Family Classes, Programs, & Events
Registration is required for most classes and programs. Call 319.291.4490, email, or stop by the Center to sign up.

Drawing Stories with Ed Emberley Opening Reception

This new exhibit, located in the Phelps Youth Pavilion McElroy Junior Art Gallery III, will showcase over 40 original pieces of artwork by Ed Emberley. Ed Emberley is world renowned author/illustrator of over 100 children’s books, including several how-to-draw books. Adults and accompanied children are invited to join us for an evening of refreshments, drawing, and celebrating art for the young and young-at-art.

March 15
Friday | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Free admission

World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids
Enjoy special $1 admission to the Phelps Youth Pavilion. All this fun is sponsored by the R.J. McElroy Trust. For a list of participating downtown attractions, visit

March 18 – 22
Monday-Friday| 9:00am – 5:00pm
Members: Free admission to the Phelps Youth Pavilion | Non-members: $1/person

CultureFest 2019 & All-School Art Exhibition
Experience the amazing and diverse cultures of the Cedar Valley at CultureFest. This free family event will include samples of ethnic foods and cultural performances by local students and artists. The event will also feature our annual All-School Art Exhibition showcasing the talents of Waterloo K-12 students.

April 4
Thursday | 5:00 – 7:30pm
Free admission

Bunny Brunch
Every bunny loves brunch! Join the biggest bunny of all – the Easter Bunny for brunch and special “bunny-riffic” craft activities at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

April 13
Sunday | 10:00 – 11:30am
Members: $8 | Non-members: $10; includes same-day admission to the Phelps Youth Pavilion
Register by: April 9