We can't wait to host the KDAT Kids Fest on Saturday, October 25. Eastern Iowa families will gather from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Helen G. Nassif YMCA/Downtown Cedar Rapids.

It's a day full of fun activities for kids and parents alike. Kids can engage in a variety of arts & crafts projects, participate in sporting activities, exciting learning opportunities, and most importantly, show off their Halloween costumes in the costume contest! We'll even have a "not-too-scary haunted house."

Every child will receive a goody bag from Mercy Medical Center. Lindale Dental Care will be giving away a $100 Toys R’ Us gift card every hour! The Corridor Therapy Dogs will make an appearance too.

More Info on Kids Fest is here.

Here's a top 5 list of fun outdoor autumn activities from The Art Of Simple.


Always a good time. If you get really busy like we've been at our house, sometimes that "patch" is a stop at Fareway in Hiawatha. :}


There's a nice orchard in North Marion, and I ran into a couple in LaCrosse over the weekend. Apples just taste better this time of year. Apple cider is also a seasonal favorite at the Scharnau house.


My son made a shirt from leaves. So many varieties. So many to gather.


Our last house had more trees, but there's still a nice pile in our backyard. I'm glad I don't have to put out 30+ leaf bags this fall, but am also glad we have enough to stack up and jump in.


What's better than the night of the 31st? We always make it a point to drive to see friends and family while also scanning the neighborhood for places to visit. Costumes are almost as anticipated as Santa's visit.

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