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Event Calendar | April 2016
31 | March thru April 2
Thursday thru Saturday
Lil' Badger Consignment Sale
8 AM to 8 PM (Fri)
10 AM to 2 PM (Sat)
@ Monona Community Center
Register to consign your children's items, volunteer for
exclusive shopping perks, or simply check out this spring
sale with loads of organized gently-used items under
one roof! *New parents & grandparents are invited to
register by Wed, March 30th, to shop the pre-sale on
Thur, 31st! See website for details.
1st | April
MSCR Family Fun Night
6 PM to 8 PM
@ West High School
Free admission to each event includes dinner,
family-friendly activities, performance & door prizes. See
website for more upcoming dates at various locations.
1st - 3rd | April
Friday thru Sunday
JBF Spring/Summer Sale
Public shopping: 9 AM - 7 PM (Fri)
9 AM - 5 PM (Sat)
9 AM - 2 PM (Sun)
@ Alliant Energy Center New
Holland Pavilion
Just Between Friends - Dane County West returns to the
Alliant Energy Center for their popular semi-annual
resale event.  Register to consign your best gently-used
children's items (clothing, toys, books, travel gear,
nursery items & more.)
2nd | April
Home Depot Kids Workshop
9 AM to 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 accomplishment.
SpringFest Arts & Crafts Fair
9 AM to 3 PM
@ Warner Park Community
Recreation Center
Over 80 crafters from the midwest will be selling their
handmade goods. Admission is $1 and there will be
door prizes, music in the lobby from 10 AM to 2 PM, and
food & beverages available for purchase.
Saturday Science at Discovery
10 AM to Noon
@ Wisconsin Institutes for
Discovery, UW-Madison Campus
April: "Science Expeditions"
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.
Peppa Pig Live
5 PM
@ Orpheum Theater
The star of the TV series on Nick Jr is hitting the road for
the first-ever U.S. Theatrical tour, Peppa Pig's Big
Splash. Children 2 years & younger may be admitted
with parent/guardian's ticket if they will sit on a lap.
2nd - 3rd | April
Saturday & Sunday
On Wisconsin Annual Spring
10 AM to 10 PM | Saturday
10 AM to 7 PM | Sunday
@ Alliant Energy Center
Competition Powwow presented by the University of
Wisconsin Madison and Wunk Sheek. This event is free
& open to the public to enjoy traditional Native American
arts, crafts & food. See the Grand Entry on Saturday at
1pm & 7pm, or Sunday at 1pm.
Lambing & Kidding Days
10 AM to 4 PM
Eugster's Farm, Stoughton
Recurring weekends in April!
$7 admission includes Eugster's new lambing & kidding
birthing barn & exploring the petting farm. Also open
weekends April 9-10; 16-17; & 23-24.
6 | April
MCM Free Family Night
5 PM to 8 PM
@ Madison Children's Museum
Enjoy free museum admission from 5pm to 8pm, the first
Wednesday of each month.
8 | April
MSCR Family Fun Night:
Celebrate Diversity
6 PM to 8 PM
@ LaFollette High School
Free admission to each event includes dinner,
family-friendly activities, performance & door prizes. See
website for more upcoming dates at various locations.
Family Fusion
6:30 PM
@ Blackhawk Church, Middleton
Family Fusion is a free, live, full-scale production
performed monthly for elementary students and their
families. This high-energy event is an opportunity for
families to come together and enjoy an hour of music,
drama, teaching and lots of fun!
10 | April
WCCT Series: Sleeping
1 PM & 3 PM - 2 shows!
@ Friends of the Waisman Center
Children's Theatre
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.
UW Arboretum Family Walk
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
@ UW Arboretum
Family Walk: All About Frogs
On the 2nd Sunday of the month, the Arboretum offers a
family walk with topics that are especially appealing to
11 | April
4-C Open House
3 PM to 7 PM
@ 4-C, 5 Odana Ct, Madison
4-C is a non-profit agency that supports early childhood
care and education. The Open House will offer games, a
scavenger hunt, snacks, sensory activities, crafts & door
prizes. Come to learn about training opportunities for
parents, ASQ developmental screenings, selecting
quality child care, child safety & more.
15 - 17 | April
Friday thru Sunday
Half Pint Resale
@Madison Curling Club,
Public shopping hours:
8 AM to 7 PM | Saturday
8 AM to 1 PM | Sunday
The semi-annual Half Pint Resale is open for their
spring/summer resale event. Volunteers & consignors
can shop the pre-sale event Friday, then the sale opens
to the public Saturday, and most items remaining
Sunday are half price.
Midwest Horse Fair
See website for weekend schedule
@ Alliant Energy Center
Several demonstrations & competitions are open for
spectators throughout day with admission. Additional
tickets required for Rodeos on Fri/Sat evening @ 7:30
p.m. Venue/Ticket Info:
Event schedule:
16 | April
Dane County Farmers' Market
6 AM to 2 PM
@ Capitol Square
Rain or shine, the biggest farmers' market in Dane
County returns to the Capitol Square for the 2016 season!
17 | April
Moon Mouse: A Space
3 PM
@ Overture Center for the Arts
Presented by Lightwire Theater: Marvin the mouse,
bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, retreats into his
science books and a world of fantasy. Join him on the
space adventure of a lifetime; a trip to the surface of the
moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a
strange cast of misfit creatures and learns to celebrate
23 | April
Junior Gardener Workshop
10 AM
@ Bruce Company
Junior Gardeners will learn a few techniques to
successfully start seeds and will start some seeds for the
Junior Victory Garden. They will paint a pot and plant it
with seeds of their choice to take home. Cost $5
UW Badger Football Spring
Game & Kids Fair
More info to be announced.
Buy $5 game tickets
30 | April
Crazy Legs Classic
10 AM
@ Camp Randall
The Crazylegs Classic has become a time-honored
tradition of the University of Wisconsin, as well as a
much anticipated event to kick off spring in the Madison
area. The event, which benefits UW Athletics, includes a
8K run & 2 mile walk. Children only need to register if
they want a t-shirt.
Healthy Kids Day
11 AM to 1 PM
@ YMCA locations
The Y will be offering a free community event with fun
games, and positive, educational activities to teach kids
& families about healthy habits. Kids can fill out a
passport and submit it for a chance to win great YMCA
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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This list includes recurring, seasonal or year-
round programs for children in Dane County.

