Stay Connected Through Events with Iowa Family Support Network

The Iowa Family Support Network would like to keep you posted on upcoming events in your area. Whether you are a parent or a provider, we will do our best to post any workshops, conferences, classes, and kid friendly events that are close to you!

  1. Community Baby Shower

    08/26/2017 @ 09:00am
    105 E 15th street Dubuque, IA 52001

    Pregnant or new moms are invited to this community baby shower. You can learn more about area resources, pick up free giveaways, and enter to win equipment and more. This will be at Steeple Square at 105 E 15th street Dubuque, IA 52001 on August 26th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. For more information call 1-855-332-2440 option 3.

  2. Back to School Event

    08/26/2017 @ 04:00pm
    Shenandoah, IA at Sportsman Park

    There will be a back to school event for Fremont/Page counties at Sportsman Park in Shenandoah on August 26th from 4-7 pm.

    The PFPCA Council is also looking for businesses to set up tables/booth and offer games during the event. Contact Cortney Young at 712-790-2914 or if interested.

  3. Great Beginnings for Families

    08/28/2017 @ 06:30pm
    Waukee Family YMCA

    Come Learn About...

    Positive Discipline and Guidance

    Helping Children Resolve Conflict

    Handing Uncomfortable Emotions and Feelings

    Encouraging Learning through Play

    Register by stopping at the YMCA or by calling 515-987-9996

  4. Story time

    08/30/2017 @ 10:00am
    Cedar Rapids Downtown Library 450 5th Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA

    Join us for stories, songs and rhymes at our Downtown Library every other week in August. All children are welcome to join in on the playtime after Mother Goose on the Loose in the Children’s Programming Room from 10-10:20 before story time starts.This program is designed for children ages 0-5. Space is limited so arrive early! Check the event calendar each week for the theme of the week.

  5. Back to School Bash

    09/01/2017 @ 04:00pm
    Clarinda, IA at the corner of East Main and 14th street

    "The Clarinda Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the public to the Back to School Bash held on Thursday, September 1, 2016 on the corner of East Main & 14th Street from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Plans include serving 1,000 free hot dogs with a drink while supplies last. Free children’s activities will include bounce castles, inflatable obstacle course donated by Eater's True Value; face painting by Katie Branson and chalk drawing throughout the event."

  6. A Vegetable Celebration!

    09/05/2017 @ 06:30pm
    909 East Second Ave, Suite E (West Door Entrance) Indianola, 50125

    Learn how to eat more vegetables and enjoy it! Eating more vegetables is one of the most important things you can do for your health. At this fun presentation, you can make your own "whole-meal" salad and try a salad dressing you can make at home! Take home a wealth of recipes and ISU Extension guides that can help you choose, store, freeze, prepare and save money on vegetables.

    Contact Cortney for more information


  7. Fall Harvest Festival

    09/09/2017 @ 11:00am
    Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens 1927 E. Orange Rd. Waterloo, IA 50703

    The Fall Harvest Festival will be September 9th and 10th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. The price for adults(ages 14 and up) is $5 and children 13 years and younger are free.

    Here are some of the festival highlights from their website: Annual Scarecrow Contest

    •Prairie Village ◦demonstrations of blacksmithing

    ◦story telling


    ◦rope making


    ◦and more

    •Live Entertainment

    •Craft and Food Vendors

    •Children's Activities

    •Scarecrow Display

    •Show and Shine Car Show

    To learn more information and to see a full schedule of events visit:

  8. Iowa Early Care and Education fall institute

    09/22/2017 @ 08:00am
    Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009

    Over 80 workshops will be offered this year at the Early Care and Education Fall Institute! Our new flyers are designed to showcase just a few of the many specific workshops that may pertain to you based on your job role.

    Whether you are a family child care provider, teacher of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, primary grades, or children with special needs, a principal, center director, consultant or trainer…there are sessions at the Institute just for you!

    Visit to register. Early Bird rate is available until September 1st.

  9. Nurtured Heart Approach Workshop

    09/22/2017 @ 08:30am
    Iowa Center for Higher Education Activities Center- 2280 Bell Ave Des Moines,IA 50321

    This workshop will be on 9/22/17 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Iowa Center for Higher Education -Activities Center-Second Floor Conference Room

    2280 Bell Avenue

    Des Moines, IA 50321

    Here is a description of the workshop from the eventbrite page:

    "The Nurtured Heart Approach® has been proven to create transformation through energy and language that is intentional and recognizes and builds success.

    Workshop Objectives: Participants will understand why conventional methods of parenting, therapy, and teaching often fail with intense children, despite the best of intentions.

    The workshop will teach Three Stands™ and four tools to shift a challenging child to using their unique intensity in successful ways, even if the child is diagnosed with ADHD, ODD or exhibits other difficult behavior.

    Participants gain the basic understanding of the core methodologies of the Nurtured Heart Approach to build Inner Wealth™ in children and create a rich social-emotional environment.

    CEUs are available at no additional cost, Registration is $50-payable at the door by cash or check only. Optional workbooks will also be available on site at the discounted price of $15 (total registration and workbook $65), cash or check only: "Transforming the Intense Child Workbook: An Interactive Guide to The Nurtured Heart Approach” by Howard Glasser

    Check in 8:30-8:55AM on 9/22 to receive materials and ensure CEUs; Lunch break 12-1:30PM on your own

    More information for parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals is found at

    REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO 50 seats, register today. All registrations include CEUs. Payment of $50 BASIC, or $65 BASIC PLUS due upon arrival, CASH OR CHECK ONLY."

    To register you may go to

  10. Harvest Hayrack Nights

    09/27/2017 @ 05:00pm
    5925 Seminole Valley Trail NE Cedar Rapids, IA

    Come out to Ushers Ferry for an early evening hayrack ride, bonfire and simple craft before bedtime.

    Does your little one turn into a pumpkin at sunset? This program is geared for families with young children (older children welcome). Bring supper with you and come out to Ushers Ferry for an early evening hayrack ride, bonfire and simple craft before bedtime. The saloon will be open with popcorn and sarsaparilla available for purchase.

    Advanced Registration not required. Free admission for children Under age 2. $6 Children (2-12 years) $9 Adults For more information call: 319-286-5566

    You may also visit

    It shows the following dates from September through October are when this is available:

    Wednesday, September 6

    Wednesday, September 13

    Wednesday, September 20

    Wednesday, September 27

    Wednesday, October 4

    Wednesday, October 11

    Wednesday, October 18

    Wednesday, October 25

  11. Kalona Fall Festival

    09/29/2017 @ 09:00am
    Kalona, Iowa

    Attend the Kalona Fall Festival on Friday, Sept 29, 2017 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and on Saturday, Sept 30, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Adults are $6.00 and Children (7-12) are $2.00. There will be Children's Activities such as Pony Rides, Corn Bin & Other Games, and Face Painting. To learn more you may visit or call 319-656-3232 or email

  12. Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    10/16/2017 @ 05:30pm
    Paul's Lutheran Church 2136 Brady Street, Davenport

    An educational series designed to provide tools for Caregivers taking care of children with special health or behavioral needs. Learn how to reduce stress, better communication, balance life and locate helpful resources. Classes are 2 hour sessions held once a week.

    9/11/2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    9/18/2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    9/25/2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    10/2/2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    10/9/2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    10/16/2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Contact Phyllis Zalenski