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Bear Hug Craft with Free Printable

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Hi Friends! It’s mid January and my hygge game is going strong right now. I don’t mind staying home all weekend long and hanging with my people. One of my favorite things to do with my kiddos is doing crafts with them. So today I have a fun, but very easy craft you can do with your little ones if you are looking for something to do.

What you need:
Bear hug printable
– paper
– scissors
– colors
– photo of your kiddos face (ideally 2″ diamater of their face)
– clear tape

First start with your kid coloring the sheet. This craft can be as simple as that. If you want you can cut out the bear face and replace it with your child’s face, just tape it on the back.

If your kids are still engaged and wanting to give something extra trace their hands, cut them out and tape them to the bottom of the bear’s arms.

Personally I think this is such a cute craft that would be fun to make for loved one’s near or far. I hope you enjoy doing this craft with your kids and if your kids make it please share it with us, we would love to see it!!

Dear Single Momma, I’m Sorry

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Dear Single Momma,

I’m sorry. I forgot how hard it was. I forgot about the messy house, the messy emotions, and the car that you just might have time to clean sometime in about 6 months. I forgot about the stress of working full time, and still having time to eat dinner with your kiddos. I forgot that dinner is probably take out of some kind, despite your best intentions to finally cook. I forgot about saying no more often than yes to anything extra, I forgot about missing dinner with friends, girls night out, and never having time to get your hair cut. I forgot about the guilt of saying no to the kids too, no to the sleepover because you can’t figure out the logistics of rides, or you’re just too tired to have to do one more thing. I forgot about running out of toilet paper, and cleaning supplies, about forgetting to sign your kids notebook, or turn in that permission slip.

I got so used to having it easy, that easy had started to feel hard. But I didn’t remember what hard actually felt like.

I wrote posts like “Go, Momma, Go” and “The (Not So) Dirty Life” without thinking back to when trying to get away for a few days involved 6 weeks of planning, and organizing child-care, going over special dietary needs, and setting up a million back up plans.

I forgot that, no matter how many baskets you put around the house to keep it clean, the last thing you are going to do at the end of a long day of work, and driving kids to activities is walk around your house picking things up and putting them in baskets. In fact, chances are you will end up passed out in bed by 9 with one of your children’s knees or elbows pressed uncomfortably into your abdomen.

I forgot about how lonely it gets, even when you’re too busy to really dwell on it. It’s not just that you have to do everything; the garbage, the dishes, the laundry, the baths, the plugged toilets, etc. But, when it’s done, or the kids are gone, or they actually fell asleep in their own beds for once, it’s just you. It’s a lonely that settles in, in such a deep place that it becomes a part of you.

And dating? I forgot that trying to date is more painful than stubbed toes, and I don’t just mean finding the time. I mean, making the time, and then finding that it’s been wasted on someone you don’t really connect with. And then, even if you do connect, you just don’t have the energy left in life to put anything towards sustaining a relationship. So, at some point your just stop even trying, assuming that like in all the great rom-coms, it’ll happen serendipitously at the right time, somewhere around 55.

I am so sorry that I forgot. But, I remember now, and I am so here for you.

My current best advice:

1.) Go, Momma, Go ahead and not do anything. Don’t spend a weekend away, don’t feel the pressure to go out on that 1 day of the week your kids are both at friend’s houses. Put those jams on, take out the contacts and just rest.

2.) Leave that laundry in the corner of the kitchen, cleaned and unfolded. If you take the time to fold it, it probably wont make it into the drawers soon enough (because that takes another week) and your darling kiddos will tear through the folded basket undoing all your work. Just name the corner something cute so it seems like a design choice. Like “Never 21” or “The Fashion Nook” Those aren’t great ideas, but you get the idea. The fact that you cleaned the clothes already makes you a hero.

3.) Cheese and Crackers totally counts as dinner. So does any leftover thrown over lettuce and drenched in ranch dressing.

4.) Say Yes. You still deserve to live, to have fun, to go out if you want. I know you’re exhausted. But don’t lose yourself in the drudgery everyday. Do something that feeds your soul and makes connection at least once a month.

5.) Make your kids help. Even if they were spoiled rotten before. Now is the time to teach them that you are a team and you need to work together.

6.) Wine in the bath really is as good as the movies make it seem. Pour the bubbles, pour the glass, get a good book, or a magazine (or play Netflix on your IPad propped up on a chair, just far enough away that it won’t get any splashes…not that I would ever…). My girls are so used to Mom bath nights, it doesn’t even phase them anymore. Although be prepared to answer homework questions yelled through the door.

Best of luck to us! And hey, maybe all us single moms can get together one day! Are you free in 3 months, on that Friday morning between 9:30 AM and 12:15? Or I also have an opening from 4:00-4:45…otherwise we can plan for sometime next November, things should open up by then.

Don’t Go To Bed Angry: Newlywed Relationship Myths

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I’m sure you’ve all been to a bridal shower where everyone goes around and gives advice to the bride-to-be. (Am I the only one who finds this insanely awkward?) Anyway, at nearly every bridal shower I’ve heard similar advice, but many of these have been well researched by psychologists, and many don’t hold true for the majority of married couples.

So what does research say about these clichés of married couples?

Don’t go to bed angry: False
Research from many marriage research teams have found that it can be healthy and beneficial to take breaks during arguments. In studies where couples were asked to take a pause when in the middle of an argument, they couples where able to physically calm down and have more calm discussions after the break. If the break lasts overnight, that isn’t a problem, as long as the couple is able to discuss the issue at a later date.

The kernel of truth in the myth: Don’t hold grudges
While it is good to take a break while arguing, it is not healthy to hold grudges. When individuals hold the mistakes of their partner as bombs they are waiting to throw, they are no longer focused on working through the issue and openly communicating. It tends to breed stonewalling and contempt between partners, which is strongly correlated with divorce.

The other element of support for this cliché concerns how memory reorganizes when we sleep. Some research suggests that when we sleep, our negative memories are reorganized, making them harder to overcome. That being said, the study where this came from wasn’t looking at relationships and arguments in marriages, so it is unclear if this finding applies to marriage relationships.

Having a baby will bring you closer together: False
Statistically, the time right after the birth of a child is one of the lowest points in marital satisfaction. And, this makes sense. Most new parents are stressed because they are learning how to care for this new baby, worried about if they are doing everything right, full of hormones, and sleep-deprived. Of course relationships are likely to suffer.

Don’t argue in front of the children: Mixed
This depends on what you mean by argue. It is vital that kids see their parents disagree and work through their problems. Conflict negotiation and relationship communication are difficult skills, but kids can learn some of these strategies by watching their parents deal with their disagreements in a calm, healthy way. If they never see their parents disagree, they may mistakenly believe that “good” relationships never involve disagreements, and this sets them up for relationship misconceptions.

Kernel of truth: There are several negative child developmental outcomes associated with children (and even babies) who are exposed to loud, arguing voices and violence. So, in this respect, it is important to shield children from some of these types of arguments.

The couple should do everything together and be best friends: False
There is a growing body of research highlighting the importance of each person in a couple having friends of their own. Any relationship is likely to have some frustrations, and it is helpful for each person to have some time away where they can have a trusted friend to confide in. It is also healthy to have some different hobbies and things that each person can enjoy on their own as part of their identity.

The kernel of truth: Couples should lean in to each other and support each other.
There is research to suggest that couples can build up relationship capital by supporting each other through the good and the bad, so when disagreements come, there is a solid foundation already in existence. A spouse should be a good friend, but not ones only friend.

Of course, psychological research looks at what works for most people, and there are always exceptions to the rule, but some of the research on relationships can be helpful to everyone to provide a different perspective.

The Day I Accepted Help: Learning I Am Not A Burden

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I often think that when I need something for me, it’s a burden to others. It has prevented me from asking for help when I really need it. But I’m discovering that I’m not a burden to others when I need help. In fact, it makes us all stronger.

It was the morning of my child’s four-month doctors appointment. I found myself irritable and overwhelmed by the smallest things, a sure tell sign for me that my anxiety was high and ever increasing. I knew why. With our first baby these appointments were so stressful and filled with tears, partly due to her feeding issues and partly due to my postpartum anxiety. And while I’m grateful my anxiety is not as bad this time around, these appointments often bring me back to those scary days with my first and my anxiety likes to creep in and try and tell me something will go wrong. Despite how irrational my fears were, I needed support that day. But my husband had a work commitment that he couldn’t get out of and he was the only person I wouldn’t feel guilty asking to be there for me.

