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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!

Please verify information before heading to an event or activity since information may change. 

Oct
21
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Bounce and Play Time Program @ Grimes Community Complex Gym
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:00am – Noon (Bounce House on from 10am-12pm)
Mondays/Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm- Room 203 is only open (no House Bounce)

Going stir-crazy at home? Need a place to get out with the little ones? Well, here’s something for you! The Grimes Park and Recreation Department sponsors a weekly Bounce and Play Time for young children and their parent/guardian at the Grimes Community Complex.

This program provides a place for parents to bring their children to play in a safe and fun environment, and it’s a great way to make new friends! This is not a structured play group, but rather an open space for kids to move around, play games, laugh, have fun and burn off some energy! We provide the space; you provide the fun and supervision! Since this is a new community program, parents are encouraged to bring a toy, game or craft project to share.

PLEASE NOTE: this is not a drop off program; all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Families can go between the Rooms 201, 203, and the gym. All Ages in the Gym, Ages 10 and under recommended only for Room 203 with the Little Tykes equipment.

Kids Create Classes @ Urbandale Parks
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am

Fairy Camp
This fun art camp is all about FAIRIES! Students will create a beautiful mixed media painting, play games, create a fabulous jeweled wand, and watch Tinkerbell while enjoying theater style snacks. Expect your child to create, play, learn, and relax during this magical camp. Instructor: Elizabeth Lyons. *Please send your student with a peanut free sack lunch.
Registration Deadline: October 14
LOCATION: Lions Park Shelter House

Critter Class
This exciting class is half art, half animals! Students will create a fabulous mixed media artwork, meet and learn about a variety of small animals, play games, and enjoy a snack. This is an experience your animal enthusiast is sure to love! Join Kids Create and Blank Park Zoo for this one of a kind class! Instructor: Elizabeth Lyons.
Registration Deadline: October 28
LOCATION: Giovannetti Community Shelter

10/21: Fairy Camp: Ages 5-9 Mon 9:00am-2:00pm $45.00
11/2: Critter Class: Ages 4-6 Sat 9:00am-11:30am $34.00
11/2: Critter Class: Ages 5-9 Sat 11:45am-2:15pm $34.00

 

Open Play Time @ Backyard Adventures of Iowa
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am

Open Play Time is Monday thru Friday 9am to 3pm.

Weekdays are for Open Play Time, so come play in our indoor Showroom where the weather is always perfect. Bring your friends for a play date or just come to enjoy the fun and meet some new friends.

For more information visit http://www.backyardadventuresiowa.com/openplay.html.

Sorry, even though we receive many requests, we have NO OPEN PLAY TIME ON WEEKENDS.

¡Los Cuentos! Bilingual Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am

Ages 5 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Begins September 9 and runs for nine weeks.

Early exposure to multiple languages is beneficial to developing brains and early literacy. Native and non-native Spanish speaking children will enjoy this 30-minute story time which uses both English and Spanish to present books, rhymes and songs along with puppets, finger plays, and bubble fun.

Drop in program. No registration required.

Books & Babies @ Waukee Public Library
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am

For infants (0-17 mo.) and caregivers. 15 minutes of songs, rhymes and books, followed by playtime to build early literacy skills. Class size is limited for the safety of the babies. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Forest Avenue Calming Room @ Forest Avenue Library
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am

Do you need a calm place to play? Then come to the Forest Avenue Calming Room for a sensory interactive experience! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program for youth. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

Indoor Playground @ Valley Junction Activity Center
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am

Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Need to get out of the house and let that toddler run off some steam? We’ve created an indoor playground that can help get the job done. Toys, slides, and riding toys will challenge your child for a day of fun! Parents are required to stay and supervise their children.

*No Indoor Playground when WDM Schools cancel classes.

Open Play @ Rainbow Play Systems of Iowa
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am

Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

There are no limits to the grins and giggles at our play room. That’s because your kids are invited to jump, climb, swing, and play in our indoor showroom for just $10 per child for two hours of fun. You can also purchase punch cards – 5 Plays for $40 and 10 Plays for $75.

Follow us on Facebook for other special offers or changes to open play times and dates.

 

 

Toddler Time @ Altoona Public Library
Oct 21 @ 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

Movie Monday @ Valley Community Center
Oct 21 @ 10:15 am

Fun for all ages!

We will be playing a family friendly movie in the Café space on the BIG projection screen. Come join us for free fun with friends, family, and community.

Popcorn will be served free of charge too.

