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Des Moines Marathon @ Court Avenue - Start & Finish
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am

Crowd support is huge, but being a good spectator takes preparation and work. If you’re planning on watching on race day, follow these tips can be an asset.

Know When to Watch

Saturday

5-Mile Run 8:00 am at Principal Park. Course highlights include the Meredith Trail, Gray’s Lake Park and great views of the Des Moines skyline from along the Raccoon River.

1-Mile Walk 8:00 am at Principal Park. Course highlights include the Meredith Trail, Jackson Street Bridge and great views of the Des Moines skyline from along the Raccoon River.

Kids Run 9:30 a.m at Principal Park. Various distances are offered following the completion of the 5-Mile Run. Additional activities provided by Hy-Vee KidsFit.

Sunday

Marathon 8:00 am on Court Avenue. Finishers will begin to cross the finish line as early 10:00 am. The bulk of the runners and some of the walkers are expected to finish before 1:00 pm. The course is open for 7 hours.

Half Marathon 8:00 am on Court Avenue. Finishers will begin to cross the finish line as early 9:15 am. The bulk of the  runners and some of the walkers are expected to finish before noon. The course is open for 7 hours.

Marathon Relay 8:00 am on Court Avenue. This is a fun race to watch as the 1st team member runs the first 4 miles of the marathon course, the 2nd member runs the next 6 miles, the 3rd member runs 4.5 miles, followed by the 4th member of the team who runs a 5.5 mile leg. The last member of the team runs the final 6 miles of the race, with all team members able to join together for the final .2 miles. Look for relay teams to cross the finish line at various times throughout the day.

5K 8:30 am on Court Avenue. Look for the first runners to break the finish line tape as early as 8:45 am, with the bulk of finishers in by 9:00 am.

Know Where to Watch

Principal Park A great location to watch all of the events on Saturday, as well as the first miles and final mile of their races on Sunday… where support is needed most!

Drake University Home of the Drake Relays and the blue oval. Marathon route at Mile 12. Drake Stadium is open to spectators. Great place to see the athletes on campus stoic with running history.

Water Works Park
 Solace and green space in the middle of the city. The best way to arrive at Water Works Park is via 63rd Street, to Park Avenue, to Valley Drive/George Flagg Parkway or Thomas Beck Road, to SW 30th, to Water Works Park. Plenty of parking is available just outside the entrance to the park at SW 30th.

Fleur Drive will be closed between Ingersoll Avenue and George Flagg Parkway from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on race day.

Gray’s Lake Park 
A true gem in Des Moines. Park in the southwestern parking lot of Gray’s Lake Park, accessible from Fleur Drive and George Flagg Parkway, or from Thomas Beck Road.

Fleur Drive will be closed between Ingersoll Avenue and George Flagg Parkway from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on race day.

W MLK JR PKWY
 & 3rd Street Stunning views of the downtown skyline. A long straight away before the end of the race.

Court Avenue Marathon Brewing Company 26.2 Brew beer specials will be available for sale at the 26.2 Brew Block Party.

Toddler Time @ Get Air Des Moines
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am

Toddlers (jumpers 46″ and under) are invited to bring their parent(s) for a fun filled two hours of jump time just for our “Little Air” guests. Toddler jumpers are allowed full use of the entire trampoline park at the amazing price of Buy One Hour, Get a Second Hour Free!

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday morning (see park for details).

Pumpkin Fest @ Center Grove Orchard
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am

An entire weekend dedicated to all things pumpkin! Come indulge in sweet and savory items from the Country Store, pick the perfect pumpkin in our Pumpkin Patch, and see our Pumpkin Princess!

Great Iowa Pet Expo @ Iowa State Fairgrounds
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am

If you own or just love animals & pets, the Great Iowa Pet Expo is for you! It’s a great Event for family entertainment, and with the larget pet-related trade show in the state, it’s a must for your holiday shopping list! Plus, you can bring your pets!

** Cash only accepted at the door **

Baby & Me Sensory Storytime! @ Barnes & Noble - Jordan Creek Town Center
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am

Join us every Sunday at 11 AM for an interactive story time for 0-24 months! Our children’s bookseller will lead parents using music, books, and simple sensory activities to teach baby about the world around them. Our Events are always fun and free. Ask a bookseller for more details.

Baby & Me Storytime @ Barnes & Noble - The Shoppes at Three Fountains
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am

Baby & Me Storytime continues for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join us as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. Plus, get a free Starbucks tall, hot or iced coffee (Café stores only).

Early Bird Special @ Bowlerama Lanes
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am

PLAY EARLY

Arriving early has its perks! Enjoy discounted games every Sunday starting at 11am!

Enjoy:

$1.50 Games of Bowling

$3.00 Shoe Rental

$3.00 Drink Specials

$4.50 Bloody Marys

Sundays from 11am – 1pm. Subject to lane availability.

