September 2019: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List

September 2019: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List

Summer is wrapping up, the weather is starting to cool down, and, let’s face it, most kids are bummed that they’re back in school. So why not make the transition to fall a bit easier by scheduling some fun, family events? September weekends are the perfect time to take advantage of the many happenings around Des Moines!

Find more fun things to do in our continually updated Event Calendar. And, be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter,  so you can get our weekend event picks delivered directly to your inbox.

Here are 10 of our top picks of fun things to do with kids in Des Moines this September: 

September 2, 2019

Give summer one last hurrah on Labor Day! Find a number of ways to celebrate in our article 2019 Labor Day Weekend Fun for Des Moines Families.

September 7, 2019

Celebrate the Pappajohn Sculpture Park’s 10th Anniversary!  Hosted by the Des Moines Art Center this FREE event will feature food trucks, guided tours of the park, light refreshments and a kid zone full of fun activities.

September 8, 2019

Show papa and nana a little love on National Grandparents Day!  We’ve even helped you out with a few ideas in our 5 Great Gift Ideas to Celebrate Grandparents Day in Des Moines article.

September 14, 2019

The CyHawk football game will take place at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames this year. If you’re headed there for the game visit Your Kid Friendly Guide to Jack Trice Stadium and be sure to check out our 7 Tips 4 Tailgating With Kids.   We also have some fun FREE party printables to take your tailgate or party at home up a notch!  

It’s that time of year again, when the monarch butterflies are heading south for the winter. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will be celebrating this incredible migration with a special event called Monarch Madness. During this event, participants will help Refuge staff catch, tag, and release monarch butterflies. 

September 2019: Des Moines Kid n’ Play List –

September 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, 2019

Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad and invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2019”.

September 23, 2019

Join Polk County Conservation for a Fall Equinox Hike.  You’ll learn about the fall equinox and enjoy a walk around the pond and through the woodland at historic Fort Des Moines Park. 

September 27, 2019

DreamWorks does it again! This sweet movie will follow a group of kids as they try to help an ill-fated Abominable Snowman. “Abominable”, takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of a modern Chinese city to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.  See it in Des Moines theaters this month.

September 28, 2019

The Foundation for Children & Families of Iowa invites princesses, princes, and their chaperones to join them for a fun-filled morning during their Princess Party.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with princesses, enjoy breakfast provided by Panera Bread, participate in various games and activities, bid on silent auction items, and much more.

September 28-29, 2019

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by bringing the entire family out for a fun weekend discovering new and exciting ways to enjoy Iowa’s outdoors at the Iowa Outdoor Expo for Kids and Families.  Hosted by Iowa DNR there will be over 50 FREE hands-on activities and daily family presentations.



Where will your family kid n’ play this September in Des Moines?  Share the love and let us know!

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