Badger Family Spring Visit

This April 2016, 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 1–3 | April 8–10 | April 15–17 | April 22–24 | April 29–May 1

April 1–3, 2016

April 1

Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo at the Alliant Energy Center – 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If you are a hunter, or interested in becoming one, check out this hunter-themed expo at the Alliant Energy Center. ($)

Softball vs. Ohio State University – 4 p.m.
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Buckeyes at Goodman Diamond. ($)

Madison Capitols vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks – 7:05 p.m.
Watch the Madison Capitols hockey team take on the Muskegon Lumberjacks at the Alliant Energy Center. ($)

April 2

Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo at the Alliant Energy Center – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you are a hunter, or interested in becoming one, check out this hunter-themed expo at the Alliant Energy Center. ($)

Saturday Science at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Stop by Discovery for free, fun, and hands-on exploration stations for kids and families. (FREE)

Women’s Tennis vs. University of Michigan – 11 a.m.
Watch the Badger women’s tennis team take on the Wolverines at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. (FREE)

Softball vs. Ohio State University – 1 p.m.
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Buckeyes at Goodman Diamond. ($)

Kids in the Rotunda – Performances 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)

Truly Remarkable Loon! – This weekend’s Kids in the Rotunda features the Madison native, spectacular juggler Truly Remarkable Loon. As the Overture writes, “From beanbag chairs to a parasol to a live mongoose, if it isn’t nailed down, you can’t stop Loon from tossing it in the air in a hilarious juggling variety act that you and your family won’t soon forget!”

Madison Capitols vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks – 7:05 p.m.
Watch the Madison Capitols hockey team take on the Muskegon Lumberjacks at the Alliant Energy Center. ($)

Lisa Lampanelli Live at Capitol Theater – 8 p.m.
Come for a night of laughs with Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli. She has been a guest on several big-name shows, such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “Good Morning America.” Tickets are $34.50 to $44.50. (Note: This show is for mature audiences.) ($)

April 3

Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo at the Alliant Energy Center – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you are a hunter, or interested in becoming one, check out this hunter-themed expo at the Alliant Energy Center. ($)

Women’s Tennis vs. Michigan State University – 11 a.m.
Watch the Badger women’s tennis team take on the Spartans at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. (FREE)

Softball vs. Ohio State University – 1 p.m.
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Buckeyes at Goodman Diamond. ($)

April 8–10, 2016

April 8

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

Madison Capitols vs. Bloomington Thunder – 7:05 p.m.
Watch the Madison Capitols Hockey team take on the Bloomington Thunder at the Alliant Energy Center. ($)

David Sanborn, Electric Band – 8:00 p.m.
Watch “one of the most distinctive and influential saxophonists in contemporary music,” David Sanborn, amaze you with his jazz, pop, rhythm, and blues talents at Overture Hall. With more than 24 albums, Sanborn has won six Grammy Awards and was a member of the Saturday Night Live band during its first season. Tickets are $25 to $45. (Note: No children under 6 years old will be able to attend.) ($)

April 9

Kids in the Rotunda – Performances 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)

Davey Doodle and the Red Hots – This weekend’s Kids in the Rotunda features a wild musical group, Davey Doodle and the Red Hots. Join in on this musical adventure with family-fun songs about a dog named Truffle Doodle, a daughter named April, and a stuffed brown bear named BB.

April 10

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

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play Presented by Forward Theater – 2:00 p.m.
This play was nominated for 2014 Drama League Best Play and is the New York Times’ “Critics Pick” of 2013. In this “imaginative dark comedy,” which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, everything is different—memory is currency, theater is social media—and a group of survivors is set to explore it. Tickets are $20 to $45. ($)

April 15–17, 2016

April 15

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

Wisconsin Film Festival
Presented by the University of Wisconsin Arts Institute, the 17th 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. ($)

Engineering Expo at UW–Madison – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join the College of Engineering for its annual Engineering Expo. This two-day event is run by students and brings thousands of visitors to campus every year. Fortune 500 industry leaders, engineering student organizations, and individuals with engineering projects and ideas participate in this event. ($)

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

UW Varsity Band Concert – 7:30 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 at the Kohl Center. The concert is held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. ($)

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play Presented by Forward Theater – 7:30 p.m.
This play was nominated for 2014 Drama League Best Play and is the New York Times’ “Critics Pick” of 2013. In this “imaginative dark comedy,” which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, everything is different—memory is currency, theater is social media—and a group of survivors is set to explore it. Tickets are $20 to $45. ($)

April 16

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

Farmers’ Market on Capitol Square – 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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. (FREE)

Engineering Expo at UW–Madison – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join the College of Engineering for its annual Engineering Expo. This two-day event is run by students and brings thousands of visitors to campus every year. Fortune 500 industry leaders, engineering student organizations, and individuals with engineering projects and ideas participate in this event. ($)

Kids in the Rotunda – Performances 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)

Limanya – This weekend’s Kids in the Rotunda features energetic entertainment with a drum and dance ensemble. This interactive and educational performance will showcase African tradition, celebration, and culture.

