{Re-Cap} ICMB Family Carnival

What better way to start the summer than with a super fun, family-friendly CARNIVAL!  We had so much fun planning this event for you and your families, with everything from games to prizes to carnival-themed snacks (the cotton candy was gone within minutes!)  It really was a great evening, and we loved watching all of the little ones try their hardest to “win” the games and take home those sought-after prizes!

DSC_0663The Venue

A huge thank you to Mercer Park/Scanlon Gymnasium for hosting us; we love having events at this location!  And thank you for providing the two bounce houses: HUGE HIT.  To find out more about all of the fun things happening at Mercer Park & Scanlon Gymnasium, click here.  We recommend visiting their AWESOME new playground, too!

DSC_0755Our Co-Host

Big thanks to The Family Dental Center for co-hosting the carnival, and for always supporting everything ICMB does in our community.  Family Dental also contributed SUPER fun prizes for the duck pond game, and I have to admit, those prizes have kept my kids busy for DAYS on end!  Super cute eraseable doodle pads, colorful bracelets, and adorable little plastic containers, perfect for holding those teeth as they start falling out!

DSC_0659Our Sponsors

The Bean Bag Toss with the Iowa Children’s Museum was quite a hit, in particular for the airplane prizes!  We always love seeing the friendly faces from the ICM staff, and we know it continues to be a favorite spot for so many moms in the corridor!  For more info on the museum and their upcoming events, click here.

DSC_0644Special thanks to Mercy Pediatric Clinic for joining us and hosting another fun game for the kids!  We loved having them, and we loved watching their little helpers run around the event handing out FREE insulated lunch bags to all of the guests!

DSC_0638Any kids who were at out Easter Egg Hunt this spring were extra excited to see the return of the ninja obstacle course from our friends at the Iowa Gym Nest!!!  Thank you to the friendly, extra-patient staff for watching all of our little ones climb, crawl, and jump through all of their equipment over and over.  If you haven’t visited the Gym Nest before, stop in for a free lunch bunch with the ICMB Summer Passport, any time between now and July 29th! (both Iowa City and Coralville are participating in the passport)

DSC_0641Our Helpers

We could NOT have done this event without all of the help from our ICMB staff, our friends, and even family members who came to lend a hand in making this carnival an amazing family-friendly event for Iowa City!  Special shout out to our own contributor Nikki, from Bravely You Images, for capturing all of the fun in these photos! (Full album to be posted on our Facebook page soon!)

We were so happy to kick off summer with you, and we hope it’s a good one for everyone!  Don’t forget: take some time this summer to visit some of our favorite kid-friendly places by using our Summer Passport, and earn some entries into that $600 prize package!

DSC_0649Thank you again to everyone who came to the carnival, and we hope to see you at future events!  Happy Summer everyone!


Sara and her husband Matt (sweethearts since they were just 16) got married in 2007, and since then have welcomed four beautiful children (Sam in 2008, Cooper in 2010, Nora in 2012, and Adam James in December 2015). A born-and-raised Iowan, Sara received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (in Spanish Literature) from the University of Iowa. She's still teaching Spanish wherever and whenever she can, but her true passion is owning Iowa City Moms and building this community alongside her amazing team. Sara is also the Community Engagement Coordinator for City Mom Collective, and the owner of Cowork Collective downtown Iowa City. Common denominator in all of these jobs: community, community, community.


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