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People are embracing their freedom in record numbers this summer ­– especially the ones outdoors.  And even with school looming on the September horizon, there’s plenty of summer left – ­and lots for families to do in the Madison area in August.

Monarch at Olbrich GardensOf course, Madison is known for its fantastic (and free) Henry Vilas Zoo.  It’s a great place to take the kids – and the animals love the company as much as the kids enjoy watching them!  Olbrich Gardens is another year-round family favorite.  In the summer, the garden tour is free – and beautiful.  The UW Arboretum is another great spot to enjoy – and learn about – nature.

And the area is full of other places to go – for an hour or two or several days in a row!  Area farmers’ markets, public swimming pools, and splash pads are all perfect choices for this time of year.  Madison – and surrounding communities – have a wide variety of parks and playgrounds sure to keep the kids busy.  And if all else fails – or to top off the day – visit one of the many area ice cream shops.

Here are some other ideas

Pizza Nights on the Farm at Sprouting Acres (plus live music) Cambridge | Recurring 1st & 3rd Sunday until 10.17.21
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Fort Atkinson | Recurring until 9.5.21
Sunday Dinner Cruise North Madison | Recurring Sundays until 10.10.21
Hinchley’s Dairy Farm Tours Cambridge | Recurring daily until 8.9.23
2021 Art Cart Area Parks | Recurring Monday, Wednesday, Friday until 8.18.21
Guided Morning Nature Walk at Lake Farm County Park South Madison | Recurring Mondays until 8.23.21
Summer Concert Series at Olbrich Gardens East Madison | Recurring Tuesdays until August 17, 2021
Concerts in the Park Near West Madison | Recurring Thursdays until August 26, 2021
Madison Mallards Baseball North Madison | Recurring until 8.12.21 (8.20.21 including playoffs)
2021 Summer Music Series North Madison | Recurring Thursday & Saturday until 8.4.21
Music in the Lake East Madison | Recurring until 9.29.21
Sassy Cow Creamery Family Tours Columbus | Recurring until 8.28.21
Blooms & Butterflies at Schuster’s Farm Deerfield | Recurring Sunday, Friday & Saturday until 8.29.21
Madison Ghost Walk Downtown Madison | Recurring Friday & Saturday until 10.30.21
Dane Dances! Downtown Madison | Recurring Friday until 8.27.21
Kids Fishing Adventure – Catch a Good Time! South Madison | Recurring Friday until 8.13.21
A Walk on Madison’s Weird Side Downtown Madison | Recurring monthly until 10.23.21
Driftless Landscape Tour Spring Green | Recurring Saturday until 10.16.21
Summer Music Series 2021 – Live on the Lawn North Madison | Recurring Saturday until 8.21.21
Jazz at Five Fitchburg | Recurring Wednesday until 9.8.21
Mad Lit Event Series State Street/Campus Madison | Recurring every other Friday until 10.8.21
Forward Madison Soccer Near East Madison | Recurring until 10.30.21
Summer Concerts at Warner Park North Madison | Recurring Monday until 8.16.21
Hidden History of the Capitol Square Capitol/Downtown Madison | Tuesday 8.17.21 & 9.21.21
Agora Art Fair Fitchburg | Saturday 8.21.21
Cows on the Concourse Capitol/Downtown Madison | Saturday 8.21.21
Dane County Breakfast on the Farm Cambridge | Saturday 8.21.21
Family Day: A Self Guided Outdoor Event at Taliesin Spring Green | Sunday 8.22.21 & 10.17.21
Pawdicures Fundraiser East Madison | Recurring 4th Sunday until 11.28.21
Orton-Front Festival 2021 Near East | Thursday 8.26.21 – Sunday 8.29.21
Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Middleton | Friday 8.27.21 – Sunday 8.29.21

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