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Father and mother with their daughter, playing in the snow.

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]

2019 Capitol Christmas Pageant

Come to the Wisconsin State Capitol building on Dec. 8 for the 96th annual Capitol Christmas Pageant. They have added more seating this year and there is 2 performances so more can participate in the holiday fun.

WHERE: Wisconsin State Capitol

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:15 pm and 5:15 pm

COST: Free

Warner Family Fun Night

Once a month bring your family to the Warner Park Community Recreation Center for an AMAZING night of fun. There is a gymnasium full of bouncy houses, sports, and games. There will be family fitness classes, movies, art and pottery projects. There is child care available for youngsters!

WHERE: Warner Park Community Recreation Center; 1625 Northport Dr., Madison, WI 53704

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13 from 5–8 pm

COST: $5 per family

Candy Cane Hunt

Bring the kids to Pleasant View Golf Course for the Candy Cane Hunt! Bring a flashlight and something to hold your candy canes!
There are different hunts for different age groups!
Ages 5-7 at 6:10 pm
Ages 2-4 at 6:20 pm
Ages 8-10 at 6:35 pm
The event will finish with a limbo contest at 6:45 pm!
This event will be taking place primarily outside so please dress for the weather. During the event we will have carnival style games outside along with free hot cocco in the club house.

WHERE: Pleasant View Golf Course; 1322 Pleasant View Rd., Middleton, WI 53562

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 14 from 6–7 pm

COST: Free

Olbrich’s Holiday Express

All aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias and fresh evergreens! 2019 theme: Secret Life of Snow-Pals

Perfect packing snow. Dogwood branches turned into arms. Carrot nose placed just right, with a touch of personality.

We’re all familiar with the image of snow-pals…but what are they thinking? Are they sick and tired of working long hours in below-zero temperatures, counting the days until their off season?

It makes you wonder…what do snow-pals do on vacation? Where do they go and what sights do they see?

Perhaps they slip-slide into spring and take up gardening, kite-flying, or spend their days dancing in the rain. Maybe in summer they head to the Caribbean for much need rest and relaxation. In fall, do they cruise the countryside admiring the vibrant fall foliage? Find out at Olbrich’s Holiday Express!

WHERE: Olbrich Gardens

WHEN: Dec 7–31, 10 am–4 pm

COST: $6 for adults, $3 for children 3–12, free for kids 2 and under

Zoo Lights

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursday-Sundays from 5:30–9 pm until December 29. Sip on hot chocolate and stroll through the zoo at night while seeing over 800,000 holiday lights! Come see the zoo like you’ve never seen it before!

WHERE: Henry Vilas Zoo; 702 S. Randall Ave., Madison, WI 53715

WHEN: Thursday–Sunday from 5:30–9 pm Nov. 29–Dec. 29

COST: $7 per person or $25 for a Family four pack

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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