Bounce and Play Time Program @ Grimes Community Complex Gym
Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:00am – Noon (Bounce House on from 10am-12pm)
Mondays/Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm- Room 203 is only open (no House Bounce)

Going stir-crazy at home? Need a place to get out with the little ones? Well, here’s something for you! The Grimes Park and Recreation Department sponsors a weekly Bounce and Play Time for young children and their parent/guardian at the Grimes Community Complex.

This program provides a place for parents to bring their children to play in a safe and fun environment, and it’s a great way to make new friends! This is not a structured play group, but rather an open space for kids to move around, play games, laugh, have fun and burn off some energy! We provide the space; you provide the fun and supervision! Since this is a new community program, parents are encouraged to bring a toy, game or craft project to share.

PLEASE NOTE: this is not a drop off program; all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Families can go between the Rooms 201, 203, and the gym. All Ages in the Gym, Ages 10 and under recommended only for Room 203 with the Little Tykes equipment.

1/2 Price Night @ Skateland
Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm

Public skate! Half off general admission and $1 skate rental 5-9pm.

Half Price Night @ Skate South
Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm
Half-Price Night
$3+tax Admission
All rentals half price


Tot Lot @ Waukee Public Works Building
Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 5-7 Pm

Romp, stomp and play! With toddler toys ranging from blocks to tunnels and mats, there’s no shortage of action to keep the littles busy during the fall and winter months. Parents provide the supervision in this open gym for toddlers where kids love to play and parents get to socialize with one another. This is a nonstructured activity.

Tot Lot will be cancelled when Waukee Schools are delayed and/or if there is inclement weather.

Tot Lot will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 as well as Jan. 1, but will be open during the week of Spring Break.

$2 Admission @ Skate West
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm

$2 admission fee per guest  6-8:00 pm

Rental Fees

Brown Skate Rental: $4
Inline Rental: $6

Skate Mates: $5 (limited availability)

Evening Family Storytime @ North Side Library
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm

entire family
Storytelling and activities to engage the entire family!

Open Swim @ Urbandale Public Pool
Jan 29 @ 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
Adore Us! Line @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

Pick Me! Love Me! Vote for Me!

Politicians are auditioning for the role of a lifetime, and this parody of A Chorus Line! Shows the grit behind the glamor. With characters ripped from the headlines, Adore Us! Line offers a laughing look at the raucous caucus chaos.

Facts About The Play

  • A brand new musical from Robert John Ford, creator of Caucus! The Musical

  • Directed by local legend Maxwell Schaeffer

  • Inspired by the Broadway classic A Chorus Line

Come From Away @ Civic Center
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.


Age Recommendation: 10+
Please note: only children age 5 and over with tickets will be allowed into the theater for this production.

The Diary of Anne Frank @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

Performance Times: 7:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2:00 PM Sundays

JAN 24 – FEB 9, 2020

“Where there’s hope, there’s life.” – Anne Frank

Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the original, Pulitzer Prize award-winning script by Goodrich and Hackett draws from previously unpublished parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary. For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family, hide in a secret annex space above her father’s former office in Amsterdam as the Nazis deport the Jews of Holland to their deaths. In her secret attic, Anne comes of age: she laughs, plays, fights with her mother, and falls in love for the first time. In spite of her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Anne’s spirit transcends, as she voices her belief that “in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart.” Anne’s dynamism, her luminous spirit, and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published.

Mainstage Content Advisory: The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515-277-6261.

Imagination Playschool @ Pioneer Columbus Community Center
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fees: Cost is $1.50 daily for 1 yrs. and older to attend.

Ages: Children 7 and under

Looking to inspire your little ones imagination and get them moving? Join us at Pioneer Columbus Community Center for the “Imagination Playschool”.

Imagination Playschool allows kids 7 and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses, tumbling mats, and gymnastics.


Open Play Time @ Backyard Adventures of Iowa
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am

Open Play Time is Monday thru Friday 9am to 3pm. (Does not include holidays.)

Weekdays are for Open Play Time, so come play in our indoor Showroom where the weather is always perfect. Bring your friends for a play date or just come to enjoy the fun and meet some new friends.

For more information visit

Sorry, even though we receive many requests, we have NO OPEN PLAY TIME ON WEEKENDS.

Tot Town! @ Valley Community Center
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am

Tot Town is a fun and safe children’s playgroup that is open to the community. Our Community Center gym space turns into an indoor playground designed for children ages 2 to 6 years and their families. Parents have the opportunity to interact with their child in a safe environment made for play! For your child’s safety we recommend supervising your children at all times and not leaving them unattended. We hope to see you at Tot Town!

Featuring: Large Inflatable bounce house, games, ball pit, toys, puzzles, books, and more!

Tot Town Information:

When: Thursdays anytime between 9:00-11:00am

Ages: 2-6 years


Bouncing Babies @ Johnston Public Library
Jan 30 @ 9:15 am

Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby’s foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

Teddy Toddler Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Jan 30 @ 9:30 am

Toddlers age 3 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Tuesdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Fridays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy this 20-minute program with your toddling teddy bear. This is bonding time for you and your child. Early literacy skills are modeled with the use of picture books, puppets, felt stories, finger plays, music, dancing, and bubble fun.

Drop-in program. No registration required.

Caterpillar Club @ Reiman Gardens
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am

Join us weekly this winter for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories and creative activities around a nature-based theme. Best for children five and under with an adult.
No preregistration required.

Free for Members, ISU Students
Free with admission for General Public



Dollar Day @ Merle Hay Lanes
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am

Dollar Day

$1.00 Games! $1.00 Shoe Rentals! $1.00 12 oz Soft Drinks!

10:00 am to 4:00 pm  and 9:00 pm to Close

Open Play @ Rainbow Play Systems of Iowa
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am

Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

There are no limits to the grins and giggles at our play room. That’s because your kids are invited to jump, climb, swing, and play in our indoor showroom for just $10 per child for two hours of fun. You can also purchase punch cards – 5 Plays for $40 and 10 Plays for $75.

Of course, to keep the kiddos safe, we require adult/parent supervision at all times.* We also require shoes and socks to be worn at all times in the showroom. (Closed toe shoes only.) Tennis shoes are recommended. And finally, every attendee must have a signed waiver before playing in the showroom. (Multiple kids from the same family can be included on one waiver.) Consult our showroom rules for all the details.

Water is always available or parents may bring along their own soft drinks and snacks, store them in our refrigerator, and let the kids enjoy them in our party room. We’ll even provide plates, cups, napkins, and plastic silverware.

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Preschool Storytime @ South Side Library
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am

Preliteracy skills to promote school readiness through stories, songs, and activities!

Teddy Toddler Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am

Toddlers age 3 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Tuesdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Fridays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy this 20-minute program with your toddling teddy bear. This is bonding time for you and your child. Early literacy skills are modeled with the use of picture books, puppets, felt stories, finger plays, music, dancing, and bubble fun.

Drop-in program. No registration required.