One of the bright spots of winter in Des Moines is the “Father-Daughter” and “Mother-Son” dances and events hosted this time of year. Attending one of these fabulous events with your little sweetheart is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Many of these events fill up quickly, so be sure to register soon!
Pinnacle Club at Otter Creek Golf Course • 4100 NE Otter Creek Drive • Ankeny, IA 50021 • (515) 963-3570
One of the most popular special events hosted by Ankeny Parks and Recreation is the Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance. This event provides fathers, grandfathers or father figures an opportunity to take their daughters or granddaughters, in first through fifth grade, out for an evening of fun and dancing. In addition to dancing, there will be door prizes, refreshments and a dessert buffet.
When: Friday, January 27, 2017 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Friday, February 3, 2017 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 3:00 to 5:00 pm; or Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Register By: January 20, 2017
Cost: $35 per couple and $20 for each additional daughter (must register in person to receive this discount.)
West Des Moines Sheraton • University Ave & 50th Street • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 222-3444
Join West Des Moines Parks and Recreation at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel for this annual community event that provides a unique opportunity for fathers and their daughters (ages 4 to 11) to spend an evening together. A child-friendly, light meal will be served during the festivities. A DJ will wow the crowd with family-friendly music. Photos will be available from University Photo for a small fee, and a box of conversation hearts and a balloon will be handed to each girl at departure.
When: Saturday, January 29, 2017 at 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Register By: January 29, 2017
Cost: $18 per person
Lutheran Church of Hope • 925 Jordan Creek Parkway • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 222-1520
An evening of dancing and fun for dads and daughters, age 3 through grade 6, hosted by Lutheran Church of Hope. The evening’s entertainment includes crafts, treats and beverages. Professional photographers will be on hand for an additional cost.
When: Friday, February 3, 2017 at 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Register By: February 3, 2017
Cost: $5 per person or family max of $20
Senior Recreation Center • 7305 Aurora Avenue • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 278-3963
Fathers and daughters and grandfathers and granddaughters of all ages are all invited to enjoy an evening together. While a D.J. entertains the crowd with great music and fun, a variety of finger foods and desserts will be served during the festivities. Photos will be available at the dance for a small fee. Event fills quickly – please register early!
When: February 4, 2017 at 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Register By: January 30, 2017
Cost: $16 per person
Science Center of Iowa • 401 W Martin Luther King Jr Parkway • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 248-6373
Dads are invited to bring their daughter(s) to Des Moines Park and Recreation’s annual Father Daughter Dance being held at the Science Center of Iowa. This event provides an evening of dancing, refreshments, photo opportunities and exhibits at the Science Center for fathers and their daughter(s). A carnation flower will be given to all daughters and a chocolate fountain station with dipping options will be available for everyone to enjoy.
When: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Register By: Noon on February 3,, 2017
Cost: $10 per person (A ticket must be purchased for each individual attending the event.)
Holiday Inn Downtown • 1050 6th Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50314 • (515) 978-1603
Celebrate with your own little sweetheart(s) and create unforgettable memories. Enjoy dancing, capturing memories, sampling from an appetizers and dessert buffet and getting creative with a craft activity. This is a Valentine’s fundraising event created exclusively for Central Iowa mothers and their children to support Variety- the Children’s Charity.
When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:30 to 4:00 pm or 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Register By: February 11, 2017
Cost: $40 per couple (mother and child); $5 for each additional child
Blank Park Zoo • 7401 Southwest 9th Street •Des Moines, IA • (515) 285-4722
Dance the night away with your favorite Valentine! Bring the whole family to Blank Park Zoo for an evening filled with music, sweet treats, crafts, a fun photo booth and much more. Indoor exhibits will be open until 8:00 pm.
When: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Register By: February 10, 2017
Cost: Member: $12.00 per person; Non-Member: $15.00 per person
Faith Lutheran Church • 10395 University Avenue • Clive, Iowa 50325
Calling all moms, grandmas, and aunts… grab your sons, grandsons, and newphews – young and old – to enjoy an evening of dancing, desserts, and photo booth fun.
When: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Register By: February 17, 2017
Cost: $25 per couple ($5 each additional child)
Prairieview School • 655 SE University Waukee, IA • firstname.lastname@example.org
Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, & father figures are invited to bring their favorite little princesses (ages 2-22) to this memorable fund-raising event to support Waukee’s 2017 After-Prom Party. Blue jeans to tuxedos are welcome. Registration includes: wrist corsage, Hawaiian lei, professional DJ, sweet treats and punch and a fun craft.
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Register By: February 10, 2017
Cost: $25 per couple and $10 for each additional daughter
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