Iowa City and its curious communities are continually offering ways to engage and teach young minds while creating an experience they’ll remember years later. If you find it difficult to discover new activities for kids that change up the normal routine, be inspired by Iowa City.
If you’re looking for an educational, yet fun way for kids to spend a Friday night, look no further than the Museum of Natural History’s Night at the Museum program on the University of Iowa campus. Two Fridays a month, kids in first through fifth grades can trek through the Museum after dark for a night of discovery. Equipped with a headlamp, participants learn areas of science, technology, and history with cool demonstrations and hands-on activities. Kids will rave about their experience exploring the dark halls and sharing fun facts they learned. (Pre-registration is required as space is limited.) The Museum has a host of other offerings including movie showings about science and nature, Makerspace Thursdays, and its permanent exhibits.
Kids who love trains will enjoy the Hawkeye Model Railroad Club, located at the Johnson County Historical Society Museum. On selected Saturdays, the club hosts an open house where youngsters can engage with fellow train enthusiasts and run the trains on display. The next open house is scheduled for Saturday, March 18.
Searching for a new way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a family? You can be part of the Iowa City Public Library’s Family Fort Night. Yes, families can build their own fort together (materials will be provided), see how it measures up against others in the best fort contest, and watch a movie of an Irish story together, complete with popcorn and refreshments.
For more family-friendly ideas, visit www.thinkiowacity.com. Be on the lookout for a brand new website in March!