Badger Family Spring Visit

This April 2014, choose a weekend and bring the entire family to enjoy time with your student on campus and in the Madison community. Free and low-cost family-friendly events are featured throughout the month, including sporting events, musical and theatre entertainment, educational opportunities, shopping, dining options, and more. We look forward to seeing you this spring!

Activities | Attractions | Shopping & Dining | Hotel Accommodations | Parking | Registration

Choose your weekend: April 4–6 | April 11–13 | April 18–20 | April 25–27

April 4–6, 2014

Wisconsin Film Festival: April 3–10

Presented by the University of Wisconsin Arts Institute, the 15th Annual Wisconsin Film Festival brings a vast array of unique films to the Madison area. Guests are invited to attend talks held by the filmmakers and panels that examine the work of Wisconsin, national, and international artists. Visit the official website for times and locations. ($)

Science Expeditions: April 4-6

UW–Madison Science Expeditions is the annual campus-wide science open house that welcomes the public to experience science as exploring the unknown. “Science Spectacular” shows, hands-on Exploration Stations at Discovery Town Center, and Open Houses at 20 research sites connect you with the 50+ science outreach venues and programs across campus. Science Expeditions helps you plug-in to the research resources of one of the largest public land-grant universities in the country. Events take place at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery and at a variety of locations across campus. (FREE)

Men’s Tennis vs. Penn State: April 4, 6 p.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium 

Watch the Badger men’s tennis team take on Penn State at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. (FREE)

SoundWaves: April 4, 7–9:30 p.m., Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

SoundWaves combines scientific lectures and live music revolving around a specific theme. The event brings UW–Madison scientists from several departments together with UW–Madison School of Music faculty performers to explore a topic that is relevant to our world and our lives. Stop by the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery to check it out! (FREE)

Fresh by Kanopy Dance Company: April 4-6, Overture Center

Experience spring as local choreographers, dancers, costumers, and composers present new organic dance, choreography, and movement. Shows are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ($)

Kids in the Rotunda: April 5, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Overture Center

The Overture Center presents Kids in the Rotunda, a series of free artistic programs designed for children and families. This popular performing arts series on the Rotunda Stage offers a relaxed, kid-friendly way to enjoy a diverse lineup of local and regional musicians, storytellers, jugglers, theater troupes, magicians, and dancers. The 1 p.m. performances are sign-language interpreted. (FREE)

Wisconsin Wellness: April 5, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF)

Learn about the benefits of health and wellness. This program features educational and interactive activities related to nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and the overall importance of physical and mental fitness for students, family, and community members. Enjoy free food, giveaway items, cooking demos, a Zumba marathon, fitness challenges and more! (FREE)

On Wisconsin Spring Powwow: April 5, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., April 6, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Stock Pavillion, 1675 Linden Drive

People of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy traditional Native American arts, crafts, foods, cultural demonstrations, exhibitions and intertribal dances. (FREE)

Kohl Center Tour: April 5, 11 a.m.

Get in on the excitement of the Kohl Center, a venue that seats more than 17,000 and is home to Wisconsin basketball and hockey. This behind-the-scenes tour lasts approximately one hour and features the Mendota Wall, hockey and basketball offices, trophy rooms, a Kohl Center suite, and much more. No registration is required. Enter Gate B. (FREE)

UW–Madison Snapshot Photo Tour: April 5, 2–3 p.m.

Bring the whole family (and your camera!) for a photo tour featuring some of the most iconic places on campus. Pose for a picture with Abe, climb on the giant terrace chair, and have a family photo taken at the top of Bascom Hill with Capitol behind you. UW campus tour guides will share fun facts and serve as your photographers on this hour-long photo opportunity. Tours begin and end at Union South, at the Campus and Community Information desk on the first floor. No registration is required. (FREE)

Mad Rollin’ Dolls Roller Derby: April 5, 6 p.m., Alliant Energy Center

You won’t want to miss these 90’s-themed bouts. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the action begins at 6 p.m. Located at the Alliant Energy Center’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way. ($)

Nobodies of Comedy: April 5, 8 p.m., Overture Center

In comedy, “unknown” only means “not discovered yet.” These producers have scoured the country for the best and brightest up-and-comers and they will be side-splittingly hilarious! If you’ll take hilarity over hype and funny over fame, this is the show for you! ($)

Carillon Bell Tower Concert: April 6, 3 p.m.

