Free Things To Do This Summer in Council Bluffs 2016

Summer is rapidly approaching and with it brings “I’m boooooored!”. That usually happens within the first week of Summer vacation. To help you out, I’ve put together a list of free things to do in town. I will keep adding to this list as I come across events, so check back often!

Free Things To Do This Summer in Council Bluffs 2016


Free events at Loessfest begin May 28th with an Imagination Movers concert and outdoor showing of Inside Out on the big screen. Other free events throughout the weekend include Sprite Night with DJ Hot Scott, Bike the Bluffs, and more!

Council Bluffs Public Library Summer Reading Club and Activities

The Summer Reading Club at the CB Public Library runs from May 23rd – August 15th with the chance to win fun prizes. There are also weekly activities still going on, including storytime, magic show, putt-putt, and more. The Teen Events during the Summer include and Iron Chef style cooking challenge, movie making, escape room, art, and more.

Music and Movies in the Park

Music and Movies in the Park are held every Wednesday from June 15th – August 17th beginning at 6:30. Check out the schedule for concerts, as of this writing the movie schedule wasn’t up.

Free Summer Lunch and Breakfast 2016

There are several locations to enjoy free Summer lunch and breakfast from June 20th – July 29th. Children ages 1 – 18 are welcome, and there are also adult lunches available.

Hydrant Parties

Another great way to cool off over the Summer are free Hydrant Parties. Held at various locations throughout the city from June 9th – August 6th from 1:30-2:30 with frozen treats provided by Hy-vee, you can check out the full Hydrant Parties Schedule for 2016 to find some near your neighborhood.

If You Build It Family Event

The first Friday of every month brings a free If you Build It Family Event to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. The event begins at 5pm and the next one is June 3rd.

Kids Fishing Derby

The Kids Fishing Derby is held during Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa, which is June 4th. All kids under 16 can enter the derby, and there are free gifts for kids entered in the derby.

Hitch Hike at Hitchcock

Take the family for a Hitch Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center on Tuesdays. They have a whole series with a different focus each time so you can learn something new each hike!

Night Sky at Hitchcock

On August 12th you can lay out under the stars at Hitchcock Nature Center, for a viewing of the Perseids’ Meteor Shower.

Splash Parks at Bayliss and Fairmont Park

Cool down this summer with a stop by the splash parks at Bayliss and Fairmont Park. I haven’t been out to the new one at Fairmont but, I’m excited to check it out soon! Have you been?

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