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August 2017 Activities


Sassy Cow Creamery Farm Tour

Fridays, August 4 through 25

·       Cost: FREE!

·       Time: 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, and 4:15pm

·       Location: Meet at the creamery, W4192 Bristol Rd, Columbus, then follow the tour guide to the farm in your own vehicle.

·       No need to register. Questions? Call 608-837-7766.


Saturday Science: Solar Eclipse Edition

Saturday, August 5   

·       Cost: FREE!

·       Time: 10am-12pm

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

·       Discover how life is connected to the sun! Learn about the total eclipse starting August 21, build an eclipse viewer, explore solar energy, hold fossilized sunshine and more.


Art Cart

Multiple dates through August 10

·       Cost: FREE!

·       See schedule for dates, times, and locations.

·       These outdoor art programs travel to parks, playgrounds, and beaches in Madison. Programs are designed for children ages three and above.


Pack’n The Park

Friday, August 11

·       Cost: FREE!

·       Time: 6-8pm

·       Location: McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg

·       This fun family night includes games, food, and a movie showing in the dark.


Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies

Daily through August 13

·       Cost: $7 ages 13 & up, $3 ages 3-12, Free ages 2 & under

·       Time: 10am-4pm

·       Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison

·       Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily. More than a dozen species of butterflies can be seen at various times during the exhibit.


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.


Guided Garden Strolls


·       Cost: FREE!

·       Time: 1:30pm & 3pm

·       Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison

·       This stroll is for all ages and provides an insider’s view of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens. Stroll starts and ends in lobby near the Garden entrance and is 45-60 minutes in length.


Bird & Nature Outings


·       Cost: FREE!

·       Visit website for times and locations.

 ·     This is a kid-friendly outing promoting healthy outdoor nature recreation and education. Outings are led by trained naturalists and volunteer walk leaders at various parks in Madison.



·       Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival – August 17-20

·       Orton Park Festival – August 24 – 27

·       Middleton Good Neighbor Festival – August 25 – 27



·       Cost: FREE!

·       Location: Several around Dane County

·       Website identifies beaches with lifeguard services and provides a link to beach conditions.


Splash Parks in Dane County:

·       Cypress Park – Madison

·       Elver Park – Madison

·       Reindahl (Amund) Park – Madison

·       Conservancy Commons Park – DeForest

·       McKee Farms Park – Fitchburg

·       Lakeview Park – Middleton


Open Gym Options in Dane County:

·       Legacy Academy – Fitchburg

·       Madtown Twisters – East & West Madison

·       PlayN Wisconsin – Middleton

·       Pump It Up – Fitchburg

·       Rockin’ Jump – Madison

·       Sky Zone – Madison


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