Spring break fun

T-R FILE PHOTO There are a variety of activities available during Spring Break, including the Y’s School’s Out Fun Days, held all week for youngsters age kindergarten through age 12.

With school out for Marshalltown students March 10-15, there are a variety of activities for both youth and adults to enjoy during the time.

• School’s Out Fun Days

No school, no problem, is the mantra of the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, 108 Washington St. It holds various day camps throughout the year, aimed at keeping youngsters, age kindergarten through age 12, occupied when school is out, either due to breaks or inclement weather.

Participants spend the time playing games, doing arts and crafts, swimming and going on field trips. Space is limited to the first 50 kids. Children need to bring a sack lunch from home, although snacks are provided. Parents wishing to register for the days need to do so prior to the Wednesday before attending the camp to avoid a $5 late fee.

Full Days: 7:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Member: $28

Program participant: $38

There is a 10 child minimum to run the Day Camp. Contact Grove at Deb.Grove@ymca-ywca.org for more information. The activities are held in the Y’s Cultural Center (Old Y) adjacent to the main facility.

• Marshalltown Public Library

While people can always check out books and movies, the Marshalltown Public Library has a lot of hidden activities as well.

“We have computers and free wi-fi, board games, coloring table, free snacks for kids, legos, toys/puzzles/puppets for little ones,” Youth Services Librarian Joa LaVille said.

Programs that don’t require pre-registration include Play Day on Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., for little ones and their guardians, and Storytime, held at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

LaVille said the library has a variety of materials aimed at keeping people busy at home or while traveling.

“We have Launchpad circulating tablets with educational games, audio books for spring break travel, books to read for fun, books and magazines that help you learn how to do things like origami, magic tricks, science experiments, kid’ cookbooks, etc.”

From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., on March 16, join noted historian Kathy Wilson for her presentation of “Fashions to Die For!” in the library’s meeting rooms. The program explores the darker side of 18th and 19th century fashions. The event is free and open to the public.

• Orpheum Theater Center

Irish band Socks in the Frying Pan will perform at 7 p.m. March 15 inside the Fisher Community Center Auditorium, put on by the Orpheum Theater Center. Tickets are $12.50. To reserve tickets, call 641-844-5920 or 641-844-5921. For more information, visit https://www.iavalley.edu/orpheum-theater-center.

• American Legion Rider’s Spaghetti and Meatball Supper

American Legion Post #46, 1301 South 6th Street, will host a spaghetti and meatball supper at 5 p.m. on March 15. Bingo to follow at 6 p.m.

• Knights of Columbus Friday Night Fish Fry

Held every Friday during Lent, the next Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will take place at 5 p.m. on March 15 inside the gym of St. Francis Catholic School, 310 Columbus Drive.

• Annual House of Compassion Soup Luncheon

The House of Compassion will hold its annual Soup Luncheon fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 17 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, 211 W. Olive St. Soups, homemade bread, desserts and beverages will be served. The soup bowls are being donated by MHS students who designed and crafted them. The bowls are one-of-a-kind, and are included with the meal. The cost is $10 per person or $25 for a family of three or more.

• St. Patrick’s Day at the Fiddle & Whistle Irish Pub

Ryan O’Rien and Buz Owen will be playing live music. Drink specials will be offered in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The Fiddle & Whistle, 20 W. Main St., is the only Irish Pub in Marshalltown.


Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com