Zzzziiipp! There goes another smiling kid zooming off to the next space at the Iowa Children’s Museum. Wheeee! The squeals spin off the carousel as it spins around. Swoooosh! The skaters glide around the ice rink.
If you haven’t tried all of the family fun to be had at Coral Ridge Mall, take advantage of Family Free Friday Nights. Held the last Friday of each month, Family Free Friday Nights offer free admission to the Iowa Children’s Museum from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., free carousel rides, free child’s skating admission with a paid adult between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Iowa Children’s Museum is so full of fun that the kids won’t even realize that they are learning. A favorite of my 4-year old is the “Notion of Motion” exhibit where kids get to see golf balls do loop-de-loops and zig-zags while [subliminally] learning about the rules of physics. There also is a wooden train set in this room, so it’s where you’re likely to find any boy under 5. Other exhibits exhibits encourage sorting and public speaking. My son is a blur as he dashes between the exhibits. The name of the game is fun, so parents, be rested!
Nothing really beats a ride on an old-fashioned carousel. The carousel is fun for kids and grown ups. My son likes for the three of us to sit together on one of the benches.
My son isn’t skating yet, but we’ll definitely be taking advantage of the Ice Arena soon. We watched several families glide their way around the ice hand-in-hand.
And families can eat in the food court inexpensively. Several restaurants offer discounts on children’s meals on Family Free Friday Nights. Check it out for a smile-filled family night. The kids will sleep well!
posted by: danaengelbert