Upcoming Events

Upcoming SPECIAL events:

Splash Pad Grand Opening


GCC kids can't wait for the splash pad to open!
Sunday, May 31 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. 

The grand opening festivities will begin Sunday, May 31 at noon with a short presentation and ribbon cutting. Please join us to thank the good folks at the Goodman Foundation for this incredible gift. If it rains, we'll hold the opening the following Sunday, June 7. Watch our website or Facebook page if weather looks iffy.

Doug Moe, author of the recently published book, "Good Men, The Lives and Philanthropy of Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman," will be there to share just a few good stories about these beloved brothers who gave -- and continue to give -- so much to Madison. They loved healthy living, sports, children and their families. The only thing that would make this opening better would be if they could join us. They would find pure joy in watching children playing in the water, giggling and enjoying healthy fun.

We will be serving Schoep's Ice Cream and Oscar Meyer hot dogs to the first 250 people that show up. We will also be offering bubble games and chalk drawing space to children.

Hours and other good things to know

  • Open every day 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weather permitting. Hours are subject to change. If weather looks iffy, or you just want to be sure it's open before packing up the kids, you are welcome to call our front desk at 241-1574.
  • No lifeguards on duty. Children are encouraged to have adult supervision at all times. Goodman childcare programs will be using the splash pad occasionally, too. Goodman staff cannot be responsible for unattended children.
  • We will be selling Goodman sunscreen and towels for a modest price.

Picnic tables needed

We're looking for a few well-made wood picnic tables, including a kid-size table or two to have near the splash pad. If you have one you could donate, please email David Fisher at david@goodmancenter.org. If you're able to email a photo of any table you're offering to donate, that would be super helpful.

Concession stand coming

Healthy snacks and juices will be for sale in a concession area next to the splash pad from June 1 through Labor Day. Granola bars, pita and veggie chips, cold juices are some of the treats that will be available. Our website will list the full menu and prices before the opening.

If you can't make the grand opening, plan to come soon. We hope this splash pad will be a well-used, joyful place for our community to come and cool off on a hot summer day.


Discovering Numbers in Nature: An MMSD Summer Enrichment Course

For the first time, MMSD is offering a summer enrichment course at the Goodman Community Center!

Do you like exploring? Do you like nature? Then this FREE class is for you! Taught by a state-certified teacher, this course will feature adventure-based, hands-on activities to explore the outdoors and discover numbers hidden in nature. Stay connected to nature and math this summer!
  • GRADES 3-5 Class from 8-9:18 a.m. & 10:43-noon
  • GRADES K-2: Class from 9:23-10:38 a.m.
Classes run from June 22 through July 31, 2015. Register online now!

Join our Drum Circle

1st and 3rd Sundays of each month

Stop by two Sundays each month for the Goodman Community Center's drum circle. Drum leader Elmore Lawson welcomes people of all ages and abilities. Feel free to bring your own drum or percussive instrument...or use ours!



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