Did you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a perpetual state of June?!?
Think about it: In what other month in Des Moines are the flowers blooming quite so brightly; is the sky a more colorful blue; are the temperatures quite so, temperate? (well, maybe not this year?) June is a month of transition—from spring to summer, from the end of the school year to the beginning of vacation time. But it’s also a month of remarkable possibilities, 30 days to celebrate all we love about life in our little corner of the world.
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Here’s where to Kid n’ Play this June in Des Moines:
David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Jessica Jones”), Elijah Wood (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy,”The Hobbit”) and Winston Duke (“Black Panther”, “Avengers: Infinity War”) headline the list of celebrities at Des Moines’ largest pop culture event of the year – Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines. Enjoy comic book talk, live entertainment and workshops, gaming and more. Find a complete event listing here.
One fish, two fish…participate in one of many FREE Fishing Weekend events and activities happening throughout the Des Moines Metro. We have a complete list of events here. FREE
June 7th – 10th
Celebrate the diversity of Des Moines families during 2018 Pride Fest. Enjoy a speaker series, all ages Silent Disco, Pet Parade and the annual Pride Parade in the East Village. Find a full schedule of events here. FREE.
Catch a FREE ride on a vintage carousel during the Heritage Carousel’s 20th Birthday Celebration. They will be celebrating with FREE food (hot dogs, pretzels, cotton candy, cake, and more!); face painting, balloon animals, a magician, car show, raffle drawings and more! Find all the details on their 20th Celebration web page. FREE
Celebrate with a slice at Pizza Fest in The District! an entire festival dedicated to showcasing pizza in Ankeny! Presenting sponsor, Fong’s Pizza, will provide trademark fongolian favorites. Plus, many local pizzerias from across Ankeny and the Des Moines Metro will participate in the “Best of the Fest” contest. Find activities happening throughout the fest, including a Kids Zone on their Facebook Event Page. FREE
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2”, but this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. Visit the official move website here.
June 16th & 19th
Celebrate Father’s Day with a host of activities across the Des Moines Metro. To help you out we’ve rounded up 10+ things dads would love to do on Father’s Day in Des Moines. Several FREE events are listed.
Celebrate the summer solstice by hiking Engeldinger Marsh, one of the highest locations in Polk County. End the longest day of sunlight by watching the sunset and learning about a few plants and animals from a Polk County Naturalist on your hike. FREE.
Get outdoors and active during the Great American Campout presented by West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. This is a special evening full of fun, camp tunes, a night hike, and the adventure of camping. Registration not required, find additional info. here. FREE
Where will your family kid n’ play in June? Let us know!