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Community Events and Outdoor Exploration

Playful Acorns loves to partner with nonprofits, community groups, businesses, parks, and more to share the benefits of spending time outdoors and connecting with other caregivers and kids. Here's a glimpse of some free, family-friendly events that we'll have a presence with throughout Dane County.

Playful Acorns provides activity guides curated from nature-based nonprofits, schools, and organizations that you can take outside to explore nearby parks and trails after visiting our Pop-Up Play Spaces! On occasion, our Pop-Up Play Cafe host sites will also serve as gathering spots for FREE Hike It Baby/We Are OutGrown walks, local library events, StoryWalks® and more. If you sign up for email updates, you'll also hear about other local events that focus on nature exploration, free play, process art, and family resources.

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FREE Community Events

  • Free Summer Solstice Gathering
    Free Summer Solstice Gathering
    Thu, Jun 20
    Pop's Knoll, Donald County Park
    Jun 20, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Pop's Knoll, Donald County Park, 1945 Highway 92, Mount Horeb, WI 53572
    Jun 20, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Pop's Knoll, Donald County Park, 1945 Highway 92, Mount Horeb, WI 53572
    Join Flicker Wild Church, Harmonious Journey, Playful Acorns, and more partners for a free summer solstice gathering at Donald County Park in Mount Horeb! Come at 5 p.m. for a sacred circle, wild wander, and more followed by a potluck that is a celebration of summertime and the earth in full bloom!
  • FREE Nature Wander, StoryWalk®, Monarchs and Milkweed
    FREE Nature Wander, StoryWalk®, Monarchs and Milkweed
    Mon, Jun 24
    Governor Taylor Nature Park
    Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Governor Taylor Nature Park, 224 W Oak St, Cottage Grove
    Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Governor Taylor Nature Park, 224 W Oak St, Cottage Grove
    Join local organizations for a nature wander, storytime, StoryWalk®, and an opportunity to meet a Monarch, make a seed ball, and get a milkweed plant in collaboration with Sprig Native Plant Nursery and the Village of Cottage Grove Library Programming!
  • (FREE) Play Group with 4-C: June 6th in Oregon
    (FREE) Play Group with 4-C: June 6th in Oregon
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Jun 06
    Oregon Public Library
    Jun 06, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Oregon Public Library, 200 N Alpine Pkwy, Oregon, WI 53575, USA
    Jun 06, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Oregon Public Library, 200 N Alpine Pkwy, Oregon, WI 53575, USA
    The Playful Acorns Play Group is a FREE offering in collaboration with Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C). Make new connections and enjoy coffee while your kids play and have a snack at this free play group.
  • FREE Nature Everywhere Day: Nature Wander, StoryWalk®, Monarchs and Milkweed
    FREE Nature Everywhere Day: Nature Wander, StoryWalk®, Monarchs and Milkweed
    Sat, Jun 01
    Olin Park Playground
    Jun 01, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Olin Park Playground, 1156 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI 53715, USA
    Jun 01, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Olin Park Playground, 1156 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI 53715, USA
    Join local organizations for a nature wander, StoryWalk®, and an opportunity to meet a Monarch and get a milkweed plant! There are several other free events happening throughout Dane County for Nature Everywhere Day!
  • (FREE) Winter Wonderland in Cross Plains
    (FREE) Winter Wonderland in Cross Plains
    Tue, Feb 20
    The Creekside Scoop
    Feb 20, 2024, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    The Creekside Scoop, 2020 Main St #4, Cross Plains, WI 53528, USA
    Feb 20, 2024, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    The Creekside Scoop, 2020 Main St #4, Cross Plains, WI 53528, USA
    Meet us at The Creekside Scoop for a FREE winter storytime and craft followed by a walk through Zander Park on Feb. 20th.
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