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A Des Moines Mom’s Guide to June 2017

Des Moines Moms Blog June 2017 Guide

It’s officially summer! The kids are out of school, the days are long, and the pools are open. Des Moines is a great place to be in the summer! We’re looking forward to the Celebrate Waukee Festival, Grimes Governors Days, Des Moines Arts Festival, and more. We hope you use this guide to get out and enjoy all that Des Moines has to offer in June.

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

June 2017 events and activities

June 2 – 18 | Steel Magnolias, Des Moines Community Playhouse

June 2, 3 | Celebrate Waukee Festival, Centennial Park

June 2 | Commons off the Clock, Cowles Commons 300 Locust St Des Moines
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Happy Hour with music from Abby Normal, brews, and bites

June 2 | Dragons in Polk County, Jester Park Shelter #5 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Learn about dragonflies

June 3 – 11 | Baseball Hall of Fame Tour, Principal Park

June 3 | National Trails Day, Jester Park 11407 Northwest Jester Park Drive, Granger
12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Help with trail work and sign up for free camping. RSVP required.

June 4 | Party Like a Princess, Skate South 10494 County Line Road, Des Moines
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: $6 per child

June 6 | Curious George, Skippyjon Jones & Pete the Cat, Franklin Avenue Library
5000 Franklin Ave
3 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of summer reading with games, a craft, and photos with our favorite characters.

June 8 | Tail Waggin’ Tales, Ames Public Library
10 a.m.

June 8 | Animal Days: World Oceans Day, Blank Park Zoo
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 8-10 | Grimes Governors Days

June 9 | Family Night at Science Center of Iowa           
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: $5

June 9 | Children’s Museum launch party, Heritage Carousel at Union Park, Des Moines
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: early admission $10/family or $15/family at the event

June 10 | ChildServ Run, Walk and Fun 4 the Kids, 5406 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston
7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Details: A 5K run and a 1 mile run/walk, free children’s fun runs, and a finish line festival with crafts, carnival games, spin art, pancake breakfast, face painting, and more!

June 10, 11 | Vintage & Made Fair, Living History Farms 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale
An outdoor market featuring antique and vintage home décor, jewelry, handcrafted goods, outdoor accents, seasonal flora, food trucks, live music, and more.]
Admission: $6; kids 12 and under free

June 10 | Family Storytime with Pete the Cat, Franklin Avenue Library
5000 Franklin Ave
10:30 a.m.

June 12 | The Magic & Comedy of Jonathan May, Franklin Avenue Library
5000 Franklin Ave
6:30 p.m.

June 17 | Hello Summer! Fest, Des Moines Social Club 900 Mulberry Street
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Food trucks and live music from Brazilian 2wins, Isiserettes, and more
Advance tickets $8

June 17 | Food Truck Festival, Prairie Meadows Casino 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

June 17 | Magician Workshop, Franklin Avenue Library
5000 Franklin Ave
10:30 a.m.
Ages 5-0, preregistration required

June 21 | Animal Days: World Giraffe Day, Blank Park Zoo
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 21 | Story & S’mores, Annett Nature Center 15565 118th Avenue, Indianola

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

June 23-25 | Des Moines Arts Festival, Western Gateway Park

June 23 | Commons off the Clock, Cowles Commons 300 Locust St Des Moines
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Happy Hour with The Flying Marsupials, brews, and bites

June 24 | World of Wildlife with Blank Park Zoo, Franklin Avenue Library
5000 Franklin Ave
10:30 a.m.

June 24 | Get Outside Iowa, Gray’s Lake SE Picnic Area
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Canoeing, nature activites, and crafts

June 24, 25 | ArtFest Midwest, Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds 3000 East Grand Avenue
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

June 24| Annual Charles Lamont Lovelady Birthday Celebration to Benefit the Charles Lamont Lovelady Trust Scholarship Fund, Union Park 725 Thompson Avenue, Des Moines
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Free food, games, prizes, entertainment! Presented by Charles Lamont Lovelady Trust & Concerned Citizens for Justice

June 25 | Big Country Bash, Living History Farms 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale
12 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Featuring Billy Currington, Tracy Lawrence, and more

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