Fun Things To Do in Des Moines This Weekend

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Fun Things To Do in Des Moines This Weekend:

April, 12th 2024 – April 14th 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.

Spring Favorites From Des Moines Parent:

Twice Blessed Consignment Sale

Friday, April  12th 2024 & Saturday, April  13th 2024 

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church – West Des Moines, IA

Twice Blessed Consignment Sale is open Friday, April 12th, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 13th, 8:00 am- 1:00 pm in West Des Moines at Shepherd of The Valley. Shop quality children items and save money! Be sure to invite your friends, so they can save too! Learn More or Register Today.

Friday Funday: The Golden Goose

Friday, April 12th 2024

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Des Moines Community Playhouse – Des Moines, IA

Friday Funday is a creative, participatory story theater program for children 4-6 years old, and their adults, to  join Edgar Allan Crow at the Adventure Clubhouse at The Des Moines Playhouse! During Friday Funday actors dramatize a favorite story using their big imaginations combined with costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk. As an audience member, you will learn the Adventure Clubhouse secret handshake and Magic Storybook spell, and don’t forget to listen for the special word of the day! Learn More or Register Today.

Homeschool Nature Class: The Desert

Friday, April 12th 2024

AM Session: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

PM Session: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Jester Park Nature Center – Granger, IA

On the first day of the month homeschool students K-5 can join Jester Park Nature Center and their naturalists in a fun and educational environmental lesson! This month, young learners will learn about the desert. Two sessions will be offered. Registration is required for students and accompanying adult/s. Learn More or Register Here AM Session or PM Session!

Homeschool Family Activity Time

Friday, April 12th 2024

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Valley Community Center – West Des Moines, IA


Homeschool families are invited to open pickleball play! Open for all ages, go take your best swing at the game that’s sweeping America by storm! This high energy, fun for all ages game will get your heart pumping, face smiling, and put your skills to the test! Learn More or Register Here.

Teen After Hours: Dungeons and Dragons

Friday, April 12th 2024

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Norwalk Easter Public Library – Norwalk, IA

Once a month Teens can join Norwalk Easter Public Library for a special after hours event! Have a slice of pizza and get into a game of D&D! Use your imagination as volunteer Dungeon Masters lead you through exciting RPG adventures! No previous D&D experience is needed for this program designed for 7th – 12th graders, however registration is required. Learn More or Register Today.

Nature Center After Dark: Hawaiian Luau

Friday, April 12th 2024

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Jester Park Nature Center – Granger, IA

Here’s your family’s chance to visit the Jester Park Nature Center after dark. This event will include storytelling, crafts, open Nature Center exhibits, and a short program on the theme of the night! Feel free to wear your grass skirts, Hawaiian leis, and your friends! No registration is necessary for this event and it is open to all ages! Learn More or Register Today.

Taylor Swift Skate

Friday, April 12th 2024

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Skateland – Des Moines, IA

If you fall down, you can just ‘shake it off, shake it off’ and keep on ‘feelin’ 22’ with this Taylor Swift Skate! Join Skateland this Friday to skate the night away with your favorites by Taylor Swift and jam out with your besties! Learn More or Register Today.

Wild Lights Festival

Friday, April 12th 2024 – Sunday, April 14th

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Blank Park Zoo – Des Moines, IA

The Beacon of spring has returned! Wild Lights Festival is back for the season at Blank Park Zoo! This year families can enjoy the festival April 5th – May 27th, Wednesday – Sunday. This year the Blank Park Zoo partnered with Tianyu Arts & Culture to bring a new theme that highlights Asian culture and will feature wonders such as a twinkling 82-foot-long Chinese dragon, a magic forest, and a giant panda mountain! Grab your tickets for this weekend, today! Learn More or Register Here.

Money Mammals Launch Event: Clive

Saturday, April 13th 2024 

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Community Choice Credit Union – Clive, IA

Calling all Parents with kiddos ages 12 & under! The Money Mammals® Kids Club™ provides a safe, fun and interactive way to learn how to save and manage money!

Banking benefits include: .15% APY*, access to educational apps, games, videos, regularly refreshed content, including engaging newsletters and printables, and guiding tools for parents! Now until May 31, 2024, all Money Mammal account owners will be put into the running to win a trip to Disney World! (Be sure to look at their terms and conditions that may apply.) Teach your kids good saving habits by starting with a Community Choice Money Mammals Kids Club account by visiting one of their branches. Learn More or Register Today.

