Calendar

Nov
15
Fri
Opening Day Skate @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm

Opening Day: November 15, 2019

Ice skating at Brenton Skating Plaza will begin November 15, 2019! Weather permitting, the rink is open seven days a week, including holidays, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 – Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Hours

    • Monday through Thursday  |  5 – 9 p.m.
    • Friday & Saturday  |  Noon – 11 p.m.
    • Sunday  |  Noon – 6 p.m.

Admission

    • Adults  |  $9.00
    • Child (5 to 12 years old)/Military/Senior 62+  |  $5.50
    • Skate Rental  |   $5.00
    • Skate Sharpening  |  $5.00
    • Shoe Check  |  $1.00
Nov
16
Sat
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides @ Jester Park Equestrian Center
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy a fun group or family outing as our teams of draft horses pull your open wagon down the beautiful timber trails of Jester Park. These are great for family outings, groups of friends, or clubs. Our wagon rides must be scheduled in advance.

Book your trail ride online today.

Fall Family Hike & Homemade Gifts @ Annett Nature Center
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm

WCCB and Young Living Essential Oils are teaming up to get you exploring outside and using essential oils. Bring the whole family out for an afternoon of making homemade gifts for the holiday season. Roller bottles, lotions, diffuser necklaces, and bath salts would make an easy, fun, and excellent gift for your friends, family, or teachers. Young Living Essential Oil members will be available to explain the benefits of oils, how to use them, and answer any questions.  There will be a scavenger hunt to help you learn more about essential oils. WCCB staff will lead you on a short guided fall hike that finishes with smores & hot chocolate. You can even add a drop of essential oil to your hot chocolate.  You can also explore the Annett Nature Center exhibits and trails. This is a come & go as you please event.  The cost is $20 per family and registration is suggested to ensure that we have enough gift materials. Please register by November 15, 2019 at noon. The program fee includes all activities, snacks, door prizes, hike, and gifts. (gifts include one of each item-roller bottle, lotion, diffuser necklace, and bath salt.

Notes: -The hike will be from 2:45PM-3:15PM -All children must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are geared towards those 6 years and older. Additional Gift Options (Price is per item) Roller Bottles $5: Immune Booster, Tummy Tamer, Aches Away, Sleepy Time, Breathe Easy Lotion $5: Sleepy Time and Aches Away Diffuser Necklace $3: Christmas Spirit Essential Oil Blend Bath Salts $3: An assortment of essential oils to choose from.

Nov
17
Sun
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides @ Jester Park Equestrian Center
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy a fun group or family outing as our teams of draft horses pull your open wagon down the beautiful timber trails of Jester Park. These are great for family outings, groups of friends, or clubs. Our wagon rides must be scheduled in advance.

Book your trail ride online today.

Turkey Trek @ Yellow Banks Park, meet at pond
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am

Come enjoy a one-mile hike through beautiful Yellow Banks Park We’ll talk about turkeys and how animals are preparing for winter all while burning some calories.  FREE. No registration required. All ages welcome.

Nov
19
Tue
Two for One Tuesdays @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm
2 admissions for the price of 1 every Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Skate Rental  |   $5.00
  • Skate Sharpening  |  $5.00
  • Shoe Check  |  $1.00
Nov
21
Thu
Jingle in the Junction @ Valley Junction
Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for “Jingle in the Junction” on Thursday, November 21, December 5, December 12 and December 19 from 5-9 p.m. The businesses in Historic Valley Junction and the streets will be lined with over 150,000 twinkling lights, along with free horse drawn carriage rides, Santa and caroling. Jingle in the Junction will be held from 5-9 pm each evening.

 

Nov
22
Fri
Holiday Promenade @ East Village
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm

The 18th Annual Holiday Promenade in the Historic East Village is the holiday kick-off event with something for everyone! This year’s event will be on Friday, Nov. 22, 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aside from the hundreds of twinkling lights, The Promenade will feature free horse-drawn trolley rides, visits with Santa Claus, carolers strolling around the neighborhood, holiday entertainers, ice skating, live ice sculpting, a traditional tree lighting ceremony at Brenton Skating Plaza and FIREWORKS!

Local businesses in the neighborhood will have extended hours and treats on Friday and Saturday making it the perfect time to start your holiday shopping!

