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  • Writer's pictureBobby Wise

New Year New Memories

The Corridor Family Guide's Inspiration for 2024

With the flip of the calendar comes a wave of pressure to set new goals for ourselves & our families. The Corridor Family Guide knows that families are made stronger by the memories made, not the resolutions we achieve, so we've put together some ideas to kick start the new year.


In the hustle & bustle of activities & schedules, spending quality time as a family can get lost in the shuffle. Family outings, like a day at the Wickiup Learning Center, can be an easy way to bond over nature & create lasting memories. Located just outside Cedar Rapids, the Wickiup Learning Center allows you to explore trails & enjoy the great outdoors.


Make 2024 the year of books! Foster a love for reading in your children by visiting your local library or seeking out events & programs at libraries around the Corridor. Libraries offer a variety of engaging programs for kids of all ages, making it easy to inspire a lifelong love for books. Stay in the loop with the latest events at various local libraries throughout the year by connecting with us on social media.


For families looking to shake off some energy, consider getting a membership at AirFX in Hiawatha. With areas for jumping, climbing, & memory-making, this is a great place to unleash family fun. Consider enrolling in family-friendly classes at places like the North Liberty Recreation Center or Hiawatha Parks & Recreation. Both offer a range of activities suitable for all ages, letting families get out, move around, & have fun together.


Support local businesses & farmers by shopping at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers' Market or the Iowa City Farmers Market. Whether you explore the vendors, take in the sights of the market, or grab a bite to eat, it's a great way to make some family memories. Want to make it even more family-friendly? Make a list of your family's favorite fruits & veggies to turn a shopping trip into a scavenger hunt. (Bonus points if they help prepare & eat the market haul.)


Encourage creativity in your children by exploring local art centers like the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art or the Iowa Children's Museum in Coralville. These venues offer a variety of workshops & exhibits that will nurture your child's imagination & artistic expression. For more things to explore, check out the various events hosted at Potters Obsession in Cedar Rapids, featuring over 150 ceramic pieces ready for you & your children to design & paint to your heart's content!

No matter how you embrace the new year, we want to help you discover a love for our community. We are fortunate to be surrounded by businesses & resources that call the corridor home & know we are lucky to help promote them.

Thank you for letting us tag along in 2023, & cheers to 2024.

Bob Wise

Corridor Family Guide


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