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
May 1st - 3rd | Friday - Sunday
Fire on Ice
See complete weekend schedule
@ Madison Ice Arena
The Mad-City 'Fire on Ice' Hockey Classic is a 10-12
firefighter hockey team tournament held over a 3 day
period.  In addition to a full rink tourney, we also run a 3
vs. 3 Public Safety tournament on our studio rink.  All
proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and various
other charitable efforts.
May 2nd | Saturday
Walk to Cure Arthritis
8:30am Registration opens
@ Vilas Park
The event features a 3-mile and 1-mile course, with
arthritis information and activities for the entire family,
including a silent auction.
Purple Stride Run/Walk
9:30am Race (8:30 registration)
@ Warner Park
The Pancreatic Cancer Network is blazing new trails in
the fight against pancreatic cancer. Join and help the
fight with this family-friendly 5K run & walk. The day will
be filled with children's activities, music, refreshments, a
ShopPurple store & more.
Tri 4 Schools Kids Triathlon
8:30am - Noon
@ Waunakee High School
This upcoming race has sold out, but you can still head
out to cheer on the many kids participating to raise
money for schools all around Dane County. See website
to learn about and register for future events.
Saturday Science at
10am - Noon
@ Wisconsin 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.  May's theme: The Science &
Art of Break Dancing
SwimWest Water Safety Day
& Summer Camp Open House
1pm - 4:45pm
@ SwimWest, Deming Way,
Safety education station at 1pm - 3pm; open family swim
2pm - 4:45pm. Other activities include a bouncy house,
visits from the Middleton Fire Dep't, karate
demonstrations and obstacle course by Badger
Gymnastics. While kids are playing, adults can learn
about Swim&Gym summer camp programs.
May 2 - 17  | Weekends *** Recurring
Busy Barns Barnyard
Weekends May 2nd - 17th
@ Busy Barns Adventure Farm,
Fort Atkinson
Admission to Busy Barns gets you acres of fun playing on
obstacle courses, pony swings, fun slides, tricycle track &
more; along with visiting with farm animals, watching a
puppet show, playing in the corn & enjoying food and
beverages available for purchase.
May 5 | Tuesday
May Musical Madness
Concert Series
Tuesdays in May at 6pm - 8pm
@ Olin-Turville Park
Every Tuesday in May from 6pm - 8pm, come enjoy a
free concert at the historic Olin Park Pavilion. Bring a
picnic along with your family.  See website for series
line-up. Olin Park is situated between John Nolen Drive
and Lake Monona, across from the Coliseum.
May 6 | Wednesday
MCM Free Family Night
5pm - 8pm
@ Madison Children's Museum
Enjoy free museum admission the first Wednesday each
month, with special hours 5pm - 8pm.
May 8 -17 | *** Recurring Event *** Tickets on Sale Now ***
CTM: The Velveteen Rabbit
Multiple show times
@ The Playhouse at Overture
The shy Velveteen Rabbit becomes a young boy’s
favorite stuffed animal and dreams of becoming a real
bunny. With the help of his toy friends in the nursery and
the magic Toy Fairy, the rabbit learns the true meaning
of love, friendship and being “real”. A treasured story
filled with humor and heart.
May 9 | Saturday
March for Babies
9:30am (8:30am registration)
@ Olin Park, Madison
Join family teams, company teams and people walking
with friends for a great cause: making a difference for
real families right here in our community. Sign up and
raise money to help more moms have full-term
pregnancies and healthy babies.
Two routes will be available during this years walk. A
1-mile family fun walk around Olin Park or a 3-mile walk
along Capitol City Trail to Law Park and back to Olin Park
Kids Building Wisconsin
10am - 4pm
@ McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg
Kids Building Wisconsin is a fun, interactive, community
event free of charge to show kids and their families the
exciting potential that a career in the construction
industry offers.
Mother's Day Story Time at
Barnes & Noble
11am (Mother's Day stories)
@ B&N East and West
Bring the kids for a special Mother's Day story time at
11am at both Madison B&N locations. Also, at East
Towne, Meet Corduroy! A costume character special
story time event is at 2pm
May 15 - 17 | Friday - Sunday
Fitchburg Days
Full schedule avail on website
@ McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg

* 9pm Friday | Fireworks
Activities include fireworks at dusk on Friday, carnival
rides, kids’ tent with games & activities, local food
vendors and live music throughout weekend.
Syttende Mai
Full schedule avail on website
@ Stoughton

* 1:15 Saturday | Youth Parade
* 1:30 Sunday | Norwegian Parade
Enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family,
including a parade at 1:30 on Sunday, art fair, folk music,
several food stands operated by many non-profit groups,
traditional dance performances, face painting & several
running races and a canoe race! Many activities take
place downtown Stoughton, as well as River Bluff School
Campuses, parks & local businesses and organizations.
May 22 - 25 | Friday - Monday
Worlds Largest Brat Fest
Full schedule avail on website
@ Alliant Energy Center

*11am Saturday | Kids Mud Run
*9pm Sunday | Fireworks
Brat Fest activities include several music stages, a
carnival, a 5K & 10K Bun Run, 1K Kids Mudstard Run,
fireworks Sunday at dusk, and other family-friendly
activities. All proceeds from the event benefit the many
local organizations that staff the food tents. Food
available for purchase includes brats, hot dogs, vegan
options, sweet corn & more.
May 23 - 24 | Saturday-Sunday
Madison Marathon Events
including Kids Race
6:30pm [Sat] Kids Race  info >>
@ Capitol Square

See website for full race schedule,
including the Twilight 5K & 10K,
and Sunday's half-marathon
After more than one cancellation of the Spring Madison
Marathon due to extreme heat conditions, the
organization divided their marathon into a few events:
A full marathon happens in November; and the spring
events which include a half-marathon, a Twilight 5K or
10K and a Kids Race (approx .6 mile). Die-hard runners
can register to "Conquer the Capitol", running the
weekend 10K and half-marathon races, or completing
their challenge with the fall marathon as well.
May 25 | Memorial Day
Monona Memorial Day
@ Monona Drive
The annual Monona Memorial Day Parade will kick off
on Monday at the 4400 block of Monona Drive,
beginning at 10:00 a.m. This year will be the 60th
anniversary of this outstanding parade!

The parade will travel south on Monona Dr, and west on
Owen Rd, ending at Village Lanes.
Cambridge Memorial Day
@ Main Street, Cambridge
An annual parade follows the Fireman's All-You-Can-Eat
Breakfast at the fire station, beginning at 8am.
Cross Plains Memorial Day
Parade & Chicken BBQ
8:30am 5K run/walk
11am Parade; 12:30 BBQ festivities
@ American Legion, Cross Plains
The Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce
encourages you to bring your whole family for a fun and
relaxing day. Activities include a 5K run/walk, community
parade, food & beverages available for purchase, an ice
cream & pie social, a DJ and kids activities.
May 29 - 31 | Friday - Sunday
Festa Italia
See weekend schedule
@ McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg
Presented by the Italian Workmen's Club, this annual
festival offers a weekend of live music, food vendors,
eating contests and much more! Children's
entertainment includes a puppet show and two
performances with Truly Remarkable Loon.
May 30 | Saturday
Susan G Komen Race for the
8:20am first heat
@ Willow Island at Alliant Energy
Join us on May 30th for the Susan G. Komen South
Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure on Willow Island at
the Alliant Energy Center.  5K Run, 5K Walk, 1.25M Walk
and Sleep-In for the Cure.
Tri 4 Schools Spring Mud Run
See website for updates
Tri 4 Schools is partnering with the Verona Fest for
another Spring Mud Run. Proceeds benefit school of
choice. Obstacles are safe for children, see website for
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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Recurring Activities
Spring 2015
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.