Badger Family Spring Visit

This April 2017, 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 theatrical entertainment, educational opportunities, shopping, dining, and more.

Register for Badger Family Spring Visit to access a complete program of activities — available on our customized, user-friendly mobile app, which allows you to build your own schedule, access maps, view parking information, and more. Check out highlights from this year’s schedule below to see a sample of events and offerings available to you in April. Questions? Contact the Parent Program.

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

Choose your weekend: March 31–April 2 | April 7–9 | April 14–16 | April 21–23 | April 28–April 30

March 31–April 2

Friday March 31

In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura Exhibition – 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (FREE)
This traveling exhibition is featured in the Chazen Museum of Art and is the first retrospective of one of the greatest painters of the Golden Age of Naples.

Wisconsin Film Festival – All day ($)
The Wisconsin Film Festival began in 1999 and has grown into the largest campus-based film festival in the U.S. The festival is presented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Arts Institute and the UW Department of Communication Arts.

Softball vs Nebraska  – 4 p.m. ($)
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Cornhuskers at Goodman Diamond.

Men’s Tennis vs Northwestern – 6 p.m. (FREE)
Watch the Badger men’s tennis team take on the Wildcats at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Social Ballroom Dance and Lessons – 6:30 p.m.–11 p.m. ($)
Come dance the night away with the Ballroom Association of UW–Madison! No partner or experience needed. Come learn the basics or show off your skills at the weekly social dance.

UW Wind Ensemble Concert – 7:30 p.m. (FREE)
The UW Wind Ensemble, directed by Scott Teeple, will be performing in Mills Concert Hall.

Madison Musical Idol – 7:30 p.m. (FREE)
Do you have what it takes to be Madison’s next great musical theater star? Four Seasons Theatre (FST) and Music Theatre of Madison (MTM) present a Musical Theatre Idol competition where local singers belt it out Broadway style — and the audience chooses the winner. Come to the Wisconsin Union Theater in the Fredric March Play Circle for this fun event.

Primavera- Madison Ballet – 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m. ($)
The Madison Ballet says farewell to its season with a joyful premiere of two new ballets and a showcase of spring song and dance.

Saturday, April 1

In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura Exhibition – 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (FREE)
This traveling exhibition is featured in the Chazen Museum of Art and is the first retrospective of one of the greatest painters of the Golden Age of Naples.

Wisconsin Film Festival – All day ($)
The Wisconsin Film Festival began in 1999 and has grown into the largest campus-based film festival in the U.S. The festival is presented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Arts Institute and the UW Department of Communication Arts.

Saturday Science at Discovery – 10 a.m.–noon (FREE)
Stop by Discovery for free, fun, and hands-on exploration stations for kids and families.

On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow – 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. (FREE)
The 48th annual On Wisconsin Spring Powwow, put on by UW–Madison student organization Wunk Sheek, is a celebration of traditional Native American culture. The event, which will include intertribal dances, cultural demonstrations, and exhibitions, is free and open to all.

Softball vs Nebraska – 12 p.m. ($)
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Cornhuskers at Goodman Diamond.

Primavera- Madison Ballet – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. ($)
The Madison Ballet says farewell to its season with a joyful premiere of two new ballets and a showcase of spring song and dance.

Sunday, April 2

In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura Exhibition – 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (FREE)
This traveling exhibition is featured in the Chazen Museum of Art and is the first retrospective of one of the greatest painters of the Golden Age of Naples.

Wisconsin Film Festival – All day ($)
The Wisconsin Film Festival began in 1999 and has grown into the largest campus-based film festival in the U.S. The festival is presented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Arts Institute and the UW Department of Communication Arts.

On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow – 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. (FREE)
The 48th annual On Wisconsin Spring Powwow, put on by UW–Madison student organization Wunk Sheek, is a celebration of traditional Native American culture. The event, which will include intertribal dances, cultural demonstrations, and exhibitions, is free and open to all.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live – 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. ($)
Observe, meet, and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaurs and other creatures with this entertaining and educational live show at the Overture Center for the Arts.

Men’s Tennis vs Illinois – Noon (FREE)
Watch the Badger men’s tennis team take on the Fighting Illini at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Softball vs Nebraska – 12 p.m. ($)
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Cornhuskers at Goodman Diamond.

Mala Making & Meditation – 6 p.m.–8 p.m. ($)
At Union South, make your own Mala, often referred to as prayer or meditation beads. Design and craft your custom Mala and then take part in a short meditation practice using your new beads.

Thursday, April 6

Humorology – TBD ($)
Humorology is one of the largest nonprofit student service organizations in Wisconsin. More than 600 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 seven original mini musical comedies, and this year’s proceeds will go toward Dane County’s Rainbow Project.

