Des Moines Children's Museum

Des Moines Children's Museum We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognizing our goal of opening the first children's museum in the Des Moines metro. We started as a "museum without walls" bringing fun to the community with temporary and traveling exhibits.
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We now have a museum WITH walls featuring many fun permanent exhibits! We are located on the lower level of Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa! Our mission is to build the foundation of lifelong learning by promoting the power of play. Come out and play!!

Operating as usual

03/25/2021
03/25/2021
03/24/2021
A huge shout out to Midwest Balloon Services for helping us sew the Velcro onto our canvas for our tent!  Thank you!! I ...
03/24/2021

A huge shout out to Midwest Balloon Services for helping us sew the Velcro onto our canvas for our tent! Thank you!!

I wish I could have taken all of you to see their business in Truro and learn a little bit about hot air ballooning! Like did you know there are about 5,000 hot air balloon pilots in the USA? Did you know that every part they use on a balloon has to be documented - down to a bolt - because just like planes they are overseen by the FAA. It was fabulously fun to visit with people who love and have pride in what they do!!

03/23/2021
Let's Go Camping - build a fire, tell some stories, grill some food and kick back in the tent!  The weather is always pe...
03/23/2021

Let's Go Camping - build a fire, tell some stories, grill some food and kick back in the tent! The weather is always perfect for camping at the museum camp grounds!

Come on out and camp!

03/23/2021
This week we are starting a Nursery Rhyme Scavenger Hunt - Little Bo Peep has lost some of her nursery rhyme friends and...
03/22/2021

This week we are starting a Nursery Rhyme Scavenger Hunt - Little Bo Peep has lost some of her nursery rhyme friends and needs your help to find them!

03/22/2021
03/21/2021
Becker's School Supplies is offering this free webinar in honor of NAEYC's Week of the Young Child
03/19/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Peaceful Parents, Teachers and Children. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Becker's School Supplies is offering this free webinar in honor of NAEYC's Week of the Young Child

Beloved kids yogi and mindfulness educator Bari Koral is here for a special webinar during the Week of the Young Child to nurture you so you can pass it on. Bari will weave mindfulness, music, movement and the best tools to share kindness, build resilience, and take it easy on yourself. Knowing how....

It has been a busy and awesome week at the #DSMCM! Thank you to all those patient families that had to wait to get in! W...
03/18/2021

It has been a busy and awesome week at the #DSMCM! Thank you to all those patient families that had to wait to get in! We work hard to provide a safe place for all families to come and play - thank you all for supporting this by being patient and wearing masks! We look forward to seeing you all again soon

03/18/2021
A litte St. Patty's Day humor!Keep laughing! #DSMCM
03/17/2021

A litte St. Patty's Day humor!

Keep laughing!

#DSMCM

How lucky - St. Patty's Day is on Wednesday, so we will be open until 6:30 pm today! Come out to play!
03/17/2021

How lucky - St. Patty's Day is on Wednesday, so we will be open until 6:30 pm today!

Come out to play!

Knock, knock.Who’s there?WarrenWarren who?Warren any green today?Even if your not wearing green come on in to create you...
03/16/2021

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Warren
Warren who?
Warren any green today?

Even if your not wearing green come on in to create your own leprechaun trap!

We have a great Snack Zone in the back of the museum just past the exit sign! We invite you to bring in lunch or snacks ...
03/16/2021

We have a great Snack Zone in the back of the museum just past the exit sign! We invite you to bring in lunch or snacks to enjoy in this area.

We do also ask that ALL food please be eaten in the Snack Zone and not in the museum exhibit areas.

We appreciate your help in keeping the museum exhibit area clean and allergy free for all our guest! Thank you!

Make the Des Moines Children’s Museum one of your great spring break memories!Where the power of play makes learning fun...
03/15/2021
What To Do Over Spring Break in the Metro

Make the Des Moines Children’s Museum one of your great spring break memories!

Where the power of play makes learning fun!

DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s spring break for many local school districts this week, and many local families may be looking for something to do while their kids are home. It was a year ago w…

This week we are starting a Nursery Rhyme Scavenger Hunt - Little Bo Peep has lost some of her nursery rhyme friends and...
03/15/2021

This week we are starting a Nursery Rhyme Scavenger Hunt - Little Bo Peep has lost some of her nursery rhyme friends and needs your help to find them!

We are offering the ultimate project this week in the Messy Zone -Maker Space is open and ready for your creativity!
03/15/2021

We are offering the ultimate project this week in the Messy Zone -

Maker Space is open and ready for your creativity!

Sunday Comics!Keep Laughing!
03/14/2021

Sunday Comics!

Keep Laughing!

Sandra Boynton
03/14/2021

Sandra Boynton

March 14 (3.14) is Pi Day. #piday

Wishing all families a quick return to normal sleep schedules!
03/13/2021

Wishing all families a quick return to normal sleep schedules!

It was a great week at the museum! Lots of important work happening as children engage in deep, imaginative play - our p...
03/12/2021

It was a great week at the museum! Lots of important work happening as children engage in deep, imaginative play - our pediatrician office became a veterinarian office! Aren’t kids just amazing!

03/11/2021
03/10/2021
Boaty McBoat is waiting to take you on a fishing trip down the Children's Museum River!  How many fish do you think you ...
03/09/2021

Boaty McBoat is waiting to take you on a fishing trip down the Children's Museum River!

How many fish do you think you will catch?

Come on out to fish!

03/08/2021
Sunday Comics!Keep laughing!
03/07/2021

Sunday Comics!

Keep laughing!

Address

1551 Valley West Drive #108
West Des Moines, IA
50266

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 14:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 14:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:30
Thursday 09:30 - 02:30
Friday 09:30 - 14:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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We believe in the Power of Play!

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a safe and engaging environment where young children can learn through the power of play and interact with their caregivers. We started out as a “museum without walls” with a few traveling exhibits. In the summer of 2017, we traveled to over 30 fairs, festivals, and events. In November 2017, we opened our first location in the upper level of Valley West Mall with a few small exhibits. In March 2019, we closed our first location and opened up in the lower level of the mall with triple the exhibit space!! Since we opened in 2017, we have welcomed over 20,000 visitors to our museum. Stop by today and check us out!

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Comments

Are you still open with the covid19 issues? Asking for a friend.
Can you tell me how birthday parties work? I understand Sunday is the day when the facility can be reserved for birthday parties. Can you tell me how it works? How far in advance do we need to schedule a party? What is the price? And does the party have exclusive use of the museum? I also assume we need to bring our own food. And is there a time limit? TIA
Thanks for the wonderful Halloween party today. All the kids had a great time and you added lots of healthy and fun activities to the amazing exploration and role play opportunities you already offer.
I love this place! So clean and the people are welcoming! My one year old twins love it.
Do you guys offer a punch pass? If so what is the price and for how many times to come?
Hanging out today.
We got our membership today and my kids LOVED it. Thank you, DSMCM for giving my children a space where they can be doctors, artists, chefs, construction workers, puppeteers, farmers and more...they love imagining with you today. Lots of fun ahead!
Are you open today?
It would be helpful to know before getting here that you are closed today for a private event.
Is the museum still in the mall?
Any update on the grand opening? We are trying to make weekend plans. Thanks!