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Access for Everyone

Access for Everyone programs serve our community by providing a place for all children to explore, develop their intellects, and connect with their families, their communities, and the world beyond—regardless of barriers. The developmental benefits of play are critical to every child’s growth and the museum’s access programs ensure that all children and families are equipped with critical resources to succeed.

Access for Everyone Programs

$1 Access Admission
$15+ Family Access Membership
Access for School Kids
First-Time Parent Membership
Free Family Night
School Age Parent Program (SAPAR)
Sensory-Friendly Museum Time
Teen Workforce Program

$1 Access Admission:

The $1 Access Admission program removes financial barriers, allowing families to engage in amazing discovery play at Madison Children’s Museum. Access Admissions served over 13,000 people last year.

This admission rate is available every day the museum is open, to families that qualify for Family Access Memberships. Check the list of qualifying programs below. If you qualify, ask for the Access Admission rate at the front desk, no proof necessary.

Qualifying programs:

Foodshare / Quest SSI IEP
Childcare Subsidy W2 MMSD Play & Learn
BadgerCare Plus SSDI Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Free/Reduced School Lunch Unemployment SAPAR
Medicaid Section 8 YWCA
WIC Head Start Foster Care
WHEAP Birth to 3  

$15+ Family Access Memberships:

The $15+ Access Membership program removes financial barriers, allowing families to engage in amazing discovery play at Madison Children’s Museum. Memberships allow families to visit the museum frequently, engaging in lots of developmentally vital play. Last year, over 3,400 families benefited from this program—and they visited more than 26,000 times!

Subsidized memberships are available to families that qualify through public assistance or certain education programs. Check the list above to see if you qualify. Family Access memberships are available for a minimum of $15, but we ask that families give as much as they are able. These memberships are available in person, by phone, or by mail.

Access for School Kids:

The Access for School Kids (ASK) program supports school field trips to Madison Children’s Museum. Discounted group rates are available for schools and other educational groups, based on the number of children enrolled in free- or reduced-lunch programs. Last year, ASK helped more than 6,400 kids explore the museum together at reduced rates!

First-Time Parent Membership:

The First-Time Parent Membership program helps new families and babies benefit from museum visits right from the start. Through exploration and play, these babies are learning, growing, and developing into healthy kids. This free membership has served over 3,400 families!

More information, including registration here.

Free Family Night:

Free Family Nights are the first Wednesday of every month. On these days, the museum is open late and admission is free! Last year, more than 3,500 visitors enjoyed a Free Family Night.

Check our calendar for upcoming dates.


A suite of free monthly workshops designed to provide creative, stimulating activities for seniors facing early onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

School Age Parent Program (SAPAR):

In collaboration with Madison Metro School District, SAPAR provides tools teenage mothers need to become self-sufficient, independent members of the community—all while learning how to parent and play.

Sensory-Friendly Museum Time:

Sensory-Friendly Museum Time creates a safe, supportive environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or sensory-processing issues. Held on the first Tuesday of most months, these events served approximately 500 visitors last year. Learn more.

Teen Workforce:

The Teen Workforce program addresses employment disparities by connecting teens with first-time job experiences, job skills training, and professional development at Madison Children’s Museum

2019 Sponsors

These generous corporate and foundation supporters make Access for Everyone programs possible. Thank you!

  • Madison Community Foundation

  • Irving and Dorothy Levy Family Foundation

  • The Pyle Foundation

  • Dan & Patti Rashke (TASC) Family Foundation

  • Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation

  • Robert M. & Anne W. Bolz Charitable Lead Unitrust

  • The Evjue Foundation, Inc.

  • Wisconsin Arts Board

  • Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation

  • Walter A. and Dorothy J. Frautschi Charitable Unitrust

  • Culver’s VIP Foundation

  • Daniel and Julie Hartung Charitable Foundation Inc.

  • John J. Frautschi Family Foundation

  • Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation

  • Madigan Family Foundation

  • Public Health of Madison and Dane County

  • Cummings Christensen Family Foundation

  • Steinhauer Charitable Trust

  • GrowingGreat

  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies

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