Des Moines offers plenty of opportunities for kids and families to celebrate love this February, many of which are FREE. All month long, the metro area comes alive with “sweetheart dances” and fun love-filled parties just for kids. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the DSM metro this month at one of these fabulous events. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Calendar for even more family fun!
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Read on for the scoop on the best Valentine’s Day outings for kids in Des Moines:
FREE Heart Candy Box at Home Depot (Multiple Locations). Celebrate love and kindness with a personalized candy heart box. In this workshop, you and your child can build a heart shaped box for Valentine’s Day perfect as a gift for someone you love or to stash all your super sweet Valentine’s Day goodies and keepsakes. 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Kids Club: Foxy Valentine 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 3-5-year-old and $5 per project 6+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Valentine’s Day School Box at Artful! (Valley West Mall). Don’t wait until midnight on Wednesday the 13th! Have your child glue and glitter to their hearts content at a Valentine’s Day box workshop. $10 (if you bring your own box), $15 (if you need a box). Two time options available at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm.
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 4-12. 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 5:30 pm, $7, register by January 31.
Paint a Valentine Tree at the Annett Nature Center (15565 118th Avenue, Indianola, IA). Painting with a Twist will provide all the materials and instructions, so you can leave with an artistic painting. This event is suggested for those 10 years and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The class is $30 per painter. Light snacks will be provided. 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Valentine Dinner Trains at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad (225 10th Street, Boone, IA 50036). Treat your special someone to an elegant evening aboard the historic dining cars of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad. Choose from: Ribeye Steak, Iowa Chop, Spinach/Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breast, Honey/Chipotle Salmon, or Homemade Vegetable Lasagna. Departure dates February 8, 9, or 14 at 4:30 pm. $67.25 per person (all ages). Prepaid reservations required.
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 4.
Valentine’s Cookie Party at Williams-Sonoma (Jordan Creek Town Center, 101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266). Join Williams Sonoma for a fun class all about Valentine’s Day Cookies. You’ll make one of their favorite cookie doughs together, then roll it out and use Cookie Stamps to emboss them with heart, bee mine, and love designs. Suitable for ages 5-13. Starts at 10:00 am, please call to reserve your spot. $30 per child, includes Valentines Cookie Stamp Set.
Daddy Daughter 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.
FREE Storytime and Activities Featuring All You Need Is Love 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). In this book, the beloved song “All You Need Is Love” comes vividly to life, showing that if we follow the music we will see there is indeed love all around us. Enjoy a cookie coloring activity, while supplies last. 11:00 am.
Kids in the Kitchen–Valentine’s Day Treats at Valley West Hy-Vee (1700 Valley West Dr, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266) Make fun Valentine’s Day treats with Jenn, your Hy-Vee Dietitian! Kids in the Kitchen is perfect for aspiring chefs, ages 5 to 12. During class, you will practice cutting fruit with plastic knives and learn about MyPlate. You’ll also make three recipes, including Cupid’s Berry Parfaits, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, and Heart Smart Trail Mix. To register or for more information, please call (515) 223-4597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. $10 per kid at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.
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. 1:00 to 2:00 pm and 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Registration required.
Kids Club: Lovely Frames 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 3-5-year-old and $5 per project 6+ years old, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
FREE MakeBreak: Slime Your Heart Out at Michael’s (1404 22nd Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266 and 1725 SE Delaware Avenue, Ankeny, IA 50021). Fill slime with glittery mix-ins for a little valen-slime fun. Supplies are provided, including premade slime. 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Paint Love Bandit at Pinot’s Palette (900 42nd St, Des Moines, IA 50312). Puppy love abounds in this delightful painting, perfect for valentine’s day or any time of the year. 2:00 to 4:00 pm, $30 per painter.
Paint a Unity Heart during a Mommy/Daddy & Me class at Painting with a Twist (3753 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322). They will provide the instruction for your family to paint your lovely masterpiece. For kids Ages 7+. $25 per seat. 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm.
Paint a Love Trees Set during a Mommy/Daddy & Me class at Painting with a Twist (3753 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322). They will provide the instruction for your family to paint your lovely masterpiece. For kids Ages 7+. $25 per seat. 3:00 to 4:30 pm.
FREE Anti-Valentine’s Day for Teens at the Franklin Library (5000 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310). Are you sick of hearing about Valentine’s Day? Tired of seeing couples everywhere? Celebrate your aversion to sappy love stories at an Anti-Valentine’s Day program! Food and crafts provided. This program is for ages 12-18. 4:00 to 4:45 pm.
FREE Teen Maker Lab: Valentine’s Day Cards with LED Lights at the South Side Library (1111 Porter Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315). Visit South’s Teen Maker Lab afterschool to celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning to create cards that light up using paper circuits! For Teens ages 12-18. 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
FREE Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Waukee Public Library (950 Warrior Lane, Waukee, Iowa 50263). Not into Valentine’s Day romance? This is the party for you! Stop in to have some kiss-me-not snacks (snacks that give you bad breath like Funions or Doritos) while having a short conversation about Teen Domestic Dating Violence Month. Then have fun catapulting projectiles at cupid, creating blackout poetry, and more while having fun with friends. For 6th-12th grade students. For youth in grades 6-12. No registration required. 3:30 to 4:15 pm.
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. 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm, $9, includes skate rental.
FREE Fiesta de Amor y Amistad/ St. Valentine’s Day Party at the East Side Library (2559 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317). Vengan a celebrar el Día de Amor y Amistad con una fiesta en la biblioteca de East Side Library! Disfruten de juegos, decoren galletas, y quebren una piñata!
Come celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with a party at East Side Library! Enjoy games, decorate cookies, and break a piñata! 4:00 to 4:45 pm.
Valentine’s Day Date Night at Hop-A-Lot Rentals (Merle Hay Mall,3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50310). Enjoy an evening without the kids on Valentine’s Day. Hop-A-Lot-Rentals will watch them, feed them and keep them entertained for a few hours. They’ll provide them with a slice of pizza, a bottle of water, and one craft activity and plenty of Openplay time. $20 per child, reservations are recommended. as space is limited. Drop off time 5:30-6:00 pm & and pick up time between 8-8:30 pm.
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.
FREE Light Up Circuits Valentines at the North Side Library (3516 5th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313). Create conversation hearts that light up! Kids will use small led lights, copper tape, and batteries to create a bright craft to take home! 4:30 to 5:30 pm.
Kids Club: Flower Power 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 3-5-year-old and $5 per project 6+, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
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.
FREE MakeBreak: Family Tree Canvas at Michael’s (1404 22nd Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266 and 1725 SE Delaware Avenue, Ankeny, IA 50021). Families that paint together make memories together! Create your very own family tree featuring all your loved ones. Buy the canvas, and the supplies to decorate it will be provided. 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
How do you celebrate with those you love? Share your favorite Valentine outing in the comment section!