Oct
18
Thu
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm

October 18-21, 25-28, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Take part in 31-year old tradition at Living History Farms – Family Halloween! Families are welcomed into the 1875 town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, try their hand at pumpkin bowling, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and listen to enchanting storytellers. Living History Farms offers “teal pumpkins” stops for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Buy your ticket early – pre-registrants save money and skip the line!

Theme Nights

Need some costume inspiration? Take a look at our theme for each night!
  • Thursdays: Double Treats and Athletes – Get twice as many treats, dress up as your favorite athlete, and meet a local mascot! October 18th – Cyclone Night and October 25th – Hawkeye Night!
  • Fridays: Doggone Scary – bring your furry friend along (in costume!) for trick-or-treating. Get treats for your dog at the historic Vet Clinic in our 1875 Town, sponsored by Just Paws.
  • Saturdays: Fairytales and Super Heroes – meet your favorite characters and dress up in your best superhero and fairytale costumes.
  • Sundays: Farmer & Friends – Dress up as an animal on the farm, a farmer, or Victorian style like a person in the past! Wear your best “Living History Farms” themed costume for trick-or-treating, and stop by our petting zoo to see some farm animals!

Tickets required for everyone 2 years and older. Children 1 and under are free.

Night Eyes @ Blank Park Zoo
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm

Lights, Costumes, Treats! 2018 marks the 28th year of Night Eyes. Blank Park Zoo welcomes you to the sweetest Halloween tradition in Central Iowa! The Night Eyes merry not scary trick-or-treating event, invites guests to enjoy live entertainment, sweet treats, train rides and story book characters!

A schedule of events and character appearances will be published closer to the event. 

A big thank you to our presenting partner, Hy-Vee and to our many supporters and volunteers for making this merry, not scary, event possible for everyone to enjoy!

October 18-21 & 25-28

Thursdays & Fridays: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ticket Information

Non-member ticket: $6.00
Member ticket: $5.00
Advance tickets are $4.00 and will go on sale online, at the Zoo and participating Hy-Vee locations on October 1.
12 months and under do not need a ticket.

*Night Eyes admission supports the many programs and opportunities that are brought to our community and ensures quality care for our animal friends.

This event is rain or shine. Night Eyes admission is valid for one trip around the treat path.
The candy passed out on the treat path may contain nuts.

Oct
19
Fri
Half Price Hero Day @ The Pumpkin Ranch
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am

We want to say THANK YOU to our heroes! You know the ones…they serve, protect, and save. Every Friday at The Pumpkin Ranch is HALF OFF FRIDAY ADMISSION for these heroes and their immediate family members. This means you pay just $3.50/person! Remember, children 2 years old and younger are always free.

Here is how this works. If you are active military or a veteran, active EMT, active duty police officer, or active duty firefighter this is for you. How do you receive this discount?You must have a valid ID that verifies you are one of the roles mentioned above. This discount also applies for your current spouse and your children. Your spouse and children must accompany you to receive the discount. Admission can be purchased in person only, not in advance online. This discount is not valid with any other offer.

Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm

October 18-21, 25-28, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Take part in 31-year old tradition at Living History Farms – Family Halloween! Families are welcomed into the 1875 town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, try their hand at pumpkin bowling, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and listen to enchanting storytellers. Living History Farms offers “teal pumpkins” stops for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Buy your ticket early – pre-registrants save money and skip the line!

Theme Nights

Need some costume inspiration? Take a look at our theme for each night!
  • Thursdays: Double Treats and Athletes – Get twice as many treats, dress up as your favorite athlete, and meet a local mascot! October 18th – Cyclone Night and October 25th – Hawkeye Night!
  • Fridays: Doggone Scary – bring your furry friend along (in costume!) for trick-or-treating. Get treats for your dog at the historic Vet Clinic in our 1875 Town, sponsored by Just Paws.
  • Saturdays: Fairytales and Super Heroes – meet your favorite characters and dress up in your best superhero and fairytale costumes.
  • Sundays: Farmer & Friends – Dress up as an animal on the farm, a farmer, or Victorian style like a person in the past! Wear your best “Living History Farms” themed costume for trick-or-treating, and stop by our petting zoo to see some farm animals!

