Screen-Free Learning & Hands-On Play

Kids learn best when they can interact and play, and there’s no better place to do that than The Iowa Children’s Museum! Our drop-off programs offer children a chance to learn new things, explore topics they’re interested in, and play in our unique space. Our “hands-on, minds-on” approach means kids have fun while developing skills they need—in school and beyond the classroom.

We are currently offering two programs: Little Explorers and Curiosity Club. These programs are catered to different age groups, but both offer children the opportunity to socialize, participate in screen-free learning, and explore the world around them. Parents and caregivers can drop their child off at The Iowa Children’s Museum for a few hours and know that they will be learning and having fun until the moment it’s time to go home!

2020 Programs

Click below to learn more about our child-led programming that encourages active learning! Registration opens October 1st.

Little Explorers is a school-readiness program for 4, 5, and 6-year-olds.

Curiosity Club is a hands-on learning opportunity for elementary-aged students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

Little Explorers is a school readiness program for children ages 4-6.

Curiosity Club  is for children in grades 1-6 and is designed to supplement formal instruction for children participating in homeschooling or online learning.

When do programs take place?

Little Explorers is from 9-11 AM. Curiosity Club is from 3:30-5:15 PM. Both programs take place on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Drop-off programming is scheduled through the remainder of 2020, with plans to host more sessions in 2021. Each session is 4 weeks long.

Is extended care available?

Extended care (supervised play before or after scheduled program activities) is not available at this time.

What is the cost?

$40/week per child (total of $160 per session)

Members of The Iowa Children’s Museum receive a 10% discount on program fees.

What is the class size?

Maximum of 12 children per session

What is the ratio of adults to children?

Our ratio of adults to children is one adult per six children.

What health and safety precautions are you taking?

The health and safety of our participants, their families, and our staff is our highest priority. We are taking the following precautions during our drop-off programs:

  • Program capacity is limited to 12 participants.
  • Sharing materials will be limited; every participant will be provided with their own supplies to complete facilitated activities.
  • Facial coverings are required for both participants and staff.
  • Social distancing will be a priority and, when it is not possible, we will ensure facial coverings are used.
  • Health screenings (with a temperature check) will be required for all participants and staff.
  • Everyone will engage in frequent, regular hand washing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all areas and staff will monitor to ensure everyone is using it frequently.
  • High-touch areas (door handles, railings, light switches, etc.) are sanitized throughout the day and a thorough, museum-wide sanitizing of exhibit surfaces, toys, and or props is conducted each day.
  • The ICM is currently operating at a very low capacity (less than 6%) and we will ensure our play group is separate from other play groups in the museum.
  • Virus-mitigating air purifiers have been installed in our HVAC system along with other health and safety infrastructure investments.
  • We continually monitor our processes in order to make adjustments as needed.

View our Health Protocols document for more details.

What is the refund policy?

If you cancel your registration at least one week prior to the start of the program, we will refund your tuition minus a 5% credit card processing fee. If you cancel your registration with less than one week notice, no refund or credit will be given unless it is a medical emergency. If the program is cancelled by The Iowa Children’s Museum to address health and safety concerns (i.e., COVID-19 or other community health issues), your payment will be refunded in full.

The Iowa Children’s Museum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes if minimum enrollment (5 children) is not met. In this instance, The Iowa Children’s Museum will notify registrants of the cancellation prior to the start of the program and issue a full refund.