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A Des Moines Mom’s Guide to April 2017

Des Moines Moms April Guide

April is a month that brings rain showers and sunny days. Lucky for you, there are plenty of family friendly events and activities happening around Des Moines—both inside and outside—to keep you busy all month long. Don’t miss: the first annual Coffee and Donut Festival, lots of Easter egg hunts, and the return of the Iowa Cubs!

Send us an email if we missed anything, and we will add it to the list!

April 2017 events and activities

Through April 9 | The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein, Des Moines Community Playhouse
A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the classic Frankenstein story!

April 1 | Chamber “Chill Out” Fun Run, Cascade Falls, 2350 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 1, 2, 29 | Clay Workshops, Summit Middle School, Johnston
Make clay figures, tools and materials provided.

April 1 | Plucky Paws Meet & Greet, Duck Worth Wearing 232 Main Street Ames
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Details: Meet and pet Marmalade the Therapy Dog and enter to win a free therapy dog birthday party. 

April 2 | Kids Build Weekend Workshop, Carpenters Training Center
2160 East Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Details: Kids make wood projects, build skills, and gain confidence
Admission: free; registration required.

April 6 | History Alive! World War I, State Historical Museum of Iowa
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Explore Iowa’s role in World War I, for grades 3 through 5. Advance registration required.

April 7 | History Alive! World War I, State Historical Museum of Iowa
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Explore Iowa’s role in World War I, for grades 6 through 12. Advanced registration required.

April 7, 14, 21, 28 | Story Sprouts, Greater Des Moines Botanical Center
10: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

April 7 | Stone Soup, Des Moines Community Playhouse
9:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.
Admission: $6

April 7 | Family Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, Pickard Park Shelter House, Indianola
at dusk
Bring a flashlight to this nighttime egg hunt.

April 7 | Harlem Globetrotters, Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa Events Center
7 p.m.

April 8 | Block Prints for Spring, Des Moines Botanical Center
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn the technique of linoleum block printing and then create your own botanically inspired design to print. Ages 12-17.

April 8 | Community Easter Egg Hunt, Drake University Campus, South lawn (near Olmstead Center, 28th Street & Forest Avenue, Des Moines
10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Free and open to the public

April 8 | Easter Egg Hunt, Hawkeye Park, 400 NW Lakeshore Drive, Ankeny
10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

April 8 | Easter Egg Hunt, West Elementary School, 1400 W. Broadway, Polk City
10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

April 8 | Easter Egg Hunt, Woodland Park, 3126 Twana Drive, Des Moines
9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

April 8 | Easter Treasure Hunt, Meredith Drive Reformed Church, 5128 Meredith Drive, Des Moines
9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

April 8 | Iowa Wild Breakaway 5K and Kids Dash, 730 Third Street, Des Moines
8 a.m.

April 8 | The Special Egg Hunt, Valley Stadium, 4440 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A free event for children with special needs. There is a quiet egg hunt, a beeping egg hunt for children who are visually impaired, a hunt with magnetic eggs for children with mobility restrictions and a general egg hunt for children with other disabilities or their siblings. Hosted by Journey Church.

April 8 | West Des Moines Christian Church Easter Egg Hunt, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

April 11 | Iowa Cubs Opening Day, Principal Park
6:30 p.m.

April 13 | Tail Waggin’ Tales, Ames Public Library
Age 0-5

April 14 | Family Night at Science Center of Iowa           
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: $5

April 15 | Grug and the Rainbow, The Temple Theater
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

April 15 | Snow White, Ballet Des Moines, Des Moines Civic Center
1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

April 15 | Community Easter Egg Hunt, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1115 Grand Ave., West Des Moines
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
For children grade 6 and under.

April 15 | Eggstravaganza, Blank Park Zoo
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free with regular zoo admission and free for zoo members.

April 15 | Family Easter Party, Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Details: Free breakfast wrap for the first 1,000 visitors and free pop and popcorn for all. Toy hunt, preschool bunnyland, live animals, horse and wagon rides, and more.
Admission: $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for kids, discounts for advanced tickets and members.

April 15 | Seed Collages, Des Moines Botanical Center
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Recommended for ages 5 to 11
Admission: Members: child/adult pair $10.50, additional child $7.50 Nonmembers: child/adult pair $18, additional child $10

April 21 | Wild Night Life and Hike, Jester Park, Camp Area 5, 11407 NW Jester Park Drive Granger, IA
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Learn about nighttime wild life and roast marshmallows around a campfire.
Admission: $5; preregistration required.

April 22 | Earth Day Geocache Hunt, Jester Park, Jester Park, shelter #5, 11407 NW Jester Park Drive Granger, IA
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn to use a GPS and go search the woods to find the Lorax and his treasures.
Admission: $5; preregistration required.

April 23 – 29 | Drake Relays, Drake University

April 23 | Iowa Hikes for KidsaveRacoon River Park
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

April 26 | Game Night, Des Moines Social Club
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Board games, free for all ages

April 27 | Zoo Brew Reveal Party, Blank Park Zoo
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The unveiling of the 2017 Zoo Brew line-up! Featuring Jimmy the Weasel.

April 28 – May 21 | Fancy Nancy The Musical, Des Moines Community Playhouse
Nancy believes more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. She loves her frilly bedroom, her lace-trimmed socks, and will take any chance she gets to show-off her fancy French!

April 29 | Oh Baby!, Education and Research Center – Iowa Methodist Medical Center
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A free event for expecting moms with a variety of educational sessions, knowledgeable vendors, interactive exhibits and great giveaways!

April 29 | Coffee and Donut Festival, Seven Flags Events Center
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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