It’s those moments in motherhood that feel the loneliest. The ones where I need support but it seems like too much to ask of someone. Instead of putting myself out there and being vulnerable, I try to do it all by myself even if it makes me miserable. It didn’t matter how bad my anxiety was that day, I was set to tackle the task alone.

I don’t know when it became the norm for moms to be expected to do it all and do it alone. Motherhood is lonely enough and sometimes we just need a little extra help. Being there for each other is not a burden.

Then I got a text from my friend Leanna. She knew Croix had his appointment and asked me how I was doing with it. Like many moms I know, I’m guilty of usually just saying “I’m great!” when people ask how I’m doing. But I’ve been trying to be more authentic with others so they feel comfortable enough to be open with me. So on this particular day I told my friend what I was actually feeling. What happened next was possibly one of the nicest things anyone has ever done: she asked if it would help if she came to the appointment with us to support me.

I never even thought of the option of having someone who was not my husband be there for me. After all, it’s much more the norm for us moms to feel like we need to be superheros and accomplish all of motherhood alone. But I didn’t want to be alone that day, and every inch of me wanted to say “yes please, please, these appointments are hard and I need someone there for me too”. But I didn’t want her to have to interrupt her day and drive to the office (with her baby in tow) just to sit next to me for the 20 minutes it took to get through Croix’s appointment. I didn’t want to be a burden. So I did what I feel so many other women do, I said I would be fine alone and declined the one thing that really could of helped me that day.

My mom friends are some of the most incredible women I know, and I would do anything for them. I would never think of it as a burden. So why is it so hard for me to accept their help and not feel like I am a burden to them?

Then an hour passed, and the appointment was getting closer. My anxiety wasn’t magically disappearing with the minutes as I had hoped. I tried to focus in on my sweet baby smiling and rolling on the floor. My mind kept thinking about his weight or milestones or anything that could go wrong that day. I was totally dreading it.

That’s when I realized something. It was something I have talked about in therapy for years: If someone offers help or support when I need it, why do I choose to struggle alone instead of accepting that help? Short answer: I don’t want to be a burden. I don’t want to put you out by asking for something. I don’t want you to feel obligated or annoyed by me. I don’t want you to feel like you have to help me when you have other things to do. It doesn’t matter if you offer to help, I’ll feel guilty accepting it. I’m not sure when I created this internal dialog or how much of it is constructed by society, but it’s there. And I don’t think I’m the only one. I think the world expects us moms to do so much and to do it alone. It makes it hard to ask for help. We know everyone has a lot on their plates and we don’t want to burden others.

My greatest joy in life is being a mom. But it’s also the hardest thing I’ve done. It took me a long time to realize I don’t have to be a superhero and do it all alone. I have some amazing friends by my side willing to help when I need it.

But I feel like we all could use a hand some days. As moms, we sacrifice so much of ourselves for our kids. We are there to help them 24/7. Often time their needs come way before our own. And that’s hard! We are humans and we can’t do it all alone. We shouldn’t do it all alone. One day I’ll need help and you’ll be there for me, and the next you may need help and I’ll be there for you. Having my friend at my sons appointment wasn’t going to take away the anxiety I was feeling, but it was going to make me stronger by having the support. She was going to be there to hold my hand while I held Croix. I’m sure she had other things to do, but she wanted to be there for me. Just like I would want to do the exact same for her.

So I did something I had never really done before. I decided to accept the help offered to me.

I need my coffee dates and moms-night-out, but I also need my fellow mamas during those times that I’m my most vulnerable too. I’m lucky to have some amazing woman by my side!

Maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal. But for me it was. Letting people know whats going on inside of my head or my struggles makes me vulnerable. And I don’t like to be vulnerable. How many times has someone asked us how we are doing and we answer “I’m fine”, even if on the inside we are overwhelmed and tired and kind of want to just scream. But I know when I ask you, I want the truth. And if you need to vent or cry or scream then I will make the time to be there for you. Because you’d do the same for me. I understand how you’re feeling, I’ve been in your shoes, and I want to be there for you. It is not a burden.

So as I said thank you to my friend for the billionth time, she said something that I’ll never forget: I’m happy to do anything I literally can for you. We are pushing back against this tide of mothering alone. And she was right. Motherhood is lonely. Motherhood is scary. Motherhood is hard. Whether staying at home or going to work, we are mothering all the time. And it is inevitable that at some point we are going to need to ask for help. And when we do, we are not being a burden.

After my experience with postpartum anxiety, I learned that in order to thrive I would need to do things differently this second time around. As awkward and uncomfortable as it made me feel, I was going to have to ask for help and accept it when I needed it. I was going to have to push those thoughts of me being a burden aside and just put myself out there. Because I can’t do this alone. I tried that and I was miserable. I wasn’t the mom I wanted to be. I wasn’t the woman I wanted to be. But asking for help and accepting help when I need it has only made me stronger. Mothering with strong supports in place means that even when I am feeling weak, I have others to hold me up. Or when another mom is in need, I have the energy to be there for her. Our personal and emotional needs do not make us a burden. Maybe its a tough appointment, a fight with a spouse, or a profound loss. We can be there for each other and be real with each other in so many ways.

Accepting help, be it something as small as a friend coming with your kids doctors appointment to finding a therapist to help you process the big stuff, is so important in motherhood.

So, my friend offered to support and help me, and I accepted. Instead of spending those 20 minutes in the doctors office afraid, I had a friend by my side to support me. I laughed during those moments I usually would be anticipating the worst. My friend helped me stay grounded and present for my baby. Dare I say it, we actually had fun. I wasn’t a burden, she is my friend. And she was right, its time we push back against the tides of mothering alone.

I realize the only way to do that is by asking for help myself and accepting the help that is offered.

Even if it is uncomfortable.

Even if I feel like a burden.

Because those are the moments that motherhood is at its strongest- when we come together and drop everything to pick each other up. So, if you find yourself in need, this fellow mom is here for you. You are not a burden. Let’s push back. We don’t have to do it alone.

Winter Carnival Family Fun at Alumni Park | February 8, 2020

MADISON – Join Badgers of all ages at Alumni Park on Saturday, February 8 from 12-3pm for the annual Wisconsin Hoofers’ Winter Carnival! Enjoy winter-themed storytelling and art activities, along with hot cocoa and apple cider, inside the warm One Alumni Place. Plus, don’t miss a special appearance from everyone’s favorite mascot Bucky between 1:00-2:00pm.

Free to attend!

Find all the details here.

 

Winterfest 2020 | January 29th – February 2nd in Lake Geneva

Winterfest is coming up in Lake Geneva on Wednesday, January 29th through Sunday, February 2nd, 2020. The festival is dedicated to art, winter, and fun! In addition to the national snow sculpting championship (this year marks the 25th year it’s being held in Lake Geneva), the event organizers are bringing back some favorites like bonfires and s’mores on the beach and human dog sled racing. They are also adding in a downtown cocoa crawl, winter-inspired movies (yes, that includes Frozen 2!) and fire dance performances.

The major highlight of Lake Geneva Winterfest is the United States National Snow Sculpting Championship. Fifteen teams of snow sculptors and artists from all around the U.S. compete for a national title. Winterfest attendees can watch how the huge snow blocks are transformed into masterpieces with simple hands tools. Afterwards, visitors can watch the US National Snow Sculpting Championship Award, and the Peoples’ Choice Award being received by artists at the beautiful Riviera on the lake.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more details – visit their Facebook event page or website.

Madison Events | January 2020

If you are looking for a guide to keep you and your family entertained, we have got you covered with Madison events and happenings!

Many thanks to our January Events sponsor, Disney on Ice. If you’ve never seen a live Disney on Ice performance, be sure to check out their Dream Big Tour coming to Madison February 6-9! This show is so much fun for the whole family *and* we have a promo code to share: MMOM5 for $5 off! Valid on P3-5, all performances.

Reserve your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2S75Li0

The new year will start with a bang, bringing some great family-friendly live entertainment (including monster trucks, motorcross and Trolls Live!), open play or story time almost every day of the week, and seasonal winter fun at Elver Park, Vilas Park and Warner Park.

Guides for area libraries, open swim times, and open play/jump activities can be found near the end of this post. This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you know of any fun family activities or Madison events we have missed, please let us know in the comments or feel free to add it here.



