Imagination Playschool @ Pioneer Columbus Community Center
Nov 14 @ 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
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am

Open Play Time is Monday thru Friday 9am to 3pm.

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.

Bouncing Babies @ Johnston Public Library
Nov 14 @ 10:00 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.

Dollar Day @ Merle Hay Lanes
Nov 14 @ 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
Nov 14 @ 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.

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Preschool Storytime @ South Side Library
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am

Join Miss Janee for stories, rhymes, songs, movement, and occasional crafts/activities that build literacy and kindergarten-readiness skills. Ages three to six.

Toddler Time @ Altoona Public Library
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am

Get ready to read, dance, and play at the Altoona Public Libary! We will have a half hour of books, rhymes, and music, followed by a free play time where toddlers can play with each other.

Ages 18 months – 3 years

Play, Grow, Learn! @ Forest Avenue Library
Nov 14 @ 10:15 am

newborn – 6 years

Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library’s space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in playtime where parents and caregivers are encouraged to interact with their children. Many items will be available for free exploration and play.

Preschool Storytime @ Central Library
Nov 14 @ 10:15 am

Join us for stories, songs, and movement that build literacy and school-readiness skills.

Drop-in Oliver’s Puppy Tales @ West Des Moines Public Library
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am

Join puppy Oliver in the Community Room for this class featuring stories, songs, and rhymes followed by gross and fine motor play all with an early literacy focus!

For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.

Preschool Storytime @ East Side Library
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am

Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and movement that build literacy skills for ages three to six years old.

Storytime @ North Side Library
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am

18 months – 6 years

Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, movement, and more!

Babies and Books @ Altoona Public Library
Nov 14 @ 11:00 am

Bring your babies to the Altonna Public Library for a fun and interactive storytime! We will work on early literacy skills, sing songs, dance, and play together.

Ages 0-18 months

Fish Feedings @ Bass Pro Shops
Nov 14 @ 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!

SCI Code Camp @ Forest Avenue Library
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm

Join the Science Center of Iowa for this  three-part camp series. In this class students will learn basic coding concepts while working together to create apps, robotics, and e-textiles. Ages 10-14. Space is limited, please register at or by calling 283-4152.

Santa N’ Paws @ ARL Des Moines
Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm

Bring the whole family, humans and pets alike, for a festive photo to celebrate the 2019 holiday season!

You don’t even have to own a pet, or even bring them to participate, holiday photos of any kind are welcome. All proceeds from this event will go directly to help the animals in our care at the ARL.

Santa will be there to take photos with you as well – or if Santa isn’t your favorite holiday celebrity, we can politely tell him to take a break for some milk and cookies during your photo time. (He can’t turn that down, right?)

Reserve A Time Slot
When you sign up for a time slot online, you will pay a $10 reservation fee that will be put towards your photo package (digital and traditional photo packages are available). Those who have reserved a time slot online will be given priority at their registered time. Walk-ins must wait until there is an opening to take their pictures (hint: reserve your time slot in advance, and you won’t have to wait)

Friday, November 1                                               ARL Main 5:00-7:00 PM

Saturday, November 2                                           ARL Main 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Sunday, November 3                                             ARL Main 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

Thursday, November 7                                          ARL Main 5:00-7:00 PM

Friday, November 8                                               ARL Main 5:00-7:00 PM

Saturday, November 9                                           ARL Main 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Sunday, November 10                                           ARL Main 12:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, November 14                                        ARL Main 5:00-7:00 PM

Friday, November 15                                             University Photo 5:00-7:00 PM

Saturday, November 16                                         West End Architectural Salvage 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Sunday, November 17                                            University Photo 12:00 PM-4:00 PM


Thursday Night Fun @ Clive Public Library
Nov 14 @ 6:15 pm

Families with children of various ages will delight in making memories during\ our Thursday night programs! As a reminder, these programs are free and pre-registration is necessary as indicated below. For programs that require registration, please register each person attending to ensure that we have plenty of supplies available. Go online, call, or stop in the library to register.