Tickets required for everyone 2 years and older. Children 1 and under are free.

Night Eyes @ Blank Park Zoo
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm

Lights, Costumes, Treats! 2018 marks the 28th year of Night Eyes. Blank Park Zoo welcomes you to the sweetest Halloween tradition in Central Iowa! The Night Eyes merry not scary trick-or-treating event, invites guests to enjoy live entertainment, sweet treats, train rides and story book characters!

A schedule of events and character appearances will be published closer to the event. 

A big thank you to our presenting partner, Hy-Vee and to our many supporters and volunteers for making this merry, not scary, event possible for everyone to enjoy!

October 18-21 & 25-28

Thursdays & Fridays: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ticket Information

Non-member ticket: $6.00
Member ticket: $5.00
Advance tickets are $4.00 and will go on sale online, at the Zoo and participating Hy-Vee locations on October 1.
12 months and under do not need a ticket.

*Night Eyes admission supports the many programs and opportunities that are brought to our community and ensures quality care for our animal friends.

This event is rain or shine. Night Eyes admission is valid for one trip around the treat path.
The candy passed out on the treat path may contain nuts.

Public Night @ Drake Municipal Observatory
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm

Fall 2018 Lecture Series

Lectures begin at 8:00 PM
Skyviewing begins at dark, if the weather is clear.
This series is free and open to the public.

From What We Cannot Hold, The Stars Are Made

September 7:  In the Sky: What are the different objects in the sky? How far away are they? How do we know?

September 14:  Our Closest Star When we learn about our Sun, we learn about stars in general. How does the sun work? How long will it live?

September 21:  A Star Is Born: How do stars form? What makes a star so big? How many stars have Planets?

September 28:  Big and Small, Hot and Cold. A collection of all the different types of stars.

October 5:  Weird Stars doing amazing things that are just steps away from oblivion in our own backyard.

October 12:  Warping Space and Time: The stars that stretch the limits of our imagination and bend the laws of the Universe.

October 19: Stars We Can’t Explain: The strangest objects in the known universe.

October 26: Stars in History: Stars that have been written about and amazed man through time.

Oct
20
Sat
Downtown Farmers’ Market @ Court Avenue
Oct 20 @ 7:00 am

The Downtown Farmers’ Market connects urban and rural communities while supporting 300 local entrepreneurs including farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more, representing 58 counties across the state of Iowa. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines, every Saturday morning, even holidays, from May – October.

Apple & Pumpkin Fest @ Wills Family Orchard
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am

Festival Hours

Saturdays: 9 am – 6 pm
Sundays: Noon – 6 pm

Apple & Pumpkin Fest Weekends!
2018 dates:
September 22 & 23
September 29 & 30
October 6 & 7
October 13 & 14
October 20 & 21
Store, U-pick apples, pumpkins, kitchen & activities are available during Festival weekends

Fun Activities
For $7 + tax  (kiddos 2 and under are free!), you’ll be able to take part in all of the fall fun the farm has to offer: a corn maze, hay wagon ridesexpanded kids play area (giant corn box, kiddie hay bale maze & duck races), toss games. Plus, our friendly barnyard animals will be there to greet you.  Enjoy tasty homemade goods, and so much more!

Apple picking and pumpkin picking is open during festival weekends!  If you only want to pick apples or pumpkins or visit our store, there is no activity fee. But why stop there when there’s so much to do at Wills Family Orchard!

Homemade Food
Fresh, handmade foods such as apple cider donuts, caramel apples, Queen’s Apple, sliced apple pie, & more.

Barnyard Readers @ Living History Farms
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am

It’s storytime with the animals at Living History Farms!

Do you know a 3, 4, or 5 year old that loves stories about farm animals and living on a farm? If so, then this 90-minute reading-based, activity-filled program will be perfect for them!

Schedule of Programs

Programs occur from 10:00am-11:30am on Wednesdays or Saturdays.

