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…

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…

Forest Park Museum and Arboretum with Dallas County Conservation

Place/Event: Forest Park Museum and Arboretum Location: 14581 K Ave. Perry, Iowa 50220  Cost: Free/free-will donation Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: Yes Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes Bathrooms: Yes Food: No   Pete Malmberg , Museum Curator/Historical & Cultural Resources Coordinator, was incredibly knowledgeable and the kids loved his enthusiasm. There is an impressive collection of…