7 Can’t Miss Family-Friendly January Events

January in Des Moines might be cold but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy everything the city has to offer! Winter is a great time to bring the entire family for a weekend getaway enjoying indoor attractions, outdoor ice skating, and delicious food. Here’s a quick list of 7 great family-friendly events happening in January.

Monster Jam

#1. Monster Jam – January 6-7

Watch Monster Jam trucks, which are approximately 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, fly through the air at Wells Fargo Arena! With three performances over two days, families can enjoy watching the custom-designed trucks reach speeds up to 100 miles per hour and fly up to 35 feet in the air and 130 feet in distance. Each show features six trucks and drivers competing to be the Des Moines Champion. Tickets start at just $22, but we are giving away a family four-pack here.

Ramona Quimby

#2. Ramona Quimby – January 6-22

Head to the Des Moines Community Playhouse to catch the unpredictable and independent Ramona Quimby on stage. Based on the original book series by Beverly Cleary, this production highlights life lessons and produces a lot of laughs! Tickets start at $18 and you can view a complete list of show dates and times here

Science Center of Iowa

#3. $5 Family night at Science Center of Iowa – January 13

This event happens the second Friday of every month, but provides families an affordable opportunity to explore the Science Center of Iowa and/or catch an IMAX show. For $5 per person, you can try hands on experiments and browse the different exhibits throughout the Science Center. For an additional $5 you can enjoy a larger-than-life IMAX film. Enjoy extended hours too! The Science Center of Iowa will stay open until 8 p.m. Save on admission here.

A Year with Frog and Toad

#4. A Year with Frog and Toad – January 14

Experience the musical A Year with Frog and Toad, based on the children’s book, about two great friends and how their friendship carries on throughout all four seasons. Before the show there will be a discovery party where families can enjoy art-making activities, demonstrations, and other fun programing at the Des Moines Civic Center. This is a fun, affordable way to introduce young children to theater with tickets only $10. 

Iowa Wild

#5. Iowa Wild vs. Texas Stars with Post-Game Concert – January 21

Purchasing a ticket to the Iowa Wild game on January 21 also scores you a free concert from country music band, Parmalee. Families can cheer on the Iowa Wild as they take the ice at 7 p.m. to face the Texas Stars. After the game, you can remain in your seats and watch Parmalee perform hits such as “Caroline,” “Close Your Eyes,” and “Musta Had a Good Time.” Tickets start at $16.

Iowa Energy

 #6. Iowa Energy vs. Northern Arizona – January 28

The Iowa Energy will face Northern Arizona on Saturday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Fans who attend can enjoy an appearance from Grizz, the mascot of the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Kings of the Court halftime act, which is known for their Elvis-style attire and their ability to entertain fans by flying through the air for dunks, doing acrobatic moves, and on-court contests. As for the adults, there will be $2 beer available. Tickets starts at $10.



Snap a pic with our Pace Car and hit all four turns at @brentonskatingplaza tonight!⛸

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#7.  Pace Car at Brenton Skating Plaza – January 28

Grab the kids and head to Brenton Skating Plaza for ice skating and a photo with a pace car! Enjoy skating under the skyline in downtown Des Moines and get a close up shot with a race car. The Iowa Speedway car will be there from 4 – 8 p.m. and Brenton is open from Noon – 11 p.m.


There are also a ton of other great events including the Des Moines Buccaneers, which have several home games in January, the 2017 Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo National Tour, Drake Men’s Basketball faces the University of Northern Iowa, and Mamma Mia is at the Des Moines Civic Center. Just to name a few! Check out a long list of events happening in January here.