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Sunday | May 12, 2019 | Events and activities throughout the weekend: May 10-12.

[Printable] Celebrate Mom! 2019 Poster


Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 11a to 2p | $1 per person | Payable at the gate. No advance tickets required.

Children’s Party :: Costumed characters, games, face painting, crafts, and more!


[Printable] Pirate’s Cove! 2019 Poster


Kids can mingle with favorite characters from books, movies, and TV during our annual Children’s Spring Party. Volunteers from the Dubuque Senior High School cheerleading squad, will be costumed as popular characters such as Dora the Explorer and Elmo. And … Earny the Eagle and volunteers from American Trust & Savings Bank will be on hand to pass out free balloons.

Enjoy lunch, snacks, and beverages … available for purchase in the Packard Pavillion.

Parents and grandparents: Bring your cameras … there will be some great photo ops!

A Dubuque city fire truck and police car and a Paramount ambulance will be open for tours in the Visitor Center parking lot. Plus, a Mercy Medical Center helicopter will make an appearance!

Special thanks:

  • to our generous corporate sponsor, American Trust, who is making this event possible.


  • to Bryce Parks and Toys for Tots for a significant donation of toys to give away at the Children’s Party.


  • to the Dubuque Rotary Club for funding additional character costumes.


Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 2-3:30p | FREE

Sundaes in the Gardens


Complimentary ice cream sundaes with all the fixings + cookies + ice water on our beautiful, screened-in veranda, The Hafeman Veranda.


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