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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]

Family Fun Fall Festival

When there’s a chill in the air and nature’s color palette is at its brightest, you know it’s time for family fun at the YMCA. Soak up the spirit of the season at our annual Fall Family Festival. This community event is FREE and open to the public.
• Costumes encouraged
• Face painting
• Snacks
• Bounce on out giant inflatable
• Arts and crafts
• Games and activities
Members and guests are welcome, so bring your family, friends and neighbors for this fun, free, community-building event!

WHERE: YMCA West, East, and Sun Prairie

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 25, 5–7 pm

COST: Free

Block Party with Alexis!

What can you build? A grand city? A tall tower? A long and winding road? Come and play with the library’s cool blocks and discover what you can make. Add some extra engineering fun with brand new ramps, too!
Designed for children ages 3-8, but the whole family is welcome. Children under age 7, must have an adult helper.

WHERE: Central Library; 201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 9:30–11:30 am

COST: Free

MCM Taste of Tech: VR

Come and explore Virtual Reality with the Google Cardboard Virtual Reality apps!

Kids will have the opportunity to interact with dinosaurs, ride roller coasters, and more via the Google Cardboard and HTC Vive VR apps.

VR technology is a new and exciting frontier with potential applications in science, medicine, communication and more. Come learn how to use this new technology!

This program will take place in the Art Studio Classroom.

WHERE: Madison Children’s Museum

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27 12:30–2:30 pm

COST: Museum Admission and $9 for the program

Planetarium Laser Shows

What is a Laser Show? Lasers draw animations on the dome to go with the music or story. It’s fun! Shows featuring all different themes available!

WHERE: Madison Metropolitan School District Planetarium; 201 S. Gammon Road, Madison, WI 53717

WHEN: Various times from Monday, Oct. 28–Saturday, Nov. 2

COST: $2–$5

Enchanted Valley Acres

Memories are made at Enchanted Valley Acres! Join us for the Fall 2019 season and wander through the corn mazes together after enjoying the fall colors on a wagon ride around the valley, say hi to the goats, race one another in the human hamster wheels, and don’t forget to race your kids on the trikes since there are adult trikes too! Go magnetic fishing or rubbery ducky racing. Don’t forget to ride the famous Giant Slides – each slide is over 200 feet long and are side by side making it extra fun to race one another, if you wish.

After all that fun with those activities and many more, stop by the food concessions trailer to grab some yummy food. You can enjoy your food from the large deck off the 1937 red barn overlooking the valley and activities!

Before leaving, feel free to purchase beautiful pumpkins, gourds, squash, honey from the farm bees, and much more!

WHERE: 5047 Enchanted Valley Road, Cross Plains, WI 53528

WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am–6 pm (open on Fridays starting in October)

COST: $11 per person, kids 2 and under are free

Overture Center ‘Drop-In’ Tours

Go behind the scenes of one of Madison’s most stunning architectural achievements and get an inside look at some of the nation’s most stunning theaters.  Groups may schedule a tour in advance for any time during business hours. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are designed for ages 12 and up. Please note that performance schedules may preclude tours from visiting certain venues.

WHERE: Overture Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Madison

WHEN: Select Saturdays at 11 am (click link above for specific dates)

COST: Free

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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