Calendar

Oct
23
Wed
1/2 Price Night @ Skateland
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for a full day of skating! Half off general admission and $1 skate rental 5-9pm.

Oct
24
Thu
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm

October 17-20 and October 24-27

Take part in a 32-year old tradition at Living History Farms – Family Halloween! Families are welcomed into the 1875 town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and listen to enchanting storytellers. Try your hand at pumpkin bowling, witch broom races, and a scarecrow relay. Enter photos of you, your family, or your dog dressed up at the Farms into our new costume contest and you could win a prize! Living History Farms offers “teal pumpkins” stops for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Save money when you get your tickets in advance online.

Theme Nights

Need some costume inspiration? Take a look at our theme for each night!
  • Oct. 17 & 24 – School Spirit Night
  • Oct. 18 & 25 – Doggone Scary
  • Oct. 19 & 26 – Fairytales & Superheroes
  • Oct. 20 & 27 Farmer & Friends

Tickets required for everyone 2 years and older. Children 1 and under are free.

Oct
25
Fri
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm

October 17-20 and October 24-27

Take part in a 32-year old tradition at Living History Farms – Family Halloween! Families are welcomed into the 1875 town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and listen to enchanting storytellers. Try your hand at pumpkin bowling, witch broom races, and a scarecrow relay. Enter photos of you, your family, or your dog dressed up at the Farms into our new costume contest and you could win a prize! Living History Farms offers “teal pumpkins” stops for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Save money when you get your tickets in advance online.

Theme Nights

Need some costume inspiration? Take a look at our theme for each night!
  • Oct. 17 & 24 – School Spirit Night
  • Oct. 18 & 25 – Doggone Scary
  • Oct. 19 & 26 – Fairytales & Superheroes
  • Oct. 20 & 27 Farmer & Friends

Tickets required for everyone 2 years and older. Children 1 and under are free.

Disney’s Freaky Friday @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm

OCT 18 – NOV 3, 2019

Performance Times: 7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again.

Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Comedy Experiment @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm

Join us for another season of comedy in the Stoner Theater with Comedy XPeriment.

Comedy XPeriment is the longest running improvisation troupe in central Iowa. Its flagship year, 2003, saw a veteran and enthusiastic group of performers abandon the comfort of scripts in pursuit of the greatest untold story. Through the years, CXP has continued its mission of bringing high quality improvisation to central Iowa in the most unique and spontaneous ways imaginable!

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

Public Night @ Drake Municipal Observatory
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm

2019 Fall Lecture Series

As always, the lectures begin at 8:00 pm and sky viewing (if clear) are open and free to all.

Our Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Man’s Venture Off Planet continues with the Future of Manned Exploration

Beyond the Horizon, The First Steps

September 6   Our Backyard Safari

Within 25 light years of our Sun, we have an amazing collection of possible worlds to visit. The problem of time and distance.

September 13  Alternative Possibilities

A whole new world of deep space rocket propulsion is being explored which includes sending an interstellar postcard.

September 20  The Human Problem

We could mitigate almost all long term human frailty problems, except one. Guest Speaker: Dr. Athanasios N. Petridis: Drake University

September 27   Imagined Solutions 

How Hollywood solves the problems and makes it almost believable.

October 4      Getting It Wrong

The Hollywood solution often isn’t the right one. And they don’t even address the big problem.

October 11     F.T.L.

What is it and is it a solution to interstellar travel.

October 18     F.T.L. Alternatives

Possible solutions to the FTL problems that have a true historical basis.

October 25     The Wait Factor

By the time your parents get there you would have beaten them and returned.

Twenty One Pilots @ Wells Fargo Arena
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm

Twenty One Pilots have announced a new U.S. leg of their global headline “Banditø Tour” due to overwhelming demand. The new Live Nation-produced tour dates, which follow this summer’s sold-out arena run, are set to kickoff October 9 at Tampa, FL’s Amalie Arena and will stop at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines October 25.

To ensure tickets get in to the hands of fans and not scalpers or bots, the tour has partnered with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform. Fans can register now through July 14 at 11:59PM at www.twentyonepilots.com/banditotour. Registered fans who receive a code will have access to purchase tickets before the general public starting on July 16 at 10AM through July 18 at 10PM.

All remaining tickets for the new U.S. dates will be released to the public at 10AM local time on Friday, July 19 and can be purchased at Hy-VeeTix.com, the Wells Fargo Arena ticket office, by phone at 844-55-HYVEE or any Des Moines area or Ames Hy-VeeTix.com locations.

Oct
26
Sat
Downtown Farmers’ Market @ Court Avenue
Oct 26 @ 7:00 am

The Downtown Farmers’ Market connects urban and rural communities while supporting 300 local entrepreneurs including farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more, representing 58 counties across the state of Iowa. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines, every Saturday morning, even holidays, from May – October.

Disney’s Freaky Friday @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm

OCT 18 – NOV 3, 2019

Performance Times: 7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again.

Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm

Set your kid’s creativity free with a new twist on fun at Painting with a Twist in Urbandale. Our professional artists guide children during each painting party to create a finished work of art they can proudly hang at home or give to a loved one!

Age Policy – Kids’ and family classes open to ages 7+; youth classes open to ages 10+; all other classes open to 16+; no toddlers or infants.

Upcoming Parties:

10/6 – Wicked Owlivia (Ages 10+) 1:00 to 3:00 PM

10/9 – Rustic Autumn Scarecrow (Ages 10+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10/15 – Halloween Cat (Ages 10+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10/17 – Copper Feathers (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10/19 – Choose Your House Colors (Ages 10+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

10/20 – Neon Spider (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

10/20 – Fall Glimmer (Ages 12+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

10/26 – Fall Family (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

10/27 – *CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN!* Alien Gang (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/2 – *CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN!* Alien Gang (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/3 – *CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN!* Alien Gang (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/9 – Hey, Turkey (Ages 5+)1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/16 – Reindog (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/16 – *PICK YOUR SNOWMAN!* Let It Snow (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

11/17 – Crazy Reindeer (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/17 – Smiling Is My Favorite! (Ages 10+) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

11/23 – Christmas Stargazing (Ages 10+) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

11/23 – Alpaca the Gifts (Ages 10+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/24 – Neon Christmas Tree (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

11/29 – *MOMMY & ME!* Snowy Unicorn Set (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/29 – Holiday Tree of Light (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

 

Bison on the Prairie @ Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm

Join us for a short presentation on the history and management of the American Bison, on Saturday, November 9, at 1:30 p.m.  Learn fun facts about bison in our Bison Room and take a guided walk along the ½- mile Overlook Trail to search for bison and elk herds while enjoying the prairie landscape. Please call to pre-register at 515/994-3400 or email Doreen_vanryswyk@fws.gov.

Open Swim @ Summit Pool
Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm

Open/LapSwim

Times are subject to change and will be posted at the pool.  The pool may be shared with other activities during these times. Please check the monthly schedules for daily dates and times for open swim and lap swim.

Disney’s Freaky Friday @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm

OCT 18 – NOV 3, 2019

Performance Times: 7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again.

Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm

October 17-20 and October 24-27

Take part in a 32-year old tradition at Living History Farms – Family Halloween! Families are welcomed into the 1875 town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and listen to enchanting storytellers. Try your hand at pumpkin bowling, witch broom races, and a scarecrow relay. Enter photos of you, your family, or your dog dressed up at the Farms into our new costume contest and you could win a prize! Living History Farms offers “teal pumpkins” stops for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Save money when you get your tickets in advance online.

Theme Nights

Need some costume inspiration? Take a look at our theme for each night!
  • Oct. 17 & 24 – School Spirit Night
  • Oct. 18 & 25 – Doggone Scary
  • Oct. 19 & 26 – Fairytales & Superheroes
  • Oct. 20 & 27 Farmer & Friends

Tickets required for everyone 2 years and older. Children 1 and under are free.

Carrie Underwood @ Wells Fargo Arena
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm

with special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June

Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, will launch a new arena tour, The Cry Pretty Tour 360, in Spring 2019.  The tour stops at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines October 26, 2019. She will be joined on tour by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June.

Underwood will release her eagerly-anticipated new album, Cry Pretty, on September 14. Cry Pretty will be her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville and marks the first time she has co-produced her own album. The lead single and title track, “Cry Pretty” debuted as the #1 song in the U.S. all-genres. The song also topped download charts in 38 countries around the world and amassed over 3.5 billion social impressions across 66 countries during its week of launch in April, which was culminated with a show-stopping performance on the “2018 ACM Awards” telecast. Carrie co-wrote the powerful single with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose (aka The Love Junkies) and co-produced Cry Pretty with fellow writer/producer David Garcia.

