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.

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Zoovies: Monsters University

Zoovies are back for the summer! Watch some of your favorite family friendly movies every third Thursday of the month. First up, Monsters University! Bring your blankets and chairs and settle in to enjoy Pixar’s creativity on our 16′ outdoor big screen! Tickets are $5 a person, kids under 3 are FREE, and the Main Gate (Drake & Randall) opens at 7 pm. Movie begins at dusk (approx 7:30 pm) and movie concessions will be available for purchase.

When: Thursday, May 18, 7–10 pm

Where: Henry Vilas Zoo

Cost: $5/person, kids 3 and under are free

Syttende Mai

Explore Norwegian culture with the people of Stoughton. There are many fun and unique events going on all weekend long. Don’t miss out!

When: May 19–21

Where: Downtown Stoughton

Cost: Varies

Fitchburg Days

Celebrate Irish Heritage in Fitchburg with a ton of great food and family events, including carnival rides!

When: May 19–21

Where: McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Cost: Varies

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

Brat Fest

This festival is PACKED with so many fun family activities. There are carnival games and rides along with four stages of all sorts of music. Make sure you stop by the Lifest stage and say hi to Life 102.5! There will be a TON of brats and hot dogs.

When: May 26–29

Where: Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center

Cost: Free entry with varying cost for activities

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