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
August 30 - 31 | Saturday - Sunday
Taste of Madison
2pm - 8:30pm [Saturday]
11am - 7pm [Sunday]
@ Capitol Square
Music stages, entertainment and nearly 100 food vendors selling
portions of popular menu items for typically $2 - $4.
September 1 - 7 | Monday - Sunday
Try the Y Week
All week | All branches
@ YMCA of Dane Couny
The Y will be open to the community throughout the week, to Try
the Y for FREE! Refer to the schedule at your local Y (East, North
or West) for drop-in programs, open swim, demonstrations and
class introductions.
September 5 - 7 | Friday - Sunday
Wild West Days
Weekend Activities
@ Lions Park, Mazomanie

*Parade Sunday @ Noon!
Wild West Days is the annual community festival in Mazomanie,
complete with a carnival, live entertainment, kickball &
horseshoe tournaments, truck & tractor pulls; youth western
contest & more; plus parade at Noon on Sunday beginning at
Saint Barnabas Church & ending at Walking Iron Park.
September 6 | Saturday
Saturday Science
at Discovery
10:00 a.m. - Noon
@ Wisconsin Institute for
"Healthy from Head to Toe"
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.
September 10 | Wednesday
Free Family Night
at MCM
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
@ Madison Children's
Enjoy the Madison Children’s Museum with free admission
during the monthly recurring Free Family Night, usually offered
the 1st Wednesday each month from 5pm – 8pm. This month,
this free night is scheduled the 2nd week, on September 10th.
September 13 | Saturday
Yahara Riverfest
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
@ Conservancy Commons
Park, DeForest
Activities include a fishing clinic, a rubber duck race,
horse-drawn wagon rides, 5K run/walk, games and other kids
entertainment & activities. [Run/walk registration opens 12pm]
Monroe Street
@ Monroe St, Madison
This annual block party offers entertainment for kids and adults,
including live entertainment, bouncy house & several other kids
activities sponsored by local businesses & organizations. Have a
fun time shopping Monroe Street featuring many sidewalk sales,
library book sale, restaurants & other merchants.
Trucks & Treasures
9:00 a.m. - Noon
@ Warner Park, Madison
Madison Parks combined the Big Rig Gig and Kids to Kids
Garage Sale into one fun event, hosted in May (Elver Park) &
September (Warner Park).
September 13 - 14 | Saturday - Sunday
Half Pint Resale
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. [Sat]
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. [Sun]
@ Madison Curling Club,
The semi-annual Half Pint Resale is open for their fall/winter
resale event. Volunteers & consignors can shop the pre-sale
event Friday, then the sale opens to the general public all day
Saturday, and most items remaining Sunday are half-price
(unless noted on tag).  Take a moment to read helpful shopping
tips, then be prepared for a bargain shopping excursion!
Willy Street Fair
2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. [Sat]
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. [Sun]
The annual Willy Street neighborhood celebration includes
several music stages, a Kids Stage, food & beverage vendors,
arts & crafts, and a "colorful & eclectic parade" at 11am Sunday.
See website for detailed line-up of entertainment.
September 14 | Sunday
Walk for Wishes
8:30 a.m. registration open
@ McKee Farms Park,
Help make wishes come true [for Wisconsin children with
life-threatening medical conditions] by participating in the 5K,
one-mile or two-mile walk, run, wheelchair race, kids' dash and
family fun day.
September 19 - 21| Friday - Sunday
McFarland Family
@ McFarland High School

Parade Sunday @ Noon
The McFarland community celebration is held annually in
conjunction with Homecoming weekend. Activities include a
carnival, kids triathlon (swim/bike/run), magician performances
& other kid-friendly entertainers, visits from local celebrity
mascots, a street dance & parade at Noon on Sunday.
September 20 | Saturday
Cambridge Fall Fest
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
@ Veterans Park
Activities are offered for the whole family including tractor
hayrides & scarecrow making, face painting, petting farm, live
music, pie eating contest & more.
Info on Fun Run & Family
Wellness Expo
[10am - 1pm at Westside Park] click here.
Try Dance for FREE
@ Kanopy Dance,
Located at 341 State St,
Madison [above The Gap]
Girls and boys can try out free classes on Sept 20th.
Early Ballet [Ages 4-6] at 9:45 - 10:45; Creative Movement [Ages
5-6] at 10:15 - 11:15; Creative Movement [Ages 3-4] at 11:30 -
12:15 >> More info >>
September 21 | Sunday
Heritage Fest
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
@ Schumacher Farm
Park, Waunakee
Celebrate the end of summer by attending Heritage Fest at
Schumacher Farm Park. Horse drawn wagon rides, crafters and
exhibits, food, music and more.
September 28 | Sunday
Zoo Run Run (&
Kids Roo Run Run)
7:45 a.m. registration open
@ Henry Vilas Zoo
Zoo Runners and walkers of all ages can participate in the 5K
Run/Walk or 10K Run. Kids participating in the Roo Run Run
can choose between a quarter mile, half mile, or a full mile run.
Funds raised benefit Friends of the Henry Vilas Zoo.
[Event Times: 9:00 - 5K/10K; 10:30 a.m. - Roo Run Run]
Note: Events are posted 30-60 days in advance, but
often revised or late-notice events may be posted days
Search Madison with Kids on FACEBOOK! Often last-minute reminders and added events
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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 Concert on the Square & many other
outdoor concerts 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

Summer Camp Listings - New!
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 Activities for Kids &
The list usually found here has been revised each
summer & fall for many years. Ideas you'll find
include descriptions and links to summer reading
programs, other special summer programs like
Lakeside Kids at Monona Terrace, the MMOCA Art
Cart, special movie events, and year-round science
programs taking place weekly or monthly at
different venues.

August  30th, 2014
Madison with Kids' publishes the most
complete list of
Fall Festivals & Halloween
in Dane County!

Please check back for our dedicated page of
fall activities coming early September...