Heritage Carousel is Open for the Season!
Volunteers Needed For Clowns at the Carousel!!
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Clowns at the Carousel is an annual event at the Heritage Carousel. Since 2003, thousands of children and adults have attended and enjoyed this family fun event. All activities are free and open to the public thanks to many generous sponsors. This year, the event will be held on Sunday, August 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Many volunteers are needed to make this event successful and fun for everyone!
Please show your support of the Heritage Carousel by giving a few hours of your time to help with this event. Volunteers are needed to hand out the food and drinks and other donated items, to assist with games and activities, and to help set up and clean up!
If you can help, please click here and sign up for a shift, or two.
Bring a friend and have twice the fun!
More information about Clowns at the Carousel can be found at clownsatthecarousel.com.
2016 Heritage Carousel First Rider!
The Heritage Carousel held its Grand Opening for the 2016 Season on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The winner of the First Rider Contest was TJ. He was chosen from over 100 entrants to be the official First Rider of the Heritage Carousel in 2016. TJ got to choose his favorite animal and then was joined by other children for the 2016 First Ride.
Riders and their families were invited to sign up to win prizes and everyone had a chance to purchase Carousel T-shirts and other items. Over 900 riders showed up for Opening Day at the Heritage Carousel!
View more photos from Opening Day!
Many thanks to the Rollin' Relics!!
The Heritage Carousel is so very grateful to The Rollin' Relics Car Club. On December 7, 2015, The Rollin' Relics presented The Heritage Carousel with a donation check in the amount of $7,000 before the Des Moines City Council meeting. Amazing! We are humbled by all of the hard work, love, and dedication that every member of The Rollin Relics Car Club has put into making Cruise to the Carousel such a success. It is a fabulous event enjoyed by all!
The Rollin' Relics are the largest contributor to The Heritage Carousel and have generously donated over $46,000 in the past 15 years to help keep the Carousel going 'round and keep the rides at 50 cents for children.
The Heritage Carousel has met our goal!!
The Heritage Carousel has surpassed our goal of raising $5,000! In early 2015, The Principal Financial Group awarded us with a Community Challenge Grant. Our goal was to raise $5,000 to match a grant that would then be awarded by The Principal Financial Group in the amount of $5,000! Many thanks to our Carousel friends and family - you made it happen! Together we raised just over $6,000. All of the money raised as well as the grant funds awarded will go towards continued maintenance and painting of The Heritage Carousel so that we can keep it beautiful and functional for our community.
We express our thanks to The Principal Financial Group for their generosity and look forward to keeping The Heritage Carousel beautiful for years to come. As always, children's rides are just 50 cents.
To all of the friends of The Heritage Carousel, thank you!
Thank you for a wonderful 2015 season!!
We gave nearly 54,000 rides this year...WOW! That is a lot of smiles!! Please join us on Facebook or sign up for our e-mails to stay informed of any special events or offers that may occur during the off season! We look forward to seeing you again in the Spring!!
Purchase your 2016 Season pass now!
Family and Grandparent passes only $35. Childcare Season Passes available starting at $40.
To purchase your Season Passes and/or donate: Click Here
Adopt-An-Animal on the Heritage Carousel
Keep the Carousel going 'round and affordable to many!! For a minimum donation of $150, you can adopt one of the animals or chariots on the Carousel! Perfect for those who love to ride the Carousel, a unique way to honor someone, and a great way to help the Carousel remain available for all to enjoy! Included in your adoption donation is:
- Season naming rights and/or personalized message for your animal or chariot which will be displayed at the Heritage Carousel as well as on the website.
- A Family OR Grandparent season pass offering unlimited rides for the 2015 season.*
- A voucher for a t-shirt of your choice.*
- A 10% discount on any private rentals during the 2015 season.
*For tax purposes, the value of the pass and shirt ($45) must be deducted from the total amount of your donation. One or both of these items may be eliminated if you so choose.
Contact us to be put onto a waiting list to adopt an animal for the 2016 season!
Reserve the Carousel for your party or gathering now!
Dates are filling up! The Carousel is an ideal location for both small and large group usage.
Private & Open Hours Rentals available.
Ideal for small & large group usage. Private & Open Hours Rentals available.
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|Keep the Carousel going round –
A special way to support the Carousel, honor a friend, remember a loved one or recognize your business.
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|The Carousel offers fun for groups of any size – big or small!
Private Rentals, Open Hours Rentals, Tokens, Carousel Kid Cards!
Perfect for parties, schools, organizations, reunions!
Available through November!
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Friends Of The Carousel
Help support the goal of the Des Moines Carousel
Foundation to maintain and operate this beautiful and authentic
Carousel and provide a wholesome, nostalgic and affordable
form of entertainment for all to enjoy. Donations received
will help with on-going maintenance needs such as the band
organ, the building, and painting of both the animals and the
Carousel. Click here for
Special Thanks To:
Eric J. Hermann Design & Photography - many, many photos and website design
JTM MultiMedia, Inc. - website hosting, maintenance & happy-to-help attitude