Your Family-Friendly Guide to the Greater Madison Area!
Includes events, activities & listings relevant to all communities in Dane County, WI
Upcoming Family-Friendly Events & Activities
October 1 | Wednesday
Free Family Night at MCM
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
@ Madison Children's Museum
Enjoy free museum admission from 5 - 8 p.m. on the
first Wednesday of each month.
October 3 | Friday
Harvest Moon at the
Lussier Heritage Family
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
@ Lussier Heritage Family Center
Participate in hands-on activities such as Kids Tree
Climb and stargazing telescopes with UW Universe in
the Park. Also, warm up with a bonfire, s’mores and
live music and bid on silent auction items [inside the
center]. Food carts will be selling food & dessert.
Admission $4/person, children 5 & under are free.
Location is 3101 Lake Farm Rd [South Madison]
Fall Festivals & Halloween Events >>> CLICK HERE
Find links to apple orchards, special events on local farms, Halloween ideas & more
October 4 | Saturday
Home Depot Kids Workshop
9:00 a.m. - Noon
@ Home Depot Stores
Free hands-on workshops designed for children ages
5-12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all
Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshops teach children Do-It-Yourself skills, tool
safety, and instill a sense of pride and
Kids in the Rotunda
9:30am; 11am; 1pm
@ Overture Center for the Arts
Kids in the Rotunda free weekly series offers
family-friendly performances most Saturdays during
the school year at 9:30, 11:00 & 1:00. On Saturday,
October 4th kids can rock out with the colorful
Madgadders! More info:
Saturday Science at
10:00 a.m. - Noon
@ Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery,
UW Campus
"Build Design & Create"
Saturday Science at Discovery is a monthly series that
consists of free science exploration and education
programs aimed at families and learners of all ages.
NESCO AppleFest
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
@ Warner Park Community
Recreation Center
This year, activities will be added outside the
community center under a big tent. Expect many kid-
friendly activities – indoors and outdoors, including
music, games & face painting; plus raffles, bake sale
& used book sale.
Taste of Cross Plains
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
@ Lagoon St, along Black Earth
Creek, Cross Plains
Kids are invited to build a boat, beginning at 10:00
a.m. for racing in the Kids Boat Regatta at Noon
sharp! There is also a family bike ride at 1:00 p.m,
additional games, live music and sampling local food
and beverages from 11am - 3pm.
1:00 p.m.
@ The Duck Pond [Madison Mallards
Baseball Park], Madison
In addition to the celebration and tasting of fall
seasonal German beers, there will also be many kids
activities all around the Duck Pond, including hay
rides, inflatables to jump in, a petting zoo and activity
tent. Admission is free, food & beverage additional.
October 4 - 5 | Friday - Saturday
Monona Fall Festival
9am - 4pm [Sat]
11am - 4pm [Sun]
@ Winnequah Park
Saturday events include the Hoot Hoot Hustle, 5K run
& 1-mile walk to benefit Winnequah School's PTO.
The community can also enjoy the chili festival ($5
unlimited tasting), Monona Pie Party ($10/person or
$20/family to benefit Playtime Productions Children's
Theatre) and a big Family Fun Day on Saturday, with
kids activities galore.
October 5 | Sunday
Fire Truck Parade
1:00 p.m.
@ State Street to Capitol Square
This annual parade kicks of Fire Prevention Week in
Dane County. The parade, which begins at the end of
State Street and heads up to the Capitol Square,
includes more than 30 fire trucks from many of the fire
departments serving the communities in Dane
County. Fire trucks will then be on display on the
Square until 3pm.
October 10 | Friday
Warner Family Fun Nights
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
@ Warner Park Community
Recreation Center
See website for monthly dates of this new fun-filled
family activity night. Take one of the family fitness
classes; take flight in the bouncy house in the
gymnasium; try your hand at throwing clay in the
pottery studio; stop by the art room for this month’s
drop-in art project; or challenge your kids to a ping
pong match in the game room.
October 10 - 12 | Friday - Sunday
Just Between Friends
Resale Event
9am - 7pm[Fri]
9am - 5pm [Sat]
9am - 2pm [Sun]
@ Alliant Energy Center
Local consignment sales event with massive selection
of seasonal kids apparel, toys, nursery items, baby
gear, shoes and much more! $3 admission for Friday
only, however anyone can download a free pass from
their website!  Most items are half-price on Sunday.  
$7 public parking fee applies, see website for
alternative parking/carpool ideas.
consigning or volunteering, find all the info
October 11 | Saturday
Kids in the Rotunda
9:30am; 11am; 1pm
@ Overture Center for the Arts
Kids in the Rotunda free weekly series offer
family-friendly performances most Saturdays during
the school year at 9:30, 11:00 & 1:00. On Saturday,
October 11th enjoy the folk & bluegrass music of Fox
& Branch. More info:
October 11 - 26 | Recurring Showtimes >>>
James & the Giant Peach
Several showtimes
@ Overture Center
Join young James on his wild and wacky journey,
accompanied by some oversized bug friends, in this
hilarious adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl tale of
friendship and triumph.
October 12 | Sunday
Mad Science: Fire & Ice
1:00 p.m.
@ Waisman Center Children's
Waisman Center Children’s Theatre (WCCT)
enhances the arts for young children in Dane County
by providing high quality, diverse, educational, and
interactive live theatrical performances at a modest
cost and in fully accessible settings. See website for
instructions to obtain tickets, and detailed directions to
theater, or call (608) 263-5837.
October 18 | Saturday
Bruce Company Fall Festival
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
@ Bruce Company, Middleton
There will be activities for kids of all ages, including
animals to pet, pumpkins to paint and seasonal
demonstrations. Bring in some old clothes and build a
scarecrow. Or try your hand at pumpkin bowling.
Learn some carving techniques from our master
pumpkin carver. Seasonal refreshments will be
October 24 | Friday
UW Homecoming Parade
6:00 p.m.
@ State Ste
Watch varsity teams, student organizations and others
show their Badger pride. This homecoming-eve event
will help the Badgers get pumped for their big
morning game! The parade route begins at Gilman &
State Street heading up toward the Capitol.
October 25 | Saturday
Belleville UFO Day
9:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m. [craft fair]; 1:00
p.m. [parade]
@ Belleville
Celebrate Belleville's famous UFO sighting at their
annual UFO Day, which includes a craft fair and
parade at 1:00 p.m.
October 26 | Sunday
Halloween at the Zoo
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
@ Henry Vilas Zoo
Bring your own bag, and parade through an
organized line of other costumed children, collecting
treats from local businesses & organizations at
stations along the way. The zoo is also open regular
hours to walk around and see the animals, there is
also a big activity tent and photo opportunities with the
mascot, Henry the Lion.
Halloween Events >>> Posted Here
Find October's Fall & Halloween Special Events Throughout Dane County
Halloween at Hilldale Mall
[For ages 7 & under]
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
@ Hilldale Mall
[Show in Atrium]
Hilldale welcomes children, ages 7 & under for
costume fun, a performance by Ken Lonnquist
[3:30pm - 4:30pm], and trick or treating while supplies
last [4:30pm - 6:30pm] throughout the mall.
November 1st | Saturday
Meriter/Physicians Plus
Halloween Candy Trade-In
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
@ Meriter - West Washington Clinic
We want your candy! But don't worry, it's for a good
cause! Stop by and trade in your extra candy for a
healthy treat - as well as the chance to win a prize in
one of our drawings geared toward active lifestyles.
The more candy you bring, the more entries you
receive! All candy will be sent to US Troops through
Operation Gratitude.
Note: Events are posted approximately 30
days in advance, but often revised or
late-notice events may be posted days ahead.
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Recurring Activities
This list includes recurring, seasonal or year-
round programs for children in Dane County.

