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…

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…