Kid friendly businesses, organizations and services in the Des Moines area.
While all submissions are considered, inclusion in the Directory is based on relevance. Businesses or organizations outside of Central Iowa or primarily geared toward adults may not be listed.
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Arts & Culture
We are an innovative visual arts organization providing gallery space for local artists and art classes for all ages. All exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. We are dedicated to supporting local artists, providing educational development and a diverse art experience for people of all ages.
Dance Lessons beginning January 2015
Private and Group Piano Lessons
Violin and Viola Lessons
Musical Theater Class
Guitar and Bass Lessons
Rock Band Classes
Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet
One of the world’s largest collections of flowering crabapple trees can be found at Water Works Park. The collection is properly named after its developer, horticulturist and author, Arie Den Boer; he was the collector and originator of the arboretum in 1930. He established a collection of 300 varieties of trees in his time, which Des Moines Water Works staff now maintains through pruning and propagation.
Arie Den Boer was perhaps the first successful nurseryman to popularize the crabapple tree with his bookOrnamental Crabapples, published in 1959. His book gave a nurseryman a different take on the crabapple, warts and all, and explaining the tremendous diversity of this plant in the landscape.
Today, the arboretum includes approximately 1,200 trees in the collection, with the youngest trees being planted through a donor tree program. At this time, we are no longer accepting donations for new trees in the arboretum; however, a donation can be made to the maintenance and care for the existing trees in the arboretum by contacting Des Moines Water Works at 515.283.8702.
The annual crabapple blossom usually blooms the last week of April and the first week of May, attracting thousands of visitors to Water Works Park.
Located next to the headquarters of Better Homes and Gardens' parent company, Meredith Corporation, our Test Garden serves as a display garden, a testing ground for plants, and a photography studio for our company's publications and Web sites.
The Test Garden is open to the public on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m., from May through September. Large groups may schedule tours during these hours.
For more information, contact the Test Garden Manager, at Better Homes and Gardens, 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309. The phone number is 515-284-3994.
Don’t just watch a film. Experience the big picture!
The six-story dome-shaped screen wraps you in larger than life images that surround your field of view, front-to-back and top-to-bottom. The 12,000-watt digital surround sound system lets you hear everything from a tiny drop of rain to a huge clap of thunder with crystal clarity. From sight to sound, this 216-seat theater is designed to challenge your natural sensory perception with a uniquely immersive movie experience!
Bring your group of 10 or more to receive discounted IMAX tickets or give your guests the ultimate movie experience with a theater buyout!
Read fun facts about IMAX and check films and showtimes
The Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad is a heritage railroad in Boone County, Iowa.The line runs just north of Boone and makes a round trip to the old coal mining town of Fraser. Choose your own adventure by selecting a 20’s era coach, an open-air car or experience what it was like to ride the rails in a caboose. The Railway hosts special excursions and events such as a Picnic Train, A Day out With Thomas and a Santa Express. Before or after your train ride, be sure to check out the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center.
ARTS & CULTURE: Arts and Crafts Instruction, Dance and Movement, Drama Kings and Queens, Language, Libraries, Live Performance, Movie Reviews, Movie Theatres, Museums, Musically Inclined
ATTRACTIONS: Amusement Parks and Carnivals, Factory Tours/Field Trips, Farms and Orchards, Museums, Train Excursions, Water Park, Zoo
BIRTHDAYS & CELEBRATIONS: Cakes, Entertainment, Gifts, Invitations, Locations, Party Planners, Rental Companies, Supplies
BUSINESS & SERVICES: Books, Clothes, Furniture, Gear, Gifts, Hair Salons, Photography, Toys,
CAMPS: Day Camp, Family Camp, Overnight Camp, School Vacation Week(s) Camp, Specials Needs Camp
CLASSES: Arts & Crafts, Babysitting, Conservation, Cooking, Dance, Drama, Gymnastics, Lego, Music, STEM,
CHILDCARE: After-School Programs, Baby Sitters, Daycare, Kids Night Out, Nannies, Play Groups, Pre-School Programs
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS: 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Church, Civic, Recreational
DINING: Cooking Classes, Kid Friendly Restaurants, Community Farms, Farmer’s Markets, Grocery Stores, Kids Eat Free, Kids in the Kitchen (Recipes for Kids)
EDUCATION: Guidance/Counseling, Homeschooling, Private Schools, Pre-Schools, Public Schools, Special Needs, Tutoring, Volunteer Opportunities,
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Adoption Services, CPR and Safety Classes, Nutritionists, Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Orthodontists, Parenting Classes, Pediatric Dentists, Pediatric Specialists, Pediatricians/Family Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Supportive Services, Therapists,
INDOOR ACTIVITIES: Bowling, Gaming, Family Entertainment Centers, Libraries, Live Performances, Movie Theaters, Museums, Playgrounds/Arcades, Skating, Spectator Sports, Store Classes, Teen Centers,
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Amusement Parks and Carnivals, Beaches and Lakes, Boating, Biking, Camping, Canoeing, Community Events, Fairs and Festivals, Farms and Orchards, Fishing, Hiking and Walking, Historic Tours, Outdoor Theatres and Drive-Ins, Parades, Parks, Picnic Grounds, Playgrounds, Skiing, Skating, Water Parks, Water Sports, Zoos,
SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Biking, City Recreation Departments, College Sporting Events, Football, Gear, Golf, Gymnastics, Horseback Riding, Hockey, Ice Skating, Martial Arts, Professional Sporting Events, Racquetball, Running, Sailing, Skiing and Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling