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Special Events Overview

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Special Events

Father Daughter Dance - First Saturday in February
  • Location: Science Center of Iowa  - 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Admission includes full access to the Science Center exhibits, DJ, chocolate fondue station and photo station.
  • Parents, relatives, guardians and/or role models are welcome to attend with their children.
Mother Son Fun - First Saturday in March
  • Location: Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Activities include inflatable obstacle course, Police Athletic League boxing, computer car race, magician, face painting and soccer.
  • Parents, relatives, guardians and/or role models are welcome to attend with their children.
Mayors Annual Ride and Run for Trails - Third Saturday in April
  • Location start - Municipal Service Center – 1551 E MLK Jr Parkway
  • Run starts at 9 a.m.
  • Ride starts at 10 a.m.
  • Cost: Children 5-17 $5, 18 and over $30. Day of Registration - $40
  • Proceeds benefit the Des Moines trail system
Bike Back to School - First Saturday in August
  • Location: Des Moines Police Station
  • Starts at 9:00 am
  • Cost: Free
  • Free bikes provided to the first 50 children (based on qualifications for free and reduced school lunch) helmets, safety lessons and refreshments.
Nature Trail Running Series - Wednesdays, late-August to mid-September
  • Locations: Nature Trails in Des Moines Park System
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Runners of all levels explore nature trails in our park system, guided by volunteers from Fleet Feet Sports and Capital Striders.
Fall Family Fun Fest - 2nd Saturday in October
  • Locations – Captain Roy’s 12:00-5:00 pm, Union Park 5:00-8:00 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Food eating contests, musical performances, inflatable obstacle course, pre-carved pumpkin contest, Heritage Carousel, police SWAT, fire truck and face painting
Jingle Bell Parties - Two events in December
  • Location #1 - Fourmile Community Recreation Center
  • Location #2 - Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Preregistration is required
    • Registration for #1 – Fourmile Event 248-6315 starts Nov 1
    • Registration for #2 - Pioneer Event call 248-6316 starts Nov 1
  • Visit with Santa, treats from Hy-Vee, a nail painting station with Avon, jump in the bounce house, a new handmade knit hat, an environmental project, and Toys for Tots gifts to take home.