Apple & Pumpkin Fest @ Wills Family Orchard
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm

Festival Hours

Saturdays: 9 am – 6 pm
Sundays: Noon – 6 pm

September 21 & 22
September 28 & 29
October 5 & 6
October 12 & 13
October 19 & 20
On-farm Store, u-pick apples, u-pick pumpkins, gourds, beautiful mums, apple cider donuts, orchard fresh food, music (specified weekends to be announced), & activities (hay wagon ride, corn maze and play area) are available during Festival weekends.

Our Tips for Planning a Perfect Visit
We thought we’d provide some tips on how to best enjoy the organic apple orchard and pumpkin patch located 20 minutes west of West Des Moines. Follow these suggestions and you’ll have a lovely time at Wills Family Orchard!

  • We accept Visa & Master Card.
  • We have clippers for cutting your pumpkins off the vines & wagons to carry your pumpkins.
  • Please leave all pets at home. It’s not because we don’t love dogs & other pets — we do! — it’s because we’re a working farm and want to ensure the safety of your animals as well as all of our visitors.

Fun Activities
For $7 + tax  (kiddos 2 and under are free!), you’ll be able to take part in all of the fall fun the farm has to offer: a corn maze, hay wagon rides, expanded kids play area (giant corn box, kiddie hay bale maze & duck races), toss games. Plus, our friendly barnyard animals will be there to greet you.  Enjoy tasty homemade goods, and so much more!

Apple picking and pumpkin picking is open during festival weekends!  If you only want to pick apples or pumpkins or visit our store, there is no activity fee. But why stop there when there’s so much to do at Wills Family Orchard!

Homemade Food
Fresh, handmade foods such as apple cider donuts, caramel apples, Queen’s Apple, sliced apple pie, & more.

Art Spectrums: Session I @ Des Moines Art Center
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm

*Registration required.

Art Spectrums is a free program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.

Participants visit and discuss a work of art in the museum for inspiration and then make their own artwork in the studio.

Fall Fun at The Pumpkin Ranch @ The Pumpkin Ranch
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm

Admission prices include all activities offered on the day you attend. Children 2 years old and younger are ALWAYS free. Pumpkins are .49/pound and gourds are $1-$3 each, depending on size.

Here’s what you can expect to find at The Pumpkin Ranch this season.  All of these activities and events are INCLUDED with General Admission. These do NOT cost extra.

  • 10 ACRE CORN MAZE, which includes checkpoints and a fun mystery game that is appropriate for all ages.
  • JUMP PILLOW, it’s a 30′ x 50′ pillow filled with air and its guaranteed to bring out the kid in all of us! This is for our guests who are 42″ and taller.
  • HAY RACK RIDES will take you to the patch to cut your own pumpkins, gourds, and squash.
  • ZIP LINES…for the adventurer in all of us!  We have hanging zip lines for those who are 42″ and taller, and FLOATING SWINGS for our smaller guests.
  • We have 2, 30 FOOT TUNNEL SLIDES.
  • TODDLER TOWN is an area for those who are 5 years old and younger. These guests will find several play houses, small obstacles, and fun farm play.
  • Our OBSTACLE COURSE is Ninja Warrior meets farm and is always a fan favorite!
  • Pools aren’t just for summer!  NEW THIS FALL….our CORN POOL
  • HORSE BACK RIDES (on specific dates only – view events calendar).
  • Family/Group Photography Sessions (on specific dates only – view events calendar)
  • Caricatures (on specific dates only – view events calendar)
  • Magic Show (on specific dates only – view events calendar)
  • Iowa League of Heroes (on specific dates only – view events calendar)
  • Face Painting (on specific dates only – view events calendar)
  • Iowa Wild Hockey Weekend 

Additional Scheduled Activities:

9/28 – 92.5 KJJY Broadcasting and Face Painting

9/29 – FREE Horse Rides and Magician Mikayla Oz

10/5 – Magician Mikayla Oz

10/6 – FREE Horse Rides

10/12 – FREE Family Photos

10/13 – FREE Horse Rides

10/19 – Iowa League of Heroes

10/20 – FREE Horse Rides

10/26 – Caricaturist

10/27 – FREE Horse Rides

Halloween Event! @ Bass Pro Shops
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday, Noon-5pm – 10/19 & 10/20
* Free 4×6 photo in the pumpkin patch with the Peanuts gang – new this year, WOODSTOCK, too!
The first 75 kids to get their photo taken each day will receive a glow-in-the-dark treat bag!
* Free Crafts – WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
* Halloween Ring Toss – win prizes IF you ring a peg!

Saturday & Sunday, Noon-5pm – 10/26 & 10/27
One photo package available to purchase for only $5 (plus tax), includes 1 6×8, 2 4×6, and the digital image.

* Free 4×6 photo in the pumpkin patch with the Peanuts gang – new this year, WOODSTOCK, too!
The first 75 kids to get their photo taken each day will receive a glow-in-the-dark treat bag!
One photo package available to purchase for only $5 (plus tax), includes 1 6×8, 2 4×6, and the digital image.
* Free Crafts – WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
* Halloween ring toss – ring a peg to win a prize!

3:30 – Kids’ Costume Parade and Costume Contest – starts promptly at 3:30! The first 100 to participate receives a glow in the dark wristband or an owl LED light! Top 3 costumes win a prize!

