Tuesdays with Tinkergarten: Free Virtual Class
Mar 31 @ 11:30 am

Join us in our virtual classroom each week for a Tinkergarten class led by Founder, Meghan Fitzgerald. You can join from your backyard, fire escape, living room, or any safe spot where you can find space!

Visit our Facebook page each Tuesday at 11:30AM ET and tune into our Facebook Live to be part of our virtual community. Classes will last roughly 20 minutes and all you’ll need is what you already have on hand.

This week’s activity is called “Not a Sheet” so be sure to bring you own sheet or pillowcase.

Drawing Lessons with Wendy Macnaughton
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm

Drawing lessons with Wendy Macnaughton (NYT bestselling illustrator)

(Instagram Live @wendymac)

Brightly Storytime
Mar 31 @ 1:00 pm

A 5-10, picture book read aloud.

Draw Every Day
Mar 31 @ 1:00 pm

Daily, live art lessons from author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. New York Times bestselling-author of Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, Jedi Academy, and Hey, Kiddo.


Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Mar 31 @ 1:00 pm

n an effort to connect students with art education and to help offer up a sense of schedule, I will be running free webcasts every weekday at 2 pm ET. I will be live at to offer a daily lesson. Webcasts will also be archived on YouTube for later viewing. Initially planning for this to last three weeks but will continue to run them as long as is needed and I am able to.

Your kids might know me from picture books like Punk Farm, my Lunch Lady graphic novels, or my young adult graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo. These webcasts will be appropriate for all ages. We will learn how they run as we go, but I am imagining they will run about 15 minutes or so.

— Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Author Mac Barnett Reads One of His Picture Books
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm

Author Mac Barnett Reads One of His Picture Books on Instagram – (Instagram Live @MacBarnett)

Jeff Norton Reads a Chapter of His Novel Alienated 
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm

Jeff Norton reads a chapter (5–10 min.) of his sci-fi adventure novel Alienated

(YouTube @Jeff Norton)

Fish Feedings @ Bass Pro Shops
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm

Join us every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 3 p.m. as we feed the fish in our Main Aquarium!

Do you have a youngster who would like to help us feed the fish?  Call the store at 515-957-5500 to make reserve a spot for one of our fish feedings days!

Open Swim @ Urbandale Public Pool
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm

General Information & Hours

Times may vary due to holidays and/or special events.

Current Hours

Public Recreational Swimming:
Monday – Thursday: 7PM – 8:30PM
Saturday & Sunday: 1PM – 4PM

Special Events and Holiday Closings

  • Nov. 23   Winter Carnival. 1-4 PM
  • Nov. 28   Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 24 – 25   Closed for Christmas
  • Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30   Winter Break Open Swim. 1-4 PM
  • Dec. 31 – Jan. 1   Closed for New Year’s Eve and Day
  • Jan. 2-3   Winter Break Open Swim. 1-4 PM
  • Jan. 2     Fitness challenge begins for patrons.  Win prizes!
  • Jan. 25    Try Scuba 5-7 PM or 7-9 PM. $8 per person
  • Feb. 3     Fitness challenge ends for patrons
  • Feb. 8    Indoor Kayak Class 6-8PM
  • Feb. 14    Closes at 1:00 PM due to UHS Show Choir Invitational
  • Feb. 15    Closed due to UHS Show Choir Invitational
  • Feb. 22    Battle of the Snow Boat Races 1-4 PM.  Come race in the pool on snowman boats using snow shovel paddles
  • Feb. 26 & 27    No senior exercise or senior lap swim from 11 AM to noon
  • Mar. 4 & 5    No senior exercise or senior lap swim from 11 AM to noon
  • Mar. 13 & 14    Josh the Baby Otter Water Safety Program at the
    Urbandale Library, 10-10:30 AM, FREE
  • Mar. 16-20    Additional hours for Open Swim 1-4 PM (Spring Break)
  • Mar. 18    Carnival 1-4 PM and 7-8:30 PM ; Cost: $6 per person; $1 for annual pass holders. No group rates available this day
  • April 1    April Pool’s Day.  Come join us for the jokes and party 7-8:30 PM.
  • Apr. 11    Egg Dive during Open Swim; $6 per person; $1 for annual pass holders.  No group rates available this day
  • Apr. 12    Closed for Easter
  • May 9      Human Ball Day 1-4 PM
  • May 16    Closed for Staff Training
  • May 25    Closed for Memorial Day
  • May 30    Closed for Staff Training
Iowa PBS Virtual Learning Camp
Apr 1 @ 7:00 am

