kristin chapman

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explore: madison children's museum

I am a big proponent of play and that children learn through play, more specifically unstructured play. So this summer while my family and I were traveling through Wisconsin we stopped in Madison and checked out the Madison Children’s Museum.

We all bolted in different directions upon entering, the possibilities that swarmed around us in this narrow building where endless. One of my favorites areas was the art studio. There were shelves of recycled materials, glue and scissors were kids could just freely make and be creative. There were also specific projects going on at other tables, as well as window painting and ongoing community projects like decorative bottle caps that were plastered onto the cement pillars in the art studio.

Across from the art studio was an incredible climbing structure that was constructed entirely of recycled/salvaged materials. And then of course who doesn't love a roof top garden. It was hard to believe you were on a roof with such lush green foliage and tall sunflowers that towered over winding paths. Of course no garden would be complete without chickens!

There was so much more the MCM had to offer and by far one of my favorite children’s museums. I appreciate there use of recycled materials throughout the building as well as outside the building. I found the museum to be inspiring and difficult to drag my kids out of after only 2 hours of play and exploring. But it was time for lunch and to get back on the road (sigh). Till next time, we plan to be back again! K