Calendar

Jan
25
Sat
Introduction to Ice Skating @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Jan 25 @ 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!

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Jan 25 @ 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:

1/3 – Pick Your Favorite Puppy! (Ages 5+) 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

1/4 – *MOMMY & ME!* Candy Corn Unicorns Set (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint BB8 (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint Chewbacca (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint R2D2 (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/11 – Sparkle Unicorn (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/11 – Greatness (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

1/12 – Donut Panic (Ages 5+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

1/18 – Bright Love Trees (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/25 – Pizza My Heart (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/25 – Gentle Giants (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/1 – *FREE CUPCAKES!* Rainbow Cupcake Party (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

2/1 – Peaceful Birch (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/11 – Be Mine Gnome (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2/15 – *MOMMY & ME!* Unicorn Set 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/15 – *MOMMY & ME!* Mermicorns Set (Ages 5+) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

2/15 – *TWO PAINTERS!* Better Together Set (Ages 12+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/16 – *MOMMY/DADDY & ME!* Love Trees Set (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/18 – Wander Boho Feathers (Ages 12+ )6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2/22 – *CHOOSE YOUR BOOT!* Lil’ Buckaroos (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

2/22 – A Blush and Rose Gold Winter (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/23 – I Whaley Love You (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/25 – A Paris Sunset (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Jan 25 @ 4:00 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:

1/3 – Pick Your Favorite Puppy! (Ages 5+) 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

1/4 – *MOMMY & ME!* Candy Corn Unicorns Set (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint BB8 (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint Chewbacca (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint R2D2 (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/11 – Sparkle Unicorn (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/11 – Greatness (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

1/12 – Donut Panic (Ages 5+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

1/18 – Bright Love Trees (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/25 – Pizza My Heart (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/25 – Gentle Giants (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/1 – *FREE CUPCAKES!* Rainbow Cupcake Party (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

2/1 – Peaceful Birch (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/11 – Be Mine Gnome (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2/15 – *MOMMY & ME!* Unicorn Set 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/15 – *MOMMY & ME!* Mermicorns Set (Ages 5+) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

2/15 – *TWO PAINTERS!* Better Together Set (Ages 12+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/16 – *MOMMY/DADDY & ME!* Love Trees Set (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/18 – Wander Boho Feathers (Ages 12+ )6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2/22 – *CHOOSE YOUR BOOT!* Lil’ Buckaroos (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

2/22 – A Blush and Rose Gold Winter (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/23 – I Whaley Love You (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/25 – A Paris Sunset (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Winter Star Gazing, Constellations, and Stories @ Kuehn Conservation Area
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm

Preregistration is required for this free program.
One of the tragedies of our culture is that winter, and sunsets, send us indoors where we are insulated by a roof from the wonders of the night skies. Earlier cultures of our place did not suffer from these maladies. Each sunset, was an invitation to look up, and wonder. The Paiute peoples had a phrase, spoken at nightfall, as they turned their gaze, not to Netflix or Fortnite, but to the heavens. This phrase, “Tu Omp I Av, Tu Weep”, translates to–the sky is beautiful, just as the earth. Join us to explore the wonders of the night skies, and in the process we hope that you will be reminded of the wonders underfoot here in the wilds of Dallas County.

Jan
28
Tue
Toddler Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Jan 28 @ 10:30 am

Come for stories, songs, and then stay for toddler time!

Jan
29
Wed
Preschool Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Jan 29 @ 10:30 am

Come for stories, songs, and a simple craft!

Jan
30
Thu
Caterpillar Club @ Reiman Gardens
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am

Join us weekly this winter for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories and creative activities around a nature-based theme. Best for children five and under with an adult.
No preregistration required.

Free for Members, ISU Students
Free with admission for General Public

 

 

Preschool Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Jan 30 @ 10:30 am

Come for stories, songs, and a simple craft!

Feb
1
Sat
Home Depot – FREE Kids Workshops @ Home Depot Stores
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am
  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed

Other Locations:

3700 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266 (515)221-2233

10850 Plum Drive, Urbandale, IA 50322 (515)251-5819

2335 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021  (515)963-1890

Spectrum Stories @ Des Moines Playhouse
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am

Fall Session: Ages 6-16 Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM Sept. 7-Oct. 26

Winter Session: Ages 6-16 Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM Jan. 4-Feb. 29, 2020

Spring Session: Ages 6-16 Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM * Mar. 28-Apr. 25, 2020

$5.00 per session (payable by check or cash at the door each session)

Join us for an fun hour of drama! Come to one session or come to all! Open to any student, Spectrum Stories is a theatre class experience designed for the unique interests and needs of students on the autism spectrum. Through storytelling, creative play, social interaction and non-verbal communication, your student can work on social skills, flexible thinking, self-expression, empathy for others and self-confidence. Siblings and friends are welcome as well. Pre-registration online at dmplayhouse.com is encouraged but drop-ins are also welcome!

An additional emergency contact form is available at the door specifically for those who tend to elope. Parents are asked to remain in the building during class time, and may accompany their child into class if they wish.

 

Goldie’s Kids Club @ The State Historical Museum
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am

Join Goldie the Goldfinch on the first Saturday of every month to learn about Iowa history and solve some of its mysteries! Through hands-on activities, artifact examinations, exhibit tours and more, children (ages 8-12) and their families can explore the past… like never before.

