Activity Location Website
Adventureland

305 34th Ave NW

Altoona 10 am – 9 pm $35 all ages www.Adventurelandresort.com

 

 

Adventure Bay (Water park at Adventureland) Altoona 10 am – 7 pm $40 (10 and older); $35 (4-9 yrs.); under 3 free www.Adventurelandresort.com

 

Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Road

Urbandale 3 working farms from 1700, 1850 and 1900.

9 am – 4 pm

Adults $13

Children 7.50; free under 3

www.lhf.org

 

 

Reiman Gardens (kid-friendly)

1407 S University Blvd.

Ames 9 am – 6 pm

 

Adults $8; kids (4-17) $4; kids 3 under free www.Reimangardens.com

 

Science Center

401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy

Des Moines 9 am – 5 pm Adults $12; kids (2-12) $8 www.Sciowa.org

 

Botanical Gardens

909 Robert D. Ray Drive

Des Moines

 

10 am – 5 pm Adults $8; kids (4-17) $6; under 3 free www.Dmbotanicalgarden.com

 

Cordova Tower at Lake Red Rock (observatory)

 

Pella area 7 am – 8 pm 50 cents www.Redrockarea.com

 

Miniature Golf- Toad Valley Golf Course

237 NE 80th St.

Pleasant Hill Sunrise to sundown Adults: $7Ages 4+ $5; kids under 3 free www.Toadvalleygolfcourse.com

 

City of Pella
Saylorville Lake
Gray’s Lake
State of Iowa Historical Building

600 E Locust St.

Des Moines www.Iowaculture.gov/history/museum

(as well as historic sites in IA)

State capitol tour

E 9th St & Grand

 

Des Moines 8 am – 5 pm Free tour, also self-guided available www.legis.iowa.gov/resources/tourcapitol

 

Scenic Valley Railroad Boone Excursions begin at 1:30 pm; 1.5 hour ride $22-32; 3-12 $9-17; under 3 is free www.Bsvrr.com

 

(also “Day Out With Thomas” – dates not announced yet)

Valley Junction West DM www.Valleyjunction.com

 

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

1330 Grand Ave.

Des Moines 22 artists

Sunrise to midnight

free www.Desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/

Pappajohn-sculpture-park

 

Outlet Mall

801 Bass Pro Dr NW

Altoona 10 am – 7 pm
Blank Park Zoo Des Moines 9 am – 5 pm Adults $12; kids (3-12) $7; under 2 free www.blankparkzoo.com

 

 

Jester Park Natural Playscape Granger Playscape of natural materials; sand and water features (bring towels) Free www.Polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/

Things-to-do/jester-park-natural-

Playscape/

 

Story Walk Urbandale Walking trail as you read a story on signs; rope bridge, slide, et. free
Heritage Carousel

1801 Pennsylvania Ave.

Des Moines Carousel, playground, rocket slide, wading pool

12 – 7 pm

50 cents per ride for children; $1 adults www.Heritagecarousel.org

 

Ashby Park

3200 38th St.

Des Moines (10 and under) Wading pool, rain garden, playgrounds, nature trail free www.Dmgov.org/departments/parks/

Pages/ashby.aspx

Ashley Oakland Star Playground

1895 E McKinley Ave.

Des Moines 50 different play elements; special needs too free www.Dmgov.org/departments/parks/pages/

ewing.aspx

Backyard Adventures Open Play

3135 99th St.

Urbandale

10 am – 5 pm

Play sets indoor $5 (kids 2-17) www.Backyardadventuresiowa.com/

Openplay.html

Free flicks (outdoor movies shown on 25-foot portable screen)

 

Night Various locations free www.Dmgov.org/

Departments/

Parks/pages/

Freeflicks.aspx

Valley Community Center 9 am – 2 pm Padded play area for kids under 2; larger play structure for kids under 8; older kids open gym www.ValleycommunityCenterdm.com

 

 

Iowa Cubs, baseball Des Moines Cubs:  http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t451

 

Playground for Kids

2401 SE Tones Dr. #7

Ankeny Indoor play with inflatables, treehouse, slides, ball rooms M-W-F 10-8

T, Th 10-4

 

2-12  $9

Up to 2  $6

www.Theplaygroundforkids.com

 

Pump It Up

4069 121st St

Urbandale Indoor arena filled with gigantic inflatables $7.00

Free under 34”

www.Pumpitupparty.com

 

National Balloon Museum

1601 N. Jefferson Way

 

Indianola 9 am – 4 $3; free under 12? www.Nationalballoonmuseum.com

 

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

12400 South 102nd Avenue West

Prairie City Drive through Enclosed refuge space, elk, bison; hiking: 9-4 Free www.Tallgrass.org

 

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

1300 Southeast Gateway Drive

Grimes Closed Mon;

T-Th 4-9;

F noon – 9

Adults $9

Children $9

www.Skyzone.com/desmoines

 

Perfect Games

1320 Dickinson Avenue

Ames Bowling, laser tag (14 at a time);

11 am – midnight; bounce houses for 7 years and under

Adults bowling from $4

Children bowling from $2

www.Perfectgamesinc.com

 

Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Ave.

Des Moines 11 am – 4 pm free www.Desmoinesartcenter.org

 

Waterpark Ankeny

1.Prairie Ridge – 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Dr.

2.Cascade Falls –

 

Ankeny
Merle Hay Mall

3800 Merle Hay Rd.

Des Moines
Southridge Mall

1111 E Army Post Rd.

Des Moines
Park Fair Mall

100 E Euclid Ave.

Des Moines
Jordan Creek Town Center

 

West Des Moines
Valley West Mall West Des Moines