CAM01304Florida has sun and sand, but downtown Waterloo seems to have cornered the market on fun and affordable attractions for families during spring break.

13,742 admissions were tallied during the World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids in 2014

That works out to:

  • 2,748 admissions per day!
  • 2,887 more admissions than 2013.
  • more than the previous record of 12,636 admissions set in 2011, when the event ran over nine days at fewer locations.
  • Cedar Valley SportsPlex recorded 1,061 swimming pool admissions during its first year of participation in the event.
  • The Phelps Youth Pavilion saw nearly 4,000 guests.
  • The Grout’s Bluedorn Imaginairum was visited by over 3,000 people.
  • Young Arena experienced a record setting crowd of 2,211.
  • Black Hawk Children’s Theatre, the Gable Museum, and the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum all recorded crowds bigger than in 2013.

CAM01295The World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids began in 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ralph J. McElroy’s birth.  McElroy was founder of Black Hawk Broadcasting Company including KWWL TV.  He left his estate to help young people in northeast Iowa.  The McElroy Trust has distributed over $56 million since R.J. McElroy’s death in 1965.

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