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Extend your visit on

Homeschool Iowa

Capitol Day



lan a fun family visit to Des Moines this year around Homeschool

Iowa Capitol Day, March 13, 2018. After enjoying fellowship with

other like-minded families, meeting and greeting your Iowa rep-

resentatives, explore one of the many educational opportunities in the


Invite a few other homeschool families and get group discount ad-

mission rates to the Science Center of Iowa, Greater Des Moines Bo-

tanical Garden, and Blank Park Zoo. These museums participate in

reciprocal programs, so check your current museummember-


Consider the State Historical Museum (located one block west

of the Capitol), Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, I-Cubs Stadium

Principal Park tour, Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Iowa Public

Television Station for inexpensive museums and tour options. Please

plan ahead. Some tours may need to be scheduled in advance and

may require a minimum number of participants.

Older students will appreciate Salisbury House & Gardens, Terrace

Hill (the Governor’s mansion), Iowa Hall of Pride, Jordan House,

Wallace House, Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines Art Center, World

Food Prize Hall of Laureates, and Celebrate! Innovation™ Learning

Exhibition (located at Des Moines Area Community College).

Have active kids? Jump on trampolines at Skyzone and Get

Air. Inflatable fun is found at The Playground for Kids, Monkey

Joes, and Pump It Up. Climb Iowa has over 10,000 square feet

of indoor rock climbing. Putt-putt a round or two at Glow Golf or

try their Lazer Maze Challenge. Zoom and race at MB2 Raceway indoor

go-karting facility. Backyard Adventures’ indoor showroom playground

lets kids enjoy backyard fun for a small fee. Swing a ball and bowl at Val

Lanes, Plaza Lanes, Air Lanes, Warrior Lanes, Merle Hay Lanes and Bass

Pro Shop. Test out your balance at Skate West, Skate North, Skate

South. If the ice hasn’t melted, go ice skating at Brenton Skating

Plaza. Take in God’s beautiful nature and hike one of several trails,

including Art On The Trail at Jordan Creek Trail.

Make your visit extra special and splish-splash at Ramada

Tropics Resort & Conference Center Hotel or Adventureland

Inn. Both feature a small indoor water park.

Download the Iowa Culture App, an interactive map that high-

lights the arts, history, science, and nature all across the

state. Planning is a snap with the Favorites tool.

Don’t forget to capture a few photos. Your children may not al-

ways remember every exhibit, tour, or experience, but they

won’t forget the memories of connecting as a family!

Jennifer Ciha is a NICHE homeschool graduate and helps coordinate the social me-

dia for

She and her husband, Tom, currently homeschool

their two children in Ankeny, Iowa. Jennifer blogs about her family’s field trips and

adventures at

where you can find practical information

and inspirational photographs.