Three weeks celebrating unstructured, unplugged, and unlimited play!

ABOUT PLAYVOLUTION

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

CALENDAR

Week 1
  • Monday, Sept. 9

    6:30-7:30 p.m.

    PLAYvolution 2019 “Pre-Party” at Coralville Public Library Family Night…FREE! Stories, bubbles, chalk and games for all!!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 10

    6:30 p.m.

    PLAYvolution at Coralville City Council Meeting, Coralville City Hall

  • Thursday, Sept. 12

    6:30-7:30 p.m.

    North Liberty “Slow Roll” Family Bike Ride, North Liberty Recreation Center…FREE!

  • Saturday, Sept. 14

    6-7:45 p.m.

    Roller Skating, Robert A. Lee Recreation Center in Iowa City…FREE!

  • Sunday, Sept. 15

    11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Move It! Dig It! Do It! Free Admission Day at The Iowa Children’s Museum (Coral Ridge Mall)

    Get a close-up look at large construction and farm equipment, city vehicles, and more; use your imagination at a “Not a Box Party” and participate in dozens of activities and games. It’s fun for the whole family!

    Free admission to the outdoor activities and museum all day long.

  • Sunday, Sept. 15

    2-4 p.m.

    Sunday Fun Day: Pirate Day Parrots, Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room…Get ready for International “Talk Like a Pirate Day” by creating fun, feathery parrots!

  • Sunday, Sept. 15

    4-5:30 p.m.

    Party in the Park, Brookland Park (Iowa City)…FREE event that includes live music games and other activities for all!

Week 2
  • Monday, Sept. 16

    Noon – 1 p.m.

    PLAYvolution Chamber of Commerce Lunch, Fireside Shelter at S.T. Morrison Park (Coralville)

  • Monday, Sept. 16

    6-8 p.m.

    Board Game Night at Coralville Farmers’ Market (Fireside Shelter at S.T. Morrison Park)…FREE!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17

    7 p.m.

    PLAYvolution at Iowa City Council Meeting, IC City Hall

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17

    6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Family Fort Night, Iowa City Public Library Children’s Room…Create your own fort, and share stories together! Fort-making supplies are provided; there will be a contest to determine the most well-constructed fort!!

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    6-8 p.m.

    Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament, North Liberty Community Library…FREE!

  • Thursday, Sept. 19

    4:30-6:30 p.m. 

    “Try Single Track” Off-Ride Biking Experience for All Ages, Tom Harkin Trail Head…hosted by Coralville Parks & Recreation Department…FREE!

  • Friday, Sept. 20

    5-8 p.m.

    North Liberty Pool Party, North Liberty Indoor Pool…$1/person!

  • Saturday, Sept. 21

    10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Teddy Bear Clinic with UI Child Life, The Iowa Children’s Museum…FREE to museum members or with paid daily admission!

  • Saturday, Sept. 21

    6-7:45 p.m.

    Roller Skating, Robert A. Lee Recreation Center in Iowa City…FREE!

  • Saturday, Sept. 21

    5-6:45 p.m.

    Coralville Pool Party, Coralville Recreation Center…$1/person!

  • Saturday, Sept. 21

    6:30-9 p.m.

    TAKO Moon Walk and Star Party at Penn Meadows (North) in 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 Jupiter in the daytime. Stay for nighttime snacks including Gourmet S’mores and refreshments!

  • Sunday, Sept. 22

    Noon – 2 p.m.

    Fall Equinox Party, Robert A. Lee Recreation Center (Iowa City)…FREE activities for all! Fairy garden and gnome furniture building to follow from 2 until 3:30 p.m. $15/person. Registration available here!

  • Sunday, Sept. 22

    2-4 p.m.

    Sunday Fun Day: Hispanic Ojos de Dios, Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room…Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by making traditional “Eyes of God” woven yarn projects!

  • Sunday, Sept. 22

    4-5:30 p.m.

    Party in the Park, North Market Square Park (Iowa City)…FREE event that includes live music games and other activities for all!

Week 3
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24

    6:30 p.m.

    PLAYvolution at North Liberty City Council Meeting, North Liberty City Hall

  • Thursday, Sept. 26

    6-9 p.m.

    Pickleball Play Night, North Liberty Community Center…FREE!

  • Friday, Sept. 27

    9:30-11:30 a.m.

    FREE Tot Time (with inflatables!), Mercer Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gymnasium (Iowa City)

  • Friday, Sept. 27

    2-4 p.m.

    Community Kickball Tournament, Hubbard Park (UI Campus near IMU)…FREE!

    In case of rain, the event will be held on the Main Deck at the Field House

  • Friday, Sept. 27

    5-8 p.m.

    STEM Family Free Night, The Iowa Children’s Museum…Enjoy FREE admission and the opportunity to solve a STEM challenge! Check out other activities at the Coral Ridge Mall, including free ice skating and carousel rides, as well as food specials!

  • Friday, Sept. 27

    5-7 p.m.

    Free Community Meal, Northwest Junior High School (Coralville)…Sponsored by the Coralville Community Food Pantry. Event includes a “Not a Box” Party with The Iowa Children’s Museum and Open Heartland organization! All are welcome!!

  • Saturday, Sept. 28

    9 a.m. – Noon

    9th Annual Kids Market at the Iowa City Farmers Market, Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp (Iowa City)…Kids ages 8 to 18 can shop or participate as a “Kid Vendor.” No fee to participate. Applications available here!

  • Saturday, Sept. 28

    6-7:45 p.m.

    Roller Skating, Robert A. Lee Recreation Center in Iowa City…FREE!

  • Sunday, Sept. 29

    2-4 p.m.

    Sunday Fun Day: Watercolor Leaf Garland, Iowa City Public Library Storytime Room…Recreate fall’s vibrant foliage by making your own garland using watercolor accordion-folded paper!

  • Sunday, Sept. 29

    4-5:30 p.m.

    Party in the Park, Benton Hill Park (Iowa City)…FREE event that includes live music games and other activities for all!

Notes from the PLAYvolution Partners!

  • This listing of events is not all-inclusive of the many amazing play-based activities that local partner organizations are sponsoring during the PLAYvolution period! In particular, please check your local library’s website for a full list of storytimes and other special programs.
  • The PLAYvolution team believes that “play” is a basic human right and should be accessible to all. Please contact us with any specific accessibility concerns, so we can be sure to address them and get you and your family involved!

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Questions or concerns? Please fill out and submit our contact form below. Thank you.

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.