Earn your badges and pins in our unique hands-on, minds-on learning environment where every child is inspired to imagine, create, discover, and explore through the power of play!  Pre-registration is required.  Each session includes admission to the ICM with a Free Admission pass that can be used at that day or a later date.  One session will complete all requirements for the stated badge or pin.  



Roll out your sleeping bag and spend the night at the ICM!  


Bears: Earn the Aircraft Elective

Webelos: Earn the Engineer Badge

Saturday,  June 14, 6:30pm-Sunday, June 15, 8:30 am

Roll out your sleeping bags and spend the night at the museum!  Bears will explore the Take Flight exhibit while earning their Aircraft Elective.  Webelos will think like an engineer as you design basic bridges, circuits, and a catapult while earning the engineer badge.  

Each Sleep-in includes time to play, learn, and explore in the Iowa Children’s Museum, an evening snack, and breakfast.  Cost is $30 per child; chaperones are free.  The ICM’s minimum ratio is one chaperone per every five children.  However, please follow your organization’s chaperone requirements should they exceed 1:5.  Badges and belt loops are not included in the cost of the program.  

Pre-registration is required.  Click HERE to register online now

Questions? Contact Aimee at or call 319-625-6255 x216.  



Additional dates and times may be added according to demand.


Kitchen Chemist

Science is everywhere! Make, mix, and experiment with common household items to earn the Home Scientist badge. 

May 15, 5:30-7:30pm

May 17, 9:30-11:30am

$12 per Scout

Pottery Party

Dig into some clay and get your hands dirty to earn the Potter badge! Learn basic clay techniques and make a pot, some beads, and a sculpture from clay.

April 17, 5:30-7:30pm

$14 per Scout


Adventures in Drawing

Use your imagination to make a masterpiece and earn the Drawing badge. Learn drawing techniques, experiment with different materials, and create works of art by your own hand. 

May 8, 5:30-7:30pm

May 10, 9:30-11:30am

$ 10 per Scout

Beads and Bangles

Earn the Jeweler badge. Add a little sparkle to your life with your own handmade jewelry. Get to know the tools of the trade, turn an everyday object into a piece of jewelry and more. 

May 1, 5:30-7:30pm

May 3, 9:30-11:30am

$14 per Scout

Super Sleuths

Earn the Detective badge. Solve mysteries with the power of science! Practice your observation skills, learn codes, look at your fingerprints, and follow the clues to a fun learning experience. 

April 24, 5:30-7:30pm

April 26, 9:30-11:30am

$12 per Scout

Pre-registration is required for Girl Scout Programs.  Please contact Crystal at or 319.363.8335 x213 to register. 



Additional dates and times may be added according to demand.


April 19, 2014: Wolf Be an Actor/Be an Artist Electives

See what it is like to put on a play. Help plan out a skit and make own costumes, scenery, and sound effects in the museum’s theater. Also, release your inner artist by making sketches, drawing cartoons, learning about colors, and more! There will be a midday break for lunch on your own and time for free play in the museum.

9:30-11:30am Be an Artist (fulfills a,b,c,d,e)

11:30-1pm lunch on own and free play in the museum

1-3pm Be an Actor (fulfills all requirements)



Pre-registration is required For Boy Scout Programs.  Please contact Aimee at or 319.625.6255 x216 to register.