MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation

MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation


Paper mosaics project
Posting for Saturday Aug 15 2020

Aug 11 2020
Tenney Park Locks
Photo of the pier after the sunset
Taken from a MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation pontoon boat
Aug 11 2020
Sunburst at the Tenney Park Locks
I shot this from a MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation pontoon boat that I was on, as we were coming into the locks

Shot with a Canon EOS 80D and Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens
On the evening of August 11th 2020, I went out onto Lake Mendota via the pontoon boat operated by the MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation. This is a shot of Picnic Point (post sunset). The skies were gorgeous.

Shot with a Canon EOS 80D and Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens
Another shot of August 11th 2020 on Lake Mendota on the MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation pontoon boat, post sunset

Shot with a Canon EOS 80D and Canon EF-S 10-18mm
1st Quarantine 19 Challenge participant has crossed the finish line with walking and biking over the last 3 days. Way to go, Wendy Murkve!

There's still time to register and participate.
Do you have any information about summer programming? If not, do you know when you will?
Quarantine week #3!! Keeping the routine going... won't you join me?! :) In partnership with MSCR I'm offering these classes for free!

Tomorrow's lineup:

8:30am Strength Training (55 mins)

9:30am Zumba® (I think I finally got the sound working... yay :) ) (55 mins)

10:30am Basic Corrective Stretching (20-30 mins)

Register here if you haven't already!
Will the fitness classes starting in April be postponed because of the virus ? Thanks!
Who do must of the classes start at 330 when kids do not get out until 3:40 now?
I have to say trying to register for MSCR swimming classes is one of the most frustrating experiences I have to deal with 3 times a year.

MSCR is Madison's public recreation provider offering a variety of programs - afterschool, arts, enr MSCR is the public recreation provider for the Madison, WI community, offering a wide range of recreation programs and services for all ages.

Operating as usual

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 12/02/2022

MSCR Afterschool is keeping youth engaged at Jefferson Middle School!

Thanks to these leaders:
Latino Student Union & Black Student Union Leaders Mrs. Solange Rodriguez, Mr. LaMark Shackelford (aka Mr. Shack) pose with Ms. Issis Hardy, MSCR & Site Director.
MSCR Jefferson Volleyball Team Coaches Mr. Harmon and Mr. Krismer teach skills and teamwork!


Basketball and volleyball registrations are closing soon, there are limited spots remaining! Winter Basketball closes tomorrow and Winter Volleyball closes on 12/9. Sign up now!


In this workshop we will share and discuss techniques that have worked for happy families😊 The format is laid back and child-friendly and includes activities for parents/guardians and children like creating a project such as a “happiness list or collage” out of words and drawing and pictures to remind ourselves of what makes us happy. Leave with new tools to try out at home.
Sign up ->


Each year MSCR hosts an annual pottery sale. The Pottery Sale showcases over 500 pieces of work from MSCR instructors, pottery students and local ceramic artists.

Unfortunately, due to limited building space and operations costs we can not hold the 2023 Pottery Sale.

We know how important this sale is to the community. The pottery sale is an important fundraiser for our program and something we all look forward to each year to come together as an artist community. As disappointing as it is to not have this year's sale, we look forward to our 2023 event when we can host it in our new location, which can offer a larger space to sell artwork and more parking for our customers.


On Giving Tuesday, we are grateful for your ongoing support and belief in MSCR’s mission of making recreation accessible to all.

We are nearing our annual goal of $22,000 for the online auction - please help us reach this goal today! Your support has helped fund initiatives including winter outdoor clothing for the Allis Elementary Afterschool program, cooking club supplies for Whitehorse Middle Afterschool, production support for the Toki Middle Afterschool Drama Club equipment for the East High School Afterschool Soulful Productions, bright signage for the Meadowood Neighborhood Center, a new beauty club at O’Keeffe Afterschool, tot dock for Lapham Pool and sunshades for the pontoon boats.
Donate today!
Thank you for supporting public recreation!


Fit for the Holidays starts this Thursday, December 1! Get a jump on New Year's Resolutions with 4 weeks of unlimited virtual fitness courses! There are a variety of classes from arms and abs, pilates, yoga, total body fitness and much more.

Take a peek at the schedule:

Sign up today!


Sorry, Lap Swim is cancelled tonight at West High School.

Online Services 11/28/2022

Online Services

The Chicago shopping trip is coming up this Saturday! You can still sign up through Wednesday 11/30. Take a comfortable motorcoach bus down to Illinois to shop on Michigan Avenue, see the sights in Chicago and explore the big city. Bus departs from LaFollette High School on Saturday morning and returns in the evening.

