Love is most definitely in the air and we’ve rounded up an array of events and activities for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little love bugs. Here are our top picks for a little Valentine fun in Des Moines.
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Family Friendly Valentine’s Fun in Des Moines
FREE Decorate a Valentine’s Box at Waukee Public Library (950 Warrior Lane, Waukee, Iowa 50263). Students in K-5 are welcome to design their own boxes for upcoming Valentine’s Day parties. All boxes and decorating supplies are provided. 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Registration required.
Kids Club: Love Bugs Craft at Michael’s (1404 22nd Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266 and 1725 SE Delaware Avenue, Ankeny, IA 50021). They craft; you shop! Sign up online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Recommended for ages 3 and up at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
“Cookies & Canvas: “Sweetheart” at Molly’s Cupcakes (215 East 3rd Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, Iowa 50309). Munch on an assortment of cookies and cupcakes while following step-by-step instructions from an artist on how to create your own “Sweetheart” canvas painting. 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $20/person. Sign-up REQUIRED. Open to all ages.
FREE Valentine Card Workshop for Kids at the West Des Moines Public Library (4000 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265). Kids can make Valentines for their friends and family at the Library. For ages 5-12. Registration required.
Art in the Park Valentine’s Day Craft hosted by Urbandale Parks and Recreation at the Lions Park Shelter House (Prairie Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322). Join your friends and make crafts for the special people in your life or even something for you! 4:30 to 7:30 pm, $7, register by January 31.
Valentine’s Kids Cooking Class at Mills Civic Hy-Vee (555 S 51st Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265) Get in the spirit of love with dietitian Katie in Hy-Vee’s Valentine’s Kids Cooking Class! You will make Valentine’s themed treats and crafts and have a lot of fun doing it! Age requirement for kids cooking classes is 7-13 years old. To register or for more information, please email email@example.com. $10 per kid at 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
FREE Chocolate Lab at the Central Library (1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309). Challenge yourself in the grueling yet delicious chocolate competition. You will play games to win candy, design your own chocolate creations, and uncover scientific secrets about your favorite treats. Preregister to guarantee supplies. 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
Daddy Daughter Dessert Day at Crème Cupcake (543 28th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312). A special day for Dads and Daughters. Come grab a dessert and enjoy some special time with your sweetie. Creme Crew will be on hand to capture photos as requested. Each daughter receives a special gift while supplies last. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Kid’s Club Valentine’s Cards at Michaels (1404 22nd Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266 and 1725 SE Delaware Avenue, Ankeny, IA 50021). They make; you shop! Kids 3 and up enjoy making sweet themed Valentine’s Day Card. Sign up online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
FREE Valentine’s Day Baking at Williams-Sonoma (Jordan Creek Town Center, 101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266). Want to learn how to make yummy Valentine’s Day treats to share with your friends and family? This is the class for you! Whip up some delicious Valentine’s Day desserts and then enjoy your heart-shaped creations! Suitable for ages 5-13. Starts at 10:00 am, please call to reserve your spot.
Valentine’s Day Cookies Parent / Child hosted by Urbandale Parks and Recreation at the Giovannetti Community Shelter (Walker Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322). Decorate cookies for the holiday! Each child will take home the cookies that they decorate. (Parent /guardian will need to be present to assist child with decorating.) 10:00 to 11:00 am. $6 per person. Registration Deadline: February 5.
FREE Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! Storytime at Barnes & Noble (The Shoppes at Three Fountains, 4550 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266 and Jordan Creek Town Center, 101 Jordan Creek Parkway Unit 12170, West Des Moines, IA 50266). Little Duck and all of her friends on the farm celebrate Valentine’s Day by inviting a newcomer to join in the fun in this charming addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Surprise! 11:00 am with activities to follow.
Candy Hearts Painting Class at Painting with a Twist (3753 86th St Urbandale, IA 50322). Kids ages 10+ will enjoy painting “Conversation Hearts” in this instructor led class. Cost is $35 per student. 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Registration required.
FREE Daddy Daughter Date Night hosted by Cupcake Addict (8705 Chambery Boulevard 400, Johnston, Iowa 50131). Dad’s and daughters can grab a dessert and share a night of fun from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Valentine’s photo booth will be set up to capture the memeories. Coloring and Valentine’s station for a fun craft. Employee will be available to help capture those special memories with photos. (Mom’s welcome too!)
