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dsm4kids Events Calendar

Events Calendar

Welcome to dsm4kids’ calendar of family events!

No matter where you live in the Des Moines metro, you can rely on our calendar to find nearby events and activities your kids will love!

To keep up to date on weekend events and activities be sure to sign up for our Weekend Fun Guide!

We are now listing both in real life and virtual events on the calendar and are working hard to keep it updated with ever changing COVID-19 changes and cancellations.  Please call your destinations in advance to confirm your activity.

And of course, make smart decisions and stay safe!

Events considered for inclusion onto the dsm4kids calendar include those at local venues, including free and low-cost events, as well as special events that may require paid admission.  Events are posted to the online calendar in a timely manner throughout the month.

While all submissions are considered, inclusion is based on event relevance. Events occurring outside of Central Iowa or events primarily geared toward adults will not be listed.

If you are a business or organization and would like to submit an event listing, please click on Submit Event.

Jul
4
Sat
31 Miles Your Way @ ONLINE EVENT - Des Moines Parks & Recreation
Jul 4 all-day
We invite you to complete 31 miles your way in 31 days! This virtual event will keep you inspired, healthy and motivated from a safe social distance. All you have to do is sign up, complete 31 miles your way, and track it! You can walk, run, bike, swim, stroll, or sprint your way to the finish. Dates: July 1 – 31 Fee: $10 per participant (Includes t-shirt) Ages: 5 and up Visit bit.ly/31miles2020 to register and download the mileage tracking form. Mileage tracking forms must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2020 to receive a t-shirt. Contact events@dmgov.org for more information.
Geocaching Fish Adventure @ Annette Nature Center
Jul 4 all-day

Grab your GPS, your binoculars and hiking boots, and get ready to explore! Find all 25 geocaches and collect the trading cards, April 1st- November 1st 2020. 

There are 25 Geocaching Fish Adventure Caches hidden in county, state and city parks around Warren County.

Geocaching is a great actvity for the whole family. Spend some time on the trails searching for hidden caches and collect all 25 fish cards. Please be safe and practice social distancing as you enjoy exploring. Due to Covid-19 you are welcome to simply “log your find” on geocaching.com and pick up cards from the Annett Nature Center at a later date.

Visit warrenccb.org or geocaching.com for the list of coodinates.

Storywalk @ Various Warren County Parks
Jul 4 all-day

StoryWalk® is a fun idea to get communities outside and reading. Each month, we will put new nature-themed children’s stories along trails in different parks. Stories will all be nature-themed and fun to read! Bring your whole family out to hike and read a page of the story every few feet as you go along. Below is a schedule of where and when the books will be placed. Call us ahead of time if you want to know the exact location of the StoryWalk within the park (515-961-6169). Please sign our guest book at the end of each StoryWalk® so we know how many people made it out.

Summer StoryWalk Schedule:

June – Annett Nature Center

July – Woodland Mounds

August – Otter Creek

DMSO at Home Video Premiere: Yankee Doodle Pops @ ONLINE EVENT - Des Moines Symphony
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate Independence Day with the Symphony – online! Join us Saturday, July 4 for a livestream of our 2019 Yankee Doodle Pops Concert, “The Dream of America.”

“The Dream of America” celebrates the rich history and vivid dreams of our great country. Reprising a much-lauded performance from the 2018-2019 Masterworks season, the Symphony performs a suite from Ellis Island: The Dream of America, an ambitious new work by Peter Boyer which blends theater, narration, historical images, and music to portray immigrants in search of the American dream. Our nation’s vibrant heritage is brought to life in music as a cast of five actors perform short monologues from the Ellis Island Oral History Project. As always, the Des Moines Symphony plays time-honored, patriotic favorites including the Armed Forces Salute, The Stars and Stripes Forever, and the 1812 Overture with live Howitzer cannons and fireworks.

Our sincere thanks to Mediacom22 for providing the original broadcast footage so that we might share this powerful concert with our community once again in celebration of Independence Day.

#DMSOatHome is a new series of videos and streaming content aimed at connecting with our community online. Join us each week on our social media channels for videos, live-streamed recitals and more from our Des Moines Symphony Musicians.

