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A Des Moines Mom’s Guide to March 2017

Des Moines Moms Blog March 2017 Guide

We’ve had a taste of spring, but it’s almost here for real! Soon the grass will be green and the trees will be blooming. Des Moines is coming out of hibernation and March is full of fun events for the whole family to be active and get outside! If you’ll be in town for spring break, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Don’t miss Kidsfest!, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Shrine Circus.

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

March 2017 events and activities

Through March 12 | Holes, Des Moines Community Playhouse
Based on the award-winning book by Louis Sachar, Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, at Camp Green Lake, convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. 

March 1, 8, 15 | Hatching History with Goldie, State Historical Museum of Iowa
600 E Locust Street, Des Moines
1 – 3 p.m.
Details: Check out the Hands-On History gallery. Goldie and the museum staff help kids crack open stories from the past.
Admission: free

March 3 – 5 | KidsFest!, Iowa State Fairgrounds
3000 E Grand Ave, The Varied Industries Building
Check out The Turtles, a petting zoo, inflatables, princesses, and more!
Admission: $7.50 per person; sold at the door

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | Story Sprouts, Greater Des Moines Botanical Center
909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Interactive story time geared toward children ages 2-5
Admission: Children 1-17 are $3; regular admission rates apply for adults and seniors. Members free.

March 4–5 | Variety Telethon
Tune into the Variety Telethon live from the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Ballroom on ABC5 from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, or stop by to see the Telethon live. Guests can meet the cast, participate in children’s craft activities and watch the entertainment showcase.

March 4 | Treats on a Leash, 216 Main Street, Ames IA
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Details: Pet parents and kids of all ages are invited to attend a free event for Plucky Paws pet training and kid’s programs. There will be games and prizes for kids, giveaway items.

March 7 | Kids Cooking Class, The Machine Shed
Free classes that teach kids how to measure and mix, use kitchen gadgets, follow recipes, learn etiquette, safety, and nutrition.
Call 515-270-6818 to register.

March 9 | Tail Waggin’ Tales, Ames Public Library
10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.

March 10 | The Ugly Duckling, Des Moines Community Playhouse
9:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.
Admission: $6

March 10 | Family Night at Science Center of Iowa           
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: $5

March 11 | Family Film Day: “The Secret Life of Pets”, State Historical Museum of Iowa
600 E Locust Street, Des Moines
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Admission: Free

March 11 | Plucky Paws Meet & Greet, Duck Worth Wearing 2510 Southwest White Birch Drive Ankeny
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., IA, 50023
Details: Meet and pet Marmalade the Therapy Dog and enter to win a free therapy dog birthday party. 

March 13 – 17 | Iowa History 101 – Spring Break, State Historical Museum of Iowa
600 E Locust Street, Des Moines
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn about Iowa’s history in baseball, radio, the Civil War, and more.
Admission: Free

March 15 | Tail Waggin’ Tales Therapy Dog Story Time, Plot Twist Bookstore
502 North Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny IA
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Meet and pet therapy dog, Marmalade, sing a song, and read a story together.

March 17 | St Patrick’s Day Parade
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Starts at SW 7th Street and goes West on MLK Jr. Parkway
Come see Irish musicians, bagpipe players, and leprechauns!

March 17 | Parent’s Night Out, Pump It Up, Urbandale
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission: $20/child

March 17 | Geocache Leprechaun Hunt, Brown’s Woods
465 SE Browns Woods Dr., West Des Moines
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Use a GPS to search the woods for Leprechauns! Space is limited, so register early. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 13.
Admission: $5/child (ages 5-15)

March 17 | Iowa Reptiles, Jester Park Lodge
11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

March 17 – April 9 | The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein, Des Moines Community Playhouse
A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the classic Frankenstein story!

March 18 | Staycation: Treasures in Your Town, Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 18 | 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

March 18 | Kansas City Monarchs in our Hometown, State Historical Museum of Iowa
600 E Locust Street, Des Moines
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

March 19 | Animal Days: River Otter Day, Blank Park Zoo

March 24 – 26 | ZA-GA-ZIG Shrine Circus, Iowa State Fairgrounds
E 30th Street & E University Avenue, Des Moines
Admission: $16 for adults; $8 for children

March 25 | Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Eric Carle Stories, Des Moines Performing Arts
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: $10

March 28 | Beauty and the Beast, Des Moines Performing Arts
Malandain Ballet Biarritz
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $15

March 29 | Game Night, Des Moines Social Club
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Board games, free for all ages

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