Des Moines Children's Museum

Des Moines Children's Museum We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to build the foundation of lifelong learning by promoting the power of play.
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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.

Happy 50th Celebration of Earth Day!  Hope you can get outside to play!
04/22/2020

Happy 50th Celebration of Earth Day!

Hope you can get outside to play!

Des Moines Children's Museum's cover photo
04/20/2020

Des Moines Children's Museum's cover photo

Des Moines Children's Museum
04/20/2020

Des Moines Children's Museum

04/20/2020
We are looking forward to seeing all the kids playing together again at the museum!  We miss the laughter, pitter patter...
04/18/2020

We are looking forward to seeing all the kids playing together again at the museum! We miss the laughter, pitter patter of feet, imaginative play created and even the occasional need to figure out "who's toy is it?"

Keep playing... - @ home for now

Waiting for that day & doing the best we can until it gets here.
via https://www.instagram.com/missmskindergarten

Every week is the week of the young child if you have one in your life, but this Week of the Young Children is special b...
04/17/2020

Every week is the week of the young child if you have one in your life, but this Week of the Young Children is special because it has many goals including:

* Advocating about the importance of the first years of life;

* Educating about the importance of PLAY in the lives of our youngest citizens

*Celebrating those that have this little ones in their lives...

So, it makes sense to end the week with Family Friday - the most important people in those little peoples lives!

You could enjoy a special meal tonight as a family and play a game! And, a silly game of peekaboo certainly counts!

Keep playing...

The 2020 Week of the Young Child™ wraps up today with Family Friday, a day to honor and families—children’s first and most important teachers. Share your dedications and celebrations today using #WOYC20!

04/16/2020
Scholastic's The Dot (Español)

Enjoy today's story in Spanish!

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Scholastic's classic story, The Dot, narrated in Spanish. SUBSCRIBE for more! With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds e...

It's Artsy Thursday as we celebrate the Week of the Young Child!Put on your creative hats (or make one) and have some fu...
04/16/2020

It's Artsy Thursday as we celebrate the Week of the Young Child!

Put on your creative hats (or make one) and have some fun!

Act out your favorite fairy tale or nursery rhyme!

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It's Artsy Thursday! Are you ready to get creative?
Take out the supplies and let children craft a work of art from their imaginations! Share photos of their creations with us using #WOYC20

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child and Work Together Wednesday!How about playing a game together or building a fort...
04/15/2020

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child and Work Together Wednesday!

How about playing a game together or building a fort?

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Work Together Wednesday
When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material—from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #woyc20.
https://www.naeyc.org/events/woyc/overview

04/14/2020
Dragons Love Tacos - Books Alive! Read Aloud book for kids

Let's celebrate the Week of the Young Child with

Tasty Tuesday and a great story about tasty tacos!

How about Tasty Taco Tuesday @ your house?

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Books Alive! Read aloud NY times #1 bestseller by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri about Dragons...and Tacos! So cool, or should I say HOT! More funny reads he...

Make a something together and enjoy it together!Keep playing...
04/14/2020

Make a something together and enjoy it together!

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It's Tasty Tuesday! Did you know that cooking with young children supports math and science skills while promoting literacy and creativity? Share your creations and recipes with us using #WOYC20 or email [email protected].

This is the Week of the Young Child!  We had plans to celebrate this week @ the museum and we are disappointed that it d...
04/13/2020

This is the Week of the Young Child! We had plans to celebrate this week @ the museum and we are disappointed that it did not happen. But, we still plan to celebrate play and young children as we continue to build more fun exhibits for children and families!

Today's theme is music - so sing a song or just make one up!

Creativity is intelligence having fun. -Albert Einstein

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Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn! Today is Music Monday, the first day of the 2020 Week of the Young Child! We can't wait to see and share the creative ways you celebrate this year. Post your photos and videos on social media using #WOYC20 or email them to [email protected].

04/11/2020
04/08/2020
The Little Red Hen and The Passover Matzah READ ALOUD!

Special story time for Passover!

Keep being kind and playing...

Oy! The Little Red Hen can use a hand with the matzah for Passover dinner, but her friends refuse to help. Not horse nor dog nor sheep! A KidTime StoryTime a...

The 8 day celebration of Passover will start this Wednesday.  Many Jewish families will start the 8 day celebration with...
04/08/2020
The History Behind 7 Passover Traditions

The 8 day celebration of Passover will start this Wednesday. Many Jewish families will start the 8 day celebration with a special family meal called the seder. Check out the Time article to learn more.

Chag Pesach samech!

Everything you need to know before you attend a Passover seder

04/08/2020

Today @ 10am join us as Bruce Day streams live from his living room to yours for DSM Children's Museum First Wednesday Live Music! Sing, dance and make requests!

See you @ 10 am today!

And to top all this goodness off, 1 Source Solar is sponsoring the event and making a donation to the DSM Children's Museum! So, click on over to 1 Source Solar and leave them a thank you message!

Check out Events Des Moines Children's Museum​ to join us!

04/08/2020

Bruce will be live on Facebook ready to play your family's favorite sing along song! Put on your dance shoes and warm-up your vocal cords it's coming directly to your home! See you tomorrow!

And to top all this goodness off, 1 Source Solar is sponsoring the event and making a donation to the DSM Children's Museum! So, click on over to 1 Source Solar and leave them a thank you message!

Check out Events Des Moines Children's Museum​ to join us!

04/06/2020
Did You Feed My Cow?

