Family Fun Guide

Play. Discover. Explore. Madison with Kids has partnered with us to provide you and your family fun and interesting ways to spend time together each week.

To suggest an event for the family fun guide, email the family fun guy [email protected]

Ice Cream Social

Join us for pie, ice cream, root beer floats, and more ice cream treats. There will be farm tours, live music, wagon rides, a tractor display, and fun for the whole family! Food will be available for purchase from Noosh food cart and pie from Market Street Diner & Bakery. All proceeds from pie sales will be donated to the Sun Prairie Explosion Relief fund.

WHERE: Sassy Cow Creamery; W4192 Bristol Road Columbus, WI 53925

WHEN: Saturday, August 25, 12–4 pm

COST: Free with food available for purchase


Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw

There are events for everyone in the family at the Cow Chip Throw! There is a food court, a 5K and 10K run/walk, arts and crafts fair, and OF COURSE Cow Chip Throwing.

WHERE: Marion Park; Grand Avenue & First Street in Prairie du Sac, WI

WHEN: Friday August 31 at 5 pm–Saturday at 11:30 pm

Summer Spin!

June 7 to August 23, Thursday nights are family friendly at the Chazen Museum of Art this summer!

Grab the kiddos and join us every week as we bring the museum outdoors! Enjoy live music, cool and refreshing treats, outdoor films, adventures with art, and lots of surprises. Everyone is welcome. Come play and create with a unique and mysterious assortment of materials. You never know what you’ll get into!

WHERE: Chazen Museum of Art

WHEN: Every Thursday between June 7–Aug. 23, 4–7 pm


American Family Insurance:  Kid’s Dream Family Film Series

Family-friendly movies all summer long at local Marcus Cinemas

WHERE: Marcus Theatres


  • Peter Rabbit – August 18, 19, 20 & 22
  • Sherlock Gnomes – August 25, 26, 27 & 29

COST: Admission is $3 (Two FREE admissions available when you visit the link above)

Casey Day Concert

Casey Day, a local musician, has a great selection of original kids music that is pretty much guaranteed to keep the kiddos moving and singing along.

WHERE: Cargo Bike Shop; 1404 Williamson St., Madison, Wisconsin 53703

WHEN: Saturday, September 1 at 9 am


Guided Garden Strolls

Get an insider’s view of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens during a free guided garden stroll. All ages are welcome for this casual overview of the Gardens. Guided garden strolls will vary somewhat according to the season to reflect the garden areas that are at peak interest.

Strolls start and end in the lobby near the Garden entrance and are about 45 to 60 minutes in length. No registration is required; strolls are drop-in only. Strolls are held rain or shine and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightning.

WHERE: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

WHEN: Every Sunday from now until Oct. 14 at 1:30 pm and 3 pm


Dane County Farmer’s Market

The Saturday Dane County Farmers’ Market is conveniently located on the tree-lined grounds surrounding the Wisconsin State Capitol building — otherwise known as “the Square” — in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The Market encircles the Square.

WHERE: Capitol Square

WHEN: Every Saturday through November 10


For other FREE events, visit the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau’s ‘Free Things To Do‘ and ‘Family Fun in Madison’

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