Neighborhood House Community Center

Madison's Oldest Community Center

Since 1916

29 South Mills Street | Madison, WI 53715 | MAP IT


Summer Camp

Summer Camp at Neighborhood House is an endless adventure for children ages 7-12. Whether your child loves running around at the park, expressing themselves artistically, or exploring the city of Madison, they will feel at home at our summer camp. Summer Camp stays fresh and exciting by introducing a new theme each week. This summer's themes include Express Yourself, Green Week, Amazing Animals, and more!

Neighborhood House prides itself on its long history of fostering cultural diversity and collaboration. This summer day camp involves a plethora of community partners who teach campers various subjects through guest visits, activities, and field trips. Last year, campers ventured to Camp Randall Stadium, Vilas Zoo, Vilas Beach, Veteran's Museum, State Capitol, Chazen and Madison Museum of Modern Art, the Physics Museum, and took many trips to the local libraries. Needless to say your children will be kept busy and entertained at the Neighborhood House Summer Camp. Your child’s summer will fly by in the best way possible!

While campers do spend a lot of time learning and exploring new subjects, they also get lots of time to enjoy the summer by playing games, running around, and being a kid! Every day the children gallivant at Klief Park--playing some of their favorite games including freeze tag, obstacle courses, relay races, and blob tag--in addition to daily free choice play, games, crafts, and weekly swimming lessons and open-swim at West High School led by MSCR.

To apply, please fill out the application and return in to Neighborhood House Community Center at 29 S. Mills St. or You can contact us with questions at 608-255-5337.

Camper Application 2017

Strong Bones: Fitness for Seniors

Strong Bones is an evidence-based fitness class for seniors proven to improve bone density and muscle strength, reduce falls, maintain healthy weight, and even improve mental health through low-impact strength-training. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:15-10:15 am and is led by a certified instructor. All exercises can be modified to suit any ability level. Join us in coming together as a community to improve health and wellbeing.

An informational meeting will be held at Neighborhood House on January 12 at 9:15 am. Classes begin on February 7 and end on May 4. There is a $30 suggested donation for all 12 weeks.

Collegiate Mentoring Program

Are you a parent looking for a way to get your kids excited about college? Are you a college student looking for a way to impact the community? You've come to the right place! We are currently looking for mentors and mentees for Spring 2017.

The Collegiate Mentoring Program pairs a local youth age 7-18 with a college student. The mentoring pair will meet for one hour twice a week throughout the academic year. Half of that time will be spent doing homework and building academics, and the other half of the time will be spent building a positive relationship. Together, the mentor and mentee will work on the youth's homework, bake treats, discuss life, play games, make art, and walk to nearby Madison attractions including parks, the zoo, museums, and the UW campus.

As college students, our mentors are strong role models and advocates for higher education. Mentoring pairs are encouraged to visit the UW campus often, helping the youth to think about their future and to feel more comfortable in a collegiate setting.

To apply to be a mentee or a mentor, click the appropriate link below for the application. Please fill out and return the application to Neighborhood House Community Center at 29 S. Mills St., Madison, WI 53715, or you can email it to

 Mentee Application Mentor Application

Science Club

The science club offers science projects and activities for children ages 8-10. We Introduce students to the fun of science through hands-on interactive experiments, adventures, and entertainment. Science Club meets weekly throughout the school year. Our teacher/facilitator is an undergraduate student from Adult Role Models in Science, UW-Madison WISCIENCE, Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement as a part of a class. Spring 2017 Science Club will be held on Wednesdays at 3:00-4:00 starting January 18. To sign up for Science Club, please fill out and return the registration form found here:

 Science Club Application

Cartoons & Comics

Neighborhood House will be hosting a cartooning class for youth taught by Phil Hands, the nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for the Wisconsin State Journal. In this four week session, kids will learn basic drawing techniques, how to draw some of their favorite characters and how to create their own cartoons and comics. Phil will teach students different styles and to think like a cartoonist.

Classes are open to youth age 7-13 and will be held at Neighborhood House Community Center on Wednesdays at 4:30-5:30 p.m. The first Cartoons & Comics class will be Wednesday, October 26. The last class will be Wednesday, November 16. There is a $20 fee for this class.

To sign up for Cartoons & Comics, please complete and return this application to Neighborhood House Community Center at or 29 S Mills St, Madison, WI 53715.

There are only 15 spots in this program, so turn in your application now!

Scratch Club

Scratch is a computer program that teaches kids computer programming skills through fun, interactive games. This weekly, afterschool club will be taught by UW-Madison students majoring in Computer Science. Children will learn essential computer skills while programming their own stories, games, and animations. Scratch Club is open to 4th and 5th grade age students. You can find more information about what Scratch is here.  Scratch is over for the year. Check back in Spring 2017 for details on how to apply. 

Music Theatre Class

This fall you can SING, DANCE and ACT in Music Theatre classes offered by House Theatre on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:30 at Neighborhood House Community Center (29 S. Mills Street). Students ages 7 and up will learn the basics of theatre, improvisation, acting, dance and voice technique, while rehearsing a staged and choreographed musical theatre performance. Beyond the individual skills, students will learn to work as a creative ensemble and discover what it means to put on a show.

Class begins Tuesday, September 27 and will end with a performance in December. Classes will be held at Neighborhood House Community Center on Tuesdays at 3:45-4:30. Regular attendance will be required for those wishing to perform in the show in December. This class is free.

To sign up for Music Theatre Class, please complete and return the application below to Neighborhood House Community Center at or 29 S Mills St, Madison, WI 53715.



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