Upcoming Madison Events

Jan
24
Star Wars Day Camp at Code Ninjas
Star Wars STEM Day Camp @ Code Ninjas Do your kiddos love Star Wars? Are they prepared to embark on the greatest adventure ever seen in a galaxy long ago and far away? Our camp is packed full of fun a...
Jan
24
Baby Lapsit Story Time | Middleton Public Library
Baby Lapsit Storytime (pre-walkers) Fridays @ 9:30am* Songs, rhymes, and short, interactive books specifically designed for young babies. *No storytimes November 29.
Jan
24
Winter Magic Zumbini Session
For ages 0-4 with a caregiver, Zumbini combines music and dancing with learning for you and your little one. It’s a workout, brain builder, and a bonding experience all in one!
Jan
24
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Jan
24
Little Sprouts Story and Stroll: The Great Kapok Tree
Join us for our Adventures Among Trees Little Sprouts Story and Stroll classes! Attend one class or more as a series. Classes are nature and literature-based early childhood programs designed to meet ...
Jan
24
$6 Disney Classics at Marcus Theatres
Relive the magic of classic Disney films during the Enchanted Tales Film Series at participating Marcus Theatres! This season’s line-up features a collection of favorites on Fridays, Saturdays and S...
Jan
24
$6 Disney Classics at Marcus Theatres
Relive the magic of classic Disney films during the Enchanted Tales Film Series at participating Marcus Theatres! This season’s line-up features a collection of favorites on Fridays, Saturdays and S...
Jan
24
Rainforest Rhythms
Experience the beauty and variety of the Polynesian performing arts with a performance from Barefoot Hawaiian of Des Plaines, IL. Elements of their performance will include Hawaiian Hula, the Tahitian...
Jan
24
Beads and Threads | MCM
Get Crafty with Us! Using beads, yarn, fabric, and thread, we will create a variety of crafts boosting fine-motor skills, dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. Each week will bring a new project, incl...
Jan
24
Aloha $5 Friday Family Yoga
Join Haumea for Family Yoga! We will be together for one hour of movement, breathwork, fun and mindfulness for the whole family! Please note, this class is geared towards children ages 3+ but of cours...
Jan
24
Monsters of Destruction | Alliant Energy Center
WHAT: Monsters Of Destruction MONSTER TRUCKS: Tailgator War Wizard Barbarian Against The Grain Bad Habit ALSO FEATURING: WEAVER AUTO PARTS Pit Party… Come Two Comes early to meet your favorite drive...
Jan
25
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Jan
25
Kids Yoga with little om BIG OM
Bring your little yogis to DreamBank for an imaginative session on the mat! Yoga instructors from little om BIG OM weave stories, games, and music together for a fun class that helps kids increase the...
Jan
25
FAMILY: Kids Yoga with little om BIG OM
Bring your little yogis to DreamBank for an imaginative session on the mat! Yoga instructors from little om BIG OM weave stories, games, and music together for a fun class that helps kids increase the...
Jan
25
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Jan
25
Saturday Science Workshop | UW Space Place
Space Place family workshops are offered during the school year on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for children ages 6-10 and their families. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is req...
Jan
25
$6 Disney Classics at Marcus Theatres
Relive the magic of classic Disney films during the Enchanted Tales Film Series at participating Marcus Theatres! This season’s line-up features a collection of favorites on Fridays, Saturdays and S...
Jan
25
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Jan
25
UW Women’s Basketball | UW Madison
2019-2020 Schedule: October 30 at 7:00pm VS UW Whitewater November 5 at 7:00pm VS North Florida November 10 at 2:00pm VS Wofford November 17 at 6:00pm VS Milwaukee November 26 at 7:00pm VS Eastern Ill...
Jan
25
Story Time and Activities | Barnes and Noble West Towne
Upcoming Story Time Activities: Storytime and Activities Featuring Grumpy Monkey Special Event, Storytime, Children’s Event (Children’s) Saturday January 04, 2020 11:00 AM Jim the chi...
Jan
25
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Jan
25
Madtown Twisters-Family Open Gym
Family Open Gym is for any age children with parents. Enjoy our gym filled with trampolines, obstacle courses, bounce house, foam pit, ninja courses and more! 2 smaller gyms with equipment specificall...
Jan
25
Clay Snowman Dish
Come make a snowman dish. You will have 2 pounds of clay to create a large 3 section snowman dish, or maybe make two or three smaller dishes. The price is $29 for the two pounds of clay. Families are ...
Jan
26
$6 Disney Classics at Marcus Theatres
Relive the magic of classic Disney films during the Enchanted Tales Film Series at participating Marcus Theatres! This season’s line-up features a collection of favorites on Fridays, Saturdays and S...
Jan
26
Free Family Fun Day
Beat cabin fever at this community-wide fun day! FREE bouncy houses, face painting, games and desserts, a $5 taco bar lunch and optional sessions to learn about our popular year-round early childhood ...
Jan
26
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Jan
26
Monsters of Destruction | Alliant Energy Center
WHAT: Monsters Of Destruction MONSTER TRUCKS: Tailgator War Wizard Barbarian Against The Grain Bad Habit ALSO FEATURING: WEAVER AUTO PARTS Pit Party… Come Two Comes early to meet your favorite drive...
Jan
27
Anytime Ticket
Monday’s 9am-3pm Any 3 hours for $25!
Jan
27
Open Play | Keva Sports Center
Don’t you wish you had as much energy as your kids? Well, fuel up with coffee from our concession area and you may have just enough to run around with them during our Open Play time. Open Play is ju...
Jan
27
Preschool Story Time | Fitchburg Public Library
Preschool storytime is a 30 minute program for those who are able to sit through longer stories and participate in more advanced activities. Featuring stories, songs and movement activities. Suggested...
Jan
27
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Jan
27
Preschool Story Time | Fitchburg Public Library
Preschool storytime is a 30 minute program for those who are able to sit through longer stories and participate in more advanced activities. Featuring stories, songs and movement activities. Suggested...
Jan
27
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Jan
27
Monday Night Kid Music with David Landau
This is a popular music series for kids age 2-8 and their grown-ups. The kids dance and laugh and have a great time. The parents tolerate it just fine. One would not think that a neighborhood tavern w...
Jan
28
Open Play | Keva Sports Center
Don’t you wish you had as much energy as your kids? Well, fuel up with coffee from our concession area and you may have just enough to run around with them during our Open Play time. Open Play is ju...
Jan
28
Everybody Story Time | Verona Public Library
Stories, songs and crafts for children and their caregivers. 30 minutes. No registration. Ages 0 – 5. To request sign language interpretation or other accommodation for special needs, please con...
Jan
28
Big Kids Story Time | Middleton Public Library
Big Kids Storytime In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell) Big Kids Storytimes (ages 3-6) Tuesdays @ 9:30am & 10:30am* Books, music, and movement activities followed by a craft...
Jan
28
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Jan
28
New Beginnings: Support Through the 4th Trimester
The weeks following birth are a critical period for both mothers and their infants. New Beginnings provides new mothers the opportunity to get together, make new friends, share their parenting experie...
Jan
28
Little Sprouts Story and Stroll: The Great Kapok Tree
Join us for our Adventures Among Trees Little Sprouts Story and Stroll classes! Attend one class or more as a series. Classes are nature and literature-based early childhood programs designed to meet ...
Jan
28
Stories, Fingerplays and More | Barnes and Noble West Towne
Join in as our Barnes & Noble staff members share stories and songs with children, ages 2 to 6, and their families.
Jan
28
Big Kids Story Time | Middleton Public Library
Big Kids Storytime In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell) Big Kids Storytimes (ages 3-6) Tuesdays @ 9:30am & 10:30am* Books, music, and movement activities followed by a craft...
Jan
28
Lunch & Legos
Kids will help prepare their own food & enjoy a series of lego-themed challenges and craft options. Price includes lunch.
Jan
28
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Jan
29
Open House at Madison Community Montessori School
Join us to learn what the Montessori Method is all about! On Wednesday, January 29, we open our doors and invite you to visit our beautifully prepared classrooms and the opportunity to meet with our i...
Jan
29
Little Kids Story Time | Middleton Public Library
In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell) (event is over) Little Kids Storytime (ages 2-3) Wednesdays @ 9:30am & 10:30am* Books, music, and movement activities followed by a craf...
Jan
29
Toddler Story Time | Verona Public Library
Stories, songs, dancing, & crafts for toddlers and their caregivers. 30 minutes. No registration. For ages 1 and 2. To request sign language interpretation or other accommodation for special need...
Jan
29
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Jan
29
Stories and Sculpting | Alicia Ashman Library
Preschool Storytime plus sculpting! We’ll start with some books, songs, and an app of the week, then explore different methods of creating sculptures each week. Be sure to wear clothes that can ...
Jan
29
Story Circle | MCM
Circle up for storytime at Madison Children’s Museum! Join us for a weekly storybook reading for early learners.
