• Father Daughter Dance Ticket Information

    Tickets for the annual Father Daughter Dance will be available for purchase online January 5. The dance will be held on February 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Science Center of Iowa. Cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. Click below for more info or to volunteer.

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  • Imagination Playschool

    Every Wednesday and Friday bring your kids to participate in Imagination Playschool. Cost is only $2.50/child for hours of fun! Participants can play with the imagination playground equipment, big wheels, kitchen play station, climbing wall & more! Participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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  • Banana Splits Gymnastics

    Banana Splits is for children ages 3 and older. Participants learn how to be a better listener, improve motor skills and concentration. Kids can play with a balance beam, climbing wall, tumbling mats, agility equipment, Imagination Playground equipment & more. Cost is only $2.50/child for hours of fun!

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  • Snow Shoe through the Sculptures

    There are two "Snow Shoeing in the Sculpture Park" events scheduled, guided by Jill Featherstone, Des Moines Art Center Director of Education. Register online for January 12 and/or February 6. If there is no snow a regular walk will be held. Visit www.dmparks.org to sign up.

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  • Snow Moon Snowshoe Hike

    Take a walk through Grandview Park on a set of snowshoes and view the Snow Moon on a winter evening. Registration includes snowshoe rental. Dress for the weather. If there no snow, there will still be a walking hike. Click below to sign up.

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  • Afterschool Enrichment Series

    This four part series for kids in grades K-3, will be held Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:45 at the Jay Spence Shelter House. Each week will feature a different activity: Winter Birds, Snowshoeing, Hibernation and Tracks. Each session is $5. Click below to register online.

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  • Pee Wee Indoor Wiffle Ball Season Starts Soon

    Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball for kids between the ages of 3-6 years old to prepare for upcoming little league season. Cost is $25 per child and play begins March 22.

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  • Seasonal Employment Opportunities

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers many different seasonal employment opportunities in three divisions: Aquatics, Parks/Buildings and Recreation. To view all current openings please click the link below.

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  • Lifeguard

    For those 15 and up, this three day class will train participants in the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Class will be held at Lincoln High School 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $100 per person.

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  • Bald Eagle Day

    We are teaming up with the Iowa Department of Natural Resource and Fellowship Baptist Church to host Bald Eagle Day on the SE 6th Street Bridge. Activities include viewing eagles using the SE 6th Street Bridge and viewing a replica nest, presentations from local experts inside the church.

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  • Owls in the City

    We will discuss the different kinds of owls that call Des Moines home, meet a live owl and learn how to hoot like a Barred Owl. After the indoor program, put on hats and gloves, take a short walk in the park and search for live wild owls.

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Rooftop view of Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater with river and skyline in backgroundSimon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater

 

The Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater is located downtown just south of City Hall at East First between Locust and Walnut.  This beautiful location has been used for fun runs and walks, bike rides, political campaigns, concerts, class reunions and weddings.  It is the perfect place for any outdoor activity!

 

Free Public Event - $550 per four (4) hour session, plus $100 for each additional hour over four

 

Fee Based Event - $800 per four (4) hour session, plus $175 for each additional hour over four and 14% of gross revenue from vending

 

Weddings or Private Parties - $550 per four (4) hour session, plus $100 per hour for each additional hour over four

 Click here to rent Simon Estes online.

 

Image of the Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden in Greenwood ParkGreenwood Park Rose Garden

 

The historic garden has been a favorite spot for gardeners, strollers and wedding parties since the 1930's.  It is an "All American Rose Selection Public Display Garden", one of 132 such gardens in the United States.  You can find the Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden in Greenwood Park at 4800 Grand Avenue.  It is located directly behind the Des Moines Art Center.  Rental rates for the rose garden are $150 per hour with a two (2) hour minimum.

Click here to rent the Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden online.

 

 

Gray's Lake Overlook Terrace with yellow lilies in the foregroundGray's Lake Overlook Terrace

 

Plan your next event at Gray's Lake Park. The Overlook Terrace is a great place to have an event. The Overlook Terrace is made up of seven sections with shade structures over sections 1-3 at the east end. A three hour time block for five sections of terrace (Sections 1-5) can be reserved for $200 with additional hours available for $67 each. Rentals of the designated open spaces throughout Gray's Lake Park are available in six (6) hour time blocks (per half day) for $250. A cancellation fee of $25 will be charged with a  60 day notice.

Organized trail system events which charge fees or collect donations and have more than 100 participants are charged a $250 event fee. View a map of Gray's Lake here. For Gray's Lake watercraft rental information click here.

Click here to rent the Gray's Lake Overlook Terrace online.

 

Sylvan Theater
 

Sylvan Theater is one of about 15 "local historic landmarks" within the City of Des Moines.  It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is a great place to have any type of event.  Rental rates for the Sylvan Theater are $150 per hour with a two (2) hour minimum.

Click here to rent Sylvan Theater online.