At Skate South, wheeled boots are put to good use. Families and friends lace up pairs for roller-skating, speed skating, and roller hockey. To get even more out of their skates, they can also join roller-derby classes and host birthday parties at the rink. Those parties get festive with light sticks and pizza, as well as skate time with Skate South's mascot, Roller Roo. On Wednesday Ramp Nights, guests can even swap their skates for boards and grab some air.
A breeding ground for future Chicago Cubs stars like alums Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano, and Geovany Soto, the Triple-A Iowa Cubs generate the cheers of baseball connoisseurs through a masterful display of dexterous double plays, smoking strikeouts, and crowd-pleasing home runs. Under the new management of Bill Dancy, who boasts 1,604 minor-league victories, the I-Cubs are poised to start 2011 in winning form and improve upon last year's 82–62 mark. Watch as Herculean hurler Jay Jackson strikes out petrified batters and right-fielder Brad Snyder looks to top the 25 home runs and 107 second-base slam dunks from last season's play. Home games begin on April 15, but baseball boosters can begin planning romantic dates and family-fun days by checking out the seating chart and 2011 game schedule.
Since 2007, foodies have flocked to Iowa's Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expopresented by Hy-Vee each year to check out food and drink booths, watch cooking demonstrations, and meet chefs and wine makers. Guests explore more than 100 booths filled with samples of wines, craft beer, food, and cheeses they may purchase and store at a complimentary drop-off location until they’re ready to leave. Expo-goers may also enjoy cooking demonstrations and meet-and-greet sessions with local and regional chefs and brewmasters, including Dick Leinenkugal, Bruce Nissen of Crispin Cider, and more. Not to be outdone, local chefs share the secret techniques, ingredients, and facial expressions they use to make popular regional dishes.
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been promoting healthy living to families and individuals in the surrounding communities since 1868. One month of family membership (good for two adults and any dependants under the age of 23) entitles tribes to full usage of any of the area locations including the brand new YMCA Healthy Living Center. Membership amenities encompass access to fitness equipment, lap and therapeutic pools, more than 500 fitness classes like kickboxing, yoga, tai chi, and water aerobics, reduced program rates, access to the child care nursery, and many other programs and services, which vary according to location. Each family member will also get three sessions of personalized attention from one of the Y’s Healthy Living Coaches, who can help make the most of your month of muscling by helping the whole family become acclimated to the equipment, establish fitness goals, and transform into an entire tribe of variously sized Rocky Balboas.
Midwest Cage Championship, the region's largest MMA organization, has been showcasing brutal cage fights in Des Moines for more than five years. In 12 bouts across seven divisions, bone-cracking ballerinas will dance a pugilistic pas de deux, gracefully pirouetting into each other's pressure points. Lonnie Scriven and "Hollywood" Johnny Case join together to explore a vast terrain of bodily pain in the lightweight championship. Then, for the main event, light heavyweights Jesse Lund and Tyrone Roberts come to blows over the ownership of a belt, like deal-crazed shoppers at a Belt-Mart firesale.