A big thank you to everyone who joined us for our Family Fun Day on September 29 at Centennial Park in Waukee. It was a chilly fall day, making it a great morning to move around and have fun as a family!
All families need to have some fun, and Des Moines Moms Blog is honored to provide great events for our readers.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, our guests enjoyed activities such as bubble bounce balls, a bounce house, and a photo booth. We enjoyed delicious food from University Ave. and Mills Civic Pkwy Chick-Fil-A, Northern Lights Pizza, Iowa Orchard, Quinn’s Cookies, Miss Nini’s, Rusty Taco, The CoffeeSmith, Kona Ice, and Crystal Clear Bottled Water. Each child received a swag bag at the event entrance that was filled with goodies from vendors and sponsors.
Mercy Medical Center Des Moines is proud to serve Des Moines area families for all their healthcare needs. The hospital has two main campuses: the central campus and West Lakes, as well as Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics. Mercy Clinics includes more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine, and specialty locations throughout the Des Moines metro area.
Attendees got a chance to see the landing of the Mercy One emergency medical helicopter and then got a chance to look inside!
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dallas County
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dallas County- Providing research-based resources and education on: K-12 Youth Outreach using STEM and through 4-H; Health and Well-Being helping the whole family to be healthy and have proper nutrition; Food and the Environment helping Farmers, training Master Gardeners, and supporting your garden and lawn; and Economic Development working with City Officials and Business owners to create thriving neighborhoods. Help us Build a #StrongIowa.
Photobooths by SKP
Shane Kiesner Photography, LLC is a portrait photography and photo booth rental business specializing in capturing and preserving life moments, especially those involving children, and bringing more FUN, smiles, laughter, and love to YOUR event with the inclusion of one of our FUN photo booths.
BounceDM.com is the largest mobile provider of Bubble Soccer & Bubble Suite rentals in Iowa. Bubble Balls Suits provide a fun, and safe experience that takes social events to the next level of fun. You’re guaranteed to be laughing while playing, and while watching.
Complete Weddings and Events
Complete Weddings and Events provided balloon animals for attendees. Complete Weddings and Events is a leading provider of event and wedding photography, videography, lighting, DJ services, and photo booth rental. Whatever you need to set the stage for a phenomenal special event, they have you covered. Complete Weddings and Events has gathered the most talented Des Moines wedding photographers, videographers, and DJs. Expert photos, high-quality video, timeless music, and unforgettable events at an affordable price.
What kid doesn’t love a bounce house? Way to Play is Central Iowa’s #1 Fun Headquarters. They have been delivering high-quality inflatables that are safe and clean for more than 15 years. Their goal is to make your event memorable.
Waukee Fire Department
Kids had a chance to touch the City of Waukee’s very own firetruck. The Waukee Fire Department works proactively with residents, schools, and businesses to promote fire safety awareness. Providing big city services on a small-town budget, the Waukee Fire Department is known for its quick and caring response to any call!
Event attendees also got to meet and have their picture taken with Spike the Bulldog – Des Moines’ favorite bulldog! Spike the Bulldog is the mascot for Drake University.
If you hung around to the end of the morning, you had a chance to snag a photo with everyone’s favorite Pup! Storybook Adventures promises to make any event memorable as well as magical. Our main goal is to inspire your children; to make them feel special, beautiful, smart, and strong. We teach them to believe in themselves and to be kind to others around them because that is what makes a true Princess or a Prince!
Food & Drink Partners
Chick-Fil-A at University Avenue and Mills Civic Pkwy provided their Chicken Biscuits and fresh fruit. Start your morning off with a famous Chik-Fil-A’s famous chicken, seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a buttermilk biscuit baked fresh at each restaurant.
Quinn’s Cookies provided chocolate chip cookies. They make their cookies like Grandma used to make them. Their cookies are filled with fresh natural ingredients that make their cookies soft, chewy, and made to order.
Crystal Clear Bottled Water provided bottles of their distilled water with electrolytes. It is a locally owned and operated business proudly serving Des Moines since 1975. Every day, Crystal Clear provides delivery of pure, safe bottled water and coffee products to customers across Iowa. Water treatment systems provide quality water for home and office every day.
Serving West Des Moines, Clive, Grimes, Granger, Ankeny, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, and Indianola from the Des Moines location and serving many other cities in Iowa through one of their distributors.
Kona Ice provided shaved ice to attendees. Kona Ice of Ames and Ankeny has given back over $55,000 to the community since it’s inception. They love putting smiles on kids faces and making our community a better place, one Kona at a time. The Kona truck brings flair to any special event!
Iowa Orchard provided fresh, delicious apples to attendees. They offer fresh produce such as apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, and sweet corn. Their bakery serves homemade pies, banana bread, pumpkin bread, cookies, turnovers, coffee cake, and apple crisp. They are known for our apple cider, caramel apples, fudge, and honey. Bring the family out to the orchard for fun activities and tours throughout the season.
Miss NiNi developed a passion for baking in her youth. Over the years, that passion has done nothing but intensify, leading to the rebranding of Encore Desserts as Miss NiNi’s Fine Desserts. Miss NiNi’s provided dessert bread samples to attendees.
Rusty Taco provided chips and salsa for attendees. Rusty always said, “Tacos are the most important meal of the day.” Rusty’s travels and love of authentic Mexican cooking inspired the menu. His commitment to making everything fresh and by hand inspires us daily. Located at 9500 University Avenue in West Des Moines.
Northern Lights Pizza Company on Westown Parkway provided breakfast pizza for attendees. Northern Lights began in Clive in 1994, since then they have expanded in the metro and over multiple states! This company brings high quality ingredients to some delicious pizza.
The CoffeeSmith provided coffee for attendees.
This independent coffee shop in Waukee was started by a native Iowan couple whose vision is to handcraft espresso, forge people and build community.
Katelynn values relationships and hopes to form a lasting one with you and your family. From engagements to family portraits and everything in between, she wants to be the person you trust to capture your most precious moments.
Vendors, Swag, and Giveaway Partners
BLK and Bold Specialty Beverages gave away coffee and a mug
Britax provided a carseat for the giveaway!
Color Street Nails Polished Pretties provided Color Street nail polish samples!
Des Moines Holiday Boutique provided free tickets to the Holiday Boutique!
DotDotSmile Four Twirly Girlz provided swag and a coloring station!
Edward Jones-Travis Gaule provided a nerf targeting activity!
Elite Eye Care provided sunglasses!
Go-Go Squeeze provided applesauce, and yogurt squeezes!
Happy Families provided giveaway packages!
Hy-Vee HealthMarket provided swag bags and additional healthy snacks at the event.
Iowa Pork Producers provided swag!
Key Potential Chiropractic provided swag!
KIND Bars provide snacks for the swag bags!
Kwik Stix provided swag!
Matilda Jane Clothing provided swag!
Mercy Clinics provided hand sanitizer!
New Horizon Academy provided a fun art project!
Paparazzi by Royal Adornment provided infused water and candy!
Premiere Dance Project had dance demonstrations.
Rise Buddies provided three different types of snacks!
Science Center of Iowa provided a lego challenge activity and stomp rockets!
Skiddies provided swag!
Smarty Pants provided vitamins!
Texas Roadhouse provided swag!
Vero Chiropractic provided candy.
BEST OF ALL…Thanks to our wonderful attendees who donated items to Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics!
We donated a large tub of great items to the hospitals and clinic that included, games, crafts and crayons!