July 10, 2020 Update
The Iowa Children’s Museum Reopening Its Doors with a New Way to Play
The Iowa Children’s Museum (The ICM) is pleased to share that it will reopen its doors with limited capacity to members on Monday, July 13, 2020 and to the public on Tuesday, July 14. Families who are ready to visit will experience new ways to play, as The ICM has implemented a number of new policies and procedures designed to protect the health and wellbeing of visitors and staff.
“Children need opportunities to play, learn and grow, and we’re excited to be a resource for families once again,” said Executive Director, Jeff Capps. “While COVID-19 is still a challenge we must face together, we are confident in our reopening plan. We have used the last four months of our closure to learn, prepare, and create a plan that has been informed and supported by a number of local health experts and fellow community leaders. We can’t wait to play!”
The new ways we’re playing:
- Timed entry: Online ticket reservations for a specific play session are now required for ALL guests, including members. Learn more or purchase your tickets now at theicm.org/tickets. Play sessions are:
- Member Monday: 10 a.m.–Noon and 2-4 p.m. (members only)
- Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
- Reduced capacity: Admission is limited to less than 10% of our regular capacity, and each exhibit is also limited in how many playgroups can use the space at one time.
Enhanced safety and sanitizing: We will be sanitizing high-touch areas throughout the day and completing a thorough, museum-wide sanitizing process between each play session.
- Masks: Face coverings are required for guests ages 6 and up. Children ages 3-5 are also encouraged to wear masks.
- Investing in our infrastructure: Additional hand sanitizing stations, physical barriers at our front desk, directional signage throughout the space, and virus-mitigating air purifiers in our HVAC system are all an investment in our safety infrastructure and the health of our guests.
- Staff health: The entire ICM team, including front-line floor managers and PLAYologists, are required to wear masks and to complete daily health check-ins before starting their workday.
- Learn more about all of our new ways of playing at theicm.org/plan-your-trip
For families who may not be ready to return to the ICM’s physical space, the museum is launching its ICM2Go program. These free and low-cost resources help families explore nature, learn about STEM, create works of art, and more without leaving the comfort of their home. The ICM is continually re-imagining how we can play together, and we are excited to bring more learning and fun to our community. Visit theicm.org/icm2go to learn more.