Match Activities Calendar


Upcoming Match Activities
Match Activities are low-cost to free events organized by the Match Activities Committee. These events provide Bigs and Littles the opportunity to meet and interact with other Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa (BBBSCI) matches.

Iowa Cubs Tickets
We have a limited number of free general admission tickets that can be used for any home games this season. Review the I-Cubs home schedule and pick the home game that works for you. Sign up for your match to receive tickets to two games here: General Cubs Games. Please contact Nathan Brooks if you have any questions at (515) 218-7266 or [email protected].

Botanical Garden Discovery Tour on Thursday, June 27 or Wednesday, July 24 at 2:00pm
Take a guided tour of the Garden to discover the diversity of pollinators and flowers while also learning more about our garden spaces. Youth will test their knowledge in an interactive pollinator game, hunt for pollinators, and take home a seed packet. Space is limited to 30 participants each day so please sign up here if you know you can attend and let us know if anything changes: Botanical Garden. Please contact Nathan Brooks if you have any questions at (515) 218-7266 or [email protected].

Walking Dogs at the Animal Rescue League on Sunday, June 30 at 12:00 pm
Ten Matches with Littles over age 10 are invited to attend this activity at the Animal Rescue League (5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313). Attendees will spend time walking dogs and providing them with some extra love and attention. A guardian form needs to be signed for anyone under the age of 16 and will be sent the week of the event. Bigs can sign on behalf of the guardian, but please confirm the guardian is comfortable with this before the event. To register, please click here: ARL Dog Walking.

Big/Little Pottery Class on Tuesday, July 2nd at 10:30 am (Sign up full)
The Des Moines Art Center (4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines) is hosting another opportunity to learn the basics of sculpting with clay. This class is free to Community-Based Bigs and Littles and Group Mentoring participants. Sign up is now full. To register for the wait list, please click here: Pottery Event #2. Please contact Nathan Brooks if you have any questions at (515) 218-7266 or [email protected].

Smash Park Fun on Saturday, July 13th at 10:00am-12:00pm
Join other Bigs and Littles at Smash Park (6625 Coachlight Dr., West Des Moines) to try out the reserved pickleball court, foosball, cornhole, ping pong, giant Jenga, arcade games and much more fun. Food will be available for purchase from the kitchen's limited discount menu if desired. Spots are limited to the first 40 Matches who sign-up here: Smash Park. Please contact Nathan Brooks if you have any questions at (515) 218-7266 or [email protected].

Iowa PBS Studio Tour on Wednesday, July 17th at 10:00-11:30 am

Take a break from work for an outing with your Little to tour the Iowa PBS studios (6450 Corporate Drive, Johnston) and learn what it's like to work at a television network. Matches will go on an interactive tour with Iowa PBS outreach and production staff, have some time for Q&A and engage in a fun craft or STEAM activity! Sign-up here: PBS Tour.

Free tickets to Des Moines Symphony and Civic Music Association performances
Experience the magic of live music alongside your Little by attending any performance by the Des Moines Symphony and Civic Music Association. To claim your tickets, please email Ajia at [email protected] or Calla at [email protected].

Game Day Play Cards
We still have cards that can be used for 1 hour of video game play at Game Day in Merle Hay Mall. Please note, this is limited to ONE card per Match and cards must be picked up in the BBBSCI office. Please contact your Match Support Specialist if you would like one.

Looking for Virtual Activities?
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Ongoing Opportunities

BBBSCI Library is Open!
Matches, stop by the BBBSCI library at our office (9051 Swanson Blvd in Clive) and browse our collection of books. Matches are able to check out books- we ask that you return them when finished reading so others can use them. The library is open during our office hours, Monday-Thursday from 8am to 6pm and Friday from 8am to 5pm. 

YMCA
Free admission (with your Little) to any location in Greater Des Moines except the Healthy Living Center. Just show your Big ID card! 

Attend the Science Center of Iowa for Free!
To attend the Science Center of Iowa for free, please contact your Match Support Specialist, and they will help get you signed up.

Attend the Blank Park Zoo for Free!
BBBSCI is now a member of the Blank Park Zoo. This is a great opportunity for you and your Little as you will be able to attend the Zoo for FREE. If you would like to go to the Zoo, contact your Match Support Specialist or stop by the BBBSCI office to check out one of our 4 membership cards. Please arrange to return the card to our office within 2 business days of when you attend the Zoo so that other matches will be able to use it. Also, if a match would happen to lose a membership card, the Big would be responsible for paying to replace it. Please contact your Match Support Specialist with any additional questions.

Attend the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden for Free!
BBBSCI is now a member of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. This is a great opportunity for you and your Little as you will be able to attend the Botanical Garden for FREE. If you would like to go, contact your Match Support Specialist or stop by the BBBSCI office to check out one of our 4 membership cards. Please arrange to return the card to our office within 2 business days of when you attend the Botanical Garden so that other matches will be able to use it. Also, if a match would happen to lose a membership card, the Big would be responsible for paying to replace it. Please contact your Match Support Specialist with any additional questions.

Attend Living History Farms for Free!
BBBSCI is now a member of Living History Farms. This is a great opportunity for you and your Little as you will be able to attend Living History Farms for FREE. If you would like to go, contact your Match Support Specialist to check out a digital pass. Please contact your Match Support Specialist with any additional questions.