2018: Take Advantage of “No-School” Days this Fall in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

2018: Take Advantage of “No-School” Days this Fall in Des Moines

Kids can stop pleading for a day off from school? They’ll be jumping for joy when they learn that they have a “no-school” day coming up in October!  This is a great time to take advantage of those days out of school and plan a special outing. To help you make the most of the “No School” Days, we’ve rounded up 16+ things to do with kids this fall in Des Moines.

To find fall events and attractions for the whole family, see our Fall Fun GuideFor more family fun in and around Des Moines, check out a local apple orchard or pumpkin patchHave extra time? Check out our day trip ideas and fun fall hikes in Des Moines.

Monday, October 8th – Columbus Day

Geisler Farm

5251 NE 94th Avenue • Bondurant, IA 50035 • (515) 964-2640

Geisler Farms will be open for business and ripe for fall picking on Columbus Day from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.  Explore the Maze and Hayride for $8.00 or the Fun Zone and Hayride for $5.00. Kids 2 and younger are admitted FREE.

Howell’s Pumpkin Patch

3145 Howell Court • Cumming • (515) 981-0863

Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch at Howell’s on October 7th and 8th. They are open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily and admission (24 Months an older) is $11.00 per person.


1300 SE Gateway Drive, Suite 103 • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-2524

Come out to play on a day off school at SkyZone in Grimes.  They will host Open Jump from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm on Columbus Day.

Friday, October 19th

Friday FunDay

Des Moines Playhouse • 831 42nd Street • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 277-6261

Join the Clubhouse at the Playhouse Gang for Friday Funday as they dramatize a favorite story using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk. This month’s featured story is “The Ants and the Grasshopper”.  Admission is $6, and shows are at 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm.

The Pumpkin Ranch

2425 Hiatt Apple Road • Winterset, IA 50273 • (515) 490-9281

It’s Half-Price Hero Day at the Pumpkin Ranch in Winterset on Fridays. If you are active military or a veteran, active EMT, active duty police officer, or active duty firefighter this discount is for you. Admission is $3.50 for the hero and their family with a valid ID.

Plaza Lanes Family Sports Complex

831 42nd Street • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 277-6261

Strike up some family fun bowling at Plaza Lanes Family Sports Complex.  You can have a great time at prices, that won’t break your family’s budget, with their Afternoon Happy Hour Special from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  They also have plenty of bumper bowling lanes just for the kids!

Night Eyes

Blank Park Zoo • 7401 Southwest 9th Street • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 285-4722

Get some use out of that Halloween costume and head out the Blank Park Zoo for Night Eyes. With school out, you can get to the zoo early to gather treats and meander through the not-so-spooky Halloween lights, castles and magical creatures.

Monday, October 22nd

Babysitting Clinic

Giovannetti Community Shelter • 9000 Douglas Avenue • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 278-3963

Hosted by Urbandale Parks and Recreation this Babysitting Clinic for ages 10 and up is a great way to spend a day off of school. Participants will learn about the responsibilities of a babysitter, what employers expect, and how to care for infants and toddlers. There will also be guest speakers teaching on the subjects of age appropriate toys and activities, safety, and basic first aid and rescue breathing.

Hooray for Halloween

Giovannetti Community Shelter • 9000 Douglas Avenue • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 278-3963

Cap off your day off of school with a a spooktacular night! Children ages 2 to 12 should dress in their favorite costumes and bring a sack for trick or treat candy! You will make Halloween crafts, decorate cookies and play games!

Get Air

3799 86th Street • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 528-7549

Come out to play on a day off school at Get Air in Urbandale.  They host Open Jump from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on Mondays.

Friday, October 26th

Family Workshops

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden • 909 Robert D. Ray Drive • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 323-6290

Insect-eating plants, oh my! Kids can learn about carnivorous plants and their bizarre adaptations for survival on their day off from school. They’ll plant and decorate their own spooky terrarium to take home.

Climb Iowa

3605 SE Miehe Drive • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-2565

Burn off some energy on that day off at Climb Iowa.  They’re open 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Haunted House

Centennial Park Enclosed Shelter • 3109-3115 SE University Avenue • Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 978-0007

Enter if you dare but be prepared to be scared at the Waukee Park Board’s annual Haunted House. This haunted house is not suggested for young children.  It will be open from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and admission in $5 (save $1 with THREE non-perishable donations for the Waukee Area Christian Food Pantry).

Friday, November 2nd

Holiday Boutique

Iowa Events Center • 730 3rd Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 244-5456

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Des Moines Holiday Boutique. The show will run from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Admission for Adults (at the door) is $12.00 and Children Ages 12 & Under are FREE.

AMC Classic Johnston 16

5233 NW 86th Street • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 331-3256

Take in a movie for your day off fun.  Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms will open in theaters today. Of course movies are cheaper when you see them earlier in the day or go during “Twilight” between 4:00 and 5:00 pm, when ticket prices are $5.99 for both kids and adults.

Iowa Wolves

Wells Fargo Arena • 233 Center Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 564-8550

Wrap up your day off by cheering on the Iowa Wolves during their 2018-19 home opener. They will take on the Salt Lake City Stars with tip off at 7:00 pm.


You can also check out our Events Calendar to find even more activities happening on your day off from school.

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