Awards & Recognition

2019 Award Winner

presented by Locals Love Us

#1 in Family Fun

#3 in Tourist Attractions

2018 Nonprofit of the Year

presented by Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce

2018 Award Winner 

presented by Locals Love Us

for Children & Family Fun and Tourist Attractions

2017 Award Winner 

presented by Locals Love Us

for Children & Family Fun and Tourist Attractions

2012 Best of Area Award 

presented by the Iowa City Press-Citizen

for Best Place for a Kids Birthday Party

2011 Best of Area Award 

presented by the Iowa City Press-Citizen

for Best Place for a Kids Birthday Party

2010 Best of Area Award 

presented by the Iowa City Press-Citizen

for Best Place for a Kids Birthday Party

2010 Nonprofit Innovation Award 

presented by Corridor Business Journal

for Take Flight! the science of aviation

A Little About Us

The mission of The Iowa Children’s Museum is to inspire every child to imagine, create, discover and explore through the Power of Play!

At The Iowa Children’s Museum, children can take an imaginary trip to the moon, explore the science of skateboarding, create messy masterpieces, and explore a pirate’s ship—all in one afternoon! Our learning laboratory is a unique space where kids and grownups can be silly, make mistakes, and create lasting memories. Click here to take a virtual walk through our space!

Each of our exhibits provides hands-on opportunities for children to use their imaginations and learn about the world around them. Our colorful spaces are not only fun, but they’re also backed by overwhelming research that says playing is essential to a child’s development! Every time your child visits The ICM, they’re learning through the Power of Play.

Want to learn more? Check out how we play or contact us with any questions you might have!

Planning your visit? Click Here!

Our PLAYology Team

We know playing is a science! That’s why our PLAYology team is made up of creators of cheer, technicians of tomfoolery, and scholars of all things silly! We’re the experts in fun and love to help kids imagine, create, discover and explore in our space. Click here to meet the team.

Our Board of Directors

Thank you to these fantastic community leaders who volunteer their time, talents, and resources to our mission!

  • Kari Hawkins (Chair), GreenState Credit Union
  • RaQuishia Harrington  (Chair-Elect), Iowa City Parks & Recreation
  • Nate Etten (Past Chair), Van Meter
  • Pam Ehly (Secretary), ICCSD (Retired)
  • Nick Mahon (Treasurer), BLX, Inc.
  • Tim Carty, RoleCall
  • Jerome Edwards, Pinnacle Realty
  • Mick Fletcher, F&M Bank
  • Charlie Goetzinger, Jefferson H.S.
  • Chas Hughes, Collins Aerospace
  • Laura Kivlighan, UI College of Law
  • Jackie Kleppe, UI Health Care
  • Meghann Litton, UI Center for Advancement
  • John Martinek, Modern Roots Design + Build
  • Stacey McGurk, Ruffalo Noel Levitz
  • Brian Meyer, SERVPRO
  • John Ooms, General Mills
  • Kristen Shaffer, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll
  • Bob Untiedt, TRAIL of Johnson County
  • Dan Wegman, Relion Insurance Solutions

990 Forms

The Iowa Children’s Museum’s 2018 990 Form

The Iowa Children’s Museum’s 2017 990 Form

The Iowa Children’s Museum’s 2016 990 Form