Temporary Calendar

Jul
4
Sat
Historic Independence Day Celebration @ Living History Farms
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am
Enjoy an old-fashioned fourth with an iconic, historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. 1876 marks the first centennial of the United States, and Living History Farms’ Independence Day activities truly show what this day meant to those in the 19th century – a day of family fun. Families can take part in pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, the town parade, watermelon seed spitting contests, and more! To fit everything in, be sure to arrive early to tour our historic farms, enjoy the town activities, and still have time to catch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball game at 2:30pm.
Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Jul 4 @ 2:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2020 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 23
Sunday, June 21
Saturday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 1
Saturday, September 26

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

City of Waukee – Skydiver Demonstration & 4th of July Fireworks @ Centennial Park
Jul 4 @ 8:00 pm

The Des Moines Skydivers will land in Centennial Park at 8 p.m., and fireworks will light up the sky at dusk (around 9:30 p.m.)!

 

West Des Moines Fireworks Display @ West Des Moines City Campus
Jul 4 @ 8:30 pm

The Fireworks Display will start at dusk over the West Des Moines City Campus.

Home Base Grimes Independence Day Fireworks Show @ Grimes Sports Complex
Jul 4 @ 10:00 pm

We do ask that everyone please consider staying in their cars, watching from their homes or just making sure that you are abiding by the social distancing guidelines.

In Partnership with the City of Grimes, a Home Base Iowa Community, looks forward to celebrating our nation’s Independence Day on the evening of July 4th at the Grimes Sports Complex (600 S James Street) at 10PM.

**Time is subject to change** So please keep checking for updates leading up to and day of the event!

Vetarans, please visit https://www.homebaseiowa.gov/ for a list of known local benefits.

Jul
6
Mon
Des Moines Public Pools Opening Day @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 6 @ 1:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Drive In Clive @ Clive Aquatic Center Parking Lot
Jul 6 @ 8:00 pm

Clive Parks and Recreation is hosting multiple Drive-in Movie Nights in the Clive Aquatic Center parking lot! Parking Lot opens at 7pm. Movies start at 8pm.

Frozen 2 – July 6 07/06/2020 to 07/06/2020
Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
The Goonies – July 13 07/13/2020 to 07/13/2020
Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
Toy Story 4 – July 27 07/27/2020 to 07/27/2020
Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
Space Jam – August 3 08/03/2020 to 08/03/2020
Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
Scoob! – August 10 08/10/2020 to 08/10/2020
Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
Jul
7
Tue
Picnic in the Park @ Doanes Park
Jul 7 @ 10:30 am
Grandparents, parents and caregivers of young children are invited to join us for Picnic in the Park. This free play group is a great opportunity for children to socialize and burn off energy, and adults to socialize and relax. Bring your own picnic lunch and join us for unstructured open play!
10:30 am to 12:00 noon
*Weather Permitting*
Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Jul
8
Wed
Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Jul
9
Thu
Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Jul
10
Fri
Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Live Theatre Drive-in @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm

The Des Moines Playhouse is keeping theatre LIVE in Des Moines with a unique new initiative: Live Theatre Drive-in. Starting June 12 and continuing nearly every weekend through Aug. 15, The Playhouse will present three, two-person cast plays in its parking lot, with audiences remaining safely in their cars listening via a radio frequency, just like at state-opened drive-in movie theatres. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, but reservations are required as space is limited. We will post a reservation link soon.

David Kilpatrick, Playhouse executive director, said, “Theatre is a communal event. This summer we want to come together and celebrate live performances, yet remain safe and physically distant.”  Playhouse artistic director Katy Merriman added, “I know so many of us feel like we’ve been at home waiting to jump on any chance to create something and spend time with others. I’m excited to provide our community with an outlet for expression, whether on the stage or as a viewer, in a safe environment. And we get to be outside!”

Keeping the audience safe

  • The Playhouse parking lot will accommodate 20 cars with six-plus feet between cars. Audiences can sit in their cars or, remaining physically distanced, sit in lawn chairs in their parking space.
  • Pay-what-you-can donations will be collected via texting software. A tip jar will also be available for those without the ability to text a donation.
  • Restrooms will be available with staff doing a thorough cleaning after each use.
  • Stam Chocolate will be available for sale from theatre staff, and one food truck will be on site at each performance.