Monthly Family Glow Bowling Party @ Warrior Lanes
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for our monthly Family Bowling Parties! These parties are a blast and feature Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling, Mom-Approved Music, Food, Fun, and of course…..Family!

$59.95 per Lane includes: Bowling (2 hours), Shoe Rental, Large 1 Topping Pizza, & a Pitcher of Soda

Maximum of five bowlers per lane.

Pre-Paid Non-Refundable Reservations are required.

Event check in starts at 11:30am. Bowling starts at Noon and ends at 2pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the glow bowling fun!

Critter Club @ Jester Park Nature Center
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm

Come visit Jester Park Nature Center’s resident turtles, snakes, and salamanders to learn about these misunderstood animals. You may even get to touch a turtle or snake. This is an open house program, so come anytime between 1-2:30. FREE. No registration required.

Disney’s Freaky Friday @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm

OCT 18 – NOV 3, 2019

Performance Times: 7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again.

Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Mean Girls @ Civic Center
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm

Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer TINA FEY (“30 Rock), composer JEFF RICHMOND (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and director CASEY NICHOLAW (The Book of Mormon).

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

New York Magazine cheers, MEAN GIRLS delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”

Night Eyes @ Blank Park Zoo
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm

October 17-20, 24-27

Thursday & Friday: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 – 8:00 PM

Lights, Costumes, Treats! Night Eyes welcomes you to the sweetest Halloween tradition in Central Iowa! This “merry not scary” Halloween event invites guests to enjoy our round-the-zoo treat path, live entertainment, train rides and a unique light show experience!

*Night Eyes admission supports the many programs and opportunities that are brought to our community and ensures quality care for our animal friends.

For more information, please contact events@blankparkzoo.org or 515-974-2523.

Open Swim @ Urbandale Public Pool
Oct 20 @ 1:00 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

Aug. 12-23 – Pool closed for regular annual maintenance. The pool will re-open Saturday, August 24th at Noon.
Sept. 2 – Pool closed for Labor Day
Sep. 8 – Grandparents are free with a paid grandchild (All Day)
Sep. 19 – 20 – Closes at 1 PM for Homecoming
Sep.  21 – Closed for Homecoming
Sep. 22 – Human Ball Day 1-4 PM
Oct. 5 – Closed for High School Band Invitational
Oct. 27 – Pick your pumpkin day! 50 pumpkins will be placed into the pool, swim around and find the pumpkin that you want to take home to decorate. 3:30-4 PM.
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

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm

Set your kid’s creativity free with a new twist on fun at Painting with a Twist in Urbandale. Our professional artists guide children during each painting party to create a finished work of art they can proudly hang at home or give to a loved one!

Age Policy – Kids’ and family classes open to ages 7+; youth classes open to ages 10+; all other classes open to 16+; no toddlers or infants.

Upcoming Parties:

10/6 – Wicked Owlivia (Ages 10+) 1:00 to 3:00 PM

10/9 – Rustic Autumn Scarecrow (Ages 10+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10/15 – Halloween Cat (Ages 10+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10/17 – Copper Feathers (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10/19 – Choose Your House Colors (Ages 10+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

10/20 – Neon Spider (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

10/20 – Fall Glimmer (Ages 12+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

10/26 – Fall Family (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

10/27 – *CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN!* Alien Gang (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/2 – *CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN!* Alien Gang (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/3 – *CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN!* Alien Gang (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/9 – Hey, Turkey (Ages 5+)1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/16 – Reindog (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/16 – *PICK YOUR SNOWMAN!* Let It Snow (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

11/17 – Crazy Reindeer (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/17 – Smiling Is My Favorite! (Ages 10+) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

11/23 – Christmas Stargazing (Ages 10+) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

11/23 – Alpaca the Gifts (Ages 10+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/24 – Neon Christmas Tree (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

11/29 – *MOMMY & ME!* Snowy Unicorn Set (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/29 – Holiday Tree of Light (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

 

Art Spectrums: Session II @ Des Moines Art Center
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm

*Registration required.

Art Spectrums is a free program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.

Participants visit and discuss a work of art in the museum for inspiration and then make their own artwork in the studio.

Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm

Summerset Winery has been hosting live music concerts on Sunday afternoons for the past 20 years. Rain or shine the music goes on. Weather permitting, the bands will perform outside but in the winter or on rainy days we bring the music inside.

Concerts take place every Sunday, May-October, and once or twice a month November-April.

Kids are welcome.

Sunday Tunes Band Schedule: 2:00 – 5:00 PM

September 1 The Son’s of Gladys Kravitz- Labor Day Weekend
September 8 Tony Valdez Duo
September 15 Freestyle
September 22 Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones
September 29 Jimmy the Weasel sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society FREE Admission
October 6 The Sons of Gladys Kravitz & Grape Harvest Party- Wear a Harvest T-Shirt, get in FREE
October 13 Fahrenheit
October 20 Bob Pace Band
October 27 Halloween Karaoke with Party! Party! – The Ultimate Karaoke Band