Your Family-Friendly Guide to the Greater Madison Area!
Includes events, activities & listings relevant to all communities in Dane County, WI
Copyright 2011-2015, Madison with Kids (Div of Preschool Life, LLC)

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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.
Upcoming Family-Friendly Events & Activities
July 1st | 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.
July 1 - 5 | Wednesday - Sunday
Stoughton Fair
@ Mandt Park, Stoughton
Annual community festival offering many family-friendly
activities & entertainment over several days, including a
carnival & two fireworks displays: Friday, 3th & Sunday, 5th.
July 2 | Thursday
Elver Park Fireworks
9:30 p.m. (opens 7:00 p.m.)
@ Elver Park, Madison
Families are welcome to picnic after 7pm, food vendors will
also be available. No rain date scheduled.
July 3 - 4 | Friday - Saturday
DeForest Area 4th of
July Celebration
@ Fireman's Park, DeForest
Annual community festival, includes carnival & other activities;
parade at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 4th; fireworks at dusk.
Open complete schedule here:
July 3 - 4 | Friday - Saturday
Monona Community
@ Winnequah Park, Monona
Annual community festival, includes carnival & other
scheduled entertainment, kids activities, plus fireworks at dusk
on July 4th.
July 4 | Saturday
Mazomanie 4th of July
3pm - 10pm @ Lion's Park,
Annual celebration includes a band concert, ball games, food
& concludes with fireworks at dusk!
Token Creek Parade &
Street Dance
1pm Parade
@ Token Creek
This unique parade exhibits more quirkiness than your usual
parade; complete with water squirting at the audience
(participation optional), parade entry contest and traditional
bribing the contest judges. Stay after the parade for a street
dance party with music by DJ. (Route is on Portage Rd, from
Rattman/Token Rd to Mary Ida)
July 10 | Friday
Flick 'n' Float: LEGO
@ Monona Community Pool
The Monona Community Pool will host two separate Flick ‘n’
Floats at the pool: July 10 & Aug 21, 2015. There will be
games and prizes for the kids, music for everyone, concession
specials, and when the sun goes down, we’ll show a movie on
our inflatable big screen! Flick ‘n’ Float movie nights require an
admission fee of $2 per person or season pass.
July 11 | Saturday
Puzzling Pond Critters
10am - 12pm
@ Aldo Leopold Nature Ctr
Spend the morning at the pond learning how to use nets to
catch & identify the critters that live, breathe & eat underwater.
$8 person/$29 family non-member.
July 11 - 12 | Saturday - Sunday
@ St Albert Catholic Church,
Sun Prairie
Annual community celebration and fundraiser for St Albert the
Great Catholic Church Parish. Includes games, entertainment,
kids fun run, animal show & more.
Art Fair on the Square
@ Capitol Square
9am - 6pm | Saturday
10am - 5pm | Sunday
Artists/vendors, plus live music & performance stages make for
a variety of reasons to check out this iconic event in downtown
Madison. A special kids area is set up at the King Street corner
for families to drop by and enjoy games & art projects.  
Area schedule >>
July 15 - 19 | Wednesday - Sunday
Dane County Fair
@ Alliant Energy Center
Carnival rides, games, live music, entertainment, 4-H displays
and entertainment & other vendors and indoor activities. See
website for admission rates. Parking is free.
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.  
July 17 - 19 | Friday - Sunday
Heavy Bombers
9am - 5pm Fri/Sat
@ Wisconsin Aviation,
Historic aircraft ground tours ($15 individual/$25 family); static
displays, WWII reenactors, and air-rides available by
reservation. Food vendors, including Famous Dave's BBQ.
New in 2015 >> Admission tickets good for all 3 days!
July 18 | Saturday
Junior Gardener
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
@ Bruce Company,
Learn about native bees and why we want them in our
gardens, play a pollination game and make a craft to take
home. $5.00 for first child, $3.00 for each additional child
This event is for kids from 3 to 10, accompanying adult must
be present.
Bike for Boys & Girls
@ McKee Farms Park

See website for registration
& start times for each ride.
Bike through a picturesque area of Madison, routes are 8 mile,
25 mile & 50 mile. Pledges raised support the ongoing
mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County to provide
programs that inspire and enable our youth to realize their full
July 23 - 26 | Thursday - Sunday
4pm Thurs Carnival Opens
@ Centennial Park,
Annual community festival includes a carnival midway, softball
tournaments, food vendors & other entertainment. The
WaunaFest Run includes a 5K, 10K, and 2 mile fun walk &
kiddie run. Parade is 11am on Sunday on Main St.
July 25 - 26 | Saturday - Sunday
12pm Saturday, music &
KidsFest open
@ Atwood Avenue, Madison
AtwoodFest is a neighborhood celebration with music stages,
a KidsFest area with activities and entertainment, a
Convergence (parade) at 11am Saturday, food carts, street
vendors and entertainment for the whole family.
July 25 | Saturday
Clean Lakes Festival
See scheduled activities
@ Law Park, Madison
This annual festival along the shore of Lake Monona aims to
raise donations and awareness for the cause of clean lakes in
Dane County. There will be activities in and out of the water for
the entire family; stay for the Mad-City Water Ski Show,
beginning at 3pm.
Moonlight Movie: Frozen
4:00 p.m. (gates open 3:30)
@ The Duck Pond
Madison Parks Moonlight Movie series offers a free movie
each month this summer, see website for line-up.


Note: Events are posted 30-60 days in advance, but
often revised or late-notice events may be posted
days ahead.
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