Beat Cabin Fever: Indoor Activities for Kids in Cedar Rapids

There are always days that we can’t wait for nice weather to arrive so we can escape the house and let the kids run off their energy outside. Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t always permit for that! If it’s one of those days where you just can’t remain inside any longer, you need some adult interaction, or just a change of scenery with the kids, check out this awesome list of Cedar Rapids indoor activities for kids and Cedar Rapids indoor playgrounds! {Be sure to call ahead and verify hours before heading out!}

Cedar Rapids Recreational Facilities

AirFx Trampoline Park

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: Visit their website for the current calendar

Cost: M-Th $10/1 hour, $13/90 minutes, $16/120 minutes  |  Weekend/Holidays: $12/1 hour, $16/90 minutes, $20/120 minutes; Grip socks are required and are $2

AirFX also offers Junior Jumpers, where kids under the age of 6 can jump around the whole park. This is offered Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00-10:15 a.m. for $5, with one adult free. They also have a kid zone for children under 48 inches during regular open jump times; which is $7 per hour. Kids and parents both love burning off energy at this Cedar Rapids indoor trampoline park!  

Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Age Range: Walking and up

Dates/Times: Visit their website for the monthly public skating schedule

Cost: Weekday sessions $5 admission/$2 skate rental  |  Weekend sessions $6 admission/$2 skate rental  |  Children under 3 skate FREE | $5 admission+skate rental on Fridays 1:30-5pm

The Cedar Rapids Ice Arena is a great place to go if you’re looking for indoor activities in Cedar Rapids during both the winter and summer months! 

Play Station 

Age Range: Crawling to 12 years

Dates/Times: T-Sa 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  |   Su 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. | see hours for special times

Cost: Various day passes, family passes, or season passes offered.

The Play Station in Cedar Rapids offers a 3 level indoor play center specially designed for kids 12 and under. They also offer a laser maze and arcade.  On weekdays they have Tot Time from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. where kids 6 and under are $4 (parents are free). On Thursdays they have Family Fun Night from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with an admission rate of $5/person. Get more info on their events page.

SkyZone

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: Visit their website for the current calendar

Cost: $12/60 minutes, $16/90 minutes, $20/120 minutes; Sky Socks are required and are $2.99

SkyZone also offers Toddler Time for children 6 and under from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Fridays and Sundays for $7.99/child, with one adult free. Your kids will be begging to go to this Cedar Rapids indoor trampoline park again and again! 

Bender Pool Open Swim

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: Fri 3:30-7:30 p.m.  |  Sun 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Cost: $5.25 or season pass

Open Swim is great for all ages and their baby pool is perfect for toddlers!! This is one of our favorite indoor swimming pools in Cedar Rapids!

Cedar Rapids Open Gym Times

Kids First Gymnastics

Age Range: Walking and up

Story Time is free and on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:15-10:15 a.m. The first half is story time and the second half is play time in the gym. You can stay and play for an extra hour from 10:15-11:15 a.m. for $5 per child. 

Preschool Open Gym is for ages 3-6 on Saturdays from 12:15-1:15 p.m. and costs $10 per child.

Parent’s Night Out is for ages 5-17 (boys 5-14) on Saturdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and pizza and drink are included for $20.

Somersaults Gymnastics 

Age Range: Walking and up

Tot Open Gym takes place on Fridays from Noon-1:00 p.m. for kids ages 6 and under. Cost is $5/child. 

Open Gym is Saturdays from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for ages 5-18. It is a $10 fee for current students or a $15 fee for non-students (must attend with a student). 

Twisters Gymnastics

Age Range: Walking and up

Twisters offers a Parent-Tot Open Gym for children walking-6 years old on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m.-Noon for $5/child.

Open Gym is on Sundays from Noon-2:00 p.m. for children ages 5 and up and costs $8. You do not need to be a current student to attend open gym.

Homeschool Open Gym for children walking-13 years on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for $5/child.

Cedar Rapids Area Indoor Playgrounds

Lindale Mall indoor playground

Age Range: Crawling to early school age

Dates/Times: M-Sat 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.  |   Sun Noon-6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Let the kids explore indoors at the soft indoor play area in Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids…located near Sears.

Coral Ridge Mall indoor playground       

Age Range: Crawling to early-school age

Dates/Times: M-Sat 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.  |  Sun 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

If you’re headed to the Coralville area, check out the soft indoor play area at Coral Ridge Mall…located by Barnes and Noble.

