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Programs and Activities in the Park System
Start TimeTitleDescriptionDetailsLocation
05/27/2017 12:00 AMSplash Pools OpenA splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. Splash pools are staffed, however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


More InformationAll Splash Pools
05/27/2017 09:00 AMMemorial Day Floral Arrangements On Memorial Day weekend a selection of artificial flowers will be available for purchase at the Glendale Cemetery office Friday, Saturday and Monday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Prices range from $9 to $25.More InformationGlendale Cemetery - 4909 University Avenue
05/27/2017 10:00 AMButterfly Garden Plant. Grow. FlyOn Saturday, May 27th from 10 am to Noon, Parks and Recreation will host a Plant.Grow.Fly event at the Gray’s Lake southeast parking lot. Sign up to be part of the program and not only will you help create the new Butterfly Garden at Gray’s Lake but you will make a butterfly friendly planter to take home with you on the same day. The first part of the program will involve learning about what pollinators need so they can survive and why they are so important to people. Second, participants will decorate and fill a flower pot they design to help support pollinators and they will take it home with them. The last part of the program will actually be planting native Iowa species of plants in a new butterfly garden. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and do a little work to help out Monarchs and pollinators.

Registration for this event is limited and the fee is $10 per take home planter created.
Register HereGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
05/27/2017 01:00 PMTeachout Family Aquatic Center - Memorial DayTeachout Family Aquatic Center will be open for Memorial Day weekend May 27-29.

Daily Admission
2 and under - Free
Ages 3-20 - $2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00

All pools will open for the season on Thursday, June 1.
 Teachout Family Aquatic Center - 2601 Hubbell Avenue
05/28/2017 11:00 AMMemorial Day Floral Arrangements On Memorial Day weekend a selection of artificial flowers will be available for purchase at the Glendale Cemetery office Friday, Saturday and Monday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Prices range from $9 to $25.More InformationGlendale Cemetery - 4909 University Avenue
05/28/2017 01:00 PMTeachout Family Aquatic Center - Memorial DayTeachout Family Aquatic Center will be open for Memorial Day weekend May 27-29.

Daily Admission
2 and under - Free
Ages 3-20 - $2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00

All pools will open for the season on Thursday, June 1.
 Teachout Family Aquatic Center - 2601 Hubbell Avenue
05/29/2017 09:00 AMMemorial Day Floral Arrangements On Memorial Day weekend a selection of artificial flowers will be available for purchase at the Glendale Cemetery office Friday, Saturday and Monday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Prices range from $9 to $25.More InformationGlendale Cemetery - 4909 University Avenue
05/29/2017 01:00 PMTeachout Family Aquatic Center - Memorial DayTeachout Family Aquatic Center will be open for Memorial Day weekend May 27-29.

Daily Admission
2 and under - Free
Ages 3-20 - $2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00

All pools will open for the season on Thursday, June 1.
 Teachout Family Aquatic Center - 2601 Hubbell Avenue
05/31/2017 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 at Grays Lake. The lunch time sessions are free and everyone is invited to join along. Participants will meet from 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake every Wednesday starting March 1st and continuing through May 31st. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. This program is free and open to all ages.

The first half of the series we will focus 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. For the second half of the series will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.
 Gray's Lake Park
05/31/2017 11:30 AMYoga at the Hub SpotDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Hub Spot (215 Water St.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during May AND June and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel. This week Lynn Marie Nelson will be leading the class.

Classes will not take place in the event of rain. We will only post on social media if Yoga is canceled. If nothing has been posted, please assume classes will take place. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter for cancellations.
More InformationThe Riverwalk Hub - 215 Water Street
06/01/2017 08:00 AMPee Wee Flag Football - Registration Ends 8/1Introduce you child to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of football in a fun atmosphere. Each team has a parent-coach and is coed. All equipment, including a jersey will be provided.

Cost to register is $25
More InformationJames W. Cownie Soccer Complex - 2600 Hartford Avenue
06/01/2017 10:00 AMWading Pools Open!All wading pools open for the season!

A wading pool is a small pool with standing water and no spray features. They offer supervised water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. Wading pools are staffed; however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.

Ashfield, Bates, Burke, Chesterfield, Drake, Sayers, Sheridan, Stone & Tower:
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Jordan:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Noon - 6:00 p.m.
More InformationAll Wading Pools
06/01/2017 01:00 PMPools OpenPool season begins as we open all pools.

Monday - Saturday 1:00-6:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Daily Admission:
2 and under - Free
Ages 3-20 - $2.00
Ages 21 and over - $4.00

1/2 price daily admission after 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
More InformationAll Pools
06/01/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - Singin' in the RainFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationDes Moines Art Center - 4700 Grand Avenue
06/02/2017 05:00 PMFree Fishing FridayEnjoy a night of free fishing at Gray's Lake Park from 5-8 p.m. Stop by and try out your fishing skills. If you are interested in giving fishing a try for the first time, don’t worry, we will be there to help you. Bait and supplies will be on hand to use at no cost and it is Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa, so a fishing license is not required. No registration required to participate.  Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/03/2017 09:00 AMCarp FestSaturday morning June 3rd at Gray’s Lake, Des Moines Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Des Moines Izaak Walton League and Iowa DNR to bring you Carp Fest.

Registration for this free carp fishing tournament begins at 8:00 am with fishing from 9:00 to 11:30 am. There will be a prize for the longest carp caught in both adult and a children’s category. Bait will be provided as well as fishing gear and instructions for anyone new to carp fishing.  

June 2, 3 & 4 are free fishing days in Iowa, so no fishing license is required for this event. Carp caught may be kept by the fisherman or donated onsite to the wildlife rehabilitation organization S.O.A.R.
 Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/03/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Betty Garcia.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/08/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - The Secret Life of PetsFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationEvergreen Park - 2000 Evergreen Avenue
06/09/2017 08:30 PMMoon FloatTake a relaxing float under the stars! All non-gas powered boats are welcome to join us. If you don't have a boat, the Gray's Lake concession stand offers rentals of canoes, hydro bikes and paddleboats on a first-come, first-serve basis for $6 per half hour. No reservations are allowed. Lights are provided free of charge with rental boats. Participating boats must have a flashlight.
 Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/10/2017 08:00 AMTrain the Trainer - Stand Up Paddleboard Part 1Parks and Recreation along with the Iowa DNR are offering a Train the Trainer in Stand Up Paddleboard basic skills course at Grays Lake June 10-11th. This class will be for those who will be leading groups and who need a basic understanding of SUP basics for teaching. Much of the same risk and group management that are included with canoe/kayak classes will also be taught here. If you are only wanting to learn the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding, sign up for one of our Introduction to SUP classes. Registration is $25 and includes all the equipment and instructions.More Information & RegistrationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/10/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Lynn Marie Nelson.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/11/2017 08:00 AMTrain the Trainer - Stand Up Paddleboard Part 2Parks and Recreation along with the Iowa DNR are offering a Train the Trainer in Stand Up Paddleboard basic skills course at Grays Lake June 10-11th. This class will be for those who will be leading groups and who need a basic understanding of SUP basics for teaching. Much of the same risk and group management that are included with canoe/kayak classes will also be taught here. If you are only wanting to learn the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding, sign up for one of our Introduction to SUP classes. Registration is $25 and includes all the equipment and instructions.More Information & RegistrationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/15/2017 05:30 PMUpcycle StewardsRemove invasive species from Gray's Lake Park and feed the animals at Blank Park Zoo. Participants must be over 14 years of age.

Interested volunteers should meet at the southeast corner of the park.
 Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/15/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - Rogue OneFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationAshby Park - 3200 38th Street
06/16/2017 11:00 AMFORE! Our Parks 2017 Golf tournament & Bike RideJoin the Friends of Des Moines Parks Friday, June 16 for the 4th Annual FORE! Our Parks golf outing and bike ride at Waveland Golf Course. Learn about Des Moines’ parks while supporting the economic, environmental, health and recreational benefits they provide central Iowans.

On the 18-mile bike ride, cyclists will use eight city trails that connect to five parks before returning to the Waveland clubhouse.

This year’s event will help fund two major Friends projects:
New playground for Chesterfield Park
Des Moines River Trail Phase II (Cownie Soccer Complex to Easter Lake Park)

Golf:
$125 per person or $500 for a foursome

Ride:
$75 per person or $125 for two riders

Register Here!Waveland Golf Course - 4908 University Avenue
06/17/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Stephanie Clemons.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/18/2017 01:00 PMFather's Day Pool SpecialFathers enjoy free admission to any Des Moines pool or aquatic center when they pay for their children's admission on Father's Day.

Admission Prices
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-20 - $2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationAll Pools
06/19/2017 09:00 AMHip Hop Music CampDes Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with Des Moines Parks and Recreation, presents an exceptional opportunity for students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Hip Hop Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students through the creative process, making beats, writing lyrics, recording, and putting on LIVE performances at the end of camp!

At the close of camp participants will have the once and a lifetime opportunity to perform at the 80/35 Music Festival.

Camp is designed for kids ages 11-15.
Dates are June 19-22 and June 26-29 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost is $40 per person and the program is GRASP eligible.
Registration is open online through June 12:
Register HereGoodrell Middle School (E 29th St, Des Moines, IA 50317)
06/19/2017 02:00 PMRock and Roll Music CampDes Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with Des Moines Parks and Recreation, presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on LIVE rock shows!

At the close of camp participants will have the once and a lifetime opportunity to perform at the 80/35 Music Festival!

Camp is designed for kids ages 11-15.
Dates are June 19-22 and June 26-29 from 12:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

Cost is $40 per person and the program is GRASP eligible.

Registration is open online through June 12
Register HereGoodrell Middle School - (E 29th St, Des Moines, IA 50317)
06/22/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - SINGFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationWaveland Golf Course - 4908 University Avenue
06/23/2017 07:00 PMTeen Night - Swimming Pools A night to enjoy the pool with friends. This event is for teens ages 13-17 years old. Everyone attending must be in the water swimming. Regular admission applies.

No loitering in or around the pools.
More InformationAll Pools
06/24/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Penny Luthens.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/25/2017 12:00 PMIntroduction to Stand Up PaddleboardDes Moines Parks and Recreation along with the Iowa DNR are offering a Stand Up Paddleboard basic skills course at Grays Lake on June 25th in the afternoon. This course is designed to introduce and expose the participants to sufficient skills and knowledge, so that they can enjoy the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding in a flat water setting.

Topics that will be covered in the course include launching, board control, different paddling strokes, rescue and more. Registration is $25 and includes all the equipment and instructions.
More Information & RegistrationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/25/2017 12:00 PMScheels Demo Day - Stand Up Paddle Board and KayakWant to try a stand up paddle board or kayak? On Sunday, June 25 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., SCHEELS will be presenting a FREE Demo Day at Gray’s Lake Park. This event is open to the public and will allow anyone ages 6-60+ to try a paddle board or kayak. Participants must sign a waiver and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Food will be provided for participants. No pre-registration is required. Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
06/29/2017 05:30 PMStand Up Paddle with the NaturalistJoin the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how if functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search for wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10, new paddlers welcome and registration is online at www.dmparks.org. If you have your own board and gear feel free to join us.

Stand Up Paddleboard with the Naturalist
Other optional dates:
July 20th, 5:30 pm
August 8th, 5:30 pm
August 24th, 5:30 pm
Age: New SUP Paddlers welcome, under 12 years old need to have a guardian present

Limit: 8
Register HereGray's Lake Peninsula
06/29/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - Kubo and the Two StringsFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationMartin Luther King Park - 1650 Garfield Avenue
07/01/2017 08:00 AMPee Wee Indoor Soccer - Registration Ends 9/1Introduce your little one to the fun of Indoor Pee Wee Soccer! This program teaches kids about team sports, and game situations all while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere. Each team has a parent-coach and is coed.

Registration begins July 1 and ends September 1, cost to register is $25 per individual and includes a jersey.
More Information 
07/01/2017 08:00 AMYouth Flag Football - Registration Ends 9/10Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer youth flag football to children in grades 1-7. Cost to register is $50 per individual or $475 per team, registration includes team jersey with all other equipment provided.

Teams will be divided into age groups: 1-2 grade, 3-4 grade, and 5-7 grade. Team practice will take place once a week with games played Saturday mornings at a neighborhood location. There will be a 5-game regular season and one-game playoff at the end of the season at the Drake Stadium.

Registration will be available from July 1 until September 10.
More Information 
07/01/2017 08:00 AMAdult Fall Bags - Registration Ends 9/1Teams of two adults (18 and older) will race to a score of 21 and play a set of five games over the span of six weeks. Cost to register is $35 per team. League play will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays beginning September 7 from 6-9 p.m. More InformationThe Riverwalk Hub - 215 Water Street
07/01/2017 08:00 AMAdult Flag Football - Registration Ends 9/1Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers Competitive and recreational Adult Flag Football leagues with separate leagues for men and women. The cost to register is $250 per team and can roster up to 20 players with seven on the field at a time.

