Things to do in Iowa City with kids

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Iowa City
A national historic landmark located in the center of Iowa City, Old Capitol served as the first state capitol from 1846-1857 and the University of Iowa's founding building. In 1976, Old Capitol became a museum restored to the 1840s-1850s time period...
Iowa City
Get to understand the planet and it’s wonderful nature in the UI Museum of Natural History with its five major exhibit areas: Iowa Hall, Hageboeck Hall of Birds and Mammal Hall, Biosphere Discovery Hub and the Diversity of Life exhibits.
Coralville
A family fun attraction with kid friendly, hands-on fun with over twelve interactive exhibits and 28,000 square feet of space that inspires all children up to 12 years old to imagine, create, discover and explore through the power of play!
West Branch
Whether you have half an hour or half a day, there are many things to see and do at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The future president was born in a small, two-room cottage in 1874. Today the Birthplace Cottage, along with other historic...
Riverside
A beautiful family farm with fun activities and cute animals for those budding farmers from pre-K to 3rd grade to enjoy!
Cedar Rapids
Vast 210 acre site with hiking and biking trails, educational centre with numerous natural history exhibits, fishing, and more.
Brucemore
(24 Miles)
Cedar Rapids
You can't experience Brucemore by looking at a screen. Grab the family, take a tour of the mansion, stroll the gardens, pack a picnic, and attend outdoor theatre. Brucemore, a National Trust Historic Site in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a museum and so muc...
Cedar Rapids
Interactive science fun including an Early Childhood Exploration Area which provides entertainment for children 2-8 years old, and an Elementary Gallery provided for children 5 years and up.
Cedar Rapids
We offer the largest selection of activities in the area from our under water adventure mini golf course to our 2500 ft laster tag arena we are able to entertain all ages. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do wit...
Cedar Rapids
3 level indoor playland to entertain and exhaust the kids with all the classic features like crawl tubes, climbing nets, slides, balls, tunnels and more!
Cedar Rapids
Create your own art pottery studio suitable for all ages and abilities.
Atkins
So much more than a farm for this family day out, as the kids will love the petting zoo, haunted houses and an adventure play park!
Marion
At Maple Ridge Farm we have a history of community and family fun with our feature hayrides! Our hayrides will culminate your day, but they are only one part of the personal experience our customers have grown to expect. We have something for...
Davenport
Founded in 1867, the Putnam is home to over 150,000 artifacts and specimens, the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science offers permanent and changing exhibits,and houses Iowa's only 3D IMAX Theatre.
Monkey Joes
(52 Miles)
Davenport
offers a large facility filled with inflatable adventure from giant slides and obstacle courses to classic bounce houses and beyond.
Bettendorf
he Mission of the Family Museum is to inspire life-long learning in children through interactive arts and science activities and exhibits. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Iowa
Niabi Zoo
(59 Miles)
Coal Valley
900 animals representing 160 species on 40 acres. Includes children's zoo, carousel, playground and miniature train.
Dyersville
The National Farm Toy Museum welcomes kids of all ages to explore the thousands of tractors, implements, farm dioramas, toy-manufacturing displays, and pedal tractors on exhibit around the museum. Open seven days a week, plan today to visit the numb...
Oskaloosa
Founded in 1844, the Nelson homestead is one of the premier historic attractions in Mahaska County. The property now features historic buildings from all over Mahaska County, providing visitors a glimpse of what life was like for Iowans in 19th centu...
Pzazz Fun City
(61 Miles)
Burlington
A 70,000 square foot water park, full-service restaurants, award-winning bowling center, large indoor speedway, golf course, laser tag arena. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Iowa
Dyersville
Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa. A place of fertile soil, traditional values and simple pleasure. And in Dyersville, Iowa, at the century-old Lansing family farm with its quaint, and oh so recognizable house, baseball still ranks as a favorite pastime ...
Ottumwa
The Beach Ottumwa is a beautiful indoor / outdoor waterpark located in Ottumwa Iowa. The facility encompasses 13 acres and over a million gallons of safe family fun.
Morwood campground and resort where family fun begins.
Waterloo
The Lost Island Waterpark is just minutes away from everything you need if your just visiting for the day, or planning to stay a week! This waterpark features a huge pool, five water slides, Lazy River, go-cart track, 18-hole mini course and a lot...
Crystal Lake Cave
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(71 Miles)
Dubuque
A living natural cave. You are invited to visit and witness the ongoing miracle that created this natural masterpiece of underground panorama. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do with kids in Iowa
Waterloo
Unearth the treasures of the past and gaze into the future at the Grout Museum District. You'll be surrounded by history and astounded by what is yet to come as you explore the world through interactive displays and hands-on exhibits.
Waterloo
Described as a 'playground for the imagination', this interactive science center provides fun hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how science affects everyday life.
Waterloo
Using imaginative programs, visual adventures and interactive experiences to cover such subjects as Creativity Across Cultures, Farm, Construction Zone, Artists' Studio, Fun Stage, Time Machine and the Caribbean Kinder Island.
Dubuque
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is where fun and learning flow together! This sprawling campus along the Mississippi River is family-focused with lots of hands-on features, interactive exhibits and endless opportunities to explore b...
Dubuque
