Hours: Wed–Sun 9 am–4 pm, plus late on Thur til 8 pm • Closed Mon/Tue • Check full schedule

Hours: Wed–Sun 9 am–4 pm, plus late on Thur til 8 pm • Closed Mon/Tue • Check full schedule

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Event Series Mess Monsters

Mess Monsters

Art Studio

Take chances, make mistakes, get messy! Join us for sensory art projects designed especially for preschoolers and caregivers. We will make all kinds of art involving touch, smell, sound and more!

Free Night: Amazing Animals

Madison Children's Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI

The voters have spoken! During our fall 2022 Polling Place election, kids elected Amazing Animals as the theme for a springtime special event. The museum is open until 8 pm tonight, with free admission 4-8 pm. Evening activities: Free nights at MCM are made possible by the generosity of the individuals, organizations, and foundations who […]

Event Series Clay Creations

Clay Creations

Madison Children's Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI

Carve, shape, and slap! We're bringing out the clay for a free-form exploration of sculptures, pots, figures, and anything else we can think to make out of clay. Clay is more than just a craft. While we're playing with real clay, we're learning not only about art, but about design, balance, strength, and exercising our […]

Event Series Scratch: Spring 2023

Scratch Programming Class

Madison Children's Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI

Exercise your creativity and have fun learning computer programming! Class participants will learn computer programming fundamentals while making their own interactive art, animated stories, or games using Scratch software. For children age 9 to 13; parents may accompany child to the class or stay in the building to visit exhibits with a younger sibling. Learn more […]

Event Series Spring Break Exploration Station

Exploration Station: Plant Shiitake Mushrooms

Madison Children's Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI

Join us for special programming during the MMSD Spring Break Week. Exploration Stations offer a new hands-on activity each day for ages 4 and up. Put the "fun" in "fungus" and help Cheryl plant shiitake mushrooms. We'll "plant" them into wooden logs, as the wood decays, the mushrooms grow. Mushrooms are delicious, nutritious, and fun […]

Exploration Station: Mini Clay Sculptures

Madison Children's Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI

Join us for special programming during the MMSD Spring Break Week. Exploration Stations offer a new hands-on activity each day for ages 4 and up. Flex your manual dexterity skills as we craft clay menageries, monsters, and more. Roll, sculpt, slap, and ball, all techniques are encouraged. All Exploration Stations are free with general museum […]

Exploration Station: Marvelous Marble Mazes

Madison Children's Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI

Join us for special programming during the MMSD Spring Break Week. Exploration Stations offer a new hands-on activity each day for ages 4 and up. Shake, rattle, and roll your marbel through tunnels, around barriers, over ramps, and under arches in your DIY paper plate maze. It's physics up-close-and-personal when you make your obstacles and […]

Exploration Station: DIY Maraca Making

Madison Children's Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI

Join us for special programming during the MMSD Spring Break Week. Exploration Stations offer a new hands-on activity each day for ages 4 and up. It's easier to shake, shake, shake, shake it off when you're using your own, custom, one-of-a-kind maracas. Tim—MCM-famous for his popular "Music with Tim" Thursday morning program—guides you as you […]

Exploration Station: Planting Spring Gardens

Madison Children's Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI

Join us for special programming during the MMSD Spring Break Week. Exploration Stations offer a new hands-on activity each day for ages 4 and up. How does your garden grow? Even the most contrary kid will find it blooming when you get started with Cheryl, who is the caretaker of all the gardens at MCM. […]

Exploration Station: Pet Rock Adoption & Grooming Salon

Madison Children's Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI

(Please mentally start humming "In the Arms of the Angels" by Sarah McLachlan here.)All across the world—even right here in Wisconsin—thousands upon thousands of rocks lay alone, cold, and friendless. They're waiting, just waiting for that special kid to come along, pick them up, and take them home. Could your child be the one? Bring […]

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