University of Wisconsin–Madison

Social Events and Activities

Evening Social Activities

Pre-conference Happy Hour (no sign-up required)

Wednesday, March 27 5:00-6:30 PM | Camp Trippalindee, 601 Langdon Street (top floor of Graduate Hotel)

Join us on Wednesday evening for an informal social! Look for the Bucky Badger banner to find other Power Up attendees. Food and beverages are at your own expense.

Conference Reception (no sign-up required)

Thursday, March 28 4:45 – 6:00 PM | Madison Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin St. The reception will be on the third floor.

You are invited to a reception at Madison Public Library, which will be hosting the The Wonder of Learning – The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit during the dates of the conference. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Admittance to the reception is included with your conference registration. Attendees will also have a chance to visit the children’s department and the Bubbler makerspace.


Other Social Opportunities


Please sign up here if you’re interested in meeting others at your hotel lobby for group walking or running on Thursday and/or Friday morning.

There are several walking/running routes in the downtown Madison area. Suggested routes are linked in the sign-up form.

Yoga Fun

Please sign up here if you’re interested in participating in Friday morning slow flow yoga (7-8:00 AM). Participation is limited to 25. This is a chair and standing practice, so no mat is needed. Location will be at the Pyle Center, room 327. The instructor for this yoga class is Clare Norelle.

Group Dining

Please sign up here if you’d like to meet with other conference attendees at nearby restaurants on Thursday evening.

Meet a group of 4-6 at a restaurant within walking distance of the conference center and hotels. There are several options near the conference reception as well.

Reservations are not being made by the conference. Individuals are responsible for meal costs.

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Tours

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) is a unique examination, study and research library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The CCBC’s noncirculating collections include current, retrospective and historical books published for children and young adults.

The CCBC Website

Cooperative Children’s Book Center | 225 N. Mills Street, room 401 (fourth floor, Teacher Education Building) | ph. 608-263-3720

The CCBC library is open for tours on Friday, March 29 after the conference concludes. Tour groups are limited to 20 people, and there are four 30 minute time slots available. Tour participation is free. Click here to sign up.