Calendar

Mar
31
Tue
Fish Feedings @ Bass Pro Shops
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm

Join us every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 3 p.m. as we feed the fish in our Main Aquarium!

Do you have a youngster who would like to help us feed the fish?  Call the store at 515-957-5500 to make reserve a spot for one of our fish feedings days!

Apr
1
Wed
Preschool Storytime @ Grimes Public Library
Apr 1 @ 9:30 am

Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years are invited to join us as we share stories, rhymes, songs, games and crafts. No registration required.

 

 

Preschool Storytime @ Grimes Public Library
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am

Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years are invited to join us as we share stories, rhymes, songs, games and crafts. No registration required.

 

Storytime @ Altoona Public Library
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am

Children of all ages can come to storytime to hear stories, sing songs, and learn early literacy skills. Each week will have a new theme and kids will make a craft to take home or participate in a hands-on activity after the storytime is over.

Visit the Easter Bunny @ Valley West Mall
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am

The Easter Bunny Schedule

Friday, March 20- Saturday, April 11  (Closed Easter Sunday)

  • Monday-Saturday: 10am to 8pm
  • Sunday: 11am to 6pm

Bunny’s Carrot Breaks:

  • Monday-Saturday: 12:30-1:00 & 5:00-5:30
  • Sunday: 2:00-2:30 and 4:30-4:45
  • (Due to flow of traffic these times may vary slightly)

Bunny’s Helpful Hints

Evening Line Closures during high volume times: Please keep in mind that the Mr. Bunny visits with guests until closing time. That does not always mean that the line stays open until that time. During high volume days we must close the line to new visitors up to ½ hour before closing time.  This ensures that everyone in the current line will get a chance to visit prior to closing.

If it is important for you to visit that day, please make sure that you are here and in line ½ hour prior to closing time. This ensures your special visit. Once lines have been closed for the evening we are unable to take additional visitors.

They’re Crying Now What?: We know it is stressful trying to get that perfect photo. Some children wait in line eagerly talking about the Easter Bunny, then once it is their turn, cling to parents and cry. Don’t despair, we will do what we can to make sure the visit is still the best it can be.  This means maybe even pulling you over to the side so that you and your child can watch up close as other children interact with the Bunny. Once they are ready, we will get them right back in to visit.  No waiting! We also encourage you to come any time you like to just give a wave or high 5 so your child is ready for their official photo visit. Mr. Bunny’s chair is oversized so parents are welcome to sit with their children and visit and take a photo too!

Uh Oh!? Someone Needs a Diaper Change: We realize that there are times you need to do a diaper change or perhaps a bit of a clean-up prior to visiting with Mr. Bunny after you have gotten into the line. After all that is what happens when you have kids! Simply flag down one of our staff members and they will get you out of line and arrange to get you right back into your same place in line. We want kids, parents and Mr. Bunny to be comfortable during the visit. This makes it enjoyable for everyone.

Storytime @ Altoona Public Library
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am

Children of all ages can come to storytime to hear stories, sing songs, and learn early literacy skills. Each week will have a new theme and kids will make a craft to take home or participate in a hands-on activity after the storytime is over.

Interactive Family Movie: Trolls @ Altoona Public Library
Apr 1 @ 3:00 pm

We will be watching the Trolls movie and making awesome crafts! Free fun for the whole family.

Children, teens, and their guardians are welcome to attend. Ages 7 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

No registration is necessary.

The Cake @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm

Why Would She Say No?

A young woman returns to her North Carolina hometown to ask her deceased mother’s best friend to bake her wedding cake. But she’s marrying a woman, and the friend, very religious, refuses. And then things, including a baking reality TV show and dormant marriage, get very, very interesting.

Facts About The Play

  • From a writer of the hit TV show This Is Us

  • Inspired by the events that led to the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case

Apr
2
Thu
Bouncing Babies @ Johnston Public Library
Apr 2 @ 9:15 am

Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby’s foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

Teddy Toddler Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Apr 2 @ 9:30 am

Toddlers age 3 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Tuesdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Fridays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy this 20-minute program with your toddling teddy bear. This is bonding time for you and your child. Early literacy skills are modeled with the use of picture books, puppets, felt stories, finger plays, music, dancing, and bubble fun.

Drop-in program. No registration required.

Teddy Toddler Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am

Toddlers age 3 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Tuesdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Fridays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy this 20-minute program with your toddling teddy bear. This is bonding time for you and your child. Early literacy skills are modeled with the use of picture books, puppets, felt stories, finger plays, music, dancing, and bubble fun.

