Holiday Kids Crafts in Des Moines 2018

Holiday Kids Crafts in Des Moines 2018

Note: The events below reflect dates and times for the 2018 holiday season.

Many Des Moines communities and libraries host fun craft events for children. Take a look at our list below. These are also listed on our event calendar. If you would like to add your event or activity to the event calendar, please submit here.

Kids crafts, holidays, Christmas

Christmas Ornament Decorating

Valley Community Center

November 30; 4 to 6 p.m. and December 6; 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

Join The Carpenter & Honeybee owner/instructor, Laura Amick, for a fun time painting your very own rustic Christmas ornament. Children ages 5+ (with parent guidance) will choose from an assortment of designs, learn to use all natural paints & finishes to create a 4” family keepsake ornament. Cost includes supplies & instruction. Please allow 60-90 minutes for this class Cost: $3 with a punch card or $5 drop-in Punchcards can be purchased at the cafe counter.

Candy Cane Hike

Annett Nature Center

December 1 

1 to 3 p.m. 

Bring the whole family out to hike the trails of Annett Nature Center in search of hidden candy canes. Submit your guess for how many candy canes are on the trail and get entered to win a wintery surprise. There will be refreshments, hot cocoa, and exhibits to explore inside. This is a self-guided hike, so you can come and go between 1PM-3PM. Check in at the front desk for instructions and a trail map. Please register by November 29.

Holiday Card Workshop for Kids

West Des Moines Library

December 5

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.

Gingerbread House Workshops

Grimes Library 

December  8, 15 & 22

1 to 2 p.m. 

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

Holiday Art in the Park

Senior Recreation Center, Art Room in Urbandale

December 10 

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Join friends and make a holiday-themed craft. $8 fee and must register by December 3 through the Urbandale Parks and Recreation. Ages 5 to 11 years. $8 per child.

Holiday Crafts & Cocoa

Ankeny Parks & Recreation 

December 11

K-2nd Grade; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

3rd-5th Grade; 7 to 8 p.m.

Join for a night jam-packed with crafts, cocoa, and fun! Kids will be able to complete a variety of holiday-themed crafts at their own pace to celebrate the holiday. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. $15-$18 per child.

Polar Express Pajama Party 

West Des Moines Public Library 

December 12

3:45 to 4:45 p.m. 

All aboard! Wear your pajamas to the library for a fun and festive afternoon. For ages 5-10. Registration required.


Erin Huiatt

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