All Things Fall: Guide to Family Events in the Iowa City Area

It’s the season of back-to-school, football games, changing leaves, and shorter days, with Halloween just around the corner. Here’s our “All Things Fall” guide to family-friendly activities in the Iowa City area and Corridor, brought to you by Hancher. Get your calendars ready, and choose a few activities to take in this fall. As an added bonus, many of these family events are FREE!fall family events guide iowa city corridor


September

Friday, September 20

What: Friday Flick: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder stars as the elusive chocolatier in this classic from 1971.
Who: All ages (film is rated G)
When: Fri., Sept. 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Saturday, September 21

What: Apfelfest – It’s All About Apples! This one-day event is all about America’s favorite fruit. It’s a beautiful time to visit the Colonies and you’ll find apple treats, apple gifts, and apple desserts at many of the businesses. Of course, a local orchard will be on hand to sell you fresh apples to take home. Take the Apfelfest Sampling Stroll and visit a variety of businesses that will all have something apple for you to sample, then when you’ve finished turn in your brochure and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate.

A highlight of Apfelfest is the Amana Meat Shop’s Apple Gouda Brats. You can purchase some to take home or head to the brewery where they’ll be on the grill. Wash them down with a little Millstream beer or root beer and listen to the music. What a great fall day!
Who: All ages
When: Sat. Sept. 21, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Amana Colonies, 622 46th Ave., Amana
Cost: Free other than the cost of apple goodies you purchase

What: Smithsonian Museum Day. Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Sept. 21
Where: Participating museums in our extended area include:

Cost: Free, just download your ticket that provides free admission for two people!

What: Ely Library International Peace Day Celebration. Join us on for International Peace Day! We’ll have activities for all ages including: cookie decorating with peace symbols, creating a mural to be hung up in the library for everyone to see, and learning about how this day is celebrated around the world. We’ll also have some books about love and peace to share with everyone. A great event for everyone who loves reading, art, community building, or eating cookies!
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Sept. 21, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: Ely Public Library, 1519 Dows St., Ely
Cost: Free

What: Barnes & Noble Storytime & Activities Featuring Batman 5-Minute Stories. Celebrate Batman Day with this special Storytime! Kids of all ages will love this collection of tales featuring Batman and the other DC superheroes in action. Activities to follow, plus, get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.
Who: This book geared toward readers ages 3-7
When: Sat., Sept. 21, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

What: Stage production of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure. Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film! Filled with outlandish characters and adventure galore, Madagascar will leave you no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Sept. 21 at 1:00 p.m., Sat. Sept. 28 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Sat., Oct. 5 at 1:00 p.m., Sat. Oct. 12 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Old Creamery Theater, 39 38thAve, Amana
Cost: $10.50 per ticket

What: Barnes & Noble Batman Day Event. It’s Batman Day! Join us to celebrate 80 years of Gotham City’s greatest defender with a photo standee, memory game, and activities. Plus, get a coupon from our Café for a $4 Flatbread with any Café purchase.
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Sept. 21, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

What: Moon Walk & Star Party. Fall nights and the STARS are OUT! Come join Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) and view planets, stars and other celestial bodies with the help of local Amateur Astronomers. Don’t worry if the sky is cloudy, we will have alternative nighttime activities lined up and ready to go. Spend the evening under the stars as we listen for owls and other nocturnal creatures. Come out early and see Jupiter in the daytime! Stay for nighttime snacks including Gourmet S’mores and refreshments!
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Sept. 21, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: Penn Meadows Park, 250 N. Dubuque St., North Liberty
Cost: Free. Advance registration is requested. Please RSVP by showing you’re going on Facebook.

All Things Fall: Guide to Family Activities in the Iowa City Area

Sunday, September 22

What: Farm Cycle 2019. Benefitting the Bike Library. Join us for a day of bicycling local farms, food, and ferments. The farms on the tour are Calico Farm, Johson County Historic Poor Farm, Muddy Miss Farms, Walker Homestead, and Lucky Star Farm. Each farm tour will be paired with a local chef serving up seasonal gustatory delights! There are 3 routes to choose from: 22 mile (all pavement & trails), 30 mile (pavement & trails + 2 miles of gravel), and 40 mile (pavement & trails + 9 miles of gravel). What you get: A full day of signed bike routes, breakfast, lunch stops, farm tours, water, and beverages, plus a post-ride-fiesta at Big Grove Brewery. Bike out to the farms, meet your local farmers and take a tour, eat and drink delicious local food and craft beverages!
Who: Geared toward adults, although there are student tickets available
When: Sun., Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Start and end at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom, 1225 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City
Cost: Student tickets $25-35; Adult tickets $35-50

What: Barnes & Noble Baby & Me Storytime – Silly Lullaby. Join us as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. Plus, get a free Starbucks tall, hot or iced coffee.
Who: Children 0-24 months old
When: Sun., Sept. 22, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

What: Fall Equinox Celebration. Enjoy the season’s bounty at the outdoor edible classroom the day before the Equinox.
Who: All ages
When: Sun., Sept. 22, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Where: Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City
Cost: Free

What: Local Author Fair. Iowa is rich in literary tradition. Come meet local Iowa authors and learn about ways to get involved in the writing community. Authors for all ages will be represented and have their books available for purchase/signing. Kathy Bresnahan (The Miracle Season) and Linda Betsinger McCann (Lost History in Iowa) are among the authors who will be there!
Who: All ages
When: Sun., Sept. 22, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free

What: The Iowa Children’s Museum Nature Play: All About Birds. Our feathered friends are going to head south for the winter soon, and there is no better time to learn all about them! Fly through the sky, see what they eat, and make yourself sound like one as you join us for an afternoon of feather-filled fun!
Who: Kids and tweens
When: Sun., Sept. 22, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Kent Park at the Whip-Poor-Will shelter, 2048 Hwy 6 NW, Oxford
Cost: Free, but registration is required at this link.

