Cruise Calhoun County by Car, SUV or MinivanHit the road and explore all the family fun in Calhoun County.
“Mom, I’m bored!” That’s something you won’t hear when you hit the road and explore all the fun in Calhoun County, including:
- Libraries. Towns throughout Calhoun County offer libraries that provide children’s programming, from toddler story times during the school year to LEGO clubs, summer reading programs and more for older kids. Best of all, it’s all free.
- Parks and playgrounds. Towns throughout the county, along with Twin Lakes, offer safe, clean parks where kids can run and play. Goins Park on the west side of Lake City includes a large playground with new equipment added in 2019, along with soccer fields, a 6-hole disc golf course, basketball court shelter houses, gazebo, public restroom and more. The Kids Kingdom playground is always a hit, too. “The wooden play structure is huge and the perfect spot for tag or climbing in the king's castle,” said Erin Sommers of Rockwell City.
- Aquatic centers and pools. The Rockwell City Swimming Pool is conveniently located across from the Kids Kingdom playground. Lake City’s modern aquatic center, located near Goins Park, includes a zero-depth entry area, water slide, splash pad and more. The Manson Aquatic Center provides a pool and waterplay area for adults and children.
- Capri movie theater. Located on the west side of the historic town square in Lake City, the Capri offers family-friendly movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for only $2 a ticket.
- Museums. Kids are encouraged to explore historic Central School in Lake City, a two-story brick school built in 1884, and the Calhoun County Museum, a former high school in Rockwell City. “The Calhoun County Museum is somewhat of a surprise hit with my boys,” Sommers said. “They love the taxidermy room and like to identify the animals. They also really enjoy the one-room school that’s recreated upstairs.”
- Twin Lakes Bible Camp. In addition to summer camps, this unique venue offers fun activities year-round. Pumpkinfest offers a corn maze, pumpkin patch, corn pool, kiddy zipline, bungee bouncer, trolley rides, barrel train, horse and pony rides, pumpkin cannon, rubber ducky races, a ninja obstacle course, food and more each fall.
There’s just one more thing—which destination will you and the kids visit first?
written by Darcy Maulsby
published Thursday, March 11, 2021