FREE Love Stinks: After Hours Teen Party at Grimes Public Library (200 N James St, Grimes, IA 50111). Kids ages 10+ can “Uncelebrate” Valentine’s Day with pizza, games and activities at the Grimes Public Library. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, play Minute to Win it games and other fun activities! 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Valentine Dinner Trains at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad (225 10th Street, Boone, IA 50036). Enjoy a two-hour train ride with your sweetheart and your choice of Prime Rib, an Iowa Chop, Bacon Wrapped Grilled Chicken, Mediterranean Stuffed Salmon or Homemade Vegetable Lasagna. Departure dates February 10, 14, or 17 at 4:30 pm. $67.25 per person (all ages). Prepaid reservations required.
Valentine’s Day Family Glow Bowling Party at Warrior Lanes (190 Laurel Street, Waukee, IA 50263). Bring the family for a safe, fun-filled afternoon of bowling. This is an alcohol free event. Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling, concert lights, fog, and black lights. $59.95 per Lane includes: bowling (2 hours), shoe rental, large one topping pizza, & a pitcher of soda. Maximum of five bowlers per lane. Pre-Paid Non-Refundable Reservations are required.
FREE Mommy & Me Date Night hosted by Cupcake Addict (8705 Chambery Boulevard 400, Johnston, Iowa 50131). A special nights for moms and their kids! Stop by at your leasure from 4:00 to 7:00 pm to grab a dessert and head into the party room to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Coloring pages, Valentine’s and a Valentine’s photo booth will be available to catch your special night. Employee will be on hand to also help with photos.
FREE Valentine Sock Hop at Chick-fil-A (6555 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA). Join them for an evening full of delicious food, fun contests, and cool music! 5:00 to 7:30 pm.
A Visit from the Spanish Princess. Contact Little Princess Parties to have the Spanish Princess deliver chocolates and sweet memories to your little sweethearts. Visit their Facebook Page for all the details to reserve your spot. The cost is $30.00 per visit, which includes one child and an additional $2.00 for each additional child. Each visit will last for approximately 20 minutes and will include a meet and greet, chocolate roses, story, game and photos. The Princess will also visit daycare centers and preschools, but roses will NOT be included for those visits.
Valentine’s Day Ice Skate at Brenton Skating Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50309) Take your sweetie(s) ice skating and win a prize. Brenton Skating Plaza will be giving away prizes from Boesen the Florist, Spaghetti Works, Nobbies and Chocolaterie Stam every hour. 3:00 to 9:00 pm, Adults $8, Child/Senior (60+) $5 and Skate Rental $4.50.
Valentines Day $12 Race Special at MB2 Raceway (1350 SE Gateway Dr #108, Grimes, IA 50111). Race on by MB2 Raceway this Valentines Day for $12 Races ALL DAY! Perfect idea for a date or just a fun race day with friends or family!
FREE Valentine’s Day hosted by Cupcake Addict (8705 Chambery Boulevard 400, Johnston, Iowa 50131). Their party room will be open to the public to bring family and friends to grab a dessert and have a seat and enjoy the evening. Photo booth will be available to capture fun photos. Table with coloring pages and valentines to make are free while supplies last from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Valentine’s Day Special! at Skyzone (1300 SE Gateway Dr, Grimes, Iowa 50111). Grab your significant other, best friend, parent or kiddo and join Skyzone for their Valentine’s Day Special that includes, two one hour jump sessions, two pairs of SkySocks, a heart shaped pizza and cinnamon or M&M streusel dessert, and two drinks for $30 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
FREE Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Waukee Public Library (950 Warrior Lane, Waukee, Iowa 50263). Make rude conversation hearts, black duct tape roses, voodoo pincushion dolls, and hate the holiday together. For youth in grades 6-12. No registration required.
Valentine’s Day Parents Night Out at Pump it Up (4069 121st Street, Urbandale, IA 50323). It’s a win-win. Parents can enjoy a Valentine’s date night and kids can enjoy an evening of fun. Includes open jump time, games, pizza and a craft project. Waiver must be completed prior to a Parents’ Night Out event. $20 per kid, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, non-refundable reservations required.
Mommy and Me Day at Crème Cupcake (543 28th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312). A special day for Moms and their children. Come grab a dessert and enjoy some special time with your sweetie. Creme Crew will be on hand to capture photos as requested. Each child receives a special gift while supplies last. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
How do you have a little Valentine fun with your family? Tell us in the Comments below!