I found a new favorite place to have a bite. A place with good food, a cozy atmosphere and live music. A place where even my five-year-old has fun and isn’t out of place dancing. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the drive.
Nestled on the bank of the Wapsi River in Stone City, IA the General Store is a little piece of history. It’s had many names and provided different services to the community, but the iconic building is as much a landmark in the town as the famous quarry down the street.
This Saturday, the Cedar Rapids Roughriders game against the Omaha Lancers will be played on pink ice as part of a “Pink Game” promotion to promote breast cancer awareness. One dollar from every ticket will go to St. Luke’s Spirit Fund, which provides financial assistance to women diagnosed with breast cancer. The team and game officials will wear pink jerseys that will be auctioned to benefit the Spirit Fund.
The ice will remain pink for Sunday evening’s meeting between the Riders and Green Bay Gamblers.
For more information read the media release.
The Children’s Theatre of Cedar Rapids Playtime Poppy is ready to start its 2008-2009 Play season. The first play will be “Timeless Tales” which is a rendition of four of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories. It will include scenes from “The Princess and the Pea”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, and “The Ugly Duckling”.
This Timeless Tales starts on October 15th and runs through the 18th. The play will be at Jefferson High School in the auditorium (pdf map of the building), located at 1243 20th St SW in Cedar Rapids. Here are the show times:
- Wednesday October 15th is a matinee showing at 1:00pm
- Thursday October 16, 2008 showing at 4:30pm and at 7:00pm
- Friday October 17, 2008 showing at 4:30pm and at 7:00 pm
- Saturday October 18, 2008 showing at 2:00 pm and at 4:30 pm
The rest of the 2008-2009 play season will feature:
- Disney’s 101 Dalmatians – the musical (January 29-31, 2009) at Kennedy High School
- Sleeping Beauty (April 23-25, 2009) at Washington High School
This is truly a low cost entertaining event to bring your children to. The tickets cost $3.00 and are available for sale 45 minutes before the show starts. The plays usually last about an hour, and I know I plan on attending, my daughter always loves it. Maybe I’ll see you there.
posted by: Kristen Everett
Although the Science Station is closed due to this summer’s flooding, that doesn’t meant the children of the corridor will miss an awesome traveling dinosaur exhibit.
The Science Station’s first post-flood exhibit opened at the end of September at the Lindale Mall (4444 First Ave. NE) Admission to the exhibit, which runs through Dec. 31, is $5 for children and $6 for adults.
The Be the DinosaurTM exhibit lets visitors travel back in time 65+ million years ago to learn everything about the world the dinosaurs lived in – not only about the dinosaurs, but also about the environment, the plants, animals and insects that shared it. This hands-on, interactive exhibit was designed by world-renowned paleontologists, and brings dinosaurs to life through the magic of interactive digital simulation, the same technology behind “Finding Nemo.”
We decided to take advantage of the long weekend and take a short trip to Dubuque. We’d visited the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium before when my son was two, but now at age four he really seemed to appreciate the impressive sights he was seeing. Upon entering he rushed to the entrance way tank, following the ducks and turtles with excitement. Then we moved on to the five large aquariums that let us get up close with the giant catfish, an alligator and an ancient sturgeon We were ooing and awing at everything, including what I think was a huge albino turtle.
This summer’s attraction was called Venom that displayed all sorts of wonderfully colorful, intriguing and venomous creatures including Spiders, Jelly Fish, Bugs, Scorpions, Poison Dart Frogs, Snakes, Lizards and Fish. I’ll admit I was a little squeamish, but my son loved it.
We also looked through the riverboat museum, explored some wetlands, and took a tour of large 1934 steamer which included seeing the kitchen, bunk rooms, engine room and pilothouse.
TripAdvisor named the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium one of the top ten aquariums and zoos in the U.S. – and it’s right here in our backyard. I encourage you to take advantage of it!
posted by heatherjoy77