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Madison Children’s Museum FREE Day!
Enjoy free admission to MCM next Saturday, September 28. We’re participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! Download your Free Museum Day Live! tickets at www.Smithsonian.com/museumday. Please note, one ticket is permitted per household, per email address and one ticket admits two people.
The Physics of Plasma!
12-2:30, Chamberlin Hall – 1150 University Ave. – Madison
Learn about plasmas—what they are, where they can be found and what can be done with them. Audience members will be entertained and amazed by fun, fast-paced demonstrations of various plasma devices, including plasma globes, a Van de Graaff generator, a Jacob’s ladder, a Tesla coil and two new musical Tesla coils!
The Scoop On Poop
9 – 5pm, Milwaukee Public Museum – 800 W. Wells St. – Milwaukee
The Scoop on Poop is a traveling exhibition based on the popular book by Dr. Wayne Lynch. With a tactful blend of good science and fun, the Scoop on Poop leads visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it. The Scoop on Poop features large colorful graphic panels, three-dimensional models and fun interactive components. Visitors are invited to listen in on an animal’s digestive system, learn the language of poop in countries around the world, examine fecal samples in a veterinarian’s lab, compete in dung beetle races, track wild animals by clues left in scat, see how long it takes an elephant to poop their body weight, improve their #2 IQ in stool school and meet a dinosaur dung detective. This event is $5 with regular museum admission.
UW Madison – Zoological Museum
10 – 4, L.E. Noland Zoology Building – 250 N. Mills St – MADISON
Tour the collections and see what happens behind the scenes in a working museum. Scheduled dermestarium tours will be offered.
UW Madison – Geology Museum
9 – 1pm, Geology Museum – 1215 W. Dayton St.
Explore the geology museum and take a peek into Wisconsin’s deep history! Touch rocks from a time when there were volcanoes in Wisconsin; see corals, jellyfish and other sea creatures that used to live and swim where we now walk; and stand under the tusks of a mastodon while imagining yourself in the Ice Age. Also on display at the museum are rocks and minerals that glow, a model of a Wisconsin cave, dinosaurs and meteorites. The mineral, rock and fossil collections have the power to educate and inspire visitors of all ages. Come see for yourself!
Toys R Us FUN
10-12 (noon). Girls (6+ please) have a FREE Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Making Event and from 12-2 they have a Build and Take Home FREE Lego Friends fram event! (for kids 5+). See more HERE
1-2pm, Madison Public Library – Hawthorne Branch – 2707 E. Washington Ave.
Have you ever met an owl face to face? What about a hawk? A falcon? Meet some of Wisconsin’s common but rarely encountered birds. Discover what a raptor is, hear stories about these amazing birds and learn what you can do to ensure they remain a significant part of the ecosystem.
Dig Into Dinosaurs
2-3:30pm, Madison Children’s Museum – 100 N. Hamilton St. – Madison
They’re big, they’re bold and they’re millions of years old. In this hands-on workshop, kids will learn all about the lifestyle and adaptations of dinosaurs, become junior paleontologists and recreate a fossil bed. Registration is required for this event, which is recommended for children ages 6-8. Call 608.256.6445 ext. 156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Festival events are free with paid museum admission.
Discovery Expo at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
10-2PM, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery – 330 N. Orchard St. – Madison
The Discovery Expo features more than 60 exploration stations over the four days of the festival, with new events each day. Launch a rocket, learn about polar ice, make a cell, see racing robots, clone a plant, create a tornado, pet a cockroach and more at this family-friendly event consisting of hands-on activities, exhibits, discussions and performances.
Cival War Weekend!
9 -7, Wade House Historic Site – W7965 State Highway 23 Greenbush, WI
Two full days of Civil War drama unfold in the largest Civil War reenactment and encampment in Wisconsin during the 23rd annual Civil War weekend. This year will continue to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with a reenactment of the September 1863 Battle of Chickamauga. Two authentic battles are re-enacted each day—a skirmish at 11 a.m. and a full-scale battle at 2 p.m. Watch the spectacle of hundreds of soldiers—cavalry, infantry and artillery—as they struggle across the field of conflict. Experience the 1860s clash of arms between North and South as Union and Confederate troops set up camp, conduct drills and offer a variety of demonstrations. Civilian and women’s issues, a medical field hospital and music of the Civil War era are presented interactively each day, and special hands-on experiences abound. Expanded food and beverage offerings and an extensive array of Civil War-related items are available for sale on site. Festival activities are free with paid museum admission.
Wisconsin Science Festival – Robotics!
10 – 2pm, Union South – 1308 W. Dayton St. Madison
Wisconsin Robotics is a student-run organization that competes in the annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) in Michigan and participates in outreach events with industry, hobbyists and younger students. The multidisciplinary group primarily consists of mechanical engineers, electrical and computer engineers and computer scientists. All of the robots used by the team are designed and constructed entirely by students on the team, including the software and embedded systems. The group’s mission is to give students hands-on experience working as a team to produce an autonomous robot from conception to production. The members, all undergraduates, are passionate about their work and dedicate large amounts of their free time on a weekly basis to the team.
