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]

Home Game Friday – UW Alumni Park

Badger football fans: when you visit campus for the big game (or for any reason), stop by One Alumni Place the day before to enjoy some big fun at this drop-in open house. Features UW-themed giveaways, family-friendly art activities, refreshments, selfies with the Well Red Bucky statue (we’ll supply the props, you bring the pep), and even a festive, UW-spirited singalong at 3 p.m. Also includes guided Alumni Park tours (approx. 30 minutes) that begin at 1 and 2 p.m. from the park’s Welcome Plaza, 724 Langdon Street.

WHERE: One Alumni Place, 650 N. Lake St. (enter through Alumni Park)

WHEN: Oct. 19, 1–4 pm

COST: Free

Fall Harvest Adventure Festival – Busy Barns Adventure Farm

Make plans to spend the day on the farm as you interact with the animals, play in the corn and straw, sit on the antique tractors, take in a puppet show, scurry down the rabbit hole slide, sway on the pony swings, conquer the corn maze, test your skills on the obstacle and low ropes courses, take a hayride to find the perfect pumpkin and enjoy yummy food and drinks. See you at the farm where “Growing Memories & Harvesting Fun” is our specialty.

WHERE: Busy Barns Adventure Farm, W7675 US Highway 12, Fort Atkinson

WHEN: Oct. 20–21, 27–28, 10 am–5 pm

COST: Various

Charlotte’s Web – Children’s Theater of Madison

One of the most beloved classics of all time! Wilbur is a small piglet with a big problem: he doesn’t want to end up on a dinner plate! His barnyard friends and a young girl named Fern try to help, but it’s the efforts of the extraordinary Charlotte the spider that astound everyone. A story of friendship, loyalty, and growing up – for all ages and all generations.

WHERE: The Playhouse at the Overture Center

WHEN: Oct. 20, 21, multiple shows

COST: Various

Colorful Days – Arboretum Family Nature Program

Hike and explore the colorful forest and prairie, then draw, paint, and write about your discoveries. Naturalist-led hike, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Walk and activities designed for families with children ages 3–11. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

WHERE: UW-Madison Arboretum

WHEN: Oct. 28, 1:30–3:30 pm

COST: Free

Saturday Science at Discovery – School of Rocks

Discover rocks of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages! Examine real moon rocks and lunar samples from NASA, see how we use rocks in our daily lives, learn about the minerals in your body, explore the rocks of Wisconsin, pan for rocks, make your own rock pendant to take home and more.

WHERE: UW-Madison Discovery Building, 330 N Orchard St, Madison

WHEN: Nov. 3, 10 am

COST: Free

Warner Family Fun Night

Join Madison Parks and the WPCRC for our Warner Family Fun Night as we celebrate the start of the new school year and new adventures! Families can create an art or pottery project, play in the gym and the game room. Let the adventure begin!

  • Gymnasium Fun – bouncy house, sports, fun games
  • Family Fitness Classes and Fit2Go Van
  • Classes, movies & themes change monthly
  • Drop-In Art and Pottery Projects
  • Game Room Fun – pool, ping pong, Foosball, air hockey
  • Child Care Room – drop off young kids for playtime

WHERE: Warner  Park Community Recreation Center

WHEN: Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11 from 5–8 pm

COST: $5 per family

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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