Calendar

Nov
16
Sat
My Little Artist + Me @ Des Moines Art Center
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am

Discover and explore the studio together with your budding artist! Multiple creativity stations will allow your child to experiment with a variety of activities and art materials at their own pace as they develop motor skills, cognitive skills, and social skills. Each class provides your child with a unique, well-rounded art experience with a visit to the museum and story time, creative movement, and playing musical instruments. Space is limited; please pre-register for each class or purchase a class pass.

Pre-Registration required.

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Nov 16 @ 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

 

 

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Nov 16 @ 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:

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

 

 

Nov
17
Sun
Art Spectrums: Session I @ Des Moines Art Center
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm

*Registration required.

Art Spectrums is a free program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.

Participants visit and discuss a work of art in the museum for inspiration and then make their own artwork in the studio.

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Nov 17 @ 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

 

 

Art Spectrums: Session II @ Des Moines Art Center
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm

*Registration required.

Art Spectrums is a free program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.

Participants visit and discuss a work of art in the museum for inspiration and then make their own artwork in the studio.

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Nov 17 @ 3:00 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

 

 

MadCAP Improv @ Class Act Productions
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm

MadCAP Improv is a wild, fast-paced improvisation games workshop for young adults in grades 6-12!

*Tickets are $5.00 at the door (CASH ONLY) and concessions available.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, February 16, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, March 16, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, April 20, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, May 18, 2019
** Mother’s Day MadCAP – Adult invited free with paid young adult admission
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019
** Father’s Day MadCAP – Adult invited free with paid young adult admission
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, July 20, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, August 17, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, September 21, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, November 17, 2019
** note different day/time
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

 

Nov
18
Mon
Animal Feedings @ Forest Park Museum
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am

Most Mondays, 10:00 a.m. @ Forest Park Museum

FREE but call ahead to confirm!

Join us for a chance to see our snake collection eat their tasty weekly meal and learn about the other Dallas County critters in our live collection. These underappreciated critters play important roles in our ecosystems and have some “superpowers” to share.

Nov
19
Tue
Under Appreciated @ Indianola Activity Center
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm

There are all kinds of beautiful, powerful, impressive critters in the world. It is easy to see why they inspire awe and are so focused on throughout different countries. Bringing you this program with Indianola Parks & Recreation, a WCCB naturalist is going to highlight some of the under appreciated critters that we have even right here in Iowa! Learn about several critters, including why the opossum deserves a little credit, and why several humble insects should get a “thank you!” This is a free, family friendly program.

Nov
20
Wed
Goldie’s Kids Club: Storytime @ The State Historical Museum
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am

Iowa is full of colorful characters! Meet a few each month when a team member from the State Historical Museum of Iowa reads a short story, and then stick around to participate in a hands-on activity, explore an exhibit or grab a snack upstairs at Cafe Baratta’s. The half-hour programs are recommended for young historians (ages 3-7) who are accompanied by an adult.

Upcoming Programs Date
County Fair adapted from the Little House Books Aug. 21, 2019
Going to Town adapted from the Little House Books Sep. 18, 2019
From Apple Trees to Cider Please by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky Oct. 16, 2019
Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle Nov. 20, 2019
Winter Days in the Big Woods adapted from the Little House Books Dec. 18, 2019
Preschool Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am

Come for stories, songs, and a simple craft!

Nov
21
Thu
SCI Code Camp @ Forest Avenue Library
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm

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

STEM Lab @ Pleasant Hill Library
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm

Third Thursday of each month at 6 pm. Enjoy a family-friendly movie, free popcorn and lemonade!

Nov
22
Fri
Story Sprouts @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
Nov 22 @ 10:30 am

Join us for this fun, interactive story time tailored toward children ages 2 to 5 that explores nature and plants. During each program, participants enjoy stories and an activity based on the week’s theme. Pre-registration not required.

 

Nov
23
Sat
Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am

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

 

 

Animal Winter Survival @ Jester Park Nature Center
Nov 23 @ 10:30 am
How do animals survive the winter? Learn about the different strategies animals use to survive a long cold Iowa winter. FREE. No registration required. Ages 5+.

 

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!

Special Saturday Story Sprouts @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
Nov 23 @ 10:30 am

Join us for a fun, interactive story time that explores nature and plants geared towards children ages 2-5. After story time, participants will have a chance to interact with Ballet Des Moines’ dancers and learn ballet positions.

 

Family Workshop @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
Nov 23 @ 11:00 am

Family workshops offer a fun, creative experience for youth and an adult to build a take-home project together.

One adult for every three children is required.

11/23 – Homemade Pumpkin Bread