EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect the correct location for the kids’ hydro event – at Des Moines Beach Park from 12 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2023.

The Des Moines Yacht Club and Wesley Gardens Wood Shop have teamed up again for a Kids’ Hydroplane Giveaway at the 2023 Waterland Festival Junior Parade, set for this Saturday, July 22, 2023.

These small wooden hydroplanes are made for dragging behind bikes, or on a stick, or racing along the water’s edge trying to create that rooster tail effect.

Des Moines Yacht Club members Bill and Patti Linscott, and Bill Coleman, have continued the partnership with Bobby Stratton, Bob Chase, and the Wesley Gardens Wood Shop to bring back those moments and their past memories for all to relive.

There are 80 small wooden hydroplanes (as long they last) for kids registering for the Waterland Festival Junior Parade.

These boats are great for decorating and all decorations are being supplied.

Be sure and check out the individual special message found on the bottom of your hydroplane.

“Enjoy the activities at the Waterland Kids’ Festival and don’t miss the opportunity to pull your hydroplane in the Junior Parade!”


  • Hydroplane giveaway and decorating will be at Des Moines BEACH PARK from 12-4 pm.
  • The JR Parade starts at the Red Robin. Line up at 5, starts at 5:45 p.m.!

The Waterland Festival is 
sponsored by Destination Des Moines and Des Moines Legacy Foundation.

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 2023: Noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Des Moines Beach Park:

One reply on “Des Moines Yacht Club, Wesley Gardens team up to make wooden hydroplanes for Waterland Junior Parade”

  1. This is an amazing gift for our children! Thank you to Bill and Patti Linscott for spearheading this project along with Wesley Wood Shop!
    Be part of Des Moines history by participating in the Waterland Jr Parade! It is an unforgettable memory!
    The Waterland Children’s Festival and Jr Parade are made possible by Destination Des Moines, the Des Moines Legacy Foundation, the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park, the Des Moines Yacht club, and Wesley Holmes woodshop, Highline Ccollege, Hospitality Program students, the Waterland Blog Blog, and the City of Des Moines. Thank you!

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