Programs and Activities in the Park System
Start TimeTitleDescriptionDetailsLocation
03/27/2015 09:00 AMImagination PlayschoolThis program allows children and adults to get together and play. It’s for anyone with children that would benefit from social interaction and playing with new friends, parents, grandparents, siblings, guardians etc. Any age is invited that enjoys playing and interacting with others using our equipment. Participants may play in, on or around the following (staff may put out different items each day) castle with climbing wall, play house, parachutes, tumbling mats, roller coasters, teeter totter, agility equipment, Imagination playground equipment, nerf balls, kitchen play station, tricycles, big wheels, jeep, cars etc. Great opportunity for developing your little ones balance, rhythm, coordination, life skills, in a fun and safe environment. You will see improvements in self confidence and play interaction with your child and other participants. Our Bounce House is provided for participant’s enjoyment every Friday of the month. Participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Cost is $2.50 per child
 Pioneer Columbus Community Center
03/28/2015 10:00 AMCarousel of Colors Egg Hunt Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting “Carousel of Colors Egg Hunt” Saturday, March 28, at Union Park (2009 Saylor Road) This annual event is for children 10 and under and starts at 10:00 a.m., with separate areas available for ages 5 and under and 2 and under to search. No registration is necessary, this program is FREE and only children only to hunt for eggs. This event will happen rain or shine.

Schedule of Activities:
• Heritage Carousel – carousel rides - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
• Avon – make up stations and tattoos– 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
• SCHEELS – fishing and bike education, sign up to win free bikes - 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
• Ocean Dental - dental kits and education, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
• Des Moines Police Department – K-9 unit police dog and police badges - 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
• Iowa Egg Council – coloring books and Egg Chalupas treats - 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a. m.
• Des Moines Parks and Recreation/Walgreens - “Carousel of Colors Egg Hunt” starts at 11:10 a.m.

Parents bring your camera for great photo opportunities!
 Union Park
03/28/2015 10:30 AMAdopt-A-PlotCemetery stewards take care of the city’s seven municipal cemeteries while enjoying the peace and serenity they provide. Volunteers who become stewards can choose to maintain a specific section of a cemetery of their choice at – Woodland/St. Ambrose, Glendale, Laurel Hill, Sims, Oak Grove or Elm Grove.
Stewards work on a flexible weekly or monthly basis, whatever works best for them, from April through October.

Work could include picking up small branches, cutting back dead flowers, maintaining headstones and reporting disrepair
or picking up litter. No experience is necessary, training and supplies are provided.
 Laurel Hill Cemetery Office - 3601 East Court Avenue
03/29/2015 01:00 PMGPS Egg HuntEach registered participant will use a hand held GPS unit that has been programmed with the location of prizes hidden in the park. After a brief introduction and some directions on how to use the GPS, participants will go out on a “GPS Egg Hunt” in the park. For each correct location that they find, they will get to pick up a small prize to take home with them. More than one person may walk along on the search but only the registered participants are allowed to pick up the prizes.

Enter Ewing Park at the corner of Easter Lake Drive and Indianola Avenue. We will meet at the parking lot at the top of the hill.
RegisterEwing Park Children’s Forrest
04/01/2015 11:00 AMBirding BasicsGet to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics. The lunch time sessions will meet at 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake, Feb. 25 through May 20. Bring binoculars – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. New this year, each week we will introduce one specific bird at the start of the program and then go birding in the park. This program is free and open to all ages.
Feb. 25 through April 1 the focus is on water birds such as ducks, geese, loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet in the beach parking lot on the north side of Gray’s Lake. April 8 through May 20 sessions will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.
  
04/01/2015 03:00 PMMagic Camp - April Early Out Session (April 1 AND April 8)Dates: April 1 and 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Four Mile Community Center (3711 Easton Boulevard)
Registration ends March 26

Hocus, Pocus! Magic Camps were created for anyone who likes to have fun. Participants will spend two days learning from professional magician Lee Cole on how to entertain and amaze your friends, family and classmates. Designed for ages 8-15, cost is $40 for each 2-day class location. All magic materials are provided. The two sessions will be held at two different locations.
RegisterFour Mile Community Center (3711 Easton Boulevard)
04/08/2015 11:00 AMBirding BasicsGet to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics. The lunch time sessions will meet at 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake, Feb. 25 through May 20. Bring binoculars – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. New this year, each week we will introduce one specific bird at the start of the program and then go birding in the park. This program is free and open to all ages.
Feb. 25 through April 1 the focus is on water birds such as ducks, geese, loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet in the beach parking lot on the north side of Gray’s Lake. April 8 through May 20 sessions will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.
  
