Temporary Calendar

Jul
5
Sun
Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am
Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.
Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 5 @ 1:00 pm

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Jul
6
Mon
Chapter by Chapter @ ONLINE EVENT - Johnston Public Library
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am

Listen to Miss Megan read a chapter each week from a beloved book!

 

 

Virtual Mother Goose @ ONLINE EVENT - West Des Moines Public Library
Jul 6 @ 10:30 am

Simple stories, gentle tunes, flannel boards, and nursery rhymes. Each week we will incorporate activities that emphasize and reinforce body part identification, counting, rhythm, sensory stimulation, fine and gross motor skills, and animal sounds. Ages 6 mo-2 yrs w/adult. No registration required. Each week’s video link will be posted both here in the Library Calendar and on our special Summer Reading web page: www.wdmlibrary.org/summer.

Jul
7
Tue
Family Quest: Scattergories on the Library Lawn @ Indianola Public Library
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am

Take a walk and play a game with your whole family! We’ll have 10 categories on signs around the Library lawn. Each week will have a new set of categories and a new starting letter. Submit your list of words each week and get bragging rights if you win! Remember, be creative; if someone else comes up with the same word, neither of you get a point.

Story Time in Colby Park @ Colby Park
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am

Join your children, as interactive books are read aloud in Colby Park.  While the books will be geared to the 3-6 year old age group,   ALL age groups are welcome.  Our goal is to create a warm and friendly atmosphere, where kids can be kids and you can enjoy quality time with your children, as they explore new experiences.

Where: Colby Park – Meet near the picnic benches
When:  Tuesday mornings:  July and August
Time:    10:00am

What to bring: Blanket or towel to sit on / a drink if it is hot. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Re-Opening @ Des Moines Art Center
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am

We are thrilled to reopen our doors to you, our visitors!

In planning for reopening, the health and well-being of visitors, members, students, and staff has been our top priority. The Art Center is taking numerous steps to ensure the safety of its visitors and staff. They include:

Timed, ticketed entry. The Art Center continues to offer free admission for all; however, tickets for entry are required so that proper social distancing within the galleries can be maintained. To ensure visitors are able to enter the museum at their desired time, it is recommended that tickets are reserved online in advance. Reservations can be made by clicking HERE or the button below.

Wayfinding. For the foreseeable future, there is a designated path through the museum, designed to ensure visitors are able to access galleries while maintaining social distancing guidelines. This path will be shared on the Art Center’s website soon and reinforced during visits with on-site signage and graphics.

Cleanliness. Facilities teams have implemented an increased cleaning and sanitizing plan, especially in frequent contact areas and travel paths.

Masks. Art Center staff is required to wear a mask at all times when outside individual offices. Visitors will be required to wear masks while in the Art Center.

A phased approach. While the Art Center galleries are open to the public, for the safety of visitors and staff, all indoor, public programming is currently on hold until the fall. This includes docent-led tours. The Shop at the Art Center and Tangerine at the Art Center are finalizing phased reopening plans beginning in late summer.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS

Click below to view the calendar of available time slots. Free tickets may be reserved 30 days in advance and up until one hour before museum opening. Your timed ticket includes:

  • Reserved time to enter the museum
  • Access to all special and permanent collection exhibitions

Hours:

Mon: Closed
Tues: 11 am – 4 pm
Wed: 11 am – 4 pm
Thurs: 11 am – 7 pm
Fri: 11 am – 4 pm
Sat: 10 am – 4 pm
Sun: 10 am – 4 pm

 

Jul
8
Wed
Virtual Lapsit Lambs @ ONLINE EVENT - West Des Moines Public Library
Jul 8 @ 10:30 am
Age: Babies

Using puppets, rhymes, songs, and short stories, we will engage baby and caregiver in language-rich activities designed for pre-walking babies. We will spotlight sensory stimulation, animal sounds, fine and gross motor skills, and of course FUN! Includes play ideas that are easily integrated into baby’s everyday routine. 1mo. -18 mo. w/adult. No registration required. Each week’s video link will be posted both here in the Library Calendar and on our special Summer Reading web page: www.wdmlibrary.org/summer.

Jul
9
Thu
Online Dewey Bear Story Time @ ONLINE EVENT - Clive Public Library
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am

June and July
Thursday Mornings by 10:30am
Begins June 11 and runs for six weeks (no programs the week of June 29)
Ages 5 and younger
Join Dewey Bear and Library staff for an online story time via our Youtube channel! We will incorporate some of our traditional story time activities and you provide the bubbles cozy from home. This story time will be posted on our Facebook page and online calendar every Thursday for a few days to enjoy together at your leisure. No registration required.

Jul
10
Fri
Family Quest: Storywalk on the Library Lawn @ Indianola Public Library
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am

Enjoy a new book every week as you follow the storywalk around the Library lawn.

