You’re invited to a FREE family concert, meal, and creative activities!

Friday  – May 21st

Iowa Wesleyan University, Mt. Pleasant
Campus grounds behind Howe Student Activity Center

Event activities will be outside, rain or shine, with social distancing. According to current health and host guidelines, masks are to be worn (ages 2 +) while on campus.


  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm – Family Activities

    Families are welcome to attend at anytime between 4-6pm and enjoy all activities. No specific schedules apply.

    • Scholastic Books Fair
    • Music, Movement, & Creativity
      Make & take instruments
      Children’s Yoga
      Make a tutu and dance with local students
    • Free meal, car seat checks, and vision screening

  • 6:00 pm – Free Family Concert

    “Exploring Life Music & Movement”

    ♫Brenda Jones & Val Goodrich performers

This FREE event is open to the public and made possible thanks to local sponsors.

  • Children First (Lee/Van Buren Early Childhood)
  • DHLW Early Childhood (Des Moines/Henry/Louisa/Washington)
  • Iowa, Jefferson, Keokuk Early Childhood
  • Iowa Wesleyan University
  • Quad County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

For event information contact Tasha @ 319-461-1369

Exploring Life through Music and Movement

Brenda Jones is the owner of Songbirds Music-n-Movement and director of Full STEAM Ahead Academy at Olive Crest United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Brenda has over 20 years of experience teaching young children and child care providers the ease of developing and strengthening coordination, memory, language, literacy, and social-emotional skills through the joy of music and movement.

Val Goodrich, singer and songwriter and former co-owner of Exploring Life: A living and Learning Center in Columbia, Missouri has been writing and performing music for young children for over 25 years. Val also served as a Gross Motor Specialist and Music and Movement instructor for Early Childhood Special Education, providing young children with a variety of disabilities the joy of communication through music and movement.

Together as Exploring Life, Brenda and Val introduce young children, their families and their teachers to the fun of moving their bodies and making music together.