Outdoor Storytime in Des Moines

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Outdoor Storytime in Des Moines 2023

The weather is warming up and there are several chances to enjoy outdoor storytime in Des Moines this summer. Bring a blanket, grab lunch, and enjoy storytime outdoors. All of these dates and times are also listed on our event calendar.

Outdoor storytime, Des Moines, Summer, reading



10:30 to 11:15 a.m. 

Dates + locations are listed below

Come experience your neighborhood park and join the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation staff for a story and a craft. Bring a blanket and a friend! All ages. FREE.

  • 6/8 Pearson Park
  • 6/15 Jaycee Park
  • 6/22 Ashawa Park 
  • 6/29 Meadowview Park 
  • 7/6 Fairmeadows Park 
  • 7/13 Wild Rose Park 
  • 7/20 Quail Cove Park 
  • 7/27 Brookview Park 


Friday’s from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

Clive Parks & Recreation is going to various parks this summer! Enjoy this 30-minute program with your little one. This is bonding time for you and your child. Early literacy skills are modeled with the use of books, songs, rhymes, finger-plays, and dancing. For more information, contact Dee at dshalondeur@cityofclive.com.

  • Friday, June 16 Campbell Park
  • Friday, June 20 Canary Park
  • Friday, July 14 Stonegate Park
  • Friday, July 28 Wildwood Park


Monday’s from 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

May 8 – May 30

Raccoon River Park

Come enjoy a nature story or two and a kid-friendly craft. We will find some shade near or in the Biddle Shelter at Raccoon River Park. Bring a blanket, and dress for the weather.


June 29 & 23; July 7 & 21

9:30 to 11 a.m.

Clive Aquatic Center

The library and the aquatic center have teamed up to bring you cool summer fun! If you are only staying for the story (9:30 − 10:00 a.m.) the cost is free. If you plan on staying to swim until 11:00 a.m., the cost is $5 per person, and children 2 and under are free. Season passes are accepted.  For more information, contact Dee atdshalondeur@cityofclive.com, or Austin at atasler@cityofclive.com.

Ages 5 and younger with caregiver (16 or older). Registration recommended.

Outdoor storytime, Des Moines, Summer, reading

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