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]

Children’s Theater of Madison:  A Christmas Carol

Madison’s favorite holiday tradition for the whole family. A Christmas Carol fills the elegant Capitol Theater with the spirit of Christmas! Get a little dressed up and step back in time to Victorian England for a wild seasonal ride. There’s music, dancing, and plenty of Bah Humbug for everyone! CTM’s grandest production of the year features David Daniel from American Players Theater as the infamous Mister Scrooge.

WHERE: The Capitol Theater at Overture Center

WHEN:  Now through December 20

COST: Various

Governor’s Mansion Holiday Open House Tours

Non-perishable food items will be collected in support of Second Harvest Food bank of Southern Wisconsin and warm winter items collected in support of Wisconsin Tourism’s Big Bundle Up Campaign.

WHERE: Governor’s Executive Residence, 99 Cambridge Road on Madison’s Northeast side in the Village of Maple Bluff

WHEN:  Select days between now and December 2o

COST: Free

Zoo Lights

When the animals go to sleep at night, the zoo comes alive with light!

Take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, browse our holiday market featuring new vendors each weekend (full schedule will be available soon), and enjoy the festive sights and sounds of the season.

We’ve added MORE lights & new displays! Thousands of lights will transform the zoo into a winter wonderland- we can’t WAIT to welcome you back!

WHERE: Henry Vilas Zoo

November 15 – December 30
Thursdays – Sundays: 5:30-9:00 pm
*Last tickets are sold at 8:30 pm
Closed on Thanksgiving (Nov. 22); open every night of Winter Break (Dec. 26-30)

COST: $7 per person (children under 3 are free)

Olbrich’s Holiday Express

All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express!

Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias and fresh evergreens!

WHERE: Olbrich Botanical Gardens

WHEN:  Now through December 31, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily (with special hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

$6 for adults
$3 for children ages 3 to 12
Children 2 and under are free
Free for Olbrich Botanical Society members
Admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory is included

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: Dec. 14, Jan. 11 from 5–8 pm

COST: $5 per family

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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