A seven game schedule offers once a week play on weeknights, Monday through Thursday, or on Sundays. All games will be played at Ashfield Park (East 19th & Hubbell Avenue) or Chesterfield Park (East 27th & Scott)
More InformationAshfield & Chesterfield Park
07/01/2017 08:00 AMAdult Fall Softball - Registration Ends 9/1Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers Fall Softball leagues for both men and coed slow-pitch divisions. Teams play a 7-game schedule with one game per week and must be registered with ASA Softball ($27). Teams that have played in Des Moines Parks and Recreation summer leagues in the same year are already ASA registered.

Registration begins July 1 and ends September 1. Cost to register is $195 per team.
More InformationGreater Des Moines Softball Complex - 4980 NE 46th Street
07/01/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park- Union Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Mary McCarthy.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More Information HereUnion Park - 725 Thompson Avenue
07/04/2017 08:00 AMCommunity Centers ClosedAll community centers are closed on recognized city holidays. More InformationAll community Centers
07/04/2017 01:00 PMMilitary Day - PoolsWe thank all Military Members for their service by offering them free admission to all Des Moines Pools. Family members will also receive half-priced admission.

More InformationAll Pools
07/06/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - The Lego Batman MovieFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationHoyt Sherman Place - 1501 Woodland Avenue
07/08/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park- Union Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Linsey Birusingh.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More Information HereUnion Park - 725 Thompson Avenue
07/09/2017 08:30 PMMoon FloatTake a relaxing float under the stars! All non-gas powered boats are welcome to join us. If you don't have a boat, the Gray's Lake concession stand offers rentals of canoes, hydro bikes and paddleboats on a first-come, first-serve basis for $6 per half hour. No reservations are allowed. Lights are provided free of charge with rental boats. Participating boats must have a flashlight. Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
07/13/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationWitmer Park - 1619 34th Street
07/15/2017 09:00 AMIntroduction to Stand Up PaddleboardDes Moines Parks and Recreation along with the Iowa DNR are offering a Stand Up Paddleboard basic skills course at Grays Lake on July 15th. This course is designed to introduce and expose the participants to sufficient skills and knowledge, so that they can enjoy the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding in a flat water setting.

Topics that will be covered in the course include launching, board control, different paddling strokes, rescue and more. Registration is $25 and includes all the equipment and instructions.
More Information & RegistrationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
07/15/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park- Union Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Jennifer Bramble.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More Information HereUnion Park - 725 Thompson Avenue
07/20/2017 05:30 PMUpcycle StewardsRemove invasive species from Gray's Lake Park and feed the animals at Blank Park Zoo. Participants must be over 14 years of age.

Interested volunteers should meet at the southeast corner of the park.
 Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
07/20/2017 05:30 PMStand Up Paddle with the NaturalistJoin the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how if functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search for wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10, new paddlers welcome.

Stand Up Paddleboard with the Naturalist
Other Optional Dates:
August 8th, 5:30 pm
August 24th, 5:30 pm
Age: New SUP Paddlers welcome, under 12 years old need to have a guardian present

Limit: 8
Register HereGray's Lake Peninsula
07/20/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - Guardians of the Galaxy Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationSargent Park - 3530 East Douglas Avenue
07/22/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park- Union Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Linsey Birusingh.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More Information HereUnion Park - 725 Thompson Avenue
07/22/2017 07:00 PMFamily Swim NightThis event is planned for all families. All children under 18 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Concessions will be open and food will be available for purchase. Outside food and beverages will NOT be permitted.

The cost it $5 per family.
More InformationAll Pools
07/27/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - ZootopiaFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationAshfield Park - 720 East 19th Street
08/01/2017 08:00 AMYouth Basketball - Registration Ends 10/1Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer youth basketball!

Separate leagues are available for boys and girls with each offering divisions for grades 1/2, 3/4, and 5-7. League play will consist of a 10-game schedule and ends with tournament play in February. Practices and games are held at area schools and community centers.

Registration is available from August 1 until October 1 and can be done as a team ($550) or individually ($60). Draft teams are formed from individual registrations. Team rosters allow for approximately 10 players. Entry fee provides a reversible jersey for each player, registered referees and game scorekeepers. Final Four of tournament play will be held at the Drake University Knapp Center.
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08/03/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - The Lego Batman MovieFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationBright Grandview Golf Course - 2401 East 29th Street
08/07/2017 08:30 PMMoon FloatTake a relaxing float under the stars! All non-gas powered boats are welcome to join us. If you don't have a boat, the Gray's Lake concession stand offers rentals of canoes, hydro bikes and paddleboats on a first-come, first-serve basis for $6 per half hour. No reservations are allowed. Lights are provided free of charge with rental boats. Participating boats must have a flashlight. Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
08/08/2017 05:30 PMStand Up Paddle with the NaturalistJoin the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how if functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search for wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10, new paddlers welcome.

