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Check out these great ideas for Family Fun this summer!
There are so many places and events to enjoy, we can’t share them all here. View our Cedar Falls/Waterloo Visitors Guide online HERE to see a list of Things to Do (including Attractions, Amusements and Museums) and to find Sports & Recreation, including a list of city, county and state parks in Black Hawk County.
You'lll also find many more events on our online calendar.
For the kids, we’ve compiled a list of annual events, amusements and museums.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
July 15 - Soul
July 29 - Remember the Titans
August 12 - Frozen II
August 26 - Adventures in Babysitting
Overman Park, Cedar Falls
6:30 – 10:30 pm
Enjoy live, acoustic music and a family-friendly movie under the stars. Live music begins at 6:30 pm and the movie at dusk (around 9:00 pm). Bring blankets and chairs. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase and Bike Tech will have free, valet bicycle parking. To find out this year’s schedule of movies, click HERE. Free admission.
July 15 and August 5, 2022
Big Woods Lake, Cedar Falls
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Join Hartman Reserve Nature Center at Big Woods Lake for some paddling by canoe or kayak! Hartman will provide the canoes, kayaks, life jackets (for all ages) and paddles on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Questions? Visit their website HERE or contact 319-277-2187. Weather announcements will be posted on their Facebook page. Free.
Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum, Cedar Falls
In 2022, we are celebrating the 100th birthday of the Cedar Falls Ice House! But, did you know that the present ice house was not the first one built in Cedar Falls? Free admission to the Victorian Home museum.
AMUSEMENTS & MUSEUMS
This is “xtreme” fun! Omega Strike Laser Tag, Xtreme Games Arcade, The Grid VR and Xtreme Cosmic Bowling are all on the menu of fun at Cadillac XBC in Waterloo.
The family will find lots of fun throughout the season at Riverfront Stadium, home to the Waterloo Bucks! In addition to special nights at the ballpark, the stadium hosts Family Fun Night!
Children and teens will find activities all summer at the library. Weekly Storytimes, Teen Gaming, Madcap Puppets, Teen Nights and much more! Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Check out all their events for kids and teens in the current newsletter HERE or visit their online calendar HERE.
Enjoy Summer Storytime at the arboretum in Waterloo. There will be a variety of story time topics this summer with the Cedar Falls Police Department, Diane the Pioneer Woman and the Cedar Falls Public Library. Admission to the 40-acre arboretum and botanic gardens is $5/adult and $2/child (ages 5-17). Children age 4 and younger enter free.
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!
This trampoline park features wall-to-wall trampolines, dodgeball courts, basketball dunk lanes and an obstacle course! Ask about toddler times!
The District consists of the Grout Museum of History & Science, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Rensselaer Russell House Museum, Snowden House and the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum. In addition to their exhibitions, The District hosts many events throughout the year for kids such as themed tea parties, star parties and Weekly Wonders. Visit their website for information about admission fees. They also have summer camps!
This retail shop in the downtown district of Cedar Falls offers vintage, décor and items for the little ones. They even have a creative space for parties, Toddler Tuesdays and workshops like Mom & Me Learn to Sew!
Experience the evolution of the John Deere tractor and engine at their museum in Waterloo. The museum has free admission!
Enjoy go karts, miniature golf or the waterpark featuring nine major water slides, Maizie the Mermaid, Blue Iguana Lagoon, Tahiti Village and Starfish Cove for the little ones! Admission prices vary depending on the attraction. (photo credit: Lost Island)
Now open daily from 10 am - 6 pm. Five unique realms make up Lost Island Themepark, each with its own distinct architecture, culture and characters. (photo credit: Lost Island)
This obstacle training gym in Cedar Falls has classes for all ages, parties for kids, Next Level Ninja Games, camps and more! Be sure to check out their website for info on class prices and open gym.
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 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).
Kids of all ages will enjoy their current exhibit, “Bear Whistles, Butter Churns & Beyond: Ceramics in Cedar Falls” at the Victorian Home. Let the kids play in the reading loft in the Kids’ Corner, complete scavenger hunts and see the William Lenoir 0 Scale train layout. Or, visit the Ice House Museum, the “coolest” museum in Iowa! Admission to the Victorian Home is free and admission to the Ice House is $5/person (children 12 and under enter free).
The Waterhawks are celebrating 60 years of show skiing! This nationally ranked competitive waterski team performs at Eagle Lake in Evansdale throughout the summer. Learn more about the team and their performances on their website! (photo credit: Waterhawks)
“The Waterloo Center for the Arts stimulates inquiry, provokes dialogue and connects people through the arts.” The Phelps Youth Pavilion is “where art launches a world of wonder, discovery and learning. Kids and families will have fun exploring art and culture with two levels of interactive exhibits…” Phelps Youth Pavilion admission is $5/person.