In general, the schedule will be as follows for each individual program. Please arrive on time so the program may begin on time. Meet at the Visitor Center to begin the program.

  • Introductions; read stories and do activity at Visitor Center
  • Restroom break; walk to tractor carts and travel to the farm
  • Visit the animal of the day, and tour the barnyard
  • Board tractor cart and return to Visitor Center

Program Dates

Programs will feature different animals of the day. Over the series, you’ll learn about chickens, sheep, pigs, cows, horses, and oxen & wagons

Saturdays, from 10am-11:30am:

May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18, September 1, September 8, October 6, October 20

Wednesdays from 10:30am-11:30am*:
*unless otherwise noted

June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18 (9am-10:30am and 10:30am-n00n), July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22

Fall Fun at The Pumpkin Ranch @ The Pumpkin Ranch
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am

Admission prices include all activities offered on the day you attend. Children 2 years old and younger are ALWAYS free. Pumpkins are .49/pound and gourds are $1-$3 each, depending on size.

All activities and events included with General Admission.

9/22 – Free Horse Rides

9/29 – Free Horse Rides and Face Painting

10/6 – Free Horse Rides and Magician Mikayla Oz

10/13 – Free Horse Rides and Face Painting

10/20 – Free Horse Rides and Caricatures by Steph

10/27 – Free Horse Rides and Kids Crafts

Pumpkin Express Train @ Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am

Dress in your Halloween costume and take the family on this one hour and thirty minute journey (across our 156′ tall Bass Point Creek High Bridge, and the Des Moines River Bridge) to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s pumpkin patch. Once at the patch, children will be able to select their perfect pumpkin before returning to town. On the return trip, children will receive an activity booklet and a treat.

Tickets are $17 per person (ages 2 and up) and may be purchased by calling 1-800-626-0319, or by visiting www.bsvrr.com. The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad is a division of the Iowa Railroad Historical Society, a non-profit operating railroad museum.

Night Eyes @ Blank Park Zoo
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm

Lights, Costumes, Treats! 2018 marks the 28th year of Night Eyes. Blank Park Zoo welcomes you to the sweetest Halloween tradition in Central Iowa! The Night Eyes merry not scary trick-or-treating event, invites guests to enjoy live entertainment, sweet treats, train rides and story book characters!

A schedule of events and character appearances will be published closer to the event. 

A big thank you to our presenting partner, Hy-Vee and to our many supporters and volunteers for making this merry, not scary, event possible for everyone to enjoy!

October 18-21 & 25-28

Thursdays & Fridays: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ticket Information

Non-member ticket: $6.00
Member ticket: $5.00
Advance tickets are $4.00 and will go on sale online, at the Zoo and participating Hy-Vee locations on October 1.
12 months and under do not need a ticket.

*Night Eyes admission supports the many programs and opportunities that are brought to our community and ensures quality care for our animal friends.

This event is rain or shine. Night Eyes admission is valid for one trip around the treat path.
The candy passed out on the treat path may contain nuts.

Spirits in the Gardens @ Reiman Gardens
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm

SEE AMAZINGLY DETAILED LIT JACK-O-LANTERNS! A MUST-SEE!

All are welcome to join in the spooky fun by attending in costume. Trick or treat at Reiman Gardens and do activities. Join us for storytelling and more. Come dressed in costume and a bag to collect candy. Then stay afterwards to see an astounding display of 650 carved pumpkins lit against the evening sky.

***UPDATES TO PRICING STRUCTURE***
Advance tickets available starting OCTOBER 1 – 
valid for one-time visit either Saturday OR Sunday.
Members: $3 in advance and $4 at the door.
General Public: $5 in advance and $6 at the door.
No refunds.   
SEE FULL SCHEDULE BELOW.

Saturday schedule:
4:00 – 7:00 – Trick or treat
4:00 –  7:00 – Activities and storytelling
7:00 – 10:00 – Jack-O-Lantern walk – carved lit pumpkins

Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm

October 18-21, 25-28, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Take part in 31-year old tradition at Living History Farms – Family Halloween! Families are welcomed into the 1875 town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, try their hand at pumpkin bowling, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and listen to enchanting storytellers. Living History Farms offers “teal pumpkins” stops for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Buy your ticket early – pre-registrants save money and skip the line!

