No Kidding! Next Adult Swim Sept. 16

Madison Children’s Museum will become a kid-free zone once again for its next Adult Swim fundraiser on Friday, September 16, from 6–10 pm.

MCM’s Adult Swim nights have proven wildly popular, with more than 500 grownups getting to be kids for the night. Adult Swim honors the public pool tradition of clearing the kids out so adults can have the space to themselves.

Adult Swim is a great event to attend with a group of friends, family, or coworkers! Wine, beer, and Roman Candle pizza will be available for purchase. Enjoy music by Latin jazz sextet Mambo Blue on the Rooftop Ramble from 7:30-9:30 pm. Climb the Hodgepodge Mahal, drive the Punch Buggy, and take in the work of more than 120 local artists who contributed pieces to the new museum.

Adults 21 and up are welcome. A valid ID will be required to enter the event. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at until 4 pm the day of the event, or at the door for the same price if tickets remain.

Have you attended an Adult Swim at MCM? We’d love to hear about it! I’m always so tempted to climb the Hodgepodge Mahal, but it wouldn’t be fair to Milena who still has to wait two more years.


Kids for Peace at MCM, Saturday, Sept. 10

The Madison Children’s Museum is currently closed for Maintenance Week, but will reopen Saturday, September 10 to hold its 15th annual Kids for Peace event beginning at 10 am.

Celebrate International Day of Peace with art activities and youth performances outside and throughout the museum. Free outdoor performances will take place from 10 am to noon and indoor activities (free with admission) from 10 am until 4 pm.

The entertainment and activities schedule includes:
· Lowell Lizards Drum Troupe, 10 am

· Suzuki Strings of Madison, 10:45 am

· Forward Marching Band, 11:30 am

· Rich Baumann Concert on the Rooftop Ramble, 3 pm

· Peace Projects in the Art Studio, 10 am – 4 pm

In the event of inclement weather, outdoor activities will be moved indoors, and regular admission rates will apply. For visitor information, go to

Are You Ready for Some Resale?

Both the Moms of Multiples and Half-Pint Resale are this weekend!

The 8th Semi-Annual Half-Pint Resale is Friday Sept. 9 – Saturday Sept. 10 at the Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa Street). Public sale runs Friday from 2 – 9 pm (volunteers and consigners get to shop in the morning) and again Saturday 9 am – 12 pm, followed by the Half-Price sale from 1 -5 pm.

For more information you can check out our recent blog post or visit the Half-Pint website.

The Mothers of Multiples Fall/Winter Resale is Saturday, September 10th at Keva in Middleton. Shopping is open to the public from 10 am – 12:30 pm with a $2 entrance fee.

Shoppers should arrive 1-2 hours before the event to Check-in (the earlier you arrive, the closer you are to the front of the line).

“Imagine over 100 sellers all in one spot selling boys and girls clothing sizes 0-16, shoes, baby equipment, maternity clothes, nursing items, strollers, car seats, videos, books, toys and many other items that will fit into a baby’s or child’s world! You do not have to have twins or triplets to shop as many of the items are sold individually. Don’t miss this resale event! We sell only high quality, gently used items at a fraction of the retail price.”

Go here for more information regarding the sale, including rules and guidelines. (no children are allowed at this sale)

And if this weekend isn’t enough, the Just Between Friends Fall Kids & Maternity Consignment Sale will be held at the end of this month! (more info on that next week)

What to do in Fall/Winter in Madison

Let’s be honest, in Madison there are two seasons:  Summer and the rest of the year.  

Summer is great!  Festivals, beaches, sun…

As for the rest of the year…

Well, the rest of the year consists of a delightful combination of snow, rain, mud, slush, leaves, humidity, and then more snow.  I tend to hermit myself in the winter, or rather, when the weather is lousy.  It’s too easy to stay inside and veg out reading books for the SIX MONTHS THAT IT’S LIKE THIS instead of going out and doing great things.

So, like  my summer list, I am making a list of things to do to take advantage of our time in this lovely season.

Note: you may notice that this list is longer than my summer list.  This is because I am looking to not go insane for inspiration.


  • Go to Half Pint Resale to get all school clothes!  Woo hoo!
  • Gymnastics lessons for Liam (to work on more gross motor activites)
  • Fall leaves walk at Olbrich Gardens
  • Big birthday party for Liam in October
  • Apple Orchard (we used to go to Eplegaarden, but this one is simpler and easier.  Plus they have hayride events a few times 🙂
  • Hayride
  • Make applesauce together + can it
  • Trick or Treat on State Street
  • Get a great costume for Halloween
  • Have bonfire in backyard and roast marshmallows
  • Make vegan pumpkin pie together
  • Pumpkin picking at Schusters 
  • Rake leaves together and jump into piles
  • Make ginger molasses cookies together
  • Go to last outdoor farmers market
  • Go see Madison Ballet (normally way more expensive) at Kids in the Rotunda on Nov 12
  • Visit farm to get turkey together, see where the turkeys are raised
  • Make local only Thanksgiving for friends and family
  • Go to Winter Farmer’s Market
  • Teach Liam how to ice skate (we did it last year with more fighting than skating)
  • Sled at Olbrich park
  • Snowball fight
  • Decorate playroom with paper snowflakes
  • Make snow angels
  • Make a snow castle
  • Go to Olbrich Conservatory
  • Teach Liam and/or expose him to downhill skiiing
  • Teach Liam how to make a great snowman
  • Go to Christmas tree farm and cut down our own
  • Decorate Tree
  • Make presents for family members
  • Make cookie plates for friends
  • Make cookies for Santa
  • Buy new stockings and add special things to them
  • Make clay ornaments together
  • See Holiday Trains at Olbrich
  • Host New Years Eve Party, if we’re in town
  • Walk on frozen lake Monona
  • Go to Holiday in Lights at Olin Park
  • Long walk to find animal footprints in the snow
  • Build snow fort
  • Go to the Arboretum and discover
  • Make Valentines Day cards for classmates
And when things are getting to that LONG LONG period when there is still winter, but no fun holidays to distract you from the blah-ness of it all:
  • Play board games together
  • Illustrate a snowy day poem
  • Have winter movie marathon (Polar Express, Elf, Happy Feet, etc)
  • Make the whole room a fort
  • See Twinkle Twonkle at Overture Center 
  • Go to Madison Winter Festival
  • Force spring bulbs in jars so you can see the root growth
  • Go bowling
  • Go to Cave of the Mounds, where no matter what temp it is outside it is always 50 degrees inside here
  • Most people make gingerbread houses during the holiday season, I say that we make our after, when things have cooled down and you can go candy crazy!  Look here for a super easy way to make it!
  • Paint your own pottery studio
  • Try climbing for the first time at Boulders Climbing Gym
  •  Book camping trip for the summer
That’s all I’ve got for now… what are your thoughts?  Any winter must dos that I am missing here?

