Taking A Staycation For Spring Break? Check Out All the Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy!


DES MOINES, IOWA - March 2, 2020 - Whether you are looking for structured activities or just opportunities to get out and enjoy time together, our city is a great place to be for spring break. Des Moines Parks and Recreation has more than enough ways to keep you and your family active Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center (2100 SE 5th Street).

Imagination Playschool
Just for spring break, this popular program will be available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kids age seven and under will enjoy indoor open play on the innovative Imagination Playground as well as other climb-on, ride-on toys. In addition, especially for spring break, the bounce house will be available. There is $1.50 fee per child.

Drop-In Art Program
Come join the After School Arts Program (ASAP) Monday – Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.! Award-winning storyteller Maureen Korte will entertain and welcome kids of all ages to explore different arts projects related to St. Patrick's Day. Materials are provided, and the program is free, but there is a $1 admission fee per adult spectator. No reservations are required, but there is limit of 15 participants per day.

Sports Mini-Clinics
Join us for fun and excitement on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to Noon as we teach kids the basics of soccer, baseball and basketball. Participants will be separated by age groups and perform basic drills specific to each sport. The action will conclude with skills competitions and games.

  • Registration: On-site
  • Cost: $1 admission fee per adult spectator
  • Soccer – Tuesday, March 17
  • Volleyball – Wednesday, March 18
  • Basketball – Thursday, March 19
  • Ages: 5 -12
Nature Program
Friday from 10 a.m. – Noon, we will be building and decorating birdhouses that you can use to invite some wildlife to your home. We will make Wren boxes and personalize them using markers. Our environmental education staff will be on hand with all the materials and directions you will need. The program is free, but there is a $1 admission fee per adult spectator. No reservations are required, but there is limit of 25 participants per day.

For more information on this event contact us at dmparks.org.

Benjamin R.Page
Director, Parks and Recreation

About Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Founded in 1892, the Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is “Helping Des Moines Live Well, Play Hard and Protect the Earth.”  Our department is responsible for the management of 75 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 81 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and multiple recreational facilities.  In addition, we offer numerous programs in the areas of sports, urban conservation, environment education, sport instruction, volunteerism, rentals and special events.  For more information on Des Moines Parks and Recreation programs or facilities, visit our website (dmparks.org), Facebook (facebook.com/desmoinesparks) Twitter (@desmoinesparks), or Instagram (instagram.com/desmoinesparks).