Madison Events | December 2019

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

Our Guide to December Events is sponsored by Fantasy in Lights. If you haven’t taken a ride through Olin Park to see the glittering lights, make sure to add the trip to your holiday bucket list! Full of whimsical, family-friendly displays (including one from Madison Mom!), Fantasy in Lights is a FREE activity the whole family will enjoy! Open dusk through dawn from now until January 4, 2020. For more information, visit http://www.fantasyinlights.com/.

December is packed with both indoor and outdoor events, so get out your calendars and make a note of all the festive fun – and be sure to let us know if there’s anything we missed!

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

Dec
5
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...
Dec
5
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...
Dec
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...
Dec
5
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...
Dec
5
Open House – 22nd Anniversary
Please join Kneaded Relief Day Spa in celebrating their 22nd Year Anniversary with their Annual Holiday Open House. Enjoy complimentary services, 15% off Service Gift Cards, 10% off Most Retail Items,...
Dec
5
Deck the Halls | Fitchburg Public Library
What better way to kick off the month than by creating festive décor for around the house? We’ve pulled out the craft supplies and will be making fun holiday garlands perfect for around the tree, d...
Dec
5
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
5
Tudor Holiday Dinner Concert
Join the Wisconsin Union as the team welcomes the 86th Annual Tudor Dinners back to the Great Hall at Memorial Union. Be the Union’s guest as it presents an updated, interactive take on Wisconsi...
Dec
6
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.
Dec
6
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!
Dec
6
Little Sprouts Story and Stroll: Whistling Trains
Join us for our December Delights Little Sprouts Story & Stroll classes! Attend one class or more as a series. Classes are nature and literature-based early childhood programs designed to meet the...
Dec
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...
Dec
6
Santa at Hilldale
You better watch out, you better not cry! Santa Claus will once again be visiting our Macy’s Atrium during select dates and times this holiday season. Children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap an...
Dec
6
Madtown Twisters-Family Open Gym
Family open gym is for children of all ages with their parents. It is a great chance to explore all we have to offer! Trampolines, obstacle courses, bounce house, foam pit, ninja courses and more! We ...
Dec
6
Fun-tastic Friday!
Friday is Funtastic! Join our afternoon Fox Club on Fridays for a bounce house, floor projector games, slime and more to get the weekend started early! *Drop off 12:30-2:30pm **Email us at TreehousePr...
Dec
6
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
6
Light the Night | Waunakee Village Center
Mark your calendars…Friday, December 6, 2019. Kick off the Holiday Season in Waunakee by joining your neighbors at this downtown celebration! Start at the Main Street Roundabout where Santa will...
Dec
6
Tudor Holiday Dinner Concert
Join the Wisconsin Union as the team welcomes the 86th Annual Tudor Dinners back to the Great Hall at Memorial Union. Be the Union’s guest as it presents an updated, interactive take on Wisconsi...
Dec
7
Date Nights (Evening Drop-in Childcare)
Date Nights are our themed evenings for children ages 3 – 7. Children enjoy crafts, games, free play, and fun with friends in the care of our licensed teachers. Parents enjoy 3 carefree hours! Date ...
Dec
7
Holy Cross Cook Walk & Bake Sale
Cookie Walk and Bake Sale We are excited to announce the 2019 Holy Cross Cookie Walk & Bake Sale, Saturday, December 7th, 8:00-11:00am. This will be our 5th year and we know it’s going to be a w...
Dec
7
M2E2 | Coding & Technology Day Camp
Do you have a child in middle school or high school? Register them for a day full of coding and technology! In just a few hours, they will learn how to program their own animations and characters to b...
Dec
7
M2E2
Do you have a child in middle school or high school? Register them for a day full of coding and technology! In just a few hours, they will learn how to program their own animations and characters to b...
Dec
7
Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair | Warner Park
Join us for the 20th annual HolidayFest Arts & Crafts Fair held the first Saturday in December each year. Over 80 crafters from the Midwest will be selling their handmade goods. Shop for a variety...
Dec
7
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...
Dec
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...
Dec
7
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...
Dec
7
Open House
Cozy family-friendly fun. Tour our historic building, enjoy some homemade snacks, engage in hands-on activities, and chat with our teachers and staff. Prospective families, current families, and commu...
Dec
7
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
7
Gingerbread Day | MCM
Celebrate the season with gingerbread-themed fun throughout the day! Decorate a giant cardboard gingerbread house, make gingerbread people ornaments, listen to gingerbread-themed stories and games, en...
