The holidays are behind us and 2017 is a blank slate! What better way to kick off 2017 than with fun activities for the whole family. If you’re starting to feel cooped up, make plans to get out of the house! From the World’s Toughest Rodeo at Wells Fargo Arena to Ramona Quimby at the Des Moines Community Playhouse, check out what’s happening around Des Moines in January.
Send us an email if we missed anything, and we will add it to the list!
January 2017 events and activities
January 6 – January 22 | Ramona Quimby, Des Moines Community Playhouse
Details: Third grade is NOTHING like Ramona Quimby imagined. Her teacher hates her, her older sister Beezus is a pain, Aunt Bea is going to marry a dork, and her Dad just lost his job. But with the help of her friends, boisterous and independent Ramona takes on life’s challenges.
Tickets: starting at $15
January 7 | Nature Tots, Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge
9981 Pacific St, Prairie City, Iowa 50228
Details: A program for 3-5 year olds! This month’s topic is “Big and Furry Bison”. All children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult and join us for reading stories, exploring, crafting and more! Please pre-register by emailing [email protected] or call 515/994-3400.
January 13 | Puss in Boots, Des Moines Community Playhouse
9:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.
Details: An interactive theatre show for children ages 4 to 6. Join the Clubhouse at the Playhouse Gang each month as they dramatize a favorite story using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk.
January 13 | Family Night at Science Center of Iowa
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
January 13 & 14 | 2017 Cinch’s World’s Toughest Rodeo, Wells Fargo Arena
Tickets: starting at $10 for kids; $20 for adults
January 14 | A Year with Frog and Toad, Des Moines Civic Center
Tickets: starting at $10
January 17–22 | Mama Mia, Des Moines Civic Center
Tickets: starting at $30
January 19, 24, 26 | Healing Hearts Children’s Grief Program, Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Details: A grief program for 1st to 6th grade children who have had a loved one die. The program is designed to help children begin to recognize and understand the many feelings associated with the death of someone loved.
January 21 | 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
January 27 | Winter Jam 2017, Wells Fargo Arena
Details: 10 of Christian music’s biggest stars
Admission: $10 at the door
January 27 – February 12 | F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Des Moines Community Playhouse
Tickets: starting at $25
January 29 | Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance, Sheraton West Des Moines
1800 50th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.