Summer is here, and there are so many fun activities for the kids to enjoy in Council Bluffs! Whether they prefer to spend the day in the sun or chilling out in the AC, there are options for you.

1. Splish Splash! Fun at the Splashpad

The best way kids can burn off energy in the summer without overheating is by playing in the splash pads! There are two splash pads in Council Bluffs, one is located at Fairmount Park, and the other is at Bayliss Park. Not only are the splash pads super fun and safe, but they’re also completely free!

2. Play the Day Away at Dream Playground 

Council Bluffs’ largest and most exciting playground can be found at Lake Manawa State Park! Dream Playground is the largest ADA-accessible playground in Iowa, and there are unlimited amounts of fun to be had here.

3. Sandcastles & Swimming at Lake Manawa State Park Beach

We may be located in the middle of the country, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a beach day with the family! There is a wonderful beach at Lake Manawa State Park that is perfect for sandcastle building, kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming. Admission for the beach area is $3 per person, and children younger than 2-years-old are free. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are available to rent as well.

4. Jump High at The Hub!

Active kiddos will love the Fly Zone Trampoline Park at the Hub! The trampoline park features an open bounce area, dunk hoops, dodgeball court, a battle beam to joust on, a large arcade, and more. Food and drinks are available on the premises, so it’s easy to make an entire day out of it!

5. Friendly Competition at Pirate Putt

Cool off with a game of putt-putt golf at Pirate Putt! There are two 18-hole courses to choose from, and each hole has its own unique challenge! Navigate around the pirate ship, sunken treasure, and make your way through an underwater water adventure.

6. Pizza & Bowling at Thunderbowl

Thunderbowl isn’t your typical bowling alley! Enjoy bowling, arcade games, and delicious snacks and meals from McCoy’s Bar and Grill. Come on Friday or Saturday night and enjoy an evening of cosmic bowling.

7. Fun in the Sun at the Pools!

What’s summer without a trip to the waterpark?! Council Bluffs is home to two waterparks, Katelmans and Pirate Cove. Both pools feature zero-depth areas, diving boards, water slides, and concessions.
*Pirate Cove is currently closed and is expected to open in late June 2021, pending lifeguard availability. For more information, please visit the City of Council Bluffs’ website.

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This post was originally published on June 8, 2021 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.