Waterloo Center for the Arts

Discover, Learn and Create at the Phelps Youth Pavilion

Where art launches a world of wonder, discovery and learning!

The Phelps Youth Pavilion is a children’s museum filled with creative, hands-on experiences, from simple drawing and painting projects to magical high-tech adventures. With over 40 interactive exhibits, learning about art and culture has never been so much fun!


Wednesday – Saturday | 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Sunday | 1:00 – 4:00PM

The Playscape within Phelps Youth Pavilion is OPEN FOR PLAY!

• Daily Admission

$5 Per Person
$2 with EBT card
FREE for members and children under the age of 1

• Memberships

Members are treated like VIPs with free admission, discounts on classes, birthday parties, 1/2 price admission to over 200 other children’s museums, among other great benefits.

Members make things happen at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Junior Art Gallery Featured Exhibit

Dinosaur Ruckus

See REAL Fossils in our New Exhibit!


Stomp through this new exhibit dressed like a dinosaur! Have fun learning about art, math and our prehistoric Earth!

A big thank you to Sherman Lundy for lending us REAL fossils for this new exhibit!

Celebrating a Birthday? Spend it with Us!

Create special memories with family at your Phelps Youth Pavilion Birthday Party! Plan to bring one adult for every six children. 
Become a member and receive a discounted birthday party!

Includes birthday child, 15 children and 3 adults
– Use of a private room for 2 hours
– All day access to the Pavilion
– Access to a refrigerator and freezer
– Self-directed birthday craft kit

Includes birthday child, 20 children and 4 adults
– Use of a private room for 2 hours with a Birthday Buddy staff member
– All day access to the Pavilion
– Access to a refrigerator and freezer
– A fun make-and-take birthday craft during your party

Includes birthday child, 30 children and 5 adults
– Includes everything in the Silver Package PLUS free passes for each child for a return visit

Birthday Party Inquiries

Please contact the staff at 319-291-4490 or send an email to museum@waterloo-ia.org