Iowa Children’s Museum

Summer Shorts

Location: Greene Square Park
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
5th St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Join the Iowa Children’s Museum for outdoor family fun! For six weeks, we will bring free activities to local parks. Not just for kids, this series will make the whole family smile.

With a new theme and activities each week, we hope you will join us throughout the summer for some outdoor fun and games! Join the Iowa Children’s Museum on Mondays in Coralville, Tuesdays in Iowa City, and Thursdays in Cedar Rapids for FREE hands-on fun in outdoor spaces. Each week, we will bring new activities to the park based on a theme. Not just for kids, this series will make the whole family smile.

  • Cardboard Creation (6/21 – 6/24): Inspired by the book “Not a Box” by Antionette Portis, we will let our imaginations run free, construct amazing cardboard creations, and discover how a box can be anything.
  • Outdoor Detective (6/28 – 7/1): Nature leaves clues everywhere about what plants are growing, animals that live close by, and how much is really going on in the world around you. All you have to do is take a closer look!
  • Moves and Music (7/5 – 7/8): Let’s make some noise! This week we will have dance parties, explore instruments, and hunt for sounds in our environment.
  • Science of Sports (7/12 – 7/15):  Catch a glimpse into sports like frisbee golf and hula hooping and explore the physics that make them work!
  • Engineering Escapades (7/19 – 7/22): Come build castles, forts, bridges, towers, and whatever else your brain designs with us!
  • Let’s Make a Mess (7/26 – 7/29):  Using the great outdoors as our canvas, we will explore non-traditional tools and art mediums, including melting ice sculptures, water art, and chalk painting.


Thursdays in Cedar Rapids (1:30-3:30 PM) – In conjunction with Rollin’ Recmobile events
6/24 – Green Square Park
7/1 – Green Square Park
7/8 – Green Square Park
7/15 – Green Square Park
7/22 – Green Square Park
7/29 – Green Square Park