Badger Family Spring Visit

This April 2015, 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

Choose your weekend: April 3–5 | April 10–12 | April 17–19 | April 24–26

April 3–5, 2015

Softball vs. Penn State: April 3–4, Goodman Diamond

Head to Goodman Diamond to watch the women’s softball team take on Penn State. Games are Friday at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. ($)

Women’s Tennis vs. Nebraska: April 3, 5 p.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium 

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

StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art: April 3–5, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

StoryBook explores how stories are communicated in contemporary art. To illustrate the diversity of narrative methods, the exhibition draws upon works from MMoCA’s permanent collection by artists including Robert Barnes, Richard Bosman, Roger Brown, Warrington Colescott, Todd Hido, and Erik Weisenburger. Like the contemporary novel and related literary forms, contemporary art has sustained, challenged, and expanded traditional narrative structures. Friday 12–8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m–8 p.m., Sunday 12–5 p.m. (FREE)

Kids in the Rotunda: April 4, 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)

UW–Madison Snapshot Photo Tour: April 4, 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: April 4, 6 p.m.

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. ($)

SoundWaves: April 4, 7–9:30 p.m., Discovery Building

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. (FREE)

Madison Capitols Hockey Team vs. Des Moines: April 4, 7:05 p.m., Alliant Energy Center

Watch the Madison Capitols hockey team take on Des Moines at the Alliant Energy Center. ($)

Belle and Sebastian: Opening Act: Honeyblood: April 4, 8 p.m., Overture Center

Pop duo Belle and Sebastian’s latest album blends Eurpop, electric-glide, and pop into an exhilarating combination that makes you want to get on the floor and dance. ($)

Women’s Tennis vs. Iowa: April 5, 12 p.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium

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

Carillon Bell Tower Concert: April 5, 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 10–12, 2015

Wisconsin Film Festival: April 9–16

Presented by the University of Wisconsin Arts Institute, the 16th 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. ($)

StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art: April 10–12, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

StoryBook explores how stories are communicated in contemporary art. To illustrate the diversity of narrative methods, the exhibition draws upon works from MMoCA’s permanent collection by artists including Robert Barnes, Richard Bosman, Roger Brown, Warrington Colescott, Todd Hido, and Erik Weisenburger. Like the contemporary novel and related literary forms, contemporary art has sustained, challenged, and expanded traditional narrative structures. Friday from 12–8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., and Sunday from 12–5 p.m.

Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo: April 10–12, Alliant Energy Center

If you are a hunter, or interested in becoming one, check out this hunter-themed expo at the Alliant Energy Center. The expo occurs on Friday from 2–9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.–7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Women’s Tennis vs. Illinois: April 10, 5 p.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium

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

Relay for Life of UW–Madison: April 10–11, 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.

Madison Symphony Orchestra — Piano Genius Concert: April 10–12, Overture Center

Inspired pianism and the vast, arching grandeur of a symphony of cathedral proportion in its first Madison Symphony Orchestra performance. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ($)

MadHatters Concert: Orpheum Theater, April 11

With their unmistakable attire in their Wisconsin red jackets, the MadHatters men’s acappella group are a presence on the UW campus that brings everyone to clap their hands and stomp to the beat. Comprised of up to 15 singers and a vocal percussionist, the MadHatters croon the songs of decades past to the Top 40 present. They’ll dance, they’ll shout (shout!) and they’ll shake your bodies down to the ground. ($)

Wisconsin Wellness: April 11, 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 at the SERF! (FREE)

Kohl Center Tour: April 11, 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 more. No registration is required. Enter Gate B. (FREE)

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain: April 11, 8 p.m. Wisconsin Union Theater

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain takes the ukulele to new heights with its vast repertoire of unexpected cover tunes, from Talking Heads to Lady Gaga. The depth and range of this diminutive instrument is brought out in full force in the group’s playful, virtuosic, and often comedic renditions, selling out shows from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. ($)

UW–Madison Snapshot Photo Tour: April 11, 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)

Softball vs. Iowa: April 10–12, Goodman Diamond

Head to Goodman Diamond to watch the women’s softball team take on Iowa. Games are Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. ($)

Kids in the Rotunda: April 11, 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)

Women’s Tennis vs. Northwestern: April 12, 10 a.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium

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

Waisman Children’s Theater Production of Snow White: April 12, 1 p.m., Waisman Center

A princess, an enchanted forest, a magical mirror, and captivating songs are part of this beloved fairy-tale presentation. All shows sign interpreted and wheelchair accessible. ($)

Carillon Bell Tower Concert: April 12, 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 17–19, 2015

Varsity Band Concert: April 16–18, 7:30 p.m. Kohl Center

Held annually since 1975, the University of Wisconsin Marching Band performs its 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 $18 for Thursday’s concert tickets call 608-265-4120 and mention “Badger Family Spring Visit.” ($)

Humorology: April 16–18, Wisconsin Union Theater

Humorology 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. ($)

Engineering Expo: April 16 – 18. 9 a.m-4 p.m Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday.

Engineering. Expo, held every two years, is run entirely by students and brings over 10,000 visitors to campus biennially. Participants at Expo include Fortune 500 industry leaders, engineering student organizations on campus, individuals displaying their engineering projects and ideas, and thousands of students and members of the community. Each day the event is open to the public and we encourage public engagement throughout the event. ($)

Study Abroad Open House for Parents: April 17, 11a.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)

StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art: April 17–19, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

StoryBook explores how stories are communicated in contemporary art. To illustrate the diversity of narrative methods, the exhibition draws upon works from MMoCA’s permanent collection by artists including Robert Barnes, Richard Bosman, Roger Brown, Warrington Colescott, Todd Hido, and Erik Weisenburger. Like the contemporary novel and related literary forms, contemporary art has sustained, challenged, and expanded traditional narrative structures. Friday 12–8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 12–5 p.m.

Midwest Horse Fair: April 17–19, 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. ($)

Women’s Tennis vs. Indiana: April 17, 3 p.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium

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

Men’s Tennis vs. Northwestern: April 17, 6 p.m., Nielsen Tennis Stadium

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

UW Concert Choir, Chorale and Madrigal Singers: April 17, 7:30 p.m. Luther Memorial Church

Watch the stellar UW Concert Choir, Choral, and Madrigal Singers perform at the Luther Memorial Church. (FREE)

Second City Hits Home: April 17, 8 p.m., Overture Center

Madison’s got plenty of quirks to poke fun at, and Chicago’s most famous sketch and improv comedy troupe is coming specifically to do just that. ($)

Farmers’ Market: April 18, 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)

Kohl Center Tour: April 18, 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 more. No registration is required. Enter Gate B. (FREE)

Men’s Rowing vs. Minnesota/MSOE: April 18, Lake Mendota

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)

Kids in the Rotunda: April 18, 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)

UW–Madison Snapshot Photo Tour: April 18, 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)

Duck Soup Cinema: The General: April 18, 7 p.m., Overture Center

Come see one of the most important films of the silent era about a railroad engineer who must save his two loves: a girl named Annabelle Lee and an engine named The General. The incomparable Dennis James will accompany on the organ. ($)

Men’s Tennis vs. Illinois: April 19, 12 p.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 19, 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 24–26, 2015

Cabaret @ The Circle with Four Seasons Theatre: April 24, 8 p.m., Memorial Union

Four Seasons Theatre is proud to launch a new series: Cabaret @ the Circle. The Play Circle Theater provides the perfect setting for FST’s vocalists to bring you an intimate cabaret experience, full of songs and stories. ($)

Softball vs. Nebraska: April 24, 25, 26, Goodman Diamond

Head to Goodman Diamond to watch the women’s softball team take on Nebraska. Games are Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. ($)

Farmers’ Market: April 25, 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)

Runners participating in the annual Crazylegs run.

Crazylegs Classic 8K Run/2K Walk: April 25

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. ($)

Wisconsin Football Spring Game: April 25, 3 p.m., Camp Randall

UW-Athletics is teaming up with Undergraduate Advising. This year’s ticket sale proceeds will support the UW-Madison undergraduate advising experience. Prizes will be given away to current UW-Madison students at the game, including 2015 Badger football student season tickets. Visit www.advising.wisc.edu/gamechanger for tickets and more information. Tickets will also be available in person at the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office. Stop by the McClain Center beforehand at 1:30 p.m. for the free annual Badgers Sports Kids’ Fair. ($)

Kids in the Rotunda: April 25, 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)

UW–Madison Snapshot Photo Tour: April 25, 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 25, 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. ($)

Carillon Bell Tower Concert: April 26, 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 39 B-stations and cycle around Madison throughout the day. The Lakeshore Path, along Lake Mendota, is a popular place to bike ride. (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, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday 7:30 a.m.–10 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, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday 7:30 a.m.–10 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, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday 7:30 a.m.–10 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 21 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. (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.–9 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday; 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: Visit an award-winning destination for fun family activities and hands-on learning. Engage with 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 Wheel, 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, check website for event ticket costs)

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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is $5/adult, $3/student. Tickets may be purchased in the gift shop, 1 John Nolen Dr. ($)

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 in 2011, and is a bustling hub of student activity. 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 beautiful trails on 1,260 acres of restored prairies, forest and wetlands, flowering trees, shrubs, and a world-famous lilac collection. The McKay Visitor Center is open 12:30–4 p.m. on weekends and features an orientation theater, bookstore, library, art gallery, and more. 1207 Seminole Highway; (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 370 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 2015.

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

The Lowell Center – Lodging 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.
610 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53703
lowell@ecc.uwex.edu | Phone 866.301.1753 | Online 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 | Online reservations

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison Central
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is conveniently located a stones throw away from campus. Offering discounted rates for parents, complimentary breakfast and internet, a pool and a fitness center, this hotel is a great place to stay when visiting your student.
610 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713
1.877.834.3613 I Online 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 additional 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 surface 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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