Bringing joyful learning to families:
The third-annual learning festival returns to southern Wisconsin April 21-29, opening moments of curiosity, wonder, and joyful discovery for children, parents, caregivers, and educators.
Returning for its third year, the Remake Learning Days Family Festival takes place a locations across southcentral Wisconsin from April 21-29, 2023. The event is paralleled by regional Remake Learning Days festivals happening across 15 regions across the United States and spanning the globe, with three international locations in Uruguay, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The majority of events are free to youth and families.
Locally, over three dozen organizations throughout southcentral Wisconsin, including museums, libraries, schools, afterschool programs and community organizations, are collaborating to propel learning through an engaging itinerary created by organizations across the region, inviting families to:
- Enjoy two community-wide Festival Kick-Off events to preview and celebrate the joyful learning and fun that Remake Learning Days has in store:
- Friday April 21 – Free family fun night & kick-off party at the Madison Children’s Museum “Wonderground” featuring live music, dancing dinos and hands-on activities from nearby youth organizations; and
- Saturday, April 22 – Family Day Festival Kick Off at the Beloit Public Library featuring hands-on activities, Zeke the support dog, live music, info fair and a free community lunch, along with library festivities.
- Celebrate the importance of authors and stories about children of color as they browse books, meet authors, and celebrate stories at The Black Child Book Fair
- Enlarge the small, the tiny, and the microscopic universes that are all around us through hands-on experience using digital microscopes to enlarge everything from rocks to butterfly wings with Welty Environmental Center
- Give voice to the music of our moments with The Lullaby Project, which pairs new parents with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development and strengthening the bond between parent and child
- Inspire their daughters to consider coding with WIT4Girls Adafruit program, which is designed to excite, inspire and engage young women with technology
- Trace the architecture of our area through 2D and 3D activities at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
- and so much more!
Click here for a full list of 125+ events and offerings that are part of the Badgerland Festival.
In Wisconsin, Remake Learning Days organizers invite children and their families to make space for wonder that unlocks worlds of knowledge and fun through dynamic learning experiences.
“Remake Learning Days supports parents and caregivers in the vital work they are doing to guide and grow with their children,” says WI Festival Coordinator, Kathe Crowley Conn. “These events connect them to fresh experiences and exciting resources right in the community.
“We have seen overwhelming responses to Remake Learning Days from children, parents, grandparents, and educators. I believe that our events resonate because they expand opportunities for curiosity and connection for families as they discover new things together,” shares Dorie Taylor, Producer of Remake Learning Days Festivals nationally and across the globe.
Since its origins in southwest Pennsylvania in 2016, Remake Learning Days has become an unparalleled open house of learning, leading the way in collaborative instruction. The festival has hosted more than 3,700 events across the U.S. for pre-K through high-school learners at libraries, schools, tech centers, museums, play spaces, community centers, and more, reaching over 175,000 families.
Support for Wisconsin’s Remake Learning Days Festival is provided by The Kohler Foundation, American Girl Fund for Children, Office Evolution: Madison Arboretum and other local supporters. Official media sponsor is WKOW-TV 27. For more information, visit remakelearningdays.org/badgerland
Remake Learning Days is generously funded by The Grable Foundation, led by Remake Learning and supported by partners PBS Kids, Common Sense Media and Learning Heroes along with 15 lead regional organizations. For more information, visit remakelearningdays.org
About Remake Learning Days: Badgerland (Regional Lead Consortium)
Wisconsin’s “Remake Learning Days: Badgerland” festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by WeThinkBig LLC, Create Wisconsin, Madison Community Foundation and over a dozen regional education and community leaders. Sponsors include American Girl Fund for Children, The Kohler Foundation, WKOW-TV, Office Evolution-Madison Arboretum and local businesses.
About Remake Learning (Global and National Lead Organization)
Remake Learning is a free, peer network for educators and innovators that originated in Pittsburgh and now extends worldwide. The network helps connect people, projects, and organizations, making it easier for them to share best practices, collaborate on new ideas, and find funding and professional learning. In 2022, Remake Learning celebrated its 15th anniversary with members and friends from across the region, country, and world. Learn more at remakelearning.org.
About Grable Foundation (Global and National Festival Sponsor)
The Grable Foundation is guided by its mission to help children and youth become independent, caring, contributing members of society by supporting programs critical to children’s successful development. Learn more at grable.org.