Join us on a Day Trip to Sun Prairie: Explore Children’s Museum & The Sassy Cow Creamery

Globe at Sun Prairie Childrens Museum

Are you in need of a new destination for your family’s next day trip? Look no further! The brand new Explore Children’s Museum & The Sassy Cow Creamery in the Sun Prairie, Wisconsin area are just what your family needs for a day of learning, fun, and delicious Wisconsin fare. We’ve gathered all the details for you to make your trip a success!

Care Repair Area at Sun Prairie Childrens MuseumExplore Children’s Museum, Sun Prairie

Plan Your Visit: Explore Children’s Museum

Explore Children’s Museum
1433 W Main St, Sun Prairie, WI

Hours of Play: Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Monday 9 am – 4 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 12 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm
Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
Friday 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

Admission: $8/person for every visitor over 12 months old. They do have an Access program that provides discounted or free admission and/or memberships to individuals facing financial hardship. 

Things to Know Before You Go

Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network: They plan to join the Network in January of 2023 when they ‘officially’ open.
Parking: You can park right out front in their parking lot.
Coats/Belongings: There are ample coat hooks for visitors in the vestibule before you enter the museum. 
Strollers: The museum is one level and very stroller friendly.

Exhibits: There is truly something for every little explorer at this children’s museum. From Lego brick building, to arts & crafts creativity, to an area for tots, to a giant train table, to a large sand area, to a slide & imaginative play kitchen, to vehicle repair, your kiddos will certainly find plenty to do and to learn while playing here!

Highlights: Our kids absolutely loved bringing their safari animals to animated life in the arts & crafts area. Oil and tire changes in the auto zone were also a big hit. Also, be sure to hop into the hot air balloon and catch some scarves in the entry area.

Plan Your Visit: Sassy Cow Creamery Store

If you spend your morning at Explore Children’s Museum and are looking to continue the fun while grabbing a local bite to eat, then you have to swing by the Sassy Cow Creamery Store in Columbus! Conveniently located along the way as you head back out of town toward Northeast Wisconsin, you won’t want to miss all of the dairy excitement here before you leave!

Sassy Cow Creamery Store
W4192 Bristol St, Columbus, WI
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday 8 am – 7 pm
Sunday 9 am – 7 pm

Eats & Treats: Dairy is the name of the game! Try one of their traditional or signature grilled cheese sandwiches. This is also a great place for a delicious scoop (or two!) of their very own Sassy Cow premium ice cream. Seriously, you will easily become addicted to these mouth-watering flavors. Our kid favorite is Cookie Monster: blue moon ice cream with Oreos and cookie dough! You simply can’t go wrong.

Store: Shop a variety of Sassy Cow products, such as milk and ice cream, along with many other dairy and other goodies. All of the milk for the Sassy Cow Creamery comes from two surrounding farms owned and operated by the Bearwolf brothers. You can also catch a peek at the milk bottling process toward the back of the store!

Summer Farm Tours: Beginning in June 2022, you and your family can learn all about the creamery operations here on a farm tour! Tours run from June through August on Thursday & Friday from 10 am – 4 pm and every other Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. Tours need to be booked online and are limited to a size of 15 people. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes and includes a pint of milk.

Tour Cost: $5 for kids (ages 5-17)
$8 for adults
FREE for kids under 5

Outdoor Play Area & Barnyard Animals: The fun doesn’t just end indoors! Stop outside to visit some of the irresistibly cute calves and baby goats while you’re here! The kids will love trying their chances at the pedal tractors, and there is even a fun little playground structure. This is a great stop to burn off some steam before hitting the road for the drive home!

Other Madison-area Fun

Madison State CapitalWisconsin State Capitol Building, Downtown Madison

Are you looking to spend a little more time in the area? Check out the Madison Children’s Museum and our guide for Essential Downtown Madison with Children to build your itinerary!

Art Canvases at Sun Prairie Childrens MuseumExplore Children’s Museum, Sun Prairie 

Zen Den: Does your little one get overstimulated in busy places? Not to worry! The team at Explore definitely has kids’ sensory needs in mind. Feel free to use the Zen Den when it isn’t already occupied. This room is dim and filled with toys and tools to help soothe any child who needs a break.

Zen Den at Sun Prairie Childrens MuseumZen Den, Explore Children’s Museum

Food: They are allowing families to snack in the party room to the back on the building when it isn’t occupied.

Hot Air Balloon at Sun Prairie Childrens Museum

Nearby Coffee

Beans n Cream Bakehouse, 1120 W Main St Suite 2101
Stop in for your favorite coffee drink, a killer cinnamon roll & smoothies for the kids before you visit the museum!

Plan Your Visit: Sassy Cow Creamery Store

If you spend your morning at Explore Children’s Museum and are looking to continue the fun while grabbing a local bite to eat, then you have to swing by the Sassy Cow Creamery Store in Columbus! Conveniently located along the way as you head back out of town toward Northeast Wisconsin, you won’t want to miss all of the dairy excitement here before you leave!

Sassy Cow Creamery Store
W4192 Bristol St, Columbus, WI
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday 8 am – 7 pm
Sunday 9 am – 7 pm

Eats & Treats: Dairy is the name of the game! Try one of their traditional or signature grilled cheese sandwiches. This is also a great place for a delicious scoop (or two!) of their very own Sassy Cow premium ice cream. Seriously, you will easily become addicted to these mouth-watering flavors. Our kid favorite is Cookie Monster: blue moon ice cream with Oreos and cookie dough! You simply can’t go wrong.

Store: Shop a variety of Sassy Cow products, such as milk and ice cream, along with many other dairy and other goodies. All of the milk for the Sassy Cow Creamery comes from two surrounding farms owned and operated by the Bearwolf brothers. You can also catch a peek at the milk bottling process toward the back of the store!

Summer Farm Tours: Beginning in June 2022, you and your family can learn all about the creamery operations here on a farm tour! Tours run from June through August on Thursday & Friday from 10 am – 4 pm and every other Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. Tours need to be booked online and are limited to a size of 15 people. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes and includes a pint of milk.

Tour Cost: $5 for kids (ages 5-17)
$8 for adults
FREE for kids under 5

Outdoor Play Area & Barnyard Animals: The fun doesn’t just end indoors! Stop outside to visit some of the irresistibly cute calves and baby goats while you’re here! The kids will love trying their chances at the pedal tractors, and there is even a fun little playground structure. This is a great stop to burn off some steam before hitting the road for the drive home!

Other Madison-area Fun

Madison State CapitalWisconsin State Capitol Building, Downtown Madison

Are you looking to spend a little more time in the area? Check out the Madison Children’s Museum and our guide for Essential Downtown Madison with Children to build your itinerary!

Art Canvases at Sun Prairie Childrens MuseumExplore Children’s Museum, Sun Prairie 

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