A little music for your Monday!

Keep playing and singing...

Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Did You Feed My Cow? · Ella Jenkins You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song ℗ 1992 Smithsonian Folkway...

A little fun project!  Or maybe a...Thankful Jar (think of one thing each day that each person was thankful for that day...
04/05/2020

A little fun project!

Or maybe a...

Thankful Jar (think of one thing each day that each person was thankful for that day - then read them next year @ this time!

What ways is your family remembering this very unique situation?

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Next rainy day activity!

Little ones enjoy the cut off milk carton - you can scoop, carry treasures, toss and catch with it!  And, I guess, use i...
04/04/2020
10 Ball Games for Kids - Ideas for Active Play Indoors! - Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls

Little ones enjoy the cut off milk carton - you can scoop, carry treasures, toss and catch with it! And, I guess, use it as a funnel, too!

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Here are some active ball games for kids that are perfect for playing indoors! Save these ideas for the next bad weather day! This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Back in the fall, I bought a package of 100 ball pit balls on a whim on Walmart. They ended up being an excellent purchase. There ....

04/02/2020
Story Time with Lisa Murphy

Missing you and Thursday Storytime @ the museum!

One of my favorite (Tracey) early childhood experts, Lisa Murphy, AKA The Ooey Gooey Lady!

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Today Lisa Murphy, the ooey gooey lady, reads the children's book "Daniel's Good Day" by Micha Archer as she continues to add to your collection of story tim...

04/01/2020
How to DAD

Since we are missing Bruce this morning I thought we could all use a little humor and fun! I bet you can come up with some more ideas for your stick!

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In LOCKDOWN with the KIDS? Don't stress, just find a stick.
This is: HOW TO PLAY WITH A STICK
(You got any other stick game things? Post them below - I'm sure parents worldwide will enjoy any and all ideas)
#ThrowBack #HowtoDAdnz

04/01/2020

Bruce Day had something come up today, and isn't able to do the sing-a-long live stream this morning. We're rescheduling for next Wednesday. Keep playing, and we look forward to singing and dancing with you next week!

03/31/2020
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (I Do Not.) READ ALOUD

Still missing story time @ the museum! Here is another suggestion from my nephew, Jacob - Kid Time, Story Time on YouTube.

Maybe after listening you can have a "give your toys a bath" sensory experience! Do your dolls need a bath? Dinosaurs? Cars?

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"Clean" & "dirty" are just words, right? And Pigeon took a bath JUST last month! Maybe. A filthy KidTime StoryTime about a stinky bird versus bathing...Grown...

03/31/2020

You won't need to miss "The DSM Children's Museum First Wednesday Live Music!" Put on your dance shoes and warm-up your vocal cords it's coming directly to your home! See you tomorrow!

And to top all this goodness off, 1 Source Solar is sponsoring the event and making a donation to the DSM Children's Museum! So, click on over to 1 Source Solar and leave them a thank you message!

Check out Events Des Moines Children's Museum​ to join us!

03/30/2020
Ooey Gooey, Inc

Story time today...

And since Bruce is in the name - this book makes a great reminder that our favorite museum musician Bruce Day (not at all grumpy like the Bruce in this story!) will be live streaming for us this Wednesday from 10 - 11am. Yes, you can enjoy "First Wednesday Live Music w/ Bruce @ the Museum" from your cozy couch or dancing/singing wherever you are!

See events @dsmchildren on Facebook!

Lisa recognized the art from WE DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES so she decided to follow up porch time story time with a reading of MOTHER BRUCE (the same illustrator/author!)

The chalkboard @ the museum misses all your creative work...Keep playing...
03/28/2020

The chalkboard @ the museum misses all your creative work...

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Edutopia
03/28/2020
Edutopia

Edutopia

Read along! Check out 50 of the best virtual author activities.—via WeAreTeachers

Doesn’t look like much yet, but it’s our attempt at a prototype maze.  We inherited a lot of bookcases, and we’ve always...
03/27/2020

Doesn’t look like much yet, but it’s our attempt at a prototype maze. We inherited a lot of bookcases, and we’ve always wanted a maze in the future.

03/26/2020
The Napping House

Since we can't be together for Thursday Storytime - here is another great read from The Cozy Chair.

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03/25/2020
Megan Cline Books

A bonus post...

One of our favorite local authors will be online reading her new book! Check it out!

Remember we have copies @ the museum, so come in to purchase one when we open back up!

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Here is a fun game to play... Would you rather? Come up with your own fun "would you rather?"Keep playing!
03/25/2020

Here is a fun game to play... Would you rather? Come up with your own fun "would you rather?"

Keep playing!

OMG!  Yes please.  The book with no pictures is so good.  Who doesn’t want a best friend that is a hippo named Boo Boo B...
03/25/2020

OMG! Yes please. The book with no pictures is so good. Who doesn’t want a best friend that is a hippo named Boo Boo Butt

This Friday at 3pm ET/12pm Pacific, I'll be reading The Book With No Pictures live right here, followed by a Q&A for kids. Hope to see you there! Parents Penguin Kids Penguin Random House First Book

03/24/2020
Pete The Cat Magic Sunglasses

Until we can be together again for Tuesday Story Time... Here is a suggestion from my nephew, Jacob!

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Address

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

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 15:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 15:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 19:30
Thursday 09:30 - 15:30
Friday 09:30 - 15:30
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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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!
Thank you for a great Saturday afternoon!