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…

Devonian Fossil Gorge at Coralville Lake and Dam

Place/Event: Devonian Fossil Gorge Location: Iowa City Cost: Free Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: limited to entry plaza area Bathrooms: No Food: No Water: No To prepare for your visit – check out the fossil map  and this Video from IPTV. Bring along blank white paper and crayons to make rubbings of the…

The Mines of Spain in Dubuque

Place/Event: The Mines of Spain Recreation Area and E.B.Lyons Interpretive and Nature Center Location: 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 Cost: Free Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes Bathrooms: Yes Food: No Water: Yes The Mines of Spain is a huge park, with lots of history, hiking and more. We only…

Fenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque

Place/Event: Fenelon Place elevator Location: 512 Fenelon Place Dubuque, Iowa 52001 Cost: less than $3 – see website for details Grade/Age: preK-12 Group size: small – the elevator only holds a few people at one time Dates Open – April 1-Nov 30 Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes but difficult – needs to be small stroller My husband and I…