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From reading with Dolly Parton to drawing with Mo Willems, there is a lot to do when you are stuck inside. Here are some of the best resources for kids and grown ups looking for something to do.

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He's known the world over - and in worlds we've yet to discover - and he hasn't even been born yet. James Tiberius Kirk, better known as Captain Kirk, is likely the most famous fictional Iowan. ...

George Washington Carver went down in American history as one of the first prominent Black scientists and an important figure in the history of agriculture. However, Carver faced many barriers to getting an education as a Black man in the late 1800s. ...

Meet a famous Iowan: Shawn Johnson

Monday, November 30, 2020

Most professional athletes hone their skills over many years, but few start so early as Shawn Johnson. ...

New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones doesn't take things at face value. ...

Meet a famous Iowan: Peggy Whitson

Monday, November 30, 2020

Six-hundred sixty-five days is a long time. It's nearly 16,000 hours and a few months shy of two years. ...

Meet a famous Iowan: Elijah Wood

Monday, November 30, 2020

Instead of going off to college, Elijah Wood headed to Middle Earth. ...

Can you identify these famous Iowans?

Monday, November 30, 2020

Can you name the famous Iowans in the illustration? ...

Holiday Coloring Contest

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Enjoy the holidays with our 2020 Coloring Contest. Open to kids and kids at heart! This year, due to The Gazette offices being closed to the public, all entries must be submitted online. Please note: your submissions will be viewable online in our contest gallery to spread holiday cheer! ...

Connect the dots: Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2020

Connect the dots to finish this Thanksgiving feast. ...

During Thanksgiving meal preparation - or any time your family's at work in the kitchen - you can gather some basic supplies for growing your own plants. Instead of tossing out your vegetable and fruit scraps, ask your family to save them. You can try growing them! ...

Why Americans love the Turkey Trot

Monday, November 23, 2020

The first marathon was a harrowing and fatal footrace for one man, who ran 26.22 miles to deliver crucial news about the Greeks' victory at the Battle of Marathon. ...

Last Thanksgiving, two turkeys named Bread and Butter may well have thought the end was coming. ...

The story behind Iowa's state quarter

Monday, November 16, 2020

In 1999, the United States Mint - the government agency that makes all of our money - decided to start producing a special quarter for every state. ...

Origami is an ancient art form. In Japanese, it literally means "folding paper," and there are endless origami crafts. ...

$500 bills weren't always just Monopoly money. Until 1969, the U.S. issued several high-value bills, including $500, $1,000 and even $10,000 bills. ...

Design your own dollar bill

Monday, November 16, 2020

How would you design a dollar bill? Fill in this bill with your own ideas. Print this page to get started: ...

How many drops of water do you think could fit on a penny? ...

Here's a factoid you can use to impress your friends: Iowa has more pigs than people. ...

Plenty of books and movies have been made about pigs. Here are a few you might like (and one starring a certain famous Bacon). ...

Try these hog-larious jokes out on your family and friends. ...

Every day, we see things made up of layers. A layer is an amount of something that is spread over an area. Food is often made with layers. Can you think of some foods that have layers? ...

Print this page to make your way through the maze. ...

You hear a lot about political parties in a presidential election year. Mostly you hear about the two major ones: the Democrats and the Republicans. Together they have held on to the White House for all but a few years in our nation's long history. ...

In 2016, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton got more votes for president than her opponent, Republican Donald Trump. In 2000, Democrat Al Gore got more votes than his Republican rival, George W. Bush. ...

Filling out a ballot, when you're old enough, might take longer than you expect. ...

I know you know it's almost an election. ...

Can you find all the words in the Election Day puzzle? Print it out to try. ...