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Ultimate Dinosaurs

October 10, 2014 - April 12, 2015 - All Day at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Millions of years ago, the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart, and dinosaurs became passengers on these drifting land masses. The result? Dinosaurs with unusual – and sometimes bizarre – features that are different from the ones we know and love.

Based on new, groundbreaking research from scientists around the world,Ultimate Dinosaurs reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar.  From the tiny Buitreraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus (T. rex‘s bigger, badder cousin), Ultimate Dinosaurs is a fascinating study of species you may not have met before.  See Ultimate Dinosaurs October 12, 2014, through April 12, 2015, at SCI!


March 6, 2015 - March 8, 2015 - All Day at Iowa State Fairgrounds Richard Jacobson Exhibition Center
E 30th & E University

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest is all about families having fun while helping at-risk families in need. Kidsfest is a kid-centered festival full of fun activities, games and entertainment for kids and their families. Come out and enjoy inflatables, stages shows, and so much more at Iowa’s largest children’s festival! Proceeds will benefit CFI programs.
Fri 6 – 9 p.m.; Sat 9 – 6 p.m.; Sun 10 – 4 p.m.
$7.50/Person (Ages 2 & Under Free) – Tickets available at the door

Enjoy Free Family-Friendly Movies at the East Side Library

March 6, 2015 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at East Side LIbrary
2559 Hubbell Avenue

Enjoy Free Family-Friendly Movies at the East Side Library. Join us for a movie about a little boy who lives in a world where trolls resemble boxes.

Health and Wellness Fair

March 7, 2015 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue

Family-friendly Health and Wellness Fair presented by Easter Seals Iowa and Des Moines University. Access free health screenings and snacks, register to win a door prize, visit with vendors. Kids should bring a stuffed animal for a “Stuffed Animal Check-up.”

Make Saturday Special and Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

March 7, 2015 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Franklin Avenue Library
5000 Franklin Avenue

Stop by the Franklin Avenue Library for self-guided activities celebrating everyone’s favorite rhyming author. Join in the fun on Saturday, March 7 from 10 AM to 2 PM! There will be activity sheets, a craft, and a scavenger hunt. Free event.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake

March 13, 2015 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Plaza Lanes
2701 Douglas Avenue

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun & easy way for you & your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. If you have a passion for kids & want to make a difference in our community, register for Bowl For Kids’ Sake today!

$5 Family Night

March 13, 2015 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

The second Friday of each month from 5:00-8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family with $5 general admission, documentary IMAX films and Food Chain Cafe specials! Kick off your weekend by building a rocket, traveling through outer space in one of SCI’s dynamic experience platforms or experiencing a larger-than-life IMAX film with extended hours until 8:00 pm!

$5 Family Night

March 13, 2015 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 West Martin Luther King Junior Parkway

Watch documentary IMAX films and enjoy Food Chain Cafe specials! Kick off your weekend by building a rocket, traveling through outer space in one of SCI’s dynamic experience platforms or experiencing a larger-than-life IMAX film with extended hours until 8:00 pm!
$5 general admission

Special Olympics Iowa Mid-Winter Tournament

March 14, 2015 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at University of Iowa
University of Iowa

Every year in March, nearly 1,000 athletes compete in basketball, basketball skills, powerlifting, gymnastics and cheerleading during the Mid-Winter Tournament at the University of Iowa Field House in Iowa City.  The evening before the tournament, a banquet and dance takes place at the Marriott.  Healthy Athlete programs are also held at the Field House during the competitions.

15th Annual AIDS Walk/Run

April 11, 2015 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am at Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue

Join us for the 15th Annual AIDS Walk/Run! This fun 1-mile walk or challenging 5K run winds through the beautiful campus of Des Moines University and the historic South of Grand neighborhood. The event is Saturday, April 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Pets, children and families of all ages are welcome on the route. There will be raffle items, face painting, Starbucks Coffee, entertainment from the Isiserettes Drum Corps, and educational and awareness activities along the race course.

Register for just $20 per person (includes a t-shirt!), and spread the word on Facebook!


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Please share this info with anyone who is interested in health and wellness, or who feels strongly about LGBT equality.All proceeds from the event will go to central Iowans living with HIV/AIDS.

2015 YESS Duck Derby

May 2, 2015 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Jordan Creek Town Center
101 Jordan Creek Pkwy

Join us Saturday, May 2 at Jordan Creek Town Center for the 8th Annual YESS Duck Derby, presented by Des Moines Plastic Surgery! Adopt your ducks today and help us reach our goal of racing 40,000 fowl friends on Race Day. Your donation will make a significant difference in the lives of the kids at YESS, Iowa’s largest emergency youth shelter, which serves nearly 800 children each year, newborn to age 17.  More info on how to adopt here. 

The fun starts at Noon, when you and your friends and family can enjoy FREE entertainment, kids’ activities, and food samples from Jordan Creek-area restaurants. Additional activities include:

– Balloon sculptures from Creations with a Twist
– Glitter tattoos & Face painting
– Inflatable slides and obstacle courses
– Demonstrations from The Blank Park Zoo
– Performances by the Isiserettes
– Special appearances by Darth Vader & the Storm Troopers and Cy, the ISU mascot

Concrete Cruizers Charity Car Show

May 16, 2015 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm at Pete Crivaro City Park
S.E. 14th St & Railroad Ave

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