Sign up at

Online Services

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 11/28/2022

Help us support and ignite a love for reading! We’re hosting a donation station at MSCR Odana and MSCR East for Madison Reading Project, Inc.! Drop off your new books for ages birth-teen now through December 10. If you need inspiration or want to know the most popular titles requested at MRP, here is the Community Book Drive Wishlist:
Thank you to all our customers who have donated books so far! Madison Reading Project supports MSCR Afterschool programs.


Galia is an instructor for virtual yoga at MSCR, including Fit for the Holidays. What Galia likes most about working with MSCR is the Madison community.

Join us for Fit for the Holidays and take part in unlimited virtual classes all of December. Learn more at

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 11/26/2022

Outdoor Fitness classes are wrapping up! This dedicated kickboxing group doesn't let the cold, wind or snow stop them! Our instructor Joanne uses the elements to create fun fitness challenges. Sledding is good for your core! ❄️🏆


This month we are honoring Native American Heritage Month. Our department aims to provide educational opportunities for our staff to learn about Native American history, culture, art and traditions and to better acknowledge the traditional Native inhabitants of lands where we live and work.


Jamie Adcock is an instructor for MSCR's Fit for the Holidays, Dec. 1-31, 2022.
"I love the variety of programming offered by MSCR throughout the community. I appreciate that each instructor is given permission to make the class their own. I enjoy sharing my strengths, learning from the variety of members I work with, and having the versatility to teach indoors, outdoor, and online."

Get Fit for the Holidays,

Watch Madison Art Cart on PBS Wisconsin 11/25/2022

Watch Madison Art Cart on PBS Wisconsin

We are so honored to have Art Cart be featured on tonight's episode of Wisconsin Life Watch at 7pm on PBS Wisconsin

Watch Madison Art Cart on PBS Wisconsin Join the Madison Art Cart while meeting creative artists and makers sharing their craft.


Happy Thanksgiving from MSCR! We are thankful for YOU and this incredible community that we get to be a part of. MSCR offices are closed today and tomorrow, Nov. 24-25, in observance of the holidays.


Each year, our staff donate so our families at the MSCR Allied Learning Center can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 11/24/2022

Youth practice their leaps and form while learning jazz dance. Check out dance at our new location at MSCR Central starting this January! We are excited to announce that the MSCR Dance Recital is returning! The spring dance recital will be March 25 at the Madison Youth Arts Center!


Starting your holiday shopping? Give a memorable experience with an MSCR gift card. The recipient can use it for any MSCR program-from swimming to kickboxing to pottery class, and anything in between! Purchase one online at


Thank you Madison community for supporting the Annual Friends of MSCR Auction! We raised nearly $22,000 which will be used for afterschool programs, equipment and new initiatives.

We are truly grateful for your support! Thank you!


Madison Art Cart episode preview | Wisconsin Life

We are so honored to have Art Cart be featured on this Thursday's episode of Wisconsin Life! Watch Thursday at 7pm on PBS Wisconsin!


Adult Volleyball Winter Leagues Registration is open! Get your team together fun some friendly competition.
Season starts the week of January 23.
Play 5 weeks of games followed by a week of final competition.


Diamond Washington has been named interim site director for the MSCR Afterschool program at Whitehorse Middle School. She has worked with MSCR for 6 years including 4 years at Sennett as a program leader and 1 year as assistant director. She is a full-time student at UW-Madison studying sociology.

Working for MSCR "has taught me a lot about myself and challenged me in many different ways to be understanding and to learn how to work with children. I have grown in patience and also in expanding my understanding of individuals' life experiences."


The Winter Spring 2023 Program Guide is here!
Registration begins Monday, December 5 at 12pm - this is a change.
Look for your guide in today's Wisconsin State Journal. If you are not a Sunday subscriber, check this week's mail.

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 11/20/2022

Youth soccer is on the move! The cold weather doesn't stop these kiddos from having a ball! ⚽🏃


The Annual Friends of MSCR Auction closes at 8pm today! Do you have all the items on your wish list? Don't miss out on supporting public recreation for all! bid now!

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 11/19/2022

MSCR Girls Inc visited Parks Alive events this summer all over the city! The supplies, all the way down to the tables, to provide interactive STEM activities to youth of all ages were provided by a Friends of MSCR grant.
Support unique opportunities like these and bid now on fabulous Friends of MSCR Auction items! Auction closes at 8pm today!

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 11/18/2022

The Friends of MSCR Auction closes today at 8pm! Bid now and support public recreation!
Friends of MSCR supports afterschool activities like the MSCR Purgolder Pride Soulful Productions Academy, an afterschool performing arts program. This club features Hmong dance, hip hop dance, Kpop dance, spoken word, rap, singing, playing instruments and a multicultural fashion show. Youth practice weekly and then go on a local tour.