Dec
7
Pictures with Santa & Holiday Crafting
Get in the holiday spirit and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holiday crafting workshop and photos with Santa! Photos with Santa will be on a first-come first-serve basis.
Dec
7
Free Family Movie: Polar Express | New Vision Theatres Fitchburg
Just in time for the holidays, New Vision Theatres is pleased to present The Polar Express Free Movie and Holiday Food Drive. Bring your whole family because admission this year is just a single canne...
Dec
7
Holiday Glow on Monroe
Join the businesses of Madison’s Monroe Street for a festive day of activities including a visit from Santa, carolers, a “Where’s Wingra” game for kids and the annual Books for...
Dec
7
Tea and Trains | MCM
Activities at Tea & Trains Holiday high tea featuring gourmet food and treats to delight all ages Conductor Joe Schappel’s private American Flyer electric Model Railway Display, plus intera...
Dec
7
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...
Dec
7
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...
Dec
7
Santa and Mrs. Claus | Waunakee Village Center
Ho! Ho! Ho! Come join us on Saturday, December 7th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This event is FREE, so bring your friends and family for this fun packed day. Don’t forget your camera.
Dec
7
Christmas in the Courtyard | Prairie Lakes
Join us for an afternoon of free family fun! Horse drawn carriage rides, carolers, refreshments, a visit from Santa and the Prairie Lakes tree lighting all included!
Dec
7
Yoga Flow & Restore: A Box of Balloons Benefit Class at Haumea
This event is guaranteed to make you feel good! Giving back ✔️ Flow yoga ✔️ Time to restore ✔️ Join Megan and Kristin on December 7th from 2-3:30 for a fundraiser Flow and Restore at Haume...
Dec
7
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...
Dec
7
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
7
A Christmas Carol | CTM
A Christmas Carol The spirit of the season is calling! Travel back to Victorian England as the ghosts of Scrooge’s past, present, and future remind us of the power of generosity and the joy of givin...
Dec
7
Tudor Holiday Dinner Concert
Join the Wisconsin Union as the team welcomes the 86th Annual Tudor Dinners back to the Great Hall at Memorial Union. Be the Union’s guest as it presents an updated, interactive take on Wisconsi...
Dec
8
Sunday Funday: Parents Play Free | Ultrazone Laser Tag
The best deal of the week: Parents play free! With one paying child, one parent can play for free! Take advantage of free laser tag and see what all the hype is about! Laser tag is definitely not just...
Dec
8
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
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...
Dec
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...
Dec
8
Taste of Tech: 3D Pens | MCM
Come and play with 3D pens! 3D pens are part of an exciting new frontier of technology – and they’re really fun too! Trace images, make your own sculptures, and get an idea of how to use 3D techno...
Dec
8
33rd Annual Children’s Holiday Party | Fitchburg Community Center
Join the fun at the 33rd Annual Children’s Holiday Party! Children can have fun in the crazy castle and inflatable playground, have their face painted, visit with Santa, make a craft and warm up...
Dec
8
The Polar Express: Sprouting Chefs | Vom Fass
Back again by popular demand is our culinary trip on the POLAR EXRESS!! Join us as we make healthy food fun and learn kitchen skills in this culinary class designed for kids. This hands-on and interac...
Dec
8
A Christmas Carol | CTM
A Christmas Carol The spirit of the season is calling! Travel back to Victorian England as the ghosts of Scrooge’s past, present, and future remind us of the power of generosity and the joy of givin...
Dec
8
Run Santa Run 5K Madison
It’s Madison’s favorite Christmas tradition and it’s so easy to join in the fun! STEP #1: Decide whether you want to run as a Santa, an Elf, or Abominable Snowman. STEP #2: Get your costume. We...
Dec
8
2019 Capitol Christmas Pageant | Wisconsin State Capitol
The 96th annual Capitol Christmas Pageant takes place on Sunday, December 8. Two performances with the first beginning at 4:15 and the second at 5:15.
Dec
8
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
8
Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Love
Designed for moms-to-be and new moms (once ready to leave baby at home). Whether you are a new or experienced yoga student, you will be gracefully guided through meditation, breathing, and movement sp...
Dec
8
Tudor Holiday Dinner Concert
Join the Wisconsin Union as the team welcomes the 86th Annual Tudor Dinners back to the Great Hall at Memorial Union. Be the Union’s guest as it presents an updated, interactive take on Wisconsi...
Dec
9
Anytime Ticket
Monday’s 9am-3pm Any 3 hours for $25!
