The BEST Frog Pond in Central Iowa – Ankeny

Place/Event: Cottonwood Recreation Area Location: 7400 NW 37th St, Ankeny, IA 50023 Cost: Free Grade/age range: K-12 Group size: large or small (great location for very large groups) Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes (but not along the edge of the frog pond) Bathrooms: Yes (running water and flushable toilets) Water: Yes Food: No I LOVE THE FROG POND! Nothing makes me happier…

Enabling Garden Altoona Iowa

Enabling Garden and Village Park – Altoona

Today I was driving through Altoona and saw this surprise garden! How have I lived in the metro area for years and have never heard about the Enabling Garden? Even in the rain on an overcast day the garden is amazing! The kids ran all over shouting out “look here”, “I am going over the bridge” and “Mom…

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Field Trips in your Local Iowa Community

Not every community is close to a large metro area with a science center or lots of scheduled tours, so… Find a Field Trip right in your own town, even in rural Iowa communities!   Community Helpers Police station County Sheriffs office Fire department State Patrol Iowa National Guard Hospital Veterinarian Clinic County Human Society or Animal Rescue…

National Balloon Museum and Ballooning Hall of Fame Indianola

National Balloon Museum in Indianola

Place/Event: National Balloon Museum and U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame Location: 1601 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125 Cost: (School Tour) ages 5-18 $1, adults $5 – bus driver and leader free – See website for general admission fees. Grade/age range: K-12 Group size: large or small (they will split large groups) Hands-on: Limited Stroller friendly: Yes Bathrooms: Yes Food: No…


The Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines

Place/Event: The Iowa State Capitol Location: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319 Cost: Free Grade/age range: Prek-12 – any age can enter but limited interest for younger students Group size: large or small Hands-on: Limited Stroller friendly: Yes but some areas of the building are more narrow Bathrooms: Yes – ask if there is a baby changing station. I never…


Living History Farms in Urbandale

Place/Event: Living History Farms Location: 11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322 Cost: $9-15 – see website Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes but the trail between farms is a dirt trail Bathrooms: Yes Food: Yes, but I have never tried it. We have always brought a picnic lunch. Water: Yes ok, FORGET big signs with lots of information…


Lake Red Rock and Observational Tower in Knoxville

Place/Event: Lake Red Rock Location: 1105 Co Hwy T15, Knoxville, IA 50138 Cost: Free Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes depending on location Bathrooms: Yes Food: No Water: Yes Ok, So when planning a trip to the Lake Red Rock area, keep in mind that not all trail heads or locations will…