About the shows

Love Letters
By A.R. Gurney
7:00 PM, Fridays & Saturdays, June 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Love Letters centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. The actors sit side-by-side at tables and read the notes, letters, and cards that span a 50-year friendship. As time progresses, Melissa and Andrew discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats. Each weekend will feature a different pair of Playhouse actors. Love Letters is by A.R. Gurney.

Rounding Third
By Richard Dresser
7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, July 10-11
7:00 PM Thursdays-Saturdays, July 16-18, 23-25
Don is a coach who believes that winning is what is most important in baseball, and he is all about the game. Michael is his assistant coach and a businessman who believes that kids should have fun when they play baseball. Don’s kid is the team’s star pitcher. Michael’s kid can barely remember to keep his shoelaces tied. These conflicting personalities instantly clash.

The Roommate
By Jen Silverman
7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, July 31-Aug. 1
7:00 PM, Thursdays-Saturdays, Aug. 6-8, 13-15
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. The Roommate is a dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

Performance Times:
7:00 PM, Fridays & Saturdays + some Thursdays
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 please contact executive director David Kilpatrick, 515-974-5353.
Penoach Vineyard & Winery Outdoor Summer Concerts @ Penoach Winery
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm

Our Sunset in the Vineyard Outdoor concerts are back!

Out of necessity, our events will look somewhat different this year. We are starting off by limiting attendance to 150.

TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

We will NOT be doing tastings and all sales by the bottle will be outside. Please limit the size of your group to 10 and be mindful of social distancing while purchasing wine and walking around. We really want to be able to keep this going! There are so many things to figure out going forward, so with your help we will make this work!

We ask that you bring your own chair, glasses, opener, and ice. We are not able to put out ice and openers and ice buckets at this time. Please keep children with you at all times.

AS ALWAYS, NO OUTSIDE PURCHASED ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED.

2020 Event Schedule

You can purchase tickets for our Sunset in the Vineyard concerts by clicking on the date below! TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Concerts  7-10 pm *  
Sept 19  Apple Festival  10-5 
             Music by Brick n’ Bob 1-5
*Food will be available at each concert
Movies Under the Stars @ Wagner Park - Ankeny Band Shell
Jul 10 @ 8:30 pm

Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite snack! Movies are FREE and begin at dusk. Due to Covid-19, social distancing will be required.

  • June 26: Frozen II
  • July 3: Secret Life of Pets 2
  • July 10: E.T.
  • July 17: The Little Mermaid
  • July 24: Toy Story 4
  • July 31: Abominable
Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie @ Memorial Park - Amphitheater
Jul 10 @ 8:30 pm

Free, family-friendly movies at Memorial Park. Bring chairs, blankets or beanbags and watch the movie on our giant screen under the stars. Free popcorn, courtesy of Fridley Paramount Theatres. Pop & candy will also be available to purchase.  Movies will start at dusk.

July 10: Frozen II (PG) 8:45 pm

July 17: Moana (PG) 8:45 pm

July 24: The Lion King (PG) 8:40 pm

July 31: Aladdin (PG) 8:30 pm

 

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.

Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 11 @ 5:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Live Theatre Drive-in @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm

The Des Moines Playhouse is keeping theatre LIVE in Des Moines with a unique new initiative: Live Theatre Drive-in. Starting June 12 and continuing nearly every weekend through Aug. 15, The Playhouse will present three, two-person cast plays in its parking lot, with audiences remaining safely in their cars listening via a radio frequency, just like at state-opened drive-in movie theatres. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, but reservations are required as space is limited. We will post a reservation link soon.

David Kilpatrick, Playhouse executive director, said, “Theatre is a communal event. This summer we want to come together and celebrate live performances, yet remain safe and physically distant.”  Playhouse artistic director Katy Merriman added, “I know so many of us feel like we’ve been at home waiting to jump on any chance to create something and spend time with others. I’m excited to provide our community with an outlet for expression, whether on the stage or as a viewer, in a safe environment. And we get to be outside!”

Keeping the audience safe

  • The Playhouse parking lot will accommodate 20 cars with six-plus feet between cars. Audiences can sit in their cars or, remaining physically distanced, sit in lawn chairs in their parking space.
  • Pay-what-you-can donations will be collected via texting software. A tip jar will also be available for those without the ability to text a donation.
  • Restrooms will be available with staff doing a thorough cleaning after each use.
  • Stam Chocolate will be available for sale from theatre staff, and one food truck will be on site at each performance.

