Touch a Truck with DSM Children’s Museum


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Des Moines Children’s Museum offers interactive exhibits that encourage young children and their grown-ups to explore and play in a safe and welcoming environment. It is located inside Valley West Mall on the lower level, near the play area. They are open to the public from Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (staying open until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays). Admission for children ages 1-10 is $6 and for those younger and older, donations are greatly appreciated. On Sundays, the museum is closed for private events.

Annual memberships are available for $125 and offer unlimited visits for up to 6 members of the same household, and 50% off admission to museums participating in the Association of Children’s Museums reciprocal network.

Private parties are scheduled outside regular museum hours and include a 2-hour reservation of the exhibit space and one party room. The museum is not open to the public during the reservation, and the party room and museum exhibits are sanitized between groups.

Mission Statement

To build the foundations of life-long learning by promoting the power of play.

How to Help

Des Moines Children’s Museum is always in need of wonderful volunteers to assist with day-to-day operations, as well as special events. Volunteering information and registration can be found here.

Ways to Give

Monetary donations are used to improve exhibits and programming.
Support the wonderful work done by Des Moines Children’s Museum here.

Upcoming Event

Join DSM Children’s Museum for their 2nd annual Touch A Truck event. Families are invited to get an up-close look at a fire truck, recycling truck, bucket truck, and more. Additional activities for children will also be available.

When: Saturday, September 18, 2021 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Valley West Mall: Southwest Parking Lot
Tickets: The outdoor Touch A Truck is free to all! Regular admission of $6 for ages 1-10 applies to go inside and visit the museum.

View the event on Facebook.

“We’re so excited to be hosting our second annual Touch-A-Truck! Many wonderful organizations and individuals are donating their time so young children and their families will have lots of exciting vehicles and activities to explore! We hope lots of families will take advantage of this free community event.

– Laura Johnson, Executive Director.

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Stacie is an Iowa native, living in Urbandale with her tall, dark, and handsome husband, Kyle (May 2014). They share their home with the lights of their life, their son, Calvin (August 2015), and daughter Sylvia (April 2019). They have a dog, Heidi, a cat, Frankie, and a Beta fish, JoJo. By day, Stacie is the Director of Development for Animal Lifeline of Iowa. By night, she’s a kid-chaser, Pinterest-recipe chef, Instant-Pot meal creator, thrift-shop find make-over artist, DIY project amateur who enjoys reading, hanging out with her family...along with an occasional girls’ night out.


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