Theme Nights

Need some costume inspiration? Take a look at our theme for each night!
  • Thursdays: Double Treats and Athletes – Get twice as many treats, dress up as your favorite athlete, and meet a local mascot! October 18th – Cyclone Night and October 25th – Hawkeye Night!
  • Fridays: Doggone Scary – bring your furry friend along (in costume!) for trick-or-treating. Get treats for your dog at the historic Vet Clinic in our 1875 Town, sponsored by Just Paws.
  • Saturdays: Fairytales and Super Heroes – meet your favorite characters and dress up in your best superhero and fairytale costumes.
  • Sundays: Farmer & Friends – Dress up as an animal on the farm, a farmer, or Victorian style like a person in the past! Wear your best “Living History Farms” themed costume for trick-or-treating, and stop by our petting zoo to see some farm animals!

Tickets required for everyone 2 years and older. Children 1 and under are free.

Star Party hosted by the Science Center of Iowa @ Various Locations
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm

SCI is experiencing a season of space exploration! From common astronomical occurrences to rare cosmic phenomena, join us to learn about our solar system and beyond.

STAR PARTIES

Experience the out-of-this-world space observation! Join SCI staff and members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS) to take a look through high-powered telescopes and get a quick lesson on the basics of telescope operation. Guests will have the opportunity to observe celestial objects, colorful double stars and star clusters, meteor showers and more.Star Parties are free and open to the public.

2018 Star Parties

  • January 9, 5:30-8:30 pm at SCI
    Stars and deep-sky objects
    PLUS: Cafe Scientifique presentation in the Star Theater planetarium, 6:00 pm
  • January 31, 5:30-8:30 am at Ewing Park View map
    Total lunar eclipse, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn
  • February 13, 6:00-8:15 pm at SCI
    Stars and deep-sky objects
    PLUS: Cafe Scientifique presentation in the Star Theater planetarium, 6:00 pm
  • March 24, 8:00-10:00 pm at TBD Location
    Moon and Venus
    PLUS: How to Train Your Telescope workshop, 8:30 pm
  • April 21, 8:30-11:30 pm at Ashton Observatory View map
    Lyrid meteor shower, Moon, Venus and Jupiter
  • May 12, 9:30-11:30 pm at TBD Location
    Venus, Jupiter and Saturn
  • June 30, 9:45-11:45 pm at SCI
    Jupiter, Moon, Mars and Saturn
  • July 21, 9:30-11:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Venus, Jupiter, Moon, Saturn and Mars
    PLUS: One Small Step program at 10:00 pm
  • August 11, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am at Ewing Park View map
    Perseid meteor shower
    PLUS: Activities, crafts and a movie under the stars
  • September 1, 8:30-10:30 pm at SCI
    Jupiter, Saturn and Mars
  • October 20, 7:00-9:00 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Moon, Saturn and Mars
    PLUS: Spooky Stars program at 8:00 pm
  • November 17, 6:30-8:30 pm at Ewing Park View map
    Saturn, Mars and Moon
  • December 15, 10:00 pm – 12:00 am at Ewing Park View map
    Geminid meteor shower, Moon and Mars

Events at Ewing Park and Ashton Observatory are held in partnership with Des Moines Park and Recreation.

PLEASE NOTE: Star Parties are weather dependent and are subject to cancellation. Check the SCI website and Facebook for updates.

Public Night @ Ashton Observatory
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm

Dark skies and the Milky Way reign over Ashton Observatory every clear night, waiting for us all to seek them out. From April through October members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society open Ashton Observatory to the public each Saturday evening. We are delighted to share the majesty of the night sky with you!

The first Saturday of each month is pure stargazing. The other Saturdays of each month offer a classroom program from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., followed by stargazing after that.

All Ashton Public Nights are free admission.  Your free-will donations will help keep Ashton Observatory open.

