Family Fun Day September 21, 2019


We are thrilled to announce our 4th annual

Family Fun Day

Saturday, September 21

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Who: All Des Moines Metro families!

What: A morning of fun for the whole family. Tickets are all-inclusive and include all activities, snacks, a goody bag for each child ticket, and access to all giveaways as part of our raffle.

When: Saturday, September 21st 9 a.m. – noon

Where: Centennial Park, 1255 Warrior Lane, Waukee, IA 50263

Ticket Price: 

  • Adults and children: ONLY $5 per ticket
  • Under 2 years old: Free (please note, this ticket does not include a goody bag. If you would like your child to have these things, please purchase them a child ticket.)

All tickets include the following:

  • Access to the event and all activities
  • Food, drinks, and dessert samples
  • A goody bag loaded with goodies (1 per child ticket purchased)

family fun day


See all the fun from last year’s event here

Get your tickets today! 



Presenting Sponsor

Unity Point Health Des Moines provides coordinated clinic, hospital and home-based care for patients in Des Moines and Central Iowa.

Unity Point Health is led by nearly 290 physicians and providers working in more than 50 UnityPoint Clinic locations. They are supported by their state-of-the-art UnityPoint Health – Des Moines hospitals – Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Blank Children’s Hospital, and Methodist West Hospital – and cancer center along with home health care services, UnityPoint at Home.


Bronze Sponsor

New Horizon Academy 


New Horizon Academy is a family-owned and operated company that has been providing high-quality care and education to young children for more than 45 years. While focusing on developing a healthy sense of self in each child, New Horizon Academy also strives to provide your child with the necessary skills to succeed not only in school but in life.


The Science Center of Iowa

science center of iowa

The Science Center of Iowa is a great place for young explorers to imagine, experiment and play! Catch science in action in When Things Get Moving, meet Iowa’s native cold-blooded critters in What On Earth?, or make a splash in Bubble Bay. With hands-on exhibits, live science programs, and a 50-foot planetarium, there’s always more to explore!

Food & Drink Partners


Thelma’s uses a grassroots approach to build popularity the old-fashioned way – they hustle, introduce treats to taste buds and let the “yums” do the talking. They’ve shared their delicious handmade treats at festivals, weddings, and unique promotional events. Fans love that each bite is a fun, sweet treat, jam-packed with handmade goodness – just like a trip to grandma’s house. Thelma’s will be providing mini ice cream sandwiches to attendees!

Caribou Coffee

Caribou Coffee will be providing coffee and bagels! They are located at 11985 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA is a premium coffeehouse featuring high quality, handcrafted beverages and food. At their Urbandale location they serve expertly roasted coffee blends & espressos and our handcrafted beverages, such as mochas and lattes, are created using only the best ingredients. Their food offerings include a variety of premium breakfast sandwiches, baked goods and snacks to fuel life’s adventures.

They got together to make your morning that much better!


Iowa Orchard

Iowa Orchard is providing 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’s Fine Desserts

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 will be providing dessert bread samples to attendees. 

Crystal Clear Bottled Water 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. And, 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.

Northern Lights on Westown Parkway will be providing breakfast pizza for attendees! Northern Lights began in Clive in 1994, since then they have expanded in the metro and over multiplestates! This company brings high quality ingredients to some delicious pizza.  


Activity Partners

Hy-Vee KidsFit

Hy-Vee KidsFit is a fun, at-home program designed for kids and families to help promote health, exercise and nutrition as a priority in our daily lives. This program is designed to be done without workout equipment to make it accessible for everyone. Hy-Vee KidsFit help provide kids the tools to learn why it is important to make your personal health a priority. These life skills are incorporated into their 5-Week Challenge.

Face Painting by Lisa M

She is a wife, a mother , and owner of Facepainting by Lisa M.  Lisa is a lover of music, art & people, and she especially adores children.  Face painting combines her love of art and children all in one.   She uses her own original designs, while listening to some of the greatest stories told by children while they have their faces painted.  Her style is unique and she’s always willing to try new things! Make sure to stop by for your one of a kind design! 



