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Madison is a kid-friendly city full of family options. Firstly, Madison is haven for restaurants and therefore has plenty of options. Children will love Ella's Deli which has a kosher menu full of sandwich options and an ice cream parlor. But forget the food, the real fun here is grand display of trinkets surrounding the rooms, balancing monkeys bicycle ride over your head while eating, model trains run along the windows, miniature circus shows are performing, and a full size carrousel to ride is outside. Another option is the Hubbard Street Diner, an eatery where you should be sure to taste the pie, as well as the Essen Haus for a charming German Inn style restaurant with live music.
When not eating up, families can visit the Henry Vilas Zoo and Olbrich Botanical Gardens. For more of a cultural outing, the Madison's Children Museum is full of fun and the Overture Center presents many productions that are family appropriate; be sure to check the calendar for listings.
The real test for families is where to stay. Everyone will be entertained at the Holiday Inn West which has amenities to please all: pool and hot tub, wireless internet, fitness center and better yet a "holidome", kid's suites" and kids eat free! An option closer to downtown Madison is the Comfort Inn & Suites also featuring a pool, wireless internet, and offers free breakfast.