Mar
22
Fri
Imagination Playschool @ Pioneer Columbus Community Center
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fees: Cost is $1.50 daily for 1 yrs. and older to attend “New Season” & Imagination Playschool

Ages: Children 7 and under

Looking to inspire your little ones imagination and get them moving? Join us at Pioneer Columbus Community Center for the “Imagination Playschool”.

Imagination Playschool allows kids 7 and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses, tumbling mats, and gymnastics.

We also have a bounce house on the LAST Friday of the month only, with 10 paying children present.

 

Mar
25
Mon
Tot Lot @ Waukee Public Works Building
Mar 25 @ 8:30 am

Monday 8:30 to 10:30 am

Romp, stomp and play! We have the setup to meet your children’s activity and social needs this fall and winter.  With toddler toys ranging from blocks to tunnels and moats, there’s no shortgage of action here.  We provide the fun.  Parents provide the supervision in this open gym for toddlers where kids love to play and parents get to socialize with one another.  This is a non-structured activitiy.  Tot Lot will be canceled when Waukee Schools are delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

Tot Lot will be closed 11/12, 12/24 and 2/18 but will be open the week of Spring Break.

Imagination Playschool @ Pioneer Columbus Community Center
Mar 25 @ 9:00 am

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fees: Cost is $1.50 daily for 1 yrs. and older to attend “New Season” & Imagination Playschool

Ages: Children 7 and under

Looking to inspire your little ones imagination and get them moving? Join us at Pioneer Columbus Community Center for the “Imagination Playschool”.

Imagination Playschool allows kids 7 and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses, tumbling mats, and gymnastics.

We also have a bounce house on the LAST Friday of the month only, with 10 paying children present.

 

Mar
27
Wed
Imagination Playschool @ Pioneer Columbus Community Center
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fees: Cost is $1.50 daily for 1 yrs. and older to attend “New Season” & Imagination Playschool

Ages: Children 7 and under

Looking to inspire your little ones imagination and get them moving? Join us at Pioneer Columbus Community Center for the “Imagination Playschool”.

Imagination Playschool allows kids 7 and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses, tumbling mats, and gymnastics.

We also have a bounce house on the LAST Friday of the month only, with 10 paying children present.

 

Mar
29
Fri
Imagination Playschool @ Pioneer Columbus Community Center
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fees: Cost is $1.50 daily for 1 yrs. and older to attend “New Season” & Imagination Playschool

Ages: Children 7 and under

Looking to inspire your little ones imagination and get them moving? Join us at Pioneer Columbus Community Center for the “Imagination Playschool”.

Imagination Playschool allows kids 7 and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses, tumbling mats, and gymnastics.

We also have a bounce house on the LAST Friday of the month only, with 10 paying children present.

 

May
25
Sat
Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
May 25 @ 1:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2019 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 25
Sunday, June 16
Thursday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 3
Saturday, September 28
Saturday, October 5

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Jun
16
Sun
Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Jun 16 @ 1:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2019 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 25
Sunday, June 16
Thursday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 3
Saturday, September 28
Saturday, October 5

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Jul
4
Thu
Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Jul 4 @ 2:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2019 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 25
Sunday, June 16
Thursday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 3
Saturday, September 28
Saturday, October 5

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Aug
3
Sat
Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Aug 3 @ 1:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2019 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 25
Sunday, June 16
Thursday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 3
Saturday, September 28
Saturday, October 5

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Sep
8
Sun
Fall Antique Jamboree @ Valley Junction
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am

Step back in time and enjoy bagging some old treasures from the past! Historic Valley Junction will be celebrating its annual Antique Jamboree on Sunday, September 8th. Rain or shine, the antique show will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the 5th Street area of West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction. The Antique Jamboree is one of the largest outdoor antique shows in the Midwest. FREE admission and parking to the public.

Sep
21
Sat
Art on the Lake @ Copper Creek Lake Park
Sep 21 @ 11:00 am

Join us for the 4th Annual Art on the Lake Festival to meet, talk watch demonstrations and purchase art for local artists! There will be live music presented by Central Iowa Blues Society, children’s activities, food for purchase and a community art project! 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Illumifest @ West Des Moines City School Campus
Sep 21 @ 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.

Sep
28
Sat
Children & Families of Iowa’s Princess Party @ Jordan Creek Town Center (Food Court)
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am

Come one and all to Children & Families of Iowa’s Princess Party!

Princess Party is a fun fairy dust filled morning for little princesses, princes and their chaperones. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with princesses, enjoy breakfast, participate in various games and activities, bid on silent auction items, and much more.

Applefest @ Living History Farms
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am

New extended hours! 9am-5:30pm

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 a special visit from Snow White. Watch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game at 1:30pm. Showcase your coveted family recipes in our Apple Pie Contest! Apples, pies, fudge and more will be available for purchase from Iowa Orchard. Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2019 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 25
Sunday, June 16
Thursday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 3
Saturday, September 28
Saturday, October 5

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Oct
5
Sat
Heritage Skills Expo @ Living History Farms
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am

Join Living History Farms’ crafters and farmers for a celebration of Iowa’s rich fall folk life traditions! Watch specialty craftsmen such as blacksmiths and broom makers create their wares. Discover unique historic skills, such as wood-stove cooking, handcrafts, and working with draft animals. Visit with guest demonstrators sharing their talents in traditional arts and crafts. Cheer on the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball team in their final match of the season at 1:30pm. Kitchens, barn yards, and workshops across the museum will bustle with activities and fun.

Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Oct 5 @ 1:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2019 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 25
Sunday, June 16
Thursday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 3
Saturday, September 28
Saturday, October 5

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Oct
12
Sat
Victorian Funeral @ Living History Farms
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am

Open 9am-4pm, Funeral procession begins at 1 pm

In 1875, the funeral was a pageant of honored traditions! Families gathered to find joy in a public celebration of a life well lived. Join with historic interpreters as they celebrate the life and honor the death of a fictional Walnut Hill resident with a re-created funeral. Visit the Tangen home, prepared with a period style coffin and funeral drapery. At 1pm, walk in the funeral procession led by a horse-drawn hearse to New Hope Cemetery for a moving memorial service.

Event activities are included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

Oct
17
Thu
Night Eyes @ Blank Park Zoo
Oct 17 @ 5:00 pm

October 17-20, 24-27

Thursday & Friday: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 – 8:00 PM

Lights, Costumes, Treats! Night Eyes welcomes you to the sweetest Halloween tradition in Central Iowa! This “merry not scary” Halloween event invites guests to enjoy our round-the-zoo treat path, live entertainment, train rides and a unique light show experience!

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

For more information, please contact events@blankparkzoo.org or 515-974-2523.

Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm

October 17-20 and October 24-27

Take part in a 32-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, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and listen to enchanting storytellers. Try your hand at pumpkin bowling, witch broom races, and a scarecrow relay. Enter photos of you, your family, or your dog dressed up at the Farms into our new costume contest and you could win a prize! Living History Farms offers “teal pumpkins” stops for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Save money when you get your tickets in advance online.

Theme Nights

Need some costume inspiration? Take a look at our theme for each night!
  • Oct. 17 & 24 – School Spirit Night
  • Oct. 18 & 25 – Doggone Scary
  • Oct. 19 & 26 – Fairytales & Superheroes
  • Oct. 20 & 27 Farmer & Friends

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