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arts & crafts | storytime| museums | open gyms | other indoor fun

Be sure to check out the calendar for storytimes, events, and lots of indoor fun.

arts & crafts

Fired up pottery is a place where you can really show (or discover!) your artistic side. Don’t have an artistic side? Fired Up Pottery is three stores in one. Paint your own pottery, or we have clay and wheels for creating your own masterpiece.
Fired Up 4112 Monona Drive Madison, WI 53716 608-442-9900-

Storytime at the Library. Each branch has their own baby, toddler and/or preschool storytimes.

Monona Public Library children’s programs. The Monona Public Library offers a number of free storytime programs for young children and great activities for school-age children, tweens, and families. More information on these and other programs is available by calling (608) 222-6127 or going to

Bookmobile county stops. The Dane County Library Service Bookmobile has 14 weekly stops throughout the county, carrying a wide range of books, magazines, DVDs, books on CD, and music on CD for all ages. For schedule call (608) 266-6388

museums (click here to see more museum listings in 'day trips')

Madison Children's Museum- Madison Children's Museum is a private, not for profit museum featuring hands-on exhibits and programs for children birth through twelve years old. Click here to see all events at the museum this month.

Madison Children’s Museum, 100 State St. (608) 256-6445.

open gym

new!Madison Turners at 3001 S. Stoughton Road, Madison, WI 53716

The Legacy Academy Activity Center in Fitchburg hosts a Youngsters Open Gym program on a daily basis except during the summer.

Youngsters enjoy playing at our comfortable 6,000 square foot indoor facility which includes padded activity floors, swingsets, short basketball hoops, a Rainbow Castle Playset, gymnastics tumbling mats, bouncy balls, tricycles, a recreational room, table games, and other play equipment. Preschoolers are welcome to participate. Children under the age of seven must be supervised by an adult relative or nanny.

The Legacy Academy is located at 2881 Commerce Park Drive, Suite G, Fitchburg, Wisconsin 53719 (behind the Star Cinema on County Hwy PD – McKee Road).

Location: 2911 Marketplace Drive Madison, WI 53719
Phone Number: 608-442-6386
Come check us out and enjoy a fabulous time bouncing and playing on our giant inflatables while meeting other parents and children from the area. All children must wear socks, be at least 34 inches tall, and have a signed waiver to play.

Keva Sports Center: Keva is an indoor/outdoor recreation sports facility.
**Check their event calendar for specific event information (Such as cookie decorating, balloon animals, snakesalive etc.) AND for their OPEN PLAY schedule and pricing.

MadTown Twisters-608-829-2922
West side location: Tots Open Gym
Check out of Family Open Gyms and Mixed Open Gyms on the weekends.
7035 Old Sauk Road, Madison. (608) 829-2922.

East Side Location. Tots Open Gym -.
Check out of Family Open Gyms and Mixed Open Gyms on the weekends.
808 Walsh Rd., Madison (608) 245-9565.

Gymfinity - 848-FLIP
Family Open Gym
Gymfinity Gymnastics - 6300 Nesbitt Road Fitchburg, WI 53719


other indoor fun

SWIMWEST - Bring your playgroup to SwimWest! We have plenty of toys, balls, and noodles to play with, and you can bring in your own pool toys too. So get your friends together and come on over to SwimWest where it’s always warm in the pool! SwimWest on Deming Way: 831-6829 SwimWest Fitchburg: 276-SWIM.

Olbrich's Tropical Bolz Conservatory- The tropical Bolz Conservatory houses over 750 plants representing over 70 families and over 550 different species and cultivars. This is the perfect place to let your kids roam. Birds, trees, koi, waterfalls, flowers, and more. It is especially nice to go in the winter, when it is freezing outside, and walk into a warm steamy tropical paradise. Check out the butterflies in the summer and the train show in the winter.

Boulders Climbing Gym - At Boulders, they say if the child is old enough to walk, they are old enough to climb. Come on in and climb! 608.244.8100

Studio You - A paint your own pottery store, walkins welcome. Come in and paint and come back about a week later to pick up your finished piece. Great for all ages (even babies!). Visit us at 6670 Odana Rd. In the Market Square Shopping center or online at 833-1393

Washburn Observatory - The observatory is open to the public on the first and third Wednesday of every month. During the summer months, the observatory will be open every Wednesday. The Open House sessions are hosted by volunteer astronomers. The public viewing sessions are informal, so there is no lecture or tour. The dome is open to the outside air to let the telescope look out, so dress appropriately. Click the link for the current schedule, as it varies monthly according to daylight hours

Babcock Hall Dairy - Located on campus, the dairy and store has an observation window where kids can watch ice cream and cheese being made and packaged. Visit the dairy store after for yummy treats.










calendar Click here to view the calendar. See what is happening today!

train tables in madison

Playthings @ Hilldale Mall. 702 N. Midvale Blvd. 608-233-2124. Three train tables and a few playsets/dollhouses throughout the store!

Zuzu Cafe & Market - 1336 Drake St. Madison, WI (608) 575.2426

Barnes & Noble East Towne - Nice train table, engines are raggedy lately, seats for the childrens book section.

Barnes & Noble West Towne - All in decent shape. More engines than other locations.

Toys R Us West Town Mall - Kind of damaged, no seats for parents, but two train tables and a few engines (not many trains).

Toys R Us East Town Mall -You call that a train table? Don't even bother.

Sun Prairie Library - 2 train tables, aquarium, play area with toys, and more!

Monona Library - Train table, legos table, child play area, toys and more!

South branch library

Central library - upstairs in kids' section


Here are some great books with ideas for indoor fun, crafts and activities.

Preschooler's Busy Book: 365 Creaative Games & ActivitiesTo Occupy 2-6 Yr Olds by Trish Kuffner

The Toddlers Busy Book by Trish Kuffner

The Little Hands Big Fun Craft Book: Creative Fun for 2- To 6-Year-Olds by Judy Press, Loretta Trezzo Braren