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!

Take a look at some other fun roundup ideas of fun St. Patrick’s Day fun:

Catch the Leprechaun Hunt

Friday, March 17 at the Franklin Public Library. All day during open hours.

Can you help find the sneaky leprechaun in the children’s area, follow the clues and it might lead to a treasure at the end of the rainbow. All ages.

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

Saturday, March 18

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.

GPS Pot of Gold

Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m.

Pioneer Park, Des Moines

Participants will learn how to use a handheld Global PositioningUnit and then use the GPS to find hidden “golden treasures” in the park. With a little leprechaun luck, along the way, they will also find some information about the wildlife that calls Pioneer Park home. Move at your own pace and see if you can find all the hidden treasures that Pioneer Park has to offer. Pre-registration has required a fee of $10 and only applies to participants that will be collecting the“gold.”

1 or 3 p.m. start times. Register with Des Moines Parks and Recreation.

Hunt for Gold Hike

March 17 at 10 a.m. at Brown’s Woods

March 19 at 2 p.m. at Brown’s Woods

Join Muddy Boots for this St. Patrick’s Day-themed hike as we hunt for gold hidden along the trail, reading a themed story together after our hike. Meet at the shelter and take a child-led hike along the trail. Free event. No registration is required.

St. Patrick’s Day Family Glow Bowling

Sunday, March 19 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Friday, March 17 at Noon

Downtown Des Moines

This year this fun holiday falls on a Thursday during Spring Break. If you are lucky enough to take the day off work, head to downtown Des Moines for this classic, annual celebration perfect for kids. 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 at 15th Street to Grand and then east to 8th Street. Learn more about the parade and parade route by visiting their website.


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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