Jan
29
Preschool Story Time | Verona Public Library
Verona Public Library Story Time Room Stories, songs and crafts. Child may attend independently or with an adult. 30 minutes. No registration. For ages 3-5. To request sign language interpretation or ...
Jan
29
Wiggle and Jump | MCM
Get up! Get moving! Join us in exploring active games geared for our youngest visitors in the Celebrations Room!
Jan
29
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Jan
29
Free Family Night | Madison Children’s Museum
On the first open Wednesday night of each month, MCM invites our entire community to enjoy the museum for free. Free Family Night is a great time for first-time visitors to enjoy the museum and is a p...
Jan
29
Prospective Family Night at Madison Country Day School
Consider Madison Country Day School for Fall 2020! Serving students in Pre-Kindergarten through High School. Join other prospective families to learn more about our school and how it may be the right ...
Jan
30
Open Play | Keva Sports Center
Don’t you wish you had as much energy as your kids? Well, fuel up with coffee from our concession area and you may have just enough to run around with them during our Open Play time. Open Play is ju...
Jan
30
Tiny Tots Story Time | Middleton Public Library
In the downstairs New Programming Room (through the lobby stairwell) Tiny Tots Storytime (ages 1-2) Thursdays @ 9:30 & 10:30am* Songs, rhymes, puppets, music, and short books. *No in-library story...
Jan
30
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Jan
30
Lily Pad Theater | MCM
Sing, Dance, Listen, Move! We will generate creativity and imagination using songs, music, movement, and storytime activities during Lily Pad Theater. Additionally, we will use puppets and flannel pie...
Jan
30
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Jan
31
Baby Lapsit Story Time | Middleton Public Library
Baby Lapsit Storytime (pre-walkers) Fridays @ 9:30am* Songs, rhymes, and short, interactive books specifically designed for young babies. *No storytimes November 29.
Jan
31
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Jan
31
Beads and Threads | MCM
Get Crafty with Us! Using beads, yarn, fabric, and thread, we will create a variety of crafts boosting fine-motor skills, dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. Each week will bring a new project, incl...
Feb
1
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Feb
1
FAMILY: Winter Family Crafts
Bring the kids and create your very own winter-themed masterpiece at DreamBank! Join us on this cold winter morning and help your child discover their inner artistic visions. We’ll provide the suppl...
Feb
1
Childbirth Essentials Part 1 & 2
You can and deserve to have an empowering and fulfilling experience no matter how your birth unfolds! The first step is gaining the knowledge and tools you’ll need- your birth essentials. Join u...
Feb
1
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
1
Saturday Science Workshop | UW Space Place
Space Place family workshops are offered during the school year on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for children ages 6-10 and their families. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is req...
Feb
1
Winterfest Kids “Sports and Arts” | Elver Park
Madison Winter Festival weekend is a kid-friendly affair with FREE events and activities specifically designed for the younger set. Kids will have a chance to express their athletic and creative talen...
Feb
1
National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day | Chocolate Shoppe
👏 National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is absolutely, without a doubt, one of our favorite times of the year! 🥳 It’s the day when you can reach for your ice cream spoon without judgment, f...
Feb
1
Bring on Spring Concert with David Landau | Verona High School
Let’s enjoy free family fun! David Landau is a local, legendary children’s performer so get ready to bop in your seat, move your feet and sing along! This is fun for the whole family, babi...
Feb
1
Bring On Spring Concert
David Landau is a former first grade teacher, an award-winning musician and entertainer, and he is very funny. His personal appearances are upbeat musical programs that keep children engaged and const...
Feb
1
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Feb
1
Story Time and Activities | Barnes and Noble West Towne
Upcoming Story Time Activities: Storytime and Activities Featuring Grumpy Monkey Special Event, Storytime, Children’s Event (Children’s) Saturday January 04, 2020 11:00 AM Jim the chi...
Feb
1
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Feb
1
Madtown Twisters-Family Open Gym
Family Open Gym is for any age children with parents. Enjoy our gym filled with trampolines, obstacle courses, bounce house, foam pit, ninja courses and more! 2 smaller gyms with equipment specificall...
Feb
2
Winterfest Kids “Sports and Arts” | Elver Park
Madison Winter Festival weekend is a kid-friendly affair with FREE events and activities specifically designed for the younger set. Kids will have a chance to express their athletic and creative talen...
Feb
2
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
3
Open Play | Keva Sports Center
Don’t you wish you had as much energy as your kids? Well, fuel up with coffee from our concession area and you may have just enough to run around with them during our Open Play time. Open Play is ju...
Feb
3
Preschool Story Time | Fitchburg Public Library
Preschool storytime is a 30 minute program for those who are able to sit through longer stories and participate in more advanced activities. Featuring stories, songs and movement activities. Suggested...
Feb
3
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
3
Preschool Story Time | Fitchburg Public Library
Preschool storytime is a 30 minute program for those who are able to sit through longer stories and participate in more advanced activities. Featuring stories, songs and movement activities. Suggested...
Feb
3
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Feb
3
Monday Night Kid Music with David Landau
This is a popular music series for kids age 2-8 and their grown-ups. The kids dance and laugh and have a great time. The parents tolerate it just fine. One would not think that a neighborhood tavern w...
Feb
3
Little Om Big Om | Middleton Public Library
Join Jamie from little om BIG OM for a fun, free family yoga class at Middleton Public Library! This class is geared towards toddlers and preschool-age kids! Families are invited to explore playful yo...
Feb
4
Open Play | Keva Sports Center
Don’t you wish you had as much energy as your kids? Well, fuel up with coffee from our concession area and you may have just enough to run around with them during our Open Play time. Open Play is ju...
Feb
4
Everybody Story Time | Verona Public Library
Stories, songs and crafts for children and their caregivers. 30 minutes. No registration. Ages 0 – 5. To request sign language interpretation or other accommodation for special needs, please con...
Feb
4
Big Kids Story Time | Middleton Public Library
Big Kids Storytime In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell) Big Kids Storytimes (ages 3-6) Tuesdays @ 9:30am & 10:30am* Books, music, and movement activities followed by a craft...
Feb
4
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
4
New Beginnings: Support Through the 4th Trimester
The weeks following birth are a critical period for both mothers and their infants. New Beginnings provides new mothers the opportunity to get together, make new friends, share their parenting experie...
Feb
4
Stories, Fingerplays and More | Barnes and Noble West Towne
Join in as our Barnes & Noble staff members share stories and songs with children, ages 2 to 6, and their families.
Feb
4
Big Kids Story Time | Middleton Public Library
Big Kids Storytime In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell) Big Kids Storytimes (ages 3-6) Tuesdays @ 9:30am & 10:30am* Books, music, and movement activities followed by a craft...
Feb
4
Lunch & Legos
Kids will help prepare their own food & enjoy a series of lego-themed challenges and craft options. Price includes lunch.
Feb
4
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Feb
4
Kid’s Night with Bucky Badger | The Edgewater
Skate with our favorite Badger under the stars and warm up with free hot chocolate! Kids under 12 skate free. EVENT DETAILS The ice rink opens at 4 p.m. Bucky will appear at 6 p.m. The rink closes at ...
Feb
5
Little Kids Story Time | Middleton Public Library
In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell) (event is over) Little Kids Storytime (ages 2-3) Wednesdays @ 9:30am & 10:30am* Books, music, and movement activities followed by a craf...
Feb
5
Toddler Story Time | Verona Public Library
Stories, songs, dancing, & crafts for toddlers and their caregivers. 30 minutes. No registration. For ages 1 and 2. To request sign language interpretation or other accommodation for special need...
Feb
5
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
5
Stories and Sculpting | Alicia Ashman Library
Preschool Storytime plus sculpting! We’ll start with some books, songs, and an app of the week, then explore different methods of creating sculptures each week. Be sure to wear clothes that can ...
Feb
5
Story Circle | MCM
Circle up for storytime at Madison Children’s Museum! Join us for a weekly storybook reading for early learners.
Feb
5
Preschool Story Time | Verona Public Library
Verona Public Library Story Time Room Stories, songs and crafts. Child may attend independently or with an adult. 30 minutes. No registration. For ages 3-5. To request sign language interpretation or ...
Feb
5
Wiggle and Jump | MCM
