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10 Shops in DSM Carrying Easter Items Along with 10 Easter Celebrations to Attend Around the Region

Easter in DSM

Whether you’re in Winterset or Pleasant Hill, Norwalk or Polk City, all things Easter are headed your way! It’s time to hop into your nearest locally owned shop and grab those Easter basket gifts and plan which events you’ll attend in Greater Des Moines (DSM) this year. We’ve got 10 local retailers to visit for Easter items and 10 events around DSM — from egg hunts to brunch options — to help you plan your celebration in 2024.

Shop These 10 Local Businesses in Greater Des Moines

Don’t forget to stop in at DSM shops for Easter gifts and décor in cities around the region. Here are 10 items we recommend:

Photo Credit: MōMere Facebook Page

Attend These 10 Easter Events in Greater Des Moines

Ankeny Kiwanis Club’s Community Easter Egg Hunt

Four age groups will hunt for eggs at Hawkeye Park, with an Accessible Hunt at Miracle League Field on Saturday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m. Age groups include 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. The event will also include pictures with the Easter Bunny. A rain date is set for Saturday, March 30.

Easter Egg Hunt in Central Park

Pella’s Central Park is the location of this annual egg hunt. Age groups of 0-4 and 5-8 can search for eggs on Saturday, March 23 from 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Egg Hunt on the Hill

On Saturday, March 23, Terrace Hill will host the annual Egg Hunt on the Hill from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The event will include photos with the Easter Bunny. Registration is required and will close once capacity is reached. Email molly.thompson@governor.iowa.gov to RSVP.

Downtown Grinnell Easter Egg Hunt

Downtown Grinnell business owners will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 29 from 3 – 5 p.m. Look for an Easter Egg Hunt sign in the windows of participating businesses.

Glowtastic Egg Hunt

The Des Moines Children’s Museum will host a Glowtastic Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 from 6 – 8 p.m., with sensory-friendly hours from 5 – 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Admission is $10 per child and kids can hunt glow-in-the-dark eggs for as long as they want!

Easter Brunch at Gilroy’s

Easter brunch at Gilroy’s Kitchen, Pub + Patio in West Des Moines will include delicious offerings such as scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes, pineapple upside down cake, smoked ham, fresh strawberries and more. Make your reservation for Saturday, March 30 or Sunday March 31 … brunch is happening between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Great Egg Hunt

Head to Walker-Johnston Park in Urbandale for the Great Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. It’s free for kids 10 and under to attend, and the park will be filled with eggs and treats. Don’t be late — eggs are usually found in less than five minutes!

Flashlight Age Group Easter Egg Hunt

Head to Norwalk’s McAninch Sports Complex on Saturday, March 30 from 8 – 9 p.m. for a flashlight egg hunt. The cost is $6 for resident children and $6.90 for non-resident children. This event is limited to 150 participants, so make sure you register prior to the deadline on Sunday, March 24.

Easter Brunch Buffet at The Hills

An unlimited Easter buffet will take place on Sunday, March 31 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at The Hills Bar and Grill in Pleasant Hill, featuring items like fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, country potatoes, salad and vegetables and more.

Easter Brunch Buffet at TCI

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, enjoy Easter brunch at Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City. Reserve your seating for 10 a.m. or Noon.

Photo Credit: Des Moines Children’s Museum Facebook Page

This is just a small sampling of shops to find Easter items and events around the region. Check event websites for weather delays and updated info prior to the event and visit the Greater Des Moines Partnership Affiliate Chamber websites to find out about other community events and local small businesses to support during this Easter holiday and year-round.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses, including Chamber luncheons, roundtables and ribbon cuttings. You can also find live music happening each week thanks to the “Live Music This Week in DSM” blog series.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.