Glow @ Sky Zone Des Moines
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 7PM-10PM

*MUST HAVE GLOW SKYSOCKS & PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRT OR PURCHASE A GLOW T-SHIRT ($4.99).*

(Age: 8 and older)

We’re different after dark. Lasers, music and blacklight transform the whole park into a crazy jumping dance club. Waivers are required for all persons entering the park during Glow.

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.

City of Urbandale 4th of July Fireworks @ Walker Johnston Park
Jul 4 @ 10:00 pm

Urbandale is home to one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in the area!  We invite you to bring the family to celebrate Independence day in the community.

Fireworks viewing – the city parking lots around Walker Johnston Park will be available for parking & viewing of the fireworks. Area business parking lots will also be available.

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
5
Sun
31 Miles Your Way @ ONLINE EVENT - Des Moines Parks & Recreation
Jul 5 all-day

We invite you to complete 31 miles your way in 31 days! This virtual event will keep you inspired, healthy and motivated from a safe social distance. All you have to do is sign up, complete 31 miles your way, and track it! You can walk, run, bike, swim, stroll, or sprint your way to the finish.

Dates: July 1 – 31
Fee: $10 per participant (Includes t-shirt)
Ages: 5 and up

Visit bit.ly/31miles2020 to register and download the mileage tracking form.

Mileage tracking forms must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2020 to receive a t-shirt.

Contact events@dmgov.org for more information.

Geocaching Fish Adventure @ Annette Nature Center
Jul 5 all-day

Grab your GPS, your binoculars and hiking boots, and get ready to explore! Find all 25 geocaches and collect the trading cards, April 1st- November 1st 2020. 

There are 25 Geocaching Fish Adventure Caches hidden in county, state and city parks around Warren County.

Geocaching is a great actvity for the whole family. Spend some time on the trails searching for hidden caches and collect all 25 fish cards. Please be safe and practice social distancing as you enjoy exploring. Due to Covid-19 you are welcome to simply “log your find” on geocaching.com and pick up cards from the Annett Nature Center at a later date.

Visit warrenccb.org or geocaching.com for the list of coodinates.

Storywalk @ Various Warren County Parks
Jul 5 all-day

StoryWalk® is a fun idea to get communities outside and reading. Each month, we will put new nature-themed children’s stories along trails in different parks. Stories will all be nature-themed and fun to read! Bring your whole family out to hike and read a page of the story every few feet as you go along. Below is a schedule of where and when the books will be placed. Call us ahead of time if you want to know the exact location of the StoryWalk within the park (515-961-6169). Please sign our guest book at the end of each StoryWalk® so we know how many people made it out.

Summer StoryWalk Schedule:

June – Annett Nature Center

July – Woodland Mounds

August – Otter Creek

Goodguys 29th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals @ Iowa State Fairgrounds
Jul 5 @ 8:00 am

The state’s finest hot rods, customs, muscle cars and tricked-out trucks gather at will gather at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. This highly-anticipated weekend will showcase over 4,000 pre-1972 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks, including the “Goodguys Top 12 Cars of the Year.”

Show Features

  • Over 4,000 Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks thru ’72
  • K&N Filters All American Sunday welcoming American made or powered vehicles of all years
  • Goodguys Autocross
  • Saturday Night Fireworks Extravaganza
  • Vendor & Manufacturer Exhibits
  • Auto Races at Iowa State Fairgrounds Thursday and Friday 6:30pm, only $8 for Goodguys Participants
  • Swap Meet
  • AutoTrader Classics Cars 4 Sale Corral
  • Model & Pedal Car Show
  • Live Music Entertainment Featuring “Richie Lee” and “Missbehavin”
  • Goodgals Arts & Crafts Gallery
  • Free Kids Entertainment – Revell Model Car Make n’ Take, PPG Kids Coloring Contest, Clowns & More!

Event Schedule

Friday, July 3 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 4 –  8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Sunday, July 5 – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Open to the Public @ Science Center of Iowa
Jul 5 @ 9:00 am

The new SCI experience is modified to limit crowds and reduce the spread of germs. Precautions include timed ticketing, health screenings upon entry and restricted access to “high-touch” exhibits. SCI will be open only on weekends, and advance tickets will be sold in three timeslots to ensure space for distancing and time for enhanced sanitation.

