Let’s Play in the Park

Join the Iowa Children’s Museum on Mondays in Coralville, Tuesdays in Iowa City, and Thursdays in Cedar Rapids for FREE hands-on fun in outdoor spaces. Each week, we will bring new activities to the park based on a theme. Not just for kids, this series will make the whole family smile.

The ICM is excited to also provide Summer Shorts programming on Wednesdays at the North Liberty Summer Free Lunch and Fun program.

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Weather Updates

Cancellations related to inclement weather will be shared here and on our Facebook/Instagram stories.

7/12 – Cancelled due to rain

When & Where

With a new theme and activities each week, we hope you will join us throughout the summer for some outdoor fun and games.

Cardboard Creation (6/21 – 6/24): Inspired by the book “Not a Box” by Antionette Portis, we will let our imaginations run free, construct amazing cardboard creations, and discover how a box can be anything.

Outdoor Detective (6/28 – 7/1): Nature leaves clues everywhere about what plants are growing, animals that live close by, and how much is really going on in the world around you. All you have to do is take a closer look!

Moves and Music (7/5 – 7/8): Let’s make some noise! This week we will have dance parties, explore instruments, and hunt for sounds in our environment.

Science of Sports (7/12 – 7/15):  Catch a glimpse into sports like frisbee golf and hula hooping and explore the physics that make them work!

Engineering Escapades (7/19 – 7/22): Come build castles, forts, bridges, towers, and whatever else your brain designs with us!

Let’s Make a Mess (7/26 – 7/29):  Using the great outdoors as our canvas, we will explore non-traditional tools and art mediums, including melting ice sculptures, water art, and chalk painting.

Full Schedule

Mondays in Coralville (9:30-11:30 am)

  • 6/21 – Central Park in Coralville
  • 6/28 – Central Park in Coralville
  • 7/5 – Central Park in Coralville
  • 7/12 – Central Park in Coralville
  • 7/19 – Central Park in Coralville
  • 7/26 – Central Park in Coralville

Tuesdays in Iowa City (6:30-8 pm) – In conjunction with Iowa City Rec N’ Roll Events

  • 6/22 – Mercer Park
  • 6/29 – Hickory Hill South Park
  • 7/6 – Willow Creek Park
  • 7/13 – Fairmeadows Park
  • 7/20 – Happy Hollow
  • 7/27 – Kiwanis Park

Wednesdays at the North Liberty Summer Free Lunch and Fun Program

Thursdays in Cedar Rapids (1:30-3:30 PM) – In conjunction with Rollin’ Recmobile events

  • 6/24 – Greene Square Park
  • 7/1 – Greene Square Park
  • 7/8 – Greene Square Park
  • 7/15 – Greene Square Park
  • 7/22 – Greene Square Park
  • 7/29 – Greene Square Park
Health & Wellness

Let’s play safely! We recommend all participants (2 years and older) wear a mask while they play. Activities are design to provide opportunities for fun while social distancing.

Please note that Summer Shorts is NOT a drop-off program. Children must have adult supervision during their playtime. We will provide activities that make the whole family smile.

Sponsored By

Coralville Community Fund