Polk County: Glow Wild at Jester Park


We attended Glow Wild at Jester Park for the first time and really enjoyed it.  It's a great event for families.  I recommend arriving early because the more popular activities, such as horse-drawn wagon rides and canoeing, eventually had very long lines.

Parking for the event is on the driving range, and was just a short walk to the event.  The main event was held near the Nature Center, with activities around Discovery Pond too.

My kids enjoyed walking around to the various tables and especially enjoyed the conservation equipment showcase.  Everyone working at the event was so friendly and eager to share their knowledge.

My kids were disappointed to learn that they wouldn't be toasting marshmallows in the bonfire, but s'mores made over charcoals were offered.  



No outside food or drink was allowed and Hy-Vee was the only food vendor.  Other food options would have been nice, especially later in the event when the food line was very long.

Near the entertainment stage were yard games, which my kids really enjoyed.  The first group to take the stage was hard to listen to and the music was very loud, but thankfully the next singer (Robert Deitch) was fantastic.  He was so good that we've looked up his schedule to to hopefully see him again.  

The big event at Glow Wild is, of couse, the bonfire lighting which happened at 6:30 pm.  It was fun to see, all the adults and children in the crowd seemed to really enjoy it.  I would have liked to stay later to see it with dark skies but we left shortly after it was lit and picked up dinner on the way home (due to the long food line).