Madison families: The weather looks seasonally fantastic for this weekend, with temps predicted to be in the low to mid 80’s. As summer comes to a close, get out and enjoy the sun, warmth and perhaps a bit of sweet corn!
There are several festivals and events slated for this weekend should the weather cooperate!
- Party with the Stars – Star Gazing at UW Space Place on Friday, August 20th from 8 pm to 10 pm. Website description: “Join us at 8:00 pm for a short presentation describing interesting objects that are currently visible in the night sky. Following the program, refreshments will be served and we will set up telescopes on our rooftop deck (weather permitting). The program will take place, even if it is too cloudy to observe with the telescopes.”
- This weekend’s festival behemoth is surely the Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival held 8/19 – 8/22/10. The event has fun for the whole family including: a kiddie corner, live music, parade, bingo, and of course, all the sweet corn you can chomp down.
- On Saturday, 8/21, from 10 am to 10 pm, Warner Park will be hopping with the sounds from Africa Fest. Schedule of events.
- In the realm of odd, but free: On Friday, 8/20 is Dress like Genghis Day at HuHot Restaurant and receive a free grill meal. To get a jump-start on your costume, visit the website to download a Fu Manchu and goatee.
Specifically for the kids and their families:
- The Sassy Cow Creamery Ice Cream Social takes place on Saturday, 8/21 from Noon to 5 pm. Details.
- LAST CHANCE: WOLX has generously sponsored Free Circus Sundays for select Sundays in August, and this is the last Sunday for free tickets. Print your tickets and head to Circus World this Sunday, 8/22/10. Free admission to Circus World here.
- The UW-Space Place offers a one-hour Saturday Science workshop called “Sink, Float or Flink” on Saturday, August 21st at 10 a.m. According to the website: “What’s a flinker? Something that doesn’t sink or float – it flinks! See if you can make one.” For children aged 6-10. Free.
- At the UW-Arboretum enjoy a night walk called “Insect Serenade” on Saturday, August 21 from 8 pm – 9:30 pm. “The fields echo with the sounds of insects, including the snowy tree cricket. Learn how to tell the temperature from the timing of their calls.”
- Also at the UW-Arboretum on Sunday, 8/22, there is an Earth Partnership for Families event entitled, ” family walk called “Pollination, the Story of a Partnership” scheduled on Sunday, 8/22/10 from 12:30 to 4 pm. Website: “Experience the exciting world of pollination through educational activities. Create different types of pollinating mouth parts and experiment with these to see what types of flowers match the type of mouth. There will be a self-guided “flower find” and information on the latest research concerning native pollinators. A naturalist-led hike takes place 1:30-2:30 p.m.”
- At the new and improved Madison Children’s Museum there are a couple of interesting workshops this weekend. On Saturday, 8/21 from 10 am to 11 am, enjoy Chickens for Everyone on the Rooftop Ramble. On Sunday, 8/22 from 10 am to noon, enjoy Daily Life in 1838 in the Log Cabin. Registration phone number: 608.256.6445, ext. 550.
Happy Weekend, Madison!
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