We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to build the foundation of lifelong learning by promoting the power of play.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the goal of opening the first children's museum in the Des Moines metro. Until we find a permanent home, we are a "museum without walls" bringing fun to the community with temporary and traveling exhibits.
Mission: To build the foundation of lifelong learning by promoting the power of play.
We wouldn't have a children's museum without amazing volunteers. They are the ultimate "jugglers."
To sign up to volunteer, to to:
We are so excited to be one of the sponsors for the Relay For Life of Johnston, Urbandale & Grimes Wig Out Against Cancer 5K!!
Our board of directors has a long history with the fight against cancer.
We all have parents, grandparents, friends and other loved ones who have all fought hard against this disease.
One of our board members is also a survivor of lymphoma.
We will have our traveling exhibit at this event for kiddos to play. We would love for you to join us!
Here are some ways you can support the American Cancer Society:
1. Register to walk/run.
2. Donate via the website.
3. Come to the race and cheer on the cancer survivors and caregivers.
Hint: there will be breakfast!
Meet our new friend, Dino, created by the super talented Jackie at Balloon Bar DSM!
Stop by and take your picture with him.
We'll have a couple special guests at our birthday party this Saturday! From 10:30 to 11:30 the Construction and Air Rescue Patrol Pups from Storybook Adventures will be there! In addition to meeting the pups, you can check out our giant balloon dinosaur, help us test our our new commercial grade bubble machine, eat a slice of birthday cake, and find the dinosaur footprints hidden around the museum! All included with your regular admission.
Here's a peek backstage of our birthday party this weekend! This is some pieces of our giant balloon dinosaur from Balloon Bar hiding in the back waiting to be set up on Friday night. Join us anytime during our regular hours of 10-5 this Saturday for the party!
There is so much fun happening at the museum this week!
1. This is the first week of our new summer hours. We are now open all day on Wednesday and Thursdays mornings! See the pinned post at the top of our page for the full hours.
2. This Wednesday, we will have Bruce Day Rocks performing live music for the kids. You don't want to miss out!
3. We are celebrating our second birthday this Saturday from 10am-5pm. It's going to be DINO-rrific!!
It is never too early to get started volunteering. Just check out little Thomas helping his mama vacuum!
Looking to start your summer right? Give back and volunteer. We could use some volunteers this Saturday. https://dsmchildrensmuseum.com/volunteering/
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Play is so important. Not only is it how children learn, it’s fun!
We are open today until 12:30pm! Stop in and say hi!
Another story time at Barnes and Noble! There's still time to come by this afternoon to throw paper airplanes off the balcony at 5:30, and do goodnight yoga at 6:00
We’ve been having fun at Barnes and Noble on University in West Des Moines. We’ll be folding and flying paper airplanes from the second floor too.
Looking for volunteer opportunities for the summer? Sign up for our volunteer newsletter to be notified when new shifts and events are posted to get first dibs. https://my.sendinblue.com/users/subscribe/js_id/2rrh4/id/2
This little dog house was donated to us when we opened our first little upstairs location in the fall of 2017.
Over the past 18 months it has been home to secret missions, tea parties, naps, and more.
Today's theme for #museumweek is Rainbows.
Rainbows can be found several places around the Children's Museum.
This amazing one was created by The Knotty Nail! It used to hang in our upstairs location. We haven't found the perfect spot for it yet in the new location, but we can't wait to get it hung back up!
Just a reminder: starting June 1st, our hours will be changing. We will be open:
Here's a glimpse at part of this summer's traveling exhibit: Fairy Wings and Pirate Things!!
This exhibit will be debuting at Pizza Fest in Ankeny on June 1st. Make sure you come check it out!
This week is Museum Week!
Museums all over the world are using the same theme for their social media posts each day.
Today's theme is #secretsmw
Throughout the day we will be revealing several behind the scenes glimpses of our museum and the fun to come!
For our first secret reveal:
We are working hard to build a fire department exhibit. Here is our crew loading up a piece of the house that will be "on fire." Children will get a chance to practice fire safety as well as pretend to be first responders and rescue their favorite stuffed animals from the blaze.
It is Bug Week!
Come make a spider web, crawl like an ant and dig for bugs in our craft area!
The Des Moines Children's Museum wouldn't exist without the power of moms!
