We attended a fun Butterfly Hunt event today hosted by Des Moines Parks & Recreation. We learned about butterflies, then the kiddos drews butterflies on kites and the event ended with a group hike to find 10 hidden butterflies, which will be at Ashby Park throughout July.
Ashby Park has a great playground with a separate play structure for little kids. There's also a splash pool + sprayground, but unfortunately they're currently closed for repairs with an estimated re-opening date of July 6th. Aquatics closure information can be found on City of Des Moines site.