“Children still need a childhood with dirt, mud, puddles, trees, sticks, and tadpoles.” - Brooke Hampton I couldn’t agree more.  Being outdoors and exploring nature provides something for everyone in the family.  There are countless opportunities for discovery, creativity, stress...
We all know that this summer is turned upside down. Most local pools are closed. However, you can still cool off at local splash pads and beaches! *Be sure to check ahead regarding closures and updates. Things can change...
My kids and I transitioned from our family home to a temporary rental for a beat. And the rental does not have central air. It was something I hadn’t had to deal with since my childhood. As an adult,...
Although it feels weird at first, it’s time to start adjusting to a partially open society.  Some things are closed through the summer, but most are opening back up (though looking a bit different).  I want to take advantage...
If you have water babies like I do, the announcement that Cedar Rapids/Marion pools will not open this summer was not a welcome one. I, for one, was excited that Little was old enough to have an afternoon at the pool...
Summer brings its own messes and extra chores. So, I was craving an engaging way for the kids to be aware of all they can do to help out because summer break is for parents, too! I'm not big on...
It was about two weeks ago that I started freaking out about the impending pandemic summer. Summer break is usually what, ten weeks long? We leave school in June, excited about summer camps, pool days, and lazy nights by the...
“I’m bored.” Ah, the infamous statement children solemnly and exasperatedly say at some point during summer break. The school year is finished, and the thrill and excitement of summer vacation is upon us. I’m craving the hot and carefree summer days,...
Summer is my second favorite season for one reason alone...CAMPING! I've camped in many sorts of campsites; anything from rustic to electric and water at the site to RAGBRAI. It doesn't matter to me. I love it anyway, though...
In March I found out I’d be working from home with all of the kids. As our time together continued its indefinite extension, especially with school being canceled, I tapped into every resource I could for activities to keep...
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5 Places to Explore Caves Near Cedar Rapids

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Grab your flashlights and get ready to explore some cool caves within a short drive from Cedar Rapids. In fact, grab your jackets, too,...