About the shows

Love Letters
By A.R. Gurney
7:00 PM, Fridays & Saturdays, June 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Love Letters centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. The actors sit side-by-side at tables and read the notes, letters, and cards that span a 50-year friendship. As time progresses, Melissa and Andrew discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats. Each weekend will feature a different pair of Playhouse actors. Love Letters is by A.R. Gurney.

Rounding Third
By Richard Dresser
7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, July 10-11
7:00 PM Thursdays-Saturdays, July 16-18, 23-25
Don is a coach who believes that winning is what is most important in baseball, and he is all about the game. Michael is his assistant coach and a businessman who believes that kids should have fun when they play baseball. Don’s kid is the team’s star pitcher. Michael’s kid can barely remember to keep his shoelaces tied. These conflicting personalities instantly clash.

The Roommate
By Jen Silverman
7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, July 31-Aug. 1
7:00 PM, Thursdays-Saturdays, Aug. 6-8, 13-15
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. The Roommate is a dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

Performance Times:
7:00 PM, Fridays & Saturdays + some Thursdays
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 please contact executive director David Kilpatrick, 515-974-5353.
Jul
4
Sat
Historic Independence Day Celebration @ Living History Farms
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am

Enjoy an old-fashioned fourth with an iconic, historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. 1876 marks the first centennial of the United States, and Living History Farms’ Independence Day activities truly show what this day meant to those in the 19th century – a day of family fun. Families can take part in pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, the town parade, watermelon seed spitting contests, and more! To fit everything in, be sure to arrive early to tour our historic farms, enjoy the town activities, and still have time to catch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball game at 2:30pm.

Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Jul 4 @ 2:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2020 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 23
Sunday, June 21
Saturday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 1
Saturday, September 26

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

City of Waukee – Skydiver Demonstration & 4th of July Fireworks @ Centennial Park
Jul 4 @ 8:00 pm

The Des Moines Skydivers will land in Centennial Park at 8 p.m., and fireworks will light up the sky at dusk (around 9:30 p.m.)!

 

West Des Moines Fireworks Display @ West Des Moines City Campus
Jul 4 @ 8:30 pm

The Fireworks Display will start at dusk over the West Des Moines City Campus.

Home Base Grimes Independence Day Fireworks Show @ Grimes Sports Complex
Jul 4 @ 10:00 pm

We do ask that everyone please consider staying in their cars, watching from their homes or just making sure that you are abiding by the social distancing guidelines.

In Partnership with the City of Grimes, a Home Base Iowa Community, looks forward to celebrating our nation’s Independence Day on the evening of July 4th at the Grimes Sports Complex (600 S James Street) at 10PM.

**Time is subject to change** So please keep checking for updates leading up to and day of the event!

Vetarans, please visit https://www.homebaseiowa.gov/ for a list of known local benefits.

Jul
6
Mon
Des Moines Public Pools Opening Day @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 6 @ 1:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Drive In Clive @ Clive Aquatic Center Parking Lot
Jul 6 @ 8:00 pm

Clive Parks and Recreation is hosting multiple Drive-in Movie Nights in the Clive Aquatic Center parking lot! Parking Lot opens at 7pm. Movies start at 8pm.

Frozen 2 – July 6 07/06/2020 to 07/06/2020
Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
The Goonies – July 13 07/13/2020 to 07/13/2020
Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
Toy Story 4 – July 27 07/27/2020 to 07/27/2020
Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
Space Jam – August 3 08/03/2020 to 08/03/2020
Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
Scoob! – August 10 08/10/2020 to 08/10/2020
Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
Jul
7
Tue
Picnic in the Park @ Doanes Park
Jul 7 @ 10:30 am
Grandparents, parents and caregivers of young children are invited to join us for Picnic in the Park. This free play group is a great opportunity for children to socialize and burn off energy, and adults to socialize and relax. Bring your own picnic lunch and join us for unstructured open play!
10:30 am to 12:00 noon
*Weather Permitting*
Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Jul
8
Wed
Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Jul
9
Thu
Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Jul
10
Fri
Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Live Theatre Drive-in @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm

The Des Moines Playhouse is keeping theatre LIVE in Des Moines with a unique new initiative: Live Theatre Drive-in. Starting June 12 and continuing nearly every weekend through Aug. 15, The Playhouse will present three, two-person cast plays in its parking lot, with audiences remaining safely in their cars listening via a radio frequency, just like at state-opened drive-in movie theatres. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, but reservations are required as space is limited. We will post a reservation link soon.