With a Friends of MSCR grant, the club purchased speakers, a karaoke machine and cultural outfits for the Hmong dancers and the fashion show. The goal for youth to learn about performing arts and each other's culture


Mick TT Mac Ionnrachtaigh is a yoga instructor for MSCR's Fit for the Holidays, Dec. 1-31, 2022. "MSCR represents the full community to me. More than other organizations, which may reach a network, neighborhood, or niche, I see MSCR as being present to actively support, gather and engage the entirety of our community."
Learn more at


The Friends of MSCR 2022 Online Auction closes on Friday, November 18 at 8pm
Help us meet our goal! Funds support a variety of afterschool programs like this MSCR Akira Toki Middle School Afterschool Drama Club!
Bid now and support accessible public recreation!
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Thank you to our Friends of MSCR 2022 Online Auction Sponsors Greenleaf Media
The QTI Group and Stroud, Willink & Howard Criminal Defense Group
Bid now and support MSCR programs! Auction closes on Friday, November 18 at 8pm
Help us meet our goal!


Using your mouth as a drum set, you'll learn how to explore beyond boots and cats. Learn how to both physically make vocal percussion sounds as well as put your own beat together. No experience necessary! Whether accompanying, freestyling, or imitating beatboxing is a fun way to become your own instrument! Sign up at

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 11/17/2022

The Friends of MSCR Auction takes place through Friday, November 18 at 8 am. Proceeds support MSCR programs that offer affordable, accessible recreation - thanks to Friends of MSCR grant we piloted a new free painting class at a local community center.


Thank you to our Friends of MSCR Auction generous Recreation Enthusiast sponsor Isthmus!
The Auction runs through November 18 at 8pm. Support public recreation! Bid now!

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 11/16/2022

Travelin Tom’s Coffee truck treated the MSCR Elementary Team to free coffee this morning. What a great way to start this snowy day!

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 11/16/2022

Kuddos to our Elementary Afterschool and Youth Sports teams for launching an amazing youth football league! Hawthorne Elementary School, Lake View Elementary School Lincoln Elementary School Lindbergh Elementary School Mendota Community School and Orchard Ridge Elementary School Afterschool sites played their first official game! This league teaches skills, sportsmanship and is loaded with positive energy.🏈🏈
Free hot cocoa, enthusiastic fans and sunset created a memorable evening! 🏆 Congratulations to all the children!


Thank you to our Friends of MSCR Auction generous Recreation Enthusiast sponsor Slow Roll Cycles!
The Auction runs through November 18 at 8pm. Support public recreation!


Thank you to our Friends of MSCR Auction generous Recreation Enthusiast sponsor Isthmus!
The Auction runs through November 18 at 8pm. Support public recreation! Bid now!

Team building takes root in Madison School Forest 11/15/2022

Team building takes root in Madison School Forest

Thank you Wisconsin State Journal for featuring our Outdoors programs and the important teambuilding work we do.
This year, we've served more than 3,000 participants in the Outdoors Teambuilding program.

Team building takes root in Madison School Forest Students might see field trips as a chance to break out of regular school surroundings, but outings can take on greater meaning, especially on the heels of COVID-19 restrictions.


Thank you to Oak Park Place our Friends of MSCR Auction MSCR Community Believer Sponsor!

Photos from MSCR-Madison School & Community Recreation's post 11/14/2022

Our Outdoors Programs, Adapted Programs and Inclusion Services are collaborating on inclusive practices for participants with disabilities on the challenge course.
We have a new adapted climbing harness that allows people with limited mobility and core strength the opportunity to access parts of our challenge course. This harness will be available at our Adapted Climbing Clinics next spring! Look for details in the Winter & Spring 2023 Program Guide on November 20. We are excited to offer these accessible programs!

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Ukulele class recital! 🎼 Music makes a difference.
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MSCR Goodman Rotary 50+ Fitness Body Groove
For the first project at Creative You camp, students picked out leaves in nature to create vibrant paint stamps. 🎨🌿🍂
Mad City Sports Camp started off the week with soccer ⚽️🏃‍♂️ The kids & staff had lots of fun doing free kicks, world cu...
Perks of being an MSCR Camp Staff! Learning paddling 🛶and teambuilding techniques from our Outdoors staff so we are read...
This incredible program partners with Schwinn to help teach youth how to ride their bikes! Participants learn easy, hand...
Rec Professionals Lunch Break!We don't need spring weather to practice.
What an eggciting night the kids had at the flashlight egg hunt!
Please join MSCR in celebration of Black History Month! Black History Month is an opportunity for us to spotlight the im...




328 E Lakeside Street
Madison, WI

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 10pm

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