Outdoor Storytime in Des Moines 2022

Outdoor Storytime in Des Moines 2022

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.



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.

  • 6/2 Pearson Park
  • 6/9 Jaycee Park
  • 6/16 Ashawa Park
  • 6/23 Meadowview Park
  • 6/30 Wild Rose Park
  • 7/7 Kiwanis Park
  • 7/14 Quail Cove Park
  • 7/21 Huston Ridge Park
  • 7/28 Peony Park


Tuesday’s from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

June 7 – July 26

Clive Parks & Recreation is going to go to Linnan Park this summer! Enjoy this 30-minute program with your little. 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.


Tuesday’ from 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

May 2 – May 23

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.


Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. and Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.

The Parks and Recreation Department and the Urbandale Library have partnered together to bring you Storytime! Come enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and other activities that delight and entertain as well as encourage the love of reading. Storytime will happen each Tuesday morning at 10:00 am and Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at a different park each week. Try to visit them all! No registration is required!

  • June 14 + June 16 at Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park Shelter
  • June 21 + June 23 at Large Walnut Creek Regional Shelter
  • June 28 + June 30 at Lions Park Gazebo
  • July 5 + July 7 at Rocklyn Park Shelter
  • July 12 + July 14 at Bishop Shelter, Jackaline Dunlap Arboretum
  • July 19 + July 21 at  Barrett Boesen Shelter
  • July 26 + July 28 at Murphy Park Shelter
  • August 2 + 4 at Rocklyn Park Open Shelter
  • August 9 + 11 at LARGE Walnut Creek Regional Park Shelter


Wednesdays; June 1 – August 3

9:15 to 9:45 a.m.

Altoona Aquatic Center

Join the Altoona Library at the Altoona Aquatics Park for a short storytime in the shallow end of the pool.


Select Thursdays; June 10, 24 + July 15, 29

10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Clive Aquatic Center

The library and the aquatic center have teamed up to bring you cool summer fun! If you are just coming for the storytime and a short swim (10:15–11:30 a.m.), admittance is free. If you are planning to stay to swim we will be offering a discounted admittance of $5 per person, children 2 and under are free. Payment will be taken when the aquatic center opens that day. 2022 Clive Aquatic Center Passes are honored with free entry. For more information, contact Dee at dshalondeur@cityofclive.com or Austin at atasler@cityofclive.com.

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