Go inside the 25th largest instrument in North America, the Carillon Bell Tower, to enjoy a Sunday afternoon concert. The carrillonneur masterfully manipulates the instrument to produce beautiful music. (FREE)

April 11–13, 2014

Shen Yun 2014: April 10–11, 7:30 p.m., Overture Center

Embark on an extraordinary journey across 5,000 years of Chinese civilization! From ancient dynasties to the modern day, witness inspiring stories and legends come alive on stage. Featuring classical Chinese dance, a full orchestra, exquisite costumes, and dazzling animated backdrops, Shen Yun will transport you to another world. ($)

Study Abroad Open House for Parents: April 11, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Red Gym

Has your student expressed interest in studying abroad? Do you have questions or concerns about cost, health/safety, or academics? Learn more at International Academic Program’s Study Abroad Open House. The event is hosted specifically for parents in the Study Abroad Resource Center, located in room 106 of the Red Gym. (FREE)

Men’s Tennis vs. Michigan State: April 11, 5 p.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium

Watch the Badger men’s tennis team take on Michigan State at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. (FREE)

Relay for Life of UW-Madison: April 11-12, 6 p.m. – 6 a.m., Camp Randall Sports Center Shell

The Relay for Life of UW-Madison is a family-friendly event that brings over 1,000 Badgers to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers, remember those loved ones lost, and learn ways to make a commitment to fight back against cancer. While it is encouraged to register as an individual or as a team, the event is open to the entire community. Ceremonies and entertainment will occur throughout the evening.

Softball vs. Illinois: April 11–13, Goodman Diamond

Head to Goodman Diamond to watch the Women’s Softball team take on Illinois! Games are Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. ($)

Midwest Horse Fair: April 11–13, Alliant Energy Center

This fair is an annual event in Madison, featuring clinicians, competitions, speakers, and entertainment horses. It is one of the top 3-day horse fairs in the U.S., bringing together all facets of the industry. This event is held at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way. ($)

Kids in the Rotunda: April 12, Overture Center

At 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., the Overture Center presents Kids in the Rotunda, a series of free artistic programs designed for children and families. This popular performing arts series on the Rotunda Stage offers a relaxed, kid-friendly way to enjoy a diverse lineup of local and regional musicians, storytellers, jugglers, theater troupes, magicians, and dancers. The 1 p.m. performances are sign-language interpreted. (FREE)

Friends for Benefits 5K: April 12, 11 a.m.

GlobeMed at UW-Madison hosts a 5K buddy run where runners sign up as a team of two. All of the proceeds go to the Cambodian Organization for Women’s Support and will benefit their rural sanitation project. Funds help build latrines and implement a large group educational campaign centered on safe sanitation. Pairs are encouraged to dress up for a chance to win “best dressed” among other various prizes. ($)

Badger Sports Kids’ Fair: April 12, 1 p.m., McClain Center

Stop by the McClain Center prior to the Spring Football Game for some fun, family-friendly, Badger events! Kids can participate in interactive games and will have the opportunity to meet student athletes. (Free)

UW–Madison Snapshot Photo Tour: April 12, 2–3 p.m.

Bring the whole family (and your camera!) for a photo tour featuring some of the most iconic places on campus. Pose for a picture with Abe, climb on the giant terrace chair, and have a family photo taken at the top of Bascom Hill with the Capitol behind you. UW campus tour guides will share fun facts and serve as your photographers on this hour-long photo opportunity. Tours begin and end at Union South, at the Campus and Community Information desk on the first floor. No registration is required. (FREE)

Spring Football Game: April 12, 3 p.m., Camp Randall

This year’s Spring Football Game will benefit the UW-Madison School of Education and their efforts to improve student literacy. Tickets are can be purchased online at uwbadgers.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BADGERS. Tickets will also be available in person at the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office. Stop by the McClain Center beforehand at 1p.m. for the annual Badgers Sports Kids’ Fair! ($)

Men’s Tennis vs. Michigan: April 13, 12 p.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium

Watch the Badger men’s tennis team take on Michigan at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. (FREE)

Carillon Bell Tower Concert: April 13, 3 p.m.

