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Drop-in Family Storytime @ West Des Moines Public Library
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am

Lights, camera, action! Our stories, songs, felt boards, and rhymes set the stage for children to become successful readers.

For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.

Ruby Loves to Read Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am

Ages 2 – 4 (with an adult, older siblings welcome)

Wednesday, March 20 9:30, 10:15 a.m.

You’ve probably seen the red pandas at the zoo, but have you met Ruby the red panda yet? Ruby is a very special red panda — she loves to read! Join the Blank Park Zoo’s renowned story teller, Ruby, for one of her favorite stories. Then meet and learn more about a few of her live animal friends. There are two times offered the day of the program.

Please register for one.
Space limited.
Registration required.

Preschool Storytime @ Waukee Public Library
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs and rhymes, followed by a simple craft. For children who can sit for longer stories to develop school readiness. All storytime attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited for the safety of the children.

Rock on and Fossil Fun @ Jester Park Nature Center
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

Join a naturalist to learn the basics about rocks and minerals. Afterwards, participants will get the chance to make their own fossil to take home. All materials provided. FREE. No registration required.

Toddler Time @ Waukee Public Library
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

Enjoy 20 minutes of short stories, songs and lots of movement, followed by playtime to build early literacy skills. Recommended for 18 mo.-3 year olds. All storytime attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited for the safety of the children.

Drop-in Family Storytime @ West Des Moines Public Library
Mar 20 @ 10:30 am

Build a lifetime love of books and reading. Join us as we share stories, songs, and interactive rhymes with an early literacy focus. For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.

Preschool Stoytime @ Pleasant Hill Library
Mar 20 @ 10:30 am

Stories, songs, and finger plays are not only fun, but they also help get your child ready to read! Each week’s activities are theme-based, so it’s easy to continue the fun at home. Encourage your child to participate during story time. If s/he isn’t ready to be party of the fun, just watching and listening are valuable too! Pre-school story time is designed for preschool aged children and includes a simple craft. 

Wednesday Story Time @ Plot Twist Book Store
Mar 20 @ 10:30 am

Join us each Wednesday morning for  PLOT TWIST Story Time.  We start reading at 10:30 am and All Ages are Welcome.

Baby+Me Drop In Tour @ Des Moines Art Center
Mar 20 @ 11:00 am

Tour begins in the Art Center lobby
Each session is unique

Adults are encouraged to bring their infants (pre-walkers) to an informal tour led by an Art Center docent. While conversation is geared for adults, babies love the visual stimulation of artwork. Strollers and front-carrying baby carriers are permitted.

Preschool Storytime @ Waukee Public Library
Mar 20 @ 11:00 am

Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs and rhymes, followed by a simple craft. For children who can sit for longer stories to develop school readiness. All storytime attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited for the safety of the children.

Spring Break Play Week @ Brenton Arboretum
Mar 20 @ 11:00 am

Spring Break Play Week is back for another year filled with all sorts of nature-themed activities to make your stay-cation complete!

March 18 – Movie Monday

In Arthur and the Invisibles, ten-year-old Arthur, in a bid to save his grandfather’s house from being demolished, goes looking for some much-fabled hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys, tiny people living in harmony with nature. ​

FREE for both members and non-members!
Run time is 94 minutes.
Best for children ages 7+ with an adult
No pre-registration necessary. 

March 19 – Tie Dye Tuesday

For the creators! You’ll be making one mini (11″ square) and one medium (21″ square) playsilk to take home. We’ll color one with food dyes and the other with plants! Class fee includes $5 materials fee per person. Wear old clothes in case dyes splatter! Best for children ages 4+ with an adult. Please register.

March 20 – Wilder Wednesday

For the historians! The Brenton Arboretum was originally homesteaded by the Brenton family in the 1800s, when Iowa was a new state and tallgrass prairie ruled the landscape. We’ll journey back in time to explore the early spring prairie the way Laura Ingles Wilder did in the Little House on the Prairie books! This program will be almost entirely outdoors. Dress for the weather! Best for children ages 8+ with an adult. Please register.

March 21 – Thoughtful Thursday

For the thinkers! We’ll learn about meditation and try a short guided practice, and weather permitting, we’ll visit Arboretum’s labyrinth for a reflective walk. Then we’ll learn a few easy earth-themed yoga poses and use them to tell a story! Best for children ages 10+ with an adult. Please register.

