Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Offers interactive nature programs for families and children, including school, family and scout programs, summer camps, and special events. Trails are open dawn to dusk; center hours are 9 am-4 pm Mon.-Fri. and 10 am-2 pm Sat.-Sun.; Family Trailside Backpack program and volunteer opportunities available.
300 Femrite Dr., Monona, 53716;
Chazen Museum of Art
Wisconsin's second-largest art museum. Activities and events especially for children (adults must accompany) are often keyed to the museum's temporary exhibitions and are often participatory.
800 University Ave., 53706;
Madison Children's Museum
Innovative, interactive exhibits and programs for children ages birth to 8. Most programs free with $8 admission.
100 N. Hamilton St., 53703
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Kids' Art Adventures program based on current exhibits (usually second Sundays, September-May) for ages 6-10; younger siblings are welcome. Must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. Also kids ArtPacks (ask at reception desk), Let's Look handouts and children's learning center.
211 State St., 53703
Madison Public Library
Summer reading program, storytimes and other programs all year long for babies and toddlers, preschoolers, school ages (grades K-5) and teens (grades 6-12).
201 W. Mifflin St., 53703
Planetarium, Madison Metropolitan School District
During the school year, usually open third Wednesdays, for small groups, individuals, and families. No reservations.
201 S. Gammon Rd.
State Capitol Tours
Tours hourly, 9-11 am & 1-3 pm, Mon.-Sat. (plus 4 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day); and 1-3 pm, Sundays. Museum and observation deck open during summer.
2 E. Main St., 53702
Earth Partnership for Families program provides birding backpacks that can be checked out at no charge at the Visitor Center.
On second Saturdays there is a two-hour, kid-friendly program that uses nature hikes, stories, crafts and activities to explore animals, plants and natural phenomena. Free. One-hour Family Walk on the second Sundays. The Arboretum is open daily 7 am-10 pm; free. Visitor Center open 9:30 am-4 pm weekdays and 12:30-4 pm weekends.
1207 Seminole Hwy., 53711
UW Geology Museum
Exhibits of rocks, black-light mineral display, fossils including dinosaur skeletons and a Wisconsin mastodon. Open to public 8:30 am-4:30 pm Mon.-Fri., 9 am-1 pm Saturday. No charge. Nearest parking at Lake Street ramp.
Weeks Hall, 1215 W. Dayton St., 53706 (corner of Charter St. and W. Dayton St.)
608-262-2399; 262-1412 (group tour info)
UW Space Place
Science education and outreach center of the UW Astronomy Department. Programs and services offered for school groups, teachers, community groups and the public.
2300 S. Park St., 53713
Programs in dance, drama, creative writing, music and visual art for children and adults with disabilities.
1709 Aberg Ave., Suite 1, 53704
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Open Tues.-Sat. 9 am-4 pm. Four floors of permanent and changing interactive exhibits which dramatically interpret Wisconsin's distinctive heritage and its present. Website has Just for Fun page geared for kids and a portal for teachers. Field trips welcome.
30 N. Carroll St., 53703