What: Sunday Funday: Hispanic Ojos de Dios. This past week kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month, so we are going to make a traditional craft this week. We will create Ojos de Dios, Spanish for “Eyes of God”, made from yarn woven around a cross figure. The spiritual eye of the Ojos de Dios is thought by some believers to have the power to see and understand things unknown to the physical eye.
Who: Children and their families (This is listed for both kids & teens)
When: Sun., Sept. 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ** CALL…time is also listed for 3:00p **
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

What: Party in the Park: North Market Square Park. Part of Party in the Park, a popular City of Iowa City program. this event will take place at Brookland Park. Connect with friends, family, and neighbors! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music, games, arts and crafts, and treats. The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre will perform at 4 p.m., followed by the blues band The Tornadoes at 4:30 p.m. The Northside Neighborhood will serve sandwiches, chips, and drinks.
Who: Families
When: Sun., Sept. 22, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Where: North Market Square Park, 600 Fairchild Dr., Iowa City
Cost: Free

Tuesday, September 24

What: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: When to see a genetic counselor. As more health information becomes available through DTC testing, how does one decipher what results may be of concern? Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals with specialized education in genetics and counseling to support individuals and families at risk for, or diagnosed with, a variety of inherited conditions. Throughout this presentation, we will discuss the role of a genetic counselor, the range of specialties UIHC genetic counselors work in, and whether you should consider seeing a genetic counselor when it comes to DTC testing.
Who: Adults
When: Tues., Sept. 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A
Cost: Free

What: Movie Night: Green Book. Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour through the Deep South. While there, during this time of racial segregation, they must rely on “The Green Book” to help find restaurants and hotels safe for African-Americans. The Green Book is approximately 2.25 hours long.  Refreshments, including fresh-popped popcorn, will be served.
Who: Kids 13 and up (movie is rated PG-13)
When: Tues., Sept. 24, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., Coralville
Cost: Free

Wednesday, September 25

What: Doodlebugs with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Doodlebugs is a free preschool program that combines storytelling and crafting based on exhibits at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Registration required and limited!
Who: Pre-K and under
When: Wed., Sept. 25, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free, but registration requested here.

What: Iowa City Moms 7th Annual Apple Orchard Playdate. Join us for our 7th annual trip to Wilson’s! We will take two tractor rides out (4:15 and 4:45) and you can also snag a ticket that includes a delicious, gooey apple turnover! Can’t wait to see you there!
Who: All ages
When: Wed., Sept. 25, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Where: Wilson’s Orchard, 4823 Dingleberry Rd, NE, Iowa City
Cost: Tractor ride only: $4, Tractor ride + turnover: $7, babies under 1: Free. Purchase tickets here!

All Things Fall: Guide to Family Activities in the Iowa City Area

What: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) returns with a concert featuring music by American composers and guitar virtuosos. Front and center: Road to the Sun, a new work by the incomparable Pat Metheny written for LAGQ.
Who: All ages
When: Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hancher, 141 East Park Road Iowa City
Cost: ADULT: $45 | $35 | $25
COLLEGE STUDENT: $40 | $10 | $10
YOUTH: $22 | $10 | $10

Friday, September 27

What: Kalona Fall Fest. Enjoy fall in Kalona along with hourly entertainment, homemade crafts and local gifts, Old World Demonstrations (rug weaving, spinning, quilting, canine treadmill, broom maker, old farm displays & corn grinding, copper kettle apple butter), antique sale, wood carver, antique tractors, children’s activities (face painting, pony rides, corn bin, talent show, and make & take crafts)
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Sept 27 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. & Sat., Sept 28, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 715 D Ave., Kalona, IA
Cost: Adults: $6.00, Children (7-12): $2.00, Children 6 & under: Free. Includes free admission to Antique Show and Sale, Handmade Arts & Crafts Sales and all Events, Buildings, and Exhibits. See full schedule here.

What: Friday Flick: The Iron Giant. Watch as a young boy, Hogarth, befriends a massive alien that the USA government is convinced is a threat.
Who: Kids and tweens (film is rated PG – Common Sense Media recommends for kids 6-7 and up)
When: Fri., Sept. 27, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

What: Ely Fall Fest. Come kick off Fall Fest weekend on Friday night by competing in the annual Moonlight 5k race or the 1 mile Fun/Run Walk. The 5k race WILL be chipped timed; glow items are included in each race packet. Stick around after the race for the party in the park and youth glow in the dark kickball tournament! Cold beer, hot food and a live DJ will be a few of the highlights of the night! Pre-register online to guarantee yourself a race shirt and goodie bag!

Make your way to Ely on Saturday, September 28 for the second day of the 12th annual Fall Fest celebration, organized by the Ely Parks and Recreation Commission! A family oriented day full of fun including inflatables, a face painter, delicious food and a classic car show! Proceeds directly benefit local park and recreation projects.
Who: All ages
When: Fri, Sept. 27, 6:00-10:00 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 28, 8:00 a.m. – midnight
Where: Downtown Ely
Cost: Free

Saturday, September 28

What: Barnes & Noble Storytime & Activities Featuring How I Met My Monster. Ethan is sure his parents are playing a prank on him when he finds a note under his bed calling for a monster meeting. Soon, five colorful monsters are competing to become his favorite, but which one can win his affection by making him fall asleep the fastest? Activities to follow, plus, get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.
Who: This book geared toward readers ages 5-7
When: Sat., Sept. 28, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

What: Researching Family History. Slow and steady wins the race! Come for tips, insights, tools, and resources to confidently build your family tree.
Who: Adults, teens
When: Sat., Sept. 28, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Library
Cost: Free, but registration via Eventbrite is appreciated

What: Barnes & Noble Demigod Day Event. Calling all Rick Riordan fans! Celebrate your favorite book series with activities featuring a scavenger hunt, a secret code postcard, and more! Plus, get a giveaway poster (while supplies last), and a coupon from our Café for a $4 Flatbread with any Café purchase.
Who: These books geared toward readers ages 10-14
When: Sat., Sept. 28, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

Sunday, September 29

What: Barnes & Noble Baby & Me Storytime – Dinosaur Dance. Join us as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. Plus, get a free Starbucks tall, hot or iced coffee.
Who: Children 0-24 months old
When: Sun., Sept. 29, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Avenue, Suite 1108, Coralville
Cost: Free

What: Sunday Funday: Watercolor Leaf Garland. Fall is in the air and the leaves are turning amazing colors! Recreate the vibrant foliage by making your own garland using watercolor accordion-folded paper!
Who: Children and their families (This is listed for both kids & teens)
When: Sun., Sept. 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ** CALL…time is also listed for 3:00p **
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

All Things Fall: Guide to Family Activities in the Iowa City Area

What: Party in the Park: Benton Hill Park. Part of Party in the Park, a popular City of Iowa City program. this event will take place at Brookland Park. Connect with friends, family, and neighbors! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live music, games, arts and crafts, and treats. Eulenspiegel Puppets perform at 4 p.m. Folk, Americana singer-songwriter musician Ryne Doughty will perform at 4:30 p.m. The Miller Orchard Neighborhood will serve pizza and pop.
Who: Families
When: Sun., Sept. 29, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Where: Benton Hill Park, 615 West Benton St., Iowa City
Cost: Free

What: Coming of Age Discussion. Our September book club for 4th grade girls is ‘The Care and Keeping Of You.’ There will be a female physician/ OB/Gyn speaking on the topic of our bodies, menstrual cycles, and the different female and male organs. Great springboard for discussion with your daughter!
Who: 4th grade girls
When: Sun., Sept. 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room D
Cost: Free


October

Friday, October 4

What: Oktoberfest in the Amana Colonies. Oktoberfest in the Amana Colonies has been celebrated since 1965 and while not as old as Oktoberfest in Germany, it certainly is just as fun! One of the longest running festivals in Iowa, it features special events, food, and music all with an authentic German flare.  Exactly what you would expect given our heritage. Enjoy German Music, Amana Brats, local wines and beer.
Highlights:
Fri. 2:00 p.m. – Ceremonial tapping of the keg
Sat. 10:00 a.m. – Parade featuring creative themed floats from lots of local businesses & groups. We will also have activities for children, such as a pony-go-round and a Kinderplatz station, with activities for kids of all ages!
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Oct. 4, 11:00 a.m. – midnight; Sat., Oct. 5, 10:00 a.m. – midnight; Sun, Oct. 6, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: The Amana Colonies, Festhalle Barn, 4707 220th Trail, Amana
Cost: Tickets for bands range from $7-12 and are available here.

What: Babe. An intrepid pig sets out to do something no one thought possible.
Who: All ages (film is rated G)
When: Fri., Oct. 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

What: Night at the Museum: Magic & Potions (Chemistry). Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for an evening of pizza and STEM fun! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology, and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child receives an official MNH Miner Helmet with a headlamp to keep, and the group explores the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. This is a drop off program, long enough for parents to have dinner or even go see a movie!
Who: Kids in grades 1-5
When: Fri, Oct. 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m. [Same program as Oct. 11]
Where: U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 17 N. Clinton St., MacBride Hall, Iowa City
Cost: $30; Pre-registration required here. Each evening requires separate registration.

Saturday, October 5

What: Friends of the North Liberty Library Waffle Breakfast. It’s that time of year again, support the FRIENDS of the North Liberty Library while enjoying all you can eat delicious waffles from Dad’s Belgian Waffles of Algona, IA.
Who: Adults, teens
When: Sat., Oct. 5, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: North Liberty Rec Center
Cost: Cost is $7 per ticket or $60/10 tickets in advance or $8 at the door. Kids 5 & under are free. Purchase your tickets via the FB link above or in the library starting September 3, 2019.

