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'Spring Break' gets Cedar Valley kids in for $1

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Children participate in the Great Bicycle Recycle Exhibit at the Phelps Youth Pavilion Tuesday in Waterloo. Children participate in the Great Bicycle Recycle Exhibit at the Phelps Youth Pavilion Tuesday in Waterloo.
A student checks out an exhibit at the Phelps Youth Pavilion Tuesday in Waterloo. A student checks out an exhibit at the Phelps Youth Pavilion Tuesday in Waterloo.
WATERLOO (KWWL) - Spending just $1 for a day of fun? That's probably a lot of children's idea of a great spring break.

The "World's Greatest Spring Break for Kids" has been helping alleviate boredom for students around the Cedar Valley since Monday.

The $1 admission to several kid-friendly sites around Waterloo and Cedar Falls continues through Friday, the week when most students in the area are off from school.

Sponsored by the R.J. McElroy Trust and in its second year, the events have proven to be popular so far.

"We've probably had 650-plus at Phelps (Youth Pavilion), maybe a couple hundred at the (Cedar Valley) SportsPlex, so probably 1,500 at all properties for a Monday," Stacy Van Gorp said of Monday's attendance.

Last year's Spring Break offered seven attractions for $1 and saw 10,855 admissions during that week.

In the last three days, Van Gorp said the Phelps Youth Pavilion alone has had 2,300 guests since Monday -- up about 600 from last year's numbers.

Admission, which can normally run a family a few dozen dollars at each property, is reduced to just $1 per person for the week of March 17-21 at certain sites and events.

Those include:

- Admission to the Phelps Youth Pavilion at the Waterloo Center for the Arts
- Admission to the Phelps FunSpace at College Square Mall in Cedar Falls
- Admission to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo
- Admission to the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Grout Museum in Waterloo
- Admission to the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium in Waterloo
- Tickets to a live performance at 1 and 3 p.m. daily at the Black Hawk Children's Theatre at the Walker Building in Waterloo
- Ice skating (renting skates is an additional $1) at Young Arena in Waterloo from noon to 1 p.m., 2-3 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. through Thursday
- Swimming pool access at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in Waterloo from 9-10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon daily (not on Friday)
- Edible Art Party at the Grout Museum on Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (free with admission)

A dance party at the Waterloo Public Library on Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. is included in the "World's Greatest Spring Break" list, but is free to attend.

Organizers require that all children be accompanied by an adult.
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