Kinder Club

In this program, children will learn and play in our one-of-a-kind space while building skills that prepare them for formal learning settings. We offer sensory and art-based activities to help develop your little one’s fine motor skills and confidence. We also use Kindergarten School Readiness checklists and hands-on learning to help your child build skills like sharing, taking turns, and respecting the rights of others. By encouraging children to explore, imagine, and create, they in turn enhance and develop their critical thinking skills, creativity, and ability to express themselves!

Who: Children ages 3 to 5 years old who are toilet independent.

Cost: $60 per session; sessions are four classes

When: Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • Summer 2023: Check out our summer camps!
  • Fall Session 1: Sept. 28, October 5, 12, 19
  • Fall Session 2: October 26, November 2, 9, 16
  • Fall Session 3: November 30, December 7, 14, 21
  • Winter Session 1: January 18, 25 February 1, 8
  • Winter Session 2: February 15, 22, 29 March 7
  • Spring Session 1: March 21, 28 April 4, 11
  • Spring Session 2: April 18, 25, May 2, 9

Pre-registration is required. Sign up for the session(s) of your choice below!


Kinder Club meets from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays

Time Activity
8:50 AM Drop off and Greetings
9:00 AM Exhibit Exploration
9:25 AM Storytime/Music
9:50 AM Exhibit Exploration
10:10 AM Fine Motor Practice and Play
10:30 AM Pick Up


Other Program Details

  • Class size is a maximum of 12 students (1 adult to every 6 children ratio).
  • Our learning environment will include exhibits at The Iowa Children’s Museum as well as our classrooms
  • Weather cancellations: If ICCSD issues a weather-related cancellation or delay, Kinder Club will not meet. Refunds will not be issued, but we will try to schedule a make up date.

Health and Safety Protocols

The health of our guests, staff, and program participants is always our top priority. Masks are optional for this program. Sharing materials will be limited; every participant will be provided with their own supplies to complete facilitated activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

Kinder Club is for children aged 3, 4, and 5 who are preparing for more formal learning settings. All Kinder Club participants must be toilet independent.

Is extended care available?

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

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 and social distancing will be a priority when possible.
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 multiple times per week.
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.

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. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations due to weather, but we will make every effort to schedule a make up date for that session.

The Iowa Children’s Museum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes if minimum enrollment\ 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.

What is your weather cancellation policy?

If the Iowa City Community School District issues a weather-related cancellation or delay, Kinder Club will not meet. Refunds will not be issued for a weather-related cancellation, but we will make every effort to schedule a make up date.