Outdoor Storytime in Des Moines

Sharing is caring!

Outdoor Storytime in Des Moines 2024

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

Spend a Thursday morning at a West Des Moines park or explore a new one and join our staff for a story and a craft. Bring a blanket and a friend! Fairytale Time in the Park is free for all ages. 

  • 6/6 – Huston Ridge Park 
  • 6/13 – Jaycee Park 
  • 6/20 – Ashawa Park 
  • 6/27 – Meadowview Park 
  • 7/11 – Fairmeadows Park 
  • 7/18 – Wild Rose Park 
  • 7/25 – Quail Cove Park 
  • 8/1 – Brookview Park 


All performances take place at 10 AM on Cowles Commons. Join DMPA educators for storytime Under the Green Umbrella. These events will be a playful sharing of songs and stories for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary-aged youth accompanied by their fun-loving grownups!

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • Saturday, June 15, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2024
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2024
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2024
  • Saturday, August 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, August 28, 2024


      Friday’s at 10:30 a.m.

      Clive Parks & Recreation is heading to various parks around Clive this summer! Join them for a storytime full of music,
      movement, stories, and fun. For more information, contact Dee at dshalondeur@cityofclive.com. Recommended for ages 0 to 7 years old (with an adult). Register is recommended to receive cancellation information due to weather.

      • Friday, June 7 at Country Club Glen
      • Friday, June 21 at Linnan Park
      • Friday, July 12 at Lions Park
      • Friday, July 26 at Canary Park


      Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

      May 7 – May 20

      Raccoon River Park; Biddle Rotary Shelter

      Enjoy nature stories, kid-friendly crafts, and shade at the Biddle Shelter in Raccoon River Park. Bring a blanket and dress for the weather. FREE for all ages.


      June 14 & 28 ; July 5 & 19

      10:30 to 11 a.m.

      Clive Aquatic Center

      The library and the aquatic center have teamed up to bring you cool summer fun! This program is free. For more information, contact Dee at dshalondeur@cityofclive.com, or Austin at atasler@cityofclive.com. Ages 5 and younger with caregiver (16 or older) Clive Aquatic Center. Registration recommended.

      Outdoor storytime, Des Moines, Summer, reading

      Erin Huiatt

      Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *