Des Moines Moms Guide to February 2019


February events Des Moines

February has a bad rap for being cold and boring. But it’s just not true (well, I guess the cold part is true). There are a lot of February events in Des Moines going on for families⏤and a few events just for mom.

We are hosting a Mom’s Night Out event on Feb. 28 at Bash in downtown Des Moines. Last year the event sold out, so grab your tickets today!

February 2019 Events and Activities

Feb. 2 | Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day, Des Moines Civic Center
2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Daniel and his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. Tickets start at $29.

Feb. 2 | Des Moines Father-Daughter Dance, Science Center of Iowa
Des Moines Parks & Rec is throwing a Father-Daughter Dance at the Science Center of Iowa. Enjoy an evening of dancing, refreshments, photo opportunities, a craft, and exhibits at the Science Center. Any parents, relatives, guardians and/or role models are welcome to attend this event with children. 

Feb. 4, 11, 18 | Yoga Under the Stars, Science Center of Iowa
Take your yoga practice to the next level under the stars in SCI’s Star Theater Planetarium! Yoga Under the Stars classes are held on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

Feb. 7 | Toddler Tales, Jester Park Nature Center
10 a.m.
Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets, or a craft. This free event is recommended for ages 3-6, no registration required.

Feb. 7 | Books + Blankets, Des Moines Art Center
11 a.m.
Take a moment to gaze into a painting and listen to child-friendly stories. Bring your blanket, your child, and let your imagination go! You never know what might spark your child’s memory in the coming years when art and literacy begin to merge.

Feb. 7-10 | Des Moines Home + Garden Show, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines
Get design insight from local and national experts. Find fresh inspiration, helpful products, and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, decor, and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof.

Feb. 8 | Friday Funday: The MittenDes Moines Community Playhouse
Performances at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
This interactive theatre show is for children ages 4 to 6. It’s great for preschools, child care centers, kindergarten classes, and families.
Tickets are $6 per person.

Feb. 8 | Talent Show, Big Brother Big Sister of Central Iowa
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join us for an evening of fun with Club kids that includes games, crafts, food, and talent performances. Esteemed community mentors partnered with each talent act are sure to create an unforgettable show. All proceeds from this fundraising event directly support Club kids and teens in our community.

Feb. 9 | Red Flannel Run, Wellmark YMCA
The Red Flannel Run is the unofficial start of the running season in Des Moines and consists of a 5K run. Costumes encouraged!

Feb. 9 | Girls in Science Festival, Science Center of Iowa
Girls and families of all ages are invited to SCI’s Girls in Science Festival to explore a variety of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Connect with female role models and mentors, and imagine your future in STEM.

Feb. 9 | Family Sing-Along, Clive Public Library
11 a.m.
Explore music as a family in a relaxed and playful setting. Gain exposure to a variety of early music concepts, singing, finger plays, dancing, fun props, instrument play, and tips to take home. The class is free, but registration is required.

Feb 12 | FemCity Des Moines Market, Jasper Winery
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Don’t miss FemCity Des Moines Market, filled with incredible businesses owned by ladies. From jewelry to fitness, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy wine and do some shopping.

Feb 14 | Storytime Yoga, Clive Public Library
6:15 p.m.
Storytime Yoga is a full body experience building early literacy skills and healthy bodies at the same time! Featuring puppets, stories, songs, yoga poses and silly breathing exercises for beginner yogis of all ages. Feel free to bring your own mat, but they are not required. The event is free but registration is required.

Feb 15 | Mother Son Dance, Faith Lutheran Church, 10395 University Ave, Clive
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Take your favorite boy on a date and enjoy a night of fun including games, a photo booth, and a dessert bar! Tickets are $30 per couple.

Feb 16 | Mommy and Me Day, Crème Cupcake
A special day for Moms and their children. Come grab a dessert and enjoy some special time with your sweetie. The Creme Crew will be on hand to capture photos as requested. Each child receives a special gift while supplies last.

Feb. 17 | Sesame Street Live, Wells Fargo Arena at Iowa Events Center
2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. Tickets start at $20.

Feb 20 | Baby & Me Drop-In Tour, Des Moines Art Center
11 a.m.
Parents are encouraged to bring their infants (pre-walkers) to an informal tour led by an Art Center docent. While conversation is geared for adults, babies love the visual stimulation of artwork. Strollers and front-carrying baby carriers are permitted.

Feb. 21 | Free Coworking Day, Gravitate Coworking in Valley Junction
Are you a freelancer, remote worker, or entrepreneur? If you’re tired of working alone, grab a seat (and a cup of joe) at Gravitate for their monthly free coworking day!

Feb. 23 | i Have a Voice Pure Imagination Gala, GiGi’s Playhouse Des Moines, Iowa Events Center
6 p.m.
This fundraising event is for GiGi’s Playhouse, Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. It includes a sit-down dinner, silent auction, live auction, dessert auction, raffle, music, and more. 

Feb. 23-24 | DIY or Don’t Expo, Hy-Vee Hall at Iowa Events Center
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn to create your own product and have your own DIY experience. Or shop a wide selection of artisans and buy the finished product of a local creator. Cost: $12 adults; $6 ages 6-12; 5 and under are free.

Feb. 24 | DIY in the JunctionValley Junction, West Des Moines
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stores in Valley Junction will have a day full of demonstrations, classes, make-and-takes, samplers, and crafts.

Feb 27 | Yoga in the Garden, Des Moines Botanical Center
5:30 p.m.
Enjoy an all-levels yoga series on the last Wednesday of every month featuring a new instructor each session. February’s instructor is Anne Pham of Powerlife Yoga. Anne will lead a flow yoga class.

Feb. 28 | Morgan’s Journey, The Temple for Performing Arts
6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
From the moment of his birth, follow Morgan the Clown on an intriguing journey of discovery, learning valuable lessons along the way about love, friendship, and the true meaning of happiness. Tickets are $12.

Feb 28 | Sprinkles & Sips Cupcake Decorating Class, Crème Cupcake
Check out an adult cupcake decorating class. Holly will show you the basics of how to decorate 4 cupcakes, while you sip on wine, beer, or bubbles! This 60-minute class is $30 per person. Class sizes are limited.

Feb 28 | Mom’s Night Out, Bash, 1312 Locust St, Des Moines
Catch up with friends at Des Moines Moms Blog’s annual Mom’s Night Out event. With your $20 ticket, you’ll receive a drink ticket, appetizers, and swag bag with goodies from our sponsors. Hang out with friends in one of downtown Des Moines’ premiere event venues.

Send us an email if we missed anything, and we’ll add your event to the list.

We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.

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Content Coordinator Megan doesn’t really fall into any one mom category. With three kids from ages 5 to 12, she’s been a working mom and a stay-at-home mom. She’s breastfed and bottle-fed. She’s kept kids on strict sleeping schedules in their own beds and also embraced the benefits of co-sleeping. She’s a big believer in finding what works for you and your kiddo (and it’s often different for each kid). Megan is an Iowa native and lives in Ankeny with her husband Darren. They love to travel and are often planning their next road trip (even it’s a year away). They also enjoy entertaining and are famous among their friends for throwing big bashes to celebrate the Olympic Games. But her everyday life is mostly comprised of playdates, trips to the park, and trying to stay ahead of the never-ending laundry pile.    


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