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Event Calendar | August 2016
Earlier events have been archived. If this is your first visit, be sure to check back often to see
the diverse listings of activities promoted to meet a wide variety of interests & locations!
14 | JULY - AUG 7th
Recurring daily thru Aug 7th
Olbrich's Butterflies in
Bloom
10 AM to 4 PM Daily
July 14 thru August 7
@ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Witness butterflies emerging daily and floating around the
gardens. Kids can complete the passport scavenger hunt in
the outdoor gardens and earn a certificate for free custard at
Michael's Frozen Custard (Atwood Ave location).
3 | AUGUST
WEDNESDAY
Free Family Night at MCM
5 PM to 8 PM
@ Madison Children's
Museum
Enjoy free museum admission the first Wednesday of each
month from 5 PM to 8 PM.
5 | AUGUST
FRIDAY
PBS Get Up & Go Day
10 AM to Noon
@ Gordon Dining & Event
Center, Madison
(West Dayton E Campus Mall)
Join in the fun for Wisconsin Public Television’s annual PBS
Kids Get Up and Go! Day! This fun-filled, free event
encourages children to live healthy and active lives.

With locations across the state, the family-friendly events will
feature music, dancing, favorite PBS Kids characters, hands-
on activities and crafts, community organizations and more.
5 - 7 | AUGUST
FRIDAY thru SUNDAY
Utica Festival
@ Utica Community Park
The annual community festival offers a weekend of softball,
tractor pulls, live music & more! A fireworks display is
scheduled at dusk Sunday.
6 | AUGUST
SATURDAY
Home Depot Kids
Workshop
9 AM to Noon
@ Home Depot Stores
Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can
build a rolling skateboard pencil case just in time for back to
school. Once the pencil box is built, your child can decorate it
with The Home Depot stickers.
Saturday Science
10 AM to Noon
@ WI Institute for Discoveries,
UW-Madison Campus
August theme: "Secrets of Math"
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.
National Mustard Day
10 AM to 4 PM
@ National Mustard Museum,
Middleton, Middleton
This annual celebration of National Mustard Day offers
music, games, free hot dogs, free mustard sampling, bouncy
house & face painting for kids; & other entertainment.
7 | AUGUST
SUNDAY
Wisconsin Family
Football Fun Day
3 PM to 5 PM
@ Camp Randall Stadium
Bring the kids to meet members of the UW Football team,
coach Paul Chryst and Bucky Badger. The UW
Spirit Squad will also be in attendance. Admission is FREE.
Event will be moved to the McClain Center in the event of
inclement weather.
12 | AUGUST
FRIDAY
Pack 'N the Park
6 PM | Kids Games
8:15 PM | Outdoor Movie
(Movie TBD)
The annual Pack ‘n the Park event is August 12th at McKee
Farms Park! Games start at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin
at 8:15 p.m. Come experience this fun family night at the
park! Games, food, and a movie showing in the dark make
for an exciting evening with the kids.
13 | AUGUST
SATURDAY
RiverFest & Steak &
Lobster Dinner
All day activities
@ Fireman's Park, Marshall
This family-friendly community event offers activities all day,
including a petting zoo, bouncy house and a 1K fun run & 5K
run/walk. There will be live music, cardboard boat races &
other activities; plus a steak & lobster dinner will be served 3
PM to 7 PM, tickets must be purchased in advance.
Junior Gardener
Workshop
10 AM
@ Bruce Company, Middleton
Learn the strategies of both native and non-native plants that
help them survive extreme heat conditions. Junior Gardeners
will make a sun catcher. $5/participant
Africa Fest
10 AM | 5K run/walk
11 AM to 10 PM | Festival
@ Central Park, Madison
Learn about Africa from local African immigrants through
demonstrations, songs, stories, food & more. A 5K run/walk
kicks off the festival from 10 AM to 11 AM, proceeds benefit
water well projects in Africa.
18 - 21 | AUGUST
THURSDAY thru SUNDAY
Sweet Corn Festival
See complete wknd schedule
@ Angell Park, Sun Prairie

Parade at 6 PM Thursday on
Main Street
This event features a carnival-midway complete with rides
and games, food booths, live bands, craft show, petting zoo,
"kiddie korner" with large inflatables, family entertainment
and much more. See more info here on admission/parking
and other important event details.
20 | AUGUST
SATURDAY
Tri 4 Schools Kids
Triathlon
@ Bauman Aquatic Center,
Middleton
This swim-bike-run event is for kids, ages 3-14, with
age-appropriate swim-bike-run courses; and proceeds
are divided and benefit all schools listed by participants
Gandy Dancer Festival
11 AM to 6:30 PM Last music
performance starts
@ Westland Promenade,
Mazomanie
A variety of music throughout the day is the main attraction of
this annual event; while plenty of kids activities are sure to
entertain the whole family. Kid-centered activities, between
Noon - 4 PM include horse-drawn wagon rides, mini train
rides, face painting, children's shows & more.
25 - 28 | AUGUST
THURSDAY thru SUNDAY
Annie
Presented by CD Players
Theater, Cambridge
Thur  8 PM
Fri & Sat 7 PM | Sun 2 PM
The Cambridge-Deerfield Players Theater children’s cast will
present the summer musical “Annie.”Performances will be
held August 25-28 at the red gym in the Historic School, 211
South Street, Cambridge.
26 - 28 | AUGUST
FRIDAY thru SUNDAY
Good Neighbor Festival
@ Fireman's Park, Middleton

Parade at 12 PM on Sunday
Carnival, live music, children's performances &
entertainment, games, food; also a family-friendly 5K
run/walk at 9 AM on Saturday, 27th. Parade at Noon on
Sunday, 28th. Parade route is University Ave from Branch St,
then north onto Parmenter ending before Lee St.
3 - 4 | SEPTEMBER
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Taste of Madison
2 PM to 8:30 PM | Saturday
11 AM to 7 PM | Sunday
Music stages add great entertainment to hang out and enjoy
nearly 100 food vendors selling portions of popular menu
items for typically $2 - $4.
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Summer-Exclusive Fun

Pools & Splash Pads
This list was first gathered & published in a 2010
issue of Preschool Life (now Madison with Kids).
Organically researched & built, this is the original &
most complete list you'll find of outdoor pools &
splash pads in Dane County.

Outdoor Music Concerts
Being the wife of an active musician, and fan of
relaxing summer nights with music in the air, this list
was organically built because I love that events such
as Concerts on the Square & now so many other
outdoor music venues are an enjoyable activity for
ADULTS to relax - with kids in tow! (In other words,
this is how we sneak in our adult time; bubbles &
snacks make fantastic "baby sitters" as kids hang out
in kid-size camp chairs, or spread out on a picnic
blanket.)

Summer Camp Listings
Whether you're needing full-time care for children all
summer long, or looking for part-day, regular or
occasional programs to provide structure and
activities for your kids while school is out, you'll find a
variety of options to meet different interests, schedules
and locations around the community.

Recurring Summer Activities for Kids
& Families
The list usually found here has been revised each
summer & fall for many years. Ideas you'll find include
descriptions and links to summer-exclusive programs,
including:

  • Lakeside Kids at Monona Terrace
  • MMOCA Art Cart program
  • Marcus' Kids Dream Summer Film Series

More Information on year-round activities, including:

  • Michaels Kids Club
  • Saturday Science at Discovery

Play/Learn/Shop
This is a directory (from the main navigation menu)
including classes, shopping links and other activity
ideas.

Other Directories on this site:

  • Attractions
  • Open Gym Schedules
  • Library Links to Program Schedules
  • Story Time Events
  • Go ahead & explore!!