Community Activities

FSRC’s Annual Picnic
Saturday, August 25
Cost: FREE
Time: 4-7pm (Rain or Shine!)
Location: McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg
Everyone is welcome!

Art Cart
Multiple dates through August 9
Cost: FREE
Location: Parks, playgrounds, and beaches throughout Madison
These outdoor art programs are for children ages three and above. All children should be accompanied with an adult.

Madison Children’s Museum
Free Family Night

First Wednesday each month
Cost: FREE
Time: 5-8pm
Location: Madison Children’s Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St, Madison
The entire community is invited to enjoy the museum for free!

Saturday Science
First Saturday each month 
Cost: FREE
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Town Center of the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St, Madison
Learn through interactive exploration stations – fun for kids and families! Topics change every month.

Sunflower Maze Days
Opens Wednesday, August 8
Cost: See website
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Leatherberry Acres, S4067 County Road A, Baraboo
Maze will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, until the flowers dry out. Best to visit in first two weeks.

Pack ‘N the Park
Friday, August 10
Cost: FREE
Time: 6-10pm
Location: McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg
Games, inflatables, prizes, food for purchase, and the movie Sherlock Gnomes starting around 8:15pm.

All Ages Improv Show
Saturdays
Cost: $7/person, Kids 3 and under are free
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Glass Nickel Pizza Company, 2916 Atwood Avenue, Madison
This is entertainment for fans of any age. It is fast-paced, classic, short-form improve comedy with guaranteed audience participation.

Family Walk: “Pond” – Ering Life
Sunday, August 12
Cost: FREE
Time: 1:30-2:30pm
Location: UW-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison
Learn about pond critters, the fascinating lives of predators and prey, and more. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Movies with Madison Parks
Multiple dates
Cost: FREE
Time: Varies
Location: Various parks in Madison
Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Sassy Cow Creamery Tours
Fridays
Cost: $4
Times: 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
Location: Sassy Cow Creamery, W4192 Bristol Road, Columbus
Tour lasts about an hour. Purchase tickets at the creamery.

Africa Fest
Saturday, August 18
Cost: FREE
Time: 11am-10pm
Location: McPike Park (formerly Central Park), 202 S. Ingersoll St, Madison
The theme of this family event is “Building and Bridging Communities”.

Paulpalooza
Sunday, August 19
Time: 11am-5pm
Cost: FREE
Location: The Hop Garden, 6818 Canal St, Paoli
Live music on two stages, food, drinks, vendors, raffle, and canoe rides in honor of Paul Natzke. All proceeds benefit Donate Life WI, Wisconsin Skeeters Sled Hockey, & Bay Cliff Health Camp.

History on State: Fall Harvest Celebration
Monday, August 20
Cost: FREE
Time: 5-6pm
Location: On stages next to Wisconsin Veterans Museum (If rain, then in WI Historical Museum)
Join Old World Wisconsin for a celebration of fall. Taste samples, learn tips for your garden, and get a picture with a farm animal.

Concerts at McKee
Monday, August 20
Cost: FREE
Time: 5-9pm
Location: McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg
Picnic and activities begin at 5pm, music at 6pm, with headliner at 7pm.

Orton Park Festival
August 23-26
Cost: FREE
Time: Varies
Location: 1114 Rutledge Street, Madison
This outdoor music festival is known for its great music, terrific vendors from local restaurants and businesses, kids games, and much more!

Sensory-Friendly Museum Time
Monday, August 27
Cost: FREE
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Madison Children’s Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St, Madison
Children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or sensory challenges are invited to experience the museum during this Sensory-Friendly Museum Time.

Dane County Farmers’ Market
Saturdays
Time: 6:15am-1:45pm
Location: Capitol Square, Downtown Madison
All items for sale are grown, raised, and produced in WI by the person behind the stand.

Henry Vilas Zoo
Open daily
Cost: FREE
Time: 9:30am-5pm
Location: 702 S. Randall Avenue, Madison
Visit website for list of exhibits and attractions.

Guided Garden Strolls
Sundays
Cost: FREE
Time: 1:30pm & 3pm
Location: Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison
Strolls start and end in lobby near Garden entrance and last 45-60 minutes. All ages welcome!

Bucky on Parade
Through September 12
Cost: FREE
Locations: Throughout Madison and Dane County
Local and regional artists have transformed 85 life-size Bucky Badger statues into unique works of art. Can you find them all?

Open Gym Options in Dane County:
Legacy Academy – Fitchburg
Madtown Twisters – East & West Madison
PlayN Wisconsin – Middleton
Pump It Up – Fitchburg
Sky Zone – Madison