Go inside the 25th largest instrument in North America, the Carillon Bell Tower, to enjoy a Sunday afternoon concert. The carrillonneur masterfully manipulates the instrument to produce beautiful music. (FREE)

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles: April 13, 6:30 p.m., Overture Center

RAIN, performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. They have mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the legendary foursome. ($)

April 18–20, 2014

Golden Dragon Acrobats: April 18, 8 p.m., Overture Center

The best of a time-honored tradition, some 25 centuries old, meets modern movement and expression in a gorgeous, innovative acrobatic performance. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as one of the premiere Chinese acrobatic companies touring today.

Farmers’ Market: April 19, 6 a.m.–2 p.m., Capitol Square

The largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country is held on the Capitol Square and features an assortment of products including flowers, seasonal vegetables, home-baked goods, jam, cheese, and meat. The Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine. (FREE)

Kids in the Rotunda: April 19, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., Overture Center

The Overture Center presents Kids in the Rotunda, a series of free artistic programs designed for children and families. This popular performing arts series on the Rotunda Stage offers a relaxed, kid-friendly way to enjoy a diverse lineup of local and regional musicians, storytellers, jugglers, theater troupes, magicians, and dancers. The 1 p.m. performances are sign-language interpreted. (FREE)

Earth Day Challenge: April 19

Volunteer for the 2014 Earth Day Challenge! These projects are held all over Madison in many of the 260 parks. Volunteers may assist with trash pickup, weeding, and other beautification projects. Earth Day is a great opportunity to get out and help support Madison Parks. Sign up as an individual or a group. (FREE)

UW–Madison Snapshot Photo Tour: April 19, 2–3 p.m.

Bring the whole family (and your camera!) for a photo tour featuring some of the most iconic places on campus. Pose for a picture with Abe, climb on the giant terrace chair, and have a family photo taken at the top of Bascom Hill with the Capitol behind you. UW campus tour guides will share fun facts and serve as your photographers on this hour-long photo opportunity. Tours begin and end at Union South, at the Campus and Community Information desk on the first floor. No registration is required. (FREE)

Men’s Rowing vs. Minnesota/MSOE: April 19, 8 a.m.

Enjoy Madison’s beautiful lakes while watching the Men’s Rowing team take on Minnesota. Relax at the Memorial Union to watch the races finish. Check the UW Badgers website before the races for specific details. (FREE)

Women’s Tennis vs. Northwestern: April 19, 11 a.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium

Watch the Badger men’s tennis team take on Northwestern at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. (FREE)

Women’s Tennis vs. Illinois: April 20, 11 a.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium

Watch the Badger men’s tennis team take on Illinois at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. (FREE)

Carillon Bell Tower Concert: April 20, 3 p.m.

Go inside the 25th largest instrument in North America, the Carillon Bell Tower, to enjoy a Sunday afternoon concert. The carrillonneur masterfully manipulates the instrument to produce beautiful music. (FREE)

April 25–27, 2014

Varsity Band Concert: April 24–26, Kohl Center

Held annually since 1975, the University of Wisconsin Marching Band performs their Spring Concert. The UW Marching Band comes complete with professional staging, lighting, sound, and pyrotechnics performed for 25,000 Badger fans. The concert is held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Kohl Center. ($) To receive a special price of $18 for Thursday’s concert tickets call (608) 265-4120 and mention “Badger Family Spring Visit.”

Fiddler on the Roof: April 25-27, Overture Center

Head to the Overture Center to see the class, Fiddler on the Roof- the story of a poor milkman who tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit community in the face of the fast-growing social changes in Czarist Russia. This show is enjoyed by everyone ages 8 and up. ($)

Design MMoCA: April 25-26, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

The 4th biennial Design MMoCA will celebrate art and design by placing the region’s design community at center stage. It’s a unique opportunity for design professionals to develop an idea with a level of creative freedom not typically experienced in day-to-day design work. (FREE)

Softball vs. Purdue: April 25-27, Goodman Diamond

Head to Goodman Diamond to watch the Women’s Softball team take on Purdue! Games are Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. ($)

Farmers’ Market: April 26, 6 a.m.–2 p.m., Capitol Square

The largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country is held on the Capitol Square and features an assortment of products including flowers, seasonal vegetables, home-baked goods, jam, cheese, and meat. The Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine. (FREE)

Isthmus Green Day Event: April 26, Monona Terrace

Learn about sustainable ways to build a more eco-friendly community. Exhibitions have included everything from insulation, flooring, solar tube lighting, and hydrogen-powered transport, to organic food and local farm resources. ($)

Runners participating in the annual Crazylegs run.