March 22 – Filthy Friday

For the play-bakers and fun-makers! Bring your imagination to this messy cook-off filled with sloppy sensory play opportunities! We’ll finish the program off with a delicious edible “muddy” treat. Weather permitting, this program will be almost entirely outdoors. Dress for the weather and plan to get dirty! Best for children ages 2+ with an adult. Please register.

Toddler Time @ Waukee Public Library
Mar 20 @ 11:00 am

Enjoy 20 minutes of short stories, songs and lots of movement, followed by playtime to build early literacy skills. Recommended for 18 mo.-3 year olds. All storytime attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited for the safety of the children.

Teddy Bear Breakfast @ Urbandale Public Library
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm

Bring your stuffed friends and work together to make breakfast. Some items may contain allergens, and we cannot guarantee that cross-contamination will not occur. Contact jgoulden@urbandale.org with questions and concerns.

Target Audience: all ages. Please register online or by calling 515-278-3945.

Teen Fabric Crafternoon @ Urbandale Public Library
Mar 20 @ 3:00 pm

Make fabric donuts, tie pillows, and canvas bags! Choose from a variety of projects and add your own flair.  Sewing skills are optional, and beginners are welcome.

Target Audience: ages 10-17 ONLY. Please register online or by calling 515-278-3945.

Vernal Equinox Hike @ Jester Park Nature Center
Mar 20 @ 4:00 pm

The spring equinox (vernal equinox) marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This hike will feature spring equinox facts, folklore, and more! FREE. No registration required.

Mar
21
Thu
Nature Hike @ Brown's Woods
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am

Spring season has arrived! Explore the visible changes that can be seen in animal behaviors and plant life. This adventure shows how a forest bursts alive with wildlife, excitement and activity. FREE. No registration required.

Drop-in Oliver’s Puppy Tales @ West Des Moines Public Library
Mar 21 @ 10:30 am

Join puppy Oliver in the Community Room for this class featuring stories, songs, and rhymes followed by gross and fine motor play all with an early literacy focus!

For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.

Preschool Stoytime @ Pleasant Hill Library
Mar 21 @ 10:30 am

Stories, songs, and finger plays are not only fun, but they also help get your child ready to read! Each week’s activities are theme-based, so it’s easy to continue the fun at home. Encourage your child to participate during story time. If s/he isn’t ready to be party of the fun, just watching and listening are valuable too! Pre-school story time is designed for preschool aged children and includes a simple craft. 

Preschoolers Jump! @ Indianola Public Library
Mar 21 @ 10:30 am

Books, music, and movement add up to fun in this 30-minute storytime. (Morning and afternoon sessions will be the same each week.) Ages 3-5 years.

Spring Break Play Week @ Brenton Arboretum
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am

Spring Break Play Week is back for another year filled with all sorts of nature-themed activities to make your stay-cation complete!

March 18 – Movie Monday

In Arthur and the Invisibles, ten-year-old Arthur, in a bid to save his grandfather’s house from being demolished, goes looking for some much-fabled hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys, tiny people living in harmony with nature. ​

FREE for both members and non-members!
Run time is 94 minutes.
Best for children ages 7+ with an adult
No pre-registration necessary. 

March 19 – Tie Dye Tuesday

For the creators! You’ll be making one mini (11″ square) and one medium (21″ square) playsilk to take home. We’ll color one with food dyes and the other with plants! Class fee includes $5 materials fee per person. Wear old clothes in case dyes splatter! Best for children ages 4+ with an adult. Please register.

March 20 – Wilder Wednesday

For the historians! The Brenton Arboretum was originally homesteaded by the Brenton family in the 1800s, when Iowa was a new state and tallgrass prairie ruled the landscape. We’ll journey back in time to explore the early spring prairie the way Laura Ingles Wilder did in the Little House on the Prairie books! This program will be almost entirely outdoors. Dress for the weather! Best for children ages 8+ with an adult. Please register.

March 21 – Thoughtful Thursday

For the thinkers! We’ll learn about meditation and try a short guided practice, and weather permitting, we’ll visit Arboretum’s labyrinth for a reflective walk. Then we’ll learn a few easy earth-themed yoga poses and use them to tell a story! Best for children ages 10+ with an adult. Please register.

March 22 – Filthy Friday

For the play-bakers and fun-makers! Bring your imagination to this messy cook-off filled with sloppy sensory play opportunities! We’ll finish the program off with a delicious edible “muddy” treat. Weather permitting, this program will be almost entirely outdoors. Dress for the weather and plan to get dirty! Best for children ages 2+ with an adult. Please register.