Get up! Get moving! Join us in exploring active games geared for our youngest visitors in the Celebrations Room!
Feb
5
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Feb
5
Free Family Night | Madison Children’s Museum
On the first open Wednesday night of each month, MCM invites our entire community to enjoy the museum for free. Free Family Night is a great time for first-time visitors to enjoy the museum and is a p...
Feb
6
Open Play | Keva Sports Center
Don’t you wish you had as much energy as your kids? Well, fuel up with coffee from our concession area and you may have just enough to run around with them during our Open Play time. Open Play is ju...
Feb
6
Tiny Tots Story Time | Middleton Public Library
In the downstairs New Programming Room (through the lobby stairwell) Tiny Tots Storytime (ages 1-2) Thursdays @ 9:30 & 10:30am* Songs, rhymes, puppets, music, and short books. *No in-library story...
Feb
6
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
6
Morning Play Date
Spend a morning meeting new friends at DreamBank! While the kids enjoy interactive story time and crafts, grown-ups can explore our exhibit and enjoy a cup of coffee in our inspiring space. Free snack...
Feb
6
Lily Pad Theater | MCM
Sing, Dance, Listen, Move! We will generate creativity and imagination using songs, music, movement, and storytime activities during Lily Pad Theater. Additionally, we will use puppets and flannel pie...
Feb
6
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Feb
6
UW Women’s Basketball | UW Madison
2019-2020 Schedule: October 30 at 7:00pm VS UW Whitewater November 5 at 7:00pm VS North Florida November 10 at 2:00pm VS Wofford November 17 at 6:00pm VS Milwaukee November 26 at 7:00pm VS Eastern Ill...
Feb
6
Disney on Ice | Alliant Energy Center
Believing is just the beginning for your favorite Disney heroes at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big! Miguel aspires to be a musician and journeys through the Land of the Dead to unlock his family’s...
Feb
7
Baby Lapsit Story Time | Middleton Public Library
Baby Lapsit Storytime (pre-walkers) Fridays @ 9:30am* Songs, rhymes, and short, interactive books specifically designed for young babies. *No storytimes November 29.
Feb
7
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
7
Little Sprouts Story and Stroll: Elephants
Join us for our Animals in the Jungle Little Sprouts Story and Stroll classes! Attend one class or more as a series. Classes are nature and literature-based early childhood programs designed to meet t...
Feb
7
Beads and Threads | MCM
Get Crafty with Us! Using beads, yarn, fabric, and thread, we will create a variety of crafts boosting fine-motor skills, dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. Each week will bring a new project, incl...
Feb
7
Groove and Glide | Warner Park
Lace-up your ice skates for a fun Friday night at Warner Park! We’ll bring the music, games and prizes and you bring yourself, a date or the whole family. All ages and experience levels are welc...
Feb
7
Create Your Own Cast Iron Art: Clay Mold Design Workshop
Join us for a unique opportunity to make your own cast iron art using soft oil clay and cookie cutters! Once your clay sculpting is complete, FeLion Studios will create a sand mold around your design ...
Feb
7
Disney on Ice | Alliant Energy Center
Believing is just the beginning for your favorite Disney heroes at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big! Miguel aspires to be a musician and journeys through the Land of the Dead to unlock his family’s...
Feb
8
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Feb
8
Haumea Kids Yoga Series
What life lessons do you want your child to learn? Self respect? Compassion? Relaxation? Inner strength? If you answered yes, join us for our Haumea Kids Yoga 6 week series! We will explore movement, ...
Feb
8
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
8
Saturday Science Workshop | UW Space Place
Space Place family workshops are offered during the school year on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for children ages 6-10 and their families. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is req...
Feb
8
Saturday Science at Discovery: Secret Science of Sports
Discover the science behind your favorite sports at this free monthly event for kids and families! Meet UW student-athletes from Badgers Give Back, test your strength and knowledge, explore the life o...
Feb
8
Frozen Assets Festival | The Edgewater
Join Clean Lakes Alliance at The Edgewater for the Frozen Assets Festival, presented by Lands’ End! Come down to frozen Lake Mendota for FREE, family-friendly activities on Saturday, February 8t...
Feb
8
Music with Corey | BECM
Music with Corey is a fun and interactive musical experience for toddlers, preschool aged children, and their families. Come join in the fun, sing songs, and play along. Corey Mathew Hart is a certifi...
Feb
8
UHP Parent Cooperative Open House and Playgroup
Our Open House is now rescheduled! Please come visit our preschool, meet the teachers, and find out more information about attending UHP! We love to learn and play! UHP is a play-based, parent co-op, ...
Feb
8
Free Preschool Playgroup
Saturday Playgroup at University Houses Preschool Come along to play and explore with your little ones. Bring a snack and talk to other families while the kids enjoy the toys and dramatic play area. W...
Feb
8
Rainforest Rhythms – Atimevu Drum Ensemble
Experience the excitement of Atimevu – a Madison based band that has been playing traditional music from Ghana, West Africa for the last 15 years. Master drummer Emmanuel Eku has toured the worl...
Feb
8
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Feb
8
Story Time and Activities | Barnes and Noble West Towne
Upcoming Story Time Activities: Storytime and Activities Featuring Grumpy Monkey Special Event, Storytime, Children’s Event (Children’s) Saturday January 04, 2020 11:00 AM Jim the chi...
Feb
8
Physics Fair
An annual open house with hands-on demos + activities, lab tours, and informal conversations with physicists.
Feb
8
Robot Builders Workshop at Code Ninjas (NEW!)
BRAND NEW WORKSHOP! Build and Code your very own UB-Tech Robot (Jimu)! In this 3-hour workshop, your child will learn how to build their very own robot from scratch and code it! After the workshop is ...
Feb
8
WINTER CARNIVAL FAMILY FUN
Join Badgers of all ages for an afternoon of family-friendly, winter-themed activities. This is a great chance to experience Alumni Park in winter as you enjoy an outdoor dance party and views of Lady...
Feb
8
Art Spin! A Celebration of Black History Month
Join us for a celebration of Black History Month as we explore storytelling and create puppets with local artist Anwar Floyd Pruitt.
Feb
8
Art Spin! A Celebration of Black History Month
Join us for a celebration of Black History Month as we explore storytelling and create puppets with local artist Anwar Floyd Pruitt.
Feb
8
Breastfeeding Essentials
Hoping to breastfeed but not sure what to expect? Gain familiarity with the process as we cover the basics of breastfeeding in the early days postpartum. Gather tools for success and become empowered ...
Feb
8
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Feb
8
Wonders of Physics
A fast-paced presentation of physics demonstrations, designed to inspire interest in physics among people of all ages Free, but tickets are required. Visit https://wonders.physics.wisc.edu/annual-show...
Feb
8
Madtown Twisters-Family Open Gym
Family Open Gym is for any age children with parents. Enjoy our gym filled with trampolines, obstacle courses, bounce house, foam pit, ninja courses and more! 2 smaller gyms with equipment specificall...
Feb
8
Disney on Ice | Alliant Energy Center
Believing is just the beginning for your favorite Disney heroes at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big! Miguel aspires to be a musician and journeys through the Land of the Dead to unlock his family’s...
Feb
9
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
9
Wonders of Physics
A fast-paced presentation of physics demonstrations, designed to inspire interest in physics among people of all ages Free, but tickets are required. Visit https://wonders.physics.wisc.edu/annual-show...
Feb
9
Disney on Ice | Alliant Energy Center
Believing is just the beginning for your favorite Disney heroes at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big! Miguel aspires to be a musician and journeys through the Land of the Dead to unlock his family’s...
Feb
10
Open Play | Keva Sports Center
Don’t you wish you had as much energy as your kids? Well, fuel up with coffee from our concession area and you may have just enough to run around with them during our Open Play time. Open Play is ju...
Feb
10
Preschool Story Time | Fitchburg Public Library
Preschool storytime is a 30 minute program for those who are able to sit through longer stories and participate in more advanced activities. Featuring stories, songs and movement activities. Suggested...
Feb
10
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
10
FAMILY Music Lab with Julie Mazer
Uncover your little one’s innate musicality with music-making activities using their voice, body and instruments! Local early childhood music teacher, Julie Mazer, will guide your child’s journey ...
Feb
10
Preschool Story Time | Fitchburg Public Library
Preschool storytime is a 30 minute program for those who are able to sit through longer stories and participate in more advanced activities. Featuring stories, songs and movement activities. Suggested...
Feb
10
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Feb
10
Monday Night Kid Music with David Landau
This is a popular music series for kids age 2-8 and their grown-ups. The kids dance and laugh and have a great time. The parents tolerate it just fine. One would not think that a neighborhood tavern w...
