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Tiffany Lauer leverages her quarter-century of horseback-riding and training experience as the head of Magistaad Stables. Her equine odyssey?s beginnings stretch back to when she was 9 years old and participating in 4-H events, demonstrating an early understanding of horses and a mutual enjoyment of apple slices. She would later go on to acquire a Level 3 Instructor CHA certification while working at a Girl Scout camp during her summers away from college. Today, riders can learn from her lifelong experience training and riding horses during lessons on the facility?s 14-acre tract, learning horsemanship principles such as grooming and riding styles such as English and Western pleasure riding.
6297 NE Rising Sun Dr.
Pleasant Hill,
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Sack races, hayrides, campfires, and other autumnal activities surround Pumpkinville Corn Maze, but those roaming the stalks might not be aware of them. Stretching up to 20 acres, the fourth-generation corn and soybean farm's maze often keeps adventurers twisting and turning for an hour, sometimes longer early in the season. Besides navigating to the maze's end, each trek doubles as a scavenger hunt with at least 20 challenges, such as getting a scarecrow to swear off scaring crows. Especially intrepid visitors can even enter the maze until 8 p.m., where only flashlights and the glowing moon guide them through the hushed labyrinth. Meanwhile, guests 10 and under can traverse the mini-maze in about 15 minutes for one dollar.
618 Center Ave S
Mitchellville,
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Skate North Incrediroll invites seasoned speeders and still-learning wobblers to glide around the smooth, family-friendly rink. After lacing up rented roller skates or inline skates, guests merge onto the Skate Court. One of the largest indoor rinks in Des Moines, the Skate Court proffers a friendly surface specifically designed for roller-skating and roller-giggling. A live DJ often fills the rink with jamming tunes, livening up the atmosphere for both skaters and spectators in perimeter seats.
5621 Meredith Dr
Des Moines,
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In 2012, Bowlerama Lanes upgraded its equipment and emerged with its 28 lanes now covered in sleek synthetic material and bumpers that can be called into action at will. Overheard, 40-inch LCD screens flicker with scores that have been calculated on high-tech Qubica Bowland X auto-scoring machines instead of dad's trusty finger abacus. Between frames, bowlers can grab a bite or a drink at the snack counter, where they serve up a menu of sandwiches, pizza, and shareable snacks.
1313 E Diehl Ave
Des Moines,
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When it first opened it doors in 1970, the Science Center of Iowa was among the first interactive science museums in the world. It engaged the community with hands-on exhibits and programs. In 2005, the center moved to its 110,00-square-foot downtown location, where it fills its halls with a variety of experience platforms, each demonstrating different scientific principles. The When Things Get Moving exhibit invites visitors to build rockets and conquer a domino obstacle course, and Why the Sky? demonstrates the science of space with a digital planet-exploration globe and the Cosmic Jukebox, which allows you to create your own show. Interact with exhibits that demonstrate the basic principles of physics in the themed scenario, the Eureka! Lab. The renovated Small Discoveries exhibit features Dahl's Produce Market and Edna's Kitchen, a favorite of younger visitors.
401 Martin Luther King Junior Parkway
Des Moines,
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Blank Park Zoo educates the public about the wonders of the wild by re-creating far-flung habitats and ecosystems that house more than 1,000 animals and 104 different species ranging from Siberian tigers to hissing cockroaches. Zookeepers lead chats about animals and offer conservation tips, while exhibits include hands-on feedings that allow humans to go face-to-face or nose-to-beak with hungry giraffes and parakeets. Recent new arrivals welcome curious kids to commiserate with the growing pains and early bedtimes of young wallabies, camels, and seal pups, setting a foundation for learning that may be continued in classes designed for those aged 6 months to 5 years. In addition to raising awareness about the environment, Blank Park Zoo contributes to conservation efforts to preserve the future of native animals and their natural homes. The zoo participates in seven endangered-species breeding programs and donates a portion of admissions proceeds to several different wildlife initiatives.
7401 SW 9th St.
Des Moines,
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