Activities in Ankeny

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Big Fun Sports outfits speed-seeking outdoorspeople with power-sports machines for every season and environment. Stocking brand names such as Sea-Doo, Polaris, and Arctic Cat, Big Fun Sports preps willing wilderness-fiends for a day of safe and high-speed sightseeing. Equipment pickup from the Ankeny facility is coordinated with a rental associate, and customers can pickup their rides the night before (if rental schedule allows) or be met as early as 6 a.m. After securing their all-terrain land- or water-chariots, Big Fun Sports will provide safety instruction before adventurers head out to punish Mother Nature's pedway.

8067 Northeast Berwick Drive
Ankeny,
IA
US

Bowlers who revel in the crashing cacophony of well-flung bowling balls can find solace in Ankeny Lanes' 12 wooden alleys. The family-night package bundles a quartet of goodies that fulfills every basic human need: food, drink, recreation, and two-toned footwear. On arriving for an evening of fun, up to four participants first check in at the alley’s shoe section to find the appropriate bowling shoes ($12.64 value). Once tastefully shod, customers are each entitled to a pair of bowling rounds ($33.52 value), giving them two great opportunities to finally break the 300-point barrier that has been the bane of professional rollers for decades. Also included in the Family Night deal is a hot pizza ($10.10 value) and a pitcher of soda ($4.25 value) from Ankeny Lanes’ full-service snack bar. The package is also available for Glo Bowling nights, when the alley trades its normal ambience for an explosion of colorful glow-in-the-dark lights and up-tempo music.

106 SW State St
Ankeny,
IA
US

The creators of Cornstalk DSM promise it to be a "corn-tastic time." The corn-themed event celebrates Iowa's biggest—and possibly tastiest—crop. The festival is comprised of four distinct events: Cornball, Cornmeal, Cornucopia, and Cornholio. At Cornball, VIPs enjoy gourmet corn-based dishes and beer pairings before dancing to tunes from a DJ, while at Cornmeal, guests can sample bites of corny dishes from local restaurants and catering companies as live music from The Snacks fills the room. For corn purists, Cornucopia offers live music and corny awards with an all-you-can-eat sweet-corn feast featuring flavor-infused butters, and at Cornholio, 32 teams compete in games of old-fashioned corn hole (bags) and enjoy beer from Exile Brewery. A portion of the proceeds from the three-day event go to the Food Bank of Iowa.

Cornucopia offers live music and corny awards with all you can eat sweet corn feast.

2006 South Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny,
IA
US

HomeShowExpo 2012

The HomeShowExpo 2012’s organizers have opened a dozen fully furnished houses in Ankeny's Otter Creek development to inspire prospective homebuyers or those seeking a change of scenery. The featured homes all line NE Bellagio Circle and the NE 42nd Court cul-de-sac, with many houses neighboring one another, making it easy for visitors to walk or parkour-jump from one spot to the next. The Home Builders Association has hosted expos since 1976 to spotlight new homes, all furnished and decorated in the latest styles and in one location. The expo replaced the organization's annual Parade of Homes, which featured unfurnished dwellings wheeled through the city on papier-mâché floats.

11388 Northeast Delaware Avenue
Ankeny,
IA
US

Anytime Fitness is a busy, popular fitness chain that works to remove common obstacles to working out. At any one of the 21 locations this Groupon is valid for, clients have 24/7 access to the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, and some locations offer group fitness classes, such as Zumba and small group training. Certified personal trainers are available to help those looking to take their workouts to the next level, and members can finish their exercise routines with a stop off at the onsite tanning booth to add a summery glow to muscles.

2505 Southwest White Birch Drive
Ankeny,
IA
US

Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on physical well-being with a cornucopia of equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or a random street man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength equipment or top-of-the-line cardio equipment, which features televisions and other media diversions. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary-schoolyard workout. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.

1810 SW White Birch Cir.
Ankeny,
IA
US