We were founded by moms, run by moms, and so many of our volunteers are moms.
Happy Mother's Day!
P.S. Remember that time we tried to paint our new location with 7 of our kids in tow? 😂
Want to know the really fun part about going to a Children's Museum conference?
Getting to play with all the toys at the trade show!
We love volunteers, libraries, and our community, so we are excited to attend an event all about volunteering at Waukee library. Hope to see you there.
When you shop Mother's Day gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/82-0923204, AmazonSmile donates to Des Moines Childrens Museum.
When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Des Moines Childrens Museum. Support us every time you shop.
Amanda, Laura, and Julie are at Association of Children's Museums InterActivity Conference in Denver!
Kids-free Girls' Trip + Learning about amazing tools and programs = 😍😍😍😍
Des Moines Children's Museum
Starting June 1st 2019, we'll have new summer hours.
Cloth Diaper Garage Sale until 12:30pm today. There are so many great bargains!!!
We are so excited to be a part of the Iowa Libraries Adventure Pass program! Several local libraries are now offering the option to check out a pass to the children's museum for a day with your library card!
Jackie of Balloon Bar DSM is the artist behind the rainbow balloon display we had for our grand re-opening!!
She is so talented. Make sure you follow her page and send her some ❤❤❤
She also does birthday party decor so if you have a birthday party scheduled at the museum, make sure you check out her services!
We are spotlighting the owner and mastermind behind Balloon Bar DSM, Jackie Servellon. Learn about what she offers families and her Des Moines favorites.
Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance at DSCC
It's Earth Day!
We are open from 9am-12:30pm today. We have a makers space set up with recyclable materials. Come bring the kiddos and let them create to their hearts content!
It’s been an amazing 2 years! Thank you!
Lots of painting and beautiful weather at the wonderful Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
Peek behind the scenes: We're getting an ice cream truck, sponsored by The Outside Scoop! The bus laying on it's side is getting some repairs and a new paint job before it goes out to the exhibit space to replace the cube shelf that is serving as our ice cream station right now.
Our new artwork to recognize our early donors is complete! Thank you so much to everyone who supported the children's museum in our early days, and to Flock 9 Studios for creating something so beautiful!
It's a little chilly this morning! Come play with us at the Children's Museum! We are open 10am-5pm.
Don't forget to purchase your yearly membership while you are there! 😉
Beautiful days like today have us reminiscing about our roots and the traveling exhibit we started with.
That first summer, before we opened up in the mall, we traveled to over 30 fairs, farmers markets, and other events.
It was so fun getting to play outside all the time. Sometimes we miss it---except for having to lug all the stuff around all the time. We definitely don't miss hauling the boat around! 🤣
How are you spending this beautiful day?🌸🌼🌹
Board member Amanda and her family are spending the day at the Omaha Children's Museum.
Did you know that with the purchase of a yearly membership to the Des Moines Children's Museum, you can enjoy 50% off admission to Omaha and over 200 other children's museums across the country?
We are ready for spring here at the Children's Museum!! 🌻🌹🌱
Stop in today from 10am-5pm! There will be yellow play-doh and a bunny scavenger hunt. Find all the bunnies hidden around the museum and get a prize. 🐰🐇
Don't forget to purchase your yearly family membership while you are there 🦋🌼🌸
"For children, play is as natural as breathing...
and as NECESSARY."
--Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld
The Children's Museum staff is growing!
Do you love working with children, interacting with parents, and providing an amazing customer experience?
Email your resume and a brief summary of why you want to work for the Des Moines Children's Museum to [email protected]
Some weekend availability is a must!
The forecast for Wednesday is looking a little rainy and chilly, stay warm and dry at the children's museum from 9-12:30! Check out our new location, and be here by 10:00 for a Sing-A-Long with Bruce Day Rocks!
Wed: Des Moines Children's Museum
Fri: Grumpy Goat Tavern Des Moines
Sat: Trostel's Dish
We are open until 12:30 PM today. Come hang out with us and play!
1551 Valley West Drive #108
West Des Moines, IA
|Monday||09:30 - 12:30|
|Tuesday||09:30 - 12:30|
|Wednesday||09:30 - 19:30|
|Thursday||09:30 - 12:30|
|Saturday||10:00 - 17:00|
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