Things to Do In and Around Cedar Rapids: Family-Friendly Events In November

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

Look no further than our November Roundup of local activities.

Drive-Thru Chili Supper- November 6- 11:00am-7:00pm (or until sold out)

Help support Friends of Hiawatha Fire by attending their Drive Thru Chili  (and hot dog) Supper!

Family Storytime – Fall into Gratitude November 06: 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Downtown Library – Children’s Program Room -Join us for a storytime for the whole family. Come to share songs and stories with us and stay to create our Tree of Gratitude in the Children’s Area.

Paws To Read- November 8 6:30 pm

Huzzah! We welcome the return of this popular reading program that pairs emerging readers with certified Therapy International dogs. Pull up a book and a dog and let the magic begin. Hiawatha Library 

Teen Back to Kindergarten Party- November 9, 3:30-4:30 pm at Lowe Park

Want to go back to the years of nap time and parachute games? Well, we don’t have a time machine, but we can bring back Kindergarten’s greatest hits at our Teen Back to Kindergarten Party! Play parachute games, get some milk and cookies, watch cartoons, play board games like Chutes n Ladders, and color. This event is open to all middle and high school students. Please email Shanel at sslater@marionpubliclibrary.org for questions, clarifications, or requests to help us make the event accessible for you.

Brain STEM: On the Construction Site- November 12 10:30 am

Today’s program demonstrates that kids are engineers! Alicia will share the book On the Construction Site. Then kids will put engineering concepts to the test as they build their own house and roof. Kids and their caregivers are welcome to attend. Hiawatha Library

Friday Flicks: The Boss Baby, Family Business- November 12 3:15 pm

Tim Templeton is a stay-at-home dad for two adorable daughters, while his estranged brother, Ted, is a big-shot CEO. They come together in an unexpected way when they take a magical formula that transforms them into babies for 48 hours. Rated PG 107 minutes

Kids and their caregivers are welcome to attend. Hiawatha Library 

Bombs Away! November 13 10:00am-12:00pm

Do you hate those blank vacant lots on the side of the road or streets? Have you wanted to put a wildflower garden in one of those lots but not sure how to do it? Or maybe you just want to start a wildflower bed in your backyard. Making seed bombs is cheaper than buying transplants, natural and organic, easy to make, and pocket-sized. Local native wildflower seeds will be used. What a great way to start a pollinator’s heaven! Late fall is a great time to start wildflowers or give these as a holiday gift. Family fun for everyone! Cost: $5 Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Linn County

Gratitude Rocks! Family Activity November 13, 1:00-3:00 pm

November tends to be a month that we remember all that we have to be grateful for. We will combine gratitude, mindfulness, creativity, and rocks to create keepsakes to remember all year round. Are you a rock painting pro or ready to give it a try? We provide all the materials. Just bring a friend or your family and be ready to create! Activity is for all ages. Each person can create 3 rocks to take home. Cost: $5/person. Wikiup Hill Learning Center

Do Re Mi: Music Class for Kids with Down Syndrome November 13 9:30 am

We are so happy to welcome back Do Re Mi, a music class for kids with Down syndrome, and their families. The fabulous Ms. Amber will have you dancing, singing, and playing along! Hiawatha Library

Campfire and Smores  November 16, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm

Join us for a campfire gathering with s’more fixings, scavenger hunts, and crafts near the Wickiup Wandering Wood’s nature playscape. No cost for the program but remember to register so there are enough s’mores for everyone!  Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Linn County

Thanksgiving Storytime November 20, 10:30 am 

Alicia will share her favorite Thanksgiving stories and songs. Kids will also create Pilgrim Hat Cupcakes to take home. Kids and their caregivers are welcome to attend. Hiawatha Library

Fiddler on The Roof November 22, 7:30 pm Paramount Theatre

Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I, and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

A Charlie Brown Christmas : Live On Stage November 24, 7:00 pm Paramount Theatre 

A holiday classic. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original animated television show, with more fun, more music, and more finding the true Christmas spirit. After the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing traditional Christmas songs and carols. The show is 90 minutes including intermission.

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular November 27, 7:00 pm Paramount Theatre

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is an all-new production featuring some of the greatest holiday songs of all time performed with the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica.

Audiences will be amazed by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks, and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the holiday classics we all love. Tickets are $35-$185.

Small Business Saturday, November 27, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Kick-off the holiday shopping season with Small Business Saturday! Uptown Marion Main Street and Marion Chamber of Commerce will host a shopping event where you can enjoy holiday music as you shop and dine at Uptown. Receive a free #ShopSmall gift, while supplies last, and be entered to win an Uptown Dollar gift certificate with each receipt you show!

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

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