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Program Tours: Available March 1-June 16

Group program tours provide guided, hands-on learning with help from MCM pros! Kids get an engaging 30-minute activity led by an Education staff member and 90 minutes of free time to explore the museum’s amazing exhibits. Tours are available for a range of ages. Read our program tour descriptions below and be sure to request desired date for your visit using our online form. Program Tours are available March 1 through June 16, subject to space and staff availability.


Science Dabblers: Preschool – 1

This interactive program tour introduces children to the basic scientific concepts of the 3 states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. Through a series of short experiments, children are encouraged to make observations, ask questions, and test hypotheses, and explore the properties of water, ice, dry ice, soap and bubbles. The hands-on and thought-provoking activities provide an introduction to the general process of scientific inquiry.

Animal Adventures: Preschool – 1

This hands-on program tour introduces students to all the Rooftop Ramble animals, both domesticated and wild.  Learn about the habitats, behaviors, and life-cycles of snails, fish, reptiles and amphibians, insects, chickens and homing pigeons. Rooftop Ramble program tours highlight the interconnections between ecological systems that support life.  Explore a living urban green roof that includes a chicken coop, homing pigeons, greenhouse, alternative energy demonstrations and native Wisconsin animal collections.  These indoor/outdoor program tours are tailored to meet your class curriculum and focus on hands-on activities and experiments.

Pioneer Living: K – 6

Pioneer Living program tours allow students to immerse themselves in the lives of Wisconsin pioneers. Explore our 1838 Log Cabin and yard, and learn about how pioneers lived and interacted with their environment and the people around them. Depending on grade level and season, the indoor/outdoor facilitated program may include the following topics: glaciation; native people and first contact with European explorers; food growing, preparation and storage; Madison history; and the running of a farmstead in Wisconsin in the 1840s. Pre- and post-visit materials offer opportunities to extend the learning experience.

Click below for an Educator Guide:
Spring/Summer Log Cabin Group Visit: An Experience in Pioneer Living in Wisconsin
Winter Log Cabin Group Visit: An Experience in Pioneer Living in Wisconsin
Fall Log Cabin Group Visit: An Experience in Pioneer Living in Wisconsin

Urban Ecology: 2 – 6

Learn about the plants and animals supported by an urban green roof.  This hands-on tour introduces students to the connection between organisms in an urban environment.  How are plants, animals and insects able to survive and thrive on an urban rooftop?  Learn the answer to this question on the roof of the Madison Children’s Museum. Rooftop Ramble program tours highlight the interconnections between ecological systems that support life.  Explore a living urban greenroof that includes a chicken coop, homing pigeons, greenhouse, alternative energy demonstrations and native Wisconsin animal collections.  These indoor/outdoor program tours are tailored to meet your class curriculum and focus on hands-on activities and experiments.

Gadget Gurus: 2 – 6

Experiment with forces and motion in STEM activity stations focused on catapults and marble roller coaster engineering. Gadget Guru activities are selected to fit the age range of students attending the program and can be tailored to support your classroom curriculum. Gadget gurus inspires kids to see the world as full of possibilities using art and science, open ended play, invention, and creativity, all while engaging students’ brains and hands in solving problems.

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