Dec
9
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...
Dec
9
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...
Dec
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...
Dec
9
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
9
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...
Dec
9
Monday Night Kid Music with David Landau
This is a popular kid music series that has been happening every Monday night for several years. You may not think it would be a good idea to have a kid show in an old-school Wisconsin neighborhood ta...
Dec
9
Monday Night Kid Music with David Landau
Fun for kids age 2-8. Totally tolerable for their grown-ups.
Dec
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...
Dec
10
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...
Dec
10
Little Sprouts Story and Stroll: Splendid Gingerbread
Join us for our December Delights Little Sprouts Story & Stroll classes! Attend one class or more as a series. Classes are nature and literature-based early childhood programs designed to meet the...
Dec
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...
Dec
10
Playdough Party | Madison Children’s Museum
Join us in the Art Studio Classroom for a play clay party!  We’ll have all sorts of colorful dough, tools, and cookie cutters for some all-ages sensory playtime. This is a time to use your imaginat...
Dec
10
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
10
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...
Dec
10
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.
Dec
10
Lunch & Legos
Kids will help prepare their own food & enjoy a series of lego-themed challenges and craft options. Price includes lunch.
Dec
11
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...
Dec
11
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...
Dec
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...
Dec
11
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 ...
Dec
11
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
11
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...
Dec
11
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 ...
Dec
11
Wiggle and Jump | Madison Children’s Museum
Join us in exploring active games geared for our youngest visitors! We will have lots of fun with movement: playing games that help evolve those important gross motor skills. This event will take plac...
Dec
11
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...
Dec
12
Kids Express Learning Center Open House & Parent Panel
Join us for an Open House on Thursday, December 12 from 8:30-10:30am. Learn more about our current programming, along with our exciting plans of expansion through 8th grade. Guests will tour our 10-ac...
Dec
12
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...
Dec
12
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...
Dec
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...
Dec
12
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
12
Morning Play Date with Music Together
Spend a morning meeting new friends at DreamBank! While the kids enjoy special guest, Catherine from Music Together, grown-ups can explore our exhibit and enjoy a cup of coffee in our inspiring space....
Dec
12
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...
Dec
12
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
12
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...
Dec
13
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.
Dec
13
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!
Dec
13
Little Sprouts Story and Stroll: Splendid Gingerbread
Join us for our December Delights Little Sprouts Story & Stroll classes! Attend one class or more as a series. Classes are nature and literature-based early childhood programs designed to meet the...
Dec
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...
Dec
13
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
13
Madtown Twisters-Family Open Gym
Family open gym is for children of all ages with their parents. It is a great chance to explore all we have to offer! Trampolines, obstacle courses, bounce house, foam pit, ninja courses and more! We ...
Dec
13
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...
Dec
13
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
13
A Madison Symphony Christmas | Overture Center
This beloved annual tradition embraces the season with Christmas classics and enchanting new music featuring the orchestra, three choruses and opera stars. From caroling in the lobby, to the final sin...
Dec
14
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...
Dec
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...
Dec
14
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...
Dec
14
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
14
Madison Waldorf School Winterfestival
Good food, crafting, the famous Dragon Maze, the Gnome Scavenger Hunt, puppet show, artisan vendors, bonfire – you’ll find all this and more at our annual Winterfestival! Fun for all ages....
Dec
14
Penguin Painting Class | BECM
Penguin Painting Class (Ages 5-10) Saturday, December 14th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM REGISTER HERE ​Join Kendra from Wall Whimsy Murals as she guides young artists through a Penguin-themed painting!...
Dec
14
Music with Corey | BECM
Music with Corey Saturday, December 14th 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM ​ Music with Corey is a fun and interactive musical experience for toddlers, preschool aged children, and their families. Come join...
Dec
14
Pictures with Santa & Holiday Crafting
Get in the holiday spirit and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holiday crafting workshop and photos with Santa! Photos with Santa will be on a first-come first-serve basis.
Dec
14
Saturday Science at Discovery: You Can Be a Science Hero
Use science to shape a better world at this free monthly event for kids and families! Create pledges and science crafts to share as gifts, dive into hands-on activities to fuel the super power of crea...
Dec
14
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...
Dec
14
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...
Dec
14
Holiday Kid Disco | The Great Dane
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, Hilldale Location is bringing Kid Disco back with a special appearance by SANTA himself! DJ Nick Nice will be setting the holiday mood with his musical genius...
