Wisconsin Youth Company's Celebrating Youth! and AFTER SCHOOL Spring Fairs are two of the company's main annual events, promoting and celebrating youth talent, positive development and achievements.  An exciting event new to our Dane region families is Madison's SummerPalooza-- an annual festival in June around the Capital square showcasing all there is to do in Madison's family-friendly downtown.

At Madison's Kids Expo event in March, which is open to the public, Celebrating Youth! showcases amazing youth performers on stage throughout the weekend.  During the month of April, we host regional AFTER SCHOOL Spring Fairs--in Madison for our Dane County locations, and in Waukesha for our Waukesha County locations. The fair is an opportunity for all the program staff, AFTER SCHOOL children and their families to gather and share a fun evening of activities and taking pride in the kids' artwork and projects on display, as well as performing on stage. Be sure to visit our Photo Gallery to see photo albums from Celebrating Youth! and the regional AFTER SCHOOL Spring Fairs!

Celebrating Youth! 

At this year's Madison’s annual Kids Expo, we enjoyed two days of exciting youth performances on the Celebrating Youth! stage--showcasing positive youth development. From Hip Hop to Irish stomp, these performances gave us an opportunity to let young people know how much we value their creativity and positive energy. Visit www.bravamagazine.com/MadisonKidsExpo.aspx to learn more about Kids Expo, they're exhibitors' who provided wonderful resources and information for families at the event, and fabulous performances on the Celebrating Youth! stage!  Check out photo galleries from 2015 Celebrating Youth! stage. For more information about performing or being a part of the Celebrating Youth! stage, please contact Executive Director Kay Stevens, kstevens@wisconsinyouthcompany.org or 608-210-1620.

Celebrating Youth! at Kids Expo: March 5-6, 2016
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Saturday, March 5, 2016 Sunday, March 6, 2016
10:15-10:45 a.m. | Folkorico Mexico De Carlos Y Sonia Avila 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Midwest Performing Arts
11-11:30 a.m. | Meenakshi Ganesan and Kalaanjali School of Indian Dance 11:25-11:55 a.m.|  Kicks Unlimited
11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | Declan Kileen Toomey 12:05-12:35 p.m. | Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers
12:25-12:45 p.m. | Russian Bells 12:45-1:15 p.m. | Mary's School of Dance
1-1:25 p.m. | Boliviamanta Dance, WI 1:18-1:33 p.m. | Yonim Israeli Troupe
1:45-2:25 p.m. | Kehl School of Dance 1:35-2:05 p.m. | ULDC Performance Team
2:40-3 p.m. | TBEY - Super Nova 2:15-2:50 p.m. | Ballet Folklorico Mexicano Zihua
3:20-3:50 p.m. | Emay Music 3:10-3:40 p.m. | Kanopy Dance Academy and Kanopy Company II


Each April we invite our AFTER SCHOOL families and staff to enjoy a regional AFTER SCHOOL Spring Fair. An evening of fun, food and celebration in Madison and Waukesha, the fair displays artwork and exhibits created by children at their AFTER SCHOOL programs, has a festival of music, drama and dance, and offers families a light dinner. Parents have a chance to win in the fundraising raffle and learn about Wisconsin Youth Company's summer programs, and visit with staff and friends. New this year, is the online auction, all proceeds directly benefit the WYC Scholarship Fund which provides short-term financial assistance to families experiencing financial difficulties. Below is information on how you can bid to win tickets to the Milwaukee Brewers, Discovery World and so much more!



Waukesha AFTER SCHOOL Spring Fair

Date & Time:  Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Location:  4-H Forum Building, Waukesha County Fair Grounds
Meal: TBD
Activities:  exhibit booths-- displaying children's artwork & other projects. Family fun-zone and interactive site challenges created by our AFTER SCHOOL kids. A WYC raffle to support our scholarship fund with fabulous prizes donated by local businesses.


Dane AFTER SCHOOL Spring Fair

Date & Time:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Location:  Alliant Energy Center, Hall B
Meal:  TBD
Activities:  exhibit booths-- displaying children's artwork & other projects. Family fun-- games and prizes, balloon animals, face painting & more!  AFTER SCHOOL children performances-- for the Festival of Music, Drama and Dance. A WYC raffle to support our scholarship fund with fabulous prizes donated by local businesses.


Summer Palooza


SummerPalooza is fun-filled festival kicking off summer and showcasing all there is to do in Madison’s family-friendly downtown. Designed to be a free annual event, including free admission to the Madison Children's Museum, exciting activities will vary year-to-year, establishing SummerPalooza as a must-attend family tradition. It is a signature celebration of community engagement in downtown Madison hosted by Rotary Club of Madison and Madison Children's Museum.

Event Details for 2015
Date:  Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a parade starting at noon 
Location:  Madison Children's Museum and parade around the Capitol Square
2015 SummerPalooza Event Details

Wisconsin Youth Company's AFTER SCHOOL and Summer Camp programs are taking part in the parade. We invite all our WYC families and staff to walk, bike, rollerblade, jump rope and/or enjoy the parade fun!  Meet our staff in the Children's Museum parking lot at 11:30 a.m., and look for our blue and green Wisconsin Youth Company banner.  We will have frisbees to hand out, hula hoops to swing and many other fun activities to show our community what it's like to be in our program.