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 dave@life1025.com

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Kids in the Rotunda:  Trinity Irish Dance

Join in the fun of Overture’s puppet festival with special performances by the Taiwan Puppet Troupe of University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the most distinguished traditional performing arts, the “Glove Puppet” of Taiwanese Puppetry Theater has been thriving in Taiwan for more than 200 years and is an imperative part of Taiwanese culture as well as popular shows on stage and even television program. Since 1997, the Taiwan Puppet Troupe of University of Wisconsin-Madison has been performing sharing this folk art that has been termed “one of our national cultural treasures” with the Madison community and beyond.

Extra fun: Stop by the Central Library’s Children’s Room from 9 AM – 2 PM for free art activities, special book displays and more, all inspired by the day’s Kids in the Rotunda performance.

When:  Saturday, April 1, 9:30 am. 11 am and 1 pm (The 1 PM performance will be American Sign Language interpreted. Please call 608.258.4148 if you need to be seated within sight of the interpreter.)

Where:  Overture Center Rotunda Stage

Cost:  Free

Saturday Science at Discovery:  Science Expeditions

Explore 40+ hands-on activities at the Discovery Building during this free event held on the first Saturday of every month! Experience a special edition of Saturday Science as part of Science Expeditions: discover science taking place at UW–Madison, take the trolley to 10+ other campus locations and see open houses and spectacular science shows throughout campus. Visit science.wisc.edu for more information on this three-day event.

When:  Saturday, April 1, 10 am

Where:  UW Discovery Center Town Center

Cost:  Free

Lil’ Badger Consignment Sale

A Semi-Annual Children’s Consignment Sale in the Monona/Eastside Madison Community.

When:  Saturday, April 6 – 8

Where:  Monona Community Center

Cost:  Free

Kids in the Rotunda:  Davey Doodle & The Red Hots

Davey Doodle and the Red Hots will get your toes tapping and bodies moving to their own unique interactive family fun music. Real life characters will come to life with songs about his dog Truffle Doodle, scoot scooting daughter April, and a stuffed brown bear named BB. They will also perform new classics for parties and holidays with the Happy Happy Birthday song and the Very Scary Halloween song. Other interactive adventures will take you on musical journeys through busy city streets, dandelion pastures, and riding on a Davey Doodle bus ride down all kinds of roads. Audience members will enjoy this fun musical adventure, and some members will be invited on stage to participate.

For extra fun, stop by the Ian’s Pizza table in the lobby for games and the chance to win a free slice card.

When:  Saturday, April 8, 9:30 am. 11 am and 1 pm (The 1 PM performance will be American Sign Language interpreted. Please call 608.258.4148 if you need to be seated within sight of the interpreter.)

Where:  Overture Center Rotunda Stage

Cost:  Free

Half-Point Resale Event

Madison Area’s Largest Children’s Consignment Sale (for pregnant moms and young families, featuring items for ages 0-12).

When:  Saturday, April 21 – 23

Where:  Madison Curling Club, 4802 Marsh Road, McFarland

Cost:  Free

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