Community Activities

Madison Children’s Museum Free Family Night
Wednesday, October 3
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! This event is held the first Wednesday night of most months.

Story Saturday
Saturday, October 6
Cost: FREE
Time: 11am-12pm
Location: Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St, Madison
Enjoy fun and exciting Wisconsin stories with free activities and crafts that bring the stories to life. Event takes place first Saturday each month.

Saturday Science
Saturday, October 6
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. This monthly series is held the first Saturday each month.

Wisconsin Science Festival
October 11 – 14
Cost: Varies
Location: Across Wisconsin
This is a four-day statewide celebration with events for all ages. Activities throughout Wisconsin, with many events held at the Discovery Building in Madison. Visit website for event list.

Autumn Color Weekend
October 12 – 14
Cost & Times: See website
Location: Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Rd, North Freedom
Enjoy the beautiful brilliant hues of autumn in the rural Sauk County countryside from the comfort of restored vintage passenger cars. Rides last 55 minutes.

Hilldale Harvest Party
Saturday, October 13
Cost: FREE
Time: Events starting at 8am, 10am, and 12pm
Location: Hilldale Shopping Center, 726 N. Midvale Blvd, Madison
Enjoy a day of fall fun beginning with the Hilldale Farmers Market, followed by a pumpkin patch, face painting, music, and more!

Oak Bank Great Pumpkin Give Away
Saturday, October 13
Cost: FREE *Cash donation to receive a pumpkin
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Oak Bank, 5951 McKee Rd, Fitchburg
In addition to pumpkins, there will be kids’ activities, local mascots, refreshments, a Fun Play Inflatable bouncer, and horse & carriage rides.

UW-Madison Arboretum Family Nature Program: The Science of Autumn Colors
Sunday, October 14
Cost: FREE
Time: 1:30-2:30pm Naturalist-led hike, 2:30-3:30pm Indoor activities
Location: UW-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison
Investigate the science of fall color changes in plants and create nature-based arts and crafts. Meet at Visitor Center.

Haumerson’s Pond Haunted Hike
October 19 & 20
Cost: FREE
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Fort Atkinson
Stroll the haunted candlelit trail in the woods, then enjoy ghost stories and crafts.

Pumpkin Special
October 20 & 21
Cost & Time: See website
Location: Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Diamond Hill Rd, North Freedom
Train ride will take you to Quartzite Lake where you can purchase pumpkins from a local grower (pumpkin purchase optional & cash-only). Rides lasts approximately 55 minutes.

Girls World Expo
Sunday, October 28
Cost: Register online for free tickets
Time: 12-4pm
Location: The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, 1 W. Dayton St, Madison
This special event was created by local teen girls for local teen girls.

Sensory-Friendly Museum Time
Monday, October 29
Cost: FREE
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Madison Children’s Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St, Madison
Children and families affected by Autism or sensory challenges are invited to experience the museum during this sensory-friendly time.

Kids In The Rotunda
Cost: FREE
Time: 9:30am, 11am & 1pm
Location: Overture Center, 201 State St, Madison
A wide variety of shows that will engage, educate, and entertain the whole family. Shows are ideal for children ages nine and younger and their families.

Badgers Kids’ Days
Cost, time, and location vary.
Each regular season Sunday home event will have something specially designed for the youngest Badger fans (ages 12 & under). Event will feature a premium item giveaway, unique experience, special ticket offers, or concession discounts, all provided courtesy of Kohl’s.

Dane County Farmers’ Market
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.

Fall Fun:
Busy Barns Adventure Farm – Fort Atkinson
Enchanted Valley Acres – Cross Plains
Mayr Family Farm – DeForest
Schuster’s Farm – Deerfield
Treinen Farm – Lodi 

All Ages Improv Show
Cost: $7/person, Kids 3 & under 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.

Halloween Fun:
Downtown Madison Family Halloween
Wednesday, October 25
Great Halloween Hunt
Saturday, October 27
Spooktacular Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 27
Halloween at the Zoo
Sunday, October 28

Guided Garden Strolls
Sundays through October 14
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!

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