Family-Friendly Pride Events in Des Moines, Iowa

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Family-Friendly Pride Events in Des Moines, Iowa

Is your family seeking fun, inclusive, family-friendly activities? Central Iowa Rainbow Families is a community organization dedicated to creating safe, inclusive events and spaces for LGBTQ families and those seeking these spaces year-round. 

With Pride Month beginning on June 1, your family has many opportunities to participate in events that help your children develop an appreciation for diversity and compassion for others.

By attending LGBTQ-inclusive events with their children, parents help foster an environment rooted in acceptance, respect, and understanding. Family-inclusive Pride events provide valuable learning experiences, helping children appreciate diversity and inclusivity from a young age. 

Parents can also model supportive behavior, teaching their children the importance of standing up against discrimination and embracing people of all backgrounds. Attending together can also open up important conversations about identity and empathy, strengthening the parent-child bond and building a foundation for a more inclusive and compassionate future.

Here is a quick guide to a few family-friendly Pride events across the Des Moines metro area this month. All of these events are free to attend. 

Des Moines Library Family Pride Party

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

4 – 6 pm

Central Library, Des Moines, 1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines

Hosted by Central Iowa Rainbow Families and Des Moines Libraries

More info:

Clive Library Pride Celebration

Friday, June 7, 2024

1 – 2 pm

Clive Library, 1900 NW 114th St, Clive

Hosted by Clive Library

More info: 

Capital City Pride Pet Parade

Saturday, June 8, 2024

9:30 am – 11:00 am 

East Village, GreenState Credit Union Community Stage 

Hosted by Capital City Pride

More info: 

Capital City Pride Family and Youth Zone

Saturday, June 8, 2024

11 am – 6 pm

East 2nd and Robert Ray Street

Hosted by Capital City Pride

See the full schedule and get more info: 

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Capital City Pride Parade

Sunday, June 9, 2024

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Historic East Village

Hosted by Capital City Pride

See more parade route and more information: 

3rd Ankeny Pride

Saturday, June 22, 2024

4 – 9 pm

Ankeny Market & Pavilion

Hosted by Ankeny Pride

More info: 

Rolling into Pride Skate Party

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

6 – 8 pm

Skateland, 5621 Meredith Dr, Des Moines

Hosted by Central Iowa Rainbow Families and Capital City Pride

Free to attend, but registration is required:

More about Central Iowa Rainbow Families

We provide play dates, meet-ups, resources, educational activities, advocacy opportunities, and workshops to LGBTQ families (and prospective parents). We are a safe space that allows LGBTQIA+ families from across Central Iowa to connect, share resources, and build community. Any LGBTQ parent, parent with LGBTQ kiddos, or those invested in ensuring Des Moines is a safe and welcoming community for everyone is invited to join our community


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