Kids’ Campsite

Age Range: Infant-early school age (must be 48″ tall or under)

Days/Times: M-F 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  |  Sat & Sun 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

The Kids’ Campsite is located at the North Liberty Community Center. It’s a soft indoor play area with a DOOR to keep your little ones contained!! 

Cedar Rapids Libraries & Museums

We are very fortunate to have such great local public libraries/museums in this area. The Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha public libraries are very welcoming to families with children of all ages. They offer classes, activities and get-togethers for infants, toddlers, school-agers, teens, and adults. Below lists a couple of the opportunities at each library; check out their websites for more current activities.

Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: M-Th 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  |  F-Sa 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  |   Su 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Storytime is on Tuesdays from 10:00-10:30 a.m. and offers a story time and play/socialization for pre-k aged children. Mother Goose on the Loose is on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:25 a.m. and offers nursery rhymes and play time for children ages newborn-3 years old. On their monthly event page you can also find dates for a parachute time, movie showings, activities for school-agers, teen gatherings, and more. You can also find out more in our Guide to the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Cedar Rapids Ladd Public Library

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: M-Th 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  |  F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  | Sa Closed  |  Su 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Mother Goose on the Loose is on Mondays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and offers nursery rhymes and play time for children ages newborn-3 years old. Preschool Story Time is on Thursdays from 10:00-10:30 a.m. and emphasizes Every Child Ready to Read elements (Talk, Play, Read, Write, and Sing). You can find more events for family members of all ages at the Ladd Library on their events page.

Hiawatha Public Library

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: M-Th 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  |  F-Sa 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  |  Su 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Toddler Time is on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:00 a.m and features stories, fingerplays, song and movement. Storytime is on Wednesdays at 10:30 for ages 3-5 and features stories, fingerplays, song and movement. Play & Learn is on Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m. and features play time for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. There are lots of other story times and activities the take place throughout the month. Visit their events page for more info!

Marion Public Library

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: M-Th 9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.  |   F-Sa 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  |   Su 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Marion Public Library Story Times include: Baby Time on Thursdays from 10:30-11:00 a.m. for ages birth to 18 months; Toddler Time on Tuesdays & Fridays from 10:00- 10:20 a.m. for ages 18 months to 3 years; Preschool Story Time on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10:45-11:15 a.m. for ages 3-5 years; and Family Time on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for all ages.  You can see more of their family-friendly activities on their events page.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: T/W/F/Su Noon-4:00 p.m.  |  Th Noon-8:00 p.m.  |   Sa 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost: Adults- $7, Seniors(62+)- $6, College students (with ID)- $6, Children (ages 6-18)- $3, Children under age 6 are free

Check out their calendar for some great family-friendly events. They also offer Off-the-Wall Art Boxes to help make the exhibits more interactive for kids of all ages. These boxes help make exhibits more accessible for children and include crafts, touchables, and even dress up options. The boxes are free and must be returned at the end of your visit. `

African American Museum of Iowa

Age Range: All ages 

Days/Times: Tu-Sa 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  |  Su-M Closed

Cost: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Youth $2.50, Children under 5 FREE

Learn about African American history in Cedar Rapids through the museum’s permanent exhibit, as well as their changing temporary exhibits. The museum also offers occasional learning opportunities for kids ages 5 and up. Check their events page for more details.

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Age Range: All Ages

Days/Times: M-Sa 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  |  Su Noon-4:00 p.m.

Cost: Adults $10, Seniors $9, Veterans $5, Students 14+ $5, Youth 6-13 $3, 5 and under FREE

The NCSML in Cedar Rapids is a terrific place to take your kids to learn about Czech history, traditions, and culture. They also offer great family-friendly events throughout the year so be sure to check out their events page.

The Iowa Children’s Museum

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: T-Th, and Sa 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  |   F 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  |   Sun 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. |M Closed

Cost: 1-59 $9, Seniors (60+) $8, Under 1 FREE

The Iowa Children’s Museum is located in the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville and offers a variety of exhibits and programs for children of all ages to expand their imagination and be creative; you can easily spend the whole day there! Admission is free during STEM Family Free Nights on the last Friday night of the month! Check out their events page for more event info!

Cedar Rapids Movie Theater Deals

Collins Road Movie Theatre 

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: varies

Cost: $5/matinee (movies before 6pm), $6/evening, $1-additional for 3D movies

Collins Road Movie Theatre in Cedar Rapids is currently offering $4 Tuesdays, all day, all movies. Collins Road Movie Theatre is a locally owned theatre offering movies not previously shown in Cedar Rapids and second-run hits!