Madison Parks – Big Rig Gig

Fire Engines … Dump Trucks … Front Loaders … Skid Steers … Tractors!

Do your kids get excited when they see a big dump truck rumbling by or police car flying down the street? Put your imagination in gear, grab your Bob the Builder hard hat – and head on down to Madison Parks’ newest event, the Big Rig Gig, on September 17 from 9 am -noon at the Goodman Pool Parking Lot (325 East Olin Avenue).

Kids of all ages can climb on, explore, and get up close with their favorite big rigs including a skid steer, snow plow, tractor, cherry picker, front loader, fire engine, dump truck, police car, construction trucks, and much more! Get a chance to meet the employees who drive and operate these vehicles.

9 am – 9:45 am: No Horn Zone
9:45 am – Noon: Noise Zone

Event Details
Admission is FREE! Concessions will be available. Limited parking will be available at the Goodman Maintenance Facility located behind the Goodman Pool at 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway.

Pipers in the Prairie

Engage your senses and rejoice in the season at Pipers in the Prairie, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s spectacular fall fundraising gala, Saturday, September 17 from 4:30 – 8 pm.

This family friendly event offers a unique and unforgettable seasonal celebration unlike anything in Madison! he eveningg commences with harvesthors d’oeuvress, Irish dance demonstrations, nature activities for the kids, a silent auction and scotch tasting, as Celtic music enchants with its ethereal and enchanting melodies..

As twilight descends, guests will hear a faint beating of drums in the distance. As they assemble outside the beat grows louder and faster – then suddenly stops – silence! Anticipation rises as a lone piper is heard in the meadow – other bagpipers from the Madison Pipes and Drums and Celtic Brigade Pipe Band, in full regalia, join him as they march up the trails to serenade the guests and lead them to the bonfire wood. Suddenly the wood pile erupts into a magnificent bonfire and lights up the night sky with its brilliance, and the threat of old man winter is driven off for at least one more day.

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of enchanting and unique entertainment featuring:

-Complimentary Wine, Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

-Hearty Hors D’oeuvres & Decadent Desserts

-Tasting and Judging of Highland Libations

-Captivating Celtic Music by West Wind

Nature-Themed Silent Auction / online & onsite (bidding now open! See below.)

-Nature Activities for Children

-Prairie Drama by the Green Man

-Irish Dance by Cashel Dennehy

-Pipers in the Prairie & Drummers on the Drumlin

-Spectacular Festival Fire and more!

Registration Form


Child (5-17)/$25

* All proceeds directly benefit children’s programming at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center.

The Pipers in the Prairie Auction is now open for bidding. There are tons of exciting, one-of-a-kind packages to choose from, featuring art, tickets, collectibles, sporting goods, gardening tools, gift certificates and more from over 100 local businesses and artists!

The auction is open now until noon on Sunday, September 18. There are still dozens of packages that haven’t been bid on, and they’re adding new packages weekly, so bid today to get great deals on exclusive packages and support our children’s educational programs here at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center.

Bidding is easy too! Just click here and you’ll be directed to the auction site. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail or 608-216-9374.

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is located at 330 Femrite Drive, Monona.

MCM closed next week, Hours/Days of operation to change

Madison Children’s Museum will be closed Monday, September 5 (Labor Day), through Friday, September 9, for its biannual Maintenance Week.

The closed period will allow museum staff to deep-clean the facility, and make improvements and repairs to exhibits.

When the museum reopens at 9:30 am on Saturday, September 10, it will begin a new schedule through Memorial Day: open 9:30 am – 5 pm Tuesdays – Sundays (closed on Mondays), and no longer open on Thursday nights. The exception will be during Madison Metropolitan School District’s winter and spring breaks, when the museum will be open on Mondays for special programming.

The museum’s monthly free admission night will change to the first Wednesday of the month beginning October 5. On these Twilight Wednesdays, admission will be free from 5 – 8 pm.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2012, the museum will return to a seven-days-a-week schedule, open from 9:30 am – 5 pm to serve local families and tourists while school is out of session.

For details on the new hours of operation and a list of all the dates during the 2011–12 academic year when the museum will be closed, please go here.