Description Dates/Times/Notes

Family Build: Builders of all ages are welcome as we turn our library community room into a world of its own! Various centers will be set up for different age groups so everyone in the family can create to their heart’s content. November 14 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room. No registration required.

Frozen Fiesta: Do you adore a little snowman who loves to give warm hugs? Are you excited for the new movie to come out? We are too! Make an Olaf craft hat, sip on hot cocoa, and meet Olaf’s favorite princesses — Anna and Elsa of course. Feel free to dress for the royal occasion. November 21 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room. Registration required.

Zoo Show and Tell: Join the Blank Park Zoo for a little hands-on learning about some of their animals. Everyone in your family will get a chance to meet different animals and learn about their important role in the circle of life on Earth. December 5 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room No registration required.

STEM Bedtime Stories: End the day as a family with books and bedtime fun all related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Pajamas, slippers, and favorite bedtime friends and blankets are welcome. Program highlights include: picture books, puppets, felt stories, music, dancing, bubbles, and a STEM activity. December 12 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration for each child required.

Winter Wonderland: Celebrate the Winter Solstice Season as we turn the library into a space of wonder through stories, music, discovery stations, and a warm drink station. December 19 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration for each child required.

Family Bingo: Great fun for the whole family. We will have themed bingo cards for the younger children and traditional bingo cards for everyone else. Play to win, ‘cause everyone wins! Complimentary popcorn and drinks will be provided. December 26 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration for each attendee required.

Jumbo Game Night: This is a traditional family gaming activity with a giant twist! Jumbo game stations will be set up in our library community room along with complimentary popcorn and drinks. January 9 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room No registration required.

Pete the Cat Party: Join Pete the Cat and library staff for a groovy evening filled with stories, music, and “cat”errific activities, and a sweet treat. Pete the Cat will be available for photos too! January 16 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration for each child required.

Stretches and Stories: Bring the whole family for a 30-minute Yoga story time led by a local Yoga instructor. Enjoy some of your favorite children’s books while stretching into fun and silly poses. Literacy exposure, physical exercise, and giggles to end the day off great! Please bring a mat or a towel for each participating member of your family and feel free to come in your cozy pajamas. January 23* 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. *Also offered on Friday, February 21 (see page 9) Library Community Room Registration for each attendee required.

Mundo Music: All ages and levels are invited to this music and movement class that takes you to different areas of the globe to learn how people around the world express themselves. Taught by a local couple who are experienced music and dance educators. Come in comfortable clothing, like pajamas! January 30 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room No registration required.

Read ’n Romp: Are you getting tired of winter? Need something new to do that keeps you inside and warm? Come to the library for a safe and cozy place to let your kids get the winter wiggles out and read together. This program features a variety of indoor movement activities and a book nook in our community room in lieu of our regular story times. Adults need to accompany their children at all times. Older siblings 6 and older are welcome to do an art project in the teen room. February 6, February 13* 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. *More Read ‘n Romp dates (see page 9). Library Community Room No registration required.

African Culture Night: Bring the whole family for an exciting night that celebrates culture and traditions of the African Continent. Story time and music followed by exploration stations that involve all the senses such as a taste testing, an art project, language, and more! February 20 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration for each attendee required.

Bear Track Tales: Follow Dewey Bear’s tracks through an interactive, indoor story walk. Each child will receive a story time mini prize to take home. Limit one per child. February 27* 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. *Also offered during morning Story Time hours (see page 9) Story Time Room No registration required.


Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos en Español e Inglés Para Toda la Familia @ Forest Avenue Library
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm

Entire Family

Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and crafts in English and Spanish.

Disfruten cuentos, rimas, ya canciones en ingles y espanol.

Storytime @ Grimes Public Library
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm

Bring your family and join us to listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft. For all ages. No registration required.

Open Swim @ Urbandale Public Pool
Nov 14 @ 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

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