Stay Connected Through Events with Iowa Family Support Network

The Iowa Family Support Network would like to keep you posted on upcoming events in your area. Whether you are a parent or a provider, we will do our best to post any workshops, conferences, classes, and kid friendly events that are close to you!

  1. Sensory Friendly Sunday

    06/25/2017 @ 01:00pm
    948 73rd St. Windsor Heights, IA

    Join us for an inclusive family environment for families and children with special needs. Visitors will be able to enjoy a designated sensory room, light and sound reduction when possible, bouncy houses in our youth gym and additional activities. The Easter Seals of Iowa will have a variety of sensory friendly toys available for use. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa will have TheraPets present.

    This event is free and open to the public. Children are required to be supervised at all times. For more information, please contact Joanna Gilmore, Youth Development Coordinator, at

  2. Paper Tigers Screening

    06/26/2017 @ 05:30pm
    Winterset Iowa

    1st Five Program | 4RKIDS ECI | CRISP Community Resources in Service to Children​ as the KIDS Coalition ​​are co-hosting a viewing of PaperTigers along with ​​​​hors d'oeuvres.

    Date: ​​​Monday, June ​26, 2017​

    Time: ​​5​:30 to ​8:30​ p.m.​

    Location: ​Winterset Public Library, 123 N 2nd St, Winterset

    What: ​Snacks​ > Paper Tigers Viewing > Discussion​​

    ​ALL FREE but you must RSVP PLEASE!​ >>>


  3. Baby/Toddler Kindermusik

    07/03/2017 @ 10:00am
    Cedar Rapids Public Library

    Monday, July 3rd, 2017

     10:00 am - 10:30 am

     Cedar Rapids Public Library - Downtown Library at Beems Auditorium Combined A & B

    Join us for a special Kindermusik class provided by West Music . The purpose of Kindermusik is to enhance total child development through exploratory musical activities. Exploring music can help children develop early literacy skills, which are the foundation for successful reading and language development later in life.

  4. Viva Las Veggies!

    07/12/2017 @ 06:00pm

    7/12/2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Description: Our friend, Mary Krisco, a registered dietitian, will serve up a delicious meal of soup, salad and homemade bread for you. Enjoy while you hear ways to include vegetables in healthy meals even kids will enjoy. Plus, we think you'll really like the low-cost meal plans and recipes we'll be sharing with you! All participants will receive a vegetable scrub brush, salad bowl, cutting board, peeler, paring knife and salad dressing jar, courtesy of the downtown Des Moines Kiwanis Chapter.

    Contact: Cortney Garrington


    Location: Warren County Agricultural Extension District

    Address: 909 East Second Avenue

    West Door Entrance

    Indianola IA 50125

  5. Free Movie Night

    07/14/2017 @ 06:30pm
    South Suburban YMCA at 401 E Army Post Road Des Moines, IA 50315

    Bring your family for a FUN & FREE FRIDAY NIGHT at the South Suburban Y! All are welcome! PLEASE SHARE!

    • 4p-6p: Open Swim in our Pool

    • 6:30p-8:30p: Watch the movie SING.

    • Free popcorn will be provided!

    Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket.

    For more information contact Kristy Young at 515-285-0444.

  6. New Baby, New Emotions: Postpartum Adjustment Group

    07/20/2017 @ 05:30pm
    Delhi Medical Center

    While bringing home your new baby is an exciting time, it can also be a scary and stressful time. That is why UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital is offering the area's first support group for new mothers who want to explore ways they can better care for themselves physically and mentally as they go through this transition.

    All mothers are welcome from birth through the first year postpartum.

    The group is co-led by a nurse (RN) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).

    •No fee

    •No registration is required

    •Lap babies are welcome

    •Every third Thursday of the month

    •Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    •Located in the Delhi Medical Office Building Conference Room (Third Floor)

    Call Becky Richardson at (563) 589-2661 with questions or for more information.

  7. Breastfeeding and Beyond

    07/20/2017 @ 06:00pm
    Fort Dodge

    For moms prenatal and moms postnatal with their infants. The process of breast feeding, as well as some insight on the challenges you might encounter while breast feeding, will be discussed. Support persons welcome. This class will follow the Late Prenatal Class.

    Dates Offered in 2016

    October 26

    Dates Offered in 2017

    Feb 8

    April 26

    July 20

    Oct 25

    (515) 573-3101

    Class time is from 6 to 8 p.m. - Atrium Tower Conference Room 3

  8. Des Moines University Back-2-School Physicals

    North High School, 501 Holcomb Ave, Des Moines

    When: Thursday, July 27 3-7 p.m. & Friday, July 28, 1–6 p.m.

    Where: North High School

    501 Holcomb Ave

    Des Moines, IA 50313

    Who: Students entering Pre-K through 12th Grade who are in need of back-to-school or sports physicals and don’t have an established medical provider.



    Dental Screenings

    Immunizations (as-needed)

    Register: Pre-registration is available online. Walk-ups will be accommodated as time permits.

    Help us share the information with families in need! I’ve attached flyers in English and Spanish. We’re looking for more volunteer interpreters, so reach out if you are interested in helping.

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