Jun
1
Sat
Home Depot – FREE Kids Workshops @ Home Depot Stores
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am
  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed

Other Locations:

3700 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266 (515)221-2233

10850 Plum Drive, Urbandale, IA 50322 (515)251-5819

2335 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021  (515)963-1890

Michaels Kids Club @ Michaels
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am

Kids Club®

They craft. You shop.

Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3-5 and $5 for ages 6 and up. All supplies included.
Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Class descriptions available on-line. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.

Classes also available at:

1725 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021

Jun
3
Mon
Nature Friends @ Multiple Parks
Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm

Nature Class for children ages 3-5 with an adult
We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different programs, each located at a different park and receive a Nature Friend Explorer pack. Participants must record program name, location and date with the speaker’s initials on their passport. Turn the passport in at the office at Jester Park or Raccoon River Nature Lodge to receive your Nature Friend Explorer pack. One Nature Friend Explorer pack per child please.

Spring & Summer 2019 Schedule

Mon May 6 Wiggly Squiggly Animals at Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge
Tues May 21 Silly Salamanders at Jester Park Nature Center
Mon June 3 Fishing at Raccoon River Park Fishing Pier
Tues June 11 Birds of a Feather at Brown’s Woods
Mon July 8 Super Snakes at Fairmeadows Park Shelter
Tues July 23 Animal Homes at FDM Shelter 3
Mon Aug 5 Tricky Tracks at Quail Cove Park
Tues Aug 13 Busy Bees at Easter Lake Park

These programs are co-sponsored by the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Polk County Conservation, and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. To register for Nature Friends, please call the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation office.

Jun
4
Tue
Princess Adventures @ Jester Park, Shelter #6
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am

Do you know a little girl who loves princesses? Want to encourage her to dress up AND have fun exploring the outdoors at the same time? Girls ages 4-6 are invited to the park in “princess attire” (whatever that means to them). We will learn about a courageous woman from the past, participate in a nature activity, followed by a tea party with a snack.

June 4: Theme is Birds. Pre-registration required; deadline is May 31.

July 16: Theme is Butterflies. . Pre-registration required; deadline is July 12.

Jun
5
Wed
Nature’s Story Hour @ Jester Park Nature Center
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children. FREE. No registration required.

Jun
8
Sat
Michaels Kids Club @ Michaels
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am

Kids Club®

They craft. You shop.

Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3-5 and $5 for ages 6 and up. All supplies included.
Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Class descriptions available on-line. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.

Classes also available at:

1725 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021

Jun
11
Tue
Nature Friends @ Multiple Parks
Jun 11 @ 6:30 pm

Nature Class for children ages 3-5 with an adult
We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different programs, each located at a different park and receive a Nature Friend Explorer pack. Participants must record program name, location and date with the speaker’s initials on their passport. Turn the passport in at the office at Jester Park or Raccoon River Nature Lodge to receive your Nature Friend Explorer pack. One Nature Friend Explorer pack per child please.

Spring & Summer 2019 Schedule

Mon May 6 Wiggly Squiggly Animals at Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge
Tues May 21 Silly Salamanders at Jester Park Nature Center
Mon June 3 Fishing at Raccoon River Park Fishing Pier
Tues June 11 Birds of a Feather at Brown’s Woods
Mon July 8 Super Snakes at Fairmeadows Park Shelter
Tues July 23 Animal Homes at FDM Shelter 3
Mon Aug 5 Tricky Tracks at Quail Cove Park
Tues Aug 13 Busy Bees at Easter Lake Park

These programs are co-sponsored by the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Polk County Conservation, and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. To register for Nature Friends, please call the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation office.

Jun
14
Fri
Nature Club @ Brenton Arboretum
Jun 14 @ 10:30 am

Nature Club takes place on the 2nd Friday of every month, unless otherwise noted. This program offers your youngest explorers a thematic sensory discovery with a simple lesson and an activity, game, or craft.
Best suited to ages 2-5, but all ages are welcome!

Pre-registration is requested by the Wednesday before the program.

Jun
15
Sat
Michaels Kids Club @ Michaels
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am

Kids Club®

They craft. You shop.

Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3-5 and $5 for ages 6 and up. All supplies included.
Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Class descriptions available on-line. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.

Classes also available at:

1725 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021

Jun
16
Sun
Art Spectrums: Session I @ Des Moines Art Center
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm

*Registration required.

Art Spectrums is a free program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.

Participants visit and discuss a work of art in the museum for inspiration and then make their own artwork in the studio.

Art Spectrums: Session II @ Des Moines Art Center
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm

*Registration required.

Art Spectrums is a free program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.

Participants visit and discuss a work of art in the museum for inspiration and then make their own artwork in the studio.

Jun
19
Wed
Nature’s Story Hour @ Jester Park Nature Center
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children. FREE. No registration required.

Jun
20
Thu
Summer Family Night @ Des Moines Art Center
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm

Bring the whole family and join us in the studio for a special series of summer art classes! Explore a variety of activities for all ages and work at your own pace. Take a family-friendly tour of the museum at 6 pm or 6:30 pm. Register in advance for a discounted rate.

6/20 – ZOO + ME
Create art inspired by animals from around the world. Visit the museum to find animals in our collection, and meet some friendly animals from the Blank Park Zoo!

7/18 – SUMMER OF SHAPES
Explore abstract art in the museum and create a variety of abstract artworks of your own using shapes, colors, patterns, and lines and exploring movement, emotion, and pattern.

8/15 – ACTIVE ART
Act out your art through art games, energetic art stations, and whole body art exercises. Visit the museum to see action in art.

Jun
22
Sat
Michaels Kids Club @ Michaels
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am

Kids Club®

They craft. You shop.

Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3-5 and $5 for ages 6 and up. All supplies included.
Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Class descriptions available on-line. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.

Classes also available at:

1725 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021

Jun
29
Sat
Junior Chef Class @ Williams Sonoma
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am

4TH OF JULY BAKING  – JUNE 29th

Just in time for 4th of July, we’re hosting a fun class all about red, white, and blue desserts! You won’t want to miss it!

$30 Per Child – Includes a 9×13 Goldtouch Cake Pan. Suitable for ages 8-13

Michaels Kids Club @ Michaels
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am

Kids Club®

They craft. You shop.

Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3-5 and $5 for ages 6 and up. All supplies included.
Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Class descriptions available on-line. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.

Classes also available at:

1725 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021

Jul
6
Sat
Home Depot – FREE Kids Workshops @ Home Depot Stores
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am
  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed

Other Locations:

3700 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266 (515)221-2233

10850 Plum Drive, Urbandale, IA 50322 (515)251-5819

2335 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021  (515)963-1890

Michaels Kids Club @ Michaels
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am

Kids Club®

They craft. You shop.

Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3-5 and $5 for ages 6 and up. All supplies included.
Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Class descriptions available on-line. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.

Classes also available at:

1725 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021

Jul
8
Mon
Nature Friends @ Multiple Parks
Jul 8 @ 6:30 pm

Nature Class for children ages 3-5 with an adult
We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different programs, each located at a different park and receive a Nature Friend Explorer pack. Participants must record program name, location and date with the speaker’s initials on their passport. Turn the passport in at the office at Jester Park or Raccoon River Nature Lodge to receive your Nature Friend Explorer pack. One Nature Friend Explorer pack per child please.

Spring & Summer 2019 Schedule

Mon May 6 Wiggly Squiggly Animals at Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge
Tues May 21 Silly Salamanders at Jester Park Nature Center
Mon June 3 Fishing at Raccoon River Park Fishing Pier
Tues June 11 Birds of a Feather at Brown’s Woods
Mon July 8 Super Snakes at Fairmeadows Park Shelter
Tues July 23 Animal Homes at FDM Shelter 3
Mon Aug 5 Tricky Tracks at Quail Cove Park
Tues Aug 13 Busy Bees at Easter Lake Park

These programs are co-sponsored by the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Polk County Conservation, and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. To register for Nature Friends, please call the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation office.

Jul
10
Wed
Nature’s Story Hour @ Jester Park Nature Center
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children. FREE. No registration required.