Monday, May 16, 2011

2011 Spring/Summertime list of fun-Updated 6/14

There is always so much fun to do around Des Moines. I find one of the hardest things is narrowing down what I want to focus on, otherwise we'd be running to several places each day! A child (and Mom) need downtime. Here is a list of my favorites, with more to be added as the Summer progresses.

Full Moon Float 6/15/, 7/15, 8/13, 9/12 8:30-11 PM, $5/boat/half hour

Body Worlds Exhibit, Science Center, Now through October- $19.25/ $8.75 member
Reiman Gardens Big Bugs exhibit, now through 9/3
Kids Bowl Free, Now through Summer at participating bowling alleys
Reiman Gardens Storytime, now through September, every two weeks-GA/Free members
Kite Flying Club, August 27th 10AM-12PM-Free, 1st 50 get free kite kit
Adventure Days at the Zoo, dates vary, included with admission
Yoga on the Lawn, Tuesdays & Thursdays 5/24-9/8 11:15 AM-Free yoga at Central Library
Market Day, Not your Mom's craft show, last Saturday of month starting 5/28 through October
Toddler Time, Botanical Center, Last Tuesday of month 10 AM, Members Free
Free Outdoor Movies at the Art Center, June 2 Willy Wonka (go early), July 7th Jaws, August 4th Annie Hall, September 1st Casablanca (ok, not all movies are kid friendly, but still a fun time.)
Ankeny Unplugged, Saturdays in June, Concert series $3
Open Mic Night, Ritual Cafe 2nd Thursdays 7-9 PM, Free
Yoga in the Park, Saturdays at 9 AM, Starting 6/4-9/24-Free
10 Movies for $5, Jordan Creek, Tuesdays at 10 AM June 7th-August 9th (+coupon for snacks on link)
Carmike Cinema $1 movies, Wynnsong, Johnston 10 AM Thursdays 6/16-8/11
Nature's Story Hour, 1st & 3rd Wednesday starting 6/1 through 8/10.-Free
Nature's Playdates, 2nd & 4th Wednesday starting 6/8-8/3-Free
Free activities each day at Evelyn Davis Park 11 AM - 7 PM + Free tennis lessons at varies parks
Free floatin' flicks, 6/10 Open 8 PM, 6/10 Teachout Aquatic-Despicable Me, 7/30 Nahas Aquatic How to Train Your Dragon, 8/6 NW Aquatic Monsters Inc.
smART Second Saturday/Sundays- Des Moines Art Center, June 11th/12th
Sample Sundays, 6/12, 7/17, 8/14... Farm fun, guest vendors, did I mention fun? Free
Music under the Stars, Iowa State Capital Grounds, free, two bands each day, 1st starting at 6:30, followed by one at 7:30, June 12/19/26 & July 3/10/17/24
Sing-a-long, Smokey Row 10 AM, June 14th, July 12th, & Tuesday August 9th
Peanut Butter & Puccini , June 16th & 18th, Opera, backstage tour, & lunch $10- highly recommended!!!!!
Cultureall, Des Moines Library, Rainforest- 6/21 10:30 Central, India- 6/27 2 PM Franklin, Japan-6/30 10:30 AM, Russia 7/11 Southside 1 PM, Kenya 7/12 10:30 AM Northside
Des Moines Art Festival, June 24-26th-Free
Yankee Doodle Pops, July 1st 8:30 PM, get there early for best spot- Des Moines' Best 4th of July celebration!
Jazz in July, Almost daily jazz, mostly free through month of July
Puppet show, 7/5 North Side library 10:30 AM
Creations with a twist, 7/12 10:30 Central Library
Shakespeare under the Stars, Fridays-Sundays, July 22-31, 8:15 PM, Gates at 6 PM, last year was free, watch for more details, excellent event!
Puppet Show by kids, Historical Museum, July 29th 11 AM & 1 PM- $5
Safari Splash, Blank park zoo, August 1-5th, included w/admission
Iowa State Fair, August 11-21st
Free Movies, Saturdays in September at Union Park 9/3 Karate Kid, 9/10 Tangled, 9/17 TS3, 9/24 Despicable Me

Farmer's markets:
Downtown Farmer's Market, Saturdays 9-12, Now through end of October
Valley Junction Farmer's Market, Thursdays, 4 PM - 8 PM now through end of September
Drake Farmer's Market, Wednesdays 4-7 PM June 1st-through September
Southridge Farmer's Market, Mondays 4- 7 PM Now through October 24th

Misc....
Wading Pools & Swimming Pool information, Opens June 6th- Wading pools-free
Des Moines Library Events, including storytimes, AVID lecture series info, and Summer reading program
BikeIowa ride calendar, many family friendly & free
Blank Park Zoo -Dinosaur exhibit starts May 27th
Science Center of Iowa- Daily calendar of events
SeeDesMoines.com- Calendar of events
Des Moines Symphony Calendar of events
Drake's calendar of events, including sporting & concerts
I-Cubs Schedule-Promo days schedule ($1 days, bring canned food for free admission, etc)
Menace Soccer -Promo Schedule
Reiman Gardens event page

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