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 offer free playtime for kids 0 months to 15 months, you just need to sign them up for 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.

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. You can sign up on their website to attend for free up until your child is 18 months old, after that you’ll need to pay for a membership.

3. Madison Public Library, Pinney – East Madison

This is a great space to take your kids to rent some books or just read a few while you’re there! We love coming here with our 6 month old son and using their fun play space. They have a large area with foam floors and a variety of big and small foam climbing or building blocks. There’s fun little toys and gadgets fit for babies and toddlers.

4. Sun Prairie Public Library – Sun Prairie

This is another fun library with a great indoor space for kids!

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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