Keeping Kids Busy During Spring Break

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Next week is Spring Break for the Des Moines Public School District, which means thousands of students will have the week off. But for families staying in town, this time off can create a unique challenge… keeping kids entertained.

Most of the local Spring Break day camps are full. However the Des Moines Arts Center still has a few classes open. The Science Center of Iowa is bringing back the Ultimate Dig Pit where kids can use real tools to excavate bones and artifacts at SCI's archeological site, a massive dig pit. The Science Center is extending Throwback Weekends Spring Break week showing "Jurassic Park" on SCI's six-story IMAX dome screen. The Science Center is also offering discounts at its cafe and gift store.

If you're looking for something fun and free, you should check out what programs your local library is offering. Many of the libraries have a craft carts, Legos, and game boards for kids to play with. In addition to Des Moines Public Libraries’ regular activities, each location is offers a few extra activities during Spring Break. The Blank Park Zoo will visit (along with several animal friends) the Franklin Avenue Library on March 16th at 3 p.m. The East Side Library will also host a superhero themed scavenger hunt. Des Moines Public Library senior librarian Brenda Hall says they always add extra activities when school is not in session. "We know that there will be so many more people here. And it's a great opportunity. Kids can learn about an animal and then they can come check out a book on it. And it's something for an entire family to do which is really nice. And it's free," said Hall.


  • Sean Gundersen

    Don’t forget about Camp Fire Programs! We have programs when school is out, including spring break, school days off, and summer camp programming! We still have some spots open for spring break- call 515-274-1501 or visit our website Camp Fire is for boys and girls in K-12 grade.

  • Scootiep

    Science kits. Because it’s not nerdy to make glow in the dark, or magnetic slime, or to make things explode (safely). It’s just plain cool.

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