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DSM Activities & Events 10/10 – 10/16

Make sure to check out the calendar on the right hand of the screen. There are a lot of festivals and events going on this weekend not listed here!

1. Friday Funday “The Little Red Hen”

When: Friday 9:30 am, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Where and What: This is a once a month event! Located at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. This is an interactive theater for preschoolers! Each month they play out a different story and this month it is “The Little Red Hen”. This will be last one of this season, but this will be something to remember when it starts up again in June! For more information check out the website to purchase tickets and learn more about this awesome program!

2. Valley Junction – Gallery Night 

When: Friday 5 pm – 9 pm

Where and What: Located in Valley Junction, walk around a visit six different galleries that will be open to the public. This events is FREE. Shops and other restaurants will be open later for this event. This would be a perfect date night!

3. Children’s Haunted Forest

When: Friday & Saturday 6:30 pm

Where and What: Located in Carlisle, this is the perfect opportunity for your kiddos to participate in a kid friendly “haunted” house! There will be swinging bridges, pirates, ball pits and more! Admission is $6 ages 12 and under in costume! Everyone else $8!

4. Ames Oktoberfest 

When: Saturday 1 pm – 11 pm

Where and What: Located on Main Street in Ames come drink beer, play games and dance to Polka music! The Nadas will also be performing at 9 pm! You can purchase tickets ahead of time and take a look at their schedule of events here.

5. Walk for Wildlife 

When: Saturday 8 am – 1 pm

Where and What: Come out to Jester Park for a beautiful fall walk! There is a 5 k or 10 k walk to choose from. You will walk through the woods, on trails and terrain. Activities will be available. Pets on leashes are also welcome! This is perfect for the entire family! For more information check out here.

6. Fall Craft Day 

When: Saturday 1 pm – 2 pm

Where and What: Located at the Grimes Public Library for kids ages 7 and up. Come out and create fall crafts and decor including a spinning gourd. This event is FREE. Please register. For more information check it out here.

7. Zombie Nation 5 k Fun Run/Walk 

When: Saturday 12:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where and What: Dress up as a Zombie and walk around Water Works Park! $35.00 for individual, $30.00 per person for teams of 4 plus, and $8.00 per kid (5-13 years). The proceeds to go various charities including Blank Childrens Hospital. There will also be an after party for individuals 21+! For more information and to register check out here.

8. Pint Size Science– On the Farm 

When: Tuesday, October 15th at 1 pm & Saturday, October 19th at 10 am

Where and What: Located at the Science Center of Iowa, this is a perfect learning experience for your kiddo and the whole family. Help harvest crops, learn about planting pumpkins, learn how farm machines work, how to plant a garden, and much more! This is for children ages 3-5 and families. $12 for non-member and $8 for member. Pre- registration is encouraged. Check out their website to register and for other Pint Size Science classes available through out the year.

9. Madison County Covered Bridge Festival 

When: Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

Where and What: Located in Winterset, take a tour of the beautiful covered bridges. There will also be arts, crafts, entertainment and food available! Check out here for a list of vendors, list of events, and information on the scarecrow contest!

10. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Fall Book Sale

When: Friday & Saturday 9 am – 9 pm AND Sunday & Monday 9 am – 6 pm

Where and What: This is a book sale you do NOT want to miss! There will be over 600,000 books available to purchase AND CD’s, DVD’s, puzzles, and posters. This book sale will be taking place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Admission is $10 and Monday is FREE! For more information check out here.


It’s that time of the year! Check out these Haunted Houses!!

1. Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park

 Friday & Saturday

October 17th – 20th, 24th – 27th and 31st

7 pm – Midnight

$25.00 all inclusive


2. The Slaughter House

Friday & Saturday

October 18th – 19th, 25th – 27th, 31st AND November 1st – 2nd

8 pm – Midnight

$12.00, coupon on website for $2 off


3. Ultimate Haunted House

Friday & Saturday

October 18th – 19th, 25th – 26th

7 – 10 pm

Sunday October 20th & 27th – 31st

7 pm – 10 pm

$13.00, coupon on website for $2 off


4. Linn’s Haunted House

Friday & Saturday

October 18th – 19th, 25th – 26th AND November 1st – 2nd

7 pm – Midnight

October 20th, 27th – 31st

7 pm – 10 pm

$12.00, coupon on website


5. Haunted Barn 

Friday & Saturday

October 18th – 19th, 25th – 26th AND November 1st – 2nd

8 pm – Midnight

October 20th, 27th – 31st

8 pm – 10 pm

$15.00, $3.00 coupon on website


6. Trail of Terror

Friday & Saturday

October 18th – 19th and 25th – 26th

6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Kids Trail

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

$8 children ages 12 and under. If you wear a costume $2.00 discount!

Here is an awesome website that lists a few more haunted houses, including the ones listed above and more information! 


World Beer Tour

Wednesday the new Mini Beer Tour started at Old Chicago! My Dad, Travis and I have made it kind of a tradition to do all the Mini Beer Tours. We have consistently gone for every tour, for a few years now. My goal is to just get the t-shirt. I WILL admit, I don’t always drink all the beers on the tour, because some of them are just plain nasty!

This tours t-shirt looks like this!

The mini tour going on now is Oktoberfest! Each location may have a different list of beers, but there is 8 beers for every location! The list of beers for the Merle Hay Old Chicago include:

  • Summit Oktoberfest
  • Ayinger Oktoberfest
  • Paulaner Salvator
  • Warsteiner Dunkel
  • Hofbrau Hefe-Weizen
  • Sam Adams Oktoberfest
  • Point Oktoberfest
  • Millstream Oktoberfest


Last night I ordered the sampler which included:

  • Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
  • Sam Adams Oktoberfest
  • Millstream Oktoberfest
  • Summit Oktoberfest

I liked them all and drank all of them! The sampler is an easy way to knock out 4 of the 8 beers on the tour. They give you the sample in a 4 oz glass, so it’s like you are only drinking 2 beers instead of 4 whole ones. The next time we go in though, we will HAVE to drink all 4 FULL beers to finish!

I ALSO completed my SECOND WORLD BEER TOUR! I didn’t take a picture of it, but I received a long sleeved Old Chicago t-shirt. Perfect for the cooler months around the corner.

Old Chicago is also a great place to try new and different beers. Travis ordered a new and definitely different beer, Ghost Face Killah.

Oh man was this HOT!! My mouth was on FIRE! I have had beers that were considered “hot” or had a pepper on the bottom, but this was intense. This beer is brewed in Boulder, Colorado. My dad (a fan of hot things) decided he was going to purchase more from Beer Crazy.

The Oktoberfest Mini Beer Tour is going on until September 29th. So, if you are looking for something to do this weekend to kick off fall, go to Old Chicago and enjoy some brews!!

Have a great weekend everyone!