Hop-A-Lot Rentals

Whether you’re planning a corporate outing, backyard birthday party, church function, or city festival, Hop-a-Lots will turn your event into a  memory your guests won’t soon forget. Best of all…they will do it within your budget!
Hop-A-Lot is one of the longest lasting and most trusted inflatable rental companies in Central Iowa. After  years of providing fun inflatables for events in the Hawkeye state, they have been able to increase our inventory to cater to every type of event, and all ages, including adults! Check out their bounce houses at the event!


Tiger-Rock Martial Arts

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts is the nation’s leading martial arts programs with over 120 academies nationwide in 35 states.  Their academies offer a national curriculum, national recognition of rank and competition opportunities at the local, regional and national level. Their students develop their physical performance abilities to increase speed, power, range, accuracy, balance and reaction, all while developing real-world self-defense skills.

At Tiger-Rock, they believe that success is first learned, then earned.  They believe in training for our journey both as a martial artist and a citizen.  Tiger-Rock will be at the event with their Instant Ninja obstacle course!

Unity Point Health-Fire Safety House and Life Flight

The Fire Safety House offers hands-on learning to prepare children for the unexpected and frightening experience of a fire. In addition to teaching children about fire safety, the house can also be used to train children about what to do in severe weather such as thunderstorms and tornadoes.



Since 1979 LifeFlight has been providing quality, rapid air transport for critically-ill and injured patients. The ability to stabilize and transport patients as quickly as possible is critical, which is why LifeFlight and its crew can be instrumental during life-threatening situations. LifeFlight was the first air ambulance service in central Iowa and since that time has continued to grow and specialize in order to provide the most experienced and specialized care available for our community. Come check out the helicopter land during the event!!


There will be a variety of vendors for everyone to check out. All table vendors will have kid-friendly activities, games or treats. Everyone will have something fun to do!

Confirmed Vendors:

Cornerstone Pediatrics and Family Allergy

Educational Resource Associates

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, P. C. 

HealthSource of Clive

Iowa Family Support Network

Elite Eye Care

Naturally Blessed Wellness – doTERRA Advocate

New Horizon Academy

The Science Center of Iowa

Usborne Books and More

UnityPoint Health Des Moines


Swag Bag Partners

Earl May is celebrating 100 Years of being family own, Iowa grown, and the lawn, garden, and landscape experts of the Midwest. They will be providing the bags for swag bag!





Swag and Giveaway Partners

Blank Park Zoo 

Bozz Prints

Earl May

Texas Roadhouse

Tom and Sheri’s Iron in a Bottle 

Rise Buddies

KIND Snacks

UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Waukee

Naturally Blessed Wellness – doTERRA Advocate

The Iowa Baby Lady

Bug Soothers

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, P. C. 

Cornerstone Pediatrics and Family Allergy

Opportunity to Give Back & Win a Giveaway! 

Every child ticket also comes with a goody bag. Children will have a chance to visit vendor tables and fill their goody bags with items from our wonderful partners!

Who doesn’t love to win amazing prizes? We have an awesome lineup of giveaways thanks to our fabulous partners!

We are excited to partner with Blank Children’s Hospital UnityPoint Health to give you an opportunity to give back. Blank Children’s Hospital receives requests from individuals and groups in the community wanting to know how they can help children who are in the hospital. The child life specialists have a list of items that are always in demand to help the various ages of children they serve.

For each donation item from the list below that you bring, you will receive ONE raffle ticket (up to 5 items). The more you donate, the better your chances of winning – it’s that simple! We hope you will participate in this important initiative of giving back to children in need for a chance to win one of these prizes. 

Gift Criteria:

  • All items must be new.
  • We cannot accept stuffed animals (new or used) due to infection control policies
  • All food items must be pre-packaged.  (snacks for parents)

Check out their Amazon wish list here!

