Madison, Wisconsin is filled with family attractions designed with kids in mind, but most are engaging for teens and adults, too! Discover enriching themes--culture, heritage, environment, historical significance, leadership, and community--delivered in a meaningful and memorable way that is uniquely Madison.
Look at the list below to find an engaging experience that's right for your family. Or, check out our sample itineraries where you'll find options for kid friendly days at play!
2 East Main Street, 608.266.0382, Admission: Free
Even if you are not staying at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West, you can enjoy the Kiddie Waterslides and Adventure Pool! 1109 Fourier Drive, 608.826.0500 ext. 0. Day passes are available Sun-Thurs only; please call ahead for availability and hours. Admission: $15 (Free for children 2 and under.)
6670 Odana Road, 608.833.1393
Kid Friendly Restaurants
|Ella's Deli and Ice Cream Parlor |
2902 East Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
Cheeseburger In Paradise
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
|Hubbard Avenue Diner |
7445 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562
|Tex Tubb's Taco Palace |
2009 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
|Market Street Diner |
110 Market Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Seasonal Activities for Children
>>>201 State Street, 608.258.4157
Midwest Horse Fair (April)
This event offers education, culture, history and all-around knowledge of horses. With over 36 different breeds of horses on display, along with lectures and clinics that explain different aspects of horses, the Midwest Horse Fair is fun for the whole family. >>> 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, 608.267.3976
Madison Mallards Kids Days (summer)
Madison's favorite Baseball team hosts several Kids days through out the summer. Kids Day tickets include admission to Kids Day, lunch, one kids bleacher ticket, a free giveaway, and tons of family entertainment!
>>>2920 N. Sherman Avenue, 608.246.4277
Betty Lou Cruises Ice Cream Social Sightseeing Cruise (Summer)
Enjoy all the Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream you can eat while cruising on the beautiful Lake Monona!
>>>Meet at Machinery Row, 608-246-3138
Dane County Fair (3rd week of July)
For over 150 years, the Dane County Fair has entertained families with a unique combination of youth exhibits, a Kiddie Barn, Marketplace, a food court, Carnival Midway and live entertainment at the Alliant Energy Center.
>>>1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, 608-224-0500
University of Wisconsin Madison Football Family Fun Day (August)
The Badgers take a break from fall camp and take the opportunity to catch up with some family and friends at Camp Randall Stadium. Here's your chance to meet the team so bring your UW gear and get autographs from your favorite players.
>>>1440 Monroe Street, 800.462.2343
Schuster's Playtime Farm (September 17 - October 31)
Get a feel for the country 10 minutes from town! Schuster's promises fun for all ages with hayrides, corn mazes, haunted forest, barnyard, and a pumpkin patch.
>>>1326 Hwy. 12/18, Deerfield, WI 53531, 608.764.8488
Head to the Eplegaarden for horse-drawn hayrides through the orchard and selv plukk (U-Pick) apples, raspberries and pumpkins for lots of old fashion rural farm fun.
>>>2227 Fitchburg Road, Fitchburg, WI, 608.845.5966
Kid's Expo (March)
The Kid's Expo is full of family entertainment, hands-on activities and educational presentations filled with exciting prizes and giveaways at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center.
>>>1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI, 608.267.3976
UW Space Place (special events throughout the year)
This is a vibrant public education center with professionally designed exhibits, classroom space, lecture room, and a roof top deck for sky viewing. The Space Place provides hands-on activities, lively presentations, and informative lectures by UW researchers. Space Place is only open during our scheduled events so visit their event calendar.
>>>2300 S. Park Street, 608-262-4779
Search for Family Fun events in our extensive events calendar.