Following her successful “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round,” the new production will feature a brand-new stage in the middle of the arena floor, creating a unique 360-degree setting to allow fans on all sides of the arena an intimate view of the concert.  Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson) is the tour’s Creative Director, and Nick Whitehouse/Fireplay (Justin Timberlake, Beyonce) is Production Designer.

“I love performing in the round,” says Underwood.  “It’s so much fun for me and the band to play in every direction and creates a much more intimate and immersive experience for the audience, even in a larger arena setting.  It’s been exciting to introduce audiences to Cry Pretty and I can’t wait to bring the new album to life on this tour, along with all of the songs we love to play live.  I’m thrilled to be going out with an amazing line-up – Maddie & Tae and Runaway June are incredible artists that are going to bring even more electricity to our shows.”

“Our customers love getting early access to the best in entertainment, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Carrie Underwood as the official presale credit card of her 2019 tour,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi.
Underwood has arranged for a donation of $1 from each ticket sold for The Cry Pretty Tour 360 to be contributed to Danita’s Children, which provides a safe haven for abandoned and vulnerable children in Haiti, while encouraging families to stay together through their education and malnutrition programs.

Prior to embarking on the tour next Spring, Underwood will appear at the upcoming iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas, as well as such international festivals as The Long Road Festival and Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park in the UK, Tuckerville in The Netherlands, and Deni Ute Muster in Australia.

Comedy Experiment @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm

Join us for another season of comedy in the Stoner Theater with Comedy XPeriment.

Comedy XPeriment is the longest running improvisation troupe in central Iowa. Its flagship year, 2003, saw a veteran and enthusiastic group of performers abandon the comfort of scripts in pursuit of the greatest untold story. Through the years, CXP has continued its mission of bringing high quality improvisation to central Iowa in the most unique and spontaneous ways imaginable!

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

Public Night @ Ashton Observatory
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm

Dark skies and the Milky Way reign over Ashton Observatory every clear night, waiting for us all to seek them out. From April through October members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society open Ashton Observatory to the public each Saturday evening. We are delighted to share the majesty of the night sky with you!

The first Saturday of each month is pure stargazing. The other Saturdays of each month offer a classroom program from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., followed by stargazing after that.

All Ashton Public Nights are free admission.  Your free-will donations will help keep Ashton Observatory open.

 

Saturday Public Nights stop during July, mainly due to late sunset times – full darkness doesn’t begin until after 10:00 pm. If sky conditions are good, some DMAS members might be present on July Saturdays, but no regular programs will be provided.

 

Oct
27
Sun
Candy Craze @ DSM First
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am

Join us for an out-of-this-world experience where kids will discover new galaxies with a chance to seize cosmic amounts of candy. Sunday, October 27th immediately following our 9:30am and 11:15am service. Don’t come alone, make sure to bring another Jedi with you to help the Rebels defeat the Empire!

Disney’s Freaky Friday @ Des Moines Community Playhouse
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm

OCT 18 – NOV 3, 2019

Performance Times: 7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again.

Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm

Set your kid’s creativity free with a new twist on fun at Painting with a Twist in Urbandale. Our professional artists guide children during each painting party to create a finished work of art they can proudly hang at home or give to a loved one!

Age Policy – Kids’ and family classes open to ages 7+; youth classes open to ages 10+; all other classes open to 16+; no toddlers or infants.

Upcoming Parties:

10/6 – Wicked Owlivia (Ages 10+) 1:00 to 3:00 PM

10/9 – Rustic Autumn Scarecrow (Ages 10+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10/15 – Halloween Cat (Ages 10+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10/17 – Copper Feathers (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10/19 – Choose Your House Colors (Ages 10+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

10/20 – Neon Spider (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

10/20 – Fall Glimmer (Ages 12+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

10/26 – Fall Family (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

10/27 – *CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN!* Alien Gang (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/2 – *CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN!* Alien Gang (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/3 – *CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN!* Alien Gang (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/9 – Hey, Turkey (Ages 5+)1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/16 – Reindog (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/16 – *PICK YOUR SNOWMAN!* Let It Snow (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

11/17 – Crazy Reindeer (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/17 – Smiling Is My Favorite! (Ages 10+) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

11/23 – Christmas Stargazing (Ages 10+) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

11/23 – Alpaca the Gifts (Ages 10+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

11/24 – Neon Christmas Tree (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

11/29 – *MOMMY & ME!* Snowy Unicorn Set (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

11/29 – Holiday Tree of Light (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM