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. Parent Mentor Training Workshops

    02/23/2019
    Cedar Rapids

    Free parent mentor training workshops will be held in across the state through Winter and Spring 2019! The goal of this workshop is to train parent volunteers to provide support and expertise for families by giving them the skills and supports they need to help their child with a disability to reach their full potential. Become a trained parent mentor and be a source of strength, hope, direction, and help for other parents!

    Questions? Contact Paula Connolly at paula@askresource.org or 515-243-1713 ext. 206. Find training flyer and details at www.askresource.org/calendar or click the links below to sign up for this no-cost training!

  2. Autism 101

    02/23/2019 @ 01:00pm
    Center for Disabilities and Development 100 Hawkins Dr Iowa City IA

    An Introduction to Autism for Service Providers, Respite Workers, Babysitters and Anyone Who Supports Children on the Autism Spectrum. For more information please contact Mary Roberts at mary-roberts-l@uiowa.edu

  3. Bald Eagle Watch@ Saylorville

    02/24/2019 @ 12:00pm
    11121 NW Jester Park Drive Granger, IA 50109

    Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about bald eagles, then venture outside to view them in their natural habitat. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education. Hourly programs start at 1 pm. FREE. No registration required.

    For more information please visit: https://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/2223/2019-Winter-Bald-Eagle-Watches

  4. Don't Give Kids a Tummy Ache!

    02/26/2019
    Osceola, Iowa

    This is a 2 hour, no cost class. Learn how to protect the children in your care from food borne illness. Practice activities that teach the basics of preventing food borne illness. Registration is required through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry: https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/TrainingRegistry. You will need to submit the fee before the deadline to complete your enrollment; no fees will be taken the day of class; no refunds after the deadline. Credit cards are accepted. This is a DHS approved course.

  5. Strengthening Families Program

    02/26/2019 @ 05:30pm
    St. Stephen Lutheran Church at 3510 72nd street Urbandale, IA 50322

    Prevent Substance Abuse and behavior problems. Strengthen parent-youth communication skills. A free meal and child care will be provided. To register or for questions please contact Cassie at 515-414-9865. The classes are the following dates:

    Feb 26

    March 5

    March 12

    March 26

    April 2

    April 9

    April 16

  6. Dr. Seuss Literacy Night

    02/28/2019 @ 05:30pm
    Lied Multipurpose Complex at 3501 Harry Langdon Blvd Council Bluffs, IA 51503

    This event will include face painting, snacks, reading, games, crafts, and each child who attends who will receive a free book. For more information please contact Lauren at lrollins@familyia.org. This event will be from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

  7. Drop-In Game Room/Gym at NW Rec Center

    03/01/2019 @ 08:00am
    1340 11th Street NW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

    Game room and open gym is open Monday thru Friday 8am to 7pm.

    Come and hang out with friends and enjoy hours of entertainment that includes access to the game room (billiards, foosball, table tennis) and gym (basketball, volleyball, etc.) when available. All ages welcome! Children 6 and under must be accompanied by and adult. Admission is $2 for adults; $1 for ages 6 to 17 and 60+. Pay at the door or purchase a $20 dollar punch pass.

    For more information please visit http://www.cedar-rapids.org/residents/parks_and_recreation/nw_rec_center.php

  8. Open Play Time @ Backyard Adventures

    03/01/2019 @ 09:00am
    3135 99th Street Urbandale, Iowa 50322

    Open Play Time is Monday thru Friday 9am to 3pm.

    Weekdays are for Open Play Time, so come play in this indoor Showroom where the weather is always perfect. Bring your friends for a play date and come enjoy the fun. Cost is $5 for children 2 years and up. For more information and Holiday closures please visit: http://www.backyardadventuresiowa.com/openplay.html.

  9. Bald Eagle Watch@ Prairie Heritage Center

    03/02/2019 @ 09:00am
    4931 Yellow Ave. Peterson, IA 51047

    Bring the family for an enjoyable day of viewing eagles and learning more about them!This event is a come-and-go opportunity to observe eagles throughout the day.

    For more information Contact the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200 or visit the website at www.prairieheritagecenter.org

  10. Preschoolers & Pennies: Read, Talk, Learn, and Play

    03/04/2019
    Council Bluffs; 2 hours, $15

    Explore a way to read with children that gives them an opportunity to become storytellers of books with a money theme. Learn how to introduce and reinforce money-related words and concepts throughout the day. Bonus: Free books included if payment is received by 2/15. Registration is required through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry: https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/TrainingRegistry. You will need to submit the fee before the deadline to complete your enrollment; no fees will be taken the day of class; no refunds after the deadline. Credit cards are accepted. This is a DHS approved course.