04/15/2015 11:00 AMBirding BasicsGet to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics. The lunch time sessions will meet at 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake, Feb. 25 through May 20. Bring binoculars – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. New this year, each week we will introduce one specific bird at the start of the program and then go birding in the park. This program is free and open to all ages.
Feb. 25 through April 1 the focus is on water birds such as ducks, geese, loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet in the beach parking lot on the north side of Gray’s Lake. April 8 through May 20 sessions will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.
  
04/22/2015 11:00 AMBirding BasicsGet to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics. The lunch time sessions will meet at 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake, Feb. 25 through May 20. Bring binoculars – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. New this year, each week we will introduce one specific bird at the start of the program and then go birding in the park. This program is free and open to all ages.
Feb. 25 through April 1 the focus is on water birds such as ducks, geese, loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet in the beach parking lot on the north side of Gray’s Lake. April 8 through May 20 sessions will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.
  
04/24/2015 12:00 PMEarth Day Trash BashOn Friday, April 24, 2015 (Rain Date April 27) Earth Day will kick-off with a Bash downtown including sponsor & volunteer recognition, team introductions and educational booths. Register your team today and become one of the 1,200 volunteers at more than 40 project locations. Registration ends March 27!Register Your Team Today 
04/29/2015 11:00 AMBirding BasicsGet to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics. The lunch time sessions will meet at 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake, Feb. 25 through May 20. Bring binoculars – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. New this year, each week we will introduce one specific bird at the start of the program and then go birding in the park. This program is free and open to all ages.
Feb. 25 through April 1 the focus is on water birds such as ducks, geese, loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet in the beach parking lot on the north side of Gray’s Lake. April 8 through May 20 sessions will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.
  
05/04/2015 03:45 PMBricks 4 Kidz - Construction CrazeMay 4, 11 and 18 - time 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Registration ends April 30

Registration is now open for “Bricks 4 Kidz,” a building series with an imaginative, 3-dimensional, hands on learning experience. During each class, participants will build a LEGO model using Bricks 4 Kidz unique project kits and model plans. With a new model each week, these simple machines are sure to excite your budding builders as they spin, roll and turn. Everything is provided for this 60 minutes of learning, building and playing.

Designed for ages K-5, the cost is $39 for our 4-week session and $29 for our 3-week session. Online registration is now open at www.dmparks.org. If you live in the 50317 zip code, a reduced rate is available, sponsored by the Black Tie Foundation. In order to receive the discount, registration must be completed in person at Four Mile Community Center (3711 Easton Boulevard) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
RegisterFour Mile Community Center
05/06/2015 11:00 AMBirding BasicsGet to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics. The lunch time sessions will meet at 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake, Feb. 25 through May 20. Bring binoculars – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. New this year, each week we will introduce one specific bird at the start of the program and then go birding in the park. This program is free and open to all ages.
Feb. 25 through April 1 the focus is on water birds such as ducks, geese, loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet in the beach parking lot on the north side of Gray’s Lake. April 8 through May 20 sessions will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.
  
05/13/2015 11:00 AMBirding BasicsGet to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics. The lunch time sessions will meet at 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake, Feb. 25 through May 20. Bring binoculars – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. New this year, each week we will introduce one specific bird at the start of the program and then go birding in the park. This program is free and open to all ages.
Feb. 25 through April 1 the focus is on water birds such as ducks, geese, loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet in the beach parking lot on the north side of Gray’s Lake. April 8 through May 20 sessions will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.
  
05/20/2015 11:00 AMBirding BasicsGet to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics. The lunch time sessions will meet at 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake, Feb. 25 through May 20. Bring binoculars – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. New this year, each week we will introduce one specific bird at the start of the program and then go birding in the park. This program is free and open to all ages.
Feb. 25 through April 1 the focus is on water birds such as ducks, geese, loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet in the beach parking lot on the north side of Gray’s Lake. April 8 through May 20 sessions will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.