Fun Things to Do in Council Bluffs This Summer (and surrounding areas)

Is it just me or did this school year fly by? I don’t know if it is because the world knows I am not ready for Tween Girl to go to middle school or if having twins did it. Either way, the kids will be home for the summer next week! Other than a trip to Adventureland, our summer will consist of one giant Staycation. Well, I will be heading to Chicago for BlogHer13 but I will be alone and focused on work.

Thankfully there are quite a few fun things to do in Council Bluffs and Surrounding Areas this summer if you are planning a Staycation too!

There are tons of events going on all summer at the Council Bluffs Library. In addition to the Summer Reading Program that starts June, you can enjoy the following activities:
  • Storytime for Ages 4-7 on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Special Guests on Monday’s following Storytime
  • Stories Alive for Under Five on Wednesdays
  • Wednesday Specials for children 6th Grade and Younger

There are also some great Teen Activities at the Library that include Teen Summer Game, Make It Happen Mondays, and Summer Art Daze.

Save on swimming and take advantage of Family Nights at the Council Bluffs Community Pools! The cost is $2.00 per person and Family Nights are held on Monday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. 
LOESSFEST 2013 (May 27th – June 8th)
Through June 8th there will  be lots of Free Events taking place at  River’s Edge Park. I am looking forward to the Food Truck Festival on May 27th and hopefully there will be a great turn out so more will be scheduled! I am loving the growth of Food Trucks in our area, aren’t you?
Music & Movies in the Park (May 29th & June 5th)

Stop by River’s Edge Park for Free Music and Movies in the Park! Bring your lawn chair and cooler and relax on the grass. They will also have concessions available.
May 29th: Rumbles and Grease
June 5th: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 

The Kid’s Fishing Derby will be held on June 1st from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Arrowhead Park. There is no charge for this event and no fishing license if required it is Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa. The event is targeted at children under 16. Free Gifts will be given to the children that participate.

Sand in the City (June 7th – 9th)

Head over to the Sand in the City Family Festival on June 8th and 9th! Check out the Sand Castles, play some games, enjoy some food and more. It is free to check out the Sand Castles and there are always some amazing creations! You can see some of the last year’s Sand Castles from our visit.

KinderNature (June 9th, July 14th, and August 18th)
There are events at both Hitchcock and Narrows River Park in the coming months. These events are targeted at preschoolers and the cost is $5.00. 
June 9th: Stop by Hitchcock Nature Center at 1:30 pm to learn about the Spacious Skies
July 14th: Stop by Narrows River Park at 1:30 pm to learn about Bright FireFlies
August 18th: Stop by Arrowhead Park at 1:30 pm to learn about Red Fish, Blue Fish

Hitch Hike (June 18th and July 16th)

Take a guided tour through the Loess Hills during the Hitch Hike on June 18th or July 16th at 7:00 pm. The cost is $2.00 per person and all ages are welcome.

For even more great ideas, check out the Council Bluffs Visitors Guide! You can even request one to be mailed to you so you can plan out your summer with local attractions. I will be updating this list throughout the Summer and hopefully you and your family find some fun stuff to do in Council Bluffs this Summer!

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