American Family Dream Bank
    DreamBank is a one-of-a-kind dream explor-
    ation space on the square in Downtown
    Madison. Learn more >>

Home Depot Kids Workshops
    Drop-in 9am to Noon the 1st Saturday every
    month for a FREE "how-to" clinic for kids, ages
    5 to 12. Learn more >>

Kids in the Rotunda
    Enjoy free performances in a relaxed, kid-friendly
    environment every Saturday from the end of
    September through April. Learn more >>

Rocky Rococo's for Family Movies
    Rocky's Party Pizzeria's East & West show movies
    on their big screen throughout the week,
    daytime & evening options.
    Learn more >>

Saturday Science at Discovery
    A monthly series that consists of free science
    exploration and education programs aimed at
    families and learners of all ages. Learn more >>

Saturday Science at UW Space Place
    Space Place family workshops are offered every
    Saturday at 10 a.m. for children ages 6-10 and
    their parents. The workshops are free and open
    to the public. No registration is required.  
    Learn more >>

Waisman Center Children's Theatre
    WCCT features a variety of performers -
    magicians, singers, dancers, musical groups,
    "learning is fun" educators, performers, and
    professional theatrical companies.
    Learn more >>


Regular Activity Options:

Art, Music, Sports & More
    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.

Library Activities
    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! Find a complete list of library locations in
    Dane County, linking to their website/calendars

Open Play or "Open Gym"
    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 here for Open Play listings

All activities are listed under one or more
of the following:

Recurring Activities