Join families from across Iowa as we keep our skills sharp through a guided online learning camp with weekly challenges and educational apps from PBS KIDS and Iowa PBS Education!

This guided camp is ideal for little ones 5-8 to spend a little time each week practicing their literacy and math skills. Learn more >>>

Altoona Bear Hunt @ City of Altoona
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am

We are hearing reports of dozens of bear sightings across the city! 🐻 Don’t worry, they’re stuffed animals, so there is no need to call Altoona Police! Below are some bear sightings neighbors have told us about! Share pictures of your bear hunt with us!

Altoona Public Library + Creativebug Online Video Classes
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am

Log in any time!!! has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

You will need to enter your Altoona Public library card number and PIN to log in to

At Home With the Y
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am

Although our facilities are temporarily closed to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, our mission work goes on. We have created a page for resources, workouts and activities for you and your family such as:
– Curated PDF workouts
– Workout videos (YMCA & Les Mills classes)
– Mental health resources
– Mindfulness & Meditation resources
– Youth education videos courtesy of Des Moines Y Camp
– Live Yers and Preschool activities & curriculum
– Youth fitness ideas

We’re doing what we can to help you and your family stay healthy in mind, spirit and body and hope you feel #AtHomeWithTheY. Join us:

Beaverdale Bear Hunt @ Beaverdale Neighborhood
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am

Go on a Teddy Bear Hunt in Beaverdale!

Look for teddy bear in windows, fences, by the front door as you’re walking through the Beaverdale neighborhood.


Des Moines Art Center Virtual Tours
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am

The Des Moines Art Center launched virtual tours of their permanent collections and special exhibitions in March 2020. The tours allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum, walking through the galleries.

Princess Pen Pal Program
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am

Homeschooling your little royals for the next few weeks? The princesses are all cooped up in their castles and are looking for PRINCESS PEN PALS! Just send a letter to our castle (Address below) and get a reply in about a week. Have questions? Write them in the comment section below and we will get those answered!! This service is free of charge and we look forward to connecting with you all soon!

(**Don’t forget to send a self addressed stamped envelope as well!)

Spring into Reading
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am

Looking to keep your kids reading over the next few weeks? Or already reading, and looking for a fun way to track those minutes?

Check out our Spring Reading Challenge at

If you have completed Summer Reading, Winter Reading, or 1000 Books before Kindergarten at Grimes Public Library, you already have a Beanstack account.

Message us on facebook or at if you need help with your login!

Spring into Reading
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am

Starting March 20, join us for an online Spring into Reading Challenge! Log your reading minutes and complete some fun activities to earn an entry into a raffle for a gift card to a local business. For all ages! To register, visit this website or use your Beanstack Tracker App (iOS/Android). If you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below or email Enjoy, and stay safe. Let us know what you are reading these days.

Spring Sideout
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am

If you and your family are out walking/driving in Grimes,  Grimes Parks and Recreation would love to give you a small challenge and see if you can find the 7 hidden signs which have been placed in  selected GRIMES parks.

If you spot the sign go ahead and take a family photo or a selfie with the sign and see how many you can locate. Be sure once your venture is complete to tag them in your photos on social media (Facebook or Instagram) so they can see how many you found. If you collect photos with all 7 signs your name will be entered into a drawing for the Grand Prize.

Locations and maps will change each week.

⚠️We are encouraging you to follow all CDC recommendations and continue to social distance yourself.⚠️

Storyline Online
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am

Access any time!

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.