A Madison Summer: Preschool/Toddler Summer-to-Do List

Over the past few years a lot of my friends have taken to creating summer bucket lists for their families. I like the idea of crafting experiences and planning accordingly. I’m a fan of small but special outings because at ages four and two we deal with nap schedules, all the emotions, and the occasional mega meltdown.

Without further adieu, I present our family’s summer 2019 Madison preschool/toddler friendly bucket list. Our out of town summer bucket list is coming soon.

Farmers Market: This Thursday, May 23rd is the start of the 2019 Farmers Market season. Here’s why I love this stroller friendly activity every Thursday between the hours of 2:00 and 7:00:

  1. Pickle on a stick for 1.00. My girls LOVE this cheap and delicious treat. They’ll happily sit in the stroller for a promised pickle.

  2. Live music. Local musicians play during the market and seating is set up so customers can soak up the melodies. With tiny chairs for the littlest listeners, it’s easy to see why this area of the market often gets crowded.

  3. Dinner on-the-go. This is a tradition for my family. We grab dinner and stop at eat it at Dodge Field or find a quiet space in town for a picnic. It’s easy and save us clean up at home.

Madison Pool: I can’t rave about our pool enough. I’m lucky enough that I get to live in the kiddie area this summer. While the hours aren’t posted yet, I like this section of the pool because it opens early, is fenced in, and gives me someplace to go in the morning. Save-the-date for the following:

  1. Family Fun Day is 7/21.

  2. Moonlight swims are 6/28, 7/26, and 8/9.

Madison Library: The library is one of my favorite places in town. From story hours to special programs, there are a wide variety of opportunities to escape to and get lost. Whether’s it’s an exceptionally warm day or rainy day, I like to wander in and enjoy the experience with my girls.

  1. The Summer Reading Program is exceptionally fun. The kick-off begins at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24th and the magic show is at 5:00 p.m.

  2. Events like Nina Music on July 18th are perfect for the age ranges of 0-5.

Summerhill Park: There are new trails at Summerhill Park and we’re all quite excited about it. Grab your stroller and set out for an adventure.

Madison Kindness Garden: This project gives me endless joy and inspiration. My girls are craving crafts and now we get to do good and feel good by participating in this community initiative. We’re all excited to paint something that sparks happiness for others and to see kindness in action.

Ice Cream: What’s a summer bucket list without ice cream? Whether it’s McCools, Carvel, or Main Freeze I hope your cones are plentiful and extra tasty.

Try one new place in town. We’re determined to find a new place. Whether it’s food, shopping, or experience based, we’re on the hunt to burst upon a business.

Downtown Concert Series: Free Friday concerts are my favorite. My girls think it’s extra special that certain streets are shut down and they’re all in favor of a good dance party.

None of these items are over-the-top but my kiddos look forward to them. From simple walks to big splashes at the pool, local fun is plentiful and memorable. Wishing you and yours endless sunshine, s'mores, and silliness.

P.S. When bored you can find me in my backyard praising the genius who invented these.