Dec
14
Holiday Open at the Edgewater
The Edgewater Market is hosting our first ever shopping open house event this holiday season! The event will feature home & lifestyle goods, clothing, accessories and local food and beverage. Stop...
Dec
14
Good Day Market: Holiday Edition | Garver Feed Mill
Good Day Market is a highly curated shopping event feature well-made handmade home & lifestyle goods and the people that make them. This year we’re featuring 70+ midwest makers and a curated...
Dec
14
Art Spin! Holiday Bazaar
Join us for the LAST Art Spin of 2019! From 12 p.m. to 2.p.m. in the lobby, we will be hosting a FREE holiday card-making workshop, inspired by the animals in Ojibwe artist, Rabbett Before Horses Stri...
Dec
14
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...
Dec
14
Live Reindeer! | Verona, WI
INSIDE FROM 2:00 PM – 5 PM Enjoy live music, snacks, cider, and crafts. OUTSIDE FROM 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Line up outside in Badger Ridge Middle School’s parking lot to have a photo tak...
Dec
14
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...
Dec
14
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
14
A Christmas Carol | CTM
A Christmas Carol The spirit of the season is calling! Travel back to Victorian England as the ghosts of Scrooge’s past, present, and future remind us of the power of generosity and the joy of givin...
Dec
14
A Madison Symphony Christmas | Overture Center
This beloved annual tradition embraces the season with Christmas classics and enchanting new music featuring the orchestra, three choruses and opera stars. From caroling in the lobby, to the final sin...
Dec
15
Breakfast with Santa | Henry Vilas Zoo
Have breakfast with Santa at the Henry Vilas Zoo! Come and enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with Santa while you watch our resident polar bear, Nuniq, play! Enjoy breakfast in our festive Glacier Grille o...
Dec
15
Sunday Funday: Parents Play Free | Ultrazone Laser Tag
The best deal of the week: Parents play free! With one paying child, one parent can play for free! Take advantage of free laser tag and see what all the hype is about! Laser tag is definitely not just...
Dec
15
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
15
Good Day Market: Holiday Edition | Garver Feed Mill
Good Day Market is a highly curated shopping event feature well-made handmade home & lifestyle goods and the people that make them. This year we’re featuring 70+ midwest makers and a curated...
Dec
15
Cookie Decorating and Crafting
Join the Baking Realtor as she gears up for the Holidays with some cookie decorating and crafting fun! This event is geared towards kids over the age of 5. FREE TICKET is required for anyone decoratin...
Dec
15
Holiday Free Fun Day- Free Soccer Sessions
Join us for FREE Soccer Shots sessions this holiday season! Find out what Soccer Shots Madison is all about! Registration required! The sessions will include a warm-up, Soccer Shots games, introductio...
Dec
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...
Dec
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...
Dec
15
A Christmas Carol | CTM
A Christmas Carol The spirit of the season is calling! Travel back to Victorian England as the ghosts of Scrooge’s past, present, and future remind us of the power of generosity and the joy of givin...
Dec
15
A Mannerchor Christmas
Come join the Madison Männerchor in a celebration of Christmas carols and feasts! Food follows the concert as Sankt Nikolaus brings gifts for all the children in attendance. Tickets without meal: $10...
Dec
15
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
15
Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Love
Designed for moms-to-be and new moms (once ready to leave baby at home). Whether you are a new or experienced yoga student, you will be gracefully guided through meditation, breathing, and movement sp...
Dec
16
Anytime Ticket
Monday’s 9am-3pm Any 3 hours for $25!
Dec
16
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...
Dec
16
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...
Dec
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...
Dec
16
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
16
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...
Dec
16
Holiday Mug Art | Fitchburg Public Library
Design and personalize an awesome mug – for yourself, or to give as a holiday gift! We will provide all materials, including directions for “baking” your Sharpie design into your mug...
Dec
16
Monday Night Kid Music with David Landau
This is a popular kid music series that has been happening every Monday night for several years. You may not think it would be a good idea to have a kid show in an old-school Wisconsin neighborhood ta...
Dec
16
Monday Night Kid Music with David Landau
Fun for kids age 2-8. Totally tolerable for their grown-ups.
Dec
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...
Dec
17
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...
Dec
17
Little Sprouts Story and Stroll: Marvelous Peppermint
Join us for our December Delights Little Sprouts Story & Stroll classes! Attend one class or more as a series. Classes are nature and literature-based early childhood programs designed to meet the...
Dec
17
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...
