In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue and that may mean a day off of school or work for you! Here’s a roundup of our favorite ways to enjoy some family fun during the upcoming Columbus Day holiday weekend in Des Moines.
Saturday, October 8th
Explore Flora and Fauna
909 Robert D. Ray Drive • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 323-6290
Youths ages 12-17 can attend Art in the Garden classes at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. After exploring the Botanical Garden for a flower or leaf subject, participants will focus on the details and create a large-scale pastel work inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. The registration deadline for this class is October 6th.
Sunday, October 9th
Venture into the World of Tall Tales
4700 Grand Avenue • Des Moines, Iowa 50312 • (515) 277-4405
Screen 11 short, independent, international films geared for young audiences at the Des Moines Art Center. The Kids Film Festival starts at 1:30 pm and kids will also be able to make their own bunny mask and vote for their favorite film.
Monday, October 10th
Jump for Columbus Day at SkyZone
1300 SE Gateway Drive, Suite 103 • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-2524
Come out to play on a day off of school at SkyZone in Grimes. They will host Open Jump from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm on Columbus Day
Fall for Columbus Day on the 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.
Make Some Science Discoveries on Columbus Day
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Parkway • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 274-6868
The Science Center of Iowa will be open on Columbus Day. (They’re typically closed on Mondays in the fall and winter.) Check out the new Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life Exhibit. Through sensory-stimulating activities, you’ll not only hear the music that surrounds you every day, but you’ll see and even feel it, too.
Visit the Christopher Columbus Memorial
Capitol Complex • 1007 E Grand Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50319
Visit the Christopher Columbus Memorial located on the south lawn of the Iowa State Capitol Complex. The Italian-American community in Iowa donated this monument to the state in 1938. It was financed by individual contributions. A bronze bust of Columbus, the Italian discoverer of America, rests between classical granite pillars.
Tour the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa’s Museum
1961 Indianola Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 280-3719
The mission of the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa is to promote, preserve and provide education about all aspects of the rich Italian-American culture to the Des Moines metropolitan area and the State of Iowa. The Center is open on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm or by appointment.
What “can’t miss” events are on your family’s Columbus Day weekend itinerary? Tell us in the comments section below.