(you will find games in The Idea Room Store)
Friday, November 19, 2010
(you will find games in The Idea Room Store)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The above and below picture are their 3 and under toy area.
The "parent's" area with free wi-fi, flat screen TV and a bunch of recliner chairs.
Their refreshment bar.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I have never been before but will probably go this year. Here is the info!
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Thanksgiving Day: 1 to 7 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets Purchased at Event: $5
Children 2 and younger: FREE
Here are a few pics that were online of years in the past....
For those that want to brave the crowds and save a few bucks. They have great sales and deals all around here. I have heard the mall is particularly crazy and fun.
Shop early and enjoy exclusive deals, live music, prizes, giveaways and free hot chocolate and coffee.
Jordan Creek Town Center opens at 12:01am on Friday, November 26.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Go HERE to get $55 off an 8 x 10 canvas print. That makes it FREE! (You do pay s&h - don't you always?)
*Ever heard of Artscow? No amazing deals right now, but keep your eye on this site if you're thinking personalized photo presents are the way to go for gifts this year. They have some slammin' deals if you stay on top of it.
*Also, Shutterfly will give you $10 off an order of $30 (if you're ordering Christmas cards for every single person you know, have ever met, heard of once, or are distantly related to - this is the way to go.) At checkout, just enter this code: 6F8A-EH8X-OJDC-3E1FXD. This ends Nov. 10th.
*And one last piece of very exciting business:
Lowe's is officially amazing.
Did you know they have "BUILD AND GROW" activities on Saturdays?
I have been told they are very excitement-worthy. (And could be a super fun Daddy-daughter date... just sayin'.)
Along with making a sweet craft with real nails and a hammer - seriously, your kid will die! - each kid gets a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit. They're building periscopes on the 13th, and a wooden snowman on the 20th.
Oh, and did I mention it's FREE?!
Does it get any cooler?
I think no.
You do have to sign up, but don't worry - I made it easy.
All you must do is click HERE.
you. are. welcome.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Just a reminder (in case you missed it earlier today in R.S.)
HEATING ASSISTANCE STARTS NOVEMBER 1ST!!!
Trust me. If you don't know what this is, you'll want to.
Call or come by my house if you need more info.
It's too much to write and I want to go to sleep.
Friday, October 29, 2010
GRAND OPENING NOVEMBER 5TH!!
Mills Civic Parkway West Des Moines (shopping complex that TJ Maxx is in)
I am a fan of Trader Joes and have been to a few of them across the USA. I have been so excited for them to come to West Des Moines ever since they announced it a year ago. I know a lot of you have never been there and don't know what all the fuss is about in getting one. So I thought I would explain a little. If you want to go to their direct website click here. They have such fun foods that you can't get anywhere else. They are also super CHEAP!!!! I wasn't sure if they took EBT but I have heard they do, so there is no reason to not check it out. I recently did a poll on facebook to ask my friends what their favorite items are that they sell. Here are some of the items people suggested;
* white cheddar puffs
*honey wheat pretzel sticks
*sweet potato soup
*pomegranite or blueberry sorbet
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Here's what's going on:
-Living History Farms
October 21-24 and 28-31 from 5:30 – 8:30pm
Horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roast, storytellers, scarecrow and jack-o-lantern displays delight all during this non-scary family event. Children aged 12 and under trick or treat through town, and free pop and popcorn for all. Prices: $5/person, $4.50 LHF members and pre-sold groups of 10 or more.
-Night Eyes (formerly known as "Boo at the Zoo")
October 21 - 24 & 28 - 31, 2010
Thursdays & Fridays from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Saturdays & Sundays from 1 pm to 8 pm
Presale tickets may be purchased at Dahl's locations, metro area Hy-Vee locations or click here. Tickets at the door will be $5 and $4 for Zoo Members. Children under one are free.
Trick-or-treaters should keep an eye out for some special entertainment, including Curious George and Clifford! Also attending Night Eyes will be jugglers, clowns, some princesses, Star Wars characters and even a few surprise guests! Be sure to check out the Fun Zone (ZooPlex) full of inflatables, play equipment from Rainbow Play Systems, a hay maze and pumpkin bowling!
If you really want a treat, check out:
-Mickey's Magic Show
at the Well's Fargo Arena on October 23rd at 3 pm and 6 pm. (Tickets range in price from $18 to $72 - but you can always try Craigslist!!)
October 22nd and 29th from 7:45 - 9:15 pm.
Inflatables, fun, costumes, and a treat bag and the end of the night.
-West Des Moines Library Halloween Party
Oct. 26-28 at 10:30, Oct. 28th at 6:45.
Put on your favorite costume and join us for not-too-spooky stories and Halloween fun at the library. For ages 2-6 plus an adult.
Free; registration required.
-Waukee Library Spook-tacular Movie & Costume Party
Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Come dressed in your Halloween Costume!