Galaxy 16 Theatre 

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: varies

Cost: $6/early bird (movies before 11am), $8.75/adult matinee, $11.25/adult evening, $7.75/children (3-11) and seniors (60+), additional charges for 3D and Superscreen movies

Check out their website for special pricing and events.

Vinton Movie Theater 

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: varies

Cost: $3/ main floor 2D, $4/main floor 3D, $6/balcony 2D, $8/balcony 3D.

On the Vinton Movie Theatre website you can download their monthly calendar for their current movie showings. This is a great small town movie theater that plays a couple different family-friendly movies throughout each month.

AMC Classic Westdale 12

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: varies

Cost: $6.99-7.99/adults, $4.99-7.99/children, $4.99/matinee

$5 Tuesdays where admission is $4.99+tax and a popcorn/soda combo is also $5. Must be an AMC Rewards Member for special pricing.

Other Cedar Rapids Indoor Classes & Activities

Classes at Baby Time 

Age Range: Infant-4 years old

Dates/Times: Music on the Move is offered Wed and 2nd and 4th Sat of the month at 9:15 a.m. or 10:15 a.m.

Cost: Punch card 4 classes/$41  |  Single class drop-in $12.50  |  Additional siblings 50% off

Music on the Move Class is offered at Baby Time. They also offer other classes, which you can view here.

Classes at Birth Baby and Beyond 

Age Range: Infant-5 years old

Cost: Varies

Classes: They offer various classes for each age group including Music and More, Motor Skills playgroup, and Baby Signs. Get class details here.

The Pointe School of Dance 

Age Range: 2-4 years

Cost: Free

The Pointe Dance offers Storytime With a Twist on the first Thursday of every month from 10:00-10:30 a.m. for ages 2-5. It is a free class that includes a story and dance time; registration is required.

New Bo Market

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: Th/F 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  |  Sa 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  |   Su 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost: Varies

New Bo Market in Cedar Rapids is a great place to explore and find some new favorite local food options, art, and events. On Friday nights during the months of October-December New Bo offers free family trivia, bingo, or music.

Indian Creek Nature Center

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: Mon CLOSED  |  T-Sat 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  |  Sun Noon-4:00 p.m. | Trails open 5:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Visit Indian Creek Nature Center’s Amazing Space and even venture outdoors if the weather is decent! They also offer fun programs and special events. Get more info on their events page.

Wikiup Hill Learning Center 

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  |  Sat 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m  |  Sun 1:00-4:00 p.m. Area hours: sunrise to sunset

Cost: Free

Wikiup Hill is located near Toddville, just on the NW side of Cedar Rapids. Wikiup Hill offers various events and learning opportunities throughout the week for different age groups, including options for both indoor and outdoor weather. Options includes a bird viewing area, wildlife viewing area, interpretive trails, observation deck, wetland boardwalk, prairie, woodland, and savanna habitats, Native American Mounds, cross-country skiing, and more. Plus, don’t forget to enjoy their new Wandering Woods outdoors educational play area!

Potter’s Obsession 

Age Range: All ages welcome

Dates/Times: Hours are seasonal; Call to determine hours (319) 743-9824 or visit their Facebook page

Cost: $7 studio fee + price of pottery

Potter’s Obsession is a great local shop where you pick a piece of pottery (mug, frames, bowls, vases, piggy banks, and more), you get to design and paint it, then they will glaze and fire it for you to pick up later.

Are you looking for a place to host your next birthday party? Check out our Cedar Rapids Birthday Party Guide!!

Do you have other favorite indoor activities for kids in Cedar Rapids? Please let us know! 


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Megan Moore
Megan was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, where she met her husband Thomas while attending high school. Megan attended Mount Mercy University and completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Megan currently resides in Benton County, with their "120lb lap dog" Macey and two cats. Megan is currently mama to two girls age 4 and 2, with another baby due next fall. In her spare time, Megan loves to read, binge watch her favorite shows, or try to sneak in a nap.

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  1. You can also visit the Helen G Nassif YMCA, Stoney Point YMCA or Marion YMCAs for a guest price and enjoy open swim and open gym times. The max guest fee for families is $20. Reduced community swim fee on Fridays is $3 for 0-18 and $4 for 19 and above. For available open swim and open gym times visit their website at http://www.crmetroymca.org.

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