Global Migrations: African Sardines

Saturday, April 13th 2024 

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Jester Park Nature Center – Granger, IA

Join Jester Park Nature Center and one of their Naturalists each month for a family-friendly evening focused on the annual migrations of a chosen animal species. Together you will learn about geography, animal facts, and particular migration details that are sure to amaze! The program will involve a short presentation, hands-on fun, possibly a craft or game, and ways to promote help species discussed. Learn More or Register Today.

Love You Des Moines Family Day

Saturday, April 13th 2024 

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Valley Community Center – West Des Moines, IA

Join Valley Community Center for a variety of FREE family activities for the whole community to enjoy including arts & crafts, sports, games, trivia, and more! A wide variety of activities will be ready for your family to explore 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Love You Des Moines Family Day. Come play a group sport, try your hand at new board games, participate in relay races, do it all and have a ball this Saturday! Learn More or Register Today.

Monster Jam

Saturday, April 13th 2024 & Sunday, April 14th 2024

Saturday: 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday: 1:00 PM

Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA

Backflips, donuts, wheelies, and so much more… The Monster Jam tour is back at Wells Fargo Arena this weekend! Grab your ear protection, and get pumped up as the big trucks face off right here in Des Moines! Your family will see a variety of competitions demonstrating skill, precision, and destruction! Racing, Skills, Donut Champion, and Freestyle competitions will leave your family stoked up! Learn More or Register Today.

The Teen Leadership Council: Escape Room

Saturday, April 13th 2024 

Session 1: 2:00 PM

Session 2: 3:00 PM

Session 3: 4:00 PM

Norwalk Easter Public Library – Norwalk Iowa

The Teen Leadership Council has designed an Escape Room for patrons of the Norwalk Easter Public Library. Register today for one of the three sessions where you have to work together to solve puzzles and see if you can escape the room in time! Sessions have participant limitations and require registration. The puzzles are geared towards youth ages 10+, though younger children can participate with caregiver assistance. Learn More or Register Today.

Parents Night Out

Saturday, April 13th 2024

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

RecPlex – West Des Moines, IA

Kids can enjoy a night at the RecPlex playing games, making crafts, getting in some healthy activities, and of course a pizza party! Parents can have a relaxing evening in, hit the town, or run those errands! Each Parents’ Night Out has a fun theme! Parent’s Night Learn More or Register Today.

Comedy for a Cause: Mindful Laughter

Saturday, April 13th 2024

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Mindspring Mental Health Alliance at The District Venue – Ankeny, IA


“ This unique comedy showcase features six funny people who are excited to laugh with you! Laughter, they say, is the universal language that connects humanity. By coming together for this comedy event, we not only share moments of joy but also strengthen the bonds that tie us as a community. Laughter is the best medicine! By attending this comedy event, you’re not only treating yourself to an evening of laughter but also making a positive difference in the lives of individuals facing mental health challenges. So, come together with friends and family, support a worthy cause, and let the power of laughter unite us all! Grab your tickets now and be part of a comedy night with a purpose – because mental health matters, and your generosity can truly make a world of difference. See you there!” Learn More or Register Today.

Wellness Weekend Puppy Yoga

Sunday, April 14th 2024

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Paws and Pints – Des Moines, IA

Join Paws and Pints on Sunday, April 14th for the LARGEST Puppy Yoga class they’ve had so far at Paws & Pints! Immerse yourself in a 45-minute Yoga session with Power Life Yoga in their spacious Training Facility. Then, visit with adoptable puppies from AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport who will be joining in on the Yoga fun! Learn More or Register Today.

Spring Fling Family Glow Bowling Party

Sunday, April 14th 2024

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Warrior Lanes – Waukee, IA

Join Warrior Lanes for their monthly Family Friendly Bowling Party! Each month they host these parties that are a blast and feature Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling, Mom-Approved Music, Food, Fun, (alcohol free) and of course…..Family! Join the festivities this weekend and reserve your lane. Learn More or Register Today.

Free Trial Guitar Lesson

Sunday, April 14th 2024

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Arrow Academy of Music – Urbandale, IA

During this free trial, learn how Arrow Academy’s unique group guitar lessons can benefit you and your child. Of course, ask questions about their programs and see if they are a good fit for your child’s needs. Beginner lesson sessions start in January, and enrollment is open now. Materials are provided. If you have a guitar, you can bring it along! Learn More or Register Today.

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