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A free membership for new parents and their child up to 18 months!

We know you want the best for your child — we want to give it to you free. Madison Children’s Museum provides the kind of open-ended play and exploration that is essential to develop young bodies and minds. We are offering first-time parents and caregivers free membership until your child is 18 months old.

For existing First-Time Parent memberships & COVID19 closure:

All First-Time Parent memberships in effect when we closed our doors on 3/13/2020 will expire when the child turns 18 months old, OR 3 months after we reopen our doors—whichever comes LATER. We know that the pandemic has kept us from the museum during these important early months. We want to see you again when our museum reopens so we are offering you extra time on your First Time Parent membership.

We’re sorry the pandemic has kept you from the museum through these important early months and want you to visit as soon as it’s safe to do so—so we’re offering extra time.

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The First-Time Parent Membership program is presented by:

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Our space is sensory rich and fosters a child’s natural curiosity and wonder, providing opportunities for infants and toddlers to observe, explore, and problem-solve.  Babies and toddlers need diverse, stimulating environments to help them build the complex neural frameworks that will support later learning and development. Each visit to the museum is a new experience with new discoveries as your child grows week to week.

Don’t be a stranger! Our knowledgeable staff are eager to welcome you into our space and build relationships with your family and your child as they grow. Please feel free to say ‘hello’ to us so your children can practice social interactions, ask for assistance during your visit, and use us as a resource for ideas on how you can enrich your child’s play both at the museum and at home.

First time parent

Membership Details

  • This is a free membership!
  • Limited to first-time parents with a child under 18 months.
  • Membership for 2 adults and infant(s). Adults can be parents, guardians, caregivers, friends, or family members.
  • All members must be named on the membership; limited to 2 adults.
  • Membership starts the day the family signs up and ends the month the child turns 18 months.

Membership Benefits

  • Unlimited admission to the museum for each named individual.
  • Member Mornings: Early morning playtime on the third open Saturday of each month from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Weekly Early Explorers Playgroups.
  • Infant-appropriate programs – Brain Builders, Mess Monsters, Toddler Tinkering, and more! Check out all of our great early learning programs on the calendar.
  • Invitations to free member parties, including our annual PJ Party!
  • 10% discount on all museum purchases, including The Roman Candle Sparkler, Birthday Parties, Summer Camps, Adult Swim, and Gift Shop items.
  • Discounts at Overture Center and Children’s Theater of Madison

How To Apply

There are many ways to sign up for first-time parent membership:

  • Apply online using our web enrollment form.
  • Bring your application (download and print from the link below) to the museum’s front desk
  • Mail your application (download and print from the link below) to Madison Children’s Museum c/o Membership, 100 N. Hamilton St., Madison WI 53703
  • Call our membership manager (608) 354-0550

Download Printable Application

For more information, please contact the membership manager via email or call (608) 354-0550.

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