Worlds Greatest Spring Break For Kids Worlds Greatest Spring Break For Kids!
Enjoy $1 admission to downtown Waterloo attractions March 18-22!
Several local organizations and the R.J. McElroy Trust are teaming up again to
offer what they consider the World's Greatest Spring Break For Kids, in downtown Waterloo.
From March 18-22, “Spring-breakers” will have an opportunity to experience affordable
interactive fun related to art, culture, history, science and sports at several downtown Waterloo
attractions - all within a six-block radius! Sponsored by the R.J. McElroy Trust, the World’s
Greatest Spring Break For Kids will give visitors five days of $1 admission at seven amazing
downtown Waterloo attractions. The Ramada Hotel is also offering a special $55/night hotel rate
during March 18-22 (subject to availability) – call 319.233.7560.
The week of March 18-22, the Phelps Youth Pavilion & new Phelps FunSpace in College
Square Mall, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum &
Grout Museum of History and Science and National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable
Museum will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and include discounted
admission to $1/child and $1/adult attending with a child.
The Black Hawk Children’s Theatre will feature live interactive performances Monday through Friday at 1pm and 3pm. Enjoy open
skating at Young Arena Monday through Thursday, March 18-21 from noon to 1pm, 2 to 3pm
and 4 to 5pm. (Additional $1 for skate rental. Helmets and pads recommended.) Kids can pioneer
through a great adventure within a book at the Waterloo Public Library Monday through
Thursday, 9am to 9pm and Friday, 9am to 6pm (free admission).
In addition to five days of fun, be sure to check out the greatest one day specials on Thursday
and Friday, March 21-22! On Thursday, enjoy hands on fun and learn the art of crocheting, tying
blankets, origami and more at the Waterloo Public Library from 10am to noon (free admission).
Explore science, technology, and healthy living hands-on activities on Thursday from 10am to
3pm at the Black Hawk County 4-H I Tried It Club, Grout Museum (included with $1 Grout
Museum admission). On Friday, experience the Digital Arts Studio at the Waterloo Center for
the Arts 11am, 1pm and 3pm (free admission). Also, enjoy an action-packed day of activities at
Quakerdale’s Mini-Mobile Camp, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts from 10am to 5pm ($1
“Projects like this pay tribute to McElroy and also fulfill his last wish – to benefit deserving young
people. All of these downtown attractions symbolize historical and creative ways to engage youth,
and truly enhance the renaissance of downtown Waterloo,” noted Stacy Van Gorp, Executive
Director of the R.J. McElroy Trust. “We are very fortunate to have these caliber of attractions in
our community, and providing kids with low-cost access to these amazing venues is a great way
to honor McElroy’s business and philanthropic contributions.”
A few tips to make the most of visitors’ World’s Greatest Spring Break For Kids experience: All
kids must be accompanied by an adult; bring enough grown-ups, supervision required; come
early - attractions will be busy; use overflow parking; watch for specials at downtown restaurants;
make it a vacation with the Ramada Hotel; plan ahead - special hours at each site; visit
www.worldsgreatestspringbreak.com for details; and plan to HAVE FUN!
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