Feb
11
Open Play | Keva Sports Center
Don’t you wish you had as much energy as your kids? Well, fuel up with coffee from our concession area and you may have just enough to run around with them during our Open Play time. Open Play is ju...
Feb
11
Everybody Story Time | Verona Public Library
Stories, songs and crafts for children and their caregivers. 30 minutes. No registration. Ages 0 – 5. To request sign language interpretation or other accommodation for special needs, please con...
Feb
11
Big Kids Story Time | Middleton Public Library
Big Kids Storytime In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell) Big Kids Storytimes (ages 3-6) Tuesdays @ 9:30am & 10:30am* Books, music, and movement activities followed by a craft...
Feb
11
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
11
New Beginnings: Support Through the 4th Trimester
The weeks following birth are a critical period for both mothers and their infants. New Beginnings provides new mothers the opportunity to get together, make new friends, share their parenting experie...
Feb
11
Stories, Fingerplays and More | Barnes and Noble West Towne
Join in as our Barnes & Noble staff members share stories and songs with children, ages 2 to 6, and their families.
Feb
11
Big Kids Story Time | Middleton Public Library
Big Kids Storytime In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell) Big Kids Storytimes (ages 3-6) Tuesdays @ 9:30am & 10:30am* Books, music, and movement activities followed by a craft...
Feb
11
Lunch & Legos
Kids will help prepare their own food & enjoy a series of lego-themed challenges and craft options. Price includes lunch.
Feb
11
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Feb
12
Little Kids Story Time | Middleton Public Library
In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell) (event is over) Little Kids Storytime (ages 2-3) Wednesdays @ 9:30am & 10:30am* Books, music, and movement activities followed by a craf...
Feb
12
Toddler Story Time | Verona Public Library
Stories, songs, dancing, & crafts for toddlers and their caregivers. 30 minutes. No registration. For ages 1 and 2. To request sign language interpretation or other accommodation for special need...
Feb
12
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
12
Stories and Sculpting | Alicia Ashman Library
Preschool Storytime plus sculpting! We’ll start with some books, songs, and an app of the week, then explore different methods of creating sculptures each week. Be sure to wear clothes that can ...
Feb
12
Story Circle | MCM
Circle up for storytime at Madison Children’s Museum! Join us for a weekly storybook reading for early learners.
Feb
12
Preschool Story Time | Verona Public Library
Verona Public Library Story Time Room Stories, songs and crafts. Child may attend independently or with an adult. 30 minutes. No registration. For ages 3-5. To request sign language interpretation or ...
Feb
12
Wiggle and Jump | MCM
Get up! Get moving! Join us in exploring active games geared for our youngest visitors in the Celebrations Room!
Feb
12
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Feb
12
Free Family Night | Madison Children’s Museum
On the first open Wednesday night of each month, MCM invites our entire community to enjoy the museum for free. Free Family Night is a great time for first-time visitors to enjoy the museum and is a p...
Feb
13
Open Play | Keva Sports Center
Don’t you wish you had as much energy as your kids? Well, fuel up with coffee from our concession area and you may have just enough to run around with them during our Open Play time. Open Play is ju...
Feb
13
Tiny Tots Story Time | Middleton Public Library
In the downstairs New Programming Room (through the lobby stairwell) Tiny Tots Storytime (ages 1-2) Thursdays @ 9:30 & 10:30am* Songs, rhymes, puppets, music, and short books. *No in-library story...
Feb
13
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
13
Lily Pad Theater | MCM
Sing, Dance, Listen, Move! We will generate creativity and imagination using songs, music, movement, and storytime activities during Lily Pad Theater. Additionally, we will use puppets and flannel pie...
Feb
13
Open Play | Urban Air Adventure Park
Open Play 4:00 – 8:00pm Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Feb
13
UW Women’s Basketball | UW Madison
2019-2020 Schedule: October 30 at 7:00pm VS UW Whitewater November 5 at 7:00pm VS North Florida November 10 at 2:00pm VS Wofford November 17 at 6:00pm VS Milwaukee November 26 at 7:00pm VS Eastern Ill...
Feb
14
Baby Lapsit Story Time | Middleton Public Library
Baby Lapsit Storytime (pre-walkers) Fridays @ 9:30am* Songs, rhymes, and short, interactive books specifically designed for young babies. *No storytimes November 29.
Feb
14
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
14
$6 Disney Classics at Marcus Theatres
Relive the magic of classic Disney films during the Enchanted Tales Film Series at participating Marcus Theatres! This season’s line-up features a collection of favorites on Fridays, Saturdays and S...
Feb
14
Beads and Threads | MCM
Get Crafty with Us! Using beads, yarn, fabric, and thread, we will create a variety of crafts boosting fine-motor skills, dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. Each week will bring a new project, incl...
Feb
14
Warner Park Family Fun Night | Warner Park
Join Us •Warner Park Community Recreation Center •5:00 – 8:00 pm, Fridays (dates listed below) •$5 per family •Sign up online for email reminders of monthly themes: https://my.cityofmadi...
Feb
14
Parent’s Night Out at Code Ninjas
DROP THEM OFF. GO HAVE FUN. JUST REMEMBER TO PICK THEM UP. You deserve a night on the town. Meanwhile, your kids want to play and have fun. That’s why we offer Parent’s Night Out – a...
Feb
14
Parents’ night Out | Waunakee Village Center
Parents can enjoy a night out on Valentine’s Day while kids join us for fun at the Village Center! Kids ages 4-11 are invited to play games, do crafts, play in organized activities in the gym, a...
Feb
15
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Feb
15
Haumea Kids Yoga Series
What life lessons do you want your child to learn? Self respect? Compassion? Relaxation? Inner strength? If you answered yes, join us for our Haumea Kids Yoga 6 week series! We will explore movement, ...
Feb
15
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
15
Saturday Science Workshop | UW Space Place
Space Place family workshops are offered during the school year on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for children ages 6-10 and their families. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is req...
Feb
15
FAMILY The Magic of Isaiah
Spend quality time with your little ones and prepare to be amazed! DreamBank is hosting entertainer Isaiah Foster for a morning of magic, comedy and mystery. Bring the kids to one of two magic shows f...
Feb
15
$6 Disney Classics at Marcus Theatres
Relive the magic of classic Disney films during the Enchanted Tales Film Series at participating Marcus Theatres! This season’s line-up features a collection of favorites on Fridays, Saturdays and S...
Feb
15
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Feb
15
Story Time and Activities | Barnes and Noble West Towne
Upcoming Story Time Activities: Storytime and Activities Featuring Grumpy Monkey Special Event, Storytime, Children’s Event (Children’s) Saturday January 04, 2020 11:00 AM Jim the chi...
Feb
15
Mind, Body, Birth
Our Mind, Body, Birth class delves deeper into the tools and techniques you’ll need to have the smoothest, most positive birth experience possible. What your brain is doing during labor is just as i...
Feb
15
Kids in the Rotunda | Overture Center
From award-winning folk singers and zany jugglers, to friendly furry animals and traditional Indian dancing, our popular Kids in the Rotunda series for families is sure to engage, educate and entertai...
Feb
15
Wonders of Physics
A fast-paced presentation of physics demonstrations, designed to inspire interest in physics among people of all ages Free, but tickets are required. Visit https://wonders.physics.wisc.edu/annual-show...
Feb
15
Zor Shrine Circus | Alliant Energy Center
For over 50 years the Carden family has been bringing an astonishing and awe-inspiring show to people across the country. From amazing feats of athleticism with our aerial acrobats, to our magnificent...
Feb
15
Madtown Twisters-Family Open Gym
Family Open Gym is for any age children with parents. Enjoy our gym filled with trampolines, obstacle courses, bounce house, foam pit, ninja courses and more! 2 smaller gyms with equipment specificall...
Feb
16
$6 Disney Classics at Marcus Theatres
Relive the magic of classic Disney films during the Enchanted Tales Film Series at participating Marcus Theatres! This season’s line-up features a collection of favorites on Fridays, Saturdays and S...
Feb
16
Open Play | Play N WI
Our all day, unlimited open gym play sessions allow children the benefits of fun-filled physical activity. Toddlers, tweens and even grandparents will enjoy our brightly decorated, 12,000+ square foot...
Feb
16
Wonders of Physics
A fast-paced presentation of physics demonstrations, designed to inspire interest in physics among people of all ages Free, but tickets are required. Visit https://wonders.physics.wisc.edu/annual-show...
Feb
17
Super Scientists | CI and Downtown Middleton
Welcome, all scientists! Join this exciting program to enhance your knowledge of science, your problem solving skills, and your creativity. This program will be led by a recreational therapist, who wi...
Feb
17
Open Play | Keva Sports Center
Don’t you wish you had as much energy as your kids? Well, fuel up with coffee from our concession area and you may have just enough to run around with them during our Open Play time. Open Play is ju...