Items in immediate need of:

  • Playdoh
  • Spanish books (both board & paperback books)
  • Fisher Price Doctor Kits
  • Wedding bubble wands
  • New Board books for NICU book programs

NICU Needs:

  • Fleece Blankets 3 ft. by 3 ft
  • New books ( for parents to read to babies) Here are some suggestions:
    • I Love You Because You’re You – by Liz Baker
    • Close Your Eyes – by Kate Banks
    • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See – by Eric Carle
    • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You are – by Dr. Seuss
    • Horton Hears a Who! – by Dr. Seuss
    • Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site – by Duskey Rinker
    • And Here’s to you – by David Elliott
    • Daddy Hugs – by Karen Katz
    • Ten Tiny Hugs – by Karen Krantz
    • Oh the Places you’ll go – by Dr Seuss
    • The Moment you were born – by Sandra Lane
    • The Little Engine That Could – by Watty Piper
  • Sibling books:
    • I’m a Big Sister/Brother
    • My sister is a Preemie
    • My Brother is a Preemie
    • Waiting for Emma: A Brother’
  • White onesies preemie/newborn sizes

Infant/Toddler Ages:

  • Preferred Crib Mobile:
  • Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Double Feature Mirror
  • Newborn Baby Manhattan Winkel Rattle & Sensory teether activity ring
  • Black, White, & Red infant-stim clip high contrast flash cards
  • Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother
  • Little People figures
  • B. Ballyhoo Ball
  • Baby Clemmy Soft Blocks
  • Smart Noggin NogginStik Light-up rattle
  • Infantino Flip & Peek Fun Phone
  • Vtech Touch & Swipe baby phone
  • Infantino Squeeze & Stack blocks
  • Knobby Super Chew
  • Character toys (all hard-bodied/washable), such as Elmo/Mickey/Minnie

School Age

  • Soft Dinosaurs
  • Baby Dolls with washable hard plastic bodies and accessories
  • X-Box One games
  • Magna Tiles
  • Lego people/figures
  • Small Lego Kits (approx. 300 pieces or less)
  • Fisher-Price doll house furniture & dolls
  • New Release DVD’s


  • $5.00 Gift cards (Target, Google Play, Amazon, Casey’s, Walmart, Subway, etc.)
  • X-Box One games
  • New Release DVD’s PG and PG-13

Distraction Items:

  • Flashing Panda Meteor Storm 
  • Toysmith 9” Cosmic Ray Wand
  • Water Beads
  • Nowstalgic Magical Hippie Sticks


Miscellaneous Items

  • Darice Embossing Multi-Purpose heat tool
  • Ranger Embossing Powder: Liquid Platinum, Copper
  • Ranger Emboss It Clear Embossing Ink Pad


  • The Invisible String
  • Something Happened: A book for children & parents who have experienced pregnancy loss
  • Waiting for Emma: A brother’s story
  • My Brother/Sister is a preemie
  • Waiting for baby: A sibling visits the NICU
  • Lifetimes: The beautiful way to explain death to children
  • Waddle: A Scanimation picture book
  • Gallop!: A Scanimation picture book
  • A Country Far Away
  • The Shots Book: A little brother’s superhero tale

Photography Partner

Ivory House Photography does their best to create an environment that fosters authenticity and confidence. They believe strongly in allowing their clients to feel vulnerable enough to let their true selves shine through in their photos. Not only are they devoted to a high level of service during your session, but they also hope to earn the trust of our clients with prompt responses, flexibility, accommodation, and a quick product turnaround time. Recently, they have started doing mini children’s sessions!

>> Buy Your Tickets Today! <<

*Please note, we are only selling a limited number of tickets to the event and we expect them to go fast. Due to the nature and planning of this event, we cannot accommodate cancellations or refunds. By purchasing a ticket you are permitting Des Moines Moms Blog to take photos of you at the event for promotional use.

*This event is geared towards children 2-12 years old, however we will have a few activities that little ones may enjoy. If bringing a stroller, please make sure that it is able to be used easily on grass. 

*This event will happen rain or shine. 

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Mercedies is a Des Moines native. She attended the University of Iowa (GO HAWKS!), where her passion for events really grew. She works from home as the Events Coordinator for a downtown event venue. She enjoys biking, home projects, traveling, and farmers' markets with her husband and two red-headed sons, Bennett and Henry. When she has a free moment she loves to read, plan her next trip, and finish her cup of coffee before noon.


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