May is bursting with springtime fun. It’s the perfect month to take a day trip, celebrate moms, and check out local fairs and festivals happening across the metro. When the weather’s not cooperating, head indoors to see a spring stage performance. May culminates Memorial Day weekend, which marks the start of summer fun with the opening of many aquatic centers and splash parks!
Read on to see our top 10 picks for the merry month of May. For even more things to do, be sure to check out our Event Calendar, with new activities and events added daily, as well as our Spring Fun Guide for Des Moines Kids. Spring is finally here—soak it up, DSM!
Here’s where to Kid n’ Play this May in Des Moines:
Leave basket, ring doorbell and run! It’s May Day. Leave baskets of flowers or small gifts for your neighbors today. Or better yet, deliver baskets to a nursing home or assisted living center in your community. Find basket ideas in our articles: Two May Day Baskets with Real Flower Power; May Day Basket Ideas 4 Kids; and May Day Basket Roundup.
Today is World Labyrinth Day! Walk with others in this moving meditation for world peace. Exploring Art with Friends will be hosting walking Labyrinths tours in Des Moines from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The tours are FREE, fun, and all are welcome! Visit their Facebook Event page for additional info.
Another fun outdoor event taking place today is the Living History Farms’ Kids Trail Run. This is a 5k race or 1-mile Fun Run that is perfect for both competitive and non-competitive runners, ages 12 and under of all ability levels. The race course will take runners through 300 years of Iowa agricultural history. Find registration information and a course map on Living History Farms’ website.
MyDMPL Con is back for its second year! Don your costume and join other pop culture enthusiasts at Central Library for a family-friendly festival for all fandoms. Find a schedule of events here.
Keep up the superhero theme today by attending CIWE’s Children’s Concert: Heroes. The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble concludes their season with their popular Children’s Concert Series at the Scottish Rite Consistory Auditorium. You will be whisked away by action packed songs featuring favorite super heroes and touched by pieces honoring local heroes in our own community.
Unwind after a long week at Food Truck Friday in Clive. Jump on the Greenbelt Trail and make your way to Campbell Park to enjoy music, food, and fun. The weekly event hosted by Clive Parks and Recreation kicks off today with music by Damon Dotson.
Reiman Gardens in Ames will be celebrating National Public Gardens Day today with FREE Admission! This is a great opportunity to check out all the May flowers.
You are invited to AbracaDAZZLE: An Evening of Magic! supporting Children’s Cancer Connection. The event is held at Hoyt Sherman Place and tickets can be purchased on their website.
Enjoy stories, songs, and something sweet at Over the Top Ice Cream in Pleasant Hill. This Sweet Storytime is for all ages and is hosted by the Altoona Public Library.
Where will your family kid n’ play in May? Let us know!