Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – April 2018 -

Kid n’ Play in Des Moines – April 2018

Spring festivities are kicking into high gear, so get your calendars ready! We’ve rounded up the best things to do in Des Moines with kids in April. If you’re looking for a few more indoor activities (because Iowa weather is very unpredictable in April), there are a number of exciting family friendly theater performances this spring and we also put together a list of 25 Rainy Day Boredom Busters.

For more outing ideas, peruse our Events Calendar and Spring Fun Guide.

Here’s where to Kid n’ Play this April in Des Moines:

April 2nd

International Children’s Book Day encourages reading and promotes the love of books for children.  Celebrate the day by visiting a local library story time or pick up a new bedtime reading favorite at a local bookstore.

April 5th

Play ball!  It’s the Iowa Cubs home opener with a five-game series against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Visit the ICubs website for ticket and schedule info.

April 6th

Prepare for cuteness overload! The IMAX® original film “Pandas,” opens at the Science Center of Iowa. A breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family.

April 7th

Enjoy all things coffee and donuts at the Coffee & Donut Festival! The sweetest festival where all the fried, sugary dough perfections meet the smoothly roasted brews. Kids activities include donut coloring, face painting, a donut toss and much more.  Find additional info. and purchase tickets here.

Start whistling Sweet Georgia Brown the Harlem Globetrotters are back in town.  Catch the razzle-dazzle at Wells Fargo Arena at 2:00 pm.  For details and to purchase tickets visit

April 10th

Encourage a little bonding time and plan a few fun activities with your kiddos in honor of National Sibling Day.  If you need a little inspiration we’ve got 50+ FREE or Cheap Things to Do with Kids This Spring in Des Moines.

April 22nd

In honor of Earth Day, your family can help-out with local spring clean-ups.  Check out our list of Earth Day and Arbor Day inspired events happening this month throughout the Des Moines metro.

April 25th

The Drake Relays race back in to town this month.  Catch all the track and field action April 25-28, 2018 at Drake Stadium.  Check out Drake’s website for details and to purchase tickets OR participate yourself and run The Grand Blue Mile as a family on April 24th.

April 28th

The Market Day Spring Handmade Show will be bringing the very best handmade and vintage vendors to open their 10th season. Market Day is FREE to attend and fun to be at.

Today is International Astronomy Day and is the perfect opportunity for families to stop and take a minute to look up at the night sky.  A few places where you can get a closer look at the stars in Des Moines are Drake Municipal Observatory, Ashton Observatory and at local Star Parties.



How will your family Kid’n Play this April in Des Moines?  We’d love to hear!

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