Central Iowa Winter Programs 2017


Blank Park Zoo

Winter Safari 

December 27 – 29 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

This year’s theme is Wild Winter. What do animals do this time of year? Which zoo animals love the winter? Find out ways you can get outside to learn, explore and have fun with ice and snow through lessons, games and nature activities related to the winter season! Camps are for ages 5-6 & 7-9 years.

Des Moines Community Playhouse

Winter Break 2017 

December 27 – 28 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Winter Wonderland for grades 1-2: Students will create and explore a realm of snow and ice, where everything is “frozen.” We’ll act out different stories, including The Snow Queen, The Mitten, and others. What will happen to other familiar characters when we transport them to our winter wonderland? We’ll defrost with a hot chocolate party at  the end of the last day. After all, some stories are worth melting for!

Three-Day Play for grades 3-7: Audition, rehearse, and perform a show for family and friends, all within three days, and you’ll still have time to relax before it’s time to go back to school!

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Winter Break Programs 2017 

December 27 – December 30

Join the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden for a variety of drop-in activities and special workshops. Drop-in activities are held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with paid admission.

Family Workshops are perfect for ages 4 to 14 years old with an adult. Registration is required!

Family Workshops include: 

Nature Jewelry, Dec 27, 10–11:15 a.mand 2 – 3:15 p.m.

Use an array of natural materials, beads and plants to create wearable art.

Fairy Gardening, Dec 28, 10–11:15 a.m. and 2 – 3:15 p.m.

Join us for a mystical experience and create your own miniature world with plants and other natural materials to attract fairies to your home.

Air Plant Sculptures, Dec 29, 10–11:15 a.mand 2- 3:15 p.m.

Create mobiles, wreaths, or displays in this fun workshop that explores these unusual plants.

Fern String Gardens, Dec 30, 10–11:15 a.m. and 2- 3:15 p.m.

Create unique hanging string gardens with the Japanese art of Kokedama.

Members: $20 Youth/Adult Pair, $15 Additional Youth 

Nonmembers: $25 Youth/Adult Pair, $20 Additional Youth  

Living History Farms

Winter Camp

December 27 – 29 

Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are offered as 1-day or 3-day experiences.

There are several fun themed days being offered including Historic Holidays, Iowa Statehood Day, Day in the Life of a Kid, Flynn Family Camp and more. Check the website and register here before all the spots fill up!

Science Center of Iowa

Winter Camps 2017 

December 27-29 & January 2

Registration opens October 18.   

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