Des Moines Parent Summer Camp Fair

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Des Moines Parent Summer Camp Fair

Join us for the third year of the Des Moines Parent Summer Camp Fair on Saturday, February 17 at the Valley Community Center in West Des Moines. This event is a FREE event for families to learn about spring and summer programming in the Des Moines, Iowa area. New this year! We will offer a sensory-friendly hour at the beginning of the day.

Every spring parents and families begin researching and planning what their children will do during the Summer months. Everything from summer camps to fun events and activities. This is a 1-day event that brings all of these options under one roof. Families will attend, learn about their options, register, have fun, and more. 

The entire day is free! Each vendor offers a free activity, there will be free programming throughout the day, explore everything the Valley Community Center has to offer, and have some fun taking pictures with our fun backdrop, the first 100 families (ONE per family) will receive a FREE swag bag.

Sensory-Friendly Time – Sponsored by Encourage Club

New for 2024! We will be hosting a sensory-friendly time from 9 to 9:45 a.m. We are thrilled to have Encourage Club sponsor this special time. Encourage Club helps parents understand how their child’s brain works, and why they behave the way they do and gain new strategies to minimize the meltdowns.  We specialize in educating, encouraging, and equipping parents in the areas of sleep, sensory integration, and the struggles of parenting a neurodivergent child.

Some details you can expect when attending Sensory-Friendly Time:

  • Lights will be dimmed and special music will be playing.
  • A map will be created and released before the event for families to better plan before they arrive. Look back here for the final map! 
  • Fun arrows and movement activities are taped to the ground to guide families through vendors. 
  • Calming space
  • All vendors will have an activity at their booths that is sensory-friendly.  

Special Treat for YOU!

While you are exploring and playing at the Des Moines Parent Summer Camp Fair make sure you grab a fun beverage (including a special one created just for us) at the Slap Soda table. Beverages will be $4 each plus tax.

2024 Vendors

And more to announce soon! Interested in being a vendor? We have a couple of packages and offer payment plans to help work with all budgets. Email for details.

2024 Free Programming Schedule

We are thrilled to offer FREE programming for children and families during the Des Moines Parent Summer Camp Fair! Take a look at the schedule below and plan accordingly to join in on all the fun.

2023 Des Moines Parent Summer Camp Fair Re-Cap

Please Note: The Des Moines Parent Summer Camp Fair is sponsored by the Valley Community Center and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 17th. Registration is NOT required and it is a free event. 


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!

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