March brings tons of family fun to Des Moines. Between Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter Egg Hunts and the warmer weather of the season, there are endless ways to get out and about this month. We’ve rounded up some of the top events happening for you and your family. Still looking for more family fun? Check out our handy Calendar and our Spring Fun Guide.
10+ things to do with kids this March in Des Moines:
Don’t miss the 61st Annual NAIA Wrestling National Championships. Des Moines will be hosting the individuals and teams shooting to be at the top of their bracket March 2-3, 2018. Visit naia.org for the schedule and additional information.
Read Across America Day is a day to celebrate reading and it takes place on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Find a list of events on the blog at 7+ Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day in Des Moines.
Mother and Son Fun: Adrenaline Rush hosted by Des Moines Parks and Recreation will be a highly charged event. Enjoy live animals from the Blank Park Zoo, a video game truck, compete a “Ninja Warrior” style obstacle course, enjoy a live magician, get your face painted, meet members of the Des Moines Police and Fire Departments, tour the Des Moines Boxing Club workout room and test your sports skills with local sports teams. When you run out of fuel get some pizza and a drink to be ready for more action. Register by March 2nd.
In anticipation of Hollywood’s 90th annual red-carpet event later the same day, the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble brings you a concert of “Award Winning Movies”. You’ll hear popular themes from past winning or nominated movies such as: E.T., Mary Poppins, Titanic, The Wizard of Oz, James Bond films, to name a few. This FREE family friendly event will be held in the historic and beautiful Scottish Rite Consistory Auditorium.
Daylight Savings Time officially begins at 2:00 am, so be sure to set clocks ahead. Less sleep is a bit of a bummer but more sunshine totally rocks!
It’s Spring Break week, March 12-16, 2018. If you’re looking for a fun day trip, you might want to check out the Kaleidoscope Factory, in Pocahontas. Visitors are always welcome during regular hours Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. But, just to be on the safe side check their Facebook page or send them an email to make sure they will be open.
It’s finally Spring! Take some time to celebrate the Spring Equinox and the new life that surrounds you in nature. Watch the sunrise and/or sunset, go for a walk in the park, take a bike ride, or lay in the grass.
Season 2 of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will be released today. Based on the book series by Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” follows three orphans who are forced to live with their evil guardian Olaf after their parents’ deaths.
The much beloved fairy-tale, Cinderella, will be brought to life through the magic of dance by Ballet Des Moines at the Des Moines Civic Center. Live music will be performed by the Des Moines Community Orchestra. The production will feature Ballet Des Moines’ professional and pre-professional dancers, in addition to hundreds of local student dancers. There will be two performances of Cinderella at 1:00 and 6:30 pm.
All Month Long
Turn the City into your own gallery for Youth Art Month. Art Route Des Moines unites 87 pieces of public art with an access path via artful city sidewalks and intersections. Think, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” where the sidewalk is painted with circles and chevrons leading to world-renowned sculptures, murals and architecture — FREE for all to enjoy. The Downtown Des Moines painted trail spans 6 miles long and includes six vibrantly painted intersections for a total of 14 crosswalks.
How will your family kid’n play this March in Des Moines? We’d love to hear!