April 7–9

Friday, April 7

Relay for Life UW–Madison 2017 – 6 p.m. ($ with donation)
Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Walk around the track, enjoy performances from student entertainment groups, and more!

Softball vs Iowa – 6 p.m. ($)
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Hawkeyes at Goodman Diamond.

UW Fashion Week: Finale Fashion Show – 8 p.m. (TBD)
Moda Magazine, a UW–Madison student life and style publication, caps off UW Fashion Week with its fifth annual Finale Fashion Show featuring Madison retailers and UW–Madison student designers.

Stop by the pre-show mixer at 7 p.m. for a meet and greet with the student designers and a chance to take photos on their red carpet.

Free Art Friday: April and Water – 7 p.m.–9 p.m. (FREE)
Join Wheelhouse Studios at the Memorial Union for crafting projects and live music. April is the month of water, so you will find multiple water-themed art projects.

Humorology – TBD ($)
Humorology is one of the largest nonprofit student service organizations in Wisconsin. More than 600 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 seven original mini musical comedies, and this year’s proceeds will go toward Dane County’s Rainbow Project.

Saturday, April 8

UW Sibs Day  10 a.m.–7 p.m. ($)
UW–Madison students are encouraged to invite their brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, or family friends to experience a day in the life of a Badger. Sibs Day involves a packed schedule of events and activities for students and their siblings to spend quality time with one another and share in the Badger school spirit.
*Please note that this event require pre-registration at parent@uwmad.wisc.edu and will be limited to the first 200 participants.

Softball vs Iowa – 6 p.m. ($)
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Hawkeyes at Goodman Diamond.

Social Ballroom Dance – 6:30 p.m.–11p.m. ($)
Social dancing! No partner or experience needed. Come learn the basics or show off your skill at our weekly social dance.
*Please note that UW System students, staff, and faculty can bring up to two guests who do not fall under those categories.

UW Russian Folk Orchestra Concert – 7:30 p.m. (FREE)
This unique UW ensemble celebrates its 20th anniversary with a gala concert! Enjoy Russian and East-European folk music performed on authentic Russian instruments, balalaikas, domras, and bayans.

Humorology  TBD ($)
Humorology is one of the largest nonprofit student service organizations in Wisconsin. More than 600 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 seven original mini musical comedies, and this year’s proceeds will go toward Dane County’s Rainbow Project.

Sunday April, 9

Softball vs Iowa – 1 p.m. ($)
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Hawkeyes at Goodman Diamond.

Waisman Center Children’s Theater: WWW.Oz – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. ($)
A twister warps Dorothy through her computer screen into the land of Oz, who resides in cyberspace! Playtime Productions brings this new twist on a beloved classic to the stage with WWW.Oz.

This is a sensory-friendly performance in partnership with the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin. All shows will be sign interpreted.

UW Symphony Orchestra  7:30 p.m. (FREE)
The UW Symphony Orchestra will be performing in Mills Concert Hall with conductor James Smith.

April 14–16

Friday, April 14

Women’s Tennis vs Indiana – 5 p.m. (FREE)
Watch the Badger women’s tennis team take on the Hoosiers at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Saturday, April 15

Dane County Farmers’ Market  6:15 a.m.–1:45 p.m. (FREE)
The largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country is held on Madison’s 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.

Sunday, April 16

Women’s Tennis vs Purdue  11 a.m. (FREE)
Watch the Badger women’s tennis team take on the Boilermakers at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Thursday, April 20

UW Varsity Band Concert – 7 p.m. ($)
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.

April 21–23

Friday, April 21

Men’s Tennis vs Indiana – 1 p.m. (FREE)
Watch the Badger men’s tennis team take on the Hoosiers at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Badger Sports Kids Fair – 5 p.m. (FREE)
Enjoy this free, family-friendly opportunity before heading to the Wisconsin Football Spring Game. Fans young and old will enjoy interactive games and activities, the chance to meet Badger student-athletes, and much more.

Softball vs Michigan – 6 p.m. ($)
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Wolverines at Goodman Diamond.

Wisconsin Football Spring Game – 6:30 p.m. ($)
The Wisconsin Badgers Annual Spring Game will be held at Camp Randall Stadium, and proceeds will go toward a scholarship fund for children in the Waisman Early Childhood Program (WECP), an inclusive preschool program with a developmentally diverse enrollment. One-third of the children in this program have special health care needs.

UW–Madison’s Waisman Center is this year’s spring game partner, and is dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. ($)

UW Varsity Band Concert – 7 p.m. ($)
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.

Saturday, April 22

Softball vs Michigan – 1 p.m. ($)
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Wolverines at Goodman Diamond.

Dane County Farmers’ Market  6:15 a.m.–1:45 p.m. (FREE)
The largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country is held on Madison’s 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.

