Family Fun Day Recap


It was a great morning, with over 280 attendees, Family Fun Day was a success!

Family Fun Day DMMB kidsA big thank you to everyone who joined us for our Family Fun Day on September 16 at Centennial Park in Waukee; with nearly perfect weather, this was a great morning to 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 bouncing balls, bounce house and yoga. We enjoyed delicious food from Chic-Fil-A, Anderson Erickson Dairy, Iowa Orchard, Thelma’s Treats, Dunkin’ Donuts, Smoothie King, Little Wickett’s Confections, and Crystal Clear Bottled Water. Each child received a swag bag at the event entrance that could be filled with goodies from 29 vendors!

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Be sure to check out all event photos by Amber Kline Photography in our Facebook events. Don’t forget to tag yourself and your friends, too! 

Platinum Sponsor

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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.  
Mercy was onsite providing band aide kits, hand sanitizer and had an empathy belly try-on, baby girl and boy blanket prize registration, kids can play “doctor” with a teddy bear, and kids’ superhero masks activity!

Bronze Sponsors

Dr. Jennifer Thompson, DC, CACCP is the owner and chiropractor at Balance Chiropractic & Wellness, located in Windsor Heights. Balance Chiropractic & Wellness strives to maintain a family friendly environment, and considers all practice members to be an extension of our family.  Dr. Jen provided a nursing and feeding area at the event, complete with nursing friendly snacks for all of our mommas and babies!


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Elite Eye Care is a family-owned, local business that focuses on more than just vision correction. They offer unique services to enhance their patient’s quality of life, including Optometric Vision Therapy and Ortho-K Contact Lenses. Their Optical department has the best selection in the metro with over 1,500 frames to choose from. They pride themselves on providing outstanding care, personalized services, and quality eye wear.


Are you ready to make your child’s birthday dream come true? Are you tired of bounce houses and gaming trucks? Plush Pals 2 Go is a great alternative to the current birthday party “go-tos”. We will bring our Plush Pal stuffing machine to your home or venue and your party goers can stuff their own Pal (14 options), make a wish to last a lifetime, and dress them up as they wish (10 outfit options)! We are happy to bring the party to any special occasion you may be organizing.


Activity Partners

Go Go Yoga For Kids

Learn some basic yoga moves with licensed instructor Sara Weis, founder of Go Go Yoga for Kids. Sara is also the creator of The Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards and the How to Teach Yoga to Kids online course. Sara is passionate about introducing children to the lifelong benefits of yoga. She has been working with children for more than 18 years and knows which techniques work, and just as important, which don’t work. 

Des Moines Birthday Party 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. 



Way To Play

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. 

Family Fun Day DMMB Spike Drake Bulldog

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.

Food & Drink Partners

We enjoyed delicious snacks and treats from cupcakes, donuts, and coffee to yogurt, apples, and ice cream sandwiches!



Chick-Fil-A at University Avenue provided the first 100 ticket holders with their breakfast Chicken Biscuits. All attendees who stopped by their table received a digital offer card for a free breakfast item from the Chick-Fil-A University Avenue store. 


Dunkin’ Donuts at the 2610 E University Ave. location provided a variety of scrumptious donuts, munchkins, and coffee for all attendees.
America runs on Dunkin’! 



Thelma’s Treats treated attendees to yummy handmade ice cream sandwiches!

You can find Thelma’s handmade ice cream sandwiches in the frozen section of your local Fareway, Hy-Vee, Gateway Market, and at the Thelma’s store at 505 East Grand Suite 104 in Des Moines’ East Village.

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The West Des Moines Costco provided moms, dads, caregivers, and kids a variety of their signature Kirkland products as well as fresh-baked goods from their bakery.


 Smoothie King Waukee provided healthy, tasty samples. Smoothie King has been blending up your smoothies with a purpose since 1973. We exist to help you meet your goals for a healthy and active lifestyle.


AE Dairy provided event attendees samples of their new whole milk yogurt.
Since 1930, AE Dairy has made fresh, delicious dairy products right here in Iowa with milk from Iowa farms. 



Iowa Orchard had 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.


Crystal Clear Water Logo Stacked BLU


Crystal Clear Bottled Water is the only locally owned and operated business of its kind and has proudly been 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.


Little Wickett’s Confections provided delicious cupcakes to all attendees. Little Wickett’s is a specialty cake, cupcake, and cake-pop shop for all occasions!


Photography Partner

Amber Kline Photography 

Saving memories one picture at a time!
I love capturing memories in the most creative way possible and freezing them in time!


Vendors, Swag & Giveaway Partners

Stylin’ Paws Salon & Day Stay provided bags for swag with additional goodies

Wildtree By Tiffany Rios provided tasty samples!

Edward Jones – Travis Gaule with a fun photo booth!

LuLaRoe by Tina Smothers provided fun crafts for the kids!

Optimum Chiropractic provided bag game activity and snap bracelets!

Key Potential Chiropractic provided a basketball game for prizes!

LipSense/SeneGence by Tami Harmsen provided free face painting for kids!

doTerra provided Play-doh activity for kids!

MaryKay by Harmonie Savage

Thirty-One by Beth

ItWorks by McKenzie Glazebrook provided healthy treat samples!

Steeped Tea by Lucy Smart provided samples of tasty teas!

Jordan Creek Pediatric Dentist provided  giant bubble tubes, toothbrushes, and tattoos!

Farrell’s Martial Arts provided board breaking and prize wheel!

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden provided an interactive botanical-themed activity and buy 1 admission get 1 50% off vouchers!

Fusion Foot & Ankle provided hand sanitizer!

Iowa Wild Hockey provided game tickets and giveaway prizes!

Root Prenatal Yoga provided a giveaway prize and swag!

Usborne by Rachel Devick provided swag!

East Village Spa provided a giveaway prize!


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 & clinic that included, markers, crafts and games!

We hope to see you all at upcoming Moms & Mimosas event on Saturday, November 4.



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