Things To Do In and Around Cedar Rapids: Family Friendly Events in February

Things To Do In and Around Cedar Rapids: Family Friendly Events in February

Are you looking for fun family-friendly events in February around Cedar Rapids?

Look no further than our February Roundup of local activities.

Cedar Rapids Moms’ Mini Night Out at Board & Brush in Hiawatha

February 1, 2022 6:00pm

Join us for a great night out learning the ins and outs of DIY with Board and Brush Hiawatha. This private event will feature their mini designs with a gallery loaded with over 250 design options for each guest to choose what they want to create. You will be instructed from start to finish, beginning with distressing, sanding, staining, demonstrations on special painting techniques…all the way through laying your stencils and picking the colors YOU want that coincide with your personal home decor color schemes. Our fun environment filled with great music smells of wood, laughter from friends, delicious beverages, and step-by-step instructions are reserved just for Cedar Rapids Moms Group. Seating is very limited, reserve your spot today!

Tuesday Tales (ages 0-5) at Hiawatha Public Library

February 1, 8, 15 2022 10:30 am – 11:00 am 

Join Youth Services Librarian, Alicia Mangin, as she welcomes kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers as she shares stories, songs, and fingerplays. Meet in the Forrest Glenn Community Room 103.1 &103.2 for this free event!

Early Learning Story Time at Downtown Cedar Rapids Library 

February 1, 8, 15, 22 10:00am – 10:30am

Children’s Program Room

Storytime for young children with stories, songs, and other interactive activities. Geared toward preschool, babies, and toddlers. Reserve your spot today, limited space and spaces are filling up quick


Owl Hike and Call Building at Wikiup Hill Learning Center

February 2, 2022, 5:30 PM

“Who cooks for you?” asks the barred owl. We will learn about owls in Iowa initially and participants will build owl calls to take home after the event. Then we will head out onto the trails to talk to the owls and attempt to call one in. Cost is $5/adult, $2/child 16 and under. One call is included for each adult registrant. Additional calls can be purchased for $5 each the night of the program.

Mother Goose on the Loose Cedar Rapids Downtown Library

February 2, 9, 16, 23 9:00am – 10:00am

Children’s Program Room

An early literacy nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds, followed by playtime. Reserve your spot today, limited space and spaces are filling up quick


Preschool Storytime at Ely Public Library

February 3, 10, 17, 24 2022 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Join us for stories and fun just for ages 6 and under!

Ice Fishing with TAKO!

February 5, 2022 at 10:00am – 12:00pm 

The winter season is upon us and that means that it’s time to hit the ice, “Beat the Bitter” and search for fish! Take a Kid Outdoors will help kick off North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter for our annual Ice Fishing Event. Volunteers will be on hand to help you learn the basics of ice fishing, safety, equipment needs, techniques, and fish ID. Free lunch included! This is a wonderful opportunity for kids and adults alike to enjoy the outdoors. Parking is available at the Park and Rec Center as well as some limited on street. Dress for the weather and pack layers! A limited number of fishing poles will be available; please bring yours if you have one. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. DONATIONS are always WELCOMED and greatly appreciated as we rely on people like you to keep these events free to all! Who Needs a Fishing License? All anglers 16 years and older must have a fishing license to fish Iowa waters. Anglers under the age of 16 may fish Iowa waters without a fishing license and may fish for and keep their own limit of fish, except when fishing for trout they must share their limit with a licensed adult or buy their own trout fee to keep their own limit of trout.

Third Grade Clay; Cedar Rapids Downtown Library 

February 7-12: All Day

Beems Auditorium A/B

Come and check out the Art Exhibit by third graders across the CRCSD

Babygarten at Ely Public Library

February 7, 14, 21, 28 2022 9:00 am – 9:45 am

Babygarten promotes the wellness of a child and family with singing, playing, and learning in a welcoming, positive environment. Our mission is to grow happy, healthy babies, one rhyme at a time.

Take and Make Series: Owl Call at Wikiup Hill Learning Center

February 9, 2022, at 3 pm

During the winter, barred owls are a chatty bunch. They call to communicate and to determine territory boundaries. With an owl call, you can also talk to other animals. We put together a kit that allows you to construct your very own owl call. Kit includes assembly instructions to put the call together and within a few minutes after gluing, you too can call barred owls! With luck, those in your neighborhood will be interested in a conversation with you. Who cooks for you – who cooks for you all? Leave a note with your registration if you need an alternative pick-up time. Cost: $5/kit.

Pied Piper – Percussion Cedar Rapids Downtown Library

February 11 at 9:30am – 10:15am AND 10:30am- 11:15am

Whipple Auditorium

Music concert presented by Orchestra Iowa and designed for preschool-age children.

B-I-N-G-O Nights at Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center

February 11, 2022 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us at the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center for nights of fun, socializing, and a chance to win some cash! Games of BINGO will be played for $.25 per card, per game. Cash prizes are paid to the winner of each game. There will also be a few bonus games with increased payouts before the night concludes with a winner-take-all game of blackout. Participants are welcome to bring food and drinks to enjoy while they play. 