Have Halloween treats (popcorn, cupcakes, and candy corn!) and enjoy the movie "
-Kids Eat Free At Chili's
Oct. 30th & 31st
Bring the kids dressed in their costumes, and they eat free!
(With purchase of adult meal.)
-Haunting in the Heights
(This is JUST for adults!!
Unless you hate your children.)
$10 with food donation.
This is sooo not my thing, but if it's yours - well... enjoy yourself.
-DMU Halloween Carnival
If your husband is anything like mine, he will not tell you about this.
But it is definitely one to not miss!
Does anyone know when it is?
I'm thinking it's Friday the 29th - is that right?
-Winterset Merchant's Night
Again, not sure when this is - does anyone know?!
We went last year and it was a blast!!
Tuesday, October 26th from 5:30 to 8pm!
Beggars Night and Family Night at Valley West Mall are Tuesday, October 26th! Bring the kids in costume and trick or treat from store to store from 5;30-8pm. Enjoy inflatable rides, crafts, balloons, temporary tattoos. All activities are located on the lower level and are free to Valley West Mall customers.
So much to do - let me know if there's any other exciting Halloween activities you know about!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
They have free inflatables, contests, crafts, balloons, and all kinds of fun.
And in October, they even have Trick-or-Treating from store to store.
You know this is going to be good.
Tuesday, October 26th
Trick-or-Treating from 6-8; Inflatables, etc. from 5:30-8.
Welcome to Medical School. Welcome to thrift stores.
Love them or hate them - they are everywhere out here.
Some thrift stores are sick.
Some are pretty awesome.
Here are some you might want to check out.
located (sort of) at the corner of University and 100th (Valley West Dr.)
right next to Kohl's shopping center on University.
-Not New Shop
Des Moines, IA 50316
-The Bargain Basket
522 E. Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
in the Target shopping center on Mills Civic Pkwy.
3913 Ingersoll Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
They accept ONLY designer (like real designer) brands and are pretty reasonable.
If you are looking for kid's school/learning supply stores, try here:
The Learning Post
Urbandale, IA 50322
This place is amazing.
Oh, and right next door is another quaint little kid's thrift store, that I totally can't remember the name of, but is so worth going into.
If you like interior design/decorating/vintage/eclectic/antiques/or just really unique finds, try these:
-West End Architectural Salvage
Such a cool store, but go with a friend. And without kids. Some really cool stuff, but when I was there alone I felt like I was on the set of a horror movie.
Amazing finds. But you have to dig...
And that is what makes shopping fun, right?!
Also, Design Sponge did THIS article on all the great stores/shops/restaurants/etc. around Des Moines.
Definitely worth checking out....
Any cool/unique/interesting stores you love?
PLEASE post them!!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
When: Saturday October 16th @1:30pm
Where: Maple Grove Villas Lounge
Please bring a fall themed gift that is 10-15$ and be sure to wrap it. We will then do a gift exchange and go home with something cute or fun. Also please bring a small treat to share with everyone (doesn't have to be a dessert). Just remember NO kiddos, unless they are tiny babies. I hope everyone can come. If you know of anyone who didn't get this email let them know. The more people the better!! If you have any questions please feel free to email me !! Hope to see you all there!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
So, to cheer myself up, I want to know what your favorite "Fall in Iowa" activity is.
I'll go first.
Without a doubt:
it's the Pumpkin Patches.
I'm pretty sure there are a few of them in the general vicinity, but our favorite is
Howell's Pumpkin Patch
In case you've never been, here's the rundown.
Goats, rabbits, sheep, and more.
(And they are roaming free.)
Cars, slides, tiny tractors,
Big fat tire swings,
A corn pit,
and of course...
There is a small fee for the pumpkin patch (I think $6... maybe.)
Check out the website and start celebrating fall!
(And post your favorite fall activity - I need some ideas!!)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A Fall Festival of Light
(you better believe it.)
This will be located at the water/grass area right by the WDM library/city hall on Mills Civic.
The evening kicks off at 5 pm with FREE (no typo - yes Free!) carnival rides, FREE hot air balloon rides (what?!?), FREE Ferris Wheel rides, FREE paddle boat rides, FREE lantern making craft, and a whole lot of vendors/activities/cool stuff to see.
At 7:30 the outdoor movie "Up" (love it...) will begin.
And at 9:00 the fireworks will light up the sky.
Don't you love Iowa?
Click here for the website.
Thanks for the info Nicole!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
But if you want to, you could hit up this one this weekend.
It's only on Saturday the 21st at 6:30 in Adel and it's $10 for adults.
(directions are on the website)
If you have little boys,
you like seeing mullets,
you own some white trash clothing and have always wanted to have the perfect excuse to wear it,
well, here you go.
Also, Fun Friday this week will be at the Union Park Carousel at 11 am.