UW Varsity Band Concert – 7:30 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 at the Kohl Center. The concert is held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. ($)

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play Presented by Forward Theater – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This play was nominated for 2014 Drama League Best Play and is the New York Times’ “Critics Pick” of 2013. In this “imaginative dark comedy,” which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, everything is different—memory is currency, theater is social media—and a group of survivors is set to explore it. Tickets are $20 to $45. ($)

April 17

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

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

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play Presented by Forward Theater – 2 p.m.
This play was nominated for 2014 Drama League Best Play and is the New York Times’ “Critics Pick” of 2013. In this “imaginative dark comedy,” which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, everything is different—memory is currency, theater is social media—and a group of survivors is set to explore it. Tickets are $20 to $45. ($)

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey – 3 p.m.
Enjoy a performance at Capitol Theater with Marvin the mouse. Join this little guy as he falls in love with science books and a world of fantasy after being bullied by the “cool” rats. His space adventure is something you do not want to miss. Tickets are $20 to $30. ($)

April 22–24, 2016

April 22

Art Glass and Bead Show at the Alliant Energy Center
Take part in classes or visit the sales floor at the 2016 Art Glass and Bead Show. Passes are $7 to $11. ($)

Women’s Tennis vs. Rutgers – 4 p.m.
Watch the Badger women’s tennis team take on the Scarlet Knights at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. (FREE)

Softball vs. University of Illinois – 4 p.m.
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Fighting Illini at Goodman Diamond. ($)

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play Presented by Forward Theater – 7:30 p.m.
This play was nominated for 2014 Drama League Best Play and is the New York Times’ “Critics Pick” of 2013. In this “imaginative dark comedy,” which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, everything is different—memory is currency, theater is social media—and a group of survivors is set to explore it. Tickets are $20 to $45. ($)

April 23

Art Glass and Bead Show at the Alliant Energy Center
Take part in classes or visit the sales floor at the 2016 Art Glass and Bead Show. Passes are $7 to $11. ($)

Farmers’ Market on Capitol Square – 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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. (FREE)

Kids in the Rotunda – Performances 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)

Magic of Isaiah – For this weekend’s Kids in the Rotunda, stop by this comedy and “environmental magic” show for laughs and learning in celebration of Earth Day. This show will engage the audience and teach everyone about the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Softball vs. University of Illinois – 1 p.m.
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Fighting Illini at Goodman Diamond. ($)

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play Presented by Forward Theater – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This play was nominated for 2014 Drama League Best Play and is the New York Times’ “Critics Pick” of 2013. In this “imaginative dark comedy,” which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, everything is different—memory is currency, theater is social media—and a group of survivors is set to explore it. Tickets are $20 to $45. ($)

Mad Rollin’ Dolls Roller Derby at the Alliant Energy Center – Bouts begin at 6 p.m.
Witness and cheer on four incredible teams as adrenaline and estrogen come together in this full-contact roller derby. ($)

April 24

Art Glass and Bead Show at the Alliant Energy Center
Take part in classes or visit the sales floor at the 2016 Art Glass and Bead Show. Passes are $7 to $11. ($)

Women’s Tennis vs. University of Maryland – 10 a.m.
Watch the Badger women’s tennis team take on the Terrapins at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. (FREE)

Softball vs. University of Illinois – 1 p.m.
Watch the women’s softball team take on the Fighting Illini at Goodman Diamond. ($)

David Sedaris: Celebrating the Paperback Release of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls at Overture Hall – 3 p.m.
Come to witness David Sedaris’ wit, humor, and talent as he talks about his publication Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Tickets are $35 to $65. ($)

Hilary Hahn – 7:30 p.m.
Two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn visits Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater) to put on a memorable performance. Tickets are $50.50. ($)

April 29–May 1, 2016

April 29

The Jones Family Singers at Shannon Hall – 8 p.m.
These five sisters, two brothers, and father bring their talent for gospel music to Madison. Their music has been acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal and the Austin Chronicle. Tickets are $25. ($)

April 30

Crazylegs Classic 8K Run/2 Mile Walk
Conceived in 1981 by a few Badger loyalists, and named after former Wisconsin Athletics 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. Registration required to participate. ($)

Farmers’ Market on Capitol Square– 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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. (FREE)

Kids in the Rotunda – Performances 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)

Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats – For this weekend’s Kids in the Rotunda, stop by to hear some acoustic rock and folk-pop tunes by Chicago-native Laura Doherty and The Heartbeats. Her puppet friends, Jazzasaurus, Pinky the Fish, and Domingo the Flamingo will be there, too.

Activities

Bike ride with your student Check your welcome bag for a free 24-hour B-card. Madison B-cycle wants you to enjoy its bike-share program with your student. Activate your free card in advance, and then 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. (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, and 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 made out of the old basketball court salvaged from the Kohl Center. Open Friday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight, and 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.–midnight, and 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 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 12–5 p.m., Friday from 12–8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., and Sunday from 12–5 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, 12–4 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

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 2016.

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. 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, 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

The Fluno Center
601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715
Phone 877-773-5866 | Online reservations

North Central Group
The North Central Group offers discounted accommodations for your Badger Family Spring Visit. To make reservations at any of its Madison area hotels, contact the hotel directly and mention the UW Parents Rate.
info@ncghotels.com | Phone 608-836-6060

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 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: 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 DistrictThe University Book Store, and the Wisconsin Union.

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