Holiday Kids Crafts & Activities in Central Iowa 2017

Central Iowa libraries and communities host a lot of fun activities and crafts for you and your kiddos. Check out this great list. It’s early and I may be missing your event and activity. Let me know and e-mail me.I will get it added to the list. All of these dates are located on our event calendar also.


Bass Pro Shops

Details coming soon! 

Lincoln Logs building area, crafts , dig excavation area, visit Santa and much more!


Gingerbread House Workshops

Grimes Library 

December 2, 9 and 16 

1 to 2 :30 p.m. 

Get in the holiday spirit by making your own edible house. All ages welcome. Please register, all supplies provided.

Christmas Crafts

Waukee Library 

December 2

10 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

Let your creative juices flow and make some fun holiday crafts. Recommended for students in grades K-5. Parents of younger students are encouraged to remain in the program to assist as needed. Our annual program has become so popular that registration is now required for this event.

Holiday Card Workshop for Kids

West Des Moines Library

December 6

3:45 to 4:30 p.m. 

Make a card for your friends and family at the West Des Moines Library. For ages 5-12. Registration required.

Holiday Sign Painting

Ankeny Parks & Recreation 

December 8 

6 to 9 p.m. 

12 Years Old +. Create your own 12″x14″ wooden sign with Three Blue Designs! Choose from more than 50 designs. All materials and instructions are included.

Block Printing Holiday Cards

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden 

December 9

10 a.m. to Noon 

Celebrate the holiday with custom-made holiday cards. Create one-of-a-kind stationary using the art of block printing and the world of plants as your inspiration.

Candycane Snowshoe + Winter Hike

Annett Nature Center

December 9 

1 to 2 p.m. 

Join the WCCB naturalist to snowshoe the trails in search of hidden candy canes. Dress warmly and wear boots. Hot cocoa and snacks provided. If there is no snow we will still go for a winter hike. Register by calling 515-961-6169 or at

Holiday Art in the Park

Lions Park Shelter House, Urbandale 

December 11 

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Join friends and make a holiday themed craft. $8 fee and must register by December 4 through the Urbandale Parks and Recreation.

Holiday Crafts and Cocoa 

Lakeside Center, Ankeny 

December 12

Various times. Check here!

Join the Ankeny Parks and Recreation for a night jam packed with crafts, cocoa and fun! Kids in kindergarten through 5th grade will be able to complete a variety of holiday-themed crafts at their own pace to celebrate the holiday. Fee is $15 for residents and $18 for non-residents.

Frosty the Snowman

West Des Moines Library

December 13

3:45 to 4:30 p.m. 

Join us for a fun and frosty afternoon! For ages 5-12. Registration required.

Make-and-Take Craft Night

Clive Library 

December 21

6:15 to 7 p.m. 

Drop in to the Clive Library for a make-and-take craft. Create something great just in time for the holidays. Registration is not required.







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