David Kilpatrick, Playhouse executive director, said, “Theatre is a communal event. This summer we want to come together and celebrate live performances, yet remain safe and physically distant.”  Playhouse artistic director Katy Merriman added, “I know so many of us feel like we’ve been at home waiting to jump on any chance to create something and spend time with others. I’m excited to provide our community with an outlet for expression, whether on the stage or as a viewer, in a safe environment. And we get to be outside!”

Keeping the audience safe

  • The Playhouse parking lot will accommodate 20 cars with six-plus feet between cars. Audiences can sit in their cars or, remaining physically distanced, sit in lawn chairs in their parking space.
  • Pay-what-you-can donations will be collected via texting software. A tip jar will also be available for those without the ability to text a donation.
  • Restrooms will be available with staff doing a thorough cleaning after each use.
  • Stam Chocolate will be available for sale from theatre staff, and one food truck will be on site at each performance.

About the shows

Love Letters
By A.R. Gurney
7:00 PM, Fridays & Saturdays, June 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Love Letters centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. The actors sit side-by-side at tables and read the notes, letters, and cards that span a 50-year friendship. As time progresses, Melissa and Andrew discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats. Each weekend will feature a different pair of Playhouse actors. Love Letters is by A.R. Gurney.

Rounding Third
By Richard Dresser
7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, July 10-11
7:00 PM Thursdays-Saturdays, July 16-18, 23-25
Don is a coach who believes that winning is what is most important in baseball, and he is all about the game. Michael is his assistant coach and a businessman who believes that kids should have fun when they play baseball. Don’s kid is the team’s star pitcher. Michael’s kid can barely remember to keep his shoelaces tied. These conflicting personalities instantly clash.

The Roommate
By Jen Silverman
7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, July 31-Aug. 1
7:00 PM, Thursdays-Saturdays, Aug. 6-8, 13-15
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. The Roommate is a dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

Performance Times:
7:00 PM, Fridays & Saturdays + some Thursdays
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 please contact executive director David Kilpatrick, 515-974-5353.
Penoach Vineyard & Winery Outdoor Summer Concerts @ Penoach Winery
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm

Our Sunset in the Vineyard Outdoor concerts are back!

Out of necessity, our events will look somewhat different this year. We are starting off by limiting attendance to 150.

TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

We will NOT be doing tastings and all sales by the bottle will be outside. Please limit the size of your group to 10 and be mindful of social distancing while purchasing wine and walking around. We really want to be able to keep this going! There are so many things to figure out going forward, so with your help we will make this work!

We ask that you bring your own chair, glasses, opener, and ice. We are not able to put out ice and openers and ice buckets at this time. Please keep children with you at all times.

AS ALWAYS, NO OUTSIDE PURCHASED ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED.

2020 Event Schedule

You can purchase tickets for our Sunset in the Vineyard concerts by clicking on the date below! TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Concerts  7-10 pm *  
Sept 19  Apple Festival  10-5 
             Music by Brick n’ Bob 1-5
*Food will be available at each concert
Movies Under the Stars @ Wagner Park - Ankeny Band Shell
Jul 10 @ 8:30 pm

Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite snack! Movies are FREE and begin at dusk. Due to Covid-19, social distancing will be required.

  • June 26: Frozen II
  • July 3: Secret Life of Pets 2
  • July 10: E.T.
  • July 17: The Little Mermaid
  • July 24: Toy Story 4
  • July 31: Abominable
Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movie @ Memorial Park - Amphitheater
Jul 10 @ 8:30 pm

Free, family-friendly movies at Memorial Park. Bring chairs, blankets or beanbags and watch the movie on our giant screen under the stars. Free popcorn, courtesy of Fridley Paramount Theatres. Pop & candy will also be available to purchase.  Movies will start at dusk.

July 10: Frozen II (PG) 8:45 pm

July 17: Moana (PG) 8:45 pm

July 24: The Lion King (PG) 8:40 pm

July 31: Aladdin (PG) 8:30 pm

 

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.