Crazylegs Classic 8K Run/2K Walk: April 26

Conceived in 1981 by a few Badger loyalists, and named after former Athletic Director Elroy Hirsch, Crazylegs is an ever-growing run/walk event that raises money for Badger Athletics. Crazylegs begins at the Capitol Square and ends in Camp Randall stadium. ($)

Humorology: April 26, The Overture Center

Humology is one of the largest non-profit student service organizations in Wisconsin. Over 300 students work year-round, donating their time and talent to produce a musical comedy show that raises money for local and national charities. The show consists of six original mini musical comedies. Show times are 1, 3 and 7 p.m. ($)

UW–Madison Snapshot Photo Tour: April 26, 2–3 p.m.

Bring the whole family (and your camera!) for a photo tour featuring some of the most iconic places on campus. Pose for a picture with Abe, climb on the giant terrace chair, and have a family photo taken at the top of Bascom Hill with the Capitol behind you. UW campus tour guides will share fun facts and serve as your photographers on this hour-long photo opportunity. Tours begin and end at Union South, at the Campus and Community Information desk on the first floor. No registration is required. (FREE)

Mad Rollin’ Dolls Roller Derby Semi-Finals: April 26, 6 p.m., Alliant Energy Center

You won’t want to miss these Prehistoric-Derby themed bouts. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the action begins at 6 p.m. Located at the Alliant Energy Center’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way. ($)

Breakfast on the Farm: April 27, 8 a.m.–Noon, Stock Pavilion

Enjoy a breakfast hosted by the Association of Women in Agriculture. The members prepare a home-cooked breakfast, and the event also features a petting zoo, education corral, and live entertainment. Attendees come for food and leave with a greater connection to agriculture in Wisconsin.This event is located at the Stock Pavilion, 2015 Linden Dr. ($)

Carillon Bell Tower Concert: April 27, 3 p.m.

Go inside the 25th largest instrument in North America, the Carillon Bell Tower, to enjoy a Sunday afternoon concert. The carrillonneur masterfully manipulates the instrument to produce beautiful music. (FREE)

Activities

Bike ride with your student
Check your welcome bag for a free 24-hour B-card. Madison B-Cycle wants you to enjoy their bike-share program with your student. Activate your free card in advance, and then check out a bike at any of the 35 B-stations and cycle around Madison throughout the day. The Lakeshore Path is a popular place to bike ride and is right along Lake Mendota. (FREE)

Billiards
The lower level of The Sett, located in Union South, features five tournament-sized pool tables and other table games. Enjoy pizza, snacks, and other refreshments from the concessions counter. Open Friday and Saturday, noon to 2 a.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m. ($)

Bowling 
The Sett, located in Union South, features an eight-lane bowling center. There are also concessions and a lounge area featuring a wall constructed of the old basketball court salvaged from the Kohl Center. Open Friday and Saturday, noon to 2 a.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m. ($)

Climbing Wall 
The centerpiece of recreation in The Sett, located in Union South, is the two-story climbing wall accompanied by a one-story bouldering wall. Open Friday and Saturday, noon to 2 a.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m. ($)

Movies 
The Marquee is located on the second floor of Union South and is the home for film on campus. The 330-seat cinema hosts hundreds of film screenings every year. (FREE)

Attractions

Allen Centennial Gardens: Enjoy 22 magnificent gardens representing gardening styles from around the world. Primarily used as a teaching tool in horticulture, botany, entomology, and plant pathology, the gardens are also a popular site for visitors. Open daily from dawn to dusk. (FREE, donations welcome)

Babcock Dairy Store: The store offers a variety of packaged dairy products including ice cream, cheese, and milk—all  made right in the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant. An observation deck allows visitors to watch ice cream in the making! Best viewing time is in the mornings. Located at 126 Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., the store is open Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Football Saturdays 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (FREE, unless you want to buy some tasty treats.)

