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Old 11-08-2018, 03:44 PM
Location: Midwest
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Hello all! I'm looking for recommendations on family-friendly activities in Iowa the week between Christmas and New Year's. Hotels, museums, etc. I'm bringing my family from IL to visit family in NW Iowa for a couple days, so anything along I-80, I-35, or I-380 would be ideal. Would appreciate your input!
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:16 PM
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Last year, the weather over that time period was cold but mostly dry, so traveling around the state wasn't a problem. However, this year, it seems like winter is starting early: the snow that's coming in tonight is more like December weather, so you might want to have a Plan B in the event that the roads are too nasty.

That said, here are two links to get you started.


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Old 11-09-2018, 11:52 AM
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I’m not from there, and I dont know how old the kids are, but when we had a houseful of teenagers and parents one Christmas, everyone got gift certificate to the local indoor shooting range. They had a lot of fun target shooting and now, they go back every time they come.
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:07 AM
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Here are a few things to do in the winter. (n/w Iowa)

Skiing at Sundown Mountain (rent skiis)
Snowmobile resort
Snow Pioneer Trail System (rent crosscountry skiis)
Bald Eagle Appreciation Day, Keokuh Ia
Iowa Wolf Basketball
Ice Skating Brenton Plaza
Blank Park Zoo
Des Moines Art Ctr
State Historical Museum
State Capital
4 Maquoketa Caves State Park
Sledding at Sleepy Hollow

Make Fudge and/or make taffy and pull taffy, make popcorn balls, make hot Cocoa, make and bake cookies
Make snow forts , divide your group , hide behind forts and throw snowballs, count the hits and who wins
make snowman and decorate them (old hat etc)
Clean off your elderly neighbors snowy sidewalks
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