What to Do with Kids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I live far from my parents’ home in Upstate New York, and sometimes I regret it. When I was growing up, every Sunday after church we drove up the hill to Grandma’s house. My children get to Grandma’s house once a year. That makes it more challenging to build the strong family relationships between generations that bring on a sense of security and continuity.

This summer, to remedy my feeling of familial disconnectedness, I took our kids on a road trip to the Czech Village in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to share our Czech history. The sounds and smells brought on the feel of family.

At the Village Meat Market & Cafe

… we filled up on a beef goulash sprinkled with mozzarella like the one my mom used to make, enjoying the music that played.

Then we stopped at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library for a history lesson. The kids put on a puppet show.

At the 1800s one-and-a-half story Sleger Immigrant Home, built by a Bohemian carpenter, they whipped up imaginary bread.

Then we stopped by the Sykora Bakery for our annual poppy seed fix — on a kolache, but the taste proved too strong for my kids.

Read about our adventure in the Czech Village in the Star Tribune.

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