Family Fun

7 Family-Friendly Winter Activities


posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019

With these bitterly cold days upon us, you may be experiencing cabin fever. Or maybe you just need to get the kids out of the house to burn some energy. Whatever your reason, we have compiled a list of family-friendly winter activities to do here in Waterloo.

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Public ice skating at Young Arena

Ice Skating
Young Arena’s public skating is a fun-filled atmosphere for all ages to enjoy. Admission is $5. If you don’t own skates you can rent them there for $3. The sessions begin in late July and run through April. Check out the website for public skating tips and times.

Tea Parties
On the second Saturday of each month, you can find a different themed tea party at the Grout Museum District’s Snowden House. Each tea party will include crafts and activities that coincide with that month’s theme, as well as Scratch Cupcakes, other fun treats and classic low tea. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for Non-members. Preregistration is required. You can register by visiting their calendar or by calling 319.234.6357. 

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Black Hawk Children's Theatre production

Classes and Shows
Do you have a budding actor or actress in your house?  The Black Hawk Children’s Theatre offers classes for all age groups. Cost varies depending on the class.  Their website has a list of classes, dates, and prices.  Or you can call their office at 319.235.0367. If you’d rather just watch instead of performing, they offer four live performances each season. 

Waterloo has seven museums all within one mile of each other in the downtown area. We have anything from history, to science, to art, to agriculture to offer.  Kids can have fun at all the museums with offering some hands-on activities. Admission costs vary by location.

Waterloo has two bowling allies for some fun with family and friends.

  • Maple Lanes located at 2608 University Avenue offers 32 lanes and food at the KingPin Bar & Grill.
  • Cadillac XBC at 650 La Porte Road offers 32 lanes for bowling plus an arcade and laser tag. 

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Get Air Waterloo

Trampoline Park
What better way is there to burn off some energy than to jump around in a trampoline park? Get Air Waterloo is located at 3729 University Avenue and offers wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, ninja courses and more.

You can get creative, learn about history or science and more with the workshops offered at  The Waterloo Public Library, Waterloo Center for the Arts/Phelps Youth Pavilion, and Grout Museum District. Visit their websites for a complete listing of workshops and activities for many different ages and areas of interest.

We hope this helps inspire you to get out and experience Waterloo's many activities and attractions during these cold winter months. 

For a complete list of activities and events visit our on-line 2019 Visitors Guide or our calendar of events

- Annette Freeseman, Experience Waterloo
- Photo Credit: Young Arena, Black Hawk Children's Theatre, and Megan Eberhart

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  8. grout museum of history and science
  9. ice skating
  10. john deere tractor and engine museum
  11. maple lanes
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  13. national wrestling hall of fame dan gable museum
  14. phelps youth pavilion
  15. snowden house
  16. sullivan brothers iowa veterans museum
  17. tea
  18. theatre
  19. trampoline park
  20. waterloo center for the arts
  21. waterloo public library
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