DSM 411: October 23rd, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in October, 2019. Updates include a new spot to burn energy, an updated lecture, free ice skating, lots of music and restaurant updates, everything Halloween, a fun pop-up and more Willis Broadway tickets. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

Urban Air Adventure Park
There is a new indoor play option for families looking to burn some energy– its a franchise that is nation-wide, but new to Iowa: Urban Air Adventure Park. Located up in Ankeny, this new spot should make the other trampoline spots nervous– not only does Urban Air have trampolines, but they have many other activities including a ropes course, climbing walls, a warrior course, and a huge indoor playground.
Where: 2829 S Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA
When: Open Daily: M-Th 4-8pm, F 4-10pm, Sa 10-10pm, Su 11-8pm
Cost: $7-25
Link to more information


Date for Megan Rapinoe’s Bucksbaum Lecture moved
The next Bucksbaum Lecture at Drake will be given by Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the US Women’s Soccer Teams, a two-time World Cup Champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist. Of note: the original date for the lecture was November 18th, and it has been moved to the next evening. 
Where: The Knapp Center
When: Tuesday, November 19th at 7pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Get Active

New Ice Rinks around Des Moines
Did you know that for the past 3 years, the Iowa Wild hockey team has encouraged the growth of hockey around Iowa by sponsoring public community ice rinks? They started in 2016 with a rink at Racoon River Park in West Des Moines. Then they added rinks in Ankeny, Waukee, Ames and Indianola. This year, they’ll be opening two additional rinks – one in Johnston at the Johnston Commons, and another in Urbandale, at Lion’s Park. These seven ice skating rinks will be open throughout the winter and will be free to the public.
Where: Johnston Commons, Johnston and Lion Park, Urbandale
When: This Winter
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Des Moines Parent‘s list of Outdoor Skating throughout Des Moines

Music Scene

-21 Pilots is at Wells Fargo this Friday at 8pm. Tickets are still available
-The Maine will play at Wooly’s on Nov 17th. Tickets on sale now
-Andrew McMahon’s Winter in the Wilderness at Wooly’s on Dec 15th. Tickets on sale
-Casey Donahew will play at Wooly’s on Feb 20th- Tickets on sale 10/24 at 10am


Restaurant Scene

– Clyde’s Fine Diner is officially open in the East Village. I talked about Clyde’s a few weeks ago, and now it’s open for you to enjoy.
-Lua Brewing says they’re about two weeks out from opening.
-Le Jardin closed a couple of months ago in Beaverdale, and apparently, there is a new sushi spot open in that location.
-Nightingale Cocktail is opening this Friday night in the old Lime Lounge location.

The Thing You Know About

Halloween: Beggars’ Night
If you are new to Des Moines, and you either have kids who will want to Trick or Treat, or plan to have a big bowl of candy at your front door that night, it’s crucial to know about the Des Moines quirk called Beggars’ Night. Beggars’ Night has a long history that explains why Des Moines celebrates in this way, but all you need to know: Trick-or-treating is done on October 30th, and kids are generally expected to tell a joke to get any candy. 
Where: All over Des Moines and surrounding suburbs 
October 30th
A joke
Link to a hisory of Beggar’s Night in DSM

Other Halloween things happening around Des Moines:
If you are looking for adult happenings for Halloween, there are many happening this weekend around the metro. Of note:
Zombie Walk: Saturday, October 26th from 3-6pm, Brenton Skating Plaza
Halloween Bar Crawl: Saturday, October 26th from 4-12 Downtown
Halloween Party at VooDoo Lounge: Saturday, October 26th at 10pm
Halloween Bash at Lumber Axe: Thursday, October 31st at 8pm

The Thing You Don’t Know About 

The Dealt Hand
The Dealt Hand is a pop-up board game night that pops up around the Des Moines metro. It’s all-ages, all-abilities, and there’s even a special shoutout to those with social anxiety—it’s meant to be comfortable and inclusive to all people. Past pop-ups have happened at Mars Cafe and the Art Terrarium, and there is a free pop up event tonight at Uptown Garage Brewing in Ankeny from 5-10. Future events are already scheduled at Firetrucker Brewery and Sweetwater Coffee. Check out their website at thedealthand.com

The Cardboard Caucus

Looking Ahead

Willis Broadway Series– Come From Away
Last week we talked about buying tickets to the Willis Broadway Series– did you get tickets to Anastasia or My Fair Lady? There’s another sale happening this next Monday, October 28th at 9am– Come From Away, the new musical about a real-life event that happened in a Canadian town following 9/11. Put that reminder on your calendar for next Monday morning if you’d like to see this show next January or February. 
Where: Civic Center
When: October 28th at 9am
Cost: Vary by show and ticket location 
Link to more information

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