Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall trampoline court gives children and adults a venue where they can hop, bounce, and somersault to their hearts' content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles perfect for springing off. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena, throw themselves into giant foam pits, or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as dodgeball.
Fun lovers frequent All Play Des Moines for its mix of popular games and novel attractions. Game cards can be used on a long list of games (listed here) from all-time classics such as air hockey and skee ball to new-fangled favorites such as Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and NASCAR Racing. Step inside Iowa's only laser maze, a light-beam labyrinth where players can indulge spy-mission fantasies ($3), or take the vertical aptitude exam that is the climbing wall ($3). Though food and drinks are not covered by today's deal, overzealous mole-whackers can replenish their strength filling up on pizza, burgers, and more inside Fanatics, a full bar and grill that shares the floor with All Play.
Open for just one month every autumn, The Pumpkin Ranch in Winterset, Iowa seems more like a scene from a child?s dream than a family-run business. But that?s the way the Handsaker family planned it, hoping to create a family-friendly hub that celebrated their love of all things autumn. Now hey began by cultivating their 9-acre cornfield into a complex maze, incorporating 12 checkpoints that make sure guests are on the right path and offer clues to the ranch?s Farm Scene Investigation mystery. Alongside the maze, the Handsakers have built up a 10-acre patch of pumpkins and gourds, where squashy specimens wait to be carved into jack-o?-lanterns or stomped into wine.
Now celebrating five years, the Handsakers have added even more activities to the The Pumpkin Ranch, including a 30?x40? jump pillow and 30-foot slides. The hayrack ride transports guests to and fro on the ranch, speeding up walks so guests can spend more time reveling in the play zone?s bounce houses, climbable straw bales, and tire towers. There's even a special area for toddlers. For more exhilarating pastimes, the ranch offers exhilarating zipline courses and fire pits to warm up chilly fall afternoons. Inside the concession stand, staffers sell steamy cups of specialty ciders and hot chocolate alongside homemade baked goods, giving guests a taste of fall, and outside, a concession stand serves up larger bites such as grilled and smoked meat to fuel the outdoor fun.
The Pumpkin Ranch is open Fridays?Sundays from September 26?October 26, 2014 and keeps an up-to-date list of the times they'll be offering activities, including horseback riding, face painting, and free professional photography.
The race's runners squirm and snort at the starting line. Ham Bone, Miss Piggy, and Pork Chop may just be piglets, but in the course of one fall season at Dan-D Farms, they'll transform into world-class swine sprinters. Approximately every two hours, they'll storm down a 100-yard improvised raceway, complete with a water obstacle. That's right––a water obstacle. "Our pigs," farm owner Debra Kearney confirms, "can swim."
These riotous races are just one part of the lineup of events that overtakes Dan-D Farms each fall. Guests flock to this family-friendly affair to scramble over hay bales, feed wooly sheep, or test their sense of direction in one of two hay mazes. Each year for their maze, Debra and her family––including dad, Dan––devise a new design, but try to stick to things that are Iowa related. Past mazes have included the image of iconic Iowans such as native son John Wayne, and the ISU Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes mascots, as well as a reproduction of the American Gothic painting by Anamosa, Iowa–native Grant Wood. Each June, they begin marking the design into the 20-acre field, painting and flagging rows like boxes on grid paper, and then cut out the tunnels before the corn grows knee-high or develops the ability to cry. While this intricate, artistic design requires huge amounts of time and labor, less energy is spent carving out the separate haunted corn maze, where the fear-factor relies on simple twists and turns, instead of fancy effects or animatronics. "It's really not too hard," Debra says, "to scare people in a dark, dusty corn field."
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: LaZer Runner
Pro Tip: Dont wear flip flops or high heels
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Laser tag
Recommended Age Group: All Ages