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Spring Break Starts at Young Arena

By WBH, 02/28/20, 3:45PM CST


Ceremony Planned for March 13th Game Versus Sioux Falls

On Friday, March 13th, the Waterloo Black Hawks will host the ceremonial start of the community’s annual World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids, presented annually by the McElroy Trust.

During intermission of the Black Hawks’ game that night against the Sioux Falls Stampede, the World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids will officially be declared open, in preparation for an array of events and activities scheduled for downtown Waterloo the following week.  Ten downtown community attractions will offer free or discounted admission or special events for school-aged children and their parents on spring break.  The effort is sponsored by the McElroy Trust, named in honor of the late R.J. McElroy, a Waterloo media personality and founder of KWWL Television.

“For 25 years, Young Arena has brought people into downtown Waterloo, and Black Hawks games have been a reason for visitors to try an ever-increasing number of restaurants, stay at local hotels, and visit other businesses,” said Black Hawks President of Business Operations Joe Greene.  “With our organization’s commitment to downtown Waterloo, it was a great fit for us to help draw awareness to the World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids, which has the same effect, and highlights so many good things visitors find in the city.”

From March 16th through 20th, participating World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids attractions will include the Black Hawk Children’s Theatre, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Cedar Valley Sportsplex (swimming only), John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, Phelps Youth Pavilion, Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum & Grout Museum District, Waterloo Public Library, Young Arena, and YWCA of Black Hawk County (swimming only).  

Other special experiences for kids and families include the opportunity to claim a free book (while supplies last) at the Waterloo Public Library, presented by the Black Hawk County Gaming Association, “Pop-In Service” opportunities through the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley, a unique dinosaur experience at Phelps Youth Pavilion, and Hawkeye Community College’s STEM mobile lab, which will be in operation near the TechWorks campus. 

For more information about the World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids and its attractions, visit

Tickets for the Black Hawks’ game against the Stampede on March 13th – and all remaining 2019/20 regular season games – are on sale now by clicking here or by calling the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.