IGLA’s Ideas for Kids

IGLA Kid Activities

1. Arnolds Park Amusement Park
37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA 51332

Enjoy the lakes area staple complete with kiddie/family/thrill rides, cruise West Lake Okoboji on the Queen II, hit the race track, play miniature golf, shop, dine, enjoy a Nutty Bar, frozen yogurt at Bon Bon, visit both the Iowa Rock n Roll and Maritime Museum and hit the public beach!

2. Central Emporium
144 Lakeshore Drive, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

The young and the young-at-heart will love the feel of the Central Emporium’s Sugar Shack. You will marvel at the selection of confections and be wowed by their old fashioned cash register. Located just up the hill on Broadway from the Arnolds Park Amusement Park.

3. Treasure Village
2023 Highway 86, Milford, IA 51351

Families will enjoy a magical day in Milford at Treasure Village! Family theatre at 10 am, 27 whimsical holes of miniature golf, flea markets on holiday weekends and ice cream!

4. Pearson Lakes Art Center
2201 Highway 71, Okoboji, IA 51355

Keep those creative juices flowing during summer break with children’s art classes, performances and the Art Smart interactive gallery.

5. Creative Spirits Okoboji
1709 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Your children and their friends will receive step-by-step instruction as they create their very own painting at this fun, inviting and whimsy-filled studio.

6. Bridges Bay Indoor Water Park
630 Linden Drive, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

Featuring Boji Splash Indoor Water Park, splish and splash with these exciting features: waterslides for all ages, 500-gallon drop bucket, water-dropping mushroom, toddler play features and water walk, triple-hoop basketball area and snack bar.

7. Boji Bay Fun House & Pavilion
2501 Boji Bend Drive, Milford, IA 51351

Enjoy the restored Fun House slide from the old Arnolds Park Amusement Park, take a dip in the family pools and grab a bite to eat at the family-friendly Clubhouse.

8. Corner Lanes
2501 Circle Drive West, Spirit Lake, 51360
712-336-4418 (across from Wal Mart)

Bowling makes for the perfect rainy-day activity or a fun indoor family activity following a long, hot day at the beach.

9. Abbie Gardner Cabin
74 Monument Dr., Arnolds Park, IA 51331

In 1857, amidst rising tensions between Native Americans and new settlers, 13-year-old Abbie Gardner’s family was killed by men of the Dakota Indian nation. This tragedy became known as the Spirit Lake Massacre. Young Abbie was taken hostage by the Dakota band and released 84 days later. Decades after the massacre, in 1891, Abbie returned to Arnolds Park and purchased the cabin, operating it as one of Iowa’s earliest tourist attractions.

10. Kurio Kastle Pottery Painting Palace
709 16th St., Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Let your creativity shine at Kurio Kastle as you pick your own pottery, decorate it with your own designs, owner Lissa Potter will fire it and voila! You have an original and functional piece of art that YOU created!

11. Dickinson County Nature Center

Nature camps, disc golf, osprey hatching station, kayaking, bird watching, nature playtime for tots, hike the wild, festivals, old schoolhouse and more at this amazing Lakes Area gem!

12. Iowa Lakeside Laboratory & Regents Center
1838 Hwy 86, Milford, IA 51351

Summer camps for kids!  Learn about aquatics, mammals and more with hands-on experiences as they enjoy the great Okoboji outdoors.

13. Boji Bantam Theatre
2001 N. Hwy 71 N., Okoboji, IA 51355

Family theatre at the famed Okoboji Summer Theatre! Summer show times at 10:30 am Wednesdays through Sundays.

14. The Ranch Mini Golf
2343 175th St., Okoboji, IA 51355

An indoor and outdoor family fun park with an 18-hole mini golf course, sand volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes, squirt gun battle on their pirate ship and more!

15. Spirit Lake Splash Pad
300 Lake St., Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Splish and splash at this colorful and whimsical Splash Pad that is surrounded by two play areas. One area is designed for toddlers, the other for older children.

16. Dickinson County Museum
1708 Keokuk, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

The Dickinson County Museum preserves and shares the heritage of Dickinson County through a variety of exhibitions. The exhibits go back the earliest days of Dickinson County’s History, from the Spirit Lake Massacre in 1857 thru WW2.

17. Superior 71 Drive In
1482 300th Ave., Spirit Lake, IA 51360
Junction of Hwys 9 & 71 aka “Jackson T”

A great old fashioned drive in movie for summer fun in the Iowa Great Lakes!

18. Great Lakes Cinema 7
1698 Exchange St.
Okoboji, IA 51355

19. Dickinson County Fair

Third week every July

20. Milford Pioneer Days

4th full weekend each July

21. Barefoot Bar

Children’s playground, toys & apparel for sale.

22. The Okoboji Store

Children’s playground & apparel for sale.

23. Spirit Lake City Parks

24. Okoboji City Parks

25. Arnolds Park City Parks

26. Milford City Parks

27. Dickinson County Trails

28. Public Libraries