Des Moines Children’s Museum coming to Valley West Mall

Des Moines Children’s Museum coming to Valley West Mall

The Des Moines Children’s Museum will soon have walls!!!  

The Des Moines Children’s Museum will be opening their doors at the Winter home for their traveling exhibits at Valley West Mall in November. On Tuesday, October 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. they will be outside their location at the Valley West Mall Trick or Treat event giving candy to trick-or-treaters and will announce their opening date.

Des Moines Children’s Museum received nonprofit status in April, and in May started taking the traveling exhibit “Let’s Play Outside”, sponsored by Des Moines Parent, all over the Des Moines Metro.  They have had a wonderfully successful summer, over 2,800 people have visited their exhibits since our first event on May 12. 

The Des Moines Children’s Museum is excited to have an indoor location where they can offer a place for young children and their families to explore and learn through play during the colder months.  They will have all four of their current exhibits, “Let’s Play Outside”, “Amazing Blanket Forts”, “Beautiful Noise”, and “Every Child Is An Artist”, as well as some fun new additions.  They have never been able to have all of their exhibits set up in one place before. Their two minivans and one trailer simply did not allow them to transport it all.  They will also be featuring concept art by local artists to show their vision for the permanent location.  

The Des Moines Children’s Museum will open with limited hours, but they hope to expand quickly! If you’re interested in volunteering at their temporary location, making a donation, or helping out in any way, please visit our website their website at, or email at

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

2 thoughts on “Des Moines Children’s Museum coming to Valley West Mall

  1. Julia Jeffries says:

    I would like to submit a request to volunteer on 5/25/2018. Can you please tell me how to do that? Thank you!

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