Chazen Museum of Art: One of the country’s leading university art museums, the Chazen collection has more than 20,000 works of art dating from 2300 B.C. to the present day. The $43 million expansion opened in October 2011, adding 86,000 square feet, doubling the size of the museum. Located at 800 University Ave., the museum is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (FREE)

Henry Vilas Zoo: This public zoo boasts a tropical forest aviary, children’s zoo, carousel, herpatarium, primates complex, big cat complex, and visitor center. Located at 702 S. Randall Ave., the zoo is open every day from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (FREE)

Madison Children’s Museum: The newly renovated Madison Children’s Museum, an award-winning destination for fun family activities and hands-on learning, is now open! Visit their inventive city of Possible-opolis for ages 6 and up, and the four-season Rooftop Ramble, with animals and gardens. Run on our human-sized Gerbil Wheeel, or take a green tour to see the reclaimed materials that have found new life. 100 N. Hamilton St. on Madison’s Capitol Square, open Tuesday–Sunday from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ($)

Madison Geology Museum: This favorite of both kids and adults features dinosaurs, a huge mastodon skeleton, colorful mineral samples, a six-foot-diameter rotating globe, and a walk-through model of a Wisconsin limestone cave. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour and download the self-guided tour booklet online. Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturdays. Located at 1215 W. Dayton St. (FREE, donations appreciated)

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits modern and contemporary art and provides art-related learning opportunities to audiences of all ages. Located at 227 State St., the museum is open Tuesday–Thursday noon–5 p.m., Friday noon–8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., and Sunday noon–5 p.m. (FREE)

Photo of the Memorial Union Terrace in spring.

Memorial Union: Also known as the heart and soul of campus, the Union is the social, cultural, and recreational center of UW–Madison. The Memorial Union, located at 800 Langdon Street, offers a theater, mini courses, films, and music, in addition to the Terrace overlooking beautiful Lake Mendota. For tickets and information, call 608-265-3000. (FREE)

Monona Terrace: Tours reveal how Wright’s organic architecture is expressed in dramatic open spaces, circular forms, and breathtaking lake views. Tours take one hour and are offered daily at 1 p.m. Admission is $3/adult, $2/student. Tickets may be purchased in the gift shop, 1 John Nolen Dr. ($)

Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers an indoor tropical conservatory, outdoor gardens in a Thai Pavilion, and educational experiences for all ages. Located at 3330 Atwood Ave and open Monday–Saturday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.. General public admission to outdoor gardens is free. Conservatory admission is ($2), children 5 & under (free). (FREE/$)

Overture Center for the Arts presents internationally acclaimed jazz, classical, opera, musicals, dance, world music, family entertainment, and more. Purchase tickets online, call 608-258-4141, or visit the box office at 201 State St. ($)

Physics Museum: The L.R. Ingersoll Museum is a free public venue that runs on donations. Exhibits give you a hands-on experience of physical concepts ranging from mechanics to modern physics in a demonstrational kid-friendly environment. Located in Chamberlin Hall at 1150 University Avenue, the museum is open from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday. (FREE)

Union South opened on April 15, 2011, and was designed in organic prairie-style architecture, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Grab a bite to eat from one of its many dining options, climb the rock wall, go bowling, or watch a movie at The Marquee. 1308 West Dayton St. (FREE, plus cost of activities)

UW Arboretum: The Arboretum features 1,260 acres of restored prairies, forest and wetlands, flowering trees, shrubs, and a world-famous lilac collection. The McKay Visitor Center features an orientation theater, bookstore, library, art gallery, and more. 1207 Seminole Highway; 12:30–4 p.m. on weekends. (FREE)

UW Space Place Bringing the kids to Madison? Space Place family workshops are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. for children ages 6-10 and their parents. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required for any of the workshops, but attendance is limited to 50 people. 2300 South Park St. (FREE)

Photo of tulips blooming in front of the State Capitol in spring.