Nov
23
Sat
Holiday Promenade @ East Village
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am

The 18th Annual Holiday Promenade in the Historic East Village is the holiday kick-off event with something for everyone! This year’s event will be on Friday, Nov. 22, 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aside from the hundreds of twinkling lights, The Promenade will feature free horse-drawn trolley rides, visits with Santa Claus, carolers strolling around the neighborhood, holiday entertainers, ice skating, live ice sculpting, a traditional tree lighting ceremony at Brenton Skating Plaza and FIREWORKS!

Local businesses in the neighborhood will have extended hours and treats on Friday and Saturday making it the perfect time to start your holiday shopping!

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides @ Jester Park Equestrian Center
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy a fun group or family outing as our teams of draft horses pull your open wagon down the beautiful timber trails of Jester Park. These are great for family outings, groups of friends, or clubs. Our wagon rides must be scheduled in advance.

Book your trail ride online today.

Introduction to Ice Skating @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Nov 23 @ 10:30 am

Learn basic ice skating skills in a fun and energetic environment. Group ice skating tips are offered from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome for ages 4 and up.

Skating sessions are FREE thanks to Iowa Wild. This includes admission, skate rental and a buy one, get one free ticket to an Iowa Wild game..

Fill out the form to register for a skate clinic today – whether it’s to learn, to improve or to excel, skating is always fun!

Nov
24
Sun
Opening Weekend of the RG Express Holiday Railroad @ Reiman Gardens
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join us for the opening weekend of the RG Express holiday railroad.

No preregistration required. Free for members and ISU students. Price of admission for the general public.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides @ Jester Park Equestrian Center
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy a fun group or family outing as our teams of draft horses pull your open wagon down the beautiful timber trails of Jester Park. These are great for family outings, groups of friends, or clubs. Our wagon rides must be scheduled in advance.

Book your trail ride online today.

Sample Sunday @ Picket Fence Creamery
Nov 24 @ 12:00 pm

Sample Sunday!

12:00 – 5:00pm

There’s sure to be lots of fun things to see and do!

(Held in conjunction with our neighbors at Prairieland Herbs.)

2019 Sample Sunday Dates

January 13 February 10
March 3 April 7
May 5 June 9
July 14 August 4
September 8 October 13
November 24 December 15
December 22
Nov
26
Tue
Two for One Tuesdays @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Nov 26 @ 12:00 pm
2 admissions for the price of 1 every Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Skate Rental  |   $5.00
  • Skate Sharpening  |  $5.00
  • Shoe Check  |  $1.00
Nov
27
Wed
Thanksgiving Holiday Public Skate @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Nov 27 @ 12:00 pm

Thanksgiving Holiday Public Skate hours:

Wednesday, November 27 from Noon – 10 p.m.

Thursday, November 28 from 4 – 9 p.m.

Friday, November 29 from Noon – 11 p.m.

Saturday, November 30 from Noon – 11 p.m.

Sunday, December 1 from Noon – 6 p.m.

Nov
28
Thu
Turkey Trot @ Downtown Des Moines
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am

The Des Moines Turkey Trot is a family friendly Thanksgiving morning 5k/5mile with a Tot Trot option for children! The race is around Downtown Des Moines with a post-race breakfast. Perfect to bring the whole family!

Thanksgiving Holiday Public Skate @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Nov 28 @ 4:00 pm

Thanksgiving Holiday Public Skate hours:

Wednesday, November 27 from Noon – 10 p.m.

Thursday, November 28 from 4 – 9 p.m.

Friday, November 29 from Noon – 11 p.m.

Saturday, November 30 from Noon – 11 p.m.

Sunday, December 1 from Noon – 6 p.m.

Nov
29
Fri
Thanksgiving Holiday Public Skate @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm

Thanksgiving Holiday Public Skate hours:

Wednesday, November 27 from Noon – 10 p.m.

Thursday, November 28 from 4 – 9 p.m.

Friday, November 29 from Noon – 11 p.m.

Saturday, November 30 from Noon – 11 p.m.

Sunday, December 1 from Noon – 6 p.m.

#OptOutside Hike @ Jester Park Nature Center
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm

Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday with your friends and family. We’ll reconnect you with nature on a hike through Jester Park. FREE. No registration required. All ages welcome.