4th Annual Natural Family Expo
Sunday March 13, 2016 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monona Terrace | 1 John Nolen Drive | Madison, Wisconsin
childrens' activities...main stage performances...wonderful family-friendly exhibitors
The Expo is a FREE Community Event - THANKS to our generous sponsors!
Complete the Scavenger Hunt! Visit All the Booths for a Stamp
Kids get treats! Get entered to win PRIZE PACKAGES!
We have SWAG BAGS - for the first few hundred families!
Would you like a fun family night out? We'll be giving out Madison Capitols Hockey Club tickets at the Expo - until they're gone! First come, first served. Limit 4 per family.
You'll find all sorts of fun activities at our exhibitor booths like pot throwing at
Fired Up Pottery
FREE Chair Massage
Inflatable Obstacle Course
Thanks to Fun Play Inflatables!
Main Stage Performances
ZooZort Live Animal Program
From bearded dragons to wallabies and everything in-between!
Day-long exhibit. Show at 1:45 p.m.
Donate to Carry the Future
Do you have a baby carrier you're not using anymore? Please consider donating it to Carry the Future - an organization that delivers baby carriers to refugees. You can bring your carrier to Happy Bambino's booth at the Expo.
Face Painting by Love Bug
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Why the 4th Annual Natural Family Expo is Going to Rock Your World
As organizers of the Natural Family Expo, our goal is to make the event better every year -- and we think 2016 is definitely going to be the best yet!
Accessibility is important to us. We want the Expo to be enjoyed by a broad range of area families. That’s one of the reasons we chose Monona Terrace for the venue. It’s an easy landmark and centrally located. It’s also on the bus lines and has plenty of nearby free parking on Sundays. This year we wanted to go further – to make the Expo truly accessible - we wanted the event to be free.
We worked extremely hard to find additional major sponsors for 2016. We’re thrilled to report that Summit Credit Union and Smart Motors joined the event’s other major sponsors: Willy Street Co-op, Blue River Chiropractic, Wildwood Family Clinics, and Happy Bambino. Thanks to all of these generous sponsors, there is NO fee to attend the 2016 Natural Family Expo – it is free and open to the community.
The 4th Annual Natural Family Expo opens its doors at 10am on Sunday March 13. Earlybirds will get the worm! Those arriving at 10 will be treated to a welcome performance from Drum Power’s drumming students and be first in line for swag bags.
The performances on our Main Stage kick off at 10:15 am when Cashel Dennehy Irish Dance performs and teaches a jig lesson! This year we tried to bring in a number of fresh new acts. So in addition to annual favorites – like Cashel Dennehy, Raizes do Brasil Capoeira, and Sparkle & Burn Hoop Dance – we’ve got comedy magician Nickey Fynn (runner up in the 2015 World Championships of Street Magic) and the (incomparable) Truly Remarkable Loon – juggler extraordinaire!
WORT 89.9 FM will be live recording its Pachyderm Parade radio show at the Natural Family Expo. During their show you’ll be treated to performances by Midnight Voices (an all girls all-star high school A Capella group) and Declan Killeen-Toomey, a 5-year old violin prodigy who - playing festive Irish tunes. If you want an encore, you can tune into to Pachyderm Parade that evening on WORT and hear the show that was recorded at the Expo!
The International Dance Showcase features three local high school dance groups: Nkauj Hmoob Madison Hmong Dance, Kioja Dance Team (step dances combining military drill & African Welly "gumboot" dances), and Hip Hop Movement. One of the area’s best hip hop dancers, Sage Kooy Buie will follow. Did you want a chance to dance? We thought so. The audience will get a chance to wrap the show.
A few other acts worth mentioning…The Babywearing Fashion show is back! This year’s fashion show is sponsored by Happy Bambino and organized/modeled by Babywearing International of Madison. Preview the latest greatest baby carriers and carries. Finally, Infinity Martial Arts’ showcase team seriously blew our minds – so much so that we pre-scheduled an encore performance at the Expo. We think you’ll be blown away too!
You could hang out by the Main Stage all day…BUT we wouldn’t want you to miss the other activities the Expo has to offer. The bouncy house and giant inflatable obstacle course are back (thanks to Fun Play Inflatables). Middleton Fire Department is bringing a FIRE TRUCK! If you’re in the market for an environmentally-friendlier car, check out what Smart Motors Toyota/Scion has on display! There will be face-painting, pottery wheels, glitter tattoos, a play area with Madison Children’s Museum, an all day animal exhibit from ZooZort Live Animal Programs. Parents – we know you’re working hard. Enjoy a FREE chair massage from Elements Massage. There’s also a Mama Rest Area for moms, tots and infants in need of a quiet moment.
Last (but definitely not least), we take great care to make sure the businesses and organizations exhibiting at the Natural Family Expo represent the best Madison has to offer. This year there are more than 90 area businesses and organizations represented. These are truly great local resources! One of our favorite attendee quotes over the years was, “Wow, I actually WANTED to talk to all the exhibitors.” We hope you agree and get around to all the booths!
You’ll want to pick up a Scavenger Hunt map when you arrive. Be sure to get a stamp at each of the participating booths. Turn in your completed map at the Hula Frog booth and your family will be automatically entered to win some seriously FABULOUS PRIZES worth over $1000. There’s a family four-pack of tickets to Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey on Sunday, April 17 at 3 pm at Overture Center, 2 care packages from Blue River Chiropractic a $350 value each; $65 gift card to Rockin' Jump; $250 to Madison Swim Academy that can be applied towards lessons, parties, camps, or merchandise; $50 gift card to Monroe Street Arts Center; 10-punch family pass to Swim West Swim School; free spring season for Soccer, Flag Football or T-Ball from i9 Sports $179 value, and more!
Monona Terrace concessions will be offering a special menu (no soda, no junk), or you can bring your own food to eat in our picnic area.