Join our membership program!
The Iowa Children’s Museum is dedicated to educating children and strengthening families in an active learning environment that inspires every child to imagine, create, discover, and explore through the Power of Play. Joining the Museum’s Membership Program enables your family to take advantage of unlimited visits, at times which are convenient for you, to our outstanding exhibits and programs for an entire year at a significant discount.

The average family membership costs the museum $320 in actual expenses. Museum membership costs are subsidized by contributions from our annual donors.

Includes free admission for one year for two named adults living in one household and all named children under age 18 living in the same household.

Includes all the benefits of the family membership PLUS 12 free admission passes ($108 value).  Great to use throughout the year for friends and family!

Includes free admission for one year for two named grandparents living in one household and all of their named grandchildren under age 18.

Guest Add-On $25
Includes one free guest per visit.  Add to a Family, Family Plus or Grandparent Membership. Cannot be combined with an Individual Annual Pass.


INDIVIDUAL ANNUAL PASS $50 (does not included member benefits)
Includes free admission for one year from the date of purchase for one named adult or child.

Membership Benefits:

  • 10% Discount on Programs – Includes Day Camps, Summer Camps and special workshops through out the year.
  • 10% Discount on Birthday Parties – Birthday Parties are fun for kids and a piece of cake for adults.
  • 10% Discount at the Think Tank – Educational toys, games, puzzles, and more delight children and adults alike!
  • Half price admission to 200+ children’s museums across the U.S. through the Association of Children’s Museum’s Reciprocal Network!
  • Exclusive Members-Only Events

Note: Children’s Museum memberships and coupons cannot be applied to educational programs including field trips and birthday parties.  Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

How to purchase or renew a membership in our new portal:

We’re transitioning to a new user portal for museum memberships. Click below to expand the instructions:

How to purchase a membership

Purchasing a membership

    • Click Purchase a _______ membership (Family, Family Plus, or Grandparent)
    • Select whether you are purchasing the membership for yourself or as a gift.
    • Enter 1 Primary Member, 1 Additional Adult, and the number of children in the household at the top of the page.  Also select Guest Member if you would like to add 1 or more guest add-ons.
    • Enter information in the boxes below to correspond to each member
    • If you selected to add a Guest Member, enter Guest as first name and Guest as last name.
    • Click Continue, and then Checkout


  • Enter your payment information, and Make Payment



How to renew your membership

Renewing your membership

  • Click “Renew Your Membership

Note: if your membership has been expired for a few months, you may not be in the new system. Follow the directions for purchasing a new membership.


  • Log in to the new system.  If you have not created a password yet, click Need Help Logging On?  This will email you a link to create a password.  You can access your email through the Safari web browser if you need to (the icon looks like a Compass).


  • Select the membership level you would like.
  • Check to make sure contact info is correct for your membership, and that the adult and child members listed are correct.  Correct birthdates if needed.
  • If you would like to add a guest add-on, you can do so at the top of the page, where it says “Guest Member.”



    • If you selected to add a Guest Member, enter Guest as first name and Guest as last name.


  • Click Continue, and then Checkout


  • Enter your payment information, and Make Payment

How to give a membership

Giving a membership

We have restructured our online process for giving a membership to another family or individual. We now recommend that all gift memberships be processed as a gift card. This allows the receiving family/individual to start the 12-month membership at the time of their choice (rather than immediately). It also provides a physical item for you to give, as membership cards are now digital. 

  • Click here to visit the Gift Membership page


  • Select the membership type you would like to purchase from the drop down menu.


  • Select whether you would like the membership mailed to your billing address or to the recipient.


  • Proceed to check-out in order to finalize your transaction.


  • All gift cards are mailed in a timely manner. If you prefer, you are also welcome to stop by the museum to pick up your pre-purchased gift card.

Association of Children’s Museum Reciprocal Network

The Iowa Children’s Museum is proud to be a part of the Association of Children’s Museums which serves as an advocate and resource for children’s museums around the country. Your Iowa Children’s Museum Membership entitles you to a 50% discount on all admissions, up to 6 people, at reciprocating children’s museums. For a list of participating museums click here or inquire at the museum’s front desk.

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