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Grown-up Activities at MCM


While visiting the museum as a family is always fun, we also offer many programs and activities created just for grown-ups!

Adult Swim

Adult Swim honors the public pool tradition of kicking the kids out so adults can have the space to themselves. Adult Swims are held approximately 6 times a year, on Friday evenings, and are open to adults 21 years and up. Each Adult Swim has a fun theme, which inspires crafts, activities, and (optional) costumes. Drinks and artisanal pizza are available from the Roman Candle.


Awaken memories through art with SPARK! Madison Children’s Museum hosts free 90-minute programs that work to tap into the memories of adults living with Alzheimer’s and dementia while bringing family together.


Every year the museum presents special events to raise funds that allow for the continued operation of the museum, including making it possible for us to offer our Access for Everyone program, which offers discounted admission rates, free nights, and other programs designed to help all families in our community benefit from all of the resources the museum has to offer. These fundraisers offer playful ways for adults to get in touch with their creative sides, while also donating to the museum.

Spring Scramble is a day of golf and networking with a playful twist, hosted at one of the premier local golf clubs.

Wonder Ball is the museum’s annual gala, usually featuring games and an imaginative theme, in addition to fine dining and live music.

Other museum fundraisers, which appeal to children as well as adults, include the American Girl Benefit Sale and Tea and Trains.

Adult Tour Groups

Groups of 10 or more adults may schedule guided tours of the museum through our group visit reservation page. Popular topics for adult tours include early learning environments, museum exhibit spaces, green building, art and design.


Adult Swim: Downtown Abbey

Friday, September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dames, dowagers, and doormen in downtown Madison!

Enjoy all of your favorite Adult Swim activities, with a special aristo-radical themed twist! General admission includes access to museum exhibits, live music, games, plenty of arts and crafts, and a little bit of friendly upstairs-downstairs competition.

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Come see why Adult Swim is one of Madison’s favorite night-out activities!

You must be 21+ years old to attend Adult Swim. Photo ID required.

Ticket Details Price
Individual Admission to Event $12.75 or $15 day-of

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 About Adult Swim:

Adult Swim at Madison Children’s Museum honors the public pool tradition of kicking the kids out so adults can have the space to themselves (without the water or need for a swimsuit). This 21-and-up event series offers adults the opportunity to play like a grown-up for the evening—crawling, sliding, crafting, and dancing their way through the museum. Adult Swim events are held 6-8 times a year, each with its own unique, photo-worthy theme. From Steampunk to Prohibition, Science Soirees to Prom, the topics and fun are endless.

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