Just because the kids are back in school doesn’t mean all of the fun has to come to a screeching halt. September brings with it fall festivals, apple picking, football games, and many other fun outings. Our Event Calendar is a wonderful resource full of fun events happening all over Des Moines. Many of our picks are FREE or inexpensive. Have fun planning!
Here are 10 of our top picks of fun things to do with kids in Des Moines this September:
September 3, 2018
Give summer one last hurrah on Labor Day! Find a number of ways to celebrate in our article 2018 Edition: Family Friendly Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend in Des Moines.
September 8, 2018
The CyHawk football game will take place at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City this year. If you’re headed there for the game visit Your Kid Friendly Guide to Kinnick Stadium and be sure to check out our 7 Tips 4 Tailgating With Kids.
September 14-16, 2018
Savor the experience at the World Food & Music Festival in Western Gateway Park. Enjoy international cuisine, live music and performing arts, cooking demonstrations, wine and craft beers and much more. Find more info. about the fest here.
September 16, 2018
The Blank Park Zoo’s Monarch Butterfly Festival will highlight the miraculous migration of the monarch butterfly and will offer everything from traditional Mexican dancing, monarch tagging, a bug parade and crafts and activities for the whole family.
See the The Okee Dokee Brothers at Fam Jam a FREE kid friendly concert held in Cowles Commons. In addition, there will be arts and crafts stations, bounce houses and food trucks. Check out the details here.
September 19, 2018
The NHL Preseason Game between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues will be the first NHL game at Wells Fargo Arena in its history! Fans who purchase an Iowa Wild season ticket plan will receive FREE tickets to the NHL preseason game.
September 21, 2018
Experience the Science Center of Iowa after hours! Explore exhibits, see live science demonstrations and participate in hands-on challenges. When it’s time to snooze, roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of SCI during Sleep Like a Brick.
September 22, 2018
Join Dallas County Conservation to observe the Fall Equinox sunrise on the astronomical clock at Hanging Rock. Learn about the clock, its history and pause to consider the celestial waltz of the seasons.
Celebrate the arrival of Fall in the 1875 town of Walnut Hill during Living History Farm’s annual Applefest! Try your hand at stirring the copper kettle of apple butter, take your turn cranking the cider press, and try some tasty apple fritters. Family fun also includes apple bowling, cooking demonstrations, bobbing for apples, and assisting historic interpreters as they plan for the winter ahead
September 28 – October 7, 2018
Luminarium – Albesila, an inflatable walk-in sculpture that is half the size of a football field, will make it’s way to Cowles Commons. It’s a phenomenon of light, color and sound. Evoking a sense of wonder for people of all ages, the Luminarium offers a dazzling maze of winding paths and cavernous domes where visitors are invited to wander, lie down, or sit and enjoy the ambience.
Where will your family kid n’ play this September in Des Moines? Share the love and let us know!