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May 2017 Activities


Story Saturday: “The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids”

Saturday, May 6th

·       Cost: FREE!

·       Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

·       Location: Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St, Madison

·       Kids will discover Wisconsin’s past through its food. Focus will be on the food Wisconsinites are most known for: cheese! Kids will also enjoy activities and crafts.


Saturday Science at Discovery: Special Effects, Smoke and Mirrors

Saturday, May 6th

·       Cost: FREE!

·       Time: 10am-12pm

·       Location: Town Center of the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St, Madison

·       See how to make fantastic things appear using today’s technology, make smoke and fog on demand, learn how superheroes “fly”, try your own sound effects, create your own movies, and more!


Warner Family Fun Night

Friday, May 12th   

·       Cost: $5 per family

·       Time: 5:30-8:30pm

·       Location: Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr, Madison

·       A fun night for the whole family! See the list of activities on their website.


DreamBank Madison Music Mile & 5K

Saturday, May 13th

·       Cost: Only for race participants

·       Time: Race starts at 8am

·       Location: Keva Sports Center, 8312 Forsythia St, Middleton

·       Run, walk, cheer, or volunteer at this fundraiser for Girls Rock Camp and enjoy music by local talent. More details on website.


Family Event: Kids’ Mother’s Day Cards & Crafts

Saturday, May 13th

·       Cost: FREE!

·       Time: 9:30am-12pm

·       Location: DreamBank, 1 N. Pinckney St, Madison

·       The whole family can enjoy a morning of crafting and making new friends. Kids can create cards and gifts to make Mom’s day extra special!


Free Admission Day at Wisconsin Historical Museum

Saturday, May 20th

·       Cost: FREE!

·       Time: 9am-4pm

·       Location: Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St, Madison

·       Enjoy free general museum admission in celebration of Wisconsin Museums Week. There are four floors of exhibits to explore.


Family Food Fest

Sunday, May 21st

·       Cost: Free Admission

·       Time: 11am-2pm

·       Location: Lincoln Elementary School, 911 Sequoia Trail, Madison

·       This event will be fun for the entire family.  Celebrate healthy eating and active living with delicious food, fun activities, and more. List of activities on website.


Brat Fest

May 26th – 29th

·       Cost: Free Admission

·       Time: See schedule of events on website

·       Location: Willow Island at Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison

·       Help make a record-breaking amount of brat sales! Or enjoy other food, fun, and live music.


UW-Arboretum Family Nature Program: Survival at the Pond

Sunday, May 28th

·       Cost: FREE!

·       Time: 1:30-3:30

·       Location: UW-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

·       This event will start with a naturalist-led hike to Teal Pond. At 2:30 the event will head indoors for activities.


Dane County Farmers’ Market


·       Time: 6:15am-1:45pm

·       Location: Capitol Square, Madison

·       This is the largest producer-only Farmers’ Market in the country. All items are produced by the members behind the tables, with approximately 300 vendors throughout the year!


Bird & Nature Outings


·       Cost: FREE!

·       Time: Varies

·       Location: Various parks in Madison

·       This is a kid-friendly outing promoting healthy outdoor nature recreation and education. Outings are led by trained naturalists and volunteer walk leaders. Visit website for times and locations.


Open Gym Options in Dane County:

·         Legacy Academy

·         Madtown Twisters

·         PlayN Wisconsin

·         Pump It Up

·         Rockin’ Jump

·         Sky Zone


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