The weather is improving, days are getting longer and those bugs with the flashing bums are returning—we’re not taking a side on the firefly, lightning bug debate. This all means one thing: summer is coming!
With the return of warm weather come plenty of things to do in Des Moines. We’re barely able to contain our excitement for grill outs and summer festivals. And, we have an otherworldly item to add to your 2016 Des Moines bucket list…
Stargazing in Des Moines
If you’re looking for warm weather activities in Des Moines, why not hit up a stargazing party? Enjoy a fun, social time that enlightens you on our starry sky. You’ll be a certified Jetson by the end of the night!
Here are three cool places you can go stargazing or catch an astronomy presentation around Des Moines this year.
Science Center of Iowa
Star clusters, meteor showers and nebulas are just a few highlights from the Science Center of Iowa Star Parties, held at Ewing Park. Plus, if poor weather rains on your parade, you can always huddle up in the SCI’s digital planetarium.
Every Saturday night from April through October, remove yourself from city lights in the beautiful Ashton Wildwood county park, featuring not one but two stargazing domes. Check out the public viewing nights schedule to see when guest speakers are stopping by.
For something closer to home, try one of Drake Observatory’s public nights. Located at the Waveland Golf Course, a lecture kicks off each viewing night.
Interstellar Home Décor Ideas
Scroll down to see our entire collection of planetary style boards.
Mercury: We paired a silvery Jonathan Louis Windsor sofa with our sleek Flexsteel Galaxy coffee table, featuring a granite top and brushed chrome frame for a polished look and feel. And no Mercury-inspired room is complete without a Mercury glass lamp!
Venus: Bring fiery colors into your home with this charming Canadel Loft dining set. We love the blocky, birch table and orange, bonded leather chairs. Decorate with warm accessories, like a soft, orange rug.
Earth: An inviting, teal accent chair and complementing Hidden Treasures chest combine our favorite earthy colors: blue and green. Add an eye-catching Sphinx Sedona rug to tie the look together with swirling hues inspired by our home planet seen from space.
Mars: Set a Martian undertone in your space with reddish-orange hues and desert style, like this planked Ashley Cinrey bed and rough-hewn Sauder Cannery nightstand. A pair of stylish Ashley lamps with a burnt orange glaze are the perfect accessory for a modern touch.
Jupiter: Our largest planet challenges you to go big in your home design with bold furniture, like this striped Flexsteel Jupiter accent chair. An Orian Utopia rug complements the colorful chair with a neutral ombre that resembles Jupiter’s stripes, and our Magnussen antique mirror glass top end table features intersecting circles for chic, planetary appeal.
Saturn: This home décor style board has warm colors and reflective surfaces, like a polished table lamp, to represent the jewel of the solar system. We paired a Hammary Furniture Zodiac console table with our creamy Flexsteel Zevon sofa for a sophisticated look and feel.
Uranus: Channel inspiration from this icy wanderer with a Samuel Lawrence Celestial bed and Loloi Nova rug. The cool, shimmery hues set a relaxing mood that’s enhanced by the warm glow of this textured glass Stylecraft lamp.
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