Your Family-Friendly Guide to the Greater Madison Area!
Includes events, activities & listings relevant to all communities in Dane County, WI
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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
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 2015 | Events | Dane County, WI
July 15 - August 9 | Daily Recurring Event
Olbrich Butterflies in
10am - 4pm Daily
@ 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.
August 1st | Saturday
Saturday Science at
10am - 12pm
@ WI Institutes for Discovery,
UW-Madison Campus
Free, monthly drop-in program consists of free science
exploration and education programs aimed at families and
learners of all ages.  August program: Rainbows, Waves,
Lights & Magnets
Nat'l Mustard Day
10am - 4pm
@ National Mustard
Museum, Middleton
This annual celebration of National Mustard Day offers music,
games, free hot dogs, free mustard sampling & other
August 2 - 16 | National Night Out Week of Community Events
Celebrate America's National Night Out Against Crime! Many communities in Dane County
host these very family-friendly neighborhood/community events with emergency vehicles on
display, exhibits, kids activities, visit with local law enforcement,  free refreshment & more.

See 'Notes' on our
Facebook Page for details (if you have trouble finding, search for timeline
post on July 30)
August 5 | Wednesday
Free Family Night @
5pm - 8pm
@ Madison Children's
Free Family Night at Madison Children's Museum recurs the
first Wednesday each month offering anyone in the
community to opportunity enjoy the interactive exhibits & art
stations within the museum. This month is Circus Night with
Wild Rumpus Circus. Learn circus skills and hang out to
watch a mini aerial circus performance.
August 7 | Friday
PBS Get Up & Go Day
10am - Noon
@ Gordon Dining & Event
Center, 770 W Dayton St
Activities with local exhibitors, visit with PBS characters,
including a performance by Mr Steve.
Pack 'N the Park
6pm activities | 8pm movie
@ McKee Farms Park,
Come early for games & activities, play at the Dream Park,
then get cozy for a showing of Big Hero 6 at 8:15pm.
August 7 - 8 | Friday - Saturday
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.
August 8 | Saturday
Food Allergy Awareness
9am | registration/activities
10:30am | walk start
@ Warner Park, Madison
Walk to support food allergy awareness. This FREE event
includes a 1.5 mile walk on a paved, stroller-friendly course.
Come early to enjoy kid-friendly activities as well as vendors
and exhibits to browse.
August 9 | Sunday
Schumacher Farm Park's
Heritage Fest
12pm - 4pm
@ Schumacher Farm Park,
Join us for demonstrations of our steam-powered antique
threshing machine, kitchen & farm crafts, live music, games
and fun for the whole family. Some food & drink will be sold,
or bring a picnic lunch. $ Admission fees apply, see website
for details.
UW Football Family Fun
3pm - 5pm
@ Camp Randall Stadium
Bring the kids for a chance 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 if inclement
Moonlight Movies
3pm Movie
@ The Duck Pond [Warner
Park], Madison
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) will be showing as part of
the Moonlight Movie Series. This is a FREE event for the
whole family, gates open 30 minutes before showing.  
August 15 | Saturday
Gandy Dancer Festival
@ Westland Promenade,
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. Activities include horse-drawn
wagon rides, mini train rides, face painting, children's shows
& more.
Africa Fest
11am - 10pm
@ Central Park, Madison
Learn about Africa from local African immigrants through
demonstrations, songs, stories, food & more.$2 admission
adults, children 12 & under are free.
Junior Gardener
10am - 11am
@ Bruce Company, Middleton
Learn how plants use sunlight and how they adapt, while
making a suncatcher to take home.  Junior Gardener
Workshops recur monthly, best for ages 3 - 10. $5 first child,
$3 for each additional child.
August 20 - 23 | Thursday - Sunday
Sweet Corn Festival
@ Angell Park, Sun Prairie

Parade Thurs, Aug 20
6pm @ Main St
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.
August 22 | Saturday
Tri 4 Schools Kids
@ Bauman Aquatic Center
This swim-bike-run event is for kids, ages 3-14 and proceeds
are divided and benefit all schools listed by participants.
August 27 | Thursday
Fitchburg Back to School
Block Party
5pm - 9:30pm
@ 2690 Research Park Dr,
Grab the entire family to celebrate the end of summer and the
begining of a new school year with Avante Properties at their
Back to School Block Party!  Enjoy live music from, “The Stu
Stoinski Trio”, a raffle fundraiser for the Fitchburg Public
Library, catch a flick, and much more! See
facebook event
page for updates.
August 28 - 30 | Friday - Sunday
Good Neighbor Fest
@ Fireman's Park, Middleton

Parade Sun, Aug 30th
12pm @ University Ave,
downtown Middleton
Carnival, live music, children's performances &
entertainment, kids run, games, food & parade at Noon on
Sunday, Aug 23rd. Parade route is University Ave from Maple
St to Fireman's Park
August 30 | Sunday
Walk & Roll (Formerly
'Ride the Drive')
10am - 2pm
Eastside Madison
Walk & Roll is a community event that turns a 3-mile loop of
Madison's neighborhood streets and parks into a public
promenade that is open to bikers, walkers and rollerbladers.
The Eastside route will be using some main streets, including
Acewood Blvd, Cottage Grove Rd & Buckeye Rd.
September 5 | Saturday
Superhero Run/Walk
@ Keva Sports, Middleton

8:30 [registration opens]
9:50 [Kids Fun Run]
10:00 [5k, 10k, 2 mi walk]
Help to raise critical funds for the Badger Childhood Cancer
Network’s programs providing information, emotional
support, emergency financial aid, and transportation
assistance for families of children with cancer and blood
September 5 -6 | 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.
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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