Hands-On Learning At Home

A Play Pack from The Iowa Children’s Museum is an all-in-one kit that combines learning and fun. Presented by GEICO Cares, each Play Pack contains multiple activities focused on one topic. Easy-to-follow instructions provide guidance while allowing each child to make the activity their own. We provide the tools—your child’s creativity and imagination brings it to life!

Each Play Pack is created by museum educators who understand the connection between learning and play, so your child will stay engaged, learn something new, and actively participate in exploring the Play Pack theme. In addition to the main activities provided in your kit, we extend the fun by providing bonus activities, related videos, and exclusive content in our Play Pack Pals Facebook group.

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New Play Pack themes will be released each month. Check back often or join our mailing list to learn about upcoming ways to play!

New: Crash Course in Engineering

Let’s go to dizzying heights, get lost in puzzling mazes, and build your child’s knowledge of STEM concepts! This Play Pack gets kids’ gears turning about what it means to be an engineer.

We provide everything your child needs for screen-free learning and STEM-related fun. This Play Pack has four engineering-themed activities that spark creativity while exploring the basics of physics, construction, and problem solving. Easy-to-follow instructions provide guidance while also allowing each child to be the engineers of their own fun.

Activities

  • DIY Roller Coaster: Create twists and turns in your very own marble run roller coaster!
  • Tallest Tower: Learn about structures, then use cups, blocks, and other craft supplies to build the tallest tower.
  • Engineer a Bridge: Be a civil engineer! Design and construct a bridge that bears weight.
  • Puzzling Mazes: Make and master a maze that will puzzle your friends.

For a limited time, you can receive all four activities as well as bonus content for just $40 thanks to support from GEICO Cares.

Purchasing with an ICM electronic gift card? Click here

Out of This World

Is your little astronaut ready to look to the skies, explore our universe, and discover what it takes to spend a day in space? We’re “launching” this new program with an Out of This World theme and exploring the mysteries of the universe.

This kit has everything your child needs for a cosmic adventure. As your child completes their missions, they will learn how to communicate ideas, gain motor coordination, express themselves through art, build problem solving skills, and more!

Activities

  • Train to be an Astronaut: Explore the ins and outs of a day in the life of an astronaut as you conduct experiments and complete zero-gravity tasks.
  • Star Stuff: Explore constellations and use chalk to discover the stars through the lens of artist Vincent Van Gogh.
  • To the Moon: Create your own lunar module and help astronauts safely land on earth’s natural satellite—the moon!
  • Make Your Own Flight Deck: Control your very own space mission with this DIY flight deck creation.

For a limited time, you can receive all four activities as well as bonus content for just $40 thanks to support from GEICO Cares.

Purchasing with an ICM electronic gift card? Click here!

Coming Soon: New Play Pack Themes

There’s more fun in store! We will release additional Play Packs in the coming months, with themes ranging from art to STEM to creating “magical” fun at home. Want to be the first to know about future Play Packs? Sign up for our newsletter and never miss an announcement!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I order a Play Pack?

Click here to view our online store and purchase your Play Pack. During the checkout process, you can select whether you’d like pick up your Play Pack or have it shipped to your door. You can also purchase a Play Pack during your next visit the The ICM!

Do I need to buy anything extra to complete the Play Pack activities?

All activity materials are provided in the Play Pack box. The only additional item you may need is a scissors for select activities.

What age range are Play Packs designed for?

Play Packs are specifically designed to be fun for a wide range of ages. Most elementary-aged children will find success with their kits. We recommend adult supervision and support for children under the age of 6. Ages 7 and up can explore independently!

Can I have a Play Pack shipped to my home?

Yes. We can ship your Play Pack to your door for a $10 charge. Simply select this option at check-out!

Do members receive discounts on Play Packs?

No, we are not able to offer a member discount on Play Packs at this time. Click here to learn about the many other benefits that members receive.

How can I order a Play Pack with a electronic gift card?

Purchasing a Play Pack is an excellent use for your digital gift card! Click here to order a Play Pack through our membership portal. 

Once you have placed the Play Pack in your cart, click “checkout” and use the 12-digit gift card code as a form of payment. Choose “gift card” as your form of payment at the top of the checkout page (represented by a picture of a gold card with a red bow). Do not enter it in the discount code box.

Your gift card code was included in the confirmation email you received upon purchasing an electronic gift card. If you have misplaced this code, contact amussman@theicm.org to confirm.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about my order?

Email orders@theicm.org for updates on shipping, timing for Play Pack pick-up, or anything else related to your purchase!

I have more questions about Play Packs. Who can I talk to?

We are always here to help! You can contact us at orders@theicm.org or call 319-625-6255 during our normal business hours.