DreamBank is a one-of-a-kind dream exploration
space on the square in Downtown Madison. The
DreamBank experience includes interactive
technology, thought-provoking exhibits, and
inspiring events, all of which are free and open to
the general public. Come by for Family Saturdays
each week to see what activities will educate &
inspire your kids!

Drop-in 9am to Noon the 1st Saturday every month
for a FREE "how-to" clinic for kids (recommended
ages 5 to 12).Real woodworking projects are often
themed around seasons & holidays. These year
round workshops are intended to encourage one-
on-one time with adults and children, teach tool
safety, and give children the sense of
accomplishment. They'll be proud of their kid-sized
"official" orange apron and achievement pin they
take home with their project.
Note: Home Depot
(Verona Rd only) also offers the workshop on the
3rd Saturdays - for those that missed earlier in the

Enjoy free performances in a relaxed, kid-friendly
environment every Saturday from the end of
September through April. Shows offered at 9:30,
11am, and 1pm (sign-language interpreted at 1pm).
The series takes place on the Rotunda Stage in the
Overture Center on State Street in downtown
Madison. Parking ramp with elevators located just a
block away.

Activities are designed so adults & children can
explore together. Recurring activities include
Toddler Story & Stroll (ages 2 - 4), plus a variety of
other scheduled classes for older children. Advance
registration is required, please get complete info
from website.

Rocky's Party Pizzeria's East & West show movies on
their big screen throughout the week,
daytimes/eve's/wknds (see location for times.)
Movies are rated 'G' or 'PG', it's a fun way to get out
of the house and enjoy lunch or dinner with a kid-
friendly movie in a family-friendly atmosphere.

A monthly series that consists of free science
exploration and education programs aimed at
families and learners of all ages. These drop-in
programs are generally from 10:00 a.m. - Noon on
the 1st Saturday of the month, held at Town Center
of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW
Madison Campus.

This annual series of performances and activities
provides family-friendly entertainment on several
Sundays each month from Fall through early Spring.
WCCT features a variety of performers- magicians,
singers, dancers, musical groups, "learning is fun"
educators/performers, and professional theatrical

Regularly Occurring Ideas >>>

Nearly a dozen places in & around Madison offer
their facilities for 1-2 hours, or even all day for
regular "open gym"  times throughout the week.
Admission charges vary by venue, often dependent
on age, from $4 to $8 and provide equipment to
play, slide, jump; but most importantly a kid-
friendly, safe environment for activity and social
interaction (for mom or dad, too!) Click above for

Be sure to check out the many wonderful, free, kid-
friendly events throughout the season at your local
library. Activities often include recurring story
times, plus other scheduled crafts, movies &
special events. Nearly every library offers
something unique in the designated children's
area, so just hanging out looking at books or
discovering something new can be a fun, yet
peaceful way to spend a cold day!

See the Play, Learn, Shop Directory for the most
complete area listing of businesses and
organizations offering classes for children. Many
offer a free trial class so you can determine if it's a
good fit for your child.

> events page (table listing or this column)
> play learn shop directory
> facebook
(last minute known happenings &/or
reminders of upcoming events & notices)