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305 34th Ave, Altoona    800.532.1286
COST:  Check website for cost
HOURS:  Check website for hours
Amusement park with over 100 rides, plus shows.  There is a separate children's area with rides appropriate for the little ones.  Also, cool off on a hot summer day at Kokomo Kove water play area.  This area has 7 water slides for kids of various ages to enjoy (there are some height requirements).  You must have swimwear to play in Kokomo Kove (there is a changing area available).
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  Good variety of rides to keep everyone happy.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-    Food is very expensive.  If possible, pack a picnic lunch to eat at the car.

2600 111th St NW, Urbandale    515.278.5286

COST:  $13 Adult / $7.50 Child (Age 3 - 12) / $12 Seniors (Age 60+)
HOURS:  May 1 - Aug 18:  Mon - Sat 9a - 4p, Sun 12 - 4p,  Aug 21 - Oct 213:  Wed - Sun from 9a - 4p, Sun 12 - 4p
This 600 acre living history museum is divided into four sections;  a 1700s farm with indians, a 1850 farm with pioneers, a 1875 town of Walnut Hill, and a 1900 horse powered farm.  In each area costumed interpreters go about the daily activities of their time period.   Great way to learn history!
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  The interpreters were very informative and kept the interest of the children.  There were some hands-on activities throughout the facility.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-    A lot of walking! 

Family Friendly Travel Tip:
When we travel, we tend to snack instead of stopping for large meals.  In advance, we purchase bags of chocolate chips, dried fruits, pretzels, cereals and nuts for each child to create their own resealable bag of trail mix.   A healthy snack that is easily portable.


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