Hours & Ticketing:

  • ALL visitors must purchase tickets in advance on the SCI website
    • Members are FREE but still need to reserve tickets in advance
  • Ticketing Timeslots (both Saturday and Sunday): A limited number of tickets will be sold for each of these two-hour timeslots. Visitors will be checked in at the start of the timeslot and will be asked to exit at the end of the two hours. SCI staff will then clean the facility before the next group is allowed to enter.
    • 9:00-11:00 am
    • 11:30 am-1:30 pm
    • 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Ticket sales are live now at www.sciowa.org/tickets
    • Members: Log in using your member ID to reserve your free admission.

Masks (Required):

Face masks have been shown to reduce the spread of aerosol droplets from individuals who may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. Face coverings are required for all visitors ages 5 and up as well as SCI staff. If you don’t have a face mask, one will be provided.

Health Screenings:

Before entering the building, all visitors will be asked to show their tickets (printed or on a mobile device), have their temperature checked and answer a few health-related questions.

Exhibit Access:

As a hands-on science center, many of our exhibit experiences are “high-touch.” In these initial opening phases, we are limiting access to these spaces.

Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Painting Party @ Painting with a Twist
Jul 5 @ 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:

Saturday, Jun. 13|2:00 pm to 4:30 pm *TRIVIA* Everyone’s Favorite Wizard (Ages 10+) $40 per person

Saturday, Jun. 27|12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Great White (Ages 5+) $27 per person

Saturday, Jun. 27|3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Caturday Cuddle Puddle (Ages 12+) $37 per person

Sunday, Jul. 05|1:00 pm to 2:30 pm *MOMMY & ME!* Unicorn Set (Ages 5+) $27 per person

Wednesday, Jul. 08|6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Amy’s Tree (Ages 12+) $37 per person

Saturday, Jul. 11|12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Uni-Cutie (Ages 5+) $27 per person

Self-Guided Tours @ The Jordan House
Jul 5 @ 1:00 pm

Tour the historic Jordan House, the only central Iowa location of the Underground Railroad open to the public.  Every Friday & Sunday at 11AM or 1PM you can tour the house with your family or friend group. All ages welcome, but children aged 10 and up will appreciate it more.

Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery
Jul 5 @ 2:00 pm

Summerset Winery has been hosting live music concerts on Sunday afternoons for the past 20 years. Rain or shine the music goes on. Weather permitting, the bands will perform outside but in the winter or on rainy days we bring the music inside.

Concerts take place every Sunday, May-October, and once or twice a month November-April.

Kids are welcome and FREE.

Sunday Tunes Band Schedule: 2:00 – 5:00 PM

JUNE SUNDAY TUNES EVENTS

June 7: Jake Shrodt and the Residuals

June 14: Ducharme-Jones

June 21: Get Off My Lawn Fathers Day- Dad’s get in Free

June 28: Recoil

JULY SUNDAY TUNES EVENTS

July 5: Independence day Weekend – Sons of Gladys Kravitz

July 12: Tony Valdez Duo

July 19: The String Prophets/Bob Pace & Kathryn Severing

July 26: Slipstream

Jul
6
Mon
31 Miles Your Way @ ONLINE EVENT - Des Moines Parks & Recreation
Jul 6 all-day

We invite you to complete 31 miles your way in 31 days! This virtual event will keep you inspired, healthy and motivated from a safe social distance. All you have to do is sign up, complete 31 miles your way, and track it! You can walk, run, bike, swim, stroll, or sprint your way to the finish.

Dates: July 1 – 31
Fee: $10 per participant (Includes t-shirt)
Ages: 5 and up

Visit bit.ly/31miles2020 to register and download the mileage tracking form.

Mileage tracking forms must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2020 to receive a t-shirt.

Contact events@dmgov.org for more information.

Geocaching Fish Adventure @ Annette Nature Center
Jul 6 all-day

Grab your GPS, your binoculars and hiking boots, and get ready to explore! Find all 25 geocaches and collect the trading cards, April 1st- November 1st 2020. 

There are 25 Geocaching Fish Adventure Caches hidden in county, state and city parks around Warren County.

Geocaching is a great actvity for the whole family. Spend some time on the trails searching for hidden caches and collect all 25 fish cards. Please be safe and practice social distancing as you enjoy exploring. Due to Covid-19 you are welcome to simply “log your find” on geocaching.com and pick up cards from the Annett Nature Center at a later date.

Visit warrenccb.org or geocaching.com for the list of coodinates.