Family Fun


Summer is full of family fun in the Cedar Valley (Cedar Falls & Waterloo, Iowa)

Check out these great ideas for Family Fun this summer!

Visit The Falls Aquatic Center, Movies Under the Moon, take part in activities with the Cedar Falls Historical Society or take part in classes and programs at The Hearst Center for the Arts and the Cedar Falls Public Library this summer. Lost Island Waterpark and Palmers Family Fun have go-karts, too! 


The Falls Aquatic Center in Cedar FallsThe Falls Aquatic Center

The Falls is an affordable and fun way to stay cool this summer! Enjoy the Lazy River, the Red Drop Slide at Rock Falls, tube and raft slides at Adventure Falls and the Dump Bucket at Safari Falls for only $7 (day-pass). 

Movies Under the Moon in Overman Park in Cedar FallsMovies Under the Moon

Movies Under the Moon features an array of free, family-friendly films under the stars on select Friday nights during the summer at Overman Park in Cedar Falls. Arrive early and bring blankets and lawn chairs. Acoustic music begins at 6:30pm and the feature film begins at dusk (around 9:00pm). Free.  

Enjoy the Cedar Valley Trails - water trails, soft trails and paved trails - find the prairie critter sculptures!Bike and Hike Cedar Valley Trails

Pack a lunch and enjoy a family outing on the Cedar Valley Trails. The Cedar Valley is home to more than 100 miles of paved trails. Venture out to Prairie Lakes and search for Prairie Critter sculptures, work out at a Fitness Zone or just enjoy the view! 

Classes and workshops for children and adults are available at The Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar FallsSummer Camps at the Hearst Center

Choose camps Creativity (ages 3-4), Discovery (ages 5-8) or Exploration (ages 9-12). Fees range from $35-$65 per week. Some class selections include "Big Junk," "Doodlesplats," "Around the World" and "Out of this World."

Enjoy activities and programs at the Cedar Falls Public LibrarySummer at the Cedar Falls Public Library

Events and programs fill the calendar at the Cedar Falls Public Library. Upcoming events include Bubble Wonders, Adult Laser Tag, Teen Slushy Happy Hour, Library 5K for teens, Babloo and more! Free. 

Cedar Falls Fire Rescue is on display at the Cedar Falls Historical Society and they have several events planned for the kids this summer! Cedar Falls Fire Rescue

Visit the new exhibit, “Cedar Falls Fire Rescue: 150 Years.” Climb the mini firehouse in the Kids Corner, read some cool books, make a craft or two, and complete scavenger hunts as you explore the Victorian Home, and the William Lenoir 0 Scale train layout. They have a full list of summer events for the kids, too!

Palmer's Family Fun - go-karts and more!Palmer's Family Fun

Could it be summer without mini golf? What about go-karts, a jumping pillow and laser tag? We don't think so and Palmer's provides fun, safe entertainment for the entire family. They even have a batting cage, driving range and archery tag! Prices vary so be sure to visit their website for individual prices and packages.  

The Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo has mini golf, go-karts and an amazing water park!Lost Island Waterpark

Summer is here and Lost Island has been named one of the top 10 water parks in the U.S. by USA Today for 2017! That means you find adventure at Lost Island: Adventure Golf, Tahiti Village, go-karts, Blue Iguana Lagoon, Lost Soul Falls, Tangerine Tempest and much more! Prices vary depending on the attraction.  

Summer Camps at Hartman Reserve Nature CenterHartman Reserve Summer Camp

Waterloo Center for the Arts and Hartman Reserve Nature Center are teaming up to offer a daily, all-day art camp filled with all things wild! Summer camp fees vary. Visit their website for details.  

And that's not the only fun to be had this summer! Discover your creative sideenjoy a quiet morning with a friend at a local coffee shopshop downtown and visit the Ice House Museum. There’s a lot going on in the Cedar Valley! 

Need more ideas? Stop by the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 6510 Hudson Road and visit with staff and pick up a few brochures or contact us at 800-845-1955 (319-268-4266).