No matter what your stance on Valentine’s Day is as an adult, from a child’s perspective, the day can be fun and sweet. It gives kids a chance to be creative by making cards, mailboxes, and decorating cookies and is an opportunity to learn about love, kindness, and caring for others. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best Valentine’s Day outings for kids and families in DSM.
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Des Moines at one of these fun family friendly events:
Valentine’s Day Card Making Workshop at Artful (Valley West Mall, 1551 Valley West Dr, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266). Have you always wanted to mail homemade Valentine’s Day cards to friends and family but have never had the time? This all-ages workshop will supply you with everything you need to mail warm fuzzies to everyone on your list. Make 5 cards for $20, registration required. 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Valentine’s Day Cookies Parent / Child hosted by Urbandale Parks and Recreation at the Giovannetti Community Shelter (Walker Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322). Decorate cookies for the holiday! Each child will take home the cookies that they decorate. (Parent /guardian will need to be present to assist child with decorating.) 10:00 to 11:00 am. $6 per person. Registration Deadline: January 27.
FREE Valentine Card Workshop for Kids at the West Des Moines Public Library (4000 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265). Kids can make Valentines for their friends and family at the Library. For ages 4-12. 3:45 to 4:45 pm. Registration required.
Art in the Park Valentine’s Day Craft hosted by Urbandale Parks and Recreation at the Lions Park Shelter House (Prairie Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322). Join your friends and make crafts for the special people in your life or even something for you! 4:30 to 5:30 pm, $7, register by January 29.
FREE DIY Valentine’s Day Cards at the North Side Library (3516 Fifth Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50313). Create cards for friends and loved ones. The Library will provide plenty of supplies. Just bring your creativity!
Valentine’s Mini Visits by Little Princess Parties (Urbandale, Grimes, Clive, Waukee, West Des Moines, Johnston and Ankeny). Love is an open door and The Ice Princess is excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little royal. Each stop will be 20 minutes in length and can accommodate 1-8 children. Visit includes meet and greet, two games and photo opportunity. $35, reservation required. Visits available from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
FREE Decorate a Valentine’s Box at Waukee Public Library (950 Warrior Lane, Waukee, Iowa 50263). Students in K-5 are welcome to design their own boxes for upcoming Valentine’s Day parties. All boxes and decorating supplies are provided. 1:00 to 2:00 pm and 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Registration required.
FREE Paper Circuit Valentines at the East Side Library (2559 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317). Hear the story, Love, Z and create your own light up Valentine’s Day cards using paper circuits! Explore some other fun stations when you are finished including coding, robots and a craft or two! 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
FREE Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Waukee Public Library (950 Warrior Lane, Waukee, Iowa 50263). Not into Valentine’s Day romance? This is the party for you! Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to participate in black out poetry, cupid catapults and other activities for those who are not interested in the romance of Valentine’s Day. No registration required. 3:15 to 4:00 pm.
FREE Valentine’s Day Buttons / Botones para el Dia de San Valentin at the East Side Library (2559 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317). Diseña tu propio botón para celebrar el Día del Amor y la Amistad. Design your own button to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
Valentine’s Mini Visits by Little Princess Parties (Urbandale, Grimes, Clive, Waukee, West Des Moines, Johnston and Ankeny). Love is an open door and The Ice Princess is excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little royal. Each stop will be 20 minutes in length and can accommodate 1-8 children. Visit includes meet and greet, two games and photo opportunity. $35, reservation required. Visits available from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Valentine’s Day Ice Skate at Brenton Skating Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50309) Take your sweetie(s) ice skating and win a prize. Brenton Skating Plaza will be giving away prizes from Boesen The Florist, Creme Dessert + Lounge, Spaghetti Works, Downtown Farmers’ Market, AC Hotels, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and the Learning Post every hour. 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm, $10, includes skate rental.
Valentine’s Parent’s Night Out at Skateland Des Moines (5621 Meredith Dr, Des Moines, Iowa 50310). Drop off your kids to have a fun night of skating while you and your SO enjoy date night. Kids ages 5 and up will also have a slice of pizza, unlimited drinks and popcorn, and $5 in game plays. Admission is $25 and attendees must pre-register online by Feb. 12.
Valentine’s Family Date Night at Saylorville Event Center (3081 NW Prairie Lane, Des Moines, Iowa 50313). Don’t have a babysitter for Valentine’s Day? That’s Okay! Break out your fancy clothes for a memorable fun-filled Valentine’s night out WITH the kids. No need to wait at a stuffy restaurant. You can have dinner and FUN at the same place!
FREE Valentine’s Crafts at the Grimes Public Library (200 N James, Grimes, Iowa 50111). Celebrate Valentine’s Day with special crafts and sensory play. All ages are welcome. 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Paint to the “Moon and Back” during a Mommy & Me class at Painting with a Twist (3753 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322). They will provide the instruction for your family to paint your lovely masterpiece. For kids Ages 5+. $27 per seat. 12:30 noon to 2:00 pm.
Paint a “Better Together” set during a two-person class at Painting with a Twist (3753 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322). They will provide the instruction for your family to paint your lovely masterpiece. For kids Ages 12+. $37 per seat. 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Paint “Love Trees” during a Mommy/Daddy and Me class at Painting with a Twist (3753 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322). They will provide the instruction for your family to paint your lovely masterpiece. For kids Ages 5+. $27 per seat. 12:00 to 1:30 pm.
Valentine’s Day Family Glow Bowling Party at Warrior Lanes (190 Laurel Street, Waukee, IA 50263). Bring the family for a safe, fun-filled afternoon of bowling. This is an alcohol-free event. Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling, concert lights, fog, and black lights. $59.95 per Lane includes: bowling (2 hours), shoe rental, large one topping pizza, & a pitcher of soda. Maximum of five bowlers per lane. Pre-Paid Non-Refundable Reservations are required. 12:00 to 2:00 pm.
Children’s Valentine’s Painting at Pinot’s Palette (900 42nd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50312). Puppy love abounds in this delightful painting, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Children ages 5 and older are welcome to join us! Adults may purchase a seat and paint as well!
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Des Moines with your kids?