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]

Zoovies: Moana

Join us for Zoovies at the Henry Vilas Zoo! Grab some popcorn, set up a blanket on the lawn, and enjoy a movie on the big screen!
Tickets can be purchased at the gate upon arrival for $5/person (free admission for children under 3)
The zoo gate will open at 7pm and the movie will start between 7:15 and 7:30pm. Only the main gate of the zoo (on the north side of the zoo near Drake and Randall) will be open for this event.

WHERE: Henry Vilas Zoo

WHEN: Friday, June 22, 7 pm

COST: $5, kids 3 and under are free

Shake The Lake 2018

Fireworks and entertainment in downtown Madison

WHERE: John Nolen Dr., Madison

WHEN: June 23, 5-11 pm


Dane County Fair

Join us at the Alliant Energy Center, July 19-22, 2018, for the Dane County Fair. With many new attractions and features, along with classic favorites, the Dane County Fair is your ticket to fun this summer. Carnival rides, animals and food! Don’t miss the FREE Ryan Stevenson concert on July 21.

WHERE: Alliant Energy Center

WHEN: July 19–22

COST:  Kids 5 and under are free, kids 6-11 are $3, 12 and older are $8

Universe in the Park

The session begins just after sunset with a 30-40 minute talk and slide show about astronomy. While particular topics are left up to the presenters, they usually give a broad overview of one or two astronomy topics.  Recent astronomical news is frequently discussed, such as the discovery of new solar systems, the demotion of Pluto, and the latest results from the Hubble Space Telescope.  The talks are presented for audiences of all ages. At the conclusion of the talk, weather permitting, we set up a moderate aperture (8″-10″) telescope and provide park visitors the opportunity to view available astronomical objects.

WHERE: Governor Dodge State Park (6/23) and Mirror Lake State Park (6/23 and 7/7)

WHEN: Multiple dates and locations available here


Science Thursday: OWLS…Hoot!

Join us for a FREE Science Program about owls. Explore what owls eat and their habits with Dawn Liska-Tollefson, Lowell School Educator.

WHERE: Wingra Boats; 824 Knickerbocker St. Madison, WI 53711

WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 6–7 pm


Dinner & A Swim at Goodman Pool

Free admission to the Goodman Pool – SWIM and a selection of tasty food carts options for your DINNER (and possibly dessert!)
Admission to the pool is free during this event: 6:00 to 8:00pm. Cash is accepted for food cart options.

WHERE: Goodman Pool; 325 W Olin Ave, Madison, WI 53715

WHEN: Friday, July 27, 6 pm


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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