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Event Calendar | July 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Earlier events have been archived.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).
15 | JULY
FRIDAY
Dinner & a Swim
6 PM to 8 PM
@ Goodman Pool, Madison
The Goodman Pool is open for FREE swimming & food cart
vendors
16 | JULY
SATURDAY
Junior Gardener
Workshop
10AM
@ Bruce Company, Middleton
Learn about the importance of butterflies and other
pollinating insects in the garden and how to identify them.
Junior gardeners will make a butterfly house & paint it to take
home. $5/participant
Movie in the Park:
Zootopia
7PM
@ Conservancy Commons
Park, DeForest
Movies in the Park series will offer a theme for each event.
Come for July's Zoo-tastic night at the park! Activities begin at
7 PM, including a visit with Haven's Petting Zoo and
refreshments available for purchase.
16 - 17 | JULY
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Hilldale Sidewalk Sale &
Street Festival
11 AM to 5 PM | Saturday
11 AM to 4 PM | Sunday
In addition to exclusive savings from Hilldale retailers, come
for complimentary kids activities, live music & other surprises
throughout the weekend.
20 - 24 | JULY
WEDNESDAY THRU SUNDAY
Dane County Fair
@ Alliant Energy Center
Gates open at 9 AM daily,
most exhibits open at 11 AM &
carnival opens at Noon
Madison area's largest fair offers 5 days of every kind of
entertainment, including a carnival midway, indoor & outdoor
exhibits, a vendor fair & free kids activities inside the
Exhibition hall, live music, an abundance of food carts &
other entertainment. Admission varies, see website for
weekday specials & other information.
23 | JULY
SATURDAY
Mazomanie Fun Dayz
10 AM | Registration opens
4 PM | Awards
7 PM | Live band
@ Downtown Mazomanie
Car and bike show, with food, kids activities, live band at
7 PM. Enjoy hearing hits from the 50's, 60's & 70's with radio
hosts, Capt'n Bob & Arlo, who are staples at Wisconsin cars
shows & will be doing interviews & providing commentary
28 | JULY
THURSDAY
Streets of Summer Circus
School
5 PM to 8 PM
@ Cannery Square, Sun Prairie
Join us at Cannery Square for Circus School with the Wild
Rumpus Circus. The fun begins at 5pm with balloon animals
and face painting from our friends at Funny Faces, and
Circus School will begin at 6 PM.
Zoovies: Kung Fu Panda 3
7 PM
@ Henry Vilas Zoo
Zoo gate opens at 7 PM, grab some popcorn, set up a
blanket on the lawn and watch a family-friendly movie on a
big screen. Admission $5/person; children 3 & under are free.
30 - 31 | JULY
SATURDAY
Atwood Fest
12 PM+ | Music begins
11:30 AM | Sunday be ready to
join the convergence
@ Atwood Avenue, Madison
Atwood Fest is a neighborhood party packed with
enterainment stages with music all weekend. This year there
is also a convergence (a parade you join), along with a
fantastic KidsFest stage with tons of fun activities, shows and
kids music.
31 | JULY
SUNDAY
Ride the Drive
10 AM to 2 PM
@ John Nolen Dr & Downtown
Loop are closed off to traffic,
see website for full loop &
activity info.
Stroll, roll, pedal or glide your way through the streets of
downtown Madison with activities, food and entertainment at
five "villages", including Capitol Square, Brittingham Park,
Olin Park, Law Park & State Street's Peace Park.
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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!!