Lace up your running shoes and load up the kids for some family-friendly fun in Grinnell this weekend. Grinnell Games, Iowa’s Family Sports Festival, is a weekend of active events for all ages and fitness levels. Add on top of that a full day of free activities for curious minds at Grinnell College’s Summeriest, and you have a day of entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. Here are 7 family activities happening in Grinnell this Saturday:
1. Enter The Little Ones In The Lil’ Warrior Run
Kids ages 12 and under will have a blast at the Lil’ Warrior Run, the Grinnell Games kids fun run that is comprised of fun obstacles and challenges such as a tunnel crawl, hay bale hurdles, ladder step, etc. The run is at 10:30 a.m. and is free to enter.
2. Make A Splash & Jam To 80s Music
Make a splash at the UV Splash Color Dash, the most colorful nighttime 5K. The pre-party will start at 8 p.m. with 80s music by the band Tang. The neon, untimed race will begin at 9:30 p.m. and participants will start with white shirts and be covered in color by the end. This is a fun run all ages can enjoy, and bikes are even welcome for those who would prefer to bike the course! Kids ages 5 and under may participate for free. Let your kids bike alongside you as you run the course!
3. Play On The Inflatables & Get Your Face Painted
Set the kids loose for the kid activities at Grinnell Games. They can jump on the inflatables, get their face painted and much more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Grinnell. All paid Grinnell Games participants receive one free wristband for the kid activities. Additional wristbands may be purchased for $5.
4. Get Silly During The Afternoon Scavenger Hunt
Enjoy some family bonding during The Amazing Chase, where teams will race around the beautiful Grinnell College Campus following clues, similar to the hit television show “The Amazing Race.” Clues may contain photographs, hints, puzzles, riddles, challenges, trivia, specific directions or some combination of these. The race is designed for everyone from near and far, and to add to the fun, teams should come dressed in matching or themed costumes! There is a family division open to teams of 2-5 people, with at least one teammate needing to be under the age of 18. A partner division is open to all ages.
5. Be Wowed At the Aloft Circus Arts Performance
This free show is Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Grinnell College. Aloft is a collective of aerial and circus artists who tell original stories through movement, dance, and aerial performances. You don’t want to miss it. This performance is the finale of Summerfest, see schedule here.
6. Cross The Finish Line With Your Kids
One of the fun things about the Grinnell Games is how many kids participate! Each year, many kids experience the rush of crossing the finish line of a road race for the very first time. Make running a family affair and enter yourself and your kids in the 5K race. Or, if you’re more of a long distance runner, have the kids run the 5K while you take on the half marathon. The road races begin in beautiful downtown Grinnell at 8 a.m. Learn more about the 5K and half marathon here.
7. Take In A Free Performance Or Hands-On Workshop
While exploring Grinnell, check out Grinnell College’s Summerfest where you can experience even more family fun, food trucks, entertainment, art, history, music and science. And the event is free to attend! There will be lectures and workshops by Grinnell College faculty, Science Center of Iowa, Blank Park Zoo, Neverland Players, and Eulenspiegel Puppets! It’s a daylong celebration of learning and discovery for curious minds of all ages.
With all of this fun going on in Grinnell this weekend, you’re sure to kick off your family summer with a bang! Grinnell is located on Interstate 80 equidistant between Des Moines and Iowa City, so it's a convenient, central city to road trip to. This list is just a glimpse at all of the activities taking place in Grinnell this weekend. Visit grinnellgames.com for the full event schedule and registration information for all of the events taking place June 11-12. See you this weekend!