As parents, we love our kids year-round, but there’s something about the month of February, with its red hearts and love is all around vibe, that encourages us to show it. A fun Valentine tradition for many families is attending a “daddy/daughter” or “mother/son” sweetheart dance. It’s a wonderful way to show your favorite boy or girl just how much they’re loved and enjoy a little one-on-one time. Check out these 12+ family sweetheart dances you and your little valentine will love.
2018 Valentine Dances in Des Moines
Southeast Polk Junior High School • 8325 Northeast University Avenue • Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
The Clay Elementary PTA has a Tropical Paradise planned for their annual Father Daughter Dance. Young ladies in Pre-K through 6th grade and their father or caregiver in the Southeast Polk School District will be swept away for a night of fun. “Tropical Paradise” features a DJ, raffle, refreshments, professional photographer, selfie stations, coat check, and more.
When: Saturday, January 13 at 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Register By: On-line January 11th. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Cost: 3 ticket packages ($15, $25, or $35). Tickets at the door are $20 CASH ONLY.
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 26 at 6:30-8:30 pm
Saturday, January 27 at 6:30-8:30 pm
Friday, February 2 at 6:30-8:30 pm
Saturday, February 3 at 3:00-5:00 pm OR 6:30-8:30 pm
Register By: January 22, 2018
Cost: $35 per couple and $20 for each additional daughter (must register in person to receive this discount.)
Christ the King Parish Hall • 5711 SW 9th Street • Des Moines, IA 50315
You are invited to celebrate Christ the King Parish’s 5th Annual Father-Daughter Dance! Have fun and dance the night away in a magical “Under the Sea Enchantment Ball” that she will never forget! There will be a DJ, photo booth, dinner, dessert and refreshments. There will also be special guest appearances by The Little Mermaid and Moana provided by Little Princess Parties.
When: Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Cost: $30 per young lady and escort, $10 per additional young lady OR escort
West Des Moines Sheraton • University Ave & 50th Street • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 222-3444
Join West Des Moines Parks and Recreation for their annual community event that provides a unique opportunity for fathers, or father figures, and their daughters to spend an evening together. This event held at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel, provides an added touch of elegance. A child-friendly, light Italian meal will be served buffet style along with a variety of desserts during the festivities. A video DJ, Thunder and Lightning, will WOW the crowd with two huge video screens and family-friendly music. Photos will be available from University Photo for a small additional fee, and a box of conversation hearts will be handed out to each girl at departure.
When: Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Cost: $18 per person
Buxton Room • 2204 W 2nd Avene • Indianola, IA 50125 • (515) 961-9420
All individuals with special needs and their families, chaperones, respite providers or SCL workers are invited to attend this fun evening filled with great music, dancing and refreshments hosted by Indianola Parks and Recreation.
When: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $3 per person at the door
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 3, 2018 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Register By: Noon on February 3, 2018
Cost: $10 per person (A ticket must be purchased for each individual attending the event.)
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 9, 2018 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Cost: Member: $12.00 per person Member; $15.00 per person Non-Member
Lutheran Church of Hope • Ankeny • West Des Moines • Waukee
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: West Des Moines Location: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Ankeny Location: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Waukee Location: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Cost: $5 per person or family max of $20
Blake Fieldhouse at Indianola Middle School • 403 S. 15th Street • Indianola, IA 50125
Calling all Dads and Daughters (ages 5-12), Grandpas and Granddaughters, Uncles and Nieces, or family friends for the date night event of the year! Join Indianola Park and Recreation’s DJ for a night that includes dinner, dancing, and FUN. Each girl will receive a corsage, plus a professional photographer will be on hand to capture all those special moments! Dinner Menu for Dads: Glazed Iowa pork chop, sides and dessert. Dinner Menu for Daughters: Chicken tenders, mac & cheese, sides & dessert. Pre-registration required for each person attending the event. Proceeds from this event benefit the Indianola Hope Foundation!
When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Register By: February 2, 2018 or when full
Cost: $20/adult, $15/child includes dinner
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: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Register By: February 9, 2018
Cost: $16 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 superhero themed fun. There will be dancing, games, desserts, and photo booth fun.
When: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Cost: $30 per couple ($5 each additional child)
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 17, 2018 at 1:30 or 6:00 pm
Register By: February 16, 2018. (Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door.)
Cost: Mom + 1 Child: $35.00; Additional Child: $10.00; Mom + 3 Children: $50.00
Prairieview School • 655 SE University Waukee, IA
Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, & father figures are invited to bring their favorite little princesses to this memorable fund-raising event to support Waukee’s 2018 After-Prom Party. Blue jeans to tuxedos are welcome. Registration includes: wrist corsage, professional DJ, sweet treats and punch and a fun craft.
When: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Register By: February 10, 2018
Cost: $30 per couple and $10 for each additional daughter
DCG High School • 2555 W 1st Street • Grimes, Iowa 50111
The DCG After Prom Committee will host a Beauty and the Beast themed Father/Daughter Dance. Girls in grades Pre-K through 5th grade are invited along with their dads, step-dads, uncles, grandpas or brothers.
When: Saturday, February 24 at 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Cost: Not posted
Is attending a sweetheart dance one of your family’s Valentine traditions? Let us know!