Spring Break Camps and Activities Guide in Des Moines

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Staying in Des Moines for Spring Break? There are plenty of spring break activities in Des Moines to help your kids run off all that energy or for you to connect as a family. This guide will help you get the most out of your kiddos time at home.We hope you have an eventful and exciting spring break!

We’re excited to share this Spring Break Camps and Activities Guide with you in partnership with Polk County Conservation.

Presenting Sponsor: Polk County Conservation

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Polk County Conservation manages 22 parks, wildlife areas, and recreational trails. They offer hundreds of year-round environmental education and outdoor recreation programs to delight audiences of all ages.

During spring break Polk County Conservation is offering multiple programs such as puppet shows, geocache hunts, hikes, astronomy, fossil fun, and camps.

March 17 – 20 | Equestrian Camps for kindergarten through 12th grade. Registration is required. 

March 16 | Best Puppet Show Ever 
10 a.m. at Jester Park Nature Center

March 16 | Critter Club 
1 p.m. at Jester Park Nature Center

March 17 | Geocache Leprechaun Hunts 
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. at Fort Des Moines Park, Shelter #3. $5 per child. Register at www.mycountyparks.com

March 17 | Rock On & Fossil Fun 
1 p.m. at Jester Park Nature Center

March 17 | Women in the Woods with Wine Spring Fling! 
7 p.m. at Jester Park Nature Center, $15 per adult: Register at www.mycountyparks.com

March 18 | Wild Night Life & Hike
7:30 p.m. @Jester Park, Camp Area #5; $5 per person. Register at www.mycountyparks.com

March 19 | Vernal Equinox Hike 
4 p.m. at Jester Park Nature Center

March 19 | Star Party 
7:30 p.m. at Jester Park Nature Center

March 20 | Survivor Camp (ages 10-12)
 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Jester Park Nature Center; $30 per child. Register at www.mycountyparks.com

March 20 | Superheroes of Nature
10 a.m. at Jester Park Nature Center

12130 NW 128th St.
Granger, Iowa 50109

(515) 323-5300

Living History Farms

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Day Camps at Living History Farms let kids connect to history, science, and nature through fun and engaging experiences within the overall mission of the museum. Enjoy a special Spring Break without the hassles of traveling a long distance. Sign your child up for a weeklong day camp full of hands-on activities set on 500 acres of rolling farmland right in the middle of the metro.             
And who says kids should have all the fun? Register the whole family for a unique 1-day camp and experience everything our 1900 farm has to offer.

Science Center of Iowa

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There’s something for everyone during spring break at the Science Center of Iowa! Explore Iowa’s native habitats, build and launch a rocket and take a trip through the cosmos. Catch live science programs or sign up for a hands-on workshop in the new Innovation Lab.

Special spring break activities include a “Pi Day” celebration on 3/14 and out-of-this-world space-themed programming on 3/21 (“3, 2, 1… Blastoff!”). SCI’s spring break hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Code Ninjas

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Game Builder’s Club: In this exciting week-long Spring Break camp, your child will learn to build their very own video games from the ground up using the power of coding. Great for those just beginning to learn about code. For ages 7-14. 
Half Days (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to noon): $250
Full Days (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.): $350


Complete Guide to Spring Break Camps and Activities

Animal Rescue League
Spring Rescuers League
Grades 3-8
March 16-20

Blank Park Zoo
Spring Safari
March 16-18
Ages 5 to 9

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Family Workshops and Spring Break Day Camp
March 17-20

Living History Farms 
Various 1 to 5-day Spring Break Camps 
March 16-20

Des Moines Public Library
Spring Scavenger Hunt 
March 15-21

Des Moines Community Playhouse
Do You Want to Build A Story and Performance Academy: FROZEN kids 
March 16-21
Grades 2-8

Painting With a Twist 
Spring Break Daily Workshops
March 16-20
Ages 5+

Pinot’s Palette 
March 16-10
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages 5+ for kids painting 

The Outlets of Des Moines

March 18 | Abominable
1:30 p.m.
Enjoy the computer-animated adventure film Abominable with complimentary refreshments.

March 19 | Mikayla Oz Magic Show
10:30 a.m.

March 19 | Cupcake Decorating with Molly’s Cupcakes
1:30 p.m.
Space is limited, please RSVP to [email protected]OutletsofDesMoines.com

March 20 | The Science Center presents Boom!
10:30 a.m.
Learn about how pressure, temperature, and matter mesh while conducting exciting experiments.

March 20 
1:30 p.m.
Learn about and visit with live animals from the Blank Park Zoo.


Archery at Racoon River Park
March 19, 20
Ages 9 to 12
Work on basic archery skills 

Grimes Community Center Gym
Open Family Gym. Check website for hours

Climb Iowa
Spring Break Session 1
Camp dates: March 16, 17
Camp times: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13

Spring Break Session 2
Camp dates: March 19, 20
Camp times: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ages: 8 – 13

City Of Urbandale
March 16-20
Open Swim Hours 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

March 18 | Carnival
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
$6 per person; $1 for annual pass holders

Spring Break Baseball Camp Grandslam USA
March 16-20
Ages: 7-13
Instruction in hitting, pitching, bunting, base running, and fielding


Code Ninjas
Various Spring Break Camps
March 16-20

Sylvan Learning 
STEM Workshops
March 16-20
Use Legos to create robots, learn about robotics, coding, and more.


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