 

 

Play, Grow, Learn! @ Forest Avenue Library
Oct 21 @ 10:15 am

newborn – 6 years

Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library’s space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in playtime where parents and caregivers are encouraged to interact with their children. Many items will be available for free exploration and play.

Preschool Storytime @ Franklin Avenue Library
Oct 21 @ 10:15 am

Children ages three to five can come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and more, followed by a craft.

Bounce and Play Time Program @ Grimes Community Complex Gym
Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:00am – Noon (Bounce House on from 10am-12pm)
Mondays/Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm- Room 203 is only open (no House Bounce)

Going stir-crazy at home? Need a place to get out with the little ones? Well, here’s something for you! The Grimes Park and Recreation Department sponsors a weekly Bounce and Play Time for young children and their parent/guardian at the Grimes Community Complex.

This program provides a place for parents to bring their children to play in a safe and fun environment, and it’s a great way to make new friends! This is not a structured play group, but rather an open space for kids to move around, play games, laugh, have fun and burn off some energy! We provide the space; you provide the fun and supervision! Since this is a new community program, parents are encouraged to bring a toy, game or craft project to share.

PLEASE NOTE: this is not a drop off program; all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Families can go between the Rooms 201, 203, and the gym. All Ages in the Gym, Ages 10 and under recommended only for Room 203 with the Little Tykes equipment.

Sensory Friendly Halloween Sock Hop @ Johnston Public Library
Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm

Wear your costume and join us for a sensory friendly trick or treating experience. Enjoy a delicious treat and take pictures in the photo booth. RSVPs appreciated.

*Please note: This time is for our patrons with special needs and their families. If you and your family do not meet these requirements, please join us for the Sock Hop event that starts at 6:30PM. Thank you for your understanding.

Pumpkin Patch Party @ Johnston Public Library
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm

Wear your costume and join us for treats, stories, games, and a craft! You may arrive anytime during the scheduled time. For all ages. Please register beginning October 1.

The Great Pumpkin Party @ Valley Church
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 20 · 5-7 pm (Families with Special Needs Night)

Monday, October 21 · 6-8 pm

Tuesday, October 22 · 6-8 pm

Wednesday, October 23 · 6-8 pm

The Great Pumpkin Party is coming! You don’t want to miss this party thrown BY Valley Church FOR our community! Invite your friends and family to the best party of the fall. Wear your non-scary costumes and enjoy giant inflatables, pony rides, carnival games, free popcorn, and more! Plus the Iowa League of Heroes is back and the princesses are joining them!

With nearly 6,000 guests last year, The Great Pumpkin Party is Des Moines’ best family activity this fall. It’s totally free and primarily indoors (so don’t worry about the weather)! Everyone is welcome!

 

Halloween Hike @ Annett Nature Center
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm

Join the Friends of Warren County Conservation for a non-scary Rule Breakers’ Halloween Hike! This year’s theme is all about species that break the rules! Science teaches certain rules to determine what makes something a plant and if an animal is a reptile, bird, mammal, fish, or amphibian. Trek down the jack o’ lantern lit trail and meet some interesting species, including the platypus, bat, ostrich, venus flytrap, and the slender glass lizard. Afterwards, you can enjoy a craft and a snack in the nature center.

The event is $2 for children and $3 for adults, children 3 and under are free.

Hikes leave the nature center at 6:30, 6:40, 6:50, 7:00, 7:10, 7:20, and 7:30.

**Please arrive at the Annett Nature Center 5-10 minutes early to get checked in before your departure time. The hikes leave the nature center at the scheduled times. In order to maintain the schedule throughout the entire night, we will not hold hikes. If you arrive late for your scheduled  time, we will do our best to get you into the next opening in the hikes, however that may be at the end of the night. We do have a cap per hike time to avoid overcrowding, and to make sure everyone can hear at each stop on the trail.**

**Registration is required. Contact 515-961-6169 to register**

Halloween Sock Hop @ Johnston Public Library
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm

Wear your costume and join us for trick or treating throughout the library. Enjoy a delicious treat and take pictures in the photo booth. RSVPs appreciated.

Move and Groove @ Grimes Public Library
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm

Get your groove on!  Join Kelly for music, dancing, imagination yoga, and a story!  Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ages 2 + recommended

Drop-in Family Storytime @ West Des Moines Public Library
Oct 21 @ 6:45 pm
Build a lifetime love of books and reading. Join us as we share stories, songs, and interactive rhymes with an early literacy focus. For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.

 

 

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.

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