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]

Christmas for a Cause Art Show

Come support our local Artists with Disabilities! The Art Show will have many great cards and gift ideas, and proceeds support a worthy cause. Createability Wisconsin has been supporting people with Disabilities for many years and with help from the community we can continue to do so!

There will be Paintings, Drawings, Cards/Christmas Cards and much more!

WHERE: 2001 W Broadway, Monona, WI 53713

WHEN: Nov. 15–16

COST: Free

Merry & Bright: The Edgewater’s 5th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

Spend time with family and friends this holiday season as we kick off the holidays with a joyous afternoon and evening full of free, family-friendly events, including performances by local choirs, kids’ crafts and more!

The Fifth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on Friday November 23 with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving at 6 p.m. on the resort’s outdoor Grand Plaza.

This event is free and open to the public; food and beverage will be available for purchase. Check back soon for more details and a full schedule of events. Come celebrate with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Madison’s Place!

WHERE: The Edgewater; 1001 Wisconsin Pl., Madison, WI 53703

WHEN: Nov. 23, 2–8 pm

COST: Free

Sensory-Friendly Museum Time

Join us for autism- and sensory-friendly museum time!

Madison Children’s Museum welcomes children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or sensory challenges to experience the museum during Sensory-Friendly Museum Times. This program aims to bring families together to learn through play in an environment that supports the unique needs of children with ASD and/or sensory challenges.

Sensory-friendly museum times are held outside the museum’s regular general admission hours on the last Monday of each month from 5–7 pm. Pre-registration for these events is not required, but pre-registered families will be able to take advantage of express check-in. Walk-ins are welcome and the event is free to all attendees.

WHERE: Madison Children’s Museum

WHEN: Nov. 26, 5–7 pm

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)

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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