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Spring is nearly here and kids around the Cedar Valley are excited about their week off, MARCH 14-18. So, what to do?

Let the kids explore, create and be active! Hartman Reserve Nature Center has planned a road trip for learning and exploring and the Hearst Center for the Arts and the Cedar Falls Public Library have inspiring ideas to keep the kids creative! Sound fun? Check out all 6 great ideas for a spring break adventure for the kids!    

Spring Break Adventures! March 14-18, 2016 in Cedar Falls, Iowa

It's Minion Week!

Spring Break is Minion Week at the Cedar Falls Public Library, March 14-18, 2016 | Cedar Falls, Iowa

Embrace the Minions throughout spring break at the Cedar Falls Public Library with Minion crafts, a Minion hunt and games you can play with your children. And, make plans to watch the Minion movie on Thursday, March 17, at 10:00 am (popcorn and juice will be served).
No charge and no registration required.
524 Main Street, Cedar Falls, 319-273-8643 

Camps Rownd and McElroy

Spring Break at the Hearst Center for the Arts, March 14-18, 2016 | Cedar Falls, Iowa

It’s happening at the Hearst Center for the Arts! Camp Rownd kids (ages 4-9) get to explore art materials and create projects to take home while Camp McElroy kids (ages 10-13) will write, paint and sculpt. Simply choose a day of the week your kids would like to attend and then call to register. 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18. $35 per day, per child.
304 W. Seerley Blvd, Cedar Falls, 319-273-8641 

Family-Friendly Birding

Family-friendly Birding seminar March 14, 2016 at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. Thank you to the Prairie Rapids Audubon Society!

Start the week off with an introduction to local birding at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. On Monday, March 14, Candace Havely of the Prairies Rapids Audubon Society will share information about local species from 9:30 am until 11:00 am. Dress for the outdoors as we may step outside for a short time. And, bring along a photo of a bird you’d like identified. Enjoy hot cocoa and popcorn.
No charge and no registration required.
6510 Hudson Road, Cedar Falls, 319-268-4266

"A Useful Tool: Invention in Cedar Falls"

A Useful Tool: Invention in Cedar Falls exhibit, Cedar Falls, Iowa Historical Society

You’re invited to explore the Cedar Falls Historical Society’s newest exhibit and discover the inventions that helped shape Cedar Falls. While at the Victorian Home (Carriage House), let the kids tinker in the Kids Corner and together, take on the challenge of an indoor scavenger hunt and see the William Lenoir 0 Scale train display. It’s family fun!
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm during spring break.
No charge and no registration required
308 W. 3rd Street, Cedar Falls, 319-266-5149

3 on 3 Youth Spring Break Basketball Tournament

It's Spring Break Tournament time for youth! March 14, 2016 at the Cedar Falls Rec Center

Stay active and join our coed, 2nd to 8th grade basketball tournament on Monday, March 14, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. There are a variety of divisions. Be sure to check the Rec Center website for guidelines.
Registration is required by March 12 and the fee is $30 per team.
110 E. 13th Street, Cedar Falls, 319-273-8636

Spring Break Camp - Road Trips

A Spring Break Adventure for kids! Road trip every day of spring break to great locations in central and eastern Iowa! Sponsored by Hartman Reserve Nature Center, March 14-18, 2016

Now this is an adventure! Every day, March 14-18, kids (4th – 6th grades) will take a road trip and explore several destinations including Maquoketa Caves, U of I Natural History Museum, Rockford Fossil & Prairie Park, ISU Reiman Gardens and more! You won’t want to miss what the Hartman Reserve Nature Center has planned each day! Registered students will need to dress appropriately for the weather and bring a sack lunch and refillable water bottle.
Fee is $200 per child (for the week) if pre-registered. Walk-in registration is $230 per child, but you must call ahead to be sure room is available.
Registered students will meet at the Black Hawk County Conservation Board (1346 W. Airline HWY, Waterloo). Questions can be directed to Hartman Reserve Nature Center at 319-277-2187.


Parents, the kids aren’t the only ones who can enjoy Spring Break! Explore the trails, discover your creative side or enjoy a quiet morning with a friend at a local coffee shop. To discover spring break activities taking place in Waterloo, please visit the World’s Greatest Spring Break. There’s a lot going on in the Cedar Valley!