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Ultimate Dinosaurs

October 10, 2014 - April 12, 2015 - All Day at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Millions of years ago, the super-continent Pangaea broke apart, and dinosaurs became passengers on these drifting land masses. The result? Dinosaurs with unusual – and sometimes bizarre – features that are different from the ones we know and love.

Based on new, groundbreaking research from scientists around the world,Ultimate Dinosaurs reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar.  From the tiny Buitreraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus (T. rex‘s bigger, badder cousin), Ultimate Dinosaurs is a fascinating study of species you may not have met before.  See Ultimate Dinosaurs October 12, 2014, through April 12, 2015, at SCI!

Not So Scary Jump

October 28, 2014 - 12:00 am at Pump It Up
4069 121st Street

Where a haunted house meets a bounce house! Our not so scary jump is perfect for any age! Come in and play in the decorated arenas, get your fortune told, see the mad scientist, and get a glitter tattoo while you’re here! It will be loads of fun and end the night right with a fun-filled halloween goodie bag to take home with you!

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Celebrity Chef Alton Brown

October 29, 2014 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut Street

Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to welcome ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE to the Des Moines Civic Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE TOUR will be on sale June 6 at DesMoinesPerformingArts.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

Renowned foodist and television personality Alton Brown recently announced the return of the ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE TOUR, on the heels of the successful inaugural run to 46 US cities.  Over 100,000 tickets were sold for the Food Network star’s show, featuring a pinch of comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of “extreme” food experimentation (ponchos are provided for those in the first few rows), and of course…puppets.  Enthusiastic fans and critics have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant.

“We have combined science, music, food, and a few other things no one in his right mind would allow me to do on TV, into a two hour extravaganza that’s fun for the whole family,” says Brown.  He has been cultivating the show’s material for about a decade and wrote most of the musical numbers which all take a comedic look at food.

Brown, author of seven books including the James Beard award winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats,” has hosted numerous food series including “Iron Chef America.”  He currently serves as host on the game show “Cutthroat Kitchen” and as a mentor/judge on “Food Network Star,” which premieres its 10th season on June 1st.  Brown created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network, which still can be seen on the Cooking Channel.

Those craving Brownian wit and wisdom from its truest source can find additional show and ticketing information at www.altonbrowntour.com

Trunk or Treat Halloween Extravaganza

October 31, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
2600 E. Euclid Ave.

A safe and fun party for the whole family, featuring trick or treating in the parking lot and fun activities inside!  Check out Halloween crafts, creepy critters, balloon animals, bake sale, and more!

10th Annual Harvest Concert

November 8, 2014 - 12:00 am - 7:00 pm at Union Park United Methodist Church
2305 East 12th Street

Imagine hearing the 23rd Psalm, French poetry and Swingin’ Saints. Together. Think you’re dreaming? Wake up! You’re not dreaming! We’re not making this up! This is part of the program for the 10th Annual Harvest Concert. Over eighty singers and musicians, including the ensembles We Got Male and We Got Female, will be performing a variety of works from classical to country to humorous. The concerts will benefit the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry.

10th Annual Harvest Concert

November 9, 2014 - 2:00 pm at First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue

Imagine hearing the 23rd Psalm, French poetry and Swingin’ Saints. Together. Think you’re dreaming? Wake up! You’re not dreaming! We’re not making this up! This is part of the program for the 10th Annual Harvest Concert. Over eighty singers and musicians, including the ensembles We Got Male and We Got Female, will be performing a variety of works from classical to country to humorous. The concerts will benefit the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry.

$5 Family Night

November 14, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

The second Friday of each month, explore SCI with your family with $5 general admission, documentary IMAX films and Food Chain Cafe specials! Kick off your weekend by building a rocket, traveling through outer space in one of SCI’s dynamic experience platforms or experiencing a larger-than-life IMAX film with extended hours until 8:00 pm!

Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Up

November 16, 2014 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Join the Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) from 2:00-4:00 pm on third Sunday of every month for some free building and LEGO discussion!

What is LUG? A LEGO Users Group is simply a community of LEGO enthusiasts who meet up regularly to be social, share ideas, trade parts, build on collaborative projects, plan awesome events and generally share in the hobby. The Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) aims to create such a community locally and to act as a resource for people who are interested in LEGO as a hobby at any level.

Disney on Ice-Worlds of Fantasy

November 26, 2014 - November 30, 2014 - 12:00 am at Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street

Buy Tickets HERE

Star Party at Ewing Park

December 13, 2014 - 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm at Ewing Park
5300 Indianola Road

Location: Ewing Park, 5300 Indianola Road, Des Moines

Experience the Out-of-this-World-Space-Observation – SCI is having a Star Party!  Join SCI staff at Ewing Park and observe the Moon, planets and other celestial objects! SCI staff will set up several telescopes for you to use. This event is free to the public.  This event is in partnership with City of Des Moines Park and Recreation the Des Moines Astronomical Society (DMAS).

Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Up

December 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Join the Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) from 2:00-4:00 pm on third Sunday of every month for some free building and LEGO discussion!

What is LUG? A LEGO Users Group is simply a community of LEGO enthusiasts who meet up regularly to be social, share ideas, trade parts, build on collaborative projects, plan awesome events and generally share in the hobby. The Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) aims to create such a community locally and to act as a resource for people who are interested in LEGO as a hobby at any level.

Disney Jr. Live-Pirates and Princess

February 8, 2015 - 12:00 am at Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street

Buy Tickets HERE

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest, presented by Veridian Credit Union

March 6, 2015 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building
3000 E Grand Ave

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest is all about families having fun while helping at-risk families in need. Kidsfest is a kid-centered festival full of fun activities, games and entertainment for kids and their families. Come out and enjoy inflatables, stages shows, and so much more at Iowa’s largest children’s festival! Proceeds will benefit CFI programs.

Cost: $7.50 per person (kids under age 2 are free), tickets available at the door

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest, presented by Veridian Credit Union

March 7, 2015 - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm at Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building
3000 E Grand Ave

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest is all about families having fun while helping at-risk families in need. Kidsfest is a kid-centered festival full of fun activities, games and entertainment for kids and their families. Come out and enjoy inflatables, stages shows, and so much more at Iowa’s largest children’s festival! Proceeds will benefit CFI programs.

Cost: $7.50 per person (kids under age 2 are free), tickets available at the door

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest, presented by Veridian Credit Union

March 8, 2015 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Building
3000 E Grand Ave

Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest is all about families having fun while helping at-risk families in need. Kidsfest is a kid-centered festival full of fun activities, games and entertainment for kids and their families. Come out and enjoy inflatables, stages shows, and so much more at Iowa’s largest children’s festival! Proceeds will benefit CFI programs.

Cost: $7.50 per person (kids under age 2 are free), tickets available at the door

Children & Families of Iowa’s Family Tees Golf Tournament

June 22, 2015 - All Day at Terrace Hills Golf Course
8700 Northeast 46th Avenue

Join us for an inter-generational golf tournament benefiting Children & Families of Iowa. Flights are determined by the age of the youngest player. All players under the age of 18 must be paired with an adult player. Visit www.cfiowa.org for additional information.                              

Contact Phone: (515) 697-7961; Contact Email: events@cfiowa.org; Website: www.cfiowa.org

Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd Annual Yankee Doodle Pops

July 2, 2015 - 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm at West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol
1007 E. Grand Ave.

Join us for the Des Moines Symphony’s 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops, Iowa’s largest single-day concert event! This family-friendly and patriotic concert concludes with the area’s premier fireworks display over the downtown Des Moines skyline, and best of all, it’s FREE! Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs, or purchase food from an array of vendors at the concert.  For more information, please visit dmsymphony.org or call 515.280.4004.

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