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…

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…

Maquoketa Caves State Park

Place/Event: Maquoketa Caves State Park Location:10970 98th St. Maquoketa, IA 52060 Cost: Free but you have to go through a short program before entering the caves Grade/age range: preK-12 Group size: large or small (saw a Boy Scout troop there) Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: The upper parking lot/bathroom area is but not the trails or caves Bathrooms: Yes Food: No Water: Yes NOTE…

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…

Blank Park Zoon in Des Moines

Place/Event: Blank Park Zoo Location: 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315 Cost: check website – local libraries will give away coupons for a free child admission as part of summer reading programs If you hold a Zoo membership to another zoo – check the reciprocal program Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes…