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 MadisonChildrensMuseum.org 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 MadisonChildrensMuseum.org.

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.

Celebrate Madison Children Museum’s First Birthday!

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.

Blog Catch Up

Okay, I admit it, some days the last thing I want to do during Milena’s nap time is sit in front of the computer and write blog entries. And I’m realizing it’s becoming more and more common for me to just click “share” on Facebook and post events/etc on our FB page without a single thought to our blog readers.

My apologizes!

So here’s what you may have missed recently (plus some new stuff for our devoted FB readers!):

Bellypallooza at Happy Bambino: Treat Your Girls Right! This Saturday, June 18, at 1 pm.

Adria Cannon, Happy Bambino’s fabulous Lacation Consultant, will discuss how your breasts change through pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond.

Alison will go through the basics of finding a great-fitting bra to give your hardest working assets the support they deserve and discuss why having a good nursing bra is so important.

Adult Swim at the Madison Children’s Museum, Friday, June 24 at 6 pm.

No kids allowed in a children’s museum? Yes, you read that right! MCM’s first Adult Swim event in March was a smashing success, with more than 400 grownups getting to be kids for the night. No, we don’t have a swimming pool, but we’ll honor the time-honored “adult swim” tradition at public pools as we kick the kids out so adults can have the museum to themselves. It’s a great event to attend with a group of friends, family, or co-workers!

The event features the disco beats of the Madison supergroup V05; favorite activities from our Retro Technology Nights, including vintage films, theremin-playing, and Pong; plus wine, beer, and Roman Candle pizza available for purchase. 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!

Event schedule:
6:30–7:30: Lounge music in Possible-opolis by Dave Adler of The Gomers
6:30–8:30: Vintage cartoons, commercials, and film rarities from the collection of Biff Blumfumgagnge
6:30-8: Make a Tie-Dyed Silk Scarf ($5 materials fee)
7:30–9:30: VO5 dance party on the Rooftop Ramble
Throughout the evening: Elevator Music by MCM’s Tom Teslik

Ages 21 & up only
Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door; includes one free drink ticket. Tickets are on sale now at MadisonChildrensMuseum.org.

RM reader Mallory passed along this link to us today:

Wisconsin Explorer Booklet for ages 2-5. (the site says “3-5 years”, but I know my two year old will love this!)

Follow footprints, be a tree detective, watch the clouds, look at the stars, play “I Spy,” and find special places! Preschoolers will need a caring grown-up to explore with them.

Kids can pick up a free Wisconsin Explorer booklet at a participating state park, forest, trail, or recreation area OR download the booklet here.

And don’t forget to have your kids pick up a Nature Passport this summer! (Milena already has 5 stamps in hers!)

Nature Passport is an educational nature “scavenger hunt” for children and parents. Explore Nature Net nature centers, parks and museums in the Dane County area at your leisure and, using your senses, record observations in your own Nature Passport. See if you can meet Ringo Raccoon’s nature challenge this year! During your visit, stamp your Nature Passport to mark your adventures. Visit as many Nature Passport sites as you want!

Nature Passport Includes:

For Kids…
Each child receives a special Nature Passport containing pages to draw and write about their amazing journeys at various Nature Passport sites! This year’s theme also includes a “Movin’ Mission” to encourage healthy, physically-active kids.

For Parents…
Look at the online Parent’s Guide for fun facts and explanations to help spark your kids’ imagination and answer those big questions like: How do we see color?

Madison Public Library’s Summer FUN Agenda

Looking for some family fun in the downtown area this summer? We’ve got your FUN Agenda! The Madison Children’s Activity Calendar features entertainment, hands-on fun, and learning for kids and their families. A collaboration among the Madison Children’s Museum, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, the Wisconsin Historical Museum, the Madison Public Library – Central Library, UW Space Place, the Madison Mallards, and Monona Terrace, the program includes a variety of fun and educational events for the whole family.

Start off with the FUN Agenda kickoff event on Wednesday, June 15, 10-11:30 am. in the Monona Terrace Exhibition Hall (1 John Nolen Drive). The event will feature seven different activity stations for children aged 4 – 8:

Madison Public Library – Central Library
Paper Dragon Masks, in celebration of our “One World, Many Stories” summer reading club we will be making paper dragon masks. Kids can color, cut, and decorate their own mask!

Madison Children’s Museum
Plant a garden and run a market stand with our Let’s Grow mobile exhibit, which promotes nutrition education while providing an opportunity for kids to learn about cultivating healthy foods and getting them onto the table. Plant seeds in Dixie cups and visit with the chickens.

Madison Mallards
Come get your photo taken with the team mascot, Maynard the Mallard, and take a leap onto the Velcro Wall. Don’t forget to pick up your Madison Mallards pocket schedule.

Monona Terrace
Frank Lloyd Wright not only designed buildings he also designed carpeting. Come design your own carpet pattern and using crayons, markers, and colored pencils add color to your design.

UW Space Place
We will be doing the ever popular alka-seltzer rockets and making sun necklaces.

Wisconsin Historical Museum
Join staff from the Wisconsin Historical Museum as they celebrate 25 years on the Capitol Square by fabricating a celebration spiral decoration to take home.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with educational games and making bald eagle hand puppets.

In the event of inclement weather, program will be moved inside.

Madison Children’s Museum’s 14th Annual Juniorpalooza Festival

Madison Children’s Museum will kick off the summer season with live performances and fun at Juniorpalooza – the museum’s annual block party, on Saturday, June 11, from 10 am –12:30 pm outside the building at 100 N. Hamilton Street.

Admission to the event is free, and all are welcome to enjoy the festivities! Truly Remarkable Loon will start the party at 10 am with a juggling performance. KG and the Ranger will lasso in a crowd at 11 am with cowboy songs and rope tricks. A final performance by El-Tin Fun at noon will have everyone moving and grooving to some rocking beats.

Other activities will include arts and crafts, access to the Brand Log Cabin at 11 am to experience pioneer living, and more. Admission to this outdoor event is free, although paid admission will be required to enter the museum. If it rains heavily, events will be moved indoors, and admission will be required. Go to MadisonChildrensMuseum.org and click on the Visit tab for current admission rates.

Birthday Giveaway {Part 5}

This is our fifth and final giveaway! Congratulations to everyone who has won so far, and thanks to everyone who’s commented!

This week’s winner will receive a membership to the Madison Children’s Museum!

Madison Children’s Museum is an award-winning destination for fun family activities and hands-on learning located just off the Capitol Square at 100 N. Hamilton Street. Along with its permanent exhibits, the Madison Children’s Museum offers countless events and programs every month.

To enter this giveaway, answer the following question in the comments (one entry per person. Please include your first & last name when commenting):

What do you love best about raising your family in the Madison area?

Comments must be received by midnight on Friday, June 3. Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced Sunday, June 5.