Wander and Wonder Title Image Featuring Family at the Beach


Our world still looks a little different these days, but there are still plenty of ways for families to enjoy our state, have fun and learn together! Let us help you (safely) wander the state and wonder about new information and ideas out there. 

Enjoy Mother Nature

Get Your Iowa State Parks Passport

Enjoy Stargazing in These Five Places

Celebrate Your First Catch

See what else Travel Iowa and the Iowa DNR have to offer for outdoor adventures and check out our Pinterest section on enjoying Mother Nature. 


Watch a Great Show

Enjoy our Family Movie Nights every Friday (see upcoming schedule below) and check out our Pinterest page for ideas for activities and snacks to coordinate with each night!

July 31
Odd Squad:
Music Of Sound 311
Odd In 60 Seconds/ 312
Mr. Unpredictable/ 313
Sample Of New York 314
The Sandwich Project 315


Find a Fun Activity

Daily Activity Calendar (June)

Daily Activity Calendar (July)

Learn with Summer Activities from 4-H

Find an Activity From Your Favorite PBS KIDS Show

Do At-Home Lessons with the Blank Park Zoo

Enjoy Cool Activities with the Science Center of Iowa

Check out activity collections from PBS KIDS and some of our local partners - we'll be adding to our Pinterest page all summer for more ideas!


Learn Something New

Local Conservation

Iowa Suffragists

Pandemic History in Iowa (Polio)

Check out one of our new collections above for topics that are top of mind this summer with video and other resources to help your littles learn something new about the world around them. Check out our Pinterest page for more topics to discuss with your kids!


See Iowa's Treasures

Take a peek at one of our drone tours above from our program Iowa Land and Sky or check out some ideas below for virtual and in-person options for seeing Iowa's treasures. Follow us on Pinterest for additional ideas!

Take a Virtual Museum Tour

Go on a Freedom Rock Tour

Enjoy Iowa's Beautiful Waterfalls Collection

See Art on Iowa's Byways