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FREE Outdoor Events Series: ANTS


Following the exciting FREE Outdoor Family Events Series kick off with The Secret Agency, Des Moines Performing Arts will be collaborating with Polyglot Theater to bring ANTS to parks around the Des Moines area.

ANTS is an interactive performance which brings children together to explore the landscape around them. Ants as big as humans work together intently, collecting and placing hundreds of giant bread crumbs, and children are irresistibly drawn closer to find out how they can join in. Gradually a world of meaning unfolds, with children’s movement making lines and patterns, transforming public space and disrupting the everyday. Children choose how they interact with the big insects, becoming ant-like creatures themselves and taking part in their world. This is an enchanting and unusual experience that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.

10 minutes prior to each performance children will have the chance to participate in a craft during which they make their own ant antennas.

As part of DMPA’s FREE Outdoor Family Event Series, this show is open to all community members. You need only yourself, a blanket or lawn chair, snacks, sunscreen, and an open afternoon!


Show Times and Locations for ANTS:

Wednesday June 12

10 am & 11:15 am @ Drake Park, Des Moines

6:30 pm @ Town Square, Polk City

Thursday June 13

6:30 pm @ Dewey Park, Johnston

Friday June 14

10 am @ MLK Park, Des Moines

4:30 & 6:30 @ Heritage Park, Grimes

Saturday June 15

10 am & 11:15 am @ Walker Johnston Park, Urbandale


We hope to see you at ANTS! Check out our entire FREE Outdoor Family Events Series below.

FREE Outdoor Family Event Series 




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