Des Moines Public Pools Half Price Admission @ Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Teachout Aquatic Center
Jul 11 @ 5:00 pm

2020 Pool Season

On Monday, July 6, Nahas Aquatic Center will open in addition to Birdland Pool and Teachout Aquatic Center. These three facilities will be open daily to the public for swim lessons, fitness classes and open swim. Ashworth and Northwest Aquatic Centers will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Monday – Friday
8 – 9 a.m. – Lap swim (Note: You must be 15 years or older to participate in lap swim. Lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Swim lessons.
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Aqua fitness class/lap swim. (Note: aquatic centers have a lower number of available lanes).
1 – 4:30 p.m. – Public open swim.
4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Swim lessons.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 6:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Sunday
12 – 1 p.m. – Lap swim.
1 – 5:30 p.m. – Public open swim.

Fitness Classes
Monday – Aqua Zumba at Birdland.
Tuesday – Aqua Body at Birdland.
Wednesday – Aqua Zumba at Teachout.
Thursday – Aqua Body at Teachout.

For patron and staff safety, our team has implemented the following COVID19 modifications for the 2020 season:

Daily admission:
Adults 21 and over: $4
Ages 3 – 20: $2
2 and under: Free
Half price admission after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Half price admission after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Capacity is limited to 200 people per facility, with a “one in, one out” policy.
Pay at the gate. No preregistration will be taken.
No season passes.
Waivers required upon admission for those 18 and up. It is strongly encouraged that a parent or legal guardian attend with patrons under 18.
The tube slides at Teachout will be closed; however, the non-tube water slides at all other facilities will be open.
No pool rentals will be available.
No chairs provided. Patrons can bring their own chair for use under shade canopies and on grass/deck areas.
No lockers/baskets.
Concessions open and provided in accordance with state regulations for restaurant services.
Facilities cleaned between sessions and throughout the day as needed.

Live Theatre Drive-in @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm

The Des Moines Playhouse is keeping theatre LIVE in Des Moines with a unique new initiative: Live Theatre Drive-in. Starting June 12 and continuing nearly every weekend through Aug. 15, The Playhouse will present three, two-person cast plays in its parking lot, with audiences remaining safely in their cars listening via a radio frequency, just like at state-opened drive-in movie theatres. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, but reservations are required as space is limited. We will post a reservation link soon.

David Kilpatrick, Playhouse executive director, said, “Theatre is a communal event. This summer we want to come together and celebrate live performances, yet remain safe and physically distant.”  Playhouse artistic director Katy Merriman added, “I know so many of us feel like we’ve been at home waiting to jump on any chance to create something and spend time with others. I’m excited to provide our community with an outlet for expression, whether on the stage or as a viewer, in a safe environment. And we get to be outside!”

Keeping the audience safe

  • The Playhouse parking lot will accommodate 20 cars with six-plus feet between cars. Audiences can sit in their cars or, remaining physically distanced, sit in lawn chairs in their parking space.
  • Pay-what-you-can donations will be collected via texting software. A tip jar will also be available for those without the ability to text a donation.
  • Restrooms will be available with staff doing a thorough cleaning after each use.
  • Stam Chocolate will be available for sale from theatre staff, and one food truck will be on site at each performance.

About the shows

Love Letters
By A.R. Gurney
7:00 PM, Fridays & Saturdays, June 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Love Letters centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. The actors sit side-by-side at tables and read the notes, letters, and cards that span a 50-year friendship. As time progresses, Melissa and Andrew discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats. Each weekend will feature a different pair of Playhouse actors. Love Letters is by A.R. Gurney.

Rounding Third
By Richard Dresser
7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, July 10-11
7:00 PM Thursdays-Saturdays, July 16-18, 23-25
Don is a coach who believes that winning is what is most important in baseball, and he is all about the game. Michael is his assistant coach and a businessman who believes that kids should have fun when they play baseball. Don’s kid is the team’s star pitcher. Michael’s kid can barely remember to keep his shoelaces tied. These conflicting personalities instantly clash.

The Roommate
By Jen Silverman
7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, July 31-Aug. 1
7:00 PM, Thursdays-Saturdays, Aug. 6-8, 13-15
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. The Roommate is a dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

Performance Times:
7:00 PM, Fridays & Saturdays + some Thursdays
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 please contact executive director David Kilpatrick, 515-974-5353.