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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]

International Festival

Join us in celebrating the rich cultural heritage within our community and enjoy more than 30 FREE performances throughout Overture by artists who call Dane County home. Indulge in cuisines from around the world, browse stunning arts and crafts available for purchase and learn about the many local businesses with global connections.

WHERE: Overture Center

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 am–5 pm

COST: Free

Winter Glow Tours

A specialty tour like no other! Deck yourself out with Glow-in-the-Dark jewelry before you embark on a magical tour through the underground on warm, glow-lighted pathways by flashlight! Learn about minerals that glow in the dark or light up under fluorescent light! Come and GLOW with us! Regular Cave Tour Rates apply. Keys to the Cave memberships are valid!

WHERE: Cave of the Mounds

WHEN: Feb. 23 at 1 pm

COST: Adults $18.95 and kids $10.95

2019 Dairy-Aire Gymnastics Invitational

Come check out Wisconsin’s Dairy-Aire and bring your teams to one of the finest meets in the Midwest. The competition site is located in downtown Madison in the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace Convention Center with the host hotel directly attached.

WHERE: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

WHEN: Feb. 23–24

COST: Adults $12, Children (5-12) $7, and Children 5 and under are FREE

Madison Kids Expo

Play the day away at our 10+ Play Zones, including inflatables, face painting, a climbing wall, Touch-A-Truck, petting zoo, and more!

There’s even something for the parents – get information and samples for everything kid-related – such as toys and games, sports and fitness, learning devices, safety products, health and nutrition, pediatricians, martial arts, dancing, day cares, schools, natural products, activity equipment, camps and much more for kids of all ages.

WHERE: Alliant Energy Center

WHEN: March 2–3, 10 am–4 pm

COST: Adults $6, kids $4, kids 2 and under are free

Saturday Science: Spring In Your Step

This free monthly event for kids and families features interactive exploration stations and hands-on science fun.
Learn about all things spring! Explore what causes the seasons to change, discover the physics behind metal springs, get inspired to grow a garden, see how far you can spring across the floor and more.

WHERE: Discovery Building; 330 N. Orchard St. Madison

WHEN: Saturday, March 2 at 10 am

COST: Free

David Stokes – Wildlife Fun

He is that guy with the gray beard and bald head who happens to be a Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Teacher of the Year and an “Aldo Leopold” award winner. The Northshore United Educators (WEAC) honored David for educational excellence. Using live creatures and animal artifacts, songs and short stories, David gets down with his audiences, and makes learning fun.

Early Bird ActivitiesJoin us for early bird activities beginning at noon on this show day!
Interactive! Educational! Fun!


WHERE: Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium, 1500 Highland Ave.

WHEN: Sunday, March 10 at 1 pm

COST: Adults $2, kids $1


Overture Center ‘Drop-In’ Tours

Go behind the scenes of one of Madison’s most stunning architectural achievements and get an inside look at some of the nation’s most stunning theaters.  Groups may schedule a tour in advance for any time during business hours. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are designed for ages 12 and up. Please note that performance schedules may preclude tours from visiting certain venues.

WHERE: Overture Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Madison

WHEN: Select Saturdays at 11 am (click link above for specific dates)

COST: Free

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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