Learn Through Play

Madison Children's Museum's blog: news and musings about the museum, issues in the field, and the American Girl Benefit Sale.

Wonderground Graph Theory

The Wonderground Phase 2 construction is complete which means that the most unusual, creative outdoor play space in Madison is now open once more! The Wonderground Phase 2 expansion takes … Continue reading

October 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Looking Ahead: Birthday parties, weddings, more Wonderground, extra hours—and 500 flowers

It’s been nearly nine months since we reopened last June. For most of that time, we’ve focused our attention on rehiring, rebuilding, and raising money to make this the most … Continue reading

March 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Parenting in times of turmoil (the WI v. Kyle Rittenhouse verdict)

As a children’s museum, we care about the safety and well-being of children and their families, as well as the community we are raising these children to inherit. We owe it to our children to work toward a world where racism, gun violence, and police brutality are unacceptable.

In the long term, ignoring racism and violence will not protect our children from their effects. Caregivers should talk to children in age-appropriate ways about these tough topics.

November 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Log Cabin on the move!

Madison’s only existing, historic log cabin was lifted off of its foundation on March 3, in preparation for its move to a storage lot on E. Washington Ave.

March 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Super Penguin Facts

This winter weather has us thinking about our animals friends. What animals live in winter weather conditions? How do they keep warm? What do they eat? This week for Brain Builders, we’ll explore some facts about penguins and make our own penguin craft.

February 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Glue and Salt and Water Colors, Oh My!

Sometimes the best things in life take a little time to create. In this two part project kids first create words or designs with glue and salt and then once those are dry they add color with paint and watch it blend and spread like magic!

January 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Ice Skating Penguins

You know what this winter needs? More ice skating penguins! This fun project is nifty to do and creates a delightful DIY toy. Materials needed:  magnets popsicle stick hot glue … Continue reading

January 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why toss a pumpkin to send off 2020?

At Madison Children’s Museum, we believe in helping children to learn through play. We also believe in making the healing power of play available to every child in our community. So, for our send-off of 2020, we created an easily recognizable symbol: a big pumpkin with the words 2020 on it—and we tossed it off of our roof to shatter five stories down onto the surface of our former parking lot.

December 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Winter Wonder Week: New Year’s Party Glasses

Welcome to a special Winter Wonder Week edition of Brain Builders with Heather. 2020 has been a long year…time to welcome 2021 in style!  Grab an old pair of sunglasses … Continue reading

December 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: A Starry Night in Wisconsin

You don’t need a paintbrush to make beautiful artwork! Just using cotton balls, paint and the dip and dot method created this beautiful marbled paint effect.

December 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Suncatchers

Now that the sun is setting early we want to make the most of the daylight hours. You can make a beautiful suncatcher at home.

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Baby’s First Halloween

It’s disappointing not to be celebrating Baby’s First Halloween at the museum this year, but you can create some of the magic at home!  Here are some of our favorite … Continue reading

October 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

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