappel’s private American Flyer electric train collection, plus interactive train toys
  • Find gifts for every member of the family in our Tea & Trains Silent Auction 
  • Storytime with special guest, Andi Brooks of Q106 FM, reading The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
  • Performances by the children of Central Midwest Ballet Academy, with selections from traditional Hans Christian Andersen short story, The Little Matchstick Girl
  • Winter arts and crafts with members of the Madison Children’s Museum staff
  • Magic and balloon animals from our strolling magician and balloon artist
  • Live photo booth by Celebrations Entertainment

Special add-on experiences:

  • Formal family portraits by Beth Breidel Design & Photography
  • Doll hair styling salon staffed by American Girl Benefit Sale volunteers
  • Toy basket raffles featuring three bountiful baskets of toys, perfect for gifting

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About Tea & Trains

Tea & Trains is a holiday tradition for Madison area families, enjoying time together while raising money to support Madison Children’s Museum. This special event features signature train collections by guest conductors, activities for children and families and, of course, our annual holiday high tea with hot chocolate.  Find gifts, take family photos, craft keepsakes, and make memories to last a lifetime. Tea & Trains is a treat for the young and young at heart.

All proceeds from Tea & Trains support the museum’s Access for Everyone programs, helping all families play, create, imagine, and learn together. As Tea & Trains is a fundraiser for the museum we do not offer discounted tickets to museum members.

See photos from Tea & Trains 2017 on our Facebook page!

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Ticket Packages

All packages include Tea Room recognition and Tea & Trains email recognition, in addition to the benefits listed below:

Jingle Bells Package: $125 ($59 of package price is tax-deductible)

  • 2 Tea & Trains tickets
  • 1 museum admission pass (admits up to 4 guests)

Elves Package: $250 ($118 of package price is tax-deductible)

  • 4 Tea & Trains tickets
  • 2 museum admission passes (admit up to 4 guests each)

Conductor Package: $500 ($236 of package price is tax-deductible)

  • 8 Tea & Trains tickets
  • 4 museum admission passes (admit up to 4 guests each)


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