Wisconsin State Capitol contains 43 varieties of stone from around the world, decorative murals, glass mosaics, and hand-carved furniture. Admission is free. Open weekends 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Tours start at the information desk Monday through Saturday at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and 1, 2, 3 p.m.; and Sundays at 1, 2, 3 p.m. (FREE)

Wisconsin Historical Museum is located on Madison’s Capitol Square and is full of wonderful information about the state’s rich history. Explore Wisconsin’s distinctive heritage and a variety of other American history topics through artifacts, photographs, full-scale dioramas, audio-visual presentations, and interactive multimedia programs. 816 State Street; 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Admission by donation is $4 for adults and $3 for children under 18 or $10 per family (up to 2 adults and 2 or more dependent children). 608-264-6555. ($)

Wisconsin Veterans Museum offers instructive exhibits that highlight important events in Wisconsin military history from the Civil War to the present. Open Tuesday–Saturday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sunday noon–4 p.m. 30 W. Mifflin St. Madison. 608-267-1799. (FREE)

Just down the road…

The Governor’s Mansion was built in the Classical Revival style on more than four acres along Lake Mendota and has 16,000 square feet of living space including 34 rooms, 13 bathrooms and 7 bedrooms and fireplaces. Tours are offered throughout April every Thursday from 1–3 p.m., 99 Cambridge Rd. 608-246-5501. (FREE)

Wollersheim Winery sits on a scenic hillside overlooking the Wisconsin River and offers daily tours and tastings. It is open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m., year-round. 7876 State Rd. 1-800-847-9463. Located near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. ($)

Shopping and Dining

Photo of students and faculty enjoying the outdoor eating options on State Street.

Downtown Madison offers more than 350 shops, boutiques, galleries, museums, restaurants, and cafes, many locally owned, on the famed State Street pedestrian mall that links the UW–Madison campus with the tree-lined Capitol Square. For information on where to shop, dine, and park, visit the Downtown Madison website. A Downtown Madison Map & Guide will be provided in your complimentary Badger Family Spring Visit welcome bag.

Located at 711 State Street, The University Book Store offers Wisconsin apparel and gifts for students, alumni, and Badger fans. It has everything to help you show off your family’s team spirit.

For additional shopping or dining information, go to www.visitmadison.com.

Hotel Accommodations

We have partnered with area hotels that offer affordable or discounted rates on lodging when you visit during Badger Family Spring Visit in April 2014.

The Wisconsin Union Hotel
Located in the brand new Union South in the heart of campus, the Wisconsin Union Hotel features 60 boutique-style guest rooms, a variety of dining options, and the rates include on-site parking. When making reservations, mention that you are here for Badger Family Spring Visit to receive a dicounted rate.
1308 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53715
hotel@union.wisc.edu | Phone 608-263-2600 | On-line reservations

The Lowell Inn and Conference Center
Located within walking distance of State Street, campus, and downtown Madison, the Center features newly renovated rooms, workout center, pool, sauna, and parking. Rates include continental breakfast. Please note, the Lowell Inn does not provide a special discount, but offers affordable rates.
610 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53703
lowell@ecc.uwex.edu | Phone 866-301-1753 | On-line reservations

North Central Group
The North Central Group is proud to offer discounted accommodations for your Badger Family Spring Visit. To make reservations at any of their Madison area hotels, contact the hotel directly and mention the UW Parents Rate, or choose “Make Reservations Online” for the hotel of your choice.
info@ncghotels.com | 608.836.6060 | On-line reservations

Other reservations can be made for a hotel in Madison.

Parking

If you are driving a vehicle while visiting, please plan for a few extra minutes to locate parking. The city of Madison has more than 5,000 public parking spaces downtown including 1,300 on-street-metered spaces. For accitional parking information visit the Downtown Madison website.

If you park in UW–Madison parking lots, please pay a meter, pay a parking attendant, or observe lot enforcement times posted at all lot entrances. Many UW–Madison parking lots have availability during evening hours but are not available during the day due to staff parking needs. A limited number of parking permits for certain UW–Madison lots are available; visitors can stop by Transportation Services’ drive-through office at 21 N. Park Street during business hours (7:15 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday) to inquire about parking availability.

If you have questions or concerns about parking for your visit, please call the Parent Program for more information: 1-877-262-3977.


(FREE) Indicates events/attractions that do not have a charge.
($) Indicates events that require a ticket that should be purchased directly through the ticket vendor. Ticket availability may be limited and may require an advanced purchase.

If you would like additional information about these events or attractions or need assistance with accommodations, please contact us 1-877-262-3977 or e-mail parent@uwmad.wisc.edu.

The Parent Program is coordinating Badger Family Spring Visit in collaboration with the Wisconsin Alumni Association, the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Business Improvement District, the University Book Store, and the Wisconsin Union.

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