“History Mystery” programs encourage participants to examine historic artifacts to determine how they were used and who might have used them.

“Innovative Iowans” programs involve interactive activities that connect history with STEAM education – science, technology, engineering, art and math.

All of the programs are free, but advance registration is required for the hour-long programs. Each child must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

Upcoming Programs

Jan. 4, 2020 – Innovative Iowans: Electric Horseless Carriages Jan. 4, 2020

Feb. 1, 2020 – History Mystery: Whatchamacallits & Thingamajigs Feb. 1, 2020

Mar. 7, 2020 – Innovative Iowans: Civil War Spies

Apr. 4, 2020 – History Mystery: Iowans on the Job

May 2, 2020 – Innovative Iowans: Building the Past

 

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating @ Giovannetti Community Shelter
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am

Decorate cookies for the holiday! Each child will take home the cookies that they decorate. Please bring a plastic storage container. (Parent /guardian will need to be present to assist child with decorating.)

Registration Deadline: January 27

Fee is for Parent and Child – please register CHILD only.

Nature Tots @ Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Feb 1 @ 10:30 am

Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult and join us as we read stories, go outside, make nature crafts, and much more! Pre-registration is required. Call 515-994-3400 or Doreen_vanryswyk@fws.gov.

January Theme: Winter Wildlife Survival

February Theme: Winter Birds

 

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Feb 1 @ 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:

1/3 – Pick Your Favorite Puppy! (Ages 5+) 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

1/4 – *MOMMY & ME!* Candy Corn Unicorns Set (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint BB8 (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint Chewbacca (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint R2D2 (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/11 – Sparkle Unicorn (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/11 – Greatness (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

1/12 – Donut Panic (Ages 5+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

1/18 – Bright Love Trees (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/25 – Pizza My Heart (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/25 – Gentle Giants (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/1 – *FREE CUPCAKES!* Rainbow Cupcake Party (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

2/1 – Peaceful Birch (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/11 – Be Mine Gnome (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2/15 – *MOMMY & ME!* Unicorn Set 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/15 – *MOMMY & ME!* Mermicorns Set (Ages 5+) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

2/15 – *TWO PAINTERS!* Better Together Set (Ages 12+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/16 – *MOMMY/DADDY & ME!* Love Trees Set (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/18 – Wander Boho Feathers (Ages 12+ )6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2/22 – *CHOOSE YOUR BOOT!* Lil’ Buckaroos (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

2/22 – A Blush and Rose Gold Winter (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/23 – I Whaley Love You (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/25 – A Paris Sunset (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Feb 1 @ 4:00 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:

1/3 – Pick Your Favorite Puppy! (Ages 5+) 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

1/4 – *MOMMY & ME!* Candy Corn Unicorns Set (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint BB8 (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint Chewbacca (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/6 – *STAR WARS!* Paint R2D2 (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

1/11 – Sparkle Unicorn (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/11 – Greatness (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

1/12 – Donut Panic (Ages 5+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

1/18 – Bright Love Trees (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/25 – Pizza My Heart (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

1/25 – Gentle Giants (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/1 – *FREE CUPCAKES!* Rainbow Cupcake Party (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

2/1 – Peaceful Birch (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/11 – Be Mine Gnome (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2/15 – *MOMMY & ME!* Unicorn Set 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/15 – *MOMMY & ME!* Mermicorns Set (Ages 5+) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

2/15 – *TWO PAINTERS!* Better Together Set (Ages 12+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/16 – *MOMMY/DADDY & ME!* Love Trees Set (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/18 – Wander Boho Feathers (Ages 12+ )6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2/22 – *CHOOSE YOUR BOOT!* Lil’ Buckaroos (Ages 5+) 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

2/22 – A Blush and Rose Gold Winter (Ages 10+) 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2/23 – I Whaley Love You (Ages 5+) 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

2/25 – A Paris Sunset (Ages 12+) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Feb
2
Sun
Veterans & Family Workshop @ Des Moines Art Center
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm

Get creative and crafty as you learn, make, and create with other Veteran families. Work together as a family in an artistic environment as you build bonds and explore art. Make fun family memories in an artistic atmosphere geared for all ages.

For veterans of or those currently serving in the US Armed Forces and their families only, please.

FUN FAMILY PORTRAITS
Make a picture to last a lifetime! Bring your loved ones into the art studio for an afternoon of family portrait fun. Create keepsake images together featuring your smiling faces using paint, paper and other mediums. Take home personalized portraits perfect for framing and sharing with family and friends.

Registration required.

Feb
4
Tue
Toddler Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Feb 4 @ 10:30 am

Come for stories, songs, and then stay for toddler time!

Feb
5
Wed
Toddler Tales @ Jester Park Nature Center
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am

Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft. Recommended for ages 3-6. FREE. No registration required.

Preschool Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Feb 5 @ 10:30 am

Come for stories, songs, and a simple craft!

Feb
6
Thu
Caterpillar Club @ Reiman Gardens
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am

Join us weekly this winter for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories and creative activities around a nature-based theme. Best for children five and under with an adult.
No preregistration required.

Free for Members, ISU Students
Free with admission for General Public