What: Northside Oktoberfest and SodaFest. The Northside Oktoberfest benefiting Iowa City area nonprofits showcases the Bohemian nature of the Northside Marketplace with great craft beers, neighborhood food, beer games, and much more! This is an open festival, so ANYONE can come in and enjoy the atmosphere, food vendors, activities etc. ONLY those with tickets will be allowed the tasting glass that will allow them to sample beers, ciders and wines from over 65 booths.

For the kids at SodaFest: Take part in the football toss or basketball shootout, climb the rock wall, take a few rides down the big double lane blowup slide or dance with all the great performers! The Iowa Children’s Museum will also be there facilitating many different fall craft activities.
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Oct. 5, Sodafest begins at 10:00 a.m.; Oktober fest is 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: 300 Block E Market, Iowa City. SodaFest will be in the Pagliai’s Pizza parking lot and on N. Linn St.
Cost: Entry is free. There are $45 general admission drink tickets available for those choosing to drink beer, and $5.00 tickets for SodaFest which includes soda drink tickets and a specialty acrylic soda glass for tasting.

What: Iowa Raptor Project Family Day. It’s Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project! This month we are featuring the Red-tailed Hawk! Join us to learn about our featured raptor and enjoy some arts n’ crafts and snacks. Stop by anytime between 11:00am and 3:00pm.
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Oct. 5, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa Raptor Project, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE, Solon
Cost: Free

All Things Fall: Guide to Family Activities in the Iowa City Area

Sunday, October 6

What: Take Flight!. North Liberty City Government and The Eastern Iowa Airport – CID are bringing fun to the sky with awe-inspiring mega kites! Join in for an afternoon of free, fall family fun. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome.

The Eastern Iowa Airport will be bringing its Fly CID stair truck, providing attendees the perfect photo opportunity among the kites. Wind and weather dependent, Great American Kites & Events will launch up to a dozen giant character kites—including the world’s largest windsock, towering up to three stories high and stretching 200 feet long—above the park’s 40 acres for breathtaking views. Kite games will give attendees the chance to race against other competitors — and the wind — and collect goodies during candy drops throughout the event. You are welcome to bring your own kites out to fly, too! Kites will also be available onsite for purchasing.
Who: All ages
When: Sun., Oct. 6, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Centennial Park, 1565 St. Andrews Drive, North Liberty
Cost: Free

What: Read With Me. Are you kindergarten age or older? Do you like dogs? Would you like to practice reading? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you’re invited to read to a licensed therapy dog from the Therapy Dogs of Johnson County’s Pet Partners Read With Me program. Registration begins a week before the event. Please register for a 15-minute time slot at the Children’s Desk or by calling 319.248.1850.
Who: Kindergarten and up
When: Sun., Oct. 6, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: Coralville Public Library
Cost: Free, but registration required at the Children’s Desk or by calling 319.248.1850

What: Sunday Funday: Coffee Filter Apples. This time of year is the best time to eat lots of apples! If you visit an orchard you will see that apples come in many different colors and sizes. Come create your own colorful apple using ink, water, and coffee filters through a process called chromatography!
Who: Children and their families (This is listed for both kids & teens)
When: Sun., Oct. 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ** CALL…time is also listed for 3:00p **
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Wednesday, October 9

What: Movie Night: A Night at the Opera. A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help the singers achieve success while humiliating their posh and snobbish enemies. Considered by many to be the best and funniest film by the Marx Brothers. A Night at the Opera is approximately 1.5 hours.  Refreshments including fresh popcorn will be provided.
Who: Movie is unrated; Common Sense Media recommends for ages 7 and up
When: Wed., Oct. 9, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., Coralville
Cost: Free

Friday, October 11

What: Chick Corea. Chick Corea’s 2014 triple-disc set, Trilogy, added a live masterwork to the venerated pianist’s discography. Featuring bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, the recording was a triumph. Now, Corea, McBride, and Blade are bringing the music from Trilogy back to live audiences. This trio is nothing short of a supergroup—and the music they make together is top-shelf jazz.
Who: All ages
When: Friday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hancher, 141 East Park Road Iowa City
Cost: ADULT: $65 | $55 | $45
COLLEGE STUDENT: $58 | $10 | $10
YOUTH: $32 | $10 | $10

What: Night at the Museum: Magic & Potions (Chemistry). Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for an evening of pizza and STEM fun! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology, and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child receives an official MNH Miner Helmet with a headlamp to keep, and the group explores the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. This is a drop off program, long enough for parents to have dinner or even go see a movie!
Who: Kids in grades 1-5
When: Fri, Oct. 11, 6:00-9:00 p.m. [Same program as Oct. 4]
Where: U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 17 N. Clinton St., MacBride Hall, Iowa City
Cost: $30; Pre-registration required here. Each evening requires separate registration.

What: Halloween Moonlight Walk. Park at the Community Center and walk through the Ranshaw Way underpass to Liberty Centre Pond. The pathway will be lit by all kinds of friendly ghosts to help you along the way. Grab a scavenger hunt sheet for a change to win special prizes. Costumes are welcome but not required. Feel free to snap photos and selfies to share.
Who: All ages; children must be supervised by an adult
When: Fri., Oct. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at Liberty Centre Pond. Park at North Liberty Rec Center (520 W. Cherry Street, North Liberty) and walk through the Ranshaw Way underpass to the park.
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome for use toward the Olde Town Park Christmas display

Sunday, October 13

What: Sunday Crafternoon – Crafting for the ICPL Arts & Crafts Bazaar. Are you working on a craft or art project for the Library’s December Arts & Crafts Bazaar? Join us on the 2nd Sunday in September, October, and November for our new social crafting “Crafternoon.” Bring your current project and your supplies and come hang out with other crafters for an afternoon of creativity. Show off what you’re working on and get inspired by others. Join us for one or all of these drop-in events! You can donate hand made items to be sold at the Library’s annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar fundraiser, which will be from 10am-3pm on December 7, 2019. Support your library, have fun crafting, and see what everyone else is making!
Who: Teens and Adults
When: Sun., Oct. 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
Cost: Free

What: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. An ensemble of 13 exceptional musicians—including David Finckel on cello and David Shifrin on clarinet—celebrate the intrepid (and diverse) American spirit in a performance highlighting two pairs of composers who helped shape classical music in the twentieth century. Harry T. Burleigh was a star student of Dvořák who exposed the Czech composer to American spirituals and was in turn encouraged by Dvořák to perform African American folk music. Two generations later, Copland and Bernstein conceived a clean, clear American sound conveying the wonder of open spaces and endless possibilities.
Who: All ages
When: Sunday, October 13, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hancher, 141 East Park Road Iowa City
Cost:
ADULT: $60 | $50 | $40
COLLEGE STUDENT: $54 | $10 | $10
YOUTH: $30 | $10 | $10

What: Sunday Funday: Felt Leaf Bookmark. Cozy up to a great book this fall and keep your place with a cute, handmade felt leaf bookmark!
Who: Children and their families (This is listed for both kids & teens)
When: Sun., Oct. 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ** CALL…time is also listed for 3:00 p.m. **
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Monday, October 14

What: U of I Homecoming Event: Homecoming Kick-Off Sweet Corn Roast. Please join us for the first ever Homecoming Corn Roast! This event will take place near the Old Capitol on the Pentacrest. Rain location: TBD.
Who: All ages
When: Mon., Oct. 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Where: U of I Old Capitol, 21 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
Cost: Check event page above for updated details

Wednesday, October 16

What: Kitchen Kiddies. This hands-on experience will satisfy the taste buds and use up some of your toddler’s energy. All participants will help make a healthy treat, play an active game and then enjoy their treat. This program will involve 2 meeting dates: a cooking class at the Coralville Recreation Center and a tour at Hy-Vee.
Who: Ages 3.5-5 (an adult needs to accompany the child)
When: Wed., Oct. 16, AND Wed., Oct. 23, 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Where: 1st meeting at the Coralville Rec Center, 1506 8th St., Coralville; 2nd meeting will be a tour of Hy-Vee
Cost: Free

What: Pumpkin Painting & Carving. Come to the North Liberty Rec Center and enjoy painting or carving a pumpkin to display just in time for the Halloween season. Kids pick their own pumpkin. All materials needed to paint/carve pumpkins will be supplied. Treats included.
Who: Kids 12 and under
When: Wed., Oct. 16, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Rec Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: $8.00 per person. Register here!

Thursday, October 17

What: U of I Homecoming Event: Iowa Shout. Don’t miss this amazing event where current Iowa students show their spirit through a number of performances. Catch the talented dancing, acting, and just plain fun that fellow UI students will show off. Come by the Pentacrest to experience this exhilarating display of Hawkeye Spirit! All students are invited to take in the experience with their fellow Hawkeyes!
Who: All ages
When: Thurs., Oct. 17, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: U of I Pentacrest, 1 N. Clinton St., Iowa City (rain location: IMU Main Lounge)
Cost: Free

Friday, October 18

What: Jumanji. Robin Williams stars in this 1995 fantasy adventure where a board game comes to life with disastrous effects.
Who: Kids and tweens (film is rated PG – Common Sense Media recommends for kids 10 and up)
When: Fri., Oct. 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

What: U of I Homecoming Event: Homecoming Parade. The Homecoming Parade is an annual tradition that unites students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members across the Iowa City community. Each year we welcome Hawkeye Alumni back home to Iowa City and celebrate more than 15,000 spectators that come from around the world to watch the parade. The Homecoming Parade is a time to celebrate being a Hawkeye! With fancy floats, and guests of honor riding in corvettes, to student & community organizations & University of Iowa Departments flaunting their school spirit— The Homecoming Parade is an event NO Hawkeye will want to miss!
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Oct. 18, 5:45 p.m.
Where: Downtown Iowa City. Click here for parade route.
Cost: Free

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What: U of I Homecoming Event: IMU Family Open House. Following the Homecoming Parade, enjoy the Family Fun Open House hosted at the Iowa Memorial Union! There will be live kids music, a balloon play area, coloring, snacks, and more! This event is free and open to the public! All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Oct. 18, Following the U of I Homecoming Parade
Where: Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge, 125 Madison St., Iowa City
Cost: Free

