The Science Station illuminates the minds of children and adults on the workings of science, math, and technology with hands-on exhibits, puzzles, and games. Play paleontologist with the Dinosaur Exploration Station, complete with time tunnel and dig box, or visit the Math Mania room to help kids hone number skills through games. In the Animal Clinic, tots can play doctor with faux-furry friends and learn how to care for real ones. The Science Station houses a Museum Store with education games for ongoing imagination stimulation. The Science Station is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
One needs only to cross the threshold of Tic Toc to be transported across the pond. Rich wood paneling, old-timey chandeliers, and an eclectic mix of antiques hanging on the walls give the eatery the feel of a small-town English pub without the golden pint glass saved in case the Queen stops by after work. The menu, however, is decidedly American, filled with comfort food made from scratch according to 45-year-old recipes. Clocks and timepieces inspire the sandwich selection, such as Big Ben’s dual hamburger patties and Bulova’ one-third patty topped with bacon and egg. Hickory-flavored Adam’s ribs are slathered with a housemade sauce, leading a smokehouse menu that also includes pulled pork and sausage.
The mood is festive and the decor is tropical at The Thirsty Turtle Tavern, where DJs spin lively beats and bartenders whip up a colorful array of fruity cocktails. To complement icy Blue Turtles, creamy Honolulu Hummingbirds, and frosty pints of draft beer, the kitchen provides an array of Hawaiian-inspired eats, including tangy stuffed wings and deliciously messy burgers topped with a fried egg and bacon. To keep guests entertained, the lively pub features music performances, open mics, and karaoke nights.
Available in both liquid and slushy form, the throat-moisturizers at Toocan's Tiki Bar quench thirsts as crowds appease ears with live music or smile-cracking conversation. The first option gives parched patrons credit toward 25-ounce frozen "bones" drinks ($9), which come in flavors including strawberry, piña colada, and the popular Miami Vice—great for cooling down on a warm day or drinking to impress a yeti.
Voted Best Theater of 2010 and 2011 in KCRG-TV9's CityVoter poll, the community collective of Theatre Cedar Rapids gathers accolades as it grows. The seeds of the company were planted in 1925, when a tiny troupe of thespians played its heart out to audiences of only 30. The theater now reaches more than 50,000 eastern Iowans with its education programs and full seasons of musicals, comedies, and dramas. Although its Iowa Theater Building home has been recently refurbished with new sound and light systems, the theater maintains the charm of its 1920s vaudeville and movie-house origin with a functioning Rhinestone Barton theater organ, 550-seat capacity, and absence of holographic ushers.
Chefs at The Blue Toad cook Czech specialties such as pierogis and liver dumpling soup alongside American classics such slow-smoked pulled pork sandwiches and 8-ounce burgers. Domestic and imported brews from the full bar and house smoked ribs fuel patrons watching sporting events on the restaurant's TVs.
It's rare to witness a moment of silence at J&A Tap, where the air is constantly filled with the tinkle of clinking glasses full of craft beer and the melodies of live musicians and possibly melodious karaoke singers. On warm summer days, whistles and cheers waft in from lively volleyball games taking place out on the pub's two sandy courts. And in the kitchen, there's always the sizzle of grills and the hiss of frying pans as chefs whip up housemade burgers, crispy seafood, and sausage-speckled pizzas.