Holiday movies, games and kids crafts set for December

For immediate release November 27, 2006


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – Families seeking fun-filled events and unique gift ideas during the holiday season have a wide range of options at the State Historical Building.

Holiday Movies at the Museum, pizza parties, craft activities for kids and other events in December include something for the entire family, especially for parents looking for activities to do with their children during the school holiday break.

“We know many parents and grandparents will be looking for age-appropriate activities to do with their children and grandchildren during the holiday break,” Department of Cultural Affairs Director Anita Walker said. “We developed this series of events to give them an opportunity to share entertaining activities with their children.”

The Holiday Movies at the Museum schedule follows:

  • Dec. 27 – “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992) at 2 p.m.

  • Dec. 28 – “A Christmas Story” (1983) at 2 p.m.

  • Dec. 29 – “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1947) at 2 p.m.

Visitors can come early each day for a pizza party, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and stay for the movie at 2 p.m. Tickets for a pizza party/movie package are $8; tickets for the movie only are $3. Purchase tickets at or call 515-281-4011 for more information. There will also be free holiday crafts and games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

In addition, the Historical Building offers unique, authentic gift ideas at The Museum Store. Books, crafts, games and more – all with an Iowa flavor – make great gifts and stocking stuffers. The Museum Store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A list of holiday season events at the Historical Building is below:

December 2, 9 & 16
“Breakfast with Santa”
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
$10, on sale at
Join Santa in Cafe Baratta's for breakfast! This traditional favorite event will serve a hearty feast for children and adults alike. Local blues musician Frank Strong will play seasonal songs on guitar and harmonica. Stick around to hear Santa read traditional holiday tales from around the globe and sit on his lap for a picture. Activities include Gift Wrapping for Kids, toy collectors on display, make-and-take holiday crafts.

December 2, 2006
“Doll Collectors”
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visitors to the museum will learn about collecting and how to place value of fine antiques, cloth dolls and one-of-a-kind Barbie and fashion dolls. Remember to visit the Kid Stuff: Great Toys from our Childhood exhibit before it closes January 7.

December 9, 2006
“Trains and Railroads”
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For anyone who dreamed of working on the railroad… train and railroad collectors will discuss the hobby of model railroading and have on display a scale model railroad from Des MoiNTRAK.

Through December 17, 2006
“Toys for Tots”
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday
The State Historical Museum will be a Toys for Tots drop-off site. Toys for Tots collects toys for boys and girls, newborn to 17 years old. They ask for new, unwrapped toys for children in these age groups. Due to health regulations, Toys for Tots is allowed to distribute only new toys. Thank you for your support.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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