We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Phelps Youth Pavilion

225 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701-1313
+1 319-291-4490
Review Highlights
Great place for kids

This children's museum is along the riverwalk. Take some time to enjoy the outdoor area including a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
chicago, United States
Know before you go

Make sure you look into this place before you go. I took an 11 year old and a 9 year old during... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Haley R
Read all 28 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 13:00 - 17:00
225 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701-1313
+1 319-291-4490
Write a Review
Reviews (28)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 28 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

This children's museum is along the riverwalk. Take some time to enjoy the outdoor area including a playgound and small splash pad just a short distance from the entrance. Parking is easy. Admission cost is low. Wristband allows all day re entry. Museum is on...More

Thank joannebM9345GN
Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you look into this place before you go. I took an 11 year old and a 9 year old during spring break for "dollar days". We were done in about 10 minutes, so considering we paid a dollar it wasn't terrible, but I...More

Thank Haley R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for a day trip and we're pleasantly impressed. It has all the exhibits of a larger kids museum for half the price and people. I would recommend this place to anyone with younger children.

Thank klukan
Reviewed 11 April 2017

2 hours spent with my 5 year old granddaughter, could have stayed longer. Well worth it! She loved the light room.

Thank Becky G
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

When my children were young, I used to take them to the Twin Cities to experience some stimulating and educational interactive experiences like at the St. Paul Museum of Natural History. Now I take my 4 grandsons to the Phelps Pavilion 10 minutes away in...More

Thank PatMargie
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

So much to do here. Definitely worth getting a yearly membership. Perfect to come during the day, as weekends can get a little busy. My kids are 6,8, and 11 and all like it here. Usually spend 2-4 hrs at a time and that's with...More

Thank Noelle F
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We spent most of a snowy afternoon here - there is plenty to do, and engage the children's imaginations. My 5 y/o had fun with everything and spent time at every station. The stage and puppet theater upstairs, was especially enjoyable. I thought the rooms...More

Thank ificouldonlyfly
Reviewed 20 January 2017

The Youth Pavillion was designed to provide children with a hands-on, fun-filled, learning environment. Children's creativity is enhanced as participants are fully absorbed into the variety of stations which offer science, artistic, and, culturally based activities.

Thank Deb B
Reviewed 18 January 2017

With so many fun things to do, children are tempted to race from center to center without getting to enjoy anything in depth. Since this was our second trip with the children, we talked about the various centers and decided which ones we wanted to...More

Thank McHove
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I took my four year old grandson to the Phelps Youth Pavilion and we had so much fun. We had play time together and he was also able to play on his own in the exhibits, as well as with other children that were there....More

Thank Kayard
Nearby Restaurants
Galleria de Paco
164 reviews
.51 km away
The Brown Bottle
143 reviews
.57 km away
Newton's Paradise Cafe
257 reviews
.53 km away
Morgs diner
75 reviews
.63 km away
Nearby Attractions
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum
95 reviews
.93 km away
Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum
70 reviews
.60 km away
National Wrestling Hall of Fame - Dan Gable Museum
11 reviews
.23 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
chris j
4 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from PatMargie | Reviewed this property |
Your boys would also love the Lost Island water park.