 

Saturday Public Nights stop during July, mainly due to late sunset times – full darkness doesn’t begin until after 10:00 pm. If sky conditions are good, some DMAS members might be present on July Saturdays, but no regular programs will be provided.

 

Oct
21
Sun
Apple & Pumpkin Fest @ Wills Family Orchard
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm

Festival Hours

Saturdays: 9 am – 6 pm
Sundays: Noon – 6 pm

Apple & Pumpkin Fest Weekends!
2018 dates:
September 22 & 23
September 29 & 30
October 6 & 7
October 13 & 14
October 20 & 21
Store, U-pick apples, pumpkins, kitchen & activities are available during Festival weekends

Fun Activities
For $7 + tax  (kiddos 2 and under are free!), you’ll be able to take part in all of the fall fun the farm has to offer: a corn maze, hay wagon ridesexpanded kids play area (giant corn box, kiddie hay bale maze & duck races), toss games. Plus, our friendly barnyard animals will be there to greet you.  Enjoy tasty homemade goods, and so much more!

Apple picking and pumpkin picking is open during festival weekends!  If you only want to pick apples or pumpkins or visit our store, there is no activity fee. But why stop there when there’s so much to do at Wills Family Orchard!

Homemade Food
Fresh, handmade foods such as apple cider donuts, caramel apples, Queen’s Apple, sliced apple pie, & more.

Fall Fun at The Pumpkin Ranch @ The Pumpkin Ranch
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm

Admission prices include all activities offered on the day you attend. Children 2 years old and younger are ALWAYS free. Pumpkins are .49/pound and gourds are $1-$3 each, depending on size.

All activities and events included with General Admission.

9/23 – Hendrick Petting Zoo and  Magician Mikayla

9/30- Hendrick Petting Zoo and Balloon Artist

10/7 – Hendrick Petting Zoo and Free Family Photos

10/14 – Hendrick Petting Zoo and Balloon Artist

10/21 – Hendrick Petting Zoo and Free Family Photos

10/28 -Hendrick Petting Zoo and Caricatures by Steph

Night Eyes @ Blank Park Zoo
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm

Lights, Costumes, Treats! 2018 marks the 28th year of Night Eyes. Blank Park Zoo welcomes you to the sweetest Halloween tradition in Central Iowa! The Night Eyes merry not scary trick-or-treating event, invites guests to enjoy live entertainment, sweet treats, train rides and story book characters!

A schedule of events and character appearances will be published closer to the event. 

A big thank you to our presenting partner, Hy-Vee and to our many supporters and volunteers for making this merry, not scary, event possible for everyone to enjoy!

October 18-21 & 25-28

Thursdays & Fridays: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ticket Information

Non-member ticket: $6.00
Member ticket: $5.00
Advance tickets are $4.00 and will go on sale online, at the Zoo and participating Hy-Vee locations on October 1.
12 months and under do not need a ticket.

*Night Eyes admission supports the many programs and opportunities that are brought to our community and ensures quality care for our animal friends.

This event is rain or shine. Night Eyes admission is valid for one trip around the treat path.
The candy passed out on the treat path may contain nuts.

Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm

Every Sunday, all year long wine and music lovers can enjoy some of the best bands in the Midwest right here in their own backyard (but you’ll feel like you’re on vacation!). Rain or shine the music goes on. Weather permitting, the bands will perform outside but in the winter or on rainy days we bring the music inside.  Kids are welcome.

Sunday Tunes Band Schedule: 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Sept 2 Sons of Gladys Kravitz
Sept 9 Fat Tuesday & The Grease Fire Horns
Sept 16 Tony Valdez Duo
Sept 23 Opus Taylor
Sept 30 FreeStyle Band

Oct. 7 James Biehn Band & Grape Harvest Party!
Oct. 14 Cindy Grill & Alan Smith
Oct. 21 Bob Pace Solo
Oct. 28 TBD: Country Music Band

Nov. 18 Holiday Open House & Live Music
Dec. 16 Holiday Open House & Live Music