UW Varsity Band Concert – 7 p.m. ($)
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 Magic Flute Presented by Madison Opera – 8 p.m. ($)
Written in the last year of his life, Mozart’s sublime opera is part fairytale, part adventure story, and all enchantment. Sung in German with English dialogue and projected English translations.

Sunday, April 23

Men’s Tennis vs Purdue – 12 p.m. (FREE)
Watch the Badger men’s tennis team take on the Boilermakers at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Softball vs Michigan (Senior Day) – 1 p.m. ($)
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Wolverines at Goodman Diamond.

The Magic Flute Presented by Madison Opera – 2:30 p.m. ($)
Written in the last year of his life, Mozart’s sublime opera is part fairytale, part adventure story, and all enchantment. Sung in German with English dialogue and projected English translations.

April 28–April 30

Friday, April 28

UW Dance Department 90th Anniversary Festival – All Day (FREE)
The department will host four lumina concerts, 20 master class sessions, five panel presentations, an IATECH exhibit, a film screening, and a Friday Forum Lecture by dance scholar Janice Ross. (Free)
Below is a tentative schedule of events:
8:30–9:30 a.m. Master Classes – Yoga
9:30–10:45 a.m. PANEL: Dance as Education (Pre-K-12 & Studio Teaching)
11–12:40 p.m. PANEL: Margaret H’Doubler
12:45–1:15 p.m. Meet & Greet Brown Bag Lunch with Dance Faculty & Staff
1:30–3 p.m. Film Screening at the Chazen
3:30–4:30 p.m. FRIDAY FORUM: Janice Ross, “Recovering the Body: Margaret H’Doubler at UW–Madison”
5 p.m. Opening Remarks, Diana Hess, John Baldacchino, SOE Commons
5:15 p.m. Wine & Cheese Reception, SOE Commons
5:30 p.m. SOE Gallery Opening, IATech Exhibit
8 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Dance As Art, Alumni Concert III
Post-concert reception

Manhole Sketch Comedy Show – 8:15 p.m. (FREE)
Join Manhole Sketch Comedy as it performs its original, comedic sketches for anyone interested in a fun night full of laughter.

Saturday, April 29

UW Dance Department 90th Anniversary Festival – All Day (FREE)
The department will host four lumina concerts, 20 master class sessions, five panel presentations, an IATECH exhibit, a film screening, and more.
A tentative schedule of events is below:
9–10 a.m. Master Class – Somatics
10:15–11:30 a.m. PANEL: Dance as Education (Higher Ed)
11:45–1 p.m. Alumni Luncheon ($20/person)
1–2:20 p.m. Master Class – Contemporary
1:15–2:20 p.m. FORUM: A Discussion on Dance as Education in the 21st Century
2:30–3:50 p.m. Master Class, Workshop – Tai Chi Workshop, Gordondance Technique
4–5 p.m. Student Presentations: Senior Honors Projects
5:15–6:15 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Informal Alumni Concert, Studio 549 Lathrop
8 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Dance As Art, Alumni Concert IV
Post-concert reception

Dane County Farmers’ Market – 6:15 a.m.–1:45 p.m. (FREE)
The largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country is held on Madison’s 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.

36th Annual Crazylegs Classic – 10 a.m. ($)
The Crazylegs Classic has become a time-honored tradition of the University of Wisconsin, as well as a much anticipated event to kick off spring in the Madison community. Register for the 8K Run/Wheelchair or 2 mile walk online ahead of time, or as a walk-up on race day.

UW Choral Union & UW Symphony Orchestra – 7:30 p.m. ($)
The UW Choral Union and UW Symphony Orchestra present Paul Hindemith’s “When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d” (text by Walt Whitman).

A rarely done work because of its difficulty, this is an outstanding setting of Walt Whitman’s poem written about the death of Abraham Lincoln, and the train that carried his body to Springfield, Illinois. The work was commissioned by Robert Shaw in memory of Franklin Roosevelt, whose funeral train carried his dead body from Georgia back to Washington. The work is in memory of “those we loved.”

Sunday, April 30

Threads: Fashion Show – 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. ($)
The Annual Threads Fashion Show celebrates and showcases work from students of the Textiles and Fashion Design Program in the School of Human Ecology. Students from across campus also collaborate on this event to bring to life elements of music, lights, performance, and more. This year’s theme is Ensemble and will be held in the Madison Masonic Center.

Dancing to Adele – 5 p.m.–7 p.m. ($)
She burst on the music scene because her music was so accessible. Dancing to her beautiful music can be easy, too! Learn the basic steps to couple dance to the music of this wonderful singer. Couples are recommended; partners are not guaranteed in class.

