St. Patrick’s Day Fun in Des Moines for Kids

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun in Des Moines for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate for all ages. While many of us may think of green beer and large parties, there are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a whole family in Des Moines. We are sharing some of our favorite ways to celebrate!

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Des Moines St. Paddy’s Day Marathon & Half Marathon

Saturday, March 16

Grab the family and challenge each other to a fun run! This race also offers a ‘Kids Dash Start’ and 5K. Perfect to get the entire family involved in some outdoor, green St. Patty’s Day fitness fun! Register today.

Leprechaun Trap Quest

Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m.

Join STEAM STARZ at their next Me and My Adult Class: Leprechaun Trap Quest.

This whimsical class will inspire creativity while families work together to create a Rube Goldberg-inspired leprechaun trap. Learn more and register here.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at The Shop DSM

Saturday, March 16 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

901 Cherry St, Des Moines

Join The Shop DSM for a full day of fun at The Shop DSM! Hosted by IAFF Local 4, we can’t wait to celebrate year 2 with you!

Free Parking is available in the public lot across the street. Pancake Breakfast, Kids Activities, Touch the Truck, Face Painting, Keg Beer and more! Learn more here.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 16 at Noon

Downtown Des Moines

This annual event is sponsored by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Dress in all your green gear and festive wear and celebrate! The parade begins at Noon and there is a NEW parade route this year. Learn more about the parade and parade route by visiting their website.

It’s Your Lucky Day

Sunday, March 17; Various times

Pied Piper Studios

Registration is required to attend Pied Piper Studios Lucky Day Musical Playdate and access to a specially-selected Kindermusik music album, “The Best of Kindermusik, Vol. 1,” is included. Space is limited. Registration is made per family (not per child). Cost is $17 for the first child, and $7 for each additional child under 6 years of age attending with your family- i.e. $24 for two children. If this amount is not financially accessible for your family, please feel empowered to set your own cost according to your resources. Learn more and register here.

GPS Pot of Gold

Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m.

MacRae Park in Des Moines

Participants will learn how to use a handheld Global Positioning Unit and then use the GPS to find hidden”golden treasures” in the park. Pre-registration is required. $10 per person collecting prizes. 1 or 3 p.m. start times. Register with Des Moines Parks and Recreation.

Hunt for Gold Hike

Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at Brown’s Woods

Come join Muddy Boots Forest Camp for this St. Patrick’s Day-themed hike!  Hikers will follow clues along the trail to search for hidden pots of gold, and take a treasure home with them. This is an open event, come anytime between 2-3 pm to hike the trail as a family.

St. Patrick’s Day Family Glow Bowling

Sunday, March 17 at Noon

Warrior Lanes

Join Warrior Lanes for a Family-Friendly Bowling Party. These parties are a blast and feature Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling, Mom-Approved Music, Food, Fun, (alcohol-free), and of course…..Family! You must pre-register for this event.


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!

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