Two weeks celebrating unstructured, unplugged, and unlimited play!


PLAYvolution supports and promotes the idea that unstructured, unplugged, and unlimited creative play is a critical component of healthy development. The biological and psychological evidence increasingly shows play contributes to lifelong success factors including creativity, confidence, social and emotional skills, communication, empathy, and resilience.

Join us for two weeks of fun and games as we celebrate the awesome POWER of PLAY for kids of all ages!


Week 1
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5

    PLAYvolution Proclamation @ Iowa City City Council

    PLAYvolution Proclamation read at the Iowa City City Council meeting.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12

    PLAYvolutuion Proclamation @ Coralville City Council Meeting

    PLAYvolution Proclamation read at the Coralville City Council Meeting.

  • Saturday, Sept. 16

    9:00 – Noon – Kid’s Day@ Iowa City Farmers Market

    Join us for kids activities at the Iowa City Farmers Market.


    10:00am – Noon – Fall Equinox Celebration@ Edible Classroom on the south side of the downtown Iowa City Recreation Center

    Celebrate the fall equinox by enjoying the bounty of the Edible Classroom. Fun activities for children (and adults) of all agres.

  • Sunday, Sept. 17

    11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Move It! Dig It! Do It! @ The Iowa Children’s Museum

    Explore large construction equipment, city vehicles, and more!  Event includes free admission to The Iowa Children’s Museum all day long.

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Slip and Slide! @ A Leap Ahead In Home Care, Tiffin

    Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a hillside slip and slide at A Leap Ahead In Home Care at 722 Timber Ridge Court, Tiffin.

  • Monday, Sept. 18

    6:00 pm – Coralville Library Read-In @ Coralville Public Library

    Bring a blanket and settle in at the Library with your family and a good book. If the weather is nice, we’ll read outside.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19

    10:30 am – Storytime with Bubbles @ Lantern Park

    Join us for books and bubbles!

Week 2
  • Saturday, Sept. 23

    11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Playvolution Tailgate Party@ Mercer Aquatic Center

    Fun, games and football!


    6:30 PM – 9:00 pm – Moon Walk and Star Party @ Penn Meadows, North Liberty

    Come to this Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) activity and view planets, stars, and other celestial bodies with the help of local amateur astronomers. If the sky is cloudy, there will be alternative activities. Spend the evening under the stars as we listen for owls and other nocturnal creatures. Come out early and see Jupitar in the daytime. Stay for nighttime snacks including Gourmet S’mores and refreshments!

  • Sunday, Sept. 24

    1:00 – 3:00 pm – Monarch Festival @ East Side Recycling Center

    Lots of fun family activities, including a nature scavenger hunt, a kids’ snack-building activity where foods teach about the butterfly life cycle, crafts, books, storytelling and a #ICMonarch Photo booth!

    1:00 – 4:00 pm – S.T. Morrison’s Golden Birthday Party@ S.T. Morrison Park, Coralville

    You’re invited to S.T. Morrison’s Golden Birthday Party! This free family event will feature a slow roll bike ride at 1 pm followed by a Family Scavenger Hunt and games at 2 pm. Make plans to stay for the cutting of the birthday cake at 3:45 pm!

  • Monday, Sept 25

    Noon – 1:00 pm – Chamber Lunch @ The Iowa Children’s Museum

  • Thursday, Sept. 28

    5:30 – dark – Cyclocross Hot Laps@ Coralville Creekside Cross

    Iowa City Cyclocross Club will set up a course and be on hand to lead a hot laps training session. Bring your bike and a helmet and get ready to ride!

  • Friday, Sept. 29

    5:00 – 8:00 pm – STEM Family Free Night @ The Iowa Children’s Museum

    Free Admission to The Iowa Children’s Museum while you help solve a unique STEM Challenge in the STEM Studio focused on STEM problem-based learning.


    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Free Community Meal @ Coralville Public Library

    Gather with friends and neighbors for a free community meal. CPL and the Coralville Community Food Pantry will be on the library lawn with a taco bar. In addition to the meal, we will have live music and kids activities.


  • Send us a photo of your fun on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram: #Pledge2Play

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Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.