Happy Valentine’s Day Story Time (ages 0-8) at Hiawatha Public Library

February 12, 2022 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Happy Valentine’s Day! We will share this sentiment through stories, songs, and an edible craft!

Hot Wheels Monster Truck Live at Alliant Energy PowerHouse

February 12, 2022 12:30 pm or 7:30pm

February 13, 2022 12:30 pm

The popular family entertainment tour continues to bring audiences the only opportunity to see real-life versions of the famous Hot Wheels monster trucks toys including fan favorites – Bone Shaker™, Tiger Shark, V8 Bomber™, and Demo Derby plus the all-new Mega Wrex™, Race Ace™ and Bigfoot® Midwest Madness™, the first-ever collaboration between Hot Wheels and Bigfoot. Event performances will also feature a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot MEGASAURUS, and the high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross! Fans will experience exciting show action and fuel-injected playfulness with over-the-top smashing, crashing, and epic monster truck competitions and battles!


Toddler Time (ages 2-3) at Ely Public Library

February 14, 28 2022 10:00 am – 10:20 am

Stories, songs, and dancing for our toddler crowd.  Recommended for ages 2-3, but all ages are welcome.

Dinosaur World Live! Five Flags Center Dubuque, Iowa

February 15, 2022, at 7 pm

Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing and remarkably life-like dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures including a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Segnosaurus, and the Tyrannosaurus Rex.


Just a Walk in a Park Series: Full Moon Owl Hike at Wanatee Park

February 16, 2022, at 6 pm

Join us at Meadowlark Shelter at Wanatee Park to learn about some of the common owls of Iowa. We will see a variety of mounted owls and learn about what makes them “nature’s perfect mousetraps.” View wings and talons, owl pellets, and more. Participants will then head down the trail to see if we can carry on a conversation with an owl. The full moon should be rising as we hike which will make for some nice viewing opportunities. Cost: $1/child 16 and under or $2.50/ adult.

Full Moon Hike at Jones Park

February 16, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Explore Jones Park by the light of a full moon. Take a short hike at an easy pace and – if you’re lucky – see deer, owls, and other creatures of the night. Dress warm and be prepared to hike in the snow.


Res $5 | NonRes $6


Corridor Running Freezefest 5k 2022 Wanatee Park

February 19, 2022, at 11am

Join Corridor Running for this, the 21st running of the Freezefest 5k at Wanatee Park in Marion, IA. The Freezefest 5k race has become a traditional “must-run” event for Eastern Iowans.

If you are ready to shake off the cabin fever and get out and hit the roads for a fun 5K, registration is opening soon! There is limited parking available in the park, and we have to cap entries to the first 450 people registered. Sign up early and you’ll get a spectacular long sleeve ultra-soft shirt or hoodie, a custom race bib, food, drink, great music, and a chance at a ton of door prizes.

Iowa Civil Rights Exhibit at Hiawatha Public Library

February 22, 2022, All Day

Come see the Iowa Civil Rights Exhibit at the library from February 22-March 8. This exhibit is on loan from the African American Museum of Iowa.

Explore the struggles and triumphs of the fight for equal rights. Featured individuals include Alexander Clark, the man who helped desegregate Iowa schools in 1868, and Edna Griffin, the woman who led sit-ins at the Katz Drugstore in Des Moines in 1948.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at Paramount Theatre 

February 24, 2022 6:30pm

Do you love Daniel Tiger on PBS? Now you can catch Daniel Tiger “Live” on the Daniel Tiger Tour. “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Daniel Tiger and all of his friends from the beloved PBS KIDS television series are hopping aboard Trolley to your town with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Along with “O” the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, Mom and Dad Tiger, and many more, Daniel Tiger will take live audiences on an interactive musical adventure to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with music, dancing, laughter, and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has been rescheduled for February 24, 2022. Previously scheduled dates include March 17, 2020, and Saturday, February 23, 2021. Tickets to either the March 17, 2020 performance OR February 23, 2021, will be honored for the new date.


Twist, Tie, and Dye! At Wickiup Hill Learning Center

February 26, 2022, at 10 am

Are you DYEING to get a little color in your life? Join us for a chance to tie-dye to create a wearable work of art! Participants are asked to bring their own items to dye (all-cotton items, limit of 2 items per participant, nothing larger than a t-shirt). Because of the dye used, for ages 12 and older. Cost: $10/person.

To register for this event follow: https://www.mycountyparks.com/…/Twist-Tie-and-Dye.aspx

Super Hero Night at Iowa Children’s Museum

February 27, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for a special night for families with children with special needs on the last Sunday of every month from 6-7:30 pm. Every child is unique. Each grows and learns in their own way. And without exception, all children love to play. Children with special health or sensory needs are no different! During Super Hero Nights, admission is free for families with children who have special needs thanks to our friends at GreenState Credit Union. Enjoy a quieter and more welcoming environment throughout our exhibits. Tickets must be reserved in advance. Go to theicm.org/tickets to sign up. Select a date on the calendar and click “Reserve” next to the Super Hero Night option.

Are we missing any family-friendly events in February? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!

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