Stand Up Paddleboard with the Naturalist
Other Optional Date:
August 24th, 5:30 pm
Age: New SUP Paddlers welcome, under 12 years old need to have a guardian present

Limit: 8
Register HereGray's Lake Peninsula
08/09/2017 10:00 AMWading Pools CloseWading pools close for the season.More InformationAll Wading Pools
08/10/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - Finding Dory Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationBrenton Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Drive
08/12/2017 06:00 PMSTAR PartyThis year you are invited to take in the magnificent views of the Perseid meteor shower on August 12 from Ewing Park. The meteors will not be visible until later that night but there is a full slate of fun for the whole family leading up to the action in the sky.

Kid friendly fun starts at 6 p.m. with crafts, activities, telescopes, and a real meteorite you can see up close. While the sun setting we will have guest speakers to teach you about the night sky and the interesting things you can see there. Starting about 8:30 p.m. when it's dark enough, there will be a movie shown on the outdoor movie screen. Overnight camping will be available by reservation.
 Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum - 5300 Indianola Avenue
08/12/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - Toy Story 3Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationEwing Park Lilac Arboretum - 5300 Indianola Avenue
08/17/2017 05:30 PMUpcycle StewardsRemove invasive species from Gray's Lake Park and feed the animals at Blank Park Zoo. Participants must be over 14 years of age.

Interested volunteers should meet at the southeast corner of the park.
 Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
08/17/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - MoanaFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and 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.
More InformationCheatom Park - 1100 Day Street
08/20/2017 01:00 PMPool Season EndsAshworth, Birdland, Northwest, and Teachout Aquatic Centers will close on August 20th for the season.

Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 21, 22, 26 & 27, and Labor Day Weekend September 2-4.

Regular admission applies
More InformationAshworth, Birdland, Northwest and Teachout
08/20/2017 03:00 PMDoggie DiveThis is an opportunity for dogs and their owners to celebrate the last day of the pool season. Dogs must be accompanied by their owners at all times.

Fee: $4.00/dog - Regular admission fees apply for dog owners and family members.
More InformationAshworth, Birdland, Northwest and Teachout
08/21/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last Days Enjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 21-22, 26-27 and September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00

More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
08/22/2017 10:00 AMAshby Park Splash Pool Closes for SeasonTake a dip in the Ashby Park splash pool before if closes for the season!

A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines Splash Pools are staffed, however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.
More InformationAshby Park - 3200 38th Street
08/22/2017 10:00 AMUnion Park Splash Pool Closes for SeasonTake a dip in the Union Park splash pool before it closes for the season!

A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines Splash Pools are staffed, however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.
More InformationUnion Park - 725 Thompson Avenue
08/22/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 21-22, 26-27 and September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00

More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
08/24/2017 05:30 PMStand Up Paddle with the NaturalistJoin the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how if functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search for wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10, new paddlers welcome.

Age: New SUP Paddlers welcome, under 12 years old need to have a guardian present

Limit: 8
Register HereGray's Lake Peninsula
08/26/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 26-27 and September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
08/26/2017 09:00 PMPark Madness Movie - Beauty and the BeastFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen and 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.
More InformationAshley Okland Star Playground - 5300 Indianola Avenue
08/27/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 26-27 and September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
09/02/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
09/03/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
09/04/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
09/04/2017 04:30 PMDoggie DiveThis is an opportunity for dogs and their owners to celebrate the last day of the pool season. Dogs much be accompanied by their owners at all times.

Fee: $4.00/dog - Regular admission fees apply for dog owners and family members.
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center
09/09/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Drew Maifeld.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
09/10/2017 10:00 AMM.L. King Splash Pool Closes for SeasonTake a dip in the M.L King splash pool before it closes for the season!

A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines Splash Pools are staffed, however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.
More InformationM.L. King Park - 1650 Garfield Avenue
09/10/2017 10:00 AMPete Crivaro Splash Pool Closes for SeasonTake a dip in the Pete Crivaro splash pool before it closes for the season.

A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines Splash Pools are staffed, however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.
More InformationPete Crivaro Park - 1021 SE 14th Street
09/16/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Lynn Marie Nelson.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
09/23/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Robin Bourjaily.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive