October 2018: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List - dsm4kids.com

October 2018: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List

Get your calendars ready: Here are the top 11 things to do with kids in Des Moines this October. Halloween may generate the hoopla, but there are plenty of other must-do activities this month. The fall culture season kicks into high gear with amazing events and many seasonal favorites also take place in October, including visits to pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

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Here are 11 of our top picks of fun things to do with kids in Des Moines this October: 

October 3rd

Step it up Iowa, it’s the Healthiest State Annual Walk. Search for a walk near you here. The Annual Walk also serves as a kick-off to Healthiest State Month, happening throughout October, encouraging Iowans to “Live 5-2-1-0” and reminding them that “Healthy Choices Count!” Learn more about 5-2-1-0 and how to participate in Healthiest State Month.

October 5th

Ice, ice, baby – the puck drops on hockey season in Des Moines.  The Wild hosts the Manitoba Moose at the Well and the Buccaneers host the Waterloo Blackhawks at Buccaneer Arena.

October 6th

Polk County Conservation is hosting a Cache Bash Championship.  This event is for novice and diehard geocachers who are looking for a challenge. Search for 15 geocaches hidden in Jester Park at this special FREE event. Find at least 10 out of the 15 geocaches and you’ll earn a geocoin!

October 7th

See an NBA pre-season game in Ames!  The Minnesota Timberwolves will host a 2018-19 preseason game at Hilton Coliseum. The Wolves will play host to the Milwaukee Bucks.

October 8th

Along with Columbus Day comes the first long weekend of fall! And in some cases, a day off from work and school. Here’s a roundup of our favorite ways to enjoy some family fun and keep the kiddos busy “no-school” days.

October 10th

“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere!” That’s the theme for Fire Prevention Week. Join the Ankeny Fire Department at Fire Station No. 1 for a fun filled night at their Fire Prevention Week Open House.

October 14th

Fall Frenzy, a celebration of the season will be held at the Giovannetti Community Shelter in Walker Johnston Park in Urbandale.  Bring your family for a day of FREE Fall Fun! There will be outdoor games, crafts, live critters and more.

October 17th– 21st

Cirque du Soleil is coming to Wells Fargo Arena with a brand-new arena creation. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL, explores the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s 34-year history. This unique production pushes boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination.

October 20th

A great way to use those Halloween costumes more than once, attend Children and Families of Iowa’s Princess Party at Jordan Creek. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with princesses, enjoy breakfast provided by Panera Bread, participate in various games and activities and much more.

October 21st

The Des Moines Marathon runs into town.  Kids can participate in the Junior Jog at Principal Park on Saturday, October 20.  The Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog features family-friendly events taking place in the baseball themed atmosphere. Details about registration and event schedules can be found on Des Moines Marathon’s website.

October 31st

Happy Halloween! on October 31st.  If your kids are looking for a few jokes or need a little inspiration for trick or treating check out our article:  Knock-Knock. Who’s there? 20 Beggar’s Night Jokes 4 Kids in Des Moines. Also, check out our Halloween Fun Guide on the website.


Want more fall events? Check out our Fall Fun Guide.

Where will your family kid n’ play in Des Moines this October?  Let us know!

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