Located in the Port of Dubuque, Iowa, Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is the perfect spot for enjoying this beautiful and exciting destination area. Gather with friends for a relaxed conversation in our Riverwalk Restaurant & Lounge, or slide into ...
Pella
Whatever your idea of a vacation is, you\\\'ll Experience it in Pella. Immerse yourself in the old-world charm of the Netherlands as you stroll along our brick streets visiting our Dutch storybook storefronts, the Molengracht canal, and our authenti...
Waterloo
Bumper cars, goofy golf, a driving range and batting cages are all on offer at this fun family park. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do with kids in Iowa
Waterloo
Outdoor family fun for kids of all ages in Iowa, with zooming Go Karts, mini golf and even a driving range.
Marshalltown
Partly a nature preserve, partly a farm, partly an education center, and partly a recreation area, Grimes Farm is an unusual public space that combines a working agricultural operation with the natural environment to show how, through effective conse...
Galena
Whether in a Tent or RV You'll Find Great Family Fun & Outdoor Recreation at the Palace Campgrounds!
Galesburg
Visit the museum for a story and related activity. FREE programming designed for 3-8 year olds and their adult companions. On RIF days, as part of the Reading Is Fundamental Program, children will also be able to choose from a variety of titles, the...
Guttenberg
Guttenberg RV Park---A New Place to Relax and Unwind Near the River and Hills. Stone Lodge with game room, cable TV, restroom, shower, laundry, and loft that sleeps five.
Prairie City
Experience the breathtaking beauty of over 5,000 acres of tallgrass prairie and native Midwest wildlife. The Refuge reconstructs the native plant and animal communities that greeted Iowa\\\'s earliest settlers in the mid 1800\\\'s
Geology Museum
(94 Miles)
Macomb
Founded in 1975, the Museum of Geology is an arm of Western Illinois University\'s Department of Geology. Originally conceived as a learning resource center for students enrolled in the natural sciences, it also serves the general public and is dedic...
Rock Falls
Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum takes a look into the history of Rock Falls firefighting. It is located in the former Rock Falls Fire Station. Local memorabilia, firefighting tools, pictures, and antique fire trucks are on display at the museum. C...
Spook Cave
(96 Miles)
McGregor
An ancient flooded cave you can take a safe but slightly spooky boat trip through! Not a whole day out but a terrific stop the kids will really remember.
Sterling
From the classic retro “spaceship” ticket booth, to the Playground for the kiddies in front of the screen, to the full service concession stand, a trip to the Midway is like entering a time capsule to the 1950’s.
Prairie du Chien
Come check out our body slide, waterfall spa, activity pool with water basketball, children's pool with water geysers, kids' slide, prehistoric fish and much more!
Cambridge
Fruit, farm, animals, mazes...yes please! A fun farm filled day out for kids in beautiful Iowa!
Altoona
Located on the northeast corner of the Des Moines metro area you'll find one of the nicest family resorts in the Midwest. Adventureland provides fun and entertainment to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Adventureland Park, Adventureland I...
Playground For Kids
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(105 Miles)
Polk
Indoor party and play center with over 9,000 SF of inflatables and our huge treehouse play structure will wear out even the most energetic kids! No arcade games here, lots of energy burning fun.
Des Moines
he Des Moines Botanical Center is one of the most popular cultural attractions in Iowa, providing educational, recreational, and community resources to thousands. Its goal is to provide botanical displays and educational services for its visitors. It...
Harpers Ferry
There are numerous opportunities for you to enjoy a self-guided tour or join a ranger for a hike, walk, talk or historic demonstration. Most trails are moderately strenuous, however, there are some trails accessible to mobility impaired visitors.
Parkway Des Moines
Imagine. Experiment. Play! At the Science Center of Iowa, the experience is yours! From the inner workings of the human body to the outer reaches of the solar system, science surrounds you with dynamic live programs and hands-on interactive exhibits ...
Blank Park Zoo
(109 Miles)
Des Moines
The Blank Park Zoo manages 49 acres of land. Of that, 22 acres have been developed into animal exhibits or facilities. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Des Moines for kids.

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Planet Fun Family Fun Center

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The Playstation

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Cedar Rapids Science Station

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Iowa Childrens Museum

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The Potters Obsession

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UI Museum of Natural History

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Maple Ridge Farm

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Indian Creek Nature Center

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Bloomsbury Farm

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Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science and Imax Theatre

(49 Miles) Museums in Davenport

Fun places to visit in Iowa City with kids

Iowa is the kind of fun place that both adults and kids will enjoy – your only problem, is going to be finding the time to fit all the great places to visit in! Because many of Iowa's must-see attractions offer kid-friendly activities and exhibits, you won't have to miss out on any of the state's diverse culture and history. As you explore the multitude of fun things to do in Iowa with kids, you'll definitely create memories that will last and last - and you can watch them back on video for years to come if you’ve got a shocking memory like me!

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There are so many fun places to go with kids in Iowa - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), great historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look above, lots of the best things to do with children in IA