Saturday, October 19

What: Pumpkin Party. Please join Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) for their Annual Pumpkin Carving Event. There will be plenty of carving kits, paint, pumpkin patterns, and supplies. Bring your own pumpkin or carve one of theirs!  Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and they will have some soups, chips, and hot apple cider to share! Please help reduce waste by bringing a water bottle, plates, silverware, and other lunch items. Participants should dress to get muddy. Dress in layers and be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Bring a hat, work gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant, drinking water, and any other items you may need to be comfortable in the outdoors. Participants are encouraged to bring a digital camera and/or binoculars.
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Oct., 19, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Location TBD
Cost: Free, but please RSVP on Facebook that you’re going.

Sunday, October 20

What: Fall Family Fun. Experience vivid fall colors at the newly renovated Creekside Park, where we will have lots of nature-themed activities and learning experiences for all ages. Take a breath from your busy life and enjoy a moment to relax among the trees. Discover the sounds of the forest, play games using materials from nature, and make upcycled bird feeders and other crafts!
Who: All ages
When: Sun., Oct. 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: Creekside Park, 1858 7th Ave. Court, Iowa City
Cost: Free

What: The Iowa Children’s Museum Nature Play: Above and Below an Iowa River. Do you know how many rivers are in Iowa? There are many more than you think! Come explore Iowa’s wildlife and water with us!
Who: Kids and tweens
When: Sun., Oct. 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Kent Park at the Whip-Poor-Will shelter, 2048 Hwy 6 NW, Oxford
Cost: Free, but registration is required at this link.

What: Sunday Funday: Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Masks. Dios De Los Muertos is celebrated October 31 – November 2. In recognition of the upcoming Latin American holiday, we will create sugar skull masks. Dios de Los Muertos is a celebration of those who we’ve lost, but it’s not a sad holiday; in fact, traditional rituals include lots of music and color.
Who: Children and their families (This is listed for both kids & teens)
When: Sun., Oct. 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ** CALL…time is also listed for 3:00p **
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

Wednesday, October 23

What: Ely Spook Walk. Take a stroll through the local downtown businesses in Ely for a safe and family friendly early Halloween celebration. Don’t forget your costumes! Participating businesses will be handing out treats, as well as offering a few fun surprises and activities.
Who: All ages
When: Wed., Oct. 23, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Ely
Cost: Free

Thursday, October 24

What: Orchestra Iowa: Pied Piper. Join Orchestra Iowa’s talented chamber ensembles as they introduce preschool-aged children to the instruments of the orchestra! Focused on fun and learning, Pied Piper Concerts offer children the opportunity to enjoy an up-close and personal chamber concert. This week we will be learning about the strings section and sampling music performed by string musicians.
Who: Recommended for children ages 3-5
When: Thurs., Oct. 24, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
Cost: Free

What: Haunted Happenings. Tunnel, mazes, carnival games, and fun! Come in costume and have a fun, frightful time. Activities, snacks, drink, and candy supplied by the North Liberty Optimist Club and Recreation Staff. Don’t worry about a camera; photos will be taken free of charge. Pay at the door.
Who: All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Thurs., Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: North Liberty Rec Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: $2.00 per person, pay at the door

What: Iowa City Moms Witches’ Night Out. Join Iowa City Moms for another fun ladies’ evening. Save the date and stay tuned for details!
Who: Ladies’ Night Out!
When: Thurs., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Little Lights Event Center, West Liberty
Cost:

Friday, October 25

What: Trunk or Treat. Bring your tots in costume to trick or treat with staff from different City of North Liberty departments and local non-profit organizations. (If you have a non-profit organization interested in hosting a trunk at this years event, email Melanie at [email protected])
Who: Birth through Pre-K
When: Fri., Oct. 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: North Liberty Rec Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, North Liberty
Cost: Free

What: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town and is determined to give the new holiday his all.
Who: Kids and tweens (film is rated PG – Common Sense Media recommends for kids 7 and up)
When: Fri., Oct. 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

What: Halloween Parade and Carnival. Gather at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center in your favorite costume. Enjoy games, prizes, tricks, and treats!
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Oct. 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Mercer Drive, Iowa City
Cost: Free

What: Stage production of Dear Edwina, Jr. presented by Young Footliters Youth Theater. Dear Edwina Jr. follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver-extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly “Advice-a-Palooza.” Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends, through clever, catchy and poignant songs. From the creators of Junie B. Jones The MusicalDear Edwina Jr. is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up.
Who: All ages
When: Fri., Oct. 25 & Sat., Oct 26, at 7:00 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street, Coralville
Cost: Adults $19, Seniors (55+) $16, Student (11-18 & college) $16, Child 10 and under $13

Saturday, October 26

What: Iowa City Moms Kids’ Halloween Bash. Join Iowa City Moms for another year of indoor trick-or-treating, snacks, and kid-friendly Halloween activities! Wear your costumes (no coats needed! #momwin) and enjoy a gym full of Halloween games, activities, and treats provided by local community partners. This event is co-hosted by The Bails Team – Urban Acres Real Estate and every child will receive a free tote bag to load up with candy and treats as they check in.
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Oct. 26, 9-10:30 a.m.
Where: Van Allen Elementary, 170 Abigail Ave, North Liberty
Cost: $5/child. Adults and babies under one are FREE but should register. Purchase tickets here! *Tickets required, not sold at the door*

