Your Family-Friendly Guide to the Greater Madison Area!
Includes events, activities & listings relevant to all communities in Dane County, WI
Upcoming Family-Friendly Happenings
February 6 - March 22  [Recurring Fri/Sat/Sun]
Marcus Theatres Kids Dream
Winter Film Series
10:00 a.m. [Fri-Sun]
@ Eastgate & Point Cinemas
View your favorite family flicks for just $2 on Fridays,
Saturdays & Sundays at 10am, Feb 6th - March 22nd at
your local Marcus Theatre. Special pricing on
concessions too! See website to learn how to get FREE
tickets from American Family Insurance.
March 2 [Monday]
Read Across America Day!
Storytime Featuring Dr
Seuss at Barnes & Nobles
7:00 p.m. @ East Towne & West
Stores, Madison
Celebrate Read Across America with special storytimes
featuring some favorite Dr Seuss stories, Green Eggs &
Ham, Oh the Places You'll Go & The Cat in the Hat.
Learn more about RAA (or "Dr Seuss Day") at
March 4 [Wednesday]
Free Family Night at MCM
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
@ Madison Children's Museum
Enjoy free museum admission the first Wednesday each
month, with special hours 5pm - 8pm.
March 7 [Saturday]
Saturday Science at
10:00 a.m. - Noon
@ Wisconsin Institutes for
"Aldo Leopold Day"
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.
March 7 - 29 [Recurring Performances]
CTM's A Midsummer Night's
@ Overture Center, multiple
"A most rare vision! CTM and Theatre LILA collaborate to
create this original adaptation of Shakespeare’s most
popular comedy. Enjoyed by everyone ages 8 and up."
March 8 [Sunday]
Natural Family Expo
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
@ Monona Terrace
This family-friendly expo brings together fantastic
community businesses and fun activities for the whole
family. See website for vendor list, entertainment
schedule and half-price advance tickets!
March 13 [Friday]
The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!
8:00 p.m.
@ Overture Center
"Called 'simply amazing' by the Chicago Tribune, this
show is packed with new mind-blowing illusions and a
trademark off-the-cuff personality. A great family event!"
(Recommended not appropriate for children under 6.)
March 14 [Saturday]
St Patty's Day Festivities at
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
@ American Family DreamBank
Follow the rainbow to the pot-of-gold to celebrate this
joyous occasion with us! Bring the whole family to create
a festive St. Patty’s Day craft that is sure to bring you the
Luck o’ the Irish. Follow website link to register.
March 15 [Sunday]
St Patrick's Day Parade &
Madison Shamrock Shuffle
10:30 a.m. [Run/Walk]
1:30 p.m. [Parade]
@ Capitol Square
The parade steps off N Pinkney & E Mifflin and travels
counter-clockwise around the Capitol Square, exiting at
E Washington Ave. >>>
Join in the festivities prior to the parade by participating
in the Shamrock Shuffle, with choice 5K, 10K, or 2-mile
walk. Proceeds from race registrations benefit the Boys
and Girls Club of Dane County.
More Info
March 19 - 21 [Thurs* - Sat]
Lil' Badger Consignment Sale
Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
@ 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 18th to shop the pre-sale on
Thursday, 19th! See website for details.
March 21 - 22 [Saturday - Sunday]
Madison Kids Expo
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. [Sat/Sun]
@ Alliant Energy Center Exhibition
"The Madison Kids Expo is the perfect opportunity for
families to come out and play together. The hands-on
interactive fun will keep young and young-at-heart
entertained for an entire day - maybe even two. Get your
hand stamped and come back free the next day!" See
website for entertainment schedule and exhibitor list.
March 27 - 29 [Friday - Sunday]
JBF Spring Sale
Public shopping: 9am - 7pm [Fri]
9am-5pm [Sat]; 9am - 2pm [Sun]
@ Alliant Energy Center Exhibition
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.)  The public sale is open to all, but
volunteers are rewarded with special shopping perks,
such as pre-sale shopping & more.
March 29 [Sunday]
Maple Syrup Festival
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
@ Aldo Leopold Nature Center,
Maple Syrup Fest will feature stations set throughout the
nature center grounds to lead visitors, at their own pace,
through the history and science of maple syruping and
related activities. Families can enjoy tasty treats, play
games, tour the Rustic Children's Shack & more.
March 30 - April 3 [Monday - Friday]
Healthy Habits Week at
Madison Children's Museum
[Special Activities Daily]
More info soon!
Easter is April 5th!
Stay tuned for the largest gathering of Easter Egg Hunt event listings in the
Greater Madison area! Soon, you'll find a link here leading to a dedicated page!
Note: Events are posted approximately 30 days
in advance, but often revised or late-notice
events may be posted days ahead.
Search Madison with Kids on FACEBOOK! Often last-minute reminders and added events
are posted, and an easy way to share with your family & friends!
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Recurring Activity Ideas
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 exploration
space on the square in Downtown Madison. The
DreamBank experience includes interactive
technology, thought-provoking exhibits, and inspiring
events, all of which are free and open to the general
public. Come by for Family Saturdays each week to
see what activities will educate & inspire your kids!

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Drop-in 9am to Noon the 1st Saturday every month for
a FREE "how-to" clinic for kids (recommended ages 5
to 12). Real woodworking projects are often themed
around seasons & holidays. These year round
workshops are intended to encourage one-on-one
time with adults and children, teach tool safety, and
give children the sense of accomplishment.
Home Depot (Verona Rd only) also offers the
workshop on the 3rd Saturdays - for those that missed
earlier in the month.

Kids in the Rotunda
Enjoy free performances in a relaxed, kid-friendly
environment every Saturday from the end of
September through April. Shows offered at 9:30,
11am, and 1pm (sign-language interpreted at 1pm).
The series takes place on the Rotunda Stage in the
Overture Center on State Street in downtown Madison.

Michael's Kids Club
Drop-in 10am to Noon on Saturdays at your local
Michaels store, kids can make a take-home project
for $2 fee. Craft sessions begin every 30 minutes, for
ages 3 & up. Projects are often themed around
holidays and seasons. Pick up a store calendar for
the Kids Club schedule & other event.

Rocky Rococo Family Movies
Rocky's Party Pizzeria's East & West show movies on
their big screen throughout the week,
daytimes/eve's/wknds (see location for times.) Movies
are rated 'G' or 'PG', it's a fun way to get out of the
house and enjoy lunch or dinner with a kid-friendly
movie in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Saturday Science at Discovery
A monthly series that consists of free science
exploration and education programs aimed at
families and learners of all ages. These drop-in
programs are generally from 10:00 a.m. - Noon on
the 1st Saturday of the month, held at Town Center of
the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW
Madison Campus.

Waisman Center Children's Theater
This annual series of performances and activities  
provides family-friendly entertainment one Sunday
each month from Fall through early Spring. WCCT
features a variety of performers- magicians, singers,
dancers, musical groups, "learning is fun"
educators/performers, and professional theatrical

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 above for list.

Story Time Events
Ever heard of "Kids & Pets Story Time" at Animart? or
"Jammin with Jeremy" at Barnes & Nobles? Find
recurring story time events that often include a craft or
story-themed activity; or special costumed character

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!

Art, Music, Sports Classes
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.