Fun Things To Do in Des Moines This Weekend

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Fun Things To Do in Des Moines This Weekend:

Friday, June 14th 2024 – Sunday, June 16th 2024

Every weekend there are amazing Things to do in Des Moines, Iowa! We have created a list of what we think are the most fun, most interesting family events in the Des Moines area this weekend – so you can have the best time together!

The page will be updated every week so be sure to come back and see what great kids’ events we have coming up for the weekend in Des Moines. Take a look at our full FREE, extensive event calendar to plan your weeks and days in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Coffee Date Storytimes

Friday, June 14th 2024

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Storyhouse Bookpub with Daisy Chain and Raygun – Des Moines, IA

Head on over to East Village Friday morning for $1 off coffee at Daisy Chain if you mention Storyhouse Bookpub’s storytime! At 10:30 be ready for storytime to start at Storyhouse Bookpub where it will be set up for parents and caregivers to relax, leisurely browse, sit and chat, while the kiddos enjoy reading, practicing fine motor skills, and singing along with Tiffany. End the morning session by heading over to Raygun to make fun art at the craft table in Tiny Raygun! Learn More or Register Here.

Kids Kayak Class

Friday, June 14th 2024

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Raccoon River Boat House – West Des Moines, IA

Learn how to kayak at Raccoon River Park! Lesson includes a kayak, paddle, and lifejacket to equip you with everything you need for a safe and fun experience! As a group you will tour along the shoreline with a certified instructor, learning all of the basics, various strokes and maneuvers, and the techniques you need to know to safely start kayaking. Students will also be introduced to first basic rescue, so be prepared to get into the water! This learner course is for children 9+, and children under 15 must have an adult present in the class. Learn More or Register Here!

Farm School

Friday, June 14th 2024

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Rose Farm – Norwalk, IA

Children are invited to immerse themselves in farm life at Rose Farm’s Farm School event. They will explore various aspects of farming, from meeting chickens and bees to learning about pollination and butterfly habitats. The experience is enriched with a scavenger hunt and educational presentations. Learn More or Register Here.

Yoga for Kids

Saturday, June 15th 2024

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Happy Hearts and Hooves – Norwalk, IA

This Saturday check out Yoga for kids at Happy Hearts and Hooves! Join them for a fun morning of yoga and friendship! After a kid-friendly 30 minute yoga session participants can stick around to meet the farm friends! Join the farm fun 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to join this donation based event. Registration is required to attend this event. Learn More or Register Here!

Outdoor Recreation Days

Saturday, June 15th 2024

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Athene North Shore Recreation Area – Des Moines, IA

In collaboration with Easter Lake and their staff, Adaptive Sports Iowa is starting to offer Outdoor Recreation Days! Gather with your friends and other families in the community who live with disabilities to enjoy the great outdoors together! Those who attend this event will have the chance to try a variety of accessible activities and have a great time meeting new friends! Learn More or Register Here!

Canoeing Basics

Saturday, June 15th 2024

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Jester Park Nature Center – Granger, IA

Ready to take your try at canoeing? Join Jester Park Nature Center for their back to basics class! With a Jester Park Naturalist, you will have the opportunity to try out and learn canoeing skills on the Discovery Pond. Students will learn about gear, safety, skills and technique, and how to have a great time on the water in a canoe. Learn More or Register Today.

Goat Cuddling at Howell’s

Sunday, June 16th 2024

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Howells Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch – Cumming, IA

Embrace the joy of cuddling with adorable baby goats at Howell’s Farm! Enjoy access to the Farmyard Play Yard and all the cuddles you can handle for a small fee. There is so much fun your family can have at Howell’s. Be sure to check out their G.O.A.T Season Pass for fun this summer and fall! Learn more or register here.

Father’s Day Bark-becue

Sunday, June 16th 2024

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Paws and Pints – Des Moines, IA

Celebrate Father’s Day at Paws & Pints with a special bark-becue for all the dads and dog dads out there! Join Paws and Pints on June 16th for a great trip to the dog park the whole family can enjoy! Whether you’re a human dad or a dog dad, they’ve got something special planned just for you. They are cooking up a spread to make Father’s Day one to remember. Specials include a 1/2 Rack of Ribs and Chicken Fried Steak! Learn More or Register Here.

Sunday Funday

Sunday, June 16th 2024

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wilson’s Orchard – Cumming, IA

Join Wilson’s Orchard on Sunday for an evening of live music! This weekend Sunday Funday Presents Awful Purdies at the picnic area! Get outside and celebrate Father’s Day with Wilson’s Orchard and great live music! Learn More or Register Here.

The Dad Games

Sunday, June 16th 2024

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Dave & Buster’s – Des Moines, IA

Think you can lead your family to victory? Find out this Father’s Day at Dave & Buster’s Des Moines! Attention all Dads, grab the family and run to Dave and Busters to battle for Fatherly Glory in the first-ever Dad Games! Compete against other families in an epic arcade showdown! Team colors, matching t-shirts, or themed family outfits are encouraged! Grand Prize: Bragging rights + Free gameplay for a year at D&B. Learn More or Register Here.


Molly Johnson

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