Go here to print off your buy one get one free coupon.
Bring a lunch and a swimsuit.
See you there!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Fun Friday is back!!
(And hopefully here to stay for a little while!)
When: Friday (naturally...)
Where: Raccoon River Park
What: A beach/park play date.
Time: 10:30 am.
Bring: Yourselves, you kids (don't forget them...), your swimsuits (please don't make me be the only one in a swimsuit. again.), your beach toys, and your lunch (if you want to.)
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The registration for all their fall classes (swimming lessons, gymnastics, cooking classes, fun with music, etc.) opens TOMORROW!! (Wednesday)
Those classes fill up fast, so if you want in - get on it!!
Also, the blog Dating Divas (that we talked about at the fireside for those of you who attended) is awesome. Having regular scheduled date nights while in Med School is a must. This blog has some awesome ideas to spice things up a little.
One more thing. When we first moved here (2 years ago) I heard people throwing around the term "Valley Junction" a lot. It took me a few months to learn what it was, so I thought I would help you newcomers out. Valley Junction is a little street in West Des Moines that has some historic shops, an old train car, and is commonly the site for farmer's markets, and various celebrations. It is also where one of the Human Service's Building is located. (Hint, hint.) They have a little candy shop/bakery that my kids like, a toy story that's pretty awesome, and some vintage antique/collectibles shops.
It's worth visiting once or twice.
That's all I got.
Don't forget about all the fun and excitement going on this weekend!
(Check the post below if you are confused...)
Now go have some fun!!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
So, here's what's going on in the greater Des Moines area.
(By the way, welcome to all the new families - I'm so excited to get to play with you all!)
*DO THE ZOO!
August 2-6th is Safari Splash at the Des Moines Zoo (from 1 - 4 pm).
They have inflatables water slides, splash pads, free treats and of course - animals.
We went last year.
*DO THE MALL!
-Tax free shopping on Aug. 6th and 7th.
-Merle Hay Mall has kid's inflatables and cotton candy on Sat. Aug. 7th from 11 - 3.
*DO THE BALLOONS!
This is classic Iowa. A party for air balloons. I love it.
-Balloon flights, live music, arts and crafts shows, fireworks, etc.
Located at Memorial Balloon Field (between 118th and 113th in Indianola.)
(Morning admission is free; evenings are $3 adults/$10 carload.)
Hurry thought, this ends soon!! (July 30th - Aug. 7th)
*DO THE CORN!
What's more Iowan than corn?
That's why you should go to the Adel Sweet Corn Festival
(No, I'm not joking. There really is a corn festival. Really.)
-Aug. 13 (5pm - midnight) and Aug. 14 (9:30 am - midnight).
*DO THE FAIR!
This one is still a little ways off, but there's no harm in getting excited, right?!
You. must. go. here.
Open August 12 - 22.
It's a little pricey, but I can fix that.
Monday - Thursday, 5-10 p.m. is half price! $5 (adults), $2 (ages 6-11)
Also, parking is $10. (Sheesh...) However, they do have busses that shuttle you over from free parking for $2/adult round trip. (This could be the way to go...)
*DO THE BBQ!
Raccoon River Park. This Saturday. 5:00. Bring food to BBQ, dishes, and a side to share.
See you all there!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Things going on:
1.) July 3rd
Independence Day parade starts at 5:30 p.m. from 39th Street and Ashworth Road.
This year's theme is "Patriots On Parade!" From 39th Street the parade will proceed east to Vine Street, then south on Vine to Fourth Street, and then south on Fourth Street, ending at Maple Street.
2.) July 3rd
Prairie Meadow's fireworks at 10 p.m.
3.) July 4th
Fireworks at Centennial Park at 9:45 p.m.
4.) July 4th
Fireworks at Raccoon River Park at dusk (around 9:30ish)
5.) July 1st
Iowa State Symphony
between Capitol and East Village at 8:30pm. Free (but they encourage you bring a food item.)
Fireworks to follow.
6.) Branch Party at the Pence's Place from 10-12.
The kids will be having their own "parade" so please bring bikes/push toys/wagons/etc. and decorate them in festive decor! There will be food and games.
If you know of anything else, please add it!
Happy Independence Day!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Which can get old when you go to the same 3 every time.
So, if you are like me at all, THIS might be helpful.
It's a list of all the parks in West Des Moines with info. about restrooms, tables, grills, shelters, play equipment, dogs, etc.
THIS link is way less exciting but has more parks located in Waukee.
THIS link is even less exciting and has info. for Clive parks.
THIS link has all the info. for all 59 of the parks that are located in Des Moines.
Also, for anyone who has not heard...
there will be a Memorial Day BBQ at Wild Rose Park at 5 pm on Monday.
Please bring your own meat to BBQ and a side dish to share with everyone.
See you there!!