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Don’t let the rain stop you from having fun! We did some digging and created a list of fun activities to do when you feel stuck indoors. Iowa is known for having unpredictable weather. Stop guessing what to do the next time rain is in the forecast, and try out one of these fun and easy activities for everyone to enjoy.



Catch a Movie!

Wanting to get out of the house on a rainy day but not break the bank? Collins Road Theaters is the ticket! Enjoy some of the newest films in a cozy theater which offers popcorn with REAL BUTTER. Regular matinee tickets are $5 and evening shows are $6 – get yours now!

Collins Road Theaters
Cedar Rapids, IA
Box office opens daily at noon; closes 15 minutes after the last feature starts.


Little child jumping at trampoline in indoors playground. Active toddler girl having fun at sport centre.

Run, Play, Jump! (Indoors of Course)

Nothing makes you feel cramped inside quite like a rain storm. Luckily AirFX provides you with wide open spaces to run, play, and jump! This space is complete with an indoor trampoline park, laser tag, miniature golf, and more.

Hiawatha, IA
Daily Hours & Rates


Things to do on a rainy day

Roll on over to the Bowling Alley!

Visit one of the many bowling alleys in the area to brighten up your rainy day! Both the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center in Cedar Rapids and Colonial Lanes in Iowa City are open daily for varying hours of operation. Call them on your next rainy afternoon to check lane availability.

Cedar Rapids Bowling Center
Cedar Rapids, IA

Colonial Lanes
Iowa City, IA


Ice Skating

Practice Your Ice Skating Skills!

You don’t have to be a professional figure skater to hit the ice! On the next rainy day head out to your nearest ice skating rink, rent some gear, and hit the ground skating. Public skate hours vary by day. Be sure to check the schedule or call in advance to ensure the venue is available for public use.

Cedar Rapids Ice Arena
Cedar Rapids, IA
Public Skate Schedule

Coral Ridge Ice Arena
Coralville, IA
Public Skate Schedule


Things to do on a rainy day

Channel your Inner Picasso!

Connect with your creative side and escape the weather by throwing clay or painting a beautiful piece of pottery. The Corridor offers various locations to work on such projects, including The Ceramics Center and Glass Studio located in the Cherry Building in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Art Studios

The Ceramics Center and Glass Studio
Cedar Rapids, IA
Hours vary daily

The Potters’ Obsession
Cedar Rapids, IA
Call to hear hours: 319.743.9824



Things to do on a rainy day

Find a Good Book to Read

There’s nothing better than relaxing and reading a good book as the rain falls gently outside your window. In order to make this fantasy happen, you first need to visit your local public library and snag a good read. While you are there you might consider checking out a DVD or participating in one of the various events hosted by the library itself.

Cedar Rapids Public Library
Cedar Rapids, IA
M-Th: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Iowa City Public Library
Iowa City, IA
Mon-Thu: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Things to do on a rainy day

Brush up on Your History and Culture

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Dubuque, IA
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Embark on a rainy day mini road trip to the National Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque! The exhibit features the history and culture of rivers found in America, namely the Mississippi. They also showcase various aquariums filled with natural wildlife such as catfish, turtles, and octopus to name a few.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Cedar Rapids, IA

Iowa City Children’s Museum
Coralville, IA

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
Cedar Rapids, IA

African American Museum of Iowa
Cedar Rapids, IA





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