Mar
20
Wed
Goldie’s Kids Club: Storytime @ The State Historical Museum
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am

The Hatchling Storytime program allows the youngest club members and their families to enjoy listening to a short story and then examine artifacts and exhibits related to the story. This program is recommended for children 5-8 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Up to two adults may accompany the child(ren).

Space is limited – register now.

This program is an exclusive offering for Goldie’s Kids Club members. Not a member? Join today!

Preschool Storytime @ Grimes Public Library
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am

Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years are invited to join us as we share stories, rhymes, songs, games and crafts. No registration required.

 

 

Ruby Loves to Read Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am

Ages 2 – 4 (with an adult, older siblings welcome)

Wednesday, March 20 9:30, 10:15 a.m.

You’ve probably seen the red pandas at the zoo, but have you met Ruby the red panda yet? Ruby is a very special red panda — she loves to read! Join the Blank Park Zoo’s renowned story teller, Ruby, for one of her favorite stories. Then meet and learn more about a few of her live animal friends. There are two times offered the day of the program.

Please register for one.
Space limited.
Registration required.

Preschool Storytime @ Grimes Public Library
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years are invited to join us as we share stories, rhymes, songs, games and crafts. No registration required.

 

Rock on and Fossil Fun @ Jester Park Nature Center
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

Join a naturalist to learn the basics about rocks and minerals. Afterwards, participants will get the chance to make their own fossil to take home. All materials provided. FREE. No registration required.

Spring Break: Leaf into Spring @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

Looking for a fun family experience over spring break? Join us for an array of drop-in activities (free with paid admission), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and explore the diversity of leaves with games, crafts and activities.

 

Storytime @ Altoona Public Library
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

Children of all ages can come to storytime to hear stories, sing songs, and learn early literacy skills. Each week will have a new theme and kids will make a craft to take home or participate in a hands-on activity after the storytime is over.

Preschool Stoytime @ Pleasant Hill Library
Mar 20 @ 10:30 am

Stories, songs, and finger plays are not only fun, but they also help get your child ready to read! Each week’s activities are theme-based, so it’s easy to continue the fun at home. Encourage your child to participate during story time. If s/he isn’t ready to be party of the fun, just watching and listening are valuable too! Pre-school story time is designed for preschool aged children and includes a simple craft. 

Spring Break Family Workshops @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
Mar 20 @ 10:30 am

Looking for a fun family experience over spring break? Join us for an array of drop-in activities (free with paid admission) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and explore the diversity of leaves with games, crafts and activities.

Family Workshops

Leaf Printmaking
Tuesday, March 19,
10:30-11:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.
Explore different printmaking techniques and create multiple unique works of art that celebrate leaves.

Look into Leaves
Wednesday, March 20, 10:30- 11:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.
Zoom into leaves as we explore the food factory of plants! Find out why plants are green and how photosynthesis works, then create beautiful leaf prints to take home.

Leafy Lanterns
Thursday, March 21,
10:30-11:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.
Light up your spring with botanically inspired leaf lanterns! Participants will use natural materials to build their own paper lantern to take home.

Herb Window Box
Friday, March 22,
10:30-11:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.
Taste a variety of different herbs and then plant your own window box. This easy-to-care-for project is perfect for indoor growing and will make your recipes taste great.

 

Storytime @ Altoona Public Library
Mar 20 @ 10:30 am

Children of all ages can come to storytime to hear stories, sing songs, and learn early literacy skills. Each week will have a new theme and kids will make a craft to take home or participate in a hands-on activity after the storytime is over.

Baby+Me Drop In Tour @ Des Moines Art Center
Mar 20 @ 11:00 am

Tour begins in the Art Center lobby
Each session is unique

Adults are encouraged to bring their infants (pre-walkers) to an informal tour led by an Art Center docent. While conversation is geared for adults, babies love the visual stimulation of artwork. Strollers and front-carrying baby carriers are permitted.

Spring Break Matinee at the Museum @ The State Historical Museum
Mar 20 @ 1:30 pm

Enjoy FREE films this spring break at the State Historical Museum.

3/20 – Little House on the Prairie

3/21 – Rio

3/22 – Ferdinand

 

 

Spring Break Family Workshops @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm

Looking for a fun family experience over spring break? Join us for an array of drop-in activities (free with paid admission) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and explore the diversity of leaves with games, crafts and activities.

Family Workshops

Leaf Printmaking
Tuesday, March 19,
10:30-11:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.
Explore different printmaking techniques and create multiple unique works of art that celebrate leaves.

Look into Leaves
Wednesday, March 20, 10:30- 11:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.
Zoom into leaves as we explore the food factory of plants! Find out why plants are green and how photosynthesis works, then create beautiful leaf prints to take home.

Leafy Lanterns
Thursday, March 21,
10:30-11:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.
Light up your spring with botanically inspired leaf lanterns! Participants will use natural materials to build their own paper lantern to take home.

Herb Window Box
Friday, March 22,
10:30-11:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.
Taste a variety of different herbs and then plant your own window box. This easy-to-care-for project is perfect for indoor growing and will make your recipes taste great.

 

Tales With Tails @ Clive Public Library
Mar 20 @ 2:30 pm

Ages 6 – 10

Wednesday, March 20 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Join the Clive Public Library and volunteer therapy dogs for Tales with Tails! Each reader will spend fifteen minutes reading his/her book of choice to one of our furry canine friends. It will be a “Pawtastic” experience to spark even more passion and confidence in your reader.

Registration required.

Vernal Equinox Hike @ Jester Park Nature Center
Mar 20 @ 4:00 pm

The spring equinox (vernal equinox) marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This hike will feature spring equinox facts, folklore, and more! FREE. No registration required.

Mar
21
Thu
NCAA Division I MEN’S Basketball First and Second Rounds @ Wells Fargo Arena
Mar 21 @ 9:00 am

The Road to the Final Four® stops in Des Moines, Iowa March 21 & 23, 2019 at Wells Fargo Arena when Drake University hosts the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA ® March Madness® Tournament!

General public sales are sold out, but tickets may still be purchased through the NCAA Ticket Exchange powered by PRIMESPORT. Details for that option may be found below. You may also sign up to join our wait list by filling out the form found here.

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Teddy Toddler Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am

Toddlers age 3 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Tuesdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Fridays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.

Begins March 12 and runs for seven weeks.

Enjoy this 20-minute program with your toddling teddy bear. This is bonding time for you and your child. Early literacy skills are modeled with the use of picture books, puppets, felt stories, finger plays, music, dancing, and bubble fun.

Drop-in program.

Caterpillar Club @ Reiman Gardens
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am

Join us weekly this winter for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories and creative activities around a nature-based theme. Best for children five and under with an adult.
No preregistration required.

Free for Members, ISU Students
Free with admission for the General Public

 

 

Spring Break: Leaf into Spring @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am

Looking for a fun family experience over spring break? Join us for an array of drop-in activities (free with paid admission), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and explore the diversity of leaves with games, crafts and activities.

 

Teddy Toddler Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am

Toddlers age 3 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Tuesdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Fridays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.

Begins March 12 and runs for seven weeks.

Enjoy this 20-minute program with your toddling teddy bear. This is bonding time for you and your child. Early literacy skills are modeled with the use of picture books, puppets, felt stories, finger plays, music, dancing, and bubble fun.

Drop-in program.