Put on your party dress (or outfit!) and head down to Madison Children’s Museum on Sunday, August 14, when the museum will throw a party to celebrate its first birthday. Exactly one year prior, the museum opened the doors of its Hamilton Street facility to the public.
On the museum’s birthday, every nonmember guest will receive $1 admission (nearly 90 percent off!). There will be an opportunity to present a birthday gift donation to support the nonprofit museum’s Access for Everyone program, which provides $1 admission every day to those in our community on public assistance so they can enjoy fun-filled educational exhibits and programs each day.
While the birthday is an all-day celebration, the party itself is from 2–3 p.m. Guests will celebrate in style with balloons, party hats, singing and cake.
Weather permitting, guests can enjoy a birthday concert starting at 2 pm on the museum’s rooftop by Ken Lonnquist and the Kenland Band. Other activities include a chance to win prizes at a birthday trivia game, and decorating party hats and birthday cards in the Art Studio. At 3 pm the festivities will conclude with singing, giant birthday cake and confetti cannons.
Following the party, museum staff will lead a scavenger hunt in the Possible-opolis exhibit area from 3–4 pm.
In addition to the museum’s birthday, August 14 is the official date for unveiling a new exhibit. The new rooftop climber is an acorn-shaped structure and a much anticipated addition to the Rooftop Ramble.
Since moving to its new location, the museum has been able to take full advantage of increased space. Both new and old exhibits now serve children from birth to age 12 and their families. In its first year at the new location, the museum served more than 290,000 visitors, more than double what the museum had projected. There are more than 7,000 member families, up from 1,900 families when the museum closed on State Street in January 2011.