Join The Iowa Children’s Museum for Celebration of the Young Child in conjunction with the Week of the Young Child! This year’s theme is “Play for All,” which illustrates our vision that all children should have access to play regardless of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, or religion.

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Friday, April 13, 2018:
Workshop for Parents and Child Care Providers

Pizza at 6:15 PM | Program at 6:30 PM

Registration is full.

Join us for an interactive presentation by ChildServe’s Mary Beth Simpkin-Hichwa, an Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist with 30+ years of experience working with children. Mary Beth will share practical information for parents and childcare providers on ways to incorporate “Play for All” across categories of physical ability, cultures, ages, access to resources, vision/hearing, communication methods, and social interaction.

Registration is full. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Deb Dunkhase at Thanks!

Saturday, April 14, 2018:
Kids Fair – Free Museum Admission All Day

Special “Play for All” activities from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Free admission to the museum from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Interact with 25+ community organizations devoted to early childhood, and discover how to make play accessible for children of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds at The Iowa Children’s Museum! There will also be free vision and dental screenings, door prizes, and free books for the first 100 children.

Want to be an exhibitor at the kids fair?

We are inviting child care programs and agencies serving children and families to have a display table and “Play for All” activity at the kids fair. Download the Exhibitor Application pdf below to learn more and apply.

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Thank you to our generous sponsor, ChildServe!


Celebration of the Young Child Planning Committee: The East Central Chapter of The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, ChildServe, 4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care, Johnson County Empowerment, Coralville Public Library, Iowa City Public Library, North Liberty Public Library, and The Iowa Children’s Museum