Wisconsin Science Festival – Cranes and Culture Tour !
3-4 pm, International Crane Foundation – E11376 Shady Lane Rd. – Baraboo
For 40 years, the International Crane Foundation (ICF) has worked worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds and flyways on which they depend. Discover the 15 crane species of the world through personal stories, intriguing science and an engaging discussion. The Cranes and Culture tour will expand your cultural understanding of the Red-crowned Crane, Hooded Crane, White-naped Crane, Black-necked Crane, Siberian Crane, Brolga and Sarus Crane. ICF draws on the strong cultural connections we share with cranes to bring together people of diverse backgrounds for conservation action. Interpreters will share stories, songs, artwork, poetry and reverence for cranes. To save cranes, ICF is engaged in many of the challenges we face across the globe—finding sustainable pathways for water, land and energy development, securing biodiversity on agricultural lands, enabling communities to benefit in meaningful and lasting ways through conservation action, and adapting to new climate realities. Festival activities are free with paid ICF admission.
Wisconsin Science Festival – Cave Tour!
12:00 – 2:00, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery – 330 N. Orchard St. – Madison
Step into a 3-D world at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery CAVE! This fully immersive virtual reality environment uses 3-D images, surround sound and advanced tracking systems to allow attendees to fully connect to digital simulations and out-of-this-world landscapes. During a CAVE tour, guests will learn about the research being done by the Living Environments Laboratory and experience the state-of-the-art technology of the CAVE firsthand. Visitors to this CAVE, a nominal 10×10 foot cube with all six walls projecting a virtual reality image, wear 3-D glasses to view two virtual environments: a fully functional kitchen and an expansive galaxy map. Because of the popularity and limited space of the CAVE, online reservations for the tour are strongly recommended in advance.
Wisconsin Science Festival – Around the World and Thru Space and Time
10- 2, Geology Museum – 1215 W. Dayton St. – Madison
Volunteers will identify specimens and share how a trip to the geology museum can take you around the world and through space and time. See some special specimens and take a Geo Challenge to win a prize!
Wisconsin Science Festival – Adventures in the Nano Zone!
11-11:45, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery – 330 N. Orchard St. – Madison, WI
Enter the nano zone to discover what the big deal is with all this tiny stuff! Nanomaterials are 10,000 times smaller than the width of a hair, but they’re also 100 times larger than other chemicals like vinegar and aspirin. How is this possible? The unique properties of nanomaterials mean they can potentially revolutionize the way we humans power our civilization, ushering in an era of nano-enabled solar power and batteries. However, if we’re not careful, these wonderful materials could end up harming our environment. How can we design nanomaterials to maximize the good and minimize the bad? A group of scientists at the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology are out looking for answers!
Wisconsin Science Festival – Chemistry Fun!
Everyone loves Bassam Shakhashiri’s Science is Fun show! See him at the UW Chemistry Building on Saturday at 10am for some spectacular science fun! There will be glowing liquids, loud bangs, exploding balloons, and much more! All ages are welcome! #WiSciFest
Pop 3D Marcus Movies This weekend is Kung Fu Panda 2! 10AM, tickets are $3 and they have $2.50 Concessions
Most area parks and pools are open for the season!
Check out Beach info HERE
It’s Apple Season!
Go apple picking with the family….my favorite place is Zickert Orchard! 4509 Wisconsin 73 Deerfield, WI — that is where I got 100# of fruit for under $14 !!
Kids Bowl FREE (info HERE)
Visit the UW Geology Museum 1215 W. Dayton St., 262-2399, http://www.geologymuseum.org/ (Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.) —Besides its extensive mineral, rock and fossil collections behind glass, kids can touch rocks from a time when there were volcanoes in Wisconsin, see rocks and minerals that glow, and stand under huge mastodon tusks. Great for those like my daughter who want to be a Paleontologist!
TONS OF WI SCIENCE EVENTS TODAY TOO — just look HERE
This weekend is Kung Fu Panda 2! 11AM, tickets are $3 and they have $2.50 Concessions
Kids Bowl FREE Info HERE
The Memorial Union Terrace They always seem to have something fun going on there – music, Babcock ice cream, etc and there is no charge! Last time we went there were FREE crafts, a GIANT inflatable Bucky, Balloon animals and an outdoor brat stand (not FREE). Look for the big orange chair and turn it into a photo-op like we did with Miss Sarah and the peanut of Ashley from Coupons for Wisconsin already this summer! 🙂
The Vilas Zoo!
We are lucky enough to have a FREE Zoo that is open year round…check it out.