Family Events

Some of Dance Marathon's favorite programs are the eight family events that we put on throughout the year. These events are free of charge for your families, and are provided as a way to have a fun family outing with the rest of the Dance Marathon community. Guest can attend with your family for a reduced price. Please check your family mailings or emails for more information and RSVPs for each event!

Fun City:

This year's Spring Event will be held at Fun City in Burlington, Iowa on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 from 10:00am-4:00pm. Fun City offers many attractions including laser tag, go-carts, and an arcade. Your admission will include a $20 game card along with a lunch of pizza and pop! For more information on the facility, check out their website here!


The first Summer Family Event is always held at Adventureland and is the largest of the eight events. Adventureland is both an amusement park and waterpark that features over 100 rides for all ages, arcades, and many other fun attractions including a circus and magic show. This event will be held on Sunday June 25th from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Lost Island:

Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo, IA features exciting water slides, a wave pool and lazy river, and water attractions for all ages! Mini-golf and go karting can be purchased by your family if interested. This year the event will be held on Sunday, July 30th from 11:00am-4:00pm.

Camp Wapsie:

The third annual Camp Wapsie Family Event will be held in Coggon, IA as the last Summer Family Event! At this event, we will be experiencing all of camp in one day with activities including canoeing, archery, tie-dying, gaga ball, crafts, s'mores, and so much more! Join us at Camp Wapsie on Sunday August 27th from 10:00am-3:00pm.

FTK Day Family Picnic:

Each September, Dance Marathon hosts a family picnic that is also paired with an FTK 5K! The date for this event is still being determined. This event includes a Z'markis noodle cafe lunch, a fun day at the park with Dance Marathon members, and many activities for all ages! We hope to see you there!

Bloomsbury Farms:

Bloomsbury Farm is a destination for families and kids of all ages! The event will take place this year on Sunday, October 22nd. Their main attraction is a 10-acre corn maze. Other activities include hayrack rides, scarecrow alley, a “milking cow,” crafts, a haunted barn, a tire maze and much more! Check out for a list of festivities.

DIH Walk: 

The Dancing In Our Hearts Walk is a new event that gives our families a chance to come together and remember the children we have lost. It will be held at Lower City Park in Iowa City on Sunday, November 11th, 2017. It includes a memorial walk, opportunity to share stories, and a lighting candle ceremony. All are welcome to honor the children that are always dancing in our hearts, and that will never be forgotten. 

Des Moines Science Center:

This year features a new Family Event at the Des Moines Science Center! The Science Center is a dynamic and interactive science museum for kids of all ages. Exhibits include an observatory and special live programs throughout the day. Join us for a fun interactive learning experience along with an IMAX theater showing on Sunday, December 3rd!

Coral Ridge Mall:

The Coral Ridge Mall event was started in 2015 and we can't wait for it to be even better in 2017! This event takes place at the Coral Ridge Mall in Iowa City, IA (date to come). The event includes entrance to the Children's Museum as well as a movie showing along with crafts and activities throughout the mall for all ages!

Big Event:

Join us on February 2nd and 3rd to celebrate the children survivors, remember the children who have passed away, and celebrate the successes of Dance Marathon 24! This event takes place in the Iowa Memorial Union, where numerous activities will take place during the 24 hour no sitting, no caffeine, and no sleeping marathon, including live DJs, family speakers and many other fun events! If you are a family interested in joining us at the Big Event, please email We hope to see you there!