Ongoing Activities:

Monday Night Kid Music with David Landau – 5:30- 6:15 at the Harmony Bar and Grill | Fun for kids 2 to 8 and totally tolerable for parents of any age! Cover – $3.

$5 Tuesdays at The Movies – All first-run Marcus Theater locations. See the hottest blockbusters for just $5. If you’re a MMR member, the popcorn is on us!

$6 Early Bird Movies – Palace (Sun Prairie) and Point (Madison) Cinemas. Early risers can catch any film for just $6 before 11 a.m. at participating locations.

Craft Making – Daily at JNJ Craftworks. Just walk in any day, you will find a craft and supplies which you can make for $5 – $10. Examples include: scrabble tile desk stand, paper flower, small earring, etc.

Breastmilk Donation – Got extra breastmilk? Swing by the Mother’s Milk Alliance every Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm to donate. Call 608 251 0776 for more details.

little Om Big Om & To the Moon! Yoga for Kids -Yoga for kids and families.

MMoCAkids ArtPack – Families are encouraged to stop by the reception desk in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lobby and ask for the MMoCAkids ArtPack, the museum hands-on discovery kit for exploring art. These programs are designed for families with young children.

Car Seat Checks – Car seat checks are available throughout the Madison area, see website for dates and locations. Appointments are required for car seat checks. You can make an appointment by calling (608) 890-8999 or e-mail [email protected].

Environment is Everything! How School Learning Environments Can Impact Your Child’s Educational Experience

This post was written and sponsored by our friends at Queen of Peace. We are proud of the relationships we've built with local businesses and only partner with brands we trust.

Imagine walking into your favorite place. Is it somewhere in nature? A certain room in your house? A favorite store? Now imagine your child’s favorite place. What about these spaces make them your favorites? I’m sure that it has something to do with how they make you or your child feel. Perhaps it’s the type of furniture in the space, or lower, less harsh lighting. It might also be how you get to interact with the spaces, whether it be in groups, by yourself, or a little of both. Our environment can greatly impact our mood and our ability to focus, and our children’s learning environments significantly impact their experience while at school each day. It is important for these learning spaces to serve as an oasis amidst the busyness. So what does it take to create a warm, relationship-centered, inviting learning environment, and why do we need to make the shift at all?

Science Behind “The Space”

Making these changes to how our schools and learning spaces are set-up, comes in response to an overall shift in the style of teaching and learning that students need. This shift in education creates organic learning opportunities that foster the life skills necessary for our students to be successful and celebrate their individual strengths. These 21st-century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking require a space that supports and sustains this style of teaching and learning. Gone are the days of students sitting in the same spot for 8 hours a day. Rather, there is a shift to design learning environments that feel warm and personalized that respond to the learning needs of our students. 

What Does a Responsive Learning Environment Look Like?

Responsive, or flexible, learning environments can look a multitude of ways. Really, it is all about how the space makes you feel in reference to the learning that will be taking place there. For example, when students are working together and communicating, they are naturally more mobile. The learning spaces in this instance could be made up of different pockets of space. Sometimes this looks like having sitting areas of varying styles, heights, materials, and comfort. In some rooms, this may look like having a combination of soft seating options, moveable stools, tables and desks of varying heights, desks or tables with the legs removed so that students can sit on the floor on a cushion, or even a couch or comfy chair. The learning space transforms into something that resembles a more inviting and comfortable experience. Other spaces might have alternative options for helping students’ bodies to be able to focus better in response to a need to have movement while still remaining tuned in for learning. These spaces would have things like rockable stools, exercise balls, wobble cushions, or even stand up desks with a moveable leg bar.

In addition to the spaces’ furniture, there are other ways to help set the stage for creating a responsive learning environment for students. Many classrooms are starting to dim the harsh overhead lights, and use softer warmer lighting such as lamps and twinkle lights to help create a more calming space. (Just imagine how much more soothing that next trip to Target would feel if it was set with calming mood lighting?) These spaces also use a variety of instrumental music and visuals such as virtual fireplaces or aquatic scenes and timers to help students not feel rushed. It is our job as educators and parents to help respond to this need for change.

What We Do At Queen of Peace

The teachers and staff at Our Lady Queen of Peace School strive to create learning environments that balance the needs of all of our students. We weave together components of traditional classroom environments with a more responsive and flexible classroom set-up in order to create a tapestry of educational excellence. While walking the halls on any day, it is not uncommon to walk past a room with the overhead lights off and a fireplace crackling while the students are designing a presentation or writing. Students might be filming in front of green screens in the hallway and in their classrooms or coding robots on expeditions in the hallway. There might be students working on social studies in their classroom, but they may be “sitting around the room”, some on a couch, some on cushions on the floor, some at standing desks, but all in the same classroom. Our early childhood and primary classrooms might be in small groups at tables while others are reading around the room on wobble cushions. At Queen of Peace School, we always feel like our students have the opportunity to learn in a space that feels like home, and we find that students are better engaged because they are able to take ownership and find a way to learn that truly feels right to them.

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If Queen of Peace sounds like it could be a good fit for your family’s learning needs, please join us at our upcoming Open House on Sunday, January 26, 9:00am-1:00pm. There will be activities throughout the classrooms, and teachers, as well as current parents, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Queen of Peace School is located at 418 Holly Ave, Madison, WI 53711. If you would like to schedule your own private tour please call us at 608-231-4580.

For more information about Queen of Peace, please visit our website or Facebook page.

 

The Guilt of Napping

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The other day I dropped my kid off at a birthday party and another mom asked what I had planned for the duration of the 2-hour party without my child. I said, “I am going to take a nap.” We both laughed.

When I got into my car I realized how ridiculously judgmental I was being on myself for saying that. I immediately began rehearsing the conversation over in my head. How lazy did I sound? Did I really say I was going to nap on a Sunday at noon? What did the other moms think about me saying that? The critical self-talk wouldn’t stop.

As soon as I got home, since my husband was also home, I ran upstairs to my room and I did exactly what I said I would do; I napped.

I got in about a solid hour before I had to wake up, nurse my son, and go pick my daughter back up from the party.

As I reflect back on this example, I ask myself, why am I ashamed of taking a nap?

This isn’t the first time that I have felt like this when I tell my other mom friends that I needed to nap, that I did nap, or that I wish I could nap every day. The other moms get it- so why am I so ashamed of napping?! While this doesn’t happen every time I take a nap, I have noticed the feelings do come up sometimes, even when I share my nap wishes with my husband.

As a mom of three, I can’t remember the last time I have slept a solid 8 hours uninterrupted by middle of the night feedings, or a foot in my face by a toddler who can’t seem to sleep the same direction as me. Life as a mom is not easy. We are expected to not sleep and then function on overdrive all day. Then when we get burnt out and lose our cool, we are looked at as “too stressed out” or diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. No wonder! Sleep is important, but yet most of us seem to put very little boundaries and priorities on our sleep. Other cultures take siestas (rest time) in the middle of the day and that’s normal, but I feel that there is this lazy mentality surrounding naps in the U.S. – or is this just me?

I can’t say that I am helping the situation because clearly I am still judging myself for napping. I suppose I need to do some healing work around that so I can take a nap unapologetically, every time I need one. After I do nap, I usually feel renewed, re-energized, and able to be more patient and focused with my children- so why should I feel guilty about this?

What are your thoughts on naps? If you ever get the opportunity to take them, do you take them without feeling guilty?

6th Annual Spring Eggstravaganza | April 4th, 2020

We are beyond thrilled to announce our 6th Annual Spring Eggstravaganza! This EGG-cellently springy event will take place Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM at The Princeton Club West.

