Things To Do In Des Moines

Up to 53% Off Zoo Brew at Blank Park Zoo

Blank Park Zoo

Des Moines

$22 $13

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Visitors over 21 enjoy access to the zoo during weekly Zoo Brew evenings that combine drinks with live music

Up to 45% Off Science Center of Iowa for 2 or 4

Science Center of Iowa

Downtown Des Moines

$22 $12

Interactive exhibits include rocket building, space exploration, with recent additions of the Eureka! Lab and renovated Small Discoveries

Up to 64% Off Classes at Power Life Yoga

Power Life Yoga

Multiple Locations

$96 $45

Yoga instructors lead energizing classes to motivated music

Up to 48% Off a Obstacle-Course Mud Run

HARD CHARGE

Cownie Sports Complex

$75 $39

Racers plunge through mud, sand, and water on a obstacle course followed by free beer at a post-race party

Up to 47% Off at Skate West

Skate West and Skate South

Multiple Locations

$18 $10

Skaters lace up in rental skates and cruise to tunes played by live DJs

Up to 75% Off at Snap Fitness

Snap Fitness

Multiple Locations

$60 $15

Certified professionals lead assessments before helming one-on-one personal-training sessions within facilities boasting premium equipment

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Spirit Expeditions

East Village

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 65% Off Fit Factory Classes at CrossFit Afterburn

CrossFit Afterburn

Des Moines

$99 $39

Fast-paced, high-intensity cardio in a class that incorporates boot-camp and circuit-style training for stability, endurance & strength

40% Off Gymnastics

Unity Acrobatic Sports & Artistic Movement

Des Moines

$100 $60

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

52% Off Yoga and Dance Classes

Harmony Yoga + Wellness

Drake Park

$60 $29

Certified instructors lead yoga and meditation classes for all skill levels, as well as bellydancing

Up to 50% Off at Bowlerama Lanes

Bowlerama Lanes

Des Moines

$24 $16

Recently revamped bowling center features new lanes, automatic scoring system, full-service pro shop, and concessions with snacks and beer

39% Off Eight-Week Teen-Fitness Program

Farrell's Extreme Body Shaping

Multiple Locations

$279 $169

Classes cycle through kickboxing jabs, exercises with strength-training bands, and teen nutritional guidelines to support healthy lifestyles

Up to 59% Off Bowling Package

Premiere Bowling and Entertainment

Multiple Locations

$95 $39

Family-friendly bowling center with 24 new lanes and LCD-screen scoring systems

51% Off Gymnastics and Dance Classes

Sapphire Gymnastics Academy

Multiple Locations

$69 $34

Rapidly growing gym hosts gymnastics and dance classes for youth, ranging from toddlers to school-age children

59% Off Bowling for Up to Six

Plaza Lanes and Premiere Bowling

Multiple Locations

$95 $39

Up to six players bowl on lanes equipped with optional bumpers and automatic scoring systems, and enjoy soda and pizza between frames

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Some runners race for the thrill of victory while others just want to escape from the living dead. Half traditional 5K, half horror movie come to life, the Zombie Run 5K has something for everyone. At the starting line, the human racers—known for their ability to enunciate, give warm handshakes, and appreciate paprika—are tipped off that horror looms as they embark from a flipped tanker that has spilled zombie-birthing toxic goo. After a 1K warm-up, the tension ratchets as contestants enter the second K's militarized zone, where the walking, lurching, and jogging dead begin to give chase.

Now since zombies are a fictional creation, they're played by fellow racers clad in bloody makeup and trained in zombie choreography. And since eating people is still illegal in the U.S., humans wear flags that the zombies grab in lieu of chomping. Zombies multiply like zombie rabbits across three more running zones, including a vaccination hydration center reprieve and a heart-pounding 2K free-for-all to the finish. Alive or "dead," everybody gets to finish the race, which is followed by the Quarantine Party—featuring live DJ music from alive DJs, snacks and refreshments, and movie-quality zombie makeovers for people who want to nail the job interviews they have the next day.

4051 Dean Avenue
Des Moines,
IA
US

The team at AKA Des Moines Combat Entertainment has taken care to make the experience of combat as realistic as possible. Most notably, they don't use any brightly colored, plastic weapons; all of AKA's laser taggers are full metal, which lends to the sensation of carrying actual tools of combat. This seemingly small detail helps players feel immersed in realistic firefights during pulse-pounding scenarios such as capture the flag, search and destroy, sniper, and escort. Game props, such as time bombs, add additional tension—as do the high-tech taggers themselves, which can be calibrated to read damage, lives, and respawns.

338 Southwest 6th Street
Des Moines,
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.

4490 East University Avenue
Pleasant Hill,
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.

216 Court Avenue
Des Moines,
IA
US

Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping helps clients of all ages, lifestyles, gender, and athletic ability achieve their fitness goals through results-orientated training. Long-time taekwondo competitor and teacher Lance Farrell developed the program to combat obesity and assist people develop healthy lifestyle habits by incorporating the fat-burning, strengthening and endurance building aspects of competitive martial arts training into a course for those less interested in traditional sparring or contact drills. During 45-minute sessions hosted six days a week, Farrell uses fitness as a catalyst for improving overall health, wellness, and athletic abilities. A 10-week program can result in visible changes sparked by discipline and nutritional commitment.

4301 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines,
IA
US

Elena Tobiash and Igor Velikanov are so comfortable on their skates, they look like they float over the ice instead of skating through it. Elena is a former member of the Russian Olympic skating team, while Igor entertained audiences as a member of the Russian Ballet on Ice. Both have more than 15 years of coaching experience, as well as certification from the United States Figure Skating Association. Today, they pass on their training to young skaters through their Learn to Skate and Power Class sessions, empowering youngsters to glide with confidence and grace.

1111 Army Post Road
Des Moines,
IA
US