5 Free Indoor Spots This Winter Around Madison for Babies and Toddlers

Now that winter is here, it can be hard to get motivated to get outdoors, especially when the temps are freezing or below freezing. Madison and the surrounding areas are full of great indoor options to take your kids to get the wiggles out.

Here are a few:

1. Prairie Kids Club – Sun Prairie

This is a great option for both babies and toddlers. The Prairie Kids Club is located in Sun Prairie and offers free playtime for kids 0 months to 11 months, you just need to sign a waiver emergency purposes. Check their website for times specific to your child’s age, but they have an open gym daily. There is a separate play area for babies and smaller children where they can crawl around and climb on soft blocks. For the older kids, there are trampolines, a bounce house, fun gymnastic activities and a neat roller coaster car slide. Children 1 year and up cost $8 during weekday mornings.

2. Madison Children’s Museum – Downtown Madison

This is another great option for indoors but is geared towards toddlers rather than babies. There is a small space for babies to play, but I like to wear our 6 month old son and show him around, letting him touch and feel things as we go. They offer a First-Time Parent membership where you can visit attend for free up until your child is 18 months old, after that you’ll need to pay for a membership.

3.Black Earth Children’s Museum

The Black Earth Children’s Museum is a great place to go explore! Children under a year are free and admission is $6 for everyone else. 

4. Libraries

We are so fortunate to live in Madison where there is no shortage of wonderful libraries that offer story times, clubs, crafts and much more – all free of charge! Here are some of my favorite libraries to visit:

Madison Public Library, Pinney – East Madison
Verona Public Library
Sun Prairie Public Library
Madison Central Library – Downtown Madison

5. Explore Children’s Museum – Sun Prairie

This is a new establishment in the city of Sun Prairie. Admission is free for anyone 12 months and under and is $8 per person over one year old. There is fun area for babies with fun climbing blocks and Pikler-like jungle gyms, there is a book area, craft area, and a ton of other fun exhibits fit for kids aging from newborns to 10 years old.


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