Tickets will go on sale March 2nd at 8 PM. Because of the high interest and demand for this event and the fact that we can only accommodate a fraction of that number, we are anticipating that this event will sell out quickly. For that reason, we want to make sure you have all the necessary details to secure your tickets as soon as they are available!

  • Tickets will become available starting on Monday, March 2nd at 8 pm (we will not reserve any tickets in advance of this date).
  • Every adult & child ages 1 and up will need a ticket for the event – babies (under the age of 1) are free.
  • We are limiting the quantity of tickets sold to ensure that everyone who attends has a wonderful experience. There are not any additional required expenses once you are there.
  • You are able to purchase tickets for friends or family members.
  • Tickets are transferrable, but are NOT refundable. The event will take place rain or shine.
  • We encourage you to sign in right at 8pm to get your tickets if you plan to attend – and we hope to see you there!
  • If the event has sold out before you try to secure your tickets, we suggest you to add your name to the wait list – as we sometimes are able to use it!

In addition to an Egg Hunt, the event will include:

  • Professional Bunny Photos
    • These will be available to download digitally after the event.
  • Coffee & Hot Chocolate
  • Yummy Foods from Yummy Sprout
  • The Easter Bunny sponsored by Madison Smile Solutions
  • Spring Crafts sponsored by Consumer Crafts
  • Face Painting with Funny Faces
  • Princess Greetings courtesy of Princess Parties by Paolina
  • Springy Story Station
  • Mini Kindermusik Classes with Musical Pathways Foundation Kindermusik
  • Dance Presentations & Demos with Kehl School of Dance
  • Water Safety Coloring Book with SwimWest
  • Lucky Ducky Easter Basket Game
  • Candid Photos
  • Swag Bags benefiting Tri4Schools!
  • And of course some really fantastic Egg Hunt Prizes!
  • Be sure to bring your camera – because there will be plenty of photo ops!

Strollers are allowed at the event – but we do encourage you to avoid using them (for your convenience) if possible. We realize that in some cases they are still necessary. The event will take place on two levels and there is one elevator, which is why it might be in your best interest to wear your baby (if possible) or to avoid bringing a stroller. BUT with that said – they are absolutely allowed.

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Five Reasons to Check out Creando Little Language Explorers with your Family

Let’s face it: we live in Wisconsin and winters are brutal, spring and fall are unpredictable and summer days can be very, very long. Thank goodness for places like Creando Little Language Explorers, which opened a brand new space last fall. It’s got room to run around, a structure to climb and tons of activities for kids!

Read on for our Five Reasons to Check out Creando with your Family!

1. Brand New Exploratorium

Creando’s brand new space opened last fall and it’s bright, colorful Exploratorium is perfect for letting your kids explore, create and learn while being immersed in the Spanish language! With a play structure to climb and open space to run around, it’s the perfect destination to let your kids learn through play. Creando offers weekday morning Encrichment Classes, Saturday Open Gym as well as Spring and Summer Break Camps.

2. Great Location on Monroe Street

Start your weekend off with a cup off coffee from Barriques and hit Creando’s Saturday Open Gym or Saturday morning Enrichment Classes (Open Gym is included in the tuition price of Saturday Enrichment Classes!). Spend a day enjoying all Monroe Street has to offer (we particularly like Madison Chocolate Company and Bloom Bakery if you need a snack after all that running around!) or head over to the Zoo or lake for some extra fun! During the week, Creando makes pick-up/drop-off a breeze with designated parking spots for families.

3. Weekday Morning Enrichment Classes

Young children are active learners from birth and interactions with their immediate world are very important. Creando offers a weekday language enrichment program for kids from 2-5 years old throughout the school year. Their immersion program will introduce children to a new language through fun activities and a loving environment.

Enroll for the fall or spring semester and choose from a variety of flexible care options. Parents are welcome to stick around in their brand new lounge area (free coffee! Free Wifi!) or drop off their kids and pick up at the end of class. Each class will offer a fun language adventure and give children a chance to explore Spanish with all the senses.

In addition to their weekday program, they also offer Saturday morning Spanish enrichment classes for ages 2-8 from 9:00-9:45am. Tuition for Saturday morning classes includes admission to open gym for the rest of the day.

Pricing:

Monday to Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm ($35/day)
Saturday Enrichment from 9:00am-9:45am ($12/day)

4. Birthday Parties, Camps & Special Events

Whether you are looking for a place to host your child’s next birthday party or a place to keep your child entertained over Spring Break, check out the programs at Creando! They have a variety of price points for special events, and can host parties Saturday afternoon or Sunday. In addition to their special events, they also offer Spring Break and Summer Camps! Check out their website for more details on specific camp themes, pricing and enrollment.

5. Saturday Open Gym

Creando’s brand new gym has been designed to facilitate play and exploration for the whole family. Every Saturday from 10:00am-1:00pm, Creando offers an Open Gym for kids from 1.5-10 years of age. Enjoy the bright, colorful space as your kids have a blast running around and burning off some energy. Also – parents can take advantage of their new lounge area with a cup of (free) coffee and wifi!

Parents must be present during open gym.

Open Gym Pricing:

Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm ($10 First Child / $5 Each Additional Child)

BONUS: Adult Language Classes…Coming Soon!

Why should kids have all the fun? Keep an eye out for Creando’s upcoming Adult Language Classes – coming early 2020!

For more information about Creando’s brand-new Exploratorium or all the programs they have to offer, please visit: https://www.creandolanguages.com/

This post was sponsored by Creando Little Language Explorers. We are proud of the relationships we've built with local businesses and only partner with those we trust.

Bloom: An Event for New & Expecting Moms | April 30, 2020

We are thrilled to present Bloom: An Event for New & Expecting Moms taking place on Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the gorgeous Noah’s Event Venue. Bloom is specifically for women who are currently expecting, adopting, fostering or who have become a mother in the past year.

Madison Mom is known for producing high-quality events for Madison area moms and families! We look forward to seeing you soon and please don’t hesitate with any questions.

Who: all Madison Area moms and moms to be
What: We are thrilled to present our 5th annual Bloom: An Event or New and Expectant Moms!
Why: Whether you’re expecting for the first or third time, are fostering, adopting, have a newborn at home or are working your way through the toddler years and thinking of expanding your family in the future, this event is for you. Come enjoy an evening of delicious food, educational resources, giveaways and swag, fun experiences, pampering, crafts and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources!
When: Thursday, April 30th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Noah’s Event Venue | Madison, WI

General Admission (NO SWAG + 1 raffle ticket): $12+ tax/fees
General Admission (WITH SWAG + 2 raffle tickets): $20+ tax/fees
VIP Attendee (INCLUDES SWAG + Panasonic Baby Monitor + Kendra Scott Jewelry + 5 raffle tickets): $60+ tax/fees

*The swag and VIP options do tend to sell quickly.

***As always, tickets are all inclusive and grant access to the event plus food & beverages, all activities, giveaway opportunities, and more.

General Admission Tickets include:

  • Admission to the event
  • Ice Cream Sundae Bar
  • Mocktails
  • Massage Station | A Healer’s Hand
  • Beauty Bar
  • Panel of Experts | UnityPoint Health Meriter + Summit Credit Union
  • Craft opportunity
  • Giveaways Galore
  • Access to Local Resources & Vendors
  • Chance to Connect with Local Families
  • Photo Booth
  • Candid Photos

Reserve your tickets here:

Bloom Presenting Sponsors

VIP Ticket Sponsors

Experience & Table Sponsors

In our passionate pursuit of local, we are thrilled to connect you the businesses below.  Please take the time to visit each of our table sponsors (and make sure to get your passport stamped for our grand prize when you do!).  Our sponsors are excited to meet you!

Stay tuned as we continue to add partners to this section. Interested in getting involved? Email [email protected] for details!

Bloom Photographer Partner

Disclaimers: ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO RAIN CHECKS. THIS EVENT WILL HAPPEN RAIN, SNOW OR SHINE. In the event that you cannot attend the event we will do our best to assist you in finding another mom to exchange/give/or sell your ticket if the need arises and/or if time allows. Neither Madison Mom nor Noah’s Event Venue will be responsible and/or liable for any attendees who leave the event area. Additionally, everyone that purchases a ticket will be subscribed to our email list (if they have not been already) in order to provide the most timely and up to date event info. Photos will be taken at the event of attendees for use on the website and on social media by the Madison Mom and sponsors.

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