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Address: 225 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701-1313
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2 hours spent with my 5 year old granddaughter, could have stayed longer. Well worth it! She loved the light room.

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Becky G
Waterloo, Iowa
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Waterloo, Iowa
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

2 hours spent with my 5 year old granddaughter, could have stayed longer. Well worth it! She loved the light room.

Thank Becky G
Waterloo, Iowa
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

When my children were young, I used to take them to the Twin Cities to experience some stimulating and educational interactive experiences like at the St. Paul Museum of Natural History. Now I take my 4 grandsons to the Phelps Pavilion 10 minutes away in downtown Waterloo for a similar hands on experience. They always enjoy both the permanent and... More 

Thank PatMargie
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

So much to do here. Definitely worth getting a yearly membership. Perfect to come during the day, as weekends can get a little busy. My kids are 6,8, and 11 and all like it here. Usually spend 2-4 hrs at a time and that's with me pulling them away.

Thank Noelle F
Yankton, South Dakota
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139 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We spent most of a snowy afternoon here - there is plenty to do, and engage the children's imaginations. My 5 y/o had fun with everything and spent time at every station. The stage and puppet theater upstairs, was especially enjoyable. I thought the rooms from around the world was really cool, showing you a glimpse of life from other... More 

Thank ificouldonlyfly
Waterloo, Iowa
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

The Youth Pavillion was designed to provide children with a hands-on, fun-filled, learning environment. Children's creativity is enhanced as participants are fully absorbed into the variety of stations which offer science, artistic, and, culturally based activities.

Thank Deb B
Waterloo, Iowa
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106 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

With so many fun things to do, children are tempted to race from center to center without getting to enjoy anything in depth. Since this was our second trip with the children, we talked about the various centers and decided which ones we wanted to visit. Their favorite surprised me. It was the garden. They pumped water into the bucket,... More 

Thank McHove
Waterloo, Iowa, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I took my four year old grandson to the Phelps Youth Pavilion and we had so much fun. We had play time together and he was also able to play on his own in the exhibits, as well as with other children that were there. I would say his favorite thing was the big computer screen that was on the... More 

Thank Kayard
Waterloo, IA
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Took eight grandchilren to the Phelps Pavilion over the Thanksgiving weekend and they had a great time with the various activities offered there. It was such a memorable time that any grandparent should offer.

Thank cowgirl3538
Spirit Lake, Idaho
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

I have a 6 and 7 year old that adore this place. A good place for hands on activity, for acting, building, and crafts.

Thank Ken S
Waterloo, Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Phelps Pavilion is a good place to take kids to experience milking a cow, loading hay into a barn, plant some flower, explore a cave, build a building, dress up on stage, explore different countries and cultures and much more..

Thank Jeanne c

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