Dec
17
Playdough Party | Madison Children’s Museum
Join us in the Art Studio Classroom for a play clay party!  We’ll have all sorts of colorful dough, tools, and cookie cutters for some all-ages sensory playtime. This is a time to use your imaginat...
Dec
17
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
17
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...
Dec
17
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.
Dec
17
Lunch & Legos
Kids will help prepare their own food & enjoy a series of lego-themed challenges and craft options. Price includes lunch.
Dec
18
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...
Dec
18
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...
Dec
18
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...
Dec
18
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 ...
Dec
18
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
18
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...
Dec
18
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 ...
Dec
18
Wiggle and Jump | Madison Children’s Museum
Join us in exploring active games geared for our youngest visitors! We will have lots of fun with movement: playing games that help evolve those important gross motor skills. This event will take plac...
Dec
18
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...
Dec
19
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...
Dec
19
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...
Dec
19
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...
Dec
19
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
19
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...
Dec
19
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
19
Double Dare Live | The Orpheum
On your mark, get set, GO!  The messiest game show on TV is now the messiest game show on the road.  Double Dare Live is coming to your town and will bring all the action and excitement of Nickelo...
Dec
20
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.
Dec
20
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!
Dec
20
Little Sprouts Story and Stroll: Marvelous Peppermint
Join us for our December Delights Little Sprouts Story & Stroll classes! Attend one class or more as a series. Classes are nature and literature-based early childhood programs designed to meet the...
Dec
20
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...
Dec
20
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
20
Frozen II Free Dance Day!
Bring your dancing feet to our Frozen II themed FREE Dance Class! Who: Students ages 2-5. No dance experience required! (*if your student is NOT in this age range but would like to try a free dance cl...
Dec
20
Madtown Twisters-Family Open Gym
Family open gym is for children of all ages with their parents. It is a great chance to explore all we have to offer! Trampolines, obstacle courses, bounce house, foam pit, ninja courses and more! We ...
Dec
20
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
20
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...
Dec
21
Date Nights (Evening Drop-in Childcare)
Date Nights are our themed evenings for children ages 3 – 7. Children enjoy crafts, games, free play, and fun with friends in the care of our licensed teachers. Parents enjoy 3 carefree hours! Date ...
Dec
21
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...
Dec
21
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...
Dec
21
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...
Dec
21
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
21
Yid Vicious Hanukkah Concert | MCM
Celebrate Hanukkah with Klezmer music Yid Vicious brings klezmer — Yiddish folk music — for all ages to the museum. Get ready to dance as we celebrate Hanukkah and all of the wonders of the winter...
Dec
21
Pictures with Santa & Holiday Crafting
Get in the holiday spirit and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holiday crafting workshop and photos with Santa! Photos with Santa will be on a first-come first-serve basis
Dec
21
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...
Dec
21
Kid Fun Music Parade
Common Ground – Middleton, 3rd Saturday Monthly 11-11:45am. Kid Fun Music Parade is a FUN-Loving duo making acoustic guitar, harmonica, and props come alive through song, movement, finger plays ...
Dec
21
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...
Dec
21
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...
Dec
21
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
21
A Christmas Carol | CTM
A Christmas Carol The spirit of the season is calling! Travel back to Victorian England as the ghosts of Scrooge’s past, present, and future remind us of the power of generosity and the joy of givin...
Dec
22
Sunday Funday: Parents Play Free | Ultrazone Laser Tag
The best deal of the week: Parents play free! With one paying child, one parent can play for free! Take advantage of free laser tag and see what all the hype is about! Laser tag is definitely not just...
Dec
22
Olbrich’s Holiday Express | Olbrich Gardens
All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreen! During the show, members of the Wisconsin G...
Dec
22
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...
Dec
22
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...
Dec
22
Shaving Cream Colors | MCM
Come and make some fun prints using the hydrophobic properties of shaving cream! Even small children can begin to absorb fascinating scientific concepts.  This program teaches kids about various mol...
Dec
22
A Christmas Carol | CTM
A Christmas Carol The spirit of the season is calling! Travel back to Victorian England as the ghosts of Scrooge’s past, present, and future remind us of the power of generosity and the joy of givin...
Dec
22
Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30...
Dec
22
Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Love
Designed for moms-to-be and new moms (once ready to leave baby at home). Whether you are a new or experienced yoga student, you will be gracefully guided through meditation, breathing, and movement sp...
Dec
23
Anytime Ticket
Monday’s 9am-3pm Any 3 hours for $25!
Dec
23
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...
Dec
23
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...
Dec
23
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...


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].

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