Sunday, October 27

What: Sunday Funday: Rainbow Mini Pumpkins. Halloween is all about dressing up and expressing yourself! Following a special Sunday afternoon Drag Storytime and Costume Ball, we are creating rainbow mini-pumpkins. Use all of the colors of the rainbow to decorate your own!
Who: Children and their families (This is listed for both kids & teens)
When: Sun., Sept. 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ** CALL…time is also listed for 3:00p **
Where: Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room
Cost: Free

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What: Optimist Halloween Party & Parade. The parade will start at the Coralville Community Aquatic Center at 1513 7th Street and parade to the Coralville Recreation Center 1506 8th Street. Once inside, there will be games and fun in the gym, along with a haunted hallway. All this fun is FREE thanks to the Coralville Optimist Club!
Who: Ages 4-5
When: Sun., Oct. 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Coralville Rec Center, 1506 8th St., Coralville
Cost: Free

Thursday, October 31

What: Tot Monster Mash. Come dressed in your costume and enjoy inflatables, games, stories, crafts and more. Event is free and adult supervision required.
Who: Kids 6 and under
When: Thurs., Oct. 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Drive, Iowa City
Cost: Free

What: Preschool Halloween Dance Party. Come celebrate Halloween with a huge preschoolers party! Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to this “scary fun” event! Listen to groovy Halloween dance music like the Monster Mash, and enjoy spooky games and crafts! If you don’t have a costume ready to go, there will be a silly costume box to borrow items from! The party will end with a trick-or-treat parade through the library.
Who: Preschoolers, age 3-5 (Older and younger siblings are welcome as well!)
When: Thurs., Oct. 31, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
Cost: Free


November

Friday, November 1

What: Read on the Rug storytime: Squirrels. Come enjoy a story and related activities at the Museum of Natural History!
Who: Ages 2-4
When: Fri., Oct. 5, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Where: U of Iowa Old Capitol Museum, 21 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
Cost: Free, but sign-up required as space is limited to 10 kids for each program. Sign up here.

What: Night at the Museum: Robotics. Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for an evening of pizza and STEM fun! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology, and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child receives an official MNH Miner Helmet with a headlamp to keep, and the group explores the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. This is a drop off program, long enough for parents to have dinner or even go see a movie!
Who: Kids in grades 1-5
When: Fri, Nov. 1, 6:00-9:00 p.m. [Same program as Nov. 8]
Where: U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 17 N. Clinton St., MacBride Hall, Iowa City
Cost: $30; Pre-registration required here. Each evening requires separate registration.

Sunday, November 3

What: Read With Me. Are you kindergarten age or older? Do you like dogs? Would you like to practice reading? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you’re invited to read to a licensed therapy dog from the Therapy Dogs of Johnson County’s Pet Partners Read With Me program. Registration begins a week before the event. Please register for a 15-minute time slot at the Children’s Desk or by calling 319.248.1850.
Who: Kindergarten and up
When: Sun., Nov. 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: Coralville Public Library
Cost: Free, but registration required at the Children’s Desk or by calling 319.248.1850

Monday, November 4

What: I-Sport. The I stands for Introduce me to a sport. Step up to the plate for a new exciting experience to the wonderful world of youth sports. This class is designed just for tots. The unit will include volleyball, t-ball, soccer, flag football, and basketball. Participants will receive a t-shirt.
Who: Ages 4-5
When: Mondays 6:00-6:45 p.m. from Nov. 4th through Dec. 9th (except Nov. 11) (Registration deadline Oct 27)
Where: Coralville Rec Center, 1506 8th St., Coralville
Cost: $28 for Coralville residents, $35 for non-residents. Registration required: [email protected] or 319.248.1750.

Friday, November 8

What: Night at the Museum: Robotics. Explore the Museum of Natural History after dark for an evening of pizza and STEM fun! Each month, explore a different area of science, technology, and culture with interactive demonstrations, fun activities, and hands-on materials. Each child receives an official MNH Miner Helmet with a headlamp to keep, and the group explores the darkened bird and mammal galleries as part of the evening’s activities. This is a drop off program, long enough for parents to have dinner or even go see a movie!
Who: Kids in grades 1-5
When: Fri, Nov. 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m. [Same program as Nov. 1]
Where: U of Iowa Museum of Natural History, 17 N. Clinton St., MacBride Hall, Iowa City
Cost: $30; Pre-registration required here. Each evening requires separate registration.

Saturday, November 9

What: Mending 101. Join Iowa City’s Home Ec. Workshop at the Annie Gill Craft Table for Mending 101.  Learn simple hand mending like sewing on a button and patching a hole.  Already know how? Drop by the Annie Gill Craft table to chat with the Home Ec. Workshop staff about your latest fiber arts project. Mending 101 is a drop in activity, so come when you can
Who:
 All ages
When: Sat., Nov. 9, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Where: Coralville Public Library
Cost: Free, but registration required at the Children’s Desk or by calling 319.248.1850

What: Safe at Home – Hey, Mom & Dad, when can I stay home by myself? If this discussion has come up in your household and the answer seems overwhelming, let us help your family prepare for the next big step. We will help your family build a foundation of safe practices for your child. The outline of topics will include: Emergency procedures and exit routes at your home, safe plans for phone conversations, guests at the door, internet usage, food preparation, and much more. Our goal is to help your child feel confident and prepared when he or she is home alone.
Who:
 Grades 3-6
When: Sat., Nov. 9, 10:00 a.m. – noon (Registration deadline Nov. 5)
Where: Borlaug Elementary School, 1000 Kennedy Pkwy, Coralville
Cost: $20 for Coralville residents, $25 for non-residents. Registration required: [email protected] or 319.248.1750.

Tuesday, November 12

What: Band Extravaganza. Come hear and watch Johnson County Landmark, the Iowa Symphony Band, and the Hawkeye Marching Band!
Who:
 All ages
When: Tues., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Carver Hawkeye Arena, 1 Elliot Dr., Iowa City
Cost: Adults $9; Youth 17 and under $6; UI students $5. Tickets available through the Hancher box office

Saturday, November 16

What: The Gobble Wobble Autumn Hike. Gobble Gobble! Please join Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) on Saturday, November 16th, rain or shine for their annual Gobble Wobble! Go on a hike through the woods from the Tom Harkin trailhead to the Rotary Camp Park. The hikers will be challenged to shout “Gobble Gobble” every time they see something cool on the hike. After our hike, there will be a free lunch and a campfire to roast hot dogs or veggie dogs and marshmallows/s’mores.
Who: All ages
When: Sat., Nov. 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Tom Harkin Trailhead, of Rotary Camp Park 719 Camp Cardinal Blvd., Coralville (Parking is very limited so they encourage everyone to share a ride, walk, or ride your bike.)
Cost: Free. Please RSVP via Facebook.

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What: Totally Tweens: Annual Chess Tournament. Sign-up to compete in the Library’s Annual Chess Tournament in memory of Steve Young. Players rated over USCF 1000 will be in a separate section. USCF membership is NOT required (except for the over 1000 section and 2nd grade and younger). Trophies awarded for each grade. Pencils for all players! Refreshments will be provided. Please plan to stay for the entire afternoon. We will play as many rounds as possible. Registration is REQUIRED by email to Eric Vigil: [email protected] Walk-ins may register on the day of the tournament between 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Who: Kids in 3rd through 6th grades (2nd graders and below may register if they are USCF members)
When: Sat., Nov. 16, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Iowa City Public Library Meeting Rooms A, B, C, D, and Storytime Room
Cost: Free, but registration is required (see above)

Tuesday, November 19

What: Iowa Children’s Museum Mini Princess Cake Decorating. Let’s celebrate the princess in everyone! In honor of the new Frozen movie’s release in November 2019, we invite all princesses to come decorate their own mini cake. Each child will choose the colors and design; we’ll help bring the creation to life! The ICM’s own Kelly Moore will prepare the cakes, then the kids will make some magic happen.
Who: All ages, recommended for 5 and up (This is not a drop-off event; all children must be accompanied by an adult)
When: Tues., Nov. 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Last day to register is 11/15)
Where: Iowa Children’s Museum, Coral Ridge Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave., Coralville
Cost: $30 per child. Register here.

Thursday, November 21

What: CONTRA-TIEMPO & Las Cafeteras. Hardship doesn’t preclude joy. In fact, a wellspring of joy is a powerful weapon of resistance in the face of injustice. The urban Latin dancers of CONTRA-TIEMPO and the musicians of Las Cafeteras—all grounded in the communities of color in South Los Angeles—celebrate this fact in an evening-length work grounded in social dance and live music that flips the script on the usual narratives about minority communities in the United States. Instead, they offer stories of hope, faith, family, and, yes, joy as we work together to build a more joyous, more just society. Following the performance, Las Cafeteras will invite the audience on stage for a sabor session—a community dance that will keep the party in full swing.
Who: All ages
When: Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hancher, 141 East Park Road Iowa City
Cost: ADULT: $40 | $30 | $20
COLLEGE STUDENT: $36 | $10 | $10
YOUTH: $20 | $10 | $10


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Sara is a NW Iowa native who moved across the state to become a Hawkeye! After her time at the U of I, she left for optometry school and residency before coming home to Iowa to start her “adult” life in Coralville. She was in clinical practice for 5 years before trying her hand at the research side of eye care, working on clinical trials in the pharma/biotech industry. Sara is a wife, mom to a 5-year-old boy, and step-mom to four teenagers! Because her son was born at 25 weeks and had a lengthy NICU stay, Sara is passionate about all things related to prematurity, especially parent support in the NICU. She loves connecting with fellow NICU moms, both online and in person. Sara also enjoys spending time with friends and extended family, reading, scrapbooking, organizing, knitting, travel, keeping up with tech trends, finding new wines to enjoy, honing her photography skills, and serving on the Family Advisory Council for UI Children’s Hospital. She’s a consultant for Jamberry Nails, too, which lets her dabble in her creative side.

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