  11. Parent Mentor Training Workshops will

    03/05/2019
    Creston, Iowa

    Free parent mentor training workshops will be held in across the state through Winter and Spring 2019! The goal of this workshop is to train parent volunteers to provide support and expertise for families by giving them the skills and supports they need to help their child with a disability to reach their full potential. Become a trained parent mentor and be a source of strength, hope, direction, and help for other parents!

    Questions? Contact Paula Connolly at paula@askresource.org or 515-243-1713 ext. 206. Find training flyer and details at www.askresource.org/calendar or click the links below to sign up for this no-cost training!

  12. MyPlate for My Childcare: Four Easy Steps

    03/07/2019
    Corning, Iowa; 2 hours; $15

    Learn the key points from MyPlate and use them in planning meals and snacks. You will practice revising menues that follow MyPlate recommendations. Registration is required through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry: https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/TrainingRegistry. You will need to submit the fee before the deadline to complete your enrollment; no fees will be taken the day of class; no refunds after the deadline. Credit cards are accepted. This is a DHS and CACFP approved course.

  13. Sensory Friendly Performance

    03/16/2019 @ 11:00am
    Des Moines Temple Theater

    Sensory-friendly performances are geared towards those on the autism spectrum, individuals with other sensory sensory sensitivities and their families.

    Here is the information on the show from the website: "Underneath a Magical Moon is set in an ordinary back garden where three children, Wendy, John and Michael, do a sleep out, one summer evening. However, it's a full moon, and Wendy just can't get to sleep and she begins to tell her brothers the story of Peter Pan. Slowly but surely they are drawn into the famous tale. They become Peter himself, the villainous Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, a bunch of Lost boys, a crocodile and a gaggle of Mermaids. They fly, they swim, they sail and fight battles, and conjure up Neverland in their own back yard.

    The boy who wouldn't grow up has a hold over their imagination. They all begin to wonder about how they actually feel about growing up, who they will become, and what they'll take from their childhoods."

    For more information and for tickets please visit: https://desmoinesperformingarts.org/events/1819-underneath-the-magical-moon/

  14. Just a Bite: Managing Food Allergies in Child Care

    03/19/2019
    Greenfield, Iowa; 2 hours, no cost

    What are the signs and symptoms of food allergies and common food allergens for children? You will practice altering menus and reading labels to avoid food allergens. Registration is required through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry: https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/TrainingRegistry. You will need to submit the fee before the deadline to complete your enrollment; no fees will be taken the day of class; no refunds after the deadline. Credit cards are accepted. This is a DHS and CACFP approved course.

  15. Don't Give Kids a Tummy Ache!

    03/26/2019
    Council Bluffs; 2 hours; $15

    Learn how to protect the children in your care from food borne illness. Practice activities that teach the basics of preventing food borne illness.Registration is required through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry: https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/TrainingRegistry. You will need to submit the fee before the deadline to complete your enrollment; no fees will be taken the day of class; no refunds after the deadline. Credit cards are accepted. This is a DHS and CACFP approved course.

  16. Self-Care is Not Selfish: It is Essential for Early Childhood Professionals

    03/28/2019
    Shenandoah, Iowa; 1.5 hours, $15

    How do you care for yourself while caring for children? Do you want to find your smile or joy again in your work life? Learn techniques to handle stress, tension, anxiety, or burnout. Registration is required through the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry: https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/TrainingRegistry. You will need to submit the fee before the deadline to complete your enrollment; no fees will be taken the day of class; no refunds after the deadline. Credit cards are accepted. This is a DHS approved course.

  17. Garent Mentor Training Workshops

    04/06/2019
    West Des Moines, Iowa

    Free parent mentor training workshops will be held in across the state through Winter and Spring 2019! The goal of this workshop is to train parent volunteers to provide support and expertise for families by giving them the skills and supports they need to help their child with a disability to reach their full potential. Become a trained parent mentor and be a source of strength, hope, direction, and help for other parents!

    Questions? Contact Paula Connolly at paula@askresource.org or 515-243-1713 ext. 206. Find training flyer and details at www.askresource.org/calendar or click the links below to sign up for this no-cost training!

  18. Parent Mentor Training Workshops

    04/09/2019
    Creston, Iowa

    Free parent mentor training workshops will be held in across the state through Winter and Spring 2019! The goal of this workshop is to train parent volunteers to provide support and expertise for families by giving them the skills and supports they need to help their child with a disability to reach their full potential. Become a trained parent mentor and be a source of strength, hope, direction, and help for other parents!

    Questions? Contact Paula Connolly at paula@askresource.org or 515-243-1713 ext. 206. Find training flyer and details at www.askresource.org/calendar or click the links below to sign up for this no-cost training!