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Events Calendar

A calendar of kid friendly events and activities in the Des Moines area.  


Tot Lot @ Waukee Public Works Building
Mar 20 @ 8:00 am

Wednesday 8:00 to 10:00 am

Romp, stomp and play! We have the setup to meet your children’s activity and social needs this fall and winter.  With toddler toys ranging from blocks to tunnels and moats, there’s no shortgage of action here.  We provide the fun.  Parents provide the supervision in this open gym for toddlers where kids love to play and parents get to socialize with one another.  This is a non-structured activitiy.  Tot Lot will be canceled when Waukee Schools are delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

Tot Lot will be closed 11/12, 12/24 and 2/18 but will be open the week of Spring Break.

Bounce and Play Time Program @ Grimes Community Complex Gym
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:00am – Noon (Bounce House on from 10am-12pm)
Mondays/Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm- Room 203 is only open (no House Bounce)

Going stir-crazy at home? Need a place to get out with the little ones? Well, here’s something for you! The Grimes Park and Recreation Department sponsors a weekly Bounce and Play Time for young children and their parent/guardian at the Grimes Community Complex.

This program provides a place for parents to bring their children to play in a safe and fun environment, and it’s a great way to make new friends! This is not a structured play group, but rather an open space for kids to move around, play games, laugh, have fun and burn off some energy! We provide the space; you provide the fun and supervision! Since this is a new community program, parents are encouraged to bring a toy, game or craft project to share.

PLEASE NOTE: this is not a drop off program; all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Families can go between the Rooms 201, 203, and the gym. All Ages in the Gym, Ages 10 and under recommended only for Room 203 with the Little Tykes equipment.

Imagination Playschool @ Pioneer Columbus Community Center
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fees: Cost is $1.50 daily for 1 yrs. and older to attend “New Season” & Imagination Playschool

Ages: Children 7 and under

Looking to inspire your little ones imagination and get them moving? Join us at Pioneer Columbus Community Center for the “Imagination Playschool”.

Imagination Playschool allows kids 7 and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses, tumbling mats, and gymnastics.

We also have a bounce house on the LAST Friday of the month only, with 10 paying children present.


Open Play Time @ Backyard Adventures of Iowa
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am

Open Play Time is Monday thru Friday 9am to 3pm.

Weekdays are for Open Play Time, so come play in our indoor Showroom where the weather is always perfect. Bring your friends for a play date or just come to enjoy the fun and meet some new friends.

For more information visit

Sorry, even though we receive many requests, we have NO OPEN PLAY TIME ON WEEKENDS.

Drop-in Family Storytime @ West Des Moines Public Library
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am

Lights, camera, action! Our stories, songs, felt boards, and rhymes set the stage for children to become successful readers.

For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.

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!

Lunch Bunch 1 @ Triad Gymnastics
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am

This is a drop-in program, we’d love to have you stop in to visit us during one of these time so you can see all that Triad has to offer.

9:30-11:30am & 11:30-1:30pm

Ages 3-8 (must be potty trained)
Bring a sack lunch or snack and join us for loads of fun! This is a great transition for kids preparing to attend school.  They will play in the gym and take a break for snack/lunch.

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.

Indoor Playground @ Valley Junction Activity Center
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Need to get out of the house and let that toddler run off some steam? We’ve created an indoor playground that can help get the job done. Toys, slides, and riding toys will challenge your child for a day of fun! Parents are required to stay and supervise their children.
*No Indoor Playground when WDM Schools cancel classes.

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.


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

Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs and rhymes, followed by a simple craft. For children who can sit for longer stories to develop school readiness. All storytime attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited for the safety of the children.

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 Open Studio @ Five Monkeys Inc.
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

During spring break I will be expanding hours to accommodate more creators!! The shelves are FULL of projects of all sizes and cost. I can’t wait to see what all of you make!!
The evenings the studio is open until 9pm projects need to be started by 730pm.

I will have a special project available for a flat fee over spring break as well. I’ll announce that shortly!

Studio time is 2 hours
Studio fee is $6

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.

Toddler Time @ Waukee Public Library
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

Enjoy 20 minutes of short stories, songs and lots of movement, followed by playtime to build early literacy skills. Recommended for 18 mo.-3 year olds. All storytime attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited for the safety of the children.

Toddler Time @ Sky Zone Des Moines
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids.


$9 (Age: 5 & under. Includes guardian admission)

Drop-in Family Storytime @ West Des Moines Public Library
Mar 20 @ 10:30 am

Build a lifetime love of books and reading. Join us as we share stories, songs, and interactive rhymes with an early literacy focus. For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.

Open Play @ Rainbow Play Systems of Iowa
Mar 20 @ 10:30 am

There are no limits to the grins and giggles at our play room. That’s because your kids are invited to jump, climb, swing, and play in our indoor showroom for just $10 per child for two hours of fun.

If you’re a frequent visitor, be sure to ask about punch cards that let you earn a discounted rate for future visits. Follow us on Facebook for other special offers or changes to open play times and dates.

Open Play Hours

Monday – Friday
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.



Events considered for inclusion onto the on-line calendar include those at local venues, including free and low-cost events, as well as special events that may require paid admission.  Events are posted to the online calendar in a timely manner throughout the month.  To receive our weekly events e-newsletter, sign up at the top of the page.

While all submissions are considered, inclusion is based on event relevance. Events occurring outside of Central Iowa or events primarily geared toward adults will not be listed.

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