Family

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


Farmers Market
Stop by for fresh, locally-grown produce, prepared foods, original arts and crafts, and more.
May – October
Saturdays | 8:00am – 12:00pm
RiverLoop Expo Plaza
Free Admission

RiverLoop Rhythms
5:30 – 9:30pm
RiverLoop Amphitheatre
Enjoy free live music by the river. Food and beverages available for purchase.

Aug 16 Avey/Grouws Band
Sept 21 Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Sponsored by Community Bank & Trust.

Cinema on the Cedar
Gates open at 8:00pm, movie starts at sunset.
Free Admission

Aug 17 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Phelps Youth Pavilion Exhibit Opening
The Youth Art Team, has been transforming the community through public art projects. This exhibit highlights their achievements. Please join us for the opeining reception, light refreshments will be provided.

October 1
Tuesday | 5:30 – 7:00pm
Free Admission

Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour – Field Trip!
The day will begin and end at the Hearst Center for the Arts with a stop at the Angry Pickle for lunch. Sponsored by the Waterloo Center for the Arts and the Hearst Center for the Arts.

October 11
Friday | 8:00am – 6:00pm
Members: $14 | Non-members $18
To register call (319) 273-8641
Register by: October 9
*Lunch is not included

Vertigo 2019
This fascinating series features the work of artists who will expand the traditional definition of art using sound, video and the human body. Co-sponsored by UNI Department of Art.
Fridays | 7:00pm | Free Admission

October 11 | Jose Villalobos
October 18 | 2ManyNotes: A Recital

Trick, Treat and the Search for the Great Pumpkin!
Come celebrate Halloween by searching for the Great Pumpkin! Tours will begin every 15 minutes, with skits written and performed by Blackhawk Children’s Theatre. Colorful refreshments and art activities will be “pumpkin-ized” to keep little hands entertained after the tour.
Reservations required.

October 29
Tuesday | 5:00 – 8:00pm
Members: $3 | Non-Members: $5/person
Register by: October 25

Holiday Arts Festival
This two-day fine arts festival falls at the perfect time to kick off the holiday shopping season! Original works by the finest Midwest artists working in mixed media, jewelry, glass, metal, ceramics, photography, wood, fiber and more will be available for purchase.

November 9 & 10
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Free Admission

Breakfast with Santa and Elf on the Shelf
Meet the Elf on the Shelf and enjoy a sausage and waffle breakfast. Art activities, live music and a candy cane hunt in the Phelps Youth Pavilion will follow. Santa and Elf on the Shelf will be available for pictures throughout this event.

December 14
Saturday | 9:30 – 11:00am
Members: $8 | Non-Members: $10/person includes same day admission to Pavilion
Register by: December 11

Noon Year’s Party
You’re invited to a Noon Year’s party for kids! Ring in 2020 with family crafts, snacks, games and watch the Noon Year’s ball drop. Wristbands are valid for the entire day.

December 31
Tuesday I 11:00am-1:00pm
Members: Free | Non-Members: $5/person