Sep
21
Fri
Half Price Hero Day @ The Pumpkin Ranch
Sep 21 @ 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.

White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow @ Iowa State Fairgrounds
Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm

“A gathering to bring down the walls of misunderstanding and to help mend the Sacred Hoop”. The goal of the White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow is to bring families of all races together, to bring down the walls of misunderstanding, to share a little of all heritages through drumming, music, dance, and story, and to understand that we are not that different.  This year’s event will be on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair Grounds.

Admission is FREE.

Sleep Like a Brick @ Science Center of Iowa
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm

Experience the Science Center of Iowa after hours! Explore exhibits, see live science demonstrations and participate in hands-on challenges. When it’s time to snooze, roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of SCI. Test your engineering abilities with activities tied to our latest permanent exhibit, Brick by Brick! Overnight Adventures are recommended for groups and families with children ages 6 to 12. One chaperone is required for every six children.

Public Night @ Drake Municipal Observatory
Sep 21 @ 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.

Sep
22
Sat
Downtown Farmers’ Market @ Court Avenue
Sep 22 @ 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.

All-State Barn Tour in Iowa @ Multiple Locations
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am

It’s the Iowa Barn Foundation’s annual FREE, self-guided tour of restored historic barns across the state. The All-State Barn Tour has been organized to encourage barn preservation in Iowa, to teach young people about Iowa’s rich agricultural heritage, and to renew pride in this heritage.  The tour is arranged so that you can go from barn to barn on your own, as time and distances permit. Barns are open from 8:30am-5:30pm each day.

Apple & Pumpkin Fest @ Wills Family Orchard
Sep 22 @ 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.

Applefest @ Living History Farms
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am

Celebrate the arrival of Fall in the 1875 town of Walnut Hill during our annual Applefest! Try your hand at stirring the copper kettle of apple butter, take your turn cranking the cider press, and try some tasty apple fritters. Family fun also includes apple bowling, cooking demonstrations, bobbing for apples, and assisting our historic interpreters as they plan for the winter ahead. Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Event Partner: The Outside Scoop

Apple Activities in 1875 Walnut Hill Town:

These activities are from 10am-3pm.

  • Apple Bowling – Picnic Shelter
  • Cooking Demonstrations – Picnic Shelter
  • Free Samples!
    • Apple Fritters – Snack Shop
    • Apple Butter – Picnic Shelter
    • Apple Cider – Picnic Shelter
  • Bobbing for Apples – Behind Flynn Mansion
Grandparents Weekend @ Center Grove Orchard
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am

Put on your costumes and come to the Farmyard! What better place to go Trick or Treating than at Center Grove Orchard! Our staff will be dressed in their festive costumes, handing out candy at many different Trick or Treat locations.

Saturday

1:00-4:00 PM: Iowa League of Heroes – The Dark Knight, located in Storybook Land
1:00-4:00 PM: Elsa Meet & Greet, located in Storybook Land

Sunday

1:00-4:00 PM: Iowa League of Heroes – The Dark Knight, located in Storybook Land
1:00-4:00 PM: Elsa Meet & Greet, located in Storybook Land

Iowa Outdoor Expo for Kids and Families @ Water Works Park
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am
What’s Happening in the Big White Tent?

Don’t miss the presentations happening in the big white tent! From monarchs to reptiles, owls to prairies – there’s so much to learn about the world around us.

Join us for hands on fun!

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by bringing the entire family out for a fun weekend discovering new and exciting ways to enjoy Iowa’s outdoors. With over 50 free hands-on activities and daily family presentations, visitor’s are able to learn, observe and experience recreation opportunities in the great outdoors.

Hands-on activities include (but are not limited to):

Fishing
Reel Fishing, Bow Fishing, Casting games, Fish ID tank, Fish Printing, Fish Cleaning & Cooking

Water Sports
Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Life Jacket Safety, Knot Tying

Kid’s Corner
Fossil & Treasure Dig, Live Animals, Minnow Races, Build a Bird Feeder, Fish Cleaning

Camping
Tent Demonstrations, Dutch Oven and Game Cooking

Buckskinners Encampment
Traditional encampment, Blacksmith Shop, Tomahawk Range, Atl Atl

Archery
Beginners Foam Range, Traditional Range (9 and over), 3D Range, Aerial Range, Tree Stand Safety

Shooting Sports
Trap Shooting (height requirement), Sling Shot, BB Gun Range, Air Gun Range

Wildlife & Hunting
Furharvesting and Trapping in Iowa, Waterfowl Hunting, Turn In Poachers (TIP), Wild Game Care/Food Safety, Turkey Hunting

Conservation – Urban Garden Program, Polk County Soil & Water Conservation, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Sierra Club, Urban Pollinator Program, Outdoor Health

Raptor Release – SOAR (release times available at the Registration Tent)

Live Game Field Dressing – Milo Locker

Fall Fun at The Pumpkin Ranch @ The Pumpkin Ranch
Sep 22 @ 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

Iowa Latino Heritage Festival @ Western Gateway Park
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am

The Latino Heritage Festival is the largest Latino Festival in the state, as well as the largest ethnic event in the state. The Festival offers traditional foods, authentic arts, crafts, cultural exhibitors, educational areas, entertainment and a Saturday night street dance.

