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


Moon Over Monona Terrace

Young and old alike are invited to the Monona Terrace rooftop to see the moon and other celestial objects through a variety of different telescopes provided by the Madison Astronomical Society. New this year, NASA will be bringing a MOON ROCK for viewing from the Apollo 15 mission, as well as meteorite samples! Other activities include short, kid-friendly presentations about the moon, plus a kids’ fun zone with educational games and prizes!

When:  Friday, April 28,  7:30 — 9:30 pm

Where:  William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens, Monona Terrace

Cost:  Free ticket required for admission


MCM Free Family Night

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 popular time for older children to return to visit their favorite exhibits.  This month exploring ice!

When:  Wednesday, May 3,  5 — 8 pm

Where:  Madison Children’s Museum

Cost:  Free

UW Family Gardening Day

UW Family Gardening Day gives everyone a chance to see & explore some of the splendid facilities for teaching, research and outreach in the plant sciences as well as to tour the beautiful gardens on campus. We look forward to seeing you there!

When:  Saturday, May 6,  10 am — 1 pm

Where:   D.C. Smith Greenhouse, 465 Babcock Drive;  Allen Centennial Gardens, 620 Babcock Drive; and Steenbock Memorial Library, 550 Babcock Drive

Cost:  Free


Healthy Kids Day

Nothing charges up kids like summer—and Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s official start to the best summer ever! So make sure your kids get the most they can out of this summer in spirit, mind and body. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the fun. Let’s charge into the best summer ever together! Join us on May 6 for Healthy Kids Day 2017!

When:  Saturday, May 6, 10 am–12 pm

Where:  All YMCA of Dane County Branches

Cost:  Free

Kids building Wisconsin

Kids Building Wisconsin is here to inspire and encourage kids’ interest in construction. Join us again this year for our third annual event! As always, Kids Building Wisconsin is free and open to the public. At our event, we have big construction equipment, awesome hands-on exhibits highlighting the many exciting careers in the construction industry, food, fun visitors, and lots of chances to win prizes. The first 2,000 kids get a free safety vest.

When:  Saturday, May 13, 9 am–4 pm

Where:  McKee Farms Park – Fitchburg

Cost:  Free

Hope & a Future’s 3rd Annual Pancake Breakfest

Delicious breakfast featuring fluffy pancakes with over 20 topping options. Live music by Krause Family Band, face painting, kid’s activities, silent auction, and more!

When:  Saturday, May 20, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Where:  Food Concepts Inc., 2551 Parmenter St, Middleton, WI 53562

Cost:  $5/person suggested donation, $20/family max

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