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…

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…

The Iowa Children's Museum

The Iowa Children’s Museum in Coralville

Place/Event: The Iowa Children’s Museum Location:1451 Coral Ridge Ave. Coralville, Iowa 52241 Cost: $8 for ages 1-59 (see website for additional info) Grade/age range: geared more toward 8 years and younger, but older ones will still have fun! Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes Bathrooms: Yes – toddler toilets and family room Food: Yes – in Mall food court on…

Harrison County Historical Village and Welcome Center

Place/Event: Harrison County Historical Village and Welcome Center Location: 2931 Monroe Ave, Missouri Valley, IA 51555 Cost: Free Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes Bathrooms: Yes Food: No When you think of an Iowa Welcome Center, you don’t think full-scale awesome history museum! You could truly spend hours here. There is a large exhibit…

Phelps Youth Pavilion – Art Museum in Waterloo

  Place/Event: Phelps Youth Pavilion – Art Museum Location: 225 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701 Cost: $5 Grade/age range: Prek-12 (the children’s area is geared toward ages infant-10. There are other areas of the museum showcasing art which would appeal to older students) Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes Bathrooms: Yes Food: limited – not…