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15 Spring Break ideas

Explore ancient Egypt, eliminate zombies with a bow and arrow, step into artwork and walk among dinosaurs - all without leaving Iowa!

EVENTS

March 12: Zombie Archery, Indianola – Warren County Conservation staff will teach archery basics, including parts of a bow, equipment, stance, shooting and more, as participants take on zombies. (Program designed for ages 10+; pre-register via website or phone.) 

March 13: KinderNature: Reptile Olympics, Honey Creek – Explore slithering reptiles, feel a real snakeskin and learn about their favorite types of prey. (Program designed for ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult.) 

March 14-18: World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids, Waterloo – From Monday through Friday, nine awesome locations in downtown Waterloo open their doors for just $1 admission per child, per site. Participating locations include Phelps Youth Pavilion, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Young Arean (ice skating).

March 16: Peppa Pig Live!, Des Moines – The star of Nick Jr.’s top-rated TV series is hitting the road for her first-ever U.S. theatrical tour. Peppa Pig’s Big Splash! promises to be the perfect theater show for all pre-schoolers.

March 18-20: Jurassic Quest, Des Moines – The ultimate dinosaur adventure includes 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Visitors can interact with the huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few! Fossil digs give young paleontologist the chance to uncover hidden dinosaur bones.

 

EXHIBITS

The Discovery of King Tut, Davenport - Seen by millions of people worldwide, this exhibit traces the story of the boy king who reigned for a decade and died suddenly at age 19. Visitors can explore the legendary tomb while viewing more than 1,000 precisely crafted replicas and reconstructions. On display at the Putnam Museum March 5- September 5, 2016.

Snakes, Rattles, and Holes, Dubuque – A 10-foot-tall, 70-foot-long replica snake skeleton, hands-on activities and live animal displays shed light on some of the most misunderstood animals in the world – snakes. Interpretive panels explain the anatomy, senses, habitat and behavior of snakes. Included with admission at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

Framed: Step into Art, Muscatine - Visitors to the Muscatine Art Center in Muscatine can step inside the framework of famous paintings and experience them like never before. Children and adults can enjoy a noontime meal in Grant Wood's Dinner for Threshers and add corn husks to the flower tower in Diego Rivera's Corn Festival. The exhibit runs January 16-May 8, 2016.

The Art of the Brick, Sioux City - Artist Nathan Sawaya creates incredible large-scale sculptures out of Lego bricks. A worldwide sensation since his first exhibition in 2007, his pieces have been displayed in Melbourne, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Paris and cities across the United States. The exhibition will be on display at the Sioux City Art Center February 20-May 8, 2016.

Turtles: Secrets of the Shell, Sioux City – Exhibit at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center includes live animal displays, audiovisual presentations, hands-on experiential components and educator-led programs.

 

MUSEUMS

Family Museum, Bettendorf: Kids can operate a crane, shop for groceries, sort mail and climb a treehouse in this interactive museum. The 28-foot-long water table replicates the Quad Cities’ section of the Mississippi River. The Monster Piano is 22-feet-long and includes five octaves and can be played with feet. (Yes, like the one from the movie Big!)

Iowa Children’s Museum, Coralville: Serious hands-on fun for kids of all ages. More than a dozen interactive exhibits inspire children to create, imagine, discover and explore through the power of play. Located in the Coral Ridge Mall near the indoor ice skating rink.

Union Pacific Railroad Museum, Council Bluffs: Explore 150 years of American history, from the origins of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad in 1862 to the advanced technology of modern-day railroading. 

Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines: Hands-on exhibits, IMAX theater, unique programming and interactive experiences. The Geometry Playground engages children’s hands, brains and bodies in playful investigations of the most visible branch of math.

LaunchPAD Children’s Museum, Sioux City - Opening February 11, 2016, the new 16,000-square-foot museum provides opportunities for children ages 6 months to 10 years to “Play And Discover.” Exhibits, including themes of water and wind as well as “farm to table,” are purposefully open-ended to promote imagination.

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