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 things to do indoors in Cedar Rapids!

Indoor Activities for Kids in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Indoor Recreational Programs + Facilities

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation

Age Range: 1 and up

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation department offers all sorts of indoor classes and programs year-round. From art and music classes for toddlers to Nerf shoot-outs and cooking classes for school-agers. Check out their website for more information.

ImON Ice Arena

Age Range: Walking and up

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! They offer both public skate and private and group lessons. Check out their website for hours and pricing.

Bender Pool Open Swim

Age Range: All ages

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!

YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area

Age Range: Preschool and up

The YMCA offers recreation programs for kids in preschool and up. From sports to Zumba and Tae Kwon Do. See their website for pricing and locations.

Looking for information about swim lessons? Check out our Cedar Rapids Swim Lessons Guide!

Cedar Rapids Open Gyms

Kids First Gymnastics

Age Range: Walking and up

Kids First Gymnastics offers a daytime story time for kids, with play time in the gym afterwards! They also offer Preschool Open Gym on Saturdays, as well as occasional Parents’ Night Outs. Check out their website for hours and pricing information.

Somersaults Gymnastics

Age Range: Walking and up

Somersaults Gymnastics offers an Open Gym for kids ages 5-18 and a Tot Open Gym for kids ages 6 and under. Check out their website for hours and pricing information.

Twisters Gymnastics

Age Range: Walking and up

Twisters offers a weekly Open Gym for kids ages 5 and up. They also offer Parent + Tot and Homeschool Open Gyms for kids ages walking-16. Check their website for hours and pricing information.

Cedar Rapids Indoor Play Places

Looking for more places for your kids to burn off energy? Check out our Top 10 Indoor Play Areas in Cedar Rapids!

Cedar Rapids Libraries

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

Story Time offers a story time and play/socialization for pre-k aged children. Mother Goose on the Loose 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

The Ladd Library offers Mother Goose on the Loose: nursery rhymes and play time for children ages newborn-3 years old. They also offer Preschool Story Time, which 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

Toddler Time is on Tuesdays features stories, fingerplays, song and movement. Preschool Storytime also features stories, fingerplays, song and movement. Play & Learn 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

Marion Public Library Story Times include: Baby Time for ages birth to 18 months; Toddler Time for ages 18 months to 3 years; Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5 years; Music and Movement for ages 2-5; and Family Time for all ages.  You can see more of their family-friendly activities on their events page.

Cedar Rapids Museums

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Age Range: All ages

Check out their calendar for some great family-friendly events. The CRMA also offers 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. Check out their website for hours and pricing information.

African American Museum of Iowa

Age Range: All ages

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 and visit their website for hours and pricing information.

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Age Range: All Ages

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. Visit their website for hours and pricing information.

The Iowa Children’s Museum

Age Range: All ages

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! Visit their website for hours and pricing information.

Cedar Rapids Movie Theater Deals

Collins Road Movie Theatre 

Age Range: All ages

Collins Road Movie Theatre in Cedar Rapids frequently offers specials, as well as matinee prices. Collins Road Movie Theatre is a locally owned theatre offering movies not previously shown in Cedar Rapids and second-run hits! Check out their website to see showings and deals!

Galaxy 16 Theatre 

Age Range: All ages

Galaxy 16 Theatre offers matinee pricing, as well as $5 Tuesdays and deals on special showings. Check out their website for showtimes, pricing, and events.

Vinton Movie Theatre

Age Range: All ages

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

AMC Westdale offers matinee pricing as well as Discount Tuesdays (for rewards members). Check out their website for showtimes and pricing.

Other Cedar Rapids Classes & Activities for Kids

Classes with Birth Baby and Beyond

Age Range: Infant-5 years old

Birth Baby and Beyond offers baby yoga, music and movement classes, and play groups. Visit their Facebook page for current details.

The Pointe School of Dance

Age Range: 2-4 years

The Pointe Dance offers Storytime With a Twist on the first Thursday of every month for ages 2-5. It is a free class that includes a story and dance time; registration is required. Get details and register on their website.

Potter’s Obsession

Age Range: All ages welcome, but we recommend preschool and up

Potter’s Obsession is a local shop where you pick a piece of pottery, design and paint it, then they will glaze and fire it for you to pick up later. Hours are seasonal; Call to determine hours (319) 743-9824 or visit their Facebook page.

KidCreate Studio

Age Range: 18 months and up

KidCreate Studio offers art classes and programs for kids ages 18 months and up, including weekday homeschool classes. Visit their website for schedule and pricing information.

Iowa Ceramics Center & Glass Studio

Age Range: Preschool and up

Iowa Ceramics Center & Glass Studio offers classes for multiple age ranges, including family workshops, kids camps, and adult classes. Check out their website for schedule and pricing information.

 

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

 


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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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