The festival features a children’s area.  The activities in the childrens area help to accomplish a cultural exchange and affirmation that is not experienced by most children in school.  Festival attendees each year state that they value the family-friendly environment of the festival.  Activities ranging from jumping castles to pinata making.  The vision of providing hands on educational activities for children has guided the festival from the start.  This year there are more hands on children activities than ever.

Monarch Tagging @ Various Parks
Sep 22 @ 10:30 am

As part of Monarch education and conservation, tagging events will be held at various parks. Learn about Monarch Butterflies and their migration patterns then help tag some butterflies. Monarchs will be captured, tagged with a special identification sticker and released to continue on their journey. The event is free and no registration is required. Everyone is invited to join in and help.

9/12 – Franklin Avenue Community Center

9/15 – Greenwood Park

9/22 – Water Works Park

Art on the Lake @ Copper Creek Lake Park
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am

Art on the Lake is an art festival that is held at Copper Creek Lake Park along the Gay Lea Wilson Trail in Pleasant Hill, IA. The festival is a family friendly event that is free to attend and features music, food, kids’ crafts, and 50 to 75 artists. Art on the Lake promotes the arts in the community and supports artists throughout the year. To kick off and provide local awareness to the National Arts in Education Week, the second annual Art on the Lake Festival will be held on September 22, 2018.

White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow @ Iowa State Fairgrounds
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am

“A gathering to bring down the walls of misunderstanding and to help mend the Sacred Hoop”. The goal of the White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow is to bring families of all races together, to bring down the walls of misunderstanding, to share a little of all heritages through drumming, music, dance, and story, and to understand that we are not that different.  This year’s event will be on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair Grounds.

Admission is FREE.

Family Workshops @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Center
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm

These classes are the perfect opportunity for families to have a creative experience at the Botanical Garden. These hands-on workshops are designed for youth ages 4-14 and an adult to build a take-home project together. Please note one adult is required for every three youth participants. Registration required.

Terrariums Friday, Aug. 3, 1-2:15 p.m.

Experience one of our most popular classes as you learn how to care for and build your own small-scale ecosystem to take home.

Nature Weaving Saturday, Sept. 22, 1-2:15 p.m.

Use plants, grasses and other natural materials to weave a miniature loom and then take home your beautiful botanical tapestry.

Carnivorous Plant Terrariums Friday, Oct. 26, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Insect-eating plants, oh my! Learn about carnivorous plants and their bizarre adaptations for survival. Then plant and decorate your own spooky terrarium to take home.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

You and your child will prepare this classic dessert from the perfect crust to the delicious fresh filling. Master the art of pie making for the holiday season and take home a pie to enjoy.

Members: $20 Youth/Adult Pair, $15 Additional Youth 
Nonmembers: $25 Youth/Adult Pair, $20 Additional Youth   

Monarch Tagging @ Various Parks
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm

As part of Monarch education and conservation, tagging events will be held at various parks. Learn about Monarch Butterflies and their migration patterns then help tag some butterflies. Monarchs will be captured, tagged with a special identification sticker and released to continue on their journey. The event is free and no registration is required. Everyone is invited to join in and help.

9/15 – Ashby Park

9/22 – Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Illumifest @ West Des Moines City School Campus
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm

Light Up West Des Moines at Illumifest, A Fall Festival of Light, which offers a variety of activities and events for people of all ages!  The inflatables and games will open Saturday afternoon and run throughout the afternoon and evening, as well as a wide variety of food stands.  There will also be FREE lantern making. a “Royal Promenade” around the Pond, featuring Royal characters from Little Princess Parties, a FREE outdoor movie – “Coco” and fireworks to close out the evening.

Night Hike – In Balance @ Brenton Arboretum
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm

This family-friendly night hike will take walkers of all ages on an educational adventure you won’t soon forget! Tonight we’ll talk about the Fall Equinox and what it means to be in balance. Wear sturdy shoes. You may also want to bring a flashlight. We’ll help you turn it into a red light to preserve your night vision.

Ideal for ALL ages!
Registration deadline is September 20!

Sep
23
Sun
All-State Barn Tour in Iowa @ Multiple Locations
Sep 23 @ 8:30 am

It’s the Iowa Barn Foundation’s annual FREE, self-guided tour of restored historic barns across the state. The All-State Barn Tour has been organized to encourage barn preservation in Iowa, to teach young people about Iowa’s rich agricultural heritage, and to renew pride in this heritage.  The tour is arranged so that you can go from barn to barn on your own, as time and distances permit. Barns are open from 8:30am-5:30pm each day.