Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Iowa Children's Museum

Calling all fellow Iowan moms! If you have not visited the Iowa Children's Museum in Coralville, Iowa then you really are missing out. The museum is in the Coralville Mall outside of Iowa City, IA off of I-80. Admission is $6 for ages 1-59 and $5 for seniors 60+. Infants under 1 are FREE. Also, the last Friday of every month is FREE admission as part of Family Fun Night in the mall. If you decide you love the museum as much as we do, get the Family Pass. It is $100/family (includes 2 adults and all children) and comes with several discount offers. So for our family of 4 (with our baby under age of 1) we simply must go 6 times a year to meet that price. That is only 1 time every other month, which is a great value!

Regular admission or the family pass covers a wide variety of activities for children of all ages. Some of the activities kids can do are:
  • See real fish and turtles

  • Put on their own puppet show with TONS of puppets

  • Build with legos and blocks

  • Visit the construction room

  • Go down slides upstairs or through tunnels

  • Plant and harvest their own "crops" in the farm room

  • Visit the motion room with all things related to physics

  • Play at the Thomas the Train table

  • Visit the special exhibit room that changes annually

  • Read books or listen to stories in the reading area

  • See several shows that vary month by month

  • Do MANY kinds of arts and crafts projects

  • Build their own "pizza" in the pizza eatery

  • Grocery "shop" in the mini grocery shopping center

  • Pretend to be a doctor, dentist, or ambulance driver at the health center

  • And much much more!

To learn more visit http://www.theicm.org/ Click on the membership tab to see all the details about the family pass. Also note that the children museum is not open on Mondays and has special hours that are different from the rest of the mall on the other days.

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