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As part of the national Week of the Young Child, celebrated across the country, we would like to honor young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives. Week of the Young Child is an excellent opportunity for early childhood programs including child care and Head Start programs, preschools and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.
All young children need and deserve high-quality learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and as a children’s museum, we believe (and studies agree) that one of the best ways a child can learn, is through play.
We ask you to come together to celebrate children wherever you may be, from April 12 to 18. Here at Madison Children’s Museum, we present a week of special activities – all free with admission – for our youngest visitors. These programs will help young children learn, play and grow in an fun environment created just for them!
Singing for Literacy
Tuesday, April 14, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Join local singer Bernie Schlafke and members of the string band Hoot ‘n Annie for a program of popular songs he performs and teaches in daycares to enhance early language acquisition. Tap your toes, dance and sing along to favorites in English and Spanish.
Wednesday, April 15, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Celebrate play with our colorful, 25-foot parachute! Join in a variety of games suitable for young children. (Weather permitting).
Early Childhood Professionals Training
Wednesday, April 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
Join fellow early childhood professionals for a night at the museum. Learn about WECA Advocacy, Satellite FCC and what MCM have to offer the community. Enjoy door prizes, refreshments and crafts!
*Adults only; museum will be closed to the public during this event
Visiting Rooftop Animals
Thursday, April 16, 10 – 11 a.m.
Our favorite Rooftop friends are taking a trip down to the Wildernest! Meet with and learn about chickens, snakes and more in a comfortable indoor setting.
Story Time with Middleton Public Library
Friday, April 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cozy up for story time with our friends from the Middleton Public Library. Enjoy a reading from 10 – 10:30 and a special art project from 11 – 11:30.
Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Explore the different properties of water, soap and bubbles in our Funkyard. Plus, learn how to – and try your hand at creating GIANT bubbles!
See our calendar for a full listing of programming.