LOVE YOU DES MOINES DAYS

June 16-24

All events are held at the Valley Community Center and free to the public unless otherwise noted.

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All Day  |  Scavenger Hunt

All Ages
Go on an exciting adventure each day to search for all that you can find. Earn a surprise when your finished sheet is turned into the Valley Community Center.

All Day  |  Community Art Project

All Ages
Join others in the community each day to make a beautiful piece of art.


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8-8:45 am  |  Total Body Burn

Ages 12+
Work your body and soul. We will be doing mostly cardio intervals that can be modified to different levels. No equipment required but a water bottle and exercise mat or towel are recommended. All skill levels welcome.

9-11 am  |  Community Book Swap

All Ages
Too many books? Looking for a new read? Bring your pre-loved books, and swap them with other community members.

9 am - 12 pm  |  Fishing Camp (Lake by the West Des Moines Library)

All Ages with Adult
Learn the basics of fishing or fly fishing from experienced anglers. Poles and tackle are provided if you don’t have your own.

9 am - 12 pm  |  Impact Action Plan Workshop

Ages 18+
Do you have an awesome idea? This workshop takes you all the way from identifying your big goals, creating a plan of attack so that you stay self-motivated, and have a daily action plan to achieve your long-term vision.

9:30 am - 1 pm  |  Valley Quilters Sewing Class

Ages 10+
Learn how to sew a drawstring bag, hair scrunchy, table runner and/or quilted coaster. You can even learn how to sew on a button! Sports themed fabric available. If possible, please bring a sewing machine. Machines will be available if needed.

10 am - 12 pm  |  Coding Kingdom

Ages 6+
Coding Kingdom is a fun experience for youth age six and up to explore the basics of coding and robotics. At Coding Kingdom, students choose video-based tutorials to complete coding objectives, modules to program a robot or coding cards to create their own programs.

10 am - 1 pm  |  Bike Repair

All Ages
Free bike tune ups and small repairs.

1 - 2 pm  |  Sports Photography

All Ages
Glean insights on shooting a variety of sports, from capturing the action to portraying personalities. You’ll enhance your techniques to photograph youth league sports, and learn preparation skills for higher-level events.

2 - 4 pm  |  Foodie Fix

All Ages
Join Beth Pugh, RN, BSN, CCRP, and foodie for a class on cooking heart healthy meals that taste great!! Blood pressures tests available for adults who are interested.


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1 - 6 pm  |  Video Game Play

Ages 10+
Play a variety of video games from all periods of gaming. Games available for single player or multiplayer.

3 - 6 pm  |  Movie, Pizza, S’mores

All Ages
Watch a movie on the big screen while enjoying free pop, pizza, and s’mores by the fire.

6 - 8 pm  |  Crime Victims Resource Workshop

Ages 16+
Learn from the Crime Victim Assistance Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office about resources available to victims of violence and sexual assault.


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9 - 11 am  |  Imagination Stations - Theme: LEGO and Chalk

Ages 3+
Explore with us each morning and afternoon as we build, create, draw, learn and have fun! Drop in for 15 minutes or the whole time.

9:30 - 10 am  |  Pre-K Art

Ages 3-5
Our curriculum will ignite an excitement for art and its varieties through what children love to do most at this age, play.

10 - 11:30 am  |  ESL Class

All Ages
This class integrates the acquisition of and improving on all four skill areas of English: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

10:15 - 11:15 am  |  Art Squad

Ages 6-12
Young Artists will engage in and express art in a variety of ways.

1 - 1:50pm  |  Tai Chi

Ages 18+
This ‘meditation in motion’ can help improve quality of life both physically and mentally.

1 - 3 pm  |  Imagination Stations - Theme: Bird Feeders and Calligraphy

Ages 3+
Explore with us each morning and afternoon as we build, create, draw, learn and have fun! Drop in for 15 minutes or the whole time.

6 - 7:30 pm  |  Kids in the Kitchen

Ages 3+ with Adult
Little chefs can come in and create a snack they can take home.

6:30 - 7:30 pm  |  Nutrition & Fitness Workshop

Ages 18+
Discover how to follow a nutrition and workout routine that not only helps you maintain a healthy life but is also doable within this fast-paced world.


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9 - 11 am  |  Imagination Stations - Theme: Board Games and Bubble Art

Ages 3+
Explore with us each morning and afternoon as we build, create, draw, learn and have fun! Drop in for 15 minutes or the whole time.

9:30 - 11 am  |  PLAY ON

Children and Parents
Connect with your child through screen-free play.

9:30 - 11:30 am  |  Finding Your Inner Beauty

Women
We will use creative activities to allow women to connect with each other and their Creator.

10 - 10:30 am  |  Active Adventures

Ages 3+
Kids practice bouncing, throwing or kicking balls, hula hooping, running, stretching and tumbling.

1 - 3 pm  |  Imagination Stations - Theme: Nail Polish and LEGO

Ages 3+
Explore with us each morning and afternoon as we build, create, draw, learn and have fun! Drop in for 15 minutes or the whole time.

1 - 7 pm  |  Tennis Clinics (Valley Southwoods Tennis Courts)

Ages 4+
This clinic will work on tennis fundamentals and will be taught by a tennis pro.
Ages 4-5:  1 - 1:45 pm               Ages 6-8:  2 - 3 pm
Ages 9-12: 3 - 4:30 pm             Ages 13+:  5 - 6:30 pm

2 - 5 pm  |  Football Clinic (Valley Football Stadium)

Grades 3-7
This clinic is designed to give you a solid foundation in the basics of football fundamentals. This clinic will have top notch area coaches and players that will lead during this opportunity.

