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.
The Foundation for Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) invites princesses, princes and their chaperones to join us for a fun-filled morning on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 8-10 am at CFI’s Princess Party located at Jordan Creek Town Center food court. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with princesses, enjoy breakfast provided by Panera Bread, participate in various games and activities, bid on silent auction items, and much more!
Questions? Call the CFI Events Coordinator at 515.697.7968
Ages 8 – 12
Special Events Building, Clive Aquatic Center
Let’s cook! As a group we’ll make an appetizer, meal item, drink, and dessert while learning about nutrition and health. Learn to read food labels and recipes, as well as use kitchen utensils and appliances safely. We set the table and enjoy our meal!
A weekend to celebrate grandparents! We know many memories are made at CGO with grandparents. To honor their important role in families, grandparents will receive $4 off their admission pass. In addition, we will have fun “old fashioned” games set up in the Farmyard to play among children and grandparents. Join the fun!
Fall is a special time at TimberPine.Your whole family will enjoy the TimberPine Family Fun Zone. The Family Fun Zone is fun for both kids and adults. This area located in the heart of our nursery and includes an inflatable bounce house and slide, a tricycle racetrack, the Quarterback Challenge and Disc golf. Enjoy our hayrack rides through the haunted forest and count the ghosts to win a prize on your way to our pumpkin patch to pick out that perfect Jack-O-Lantern. Then you can gather around one of our three fire pits for marshmallow roasting. When it is time for a break, you can relax and catch the game while you eat lunch in our Red Shed.
Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Come dressed in your Halloween costume and celebrate Halloween at Gigi’s Playhouse. They will have Halloween crafts, cookie decorating, making fused glass ornaments and much more!
We gladly accept walk-in guests any time we’re open. Bring your kids 12 years-old and younger, to our inflatable play center any time, where they can safely bounce, jump, slide, and have fun.
|2 years and under (if playing)||$5.50|
|2 years and under Frequent User Cards*||$40|
|Frequent User Cards*||$70|
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.
If you think you know T. rex… think again. Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family explores the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs in new and different ways. Appropriate for all ages.
Join us at the B& N at The Shoppes at Three Fountains on Saturdays at 11:00 am for Storytime. Children of all ages are welcome. Activities will follow.
Join us at the B& N at Jordan Creek on Saturdays at 11:00 am for Storytime. Children of all ages are welcome. Activities will follow.
Family, Frames and FUN
Sat/Sun 1pm – 5pm
$27.95 for 2 Hours of Bowling $3.15 Rental Shoes up to 6 ppl
The 27th year of Night Eyes at Blank Park Zoo is sure to continue the tradition as Central Iowa’s sweetest, merry-not scary, Halloween event! Gather treats throughout the Zoo as it is transformed into a world of lights, castles and magical characters.
Check back for a schedule of events and character appearances.
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!
Night Eyes is October 19-22 & 26-29
Thursdays & Fridays: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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.
For more information, please call 515-285-4722 or email email@example.com
Open Gym is available for members ages 5-18 and non-members ages 5-14.
Open Gym is from 1:00 to 2:00 pm and is a fantastic time for the young to mature, beginner to advanced gymnast. This time is not structured, but is GREAT for working on a skill that needs a bit of attention, getting an hour of excercise on the weekend or just going wild and having a BLAST!!
Boys and Girls ages 5-13, participants do not need to be current members, BUT MUST FILL OUT A WAIVER
Parents are NOT required to stay. This is kid time. Go out and get your weekend errands done while we have a blast in the gym.
If you choose to stay, you may wait in the designated waiting areas. No parents will be allowed in the gym.
It’s 1962 and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream–to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy’s new beat just might prove unstoppable.
Join us every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 3 p.m. as we feed the fish in our Main Aquarium!
Do you have a youngster who would like to help us feed the fish? Call the store at 515-957-5500 to make reserve a spot for one of our fish feedings days!
See 650 amazingly detailed lit Jack-O-Lanterns! You won’t want to miss it!
All are welcome to join in the spooky fun by attending in costume. As part of a new, astounding display, see 650 carved pumpkins lit against the evening sky while here. Trick or treat at Reiman Gardens and do activities. Join us for storytelling by Jerri Heid from the Ames Public Library and more. Come dressed in costume and a bag to collect candy.
4:00 – 7:00 – Trick or treat
4:00 – 7:00 – Activities
7:00 – 10:00 – Jack-O-Lantern walk – 650 carved lit pumpkins
4:00 – 7:00 – Trick or treat
4:00 – 7:00 – Activities
7:00 – 9:00 – Jack-O-Lantern walk – 650 carved lit pumpkins
No preregistration required. Spirits in the Gardens is a free event for all youth under age 18. Regular admission is $8.00 for adults/$7.00 for seniors and free to all members and Iowa State University students with ISU card. In the event of inclement weather, all activities will be moved indoors.
October 19-22, 26-29, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Horse-drawn wagon rides, storytellers, trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowling, and games delight all ages during this non-scary family event. Advanced ticket sales begin September 27. Tickets available at the door.
Last ticket sold at 8pm each night.
Ticket required for everyone aged 2 and over. Children under 2 are FREE!
Save money and avoid long lines – get your tickets in advance online. Tickets go on sale September 27 at 10am and will be available through October 18 at noon. Tickets will also be available at the door.
September 30, 2017, 6:00-11:00 pm – Girls in Science Pajama Party (Grades 2-5)presented by DuPont Pioneer
Girls in grades 2-5 are invited to a fun late-night adventure at SCI! The event features hands-on activities, team challenges, a pizza party and the opportunity to meet local women from STEM fields. By the time they go home to bed, they’ll be dreaming about how science can be a part of their future! Cost is $5 per person. Register online at www.sciowa.org/buytickets (Click “Register for Camps & Classes,” then find the date of the event and select “Girls-Only Pajama Party”) or call 515-274-6868 ext. 222. Registration deadline is September 22.
October 21, 2017, 6:00-11:00 pm – Girls in Science Pajama Party (Grades 6-8) presented by DuPont Pioneer
Girls in grades 6-8 are invited to a fun late-night adventure at SCI! The event features hands-on activities, team challenges, a pizza party and the opportunity to meet local women from STEM fields. By the time they go home to bed, they’ll be dreaming about how science can be a part of their future! Cost is $5 per person. Register online at www.sciowa.org/buytickets (Click “Register for Camps & Classes,” then find the date of the event and select “Girls-Only Pajama Party”) or call 515-274-6868 ext. 222. Registration deadline is October 13.
10+ haunted attractions for one low price. Five haunted houses/walks (Castle of Blood, Chaos, Freakshow, Nightmare Estates, Twisted Tales: The Next Chapter), laser tag haunted walk (Duty Calls: Zombie Warfare), plus 3-D Gallery: Aliens Attack, huge Fog Maze, Club Blood, Infection Laser Tag and more. Theme park style village will have food vendors open and ATM available. Group discounts and coupons available.