Drop-in program. No registration required.

Toddler Tales @ Jester Park Nature Center
Apr 2 @ 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.

Toddler Time @ Altoona Public Library
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am

Get ready to read, dance, and play at the Altoona Public Libary! We will have a half hour of books, rhymes, and music, followed by a free play time where toddlers can play with each other.

Ages 18 months – 3 years

Visit the Easter Bunny @ Valley West Mall
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am

The Easter Bunny Schedule

Friday, March 20- Saturday, April 11  (Closed Easter Sunday)

  • Monday-Saturday: 10am to 8pm
  • Sunday: 11am to 6pm

Bunny’s Carrot Breaks:

  • Monday-Saturday: 12:30-1:00 & 5:00-5:30
  • Sunday: 2:00-2:30 and 4:30-4:45
  • (Due to flow of traffic these times may vary slightly)

Bunny’s Helpful Hints

Evening Line Closures during high volume times: Please keep in mind that the Mr. Bunny visits with guests until closing time. That does not always mean that the line stays open until that time. During high volume days we must close the line to new visitors up to ½ hour before closing time.  This ensures that everyone in the current line will get a chance to visit prior to closing.

If it is important for you to visit that day, please make sure that you are here and in line ½ hour prior to closing time. This ensures your special visit. Once lines have been closed for the evening we are unable to take additional visitors.

They’re Crying Now What?: We know it is stressful trying to get that perfect photo. Some children wait in line eagerly talking about the Easter Bunny, then once it is their turn, cling to parents and cry. Don’t despair, we will do what we can to make sure the visit is still the best it can be.  This means maybe even pulling you over to the side so that you and your child can watch up close as other children interact with the Bunny. Once they are ready, we will get them right back in to visit.  No waiting! We also encourage you to come any time you like to just give a wave or high 5 so your child is ready for their official photo visit. Mr. Bunny’s chair is oversized so parents are welcome to sit with their children and visit and take a photo too!

Uh Oh!? Someone Needs a Diaper Change: We realize that there are times you need to do a diaper change or perhaps a bit of a clean-up prior to visiting with Mr. Bunny after you have gotten into the line. After all that is what happens when you have kids! Simply flag down one of our staff members and they will get you out of line and arrange to get you right back into your same place in line. We want kids, parents and Mr. Bunny to be comfortable during the visit. This makes it enjoyable for everyone.

Fish Feedings @ Bass Pro Shops
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm

Join us every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 3 p.m. as we feed the fish in our Main Aquarium!

Do you have a youngster who would like to help us feed the fish?  Call the store at 515-957-5500 to make reserve a spot for one of our fish feedings days!

Thursday Night Fun @ Clive Public Library
Apr 2 @ 6:15 pm

Families with children of various ages will delight in making memories during\ our Thursday night programs! As a reminder, these programs are free and pre-registration is necessary as indicated below. For programs that require registration, please register each person attending to ensure that we have plenty of supplies available. Go online, call, or stop in the library to register.

Description Dates/Times/Notes

Read ’n Romp: Are you getting tired of winter? Need something new to do that keeps you inside and warm? Come to the library for a safe and cozy place to let your kids get the winter wiggles out and read together. This program features a variety of indoor movement activities and a book nook in our community room in lieu of our regular story times. Adults need to accompany their children at all times. Older siblings 6 and older are welcome to do an art project in the teen room. February 6, February 13* 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. *More Read ‘n Romp dates (see page 9). Library Community Room No registration required.

African Culture Night: Bring the whole family for an exciting night that celebrates culture and traditions of the African Continent. Story time and music followed by exploration stations that involve all the senses such as a taste testing, an art project, language, and more! February 20 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration for each attendee required.

Bear Track Tales: Follow Dewey Bear’s tracks through an interactive, indoor story walk. Each child will receive a story time mini prize to take home. Limit one per child. February 27* 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. *Also offered during morning Story Time hours (see page 9) Story Time Room No registration required.

Art Night Out: March is National Art Month! Enjoy a creative evening making art as a family. Program begins with a short story time featuring a famous artist and an art project follows. March 5 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each child. STEM

Bedtime Stories: End the day as a family with books and bedtime fun all related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Pajamas, slippers, and favorite bedtime friends and blankets are welcome. Program highlights include picture books, puppets, felt stories, music, dancing, bubbles, and a STEM activity. March 12 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each child.

