Fun things to do in Iowa this summer
Summer is almost here and families will soon be looking for fun ways to spend their summer.
Lost Island Waterpark, which is only 45 minutes away in Waterloo, is just one way the whole family can have fun.
And when you think of amusement parks, you usually think of places like Six Flags, Disney World, or Knottsberry Farm. But Iowans don’t have to go that far to experience thrilling rides and funnel cakes.
Adventureland Amusement Park, located in Altoona, right outside of Des Moines, is only a couple of hours from Cedar Rapids, but offers many of the rides that are found at most amusement parks.
And the summer would not be complete without visiting the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. The zoo's variety of animals and Dsicovery Center will delight the entire family.
If you don't want to travel far, there are several city park swimming pools (Bever Park, Ellis, Jones, Cherry Hill, and Marion pools) and beaches in the area, such as Lake McBride in Solon and Pleasant Creek in Palo.
Hiawatha parks and Recreation are offering discounts for Adventureland and Lost Island, so take advantage of the savings and have some fun!
Contact Angie Cole, Hiawatha parks director, for more information at 393-1515.
CR Titans to sponsor youth summer camps
Cedar Rapids-The Titans announced this week that the team will offer three unique summer camp programs for youth throughout Eastern Iowa. In addition to the Titans youth football camps conducted by Titans players, the team has added "Dance With the Dolls", a first year program conducted by the Titans Dolls, and "Titans Adventure Camps", which will be ten week-long day camp programs put on by Titans players and area athletes at the Eastern Iowa Sports Complex.
The team will host seven week-long football camps in Cedar Rapids, Center Point/Urbana, Hiawatha, Vinton/Shellsburg, and Marion beginning in mid June. The week-long camps are geared towards youth ages 6-14 both beginner and advanced athletes are encouraged to attend.
Cost of the week-long camp is $125 which includes a camp T-shirt and Titans goodie bag. Campers will learn about consistent effort, proper technique, and keeping football fun from former Division I, I-AA, and Division II successful college players as well as coaches with NFL and AFL coaching and playing experience.
All current Metro Youth Football players will receive $25 off camp registration. Titans youth football camps will be held Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Those parents who have children interested in dance will want to check out the all new "Dance with the Dolls" camp program. These week-long camps will be conducted by the Titans Dolls.
There are five separate opportunities for a 4-day camp in the styles of pom, jazz and hip hop at only $125 per dancer. The camps are modeled from the Titans brand new Junior Dolls Dance Teams open to dancers ages 3-18 and all levels of experience. The three programs include Baby Dolls (3-6), Lil Dolls (7-12), and Teen Dolls (13-18).
Our final camp offering and brand new day camp program, "Titans Adventure Camps", will be offered at the Eastern Iowa Sports Complex. Ten week-long day camp programs will be offered for boys & girls ages 4-12.
Activities will include sports, arts & crafts, playground activities, field trips, reading, talent shows, swimming, mini golf, movies, and much more! The Eastern Iowa Sports Complex features an indoor basketball court, indoor soccer field, outdoor fields, 18 hole miniature golf course, and is located next to Clark Park in Hiawatha.
The camps will run Mondays through Fridays beginning in June until mid August. Drop off times will be 7-9 a.m. and pick up times will be between 5-6 p.m. Cost is $175 per week or $150 per week for multiple weeks.
Parents can register their child for any of the camps by visiting the Titans website at www.cedarrapidstitans.com or by calling the Titans office at
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