Online Musical Moments @ ONLINE EVENT - Clive Public Library
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am

Miss our Family SIng Alongs?  We miss you too!  Ms. Denise has created a new online musical educational program while the library is closed.  She has designed and recorded educational videos called “Musical Moments for Mini Maestros”.  Geared towards children under 6.  We will post these mini videos on Friday’s on our Facebook page for you to enjoy and educate at home over the weekend.

Nature Club @ Brenton Arboretum
Jul 10 @ 10:30 am

Nature Club takes place on the 2nd Friday of every month, unless otherwise noted. This program offers your youngest explorers a thematic sensory discovery with a simple lesson and an activity, game, or craft.
Best suited to ages 2-5, but all ages are welcome!

Pre-registration is requested by the Wednesday before the program.

Virtual Family Storytime @ ONLINE EVENT - West Des Moines Public Library
Jul 10 @ 10:30 am
Program Type: Storytime

Build a lifetime love of books and reading. Join us as we share stories, songs, and interactive rhymes with an early literacy focus. For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration. Each week’s video link will be posted both here in the Library Calendar and on our special Summer Reading web page: www.wdmlibrary.org/summer.

Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 10 @ 1:00 pm

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Jul
11
Sat
Ioway Culture Day @ Living History Farms
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am

The people of the Ioway nation were some of Iowa’s first farmers! Explore this Native American culture which gave Iowa its name. Visit our 1700 Ioway Farm where farm staff will present hands-on activities to showcase how the Ioway built their homes, prepared food, and farmed. Guest presenters will share their own personal expertise in Ioway culture and technology. Be sure to allow time to ride the tractor cart out to the 1700 Ioway Farm! The last tractor cart to reach the Ioway Farm will depart at 2pm.

Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Jul
12
Sun
Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 12 @ 1:00 pm

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Jul
13
Mon
Chapter by Chapter @ ONLINE EVENT - Johnston Public Library
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am

Listen to Miss Megan read a chapter each week from a beloved book!

 

 

Virtual Mother Goose @ ONLINE EVENT - West Des Moines Public Library
Jul 13 @ 10:30 am

Simple stories, gentle tunes, flannel boards, and nursery rhymes. Each week we will incorporate activities that emphasize and reinforce body part identification, counting, rhythm, sensory stimulation, fine and gross motor skills, and animal sounds. Ages 6 mo-2 yrs w/adult. No registration required. Each week’s video link will be posted both here in the Library Calendar and on our special Summer Reading web page: www.wdmlibrary.org/summer.

Jul
5
Sun
Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 5 @ 1:00 pm

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Jul
6
Mon
Chapter by Chapter @ ONLINE EVENT - Johnston Public Library
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am

Listen to Miss Megan read a chapter each week from a beloved book!

 

 

Virtual Mother Goose @ ONLINE EVENT - West Des Moines Public Library
Jul 6 @ 10:30 am

Simple stories, gentle tunes, flannel boards, and nursery rhymes. Each week we will incorporate activities that emphasize and reinforce body part identification, counting, rhythm, sensory stimulation, fine and gross motor skills, and animal sounds. Ages 6 mo-2 yrs w/adult. No registration required. Each week’s video link will be posted both here in the Library Calendar and on our special Summer Reading web page: www.wdmlibrary.org/summer.

Jul
7
Tue
Family Quest: Scattergories on the Library Lawn @ Indianola Public Library
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am

Take a walk and play a game with your whole family! We’ll have 10 categories on signs around the Library lawn. Each week will have a new set of categories and a new starting letter. Submit your list of words each week and get bragging rights if you win! Remember, be creative; if someone else comes up with the same word, neither of you get a point.

Story Time in Colby Park @ Colby Park
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am

Join your children, as interactive books are read aloud in Colby Park.  While the books will be geared to the 3-6 year old age group,   ALL age groups are welcome.  Our goal is to create a warm and friendly atmosphere, where kids can be kids and you can enjoy quality time with your children, as they explore new experiences.

Where: Colby Park – Meet near the picnic benches
When:  Tuesday mornings:  July and August
Time:    10:00am

What to bring: Blanket or towel to sit on / a drink if it is hot. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Re-Opening @ Des Moines Art Center
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am

We are thrilled to reopen our doors to you, our visitors!

In planning for reopening, the health and well-being of visitors, members, students, and staff has been our top priority. The Art Center is taking numerous steps to ensure the safety of its visitors and staff. They include:

Timed, ticketed entry. The Art Center continues to offer free admission for all; however, tickets for entry are required so that proper social distancing within the galleries can be maintained. To ensure visitors are able to enter the museum at their desired time, it is recommended that tickets are reserved online in advance. Reservations can be made by clicking HERE or the button below.

Wayfinding. For the foreseeable future, there is a designated path through the museum, designed to ensure visitors are able to access galleries while maintaining social distancing guidelines. This path will be shared on the Art Center’s website soon and reinforced during visits with on-site signage and graphics.

