Winter Break Mini Camp

Drop-Off Program for Kindergarten through 5th Graders

Drop off your child at The ICM this winter break for exclusive play opportunities when the museum is closed to the public!

Museum educators will provide supervised play opportunities and enrichment experiences that allow kids to imagine, create, discover and explore our museum space. Participants can also check out special activities like art making stations and basic coding challenges with Bee-Bots. This three-hour play session will allow kids to “choose their own adventure” with a variety of fun ways to play.


Registration is now open! Pre-registration is required for all participants. Click the links below to sign up your child for Winter Break Mini Camp!

SOLD OUT: December 20th Mini Camp
SOLD OUT: December 27th Mini Camp

Schedule: Each session is 3 hours long and meets on Mondays when The ICM is closed to the public.  Extended care (before 1 p.m. or after 4 p.m.) is not available for this Mini Camp.

Cost: $50 per child (10% discount for members!)

Who This Program is For: Children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

Other Program Details

  • Class size is a maximum of 24 students.
  • Our learning environment will include exhibits at The Iowa Children’s Museum as well as our classroom space.
  • Caregivers are asked to bring reusable water bottle for their child each day. Snacks will not be provided.

Health and Safety Protocols

The health of our guests, staff, and program participants in always our top priority. Please view our Health Protocols document for the full details about how we’re protecting the health of everyone in our space.

  • Participants and staff will be required to wear a facial covering during all program activities.
  • Class size is a maximum of 24 students who will be playing throughout the museum (1 adult to every 8 children ratio).
  • Health screenings (with a temperature check) will be required for all participants and staff.
  • Social distancing will be a priority when possible
  • Sharing of materials during activities will be limited
Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

This program is designed for children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Sibling groups are welcome!

Is extended care available?

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

What is the ratio of adults to children?

Our ratio of adults to children is one adult per eight 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 24 participants. The museum will be closed to the public during Winter Break Mini Camp, allowing for extra precautions and social distancing.
  • Sharing materials will be limited; every participant will be provided with their own supplies to complete facilitated activities.
  • Facial coverings are required for both participants and staff.
  • Social distancing will be a priority when possible
  • Health screenings (with a temperature check) will be required for all participants and staff.
  • 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 at least twice 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 and 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.

The Iowa Children’s Museum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes if minimum enrollment (5 children) 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.