Spring Break Des Moines 2018

Spring Break Des Moines 2018

Spring Break in Des Moines 2018 is just around the corner. There are several classes and workshops being held all over Des Moines. Check out this great list below and register quickly. These classes can fill-up super fast. If I am missing your class or workshop, let me know. Make sure to check out our event calendar to stay up-to-date with what events are going on.

Planning for Summer? Check out our guide to Des Moines Summer Camp 2018.

Spring Break Des Moines 2018

Animal Rescue League 

Monday, March 12; 3-4 grade 

Tuesday, March 13; 5-6 grade

Wednesday, March 14; 7-8 grade

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

$50 per camper 

Campers will learn about pet care and responsibility, respect for animals and careers with animals while enjoying animal related activities, special guest presentations, animal interactions, crafts, games and more! Campers will show their compassionate side by completing service projects to help the ARL’s shelter animals.

Blank Park Zoo

Monday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 14 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

$108 members; $156 non-members

Spring Safari Camps are offered for children ages five to nine years during the Des Moines Public Schools scheduled spring break. Discover how zookeepers use different kinds of toys and treats to keep animals healthy and active and encourage natural behaviors. This week, we will learn all about enrichment at the zoo and why play and exploration is important for all animals – even us humans! We will make some special toys/treats to help keep the animals active and interested this spring and will also discover fun nature activities we can do outdoors this summer to keep ourselves busy and curious too!

The Brenton Arboretum 

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16 

Various times

Enjoy various workshops and programs during Spring Break week at The Brenton Arboretum. Each day offers a different theme. Make sure you register!

Monday: Tiny Houses; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. $5 non-members, Free for members

Tuesday: Art Play Day; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. $5 non-members, Free for members

Wednesday: Witchcraft & Wizardry; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. $5 non-members, Free for members

Thursday: Mud Kitchen; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. $5 non-members, Free for members

Friday: Night Hike – Animal Tales; 7:30 to 9 p.m. $5 non-members, Free for members

Chasing Laurels – CHA Certified Riding Instruction, Boarding & Training 

Wednesday, March 14 – Friday, March 16 

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Activities include fun both on and off horseback. There will be, daily riding (weather permitting), horsemanship lessons, playing games, a cookout, horsey arts and crafts, treasure hunt, and more. No experience necessary.

Climb Iowa 

Session 1: March 12-13 

Session 2: March 15-16 

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

$125 member; $140 non-member 

Climb Iowa camps will introduce young adventurers to rock climbing, but we won’t stop there. Children will learn about trust, teamwork and problem solving while developing their rock climbing skills through interactive games and activities. For ages 8 to 13 years old.

Des Moines Parks and Recreation 

March 12 – 16 

Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center 

  • Imagination Playschool

Monday through Friday

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

$1.50 fee per child, $1 admission fee per adult spectator

  • Drop-in Art from After School Arts Program (ASAP)

Monday through Friday

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Free for participants, $1 admission fee per adult spectator

  • Sports Mini-Clinics 

Monday, March 12: Soccer

Wednesday, March 14: Basketball

Friday, March 16: Football

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free for participants, $1 admission fee per adult spectator

  • Environmental Education

Tuesday, March 13: Bluebirds

Thursday, March 15: Owls

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Free for participants, $1 admission fee per adult spectator

  • Family Open Gym Night 

Friday, March 16

5 to 8 p.m.

$1 per person for ages 18-59

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Workshops Tuesday, March 13 – Friday, March 16 

Session 1: 10 to 11:15 a.m. 

Session 2: 2 to 3:15 p.m. 

Family workshops are the perfect opportunity for families to have a creative experience at the Botanical Garden. These hands-on classes are designed for youth ages 4-14 and an adult to build a take-home project together. One adult is required for every three youth participants. Registration is required.

Tuesday: Fairy Gardens

Wednesday: Printmaking from Nature

Thursday: Flower Crowns

Friday: Botanical Egg Dyeing

Indianola Public Library 

Friday, March 16 

10 a.m. to Noon 

Spring break movie and craft at the library. All ages are welcome. Children 6 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Lee Cole’s MagiCamp 

Tuesday, March 13 + Thursday, March 14 

9 a.m. to Noon 

Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge 


Your kids will spend two days learning from professional magician Lee Cole on how to entertain and amaze your friends and family!  ll magic material are provided. 

Living History Farms 

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Camps are offered as 1-day or 5-day experiences. Receive a 15% discount if you are a member. There are three themes to choose from, Community Celebrations, Victorian Ladies & Gentlemen, and Families in 1900. Prices vary on camp and how many days your child attends.

Pinot’s Palette

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16 

1 to 3:30 p.m. 

Take a Walk in the Wild with these amazing creatures. Paint one or all days. Crafts and snacks will be included. Kids ages 5+ are welcome to register.

Prairie Life Fitness

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$50 per day or $175 per week. Guest may attend for an additional fee per day.

Spring Break camp is a great way to get a feel for what Summer Camp will be at Prairie Life Fitness! Each day will be a preview of the amazing things they will be doing this summer. Two snacks, juices, and lunch are provided each day. A life jacket or flotation device is required if they cannot touch in the indoor pool.

Spring Break Archery 

Monday, March 15 – Tuesday, March 16 

1 to 4 p.m. 

Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge 


Spend Spring Break in Des Moines at the Raccoon River Park Archery Facility. Ages 9 to 12 years. 

Urbandale Swimming Pool 

Special Spring Break Hours: Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16 open 1 to 4 p.m. additionally to their normal hours.

Normal Hours: Monday – Thursday 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14: Pool Carnival; 1 to 4 p.m. $6 per person for this event.

2 years of age & under free with paid adult; 3 years of age & older: $5; Annual Passes are available. Learn more here

Spring Break in Des Moines 2018 may be cold and snowy or rainy and warm. Make sure you check out Des Moines Indoor Activities for Kids for options to run and play indoors over Spring Break.



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