Celebrate Week of the Young Child

April 11-17, 2016 is the National Week of the Young Child, celebrating our young learners! The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Community partners around Des Moines have teamed up to provide events to celebrate young children and their families.

All events are FREE and open to the public! (unless otherwise specified.)

Monday April 11 | 4:30-5:30 PM | Merle Hay Mall “Everyone Can Dance!” activity

Tuesday April 12 | 10:00 AM-1:00 PM | Science Center of Iowa  “Tone Up Tuesday”* (*free for the first 200 with a child under 6.

Tuesday April 12 | 9:30-11:00 AM | Taylor Preschool “Play and Learn”

Wednesday April 13 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM | Pioneer Columbus Community Center “Imagination Playschool”

Wednesday April 13 | 9:30-11:00 AM | Mitchell Preschool “Play and Learn”

Thursday April 14 | 9:30-11:00 AM | Carver Elementary “Play and Learn”

Thursday April 14 | 10:15-10:45 AM | Central Library “Artsy Expression!”

Thursday April 14 | 4:30-6:30 PM | Knapp Center “Family STEM Festival”

Thursday April 14 | 7:00 PM | Knapp Center “Bill Nye, the Science Guy”

Friday April 15 | All Day | Central, East, Franklin, North and South Libraries “Celebrate Families”

Saturday April 16 | 9:00-10:00 AM | Olmsted Center at Drake University “Family Fun!”

Saturday April 16 | 10:00 AM | Olsted Center at Drake University “Dan Wardell’s Storytime Adventure”

Sunday April 17 Celebrate the Week of the Young Child in your own special way!


Community partners include:

Des Moines Public Schools Early Childhood Programs, Des Moines Public Library, Drake University- South Central Iowa Region Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Drake University Head Start, Des Moines Art Center, Science Center of Iowa, Iowa Dance Theatre, Iowa AEYC, Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Save the Children Action Network, Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral, Iowa Public Television PBS Kids





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