When was the last time you took your kids to hear live music? I’ll admit that it’s easier (and cheaper) to do in the summer, but with a little bit of know how you can listen to live music this fall and winter in Des Moines too. We’ve rounded up a few family-friendly venues and shows that are much more than the average sing-along story time. Here are five places to hear music as a family this fall and winter in Des Moines.
The 1st Unitarian Church of Des Moines hosts the Progressive Voices Concerts series. They bring nationally and internationally-known performers to Central Iowa who can connect with a wide audience by presenting music that promotes compassion for and celebration of the universal human condition in all its forms and variations. Concerts are open to the general public. The 2017-18 season will kick off on Saturday, October 21st with Susan Werner.
The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is an adult symphonic band with musicians drawn from the greater Des Moines area. Part of their mission is to perform concerts throughout the community, and reach out to young and/or disadvantaged audiences. Their upcoming Children’s Concert: Princesses & Pirates is on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Consistory – Auditorium. For this performance, they are proud to bring you all things Disney. The concert is FREE with a $10 suggested donation.
While the symphony often is thought of as a sophisticated adult-only outing, it actually offers a variety of options for families. The Des Moines Symphony will present their Family Concert: Phantoms of the Orchestra just in time for Halloween on Sunday, October 29th at the Civic Center. Parents and older kids may also enjoy their Pops Concert series with The Music of Queen presented on November 11th and we’ve already bought our tix for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on February 2nd and 3rd, 2018.
Although most of the concerts at Lefty’s are for the 21 and over set, they do host a number of “All-Ages” acts. Their next All Ages Matinee featuring Chris Webby is scheduled for Thursday, October 26th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Be sure to check their events calendar to find out when the next All Ages concerts are. They offer a few munchies to snack on and a full bar is available during the concerts, making it an outing that mom and dad will enjoy, too!
This popular concert venue is home to the Live at the Temple Concert Series. The 2017-18 season kicks off on Friday, November 3rd with the Ruth Moody Band. This concert series is a great way to engage older kids who are interested in music, want to hear different music genres and visit this great performance venue in the city. Please note that only children age five and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for the concerts.
Do you take your kids to hear live music in Des Moines? Where? We’d love to hear!