Cleanliness. Facilities teams have implemented an increased cleaning and sanitizing plan, especially in frequent contact areas and travel paths.

Masks. Art Center staff is required to wear a mask at all times when outside individual offices. Visitors will be required to wear masks while in the Art Center.

A phased approach. While the Art Center galleries are open to the public, for the safety of visitors and staff, all indoor, public programming is currently on hold until the fall. This includes docent-led tours. The Shop at the Art Center and Tangerine at the Art Center are finalizing phased reopening plans beginning in late summer.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS

Click below to view the calendar of available time slots. Free tickets may be reserved 30 days in advance and up until one hour before museum opening. Your timed ticket includes:

  • Reserved time to enter the museum
  • Access to all special and permanent collection exhibitions

Hours:

Mon: Closed
Tues: 11 am – 4 pm
Wed: 11 am – 4 pm
Thurs: 11 am – 7 pm
Fri: 11 am – 4 pm
Sat: 10 am – 4 pm
Sun: 10 am – 4 pm

 

Jul
8
Wed
Virtual Lapsit Lambs @ ONLINE EVENT - West Des Moines Public Library
Jul 8 @ 10:30 am
Age: Babies

Using puppets, rhymes, songs, and short stories, we will engage baby and caregiver in language-rich activities designed for pre-walking babies. We will spotlight sensory stimulation, animal sounds, fine and gross motor skills, and of course FUN! Includes play ideas that are easily integrated into baby’s everyday routine. 1mo. -18 mo. w/adult. No registration required. Each week’s video link will be posted both here in the Library Calendar and on our special Summer Reading web page: www.wdmlibrary.org/summer.

Jul
9
Thu
Online Dewey Bear Story Time @ ONLINE EVENT - Clive Public Library
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am

June and July
Thursday Mornings by 10:30am
Begins June 11 and runs for six weeks (no programs the week of June 29)
Ages 5 and younger
Join Dewey Bear and Library staff for an online story time via our Youtube channel! We will incorporate some of our traditional story time activities and you provide the bubbles cozy from home. This story time will be posted on our Facebook page and online calendar every Thursday for a few days to enjoy together at your leisure. No registration required.

Jul
10
Fri
Family Quest: Storywalk on the Library Lawn @ Indianola Public Library
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am

Enjoy a new book every week as you follow the storywalk around the Library lawn.

Online Musical Moments @ ONLINE EVENT - Clive Public Library
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am

Miss our Family SIng Alongs?  We miss you too!  Ms. Denise has created a new online musical educational program while the library is closed.  She has designed and recorded educational videos called “Musical Moments for Mini Maestros”.  Geared towards children under 6.  We will post these mini videos on Friday’s on our Facebook page for you to enjoy and educate at home over the weekend.

Nature Club @ Brenton Arboretum
Jul 10 @ 10:30 am

Nature Club takes place on the 2nd Friday of every month, unless otherwise noted. This program offers your youngest explorers a thematic sensory discovery with a simple lesson and an activity, game, or craft.
Best suited to ages 2-5, but all ages are welcome!

Pre-registration is requested by the Wednesday before the program.

Virtual Family Storytime @ ONLINE EVENT - West Des Moines Public Library
Jul 10 @ 10:30 am
Program Type: Storytime

Build a lifetime love of books and reading. Join us as we share stories, songs, and interactive rhymes with an early literacy focus. For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration. Each week’s video link will be posted both here in the Library Calendar and on our special Summer Reading web page: www.wdmlibrary.org/summer.

Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 10 @ 1:00 pm

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Jul
11
Sat
Ioway Culture Day @ Living History Farms
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am

The people of the Ioway nation were some of Iowa’s first farmers! Explore this Native American culture which gave Iowa its name. Visit our 1700 Ioway Farm where farm staff will present hands-on activities to showcase how the Ioway built their homes, prepared food, and farmed. Guest presenters will share their own personal expertise in Ioway culture and technology. Be sure to allow time to ride the tractor cart out to the 1700 Ioway Farm! The last tractor cart to reach the Ioway Farm will depart at 2pm.

Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Jul
12
Sun
Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 12 @ 1:00 pm

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Jul
13
Mon
Chapter by Chapter @ ONLINE EVENT - Johnston Public Library
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am

Listen to Miss Megan read a chapter each week from a beloved book!

 

 

Virtual Mother Goose @ ONLINE EVENT - West Des Moines Public Library
Jul 13 @ 10:30 am

Simple stories, gentle tunes, flannel boards, and nursery rhymes. Each week we will incorporate activities that emphasize and reinforce body part identification, counting, rhythm, sensory stimulation, fine and gross motor skills, and animal sounds. Ages 6 mo-2 yrs w/adult. No registration required. Each week’s video link will be posted both here in the Library Calendar and on our special Summer Reading web page: www.wdmlibrary.org/summer.