6 - 7:30 pm  |  Kids in the Kitchen

Ages 3+ with Adult
Little chefs can come in and create a snack they can take home.

6 - 8 pm  |  Volleyball and Dodgeball Games

Ages 8+
Come play with your family and friends and join others in the community for volleyball and dodgeball games.

6:30 - 8 pm  |  How to be Published

Ages 18+
Learn from a published author on how you can also get your personal works published.


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9 - 11 am  |  Imagination Stations - Theme: Storytelling and Balloon Ping Pong

Ages 3+
Explore with us each morning and afternoon as we build, create, draw, learn and have fun! Drop in for 15 minutes or the whole time.

10 - 10:45 am  |  Total Body Cardio

Ages 18+
Build your cardiovascular fitness, balance, and flexibility using your body as resistance. This low to moderate intensity class will keep you moving and grooving. All fitness levels & abilities welcome.

1 - 1:50pm  |  Tai Chi

Ages 18+
This ‘meditation in motion’ can help improve quality of life both physically and mentally.

1 - 3 pm  |  Imagination Stations - Theme: Calligraphy and Ice Cream Making

Ages 3+
Explore with us each morning and afternoon as we build, create, draw, learn and have fun! Drop in for 15 minutes or the whole time.

6 - 6:30 pm  |  Talk to Your Kids About Money

All Ages
Join other parents for an interactive presentation on ways to help your kids learn how to use money.

6 - 7 pm  |  Intro to Photography: Elements of Making an Exposure

Ages 18+
Learn about the basic principles of photography including aperture, shutter speed, & ISO. We will also cover basic camera settings, lenses and choosing the best focal length for your subject. Bring your camera for this interactive session.

6 - 8:30 pm  |  Small Business Night

Ages 18+
Gather with local small business owners for a time of networking, equipping, and inspiration with relevant talks on personal leadership effectiveness and business development.

6:30 - 9 pm  |  Pickleball Open Gym

Ages 18+
All skill levels welcome to play!


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9 - 11 am  |  Imagination Stations - Theme: Cultural Fun and Puzzles

Ages 3+
Explore with us each morning and afternoon as we build, create, draw, learn and have fun! Drop in for 15 minutes or the whole time.

9:30 - 10:15 am  |  Mini Pretzels

Ages 3+
Children will learn a series of yoga poses. The goal is to increase self image, reduce stress, improve flexibility and balance, and develop strength.

1 - 3 pm  |  Imagination Stations - Theme: Joke Telling and Snack Mix

Ages 3+
Explore with us each morning and afternoon as we build, create, draw, learn and have fun! Drop in for 15 minutes or the whole time.

1 - 4 pm  |  500 Card Games

Ages 18+
Learn how to play the card game 500 in a comfortable, stress-free atmosphere.

5:30 - 7:30 pm  |  Rubber Band Airplanes

Ages 3+ with Adult
Learn how to build and fly your own rubber band airplane!

6 - 7 pm  |  Safer Skincare Workshop

Ages 18+
Is your skincare routine overwhelming? Come learn about the basic parts of a good skincare routine and how to choose products that are good for you.


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8 am - 12 pm  |  Pickleball Open Gym

Ages 18+
All skill levels welcome to play!

9 - 11 am  |  Cupcake Decorating

Ages 3+
Decorate your own cupcakes. Cupcakes and decorations provided.

9 - 11 am  |  Imagination Stations - Theme: Cultural Fun and Cupcake Decorating

Ages 3+
Explore with us each morning and afternoon as we build, create, draw, learn and have fun! Drop in for 15 minutes or the whole time.

9 am - 12 pm  |  500 Card Games

Ages 18+
Learn how to play the card game 500 in a comfortable, stress-free atmosphere.

10 - 10:30 am  |  Kids in Motion

Ages 2+
We sing, dance, move, run, and we have fun!

1 - 3 pm  |  Hooks and Needles

Ages 12+
Interested in crocheting or knitting? Drop in for a quick look, a refresher course, or stay the entire two hours. Feel free to bring supplies if you have them, but supplies will also be provided.

1 - 3 pm  |  Imagination Stations - Theme: Jewelry Making and Chalk

Ages 3+
Explore with us each morning and afternoon as we build, create, draw, learn and have fun! Drop in for 15 minutes or the whole time.

6 - 7 pm  |  Intro to Photography: Basic Lighting Techniques

Ages 18+
Explore the different types of lighting including natural light, flashes, strobes, backlighting. Bring your camera!

6 - 10 pm  |  Remote Airplanes

Ages 16+
Join other airplane enthusiasts for a night of flying.

6:30 - 8:30 pm  |  Interview & Résumé Workshop

Ages 18+
Craft a remarkable resume and get interview tips from professionals.


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All Day  |  World Refugee Day

All Ages
Come alongside refugees and immigrants from all over the world as they celebrate their diversity through sharing their talents and food. Watch the “Cup of All Nations” soccer tournament too!

9:30 am - 5 pm  |  Cup of Nations Soccer Tournament
10 am - 2 pm  |   Cultural Celebration


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10:45 am - 1 pm  |  Love You Des Moines Celebration

All Ages
Join us for a Community Open House, a celebration with food, inflatables, fun activities and more!