Madison Children's Museum, Madison

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#3 of 13 in Childrens Museums in Wisconsin
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  • I'm from the area and have been to the museum many times with my children. We went this time on a Friday afternoon and I was disappointed in some of the activities. The art room and rooftop closed at ...  more »
  • They always have something interesting in my opinion. Good for kids and great for the kid in the adult. There are the shows and you have to check to know what is going on. Terrific staff.  more »
  • Hadn't been here for years and my kids are probably getting a little old (10 & 15), but we still had fun exploring. Culture, limited science, general play, and of course, chickens. Some of the display...  more »
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  • One of the best children's museums in the country- I have been to many. The museum is full of incredibly creative and unique spaces that cater to kids. The kindergarten and younger area is nothing short of magical, the art studio is amazing, and the nature center/garden on the roof is wonderful, just to name a few of our favorite parts. We visited in winter and they had made an ice rink in the garden area, complete with crates of helmets and adjustable ice skates. I was also told they have carrier pigeons which deliver pen pal letters between the museum and local schools. The amount of caring and creativity that goes into this place make it a model children's museum.
  • Hosted our daughters birthday party here and it was great! We got there a little early and since there wasn't anything booked for the room prior they let us set up early. I had the last minute idea to put paper on the tables for the kids to draw on and asked the staff if it would be possible. 5 minutes later staff had taped the paper to the tables, had crayons ready to go, and even put our decorations back on the table. The cake from their caterers was awesome. They even boxed up the leftovers for us. Our package included kid beverages- they had high quality apple cider! They kept our stuff behind the desk until the kids were done playing. Because you only book the party room for an hour we did cake and present first. It works out awesome doing it this way as the kids all got the chance to burn off the sugar. All in all, it was a fun and stress free day. We defiantly plan on having more parties here.
  • This was a pretty cool place, but I am not sure I would pay for an annual membership to this children's museum. This is a four-story building, but only the first two stories are for kids. During our visit, half of the second story was closed down, so maybe I will update this post to a 5 star, when we visit again. I loved the crafts and the 4 and under area downstairs rocked, but I have a 4 and 8 year old. So...do I allow my 8 year old to play in the 4 and under area or go upstairs to the 4 and up area. So then we went to the crafts area, where they could both paint on the windows and make crafts. That was awesome! Otherwise, it is not like other Children's Museums, it is more like an arts & craft children's museum. It is a great children's museum!
  • My son and I are visiting from out of town and I know we were both a bit eager to finally do some sightseeing. I brought him to this museum where we spent 4 hours! He's 12 months and very mobile, so it was very nice to have a space for such a small wee one to play without being trampled by the larger kids. The first floor has a section for 0-5 years, which is were he had the most fun. The other areas of the museum is just as interactive and accommodating for small children, but you of course, should still watch and engage in play along with them. I'm in town for 2 weeks, and we will most certainly come back. The cost is $7.95 for 12 months and up.
  • Exhibits change occasionally but they have an amazing arts and crafts room that is generally free. More for children 6 or 8 and up. Not many toddler activities.

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