Science Show: Join Iowa’s Grout Museum to explore the magic of bubbles! Why are bubbles always round? What is needed to create a giant bubble? Discover the answer to these questions and more as we experiment and have a blast with bubbles. March 19 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each attendee.

Family Sing Along: Explore music together in a relaxed and playful setting. This is a 45 minute educationally-based program taught by local instructor and guitarist, Denise Forney. This class includes exploration of our natural singing voices, early music concepts, a variety of movement, and early music concepts with instruments. March 26 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each attendee.

The Wonders of Water: Celebrate life on planet Earth! Library Staff is teaming up with the Polk County Conservation to bring a program in which you become a water molecule and travel through the water cycle. Enjoy this hands-on experience with various activities and an eco-prize at the end geared towards families with children ages 5 and older. Siblings of all ages are welcome. April 2 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each child.

Stretches and Stories: Bring the whole family for a 30-minute Yoga story time led by a local Yoga instructor. Enjoy some of your favorite children’s books while stretching into fun and silly poses. Literacy exposure, physical exercise, and giggles will end the day off great! Please bring a mat or a towel for each participating member of your family and feel free to come in your cozy pajamas. April 9 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each attendee.

Stories, Seeds, and Songs: Ready, set, grow! Jump-start the summer sun by participating in stories, music, dance, and a planting activity all related to the joys of spring planting, summer gardening, and fall harvesting. April 16 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each child.

Make ‘n Take Mother’s Day Crafts: We will provide the supplies and some ideas to get you inspired. Make and take something truly from the heart for the mothers in your life! While supplies last. April 23 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room No registration required.

 

Storytime @ Grimes Public Library
Apr 2 @ 6:30 pm

Bring your family and join us to listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft. For all ages. No registration required.

The Cake @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm

Why Would She Say No?

A young woman returns to her North Carolina hometown to ask her deceased mother’s best friend to bake her wedding cake. But she’s marrying a woman, and the friend, very religious, refuses. And then things, including a baking reality TV show and dormant marriage, get very, very interesting.

Facts About The Play

  • From a writer of the hit TV show This Is Us

  • Inspired by the events that led to the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case

Apr
3
Fri
Baby Lapsit @ Grimes Public Library
Apr 3 @ 9:00 am

Bring your baby and sing songs, play games, and socialize with other babies and their caregivers. Recommended for birth through 18 months. No registration required.

Friday Funday @ Des Moines Playhouse
Apr 3 @ 9:30 am

Interactive Theatre Shows for Children Ages 4-6
Great for preschools, child care centers, kindergarten classes, and families.  Show times are 9:30, 10:45, and 1:30 Friday.

Join the Clubhouse at the Playhouse Gang each month as they dramatize a favorite story using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk. A new story is presented each month, October through May. Children learn the Clubhouse pledge and secret handshake, and listen for the word of the day.

Oct. 25: The Princess and the Pea

A true princess is courageous and kind, and beautiful both inside and out. Only a true princess would be able to feel a pea placed under a stack of 20 mattresses. Will Princess Penelope pass the test?

Nov. 22: The Emperor’s New Clothes

The vain and foolish emperor loves to show off the newest trends to his people. When two scoundrels weave a suit of cloth so light and fine it looks invisible, only a young boy has the courage to say what everyone is thinking: The Emperor is in his underwear!

Dec. 13: The Little Engine That Could

Who will take the presents to the children on the other side of the mountain?  When everyone else refuses, the smallest of all the engines volunteers to help. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…I thought I could!

Jan. 10: The Brave Little Tailor

After slaying seven flies with one swat, can one little tailor use brains instead of brawn to get the best of some goofy giants and a crafty king?  It’s not her fault if, along the way, a giant thinks she slayed seven giants, now is it?

Feb. 7: The Mitten

In this Clubhouse at the Playhouse favorite, a young child drops his mitten in the snow and does not realize it is missing.  As woodland creatures seek warmth inside the mitten, it magically grows and grows!

Mar. 6: Rapunzel

Rapunzel has been locked away in the tower by the witch, with only the forest animals to talk and sing to. Will she be rescued by the prince, or can she rescue herself?

Apr. 3: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

A naughty shepherd has played one too many tricks on the village. What happens when they don’t believe him anymore? Will it be too late for the sheep, or will they take matters into their own hands?

May 8: The Brementon Musicians

The donkey brays, the dog howls, the cat meows, and the rooster crows.  See what happens when a group of sassy animals on their way to audition for The Voice meets up with a gang of rowdy robbers.