Lea Salonga – 7:30 p.m. ($)
Mulan, Princess Jasmine, Les Miserables‘ Eponine and Kim from Miss Saigon are just a few of the many roles that musical theater great Lea Salonga has played on stage and on screen. She is “known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch,” according to Broadway World, and The Village Voice wrote, “Her clear, glistening soprano is all but embedded in the American musical subconscious.”

Come and watch her perform in Shannon Hall at the Memorial Union.

The Beach Boys – 7:30 p.m. ($)
Known for their classic songs “Good Vibrations” and “Surfin’ U.S.A.” The Beach Boys will be performing at the Overture Center for the Arts in Overture Hall.

UW Choral Union & UW Symphony Orchestra – 7:30 p.m. ($)
The UW Choral Union and UW Symphony Orchestra present Paul Hindemith’s “When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d” (text by Walt Whitman).

A rarely done work because of its difficulty, this is an outstanding setting of Walt Whitman’s poem written about the death of Abraham Lincoln, and the train that carried his body to Springfield, Illinois. The work was commissioned by Robert Shaw in memory of Franklin Roosevelt, whose funeral train carried his dead body from Georgia back to Washington. The work is in memory of “those we loved.”

Activities

Bike Ride with Your Student: Madison B-cycle wants you to enjoy its bike-share program with your student. Check out a bike at any of the 39 nearby B-stations and cycle around Madison throughout the day. The Lakeshore Path, right along Lake Mendota, is a popular biking destination. ($)

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 1 a.m., and 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 made out of the old basketball court salvaged from the Kohl Center. Open Friday and Saturday, noon to 1 a.m., and 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, noon to 1:30 p.m. and 5–9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.–7 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 Drive, 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 Avenue, the museum is open 9 a.m.–9 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on 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 South Randall Avenue, 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 its inventive city of Possible-opolis for ages 6 and up, and the four-season Rooftop Ramble, with animals and gardens. Run on the museum’s human-sized Gerbil Wheel, or take a green tour to see the reclaimed materials that have found new life. Located at 100 North Hamilton Street on Madison’s Capitol Square, open Tuesday–Sunday from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ($)

UW–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. on Monday–Friday and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday. Located at 1215 West Dayton Street. (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 Street, the museum is open Tuesday–Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. (FREE)

Photo of the Memorial Union Terrace in spring.

Memorial Union: Also known as the heart and soul of campus, the Memorial 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. For tickets and information, call 608-265-3000. (FREE, check website for event ticket costs)

Monona Terrace: Tours reveal how Frank Lloyd 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 per adult and $3 per student. Tickets may be purchased in the gift shop, 1 John Nolen Drive. ($)

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

Overture Center for the Arts: The Overture Center 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 Street. ($)

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, Union South 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 Street. (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. Located at 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. Located at 2300 South Park Street. (FREE)

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

Wisconsin State Capitol: The 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–Saturday at 9, 10, and 11 a.m. and 1, 2, and 3 p.m., as well as Sunday at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (FREE)

Wisconsin Historical Museum: This 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. Located at 816 State Street; open 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Admission by donation is $4 for adults and $3 for children under 18 or $10 per family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children). Contact at 608-264-6555. ($)

Wisconsin Veterans Museum: This 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., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Located at 30 West Mifflin Street. Contact at 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 seven bedrooms and fireplaces. Tours are offered throughout April every Thursday from 1–3 p.m., 99 Cambridge Road. Contact at 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. Located at 7876 State Road, near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Contact 1-800-847-9463. ($)

Shopping and Dining

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 all complimentary Badger Family Spring Visit tote bags.Wisconsin-themed attire and pro-badger signs are displayed in a University Book Store window before the start of a football game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Ohio State University (OSU) Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Oct. 15, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

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

There are numerous hotels in Madison to fit your price and preferences. Below are a few, highlighted hotel options, but others may be found and arranged by visiting the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

The Wisconsin Union Hotel
Located at 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.
1308 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53715
hotel@union.wisc.edu | Phone 608-263-2600 | Online reservations

The Fluno Center
Bridging the UW Madison campus with the vibrant downtown Madison scene, the Fluno Center is conveniently located on University Avenue and is centrally located for easy access to everything going on during Badger Family Spring Visit.
601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715
| Phone 877-773-5866 | 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, a workout center, pool, sauna, and parking. Rates include continental breakfast. Please note, the Lowell Center does not provide a special discount, but offers affordable rates.
610 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53703
lowell@ecc.uwex.edu | Phone 866-301-1753 | Online reservations

North Central Group
Established in 1981, North Central Group owns and operates more than 25 hotels under multiple franchise brands, specializing in premium select service hotels within the Hilton and Marriott family.
info@ncghotels.com | Phone 608-836-6060

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 North 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 at 1-877-262-3977, or Campus and Visitor Relations on nights and weekends at 608-263-2400.


(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.

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