Des Moines Children’s Museum

Join us for our new FREE summer programs!


Monday          9:30 – 3:30 *Mask Up Monday*
Tuesday          9:30 – 3:30
Wednesday    9:30 – 6:30
Thursday        9:30 – 3:30
Friday              9:30 – 3:30
Saturday        10:00 – 5:00
Sunday           Closed for Private Events

We accept our last Admission 30 minutes before closing. Thank you!


Ages 1-10: $6 

Under 1 or over 10: Donations appreciated but not required   

Museums for All Admission: $2.00 (present your EBT or WIC card for reduced admission)

Punch Cards: $25 for 5 visits 

Annual Membership: $125 for unlimited visits for up to 6 members of the same household, and 50% off admission to museums participating in the Association of Children’s Museums reciprocal network.

Adventure Pass: You may be able to check out a free admission from your local library! Libraries participating in the Adventure Pass programs have limited tickets to local attractions available to check out. If your library doesn’t include the Children’s Museum in their Adventure Pass program, please let them know you would like them to add us!

Reservations available Monday Mornings!

To allow higher risk individuals to visit the museum safely, we have a lower capacity limit on Mask Up Mondays. Reservations are not required, but we do sometimes reach capacity in the morning on cold Mondays. Reservations are available for the first hour we are open.   For additional information and to Reserve a Spot click HERE

Find us on the lower level of Valley West Mall, near the play area.

Thank you to our recent supporters! Because of their generous support, we have exciting new things in the works, including a new recycling truck, a chicken coop, and some fun new additions to the wind tunnel area!