Programs and Activities in the Park System
Start TimeTitleDescriptionDetailsLocation
04/19/2015 01:00 PMWildflower WalkDes Moines Parks and Recreation is offering a walk on the new Grandview Nature Trail. The focus of the hike will be looking for the woodland wildflowers of spring and taking pictures of them. Wear good walking shoes and bring your camera if you have one. No registration required.

Meet at the wading pool area located at the corner of Easton and East 33rd St.
 Grandview Park
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 
04/25/2015 11:00 AMEarth Day at the Science CenterCome find our environmental education booth at Earth Day at the Science Center! Learn about how to conserve and protect our earth, and see what cool environmental programs we have planned for the spring and summer.

Participants at Earth Day can walk between booths along the Principal Riverwalk. The Science Center will also offer discounts to participants who bring in a bike helmet after biking or a ticket stub after taking a bus to the event.

  
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
05/05/2015 03:45 PMMother's Day Plant.Grow.FlyKids especially, but everyone is invited to come learn about how flowers and butterflies grow and how they depend on each other to survive. As part of the program, participants will decorate their own flower pot, then plant flowers in it to take home and help provide habitat for butterflies. These are a great gift for Mother's Day or for anyone special. All supplies will be provided, dirty hands guaranteed. Each person registered will receive a flower pot. More than one person may work together on one flower pot. Children under 6 years of age should have an adult present to help.Register nowBeaverdale Park
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.
  
05/09/2015 10:00 AMMother's Day Plant.Grow.FlyKids especially, but everyone is invited to come learn about how flowers and butterflies grow and how they depend on each other to survive. As part of the program, participants will decorate their own flower pot, then plant flowers in it to take home and help provide habitat for butterflies. These are a great gift for Mother's Day or for anyone special. All supplies will be provided, dirty hands guaranteed. Each person registered will receive a flower pot. More than one person may work together on one flower pot. Children under 6 years of age should have an adult present to help. For questions or more information contact Joel at jmvanroekel@dmgov.org or (515) 248 6369.RegisterGreenwood Park West Enclosed Shelter
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.
  
05/15/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: BeethovenFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingEwing Dog Park - 4660 Indianola Ave.
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.
  
05/23/2015 10:00 AMDip Into SpringGet outside and find out what is happening in and around the Witmer Pond. We will be looking for signs of animals around the pond and then dip into the pond with nets looking for the creatures that live under the water. All supplies will be provided, dirty hands guaranteed. Register HereWitmer Park Pond
05/29/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: Cats and Dogs - Revenge of Kitty GaloreFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingRiverwalk Dog Park - 1111 Illinois St.
06/04/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: The Rear Window

Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.
Free Flicks ListingThe Des Moines Art Center - 4700 Grand Ave.
06/06/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
06/11/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: UpFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingAshby Park - 3200 38th St.
06/13/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
06/18/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: PaddingtonFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingMartin Luther King Jr Park - 1650 Garfield Ave.
06/20/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
06/25/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: Lego MovieFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingChamberlain Park - 2150 Woodland Ave.
06/27/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
07/02/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: GodzillaFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingWitmer Park - 1610 34th St.
07/04/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
07/09/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: MaleficentFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingCheatham Park - 1100 Day St.
07/11/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
07/16/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: Raiders of the Lost ArkFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain. Free Flicks ListingSoftball Complex - 4980 NE 46th St.
07/18/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
07/23/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: GooniesFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingSargent Park - 3530 E. Douglas Ave.
07/25/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
08/01/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
08/06/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: ETFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingWoodlawn Park - 3126 Twana Dr.
08/08/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
08/08/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: GhostbustersFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingHoyt Sherman 1501 Woodland Ave.
08/15/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
08/20/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: Monster's Inc.Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingDing Darling Shelter - 2100 Saylor Rd.
08/22/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
08/29/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
09/05/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
09/12/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
09/19/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
09/26/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park