Family Friendly Hotel
We recommend staying at the Cedar Rapids Marriott, where your children will enjoy the glass elevators overlooking the atrium as well as the indoor pool. Right across the street you'll find Noelridge Park with one of the prettiest flower gardens in the city.
If your kids need to burn off some energy after a long car or plane ride, look no further than The Play Station. Located close to the hotel, this indoor jungle gym playground will keep them entertained for hours. The Play Station offers pizzas and lots of other food as well, so kick back and relax while the kids stay busy climbing, sliding and running.
Pick up cinnamon rolls from Kathy's Pies for breakfast before enjoying the new Greene Square in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids.
Hands on Fun
Our brand new Cedar Rapids Public Library downtown is truly one-of-a-kind and worth a visit. The children’s section is not only stocked with books and movies, but also includes a puppet theater, interactive computer games and lots of hands-on fun. Then things really begin to look up. Explore the “living learning” green roof.
Classic arcade games are fun for all at Quarter Barrel Arcade! Grab a pizza and local craft for mom and dad.
Before heading to your next adventure, make a visit to Almost Famous Popcorn in the NewBo neighborhood to grab some snacks for the afternoon. They offer an amazing array of gourmet popcorn flavors, fresh scooped ice cream, fudge and vintage sodas the kids will love. Sample away.
Tons of Fun
Spend your afternoon jumping high into the air at Air FX Trampoline Park, conveniently located off Interstate 380. The kids will bounce for joy when they experience this indoor trampoline haven. Adults love the park too. So go ahead, join your children and jump for joy.
Kid Friendly Restaurant
After a rest or a quick swim at the hotel, enjoy dinner at Cibo Fusion. It's a great locally owned restaurant that offers an inventive and delicious menu for adults with many kid-friendly choices, including a dessert where kids can roast marshmallows at the table for s’mores. The fish tank is also sure to keep the kids entertained before, during, and after the meal.
Something for Everyone
After a well-deserved night’s sleep, swing by the NewBo City Market on Sunday morning to have brunch with the whole family. This unique market offers a wide variety of eclectic food vendors sure to please young and more discerning palates alike. And we’ll wager you’ll all love the sea salt caramel ice cream served in a pretzel cone from Nelson’s Ice Cream.
No matter what the weather, stop in at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Area for a big dose of free outdoor fun. You can explore the marshes or hike through the prairie and woodlands, as well explore the NEW nature playscape, Wickiup's Wandering Woods. Stop inside the lodge building to check out Oliver and Ava's River Raft Adventure exhibit.
If you are visiting in September/October don’t miss the corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and plentiful family-friendly activities at Bloomsbury Farms.
During the fall season, Bass Farms comes alive with pumpkins, mums, hayrack rides, games, bounce houses, putt putt golf, sling shots and much, much more.