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: April 28th, 2019

This year's Spring Event will be held at Fun City in Burlington, Iowa on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 from 10:00am-2:00pm. 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!

Adventureland: June 23rd, 2019

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. 

Lost Island: July 27th, 2019

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. 

Camp Wapsie: August 24th, 2019

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! 

Niabi Zoo: September 29th, 2019

This year features a new family event at the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois! At this event you will be able to be stamp your passport to go to Africa and make your way to the outback. Your excursion will allow you to see and engage with numerous animals in the exhibits!

Bloomsbury Farms: October 27th, 2019

Bloomsbury Farm is a destination for families and kids of all ages! The event will take place this year on Sunday, October 28th. 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: October 23th, 2018

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 October 13th. 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: December 27th, 2019

The Des Moines 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!

Coral Ridge Mall: January 18th, 2020

The Coral Ridge Mall event was started in 2015 and we can't wait for it to be even better in 2019! This event takes place at the Coral Ridge Mall in Iowa City, IA. 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 7th and 8th, 2020 to celebrate the children survivors, remember the children who have passed away, and celebrate the successes of Dance Marathon 26! This event takes place in the Iowa Memorial Union, where numerous activities will take place during the 24 hour no sitting (for those who are able), 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!