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…

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…


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…

Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens in Ames

Place/Event: Reiman Gardens Location: 1407 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011 (Instead of our mailing address, enter into the map’s search field “intersection of University Boulevard and South 16 Street Ames”. Find the map below with directions to our entrance from the intersection of University Blvd. and S. 16 St.) *currently construction projects are changing entrance locations…


Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines

Place/Event: Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater Location: 401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309 Cost: see website – $8+ (school groups can get discounts) Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes Bathrooms: Yes Food: Yes and you can bring in a sack lunch My kids have always enjoyed visiting…


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…