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“For small children: superb”

Madison Children's Museum
Ranked #9 of 101 things to do in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Madison Children's Museum is an award-winning destination for fun family activities and hands-on learning! Visit our inventive city of Possible-opolis for ages 6 and up, and our four-season Rooftop Ramble, with animals and gardens. Kids under 5 have a place of their own in the Wildernest, a global village made with natural, local materials.There's always something new to do at Madison Children's Museum, where our mission is to connect children with their family, their community, and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Santiago, Chile
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“For small children: superb”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

The museum is one of the best places to go in Madison if you have small children and want to keep them busy for a morning. Our 2 and 3.5 yr olds had a blast. The couldn't believe they were allowed to play with water in all its forms, to paint on windows and make a mess and to press every button and switch they could get their hands on. It is definitely made for these ages as I imagine older kids would get bored real fast.

Visited July 2014
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Savannah, Georgia
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61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“May be good if you haven't been to others”
Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

If this is your first or only Children's Museum, it really is fun and filled with great activities but if you have been to others, you will be disappointed.

We normally budget two hours but end up spending double that at these fun filled museums. Our children, ages 5 and 10, were ready to go after an hour at this one. If your children are under five, you will have a fun filled day. Over five will quickly pull on your arm looking for additional entertainment and will be ready to go.

The price on these museums vary from place to place and this one was on the high side.

Visited July 2014
Thank Dan M
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England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We got a Groupon for reduced entry and loved every minute. There were so many things to engage and entertain the children - from climbing and sliding to creating Lego masterpieces. The museum has been carefully planned and laid out with children in mind, and fully utilises the space.

Make sure you get to the roof to enjoy the rooftop permaculture garden and it's brilliant nature area (turtles, insects, chickens, and tools for exploring).

The only thing that let us down was the staff. They expect you to be with and engaging with your children (which might be hard with more than one child) all the time. During our visit it was not very busy and my children wanted to explore and play on their own, which should also be encouraged to a degree. The staff didn't seem to smile easily and we were disappointed when they could not answer some very basic questions about what was happening in the museum, summer camp, etc. Sadly, they could not even tell us what type of chickens they were raising (clearly more than your average chicken breeds). Why not have pictures of them labeled with their breeds?

Despite this, I am giving them full marks for being a great facility and would go again. I can't imagine children having anything but a brilliant time here.

Adults & children: $7.95
Seniors and grandparents: $6.95
Children under 1: Free

Family Free Nights -Free admission on the first Wednesday of most month from 5-8 PM.

Labor Day to Memorial Day: 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.* Tuesday-Sunday; closed Mondays**
Day after Memorial Day to Labor Day: 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.* Monday-Sunday

Visited June 2014
Thank pho2journo2003
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Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fun outing for a rainy day!”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

I had a ton of fun with my toddler! Everything is hands on and they have a lot of activities for all ages. It was a bit expensive to get in, but since we don't go that often I thought it was worth it. The cafe inside was a nice spot to have lunch and you can carry in your own food if you don't want to buy food there.

Visited March 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Fun for kids and adults!”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

I took my nephews (9,6,4) when visiting from Charlotte.. they reluctantly went, but we had to drag them out after a couple hours. They loved it! and even we adults had fun and learned too!

Visited October 2013
Thank Jeffrey B
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