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The Iowa Children’s Museum launches new summer program for kids


CORALVILLE, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Iowa Children's Museum ('ICM') has launched a six week program called, "Summer Shorts" where kids can come and play outdoor activities together, in local parks across Eastern Iowa.

Starting Monday, June 21, parks in Coralville, Iowa city, North Liberty, and Cedar Rapids which have partnered with ICM, will begin this community program.

ICM's weekly schedule will be the following:

  • Monday: The ICM will be in Central Park in Coralville from 9:30 – 11:30 AM.
  • Tuesday: The ICM will be at a different park in Iowa City in conjunction with Iowa City Rec N’ Roll events from 6:30 – 8 PM.
  • Wednesday: The ICM is also providing Summer Shorts programming at the North Liberty Summer Free Lunch and Fun program.
  • Thursday: The ICM will be at Greene Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids from 1:30 – 3:30 PM in conjunction with Rollin’ Recmobile events.

Weekly activities are based on different themes, so there will always be something new to learn!

During this six-week program, the activity themes are as follows:

  • 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.

To view the full schedule of events and learn more about this community play series by visiting

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