Kids Activities in Des Moines


Sky Zone Des Moines: One Hour of Open-Jump Time for Two with Reusable SkySocks at Sky Zone Des Moines (Up to 45% Off). Two Options.

One Hour of Open-Jump Time for Two with Reusable SkySocks at Sky Zone Des Moines (Up to 45% Off). Two Options.

Sky Zone Des Moines

Grimes

Wall-to-wall trampolines, a basketball hoop, and a foam pit provide endless opportunities for all ages to have fun and burn off energy

$30 $16.50

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Monkey Joe's: Admission for Two or Four to Play Center at Monkey Joe's (Up to 47% Off)

Admission for Two or Four to Play Center at Monkey Joe's (Up to 47% Off)

Monkey Joe's

West Des Moines

Kids 12 and under can enjoy a play center full of inflatable obstacles, as well as an arcade

$19.98 $11

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Howell's Pumpkin Patch: 
$20 for Admission for Four to Howell's Pumpkin Patch ($36 Value)

$20 for Admission for Four to Howell's Pumpkin Patch ($36 Value)

Howell's Pumpkin Patch

Cumming

After a tractor ride, families can pick their favorite jack-o-lanter-to-be at a pumpkin patch with a corn maze, barnyard, and go-carts

$36 $20

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Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum: Train Ride and Museum Visit for Two or Four at Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum (Up to 45% Off)

Train Ride and Museum Visit for Two or Four at Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum (Up to 45% Off)

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum

Boone

Explore Des Moines River Valley from a 1920s locomotive before delving into Iowa’s railway history through the museum’s train exhibits

$56 $32

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Pumpkinville Corn Maze: Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Corn Maze at Pumpkinville Corn Maze (Up to 50% Off)

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Corn Maze at Pumpkinville Corn Maze (Up to 50% Off)

Pumpkinville Corn Maze

Mitchellville

Stretching up to 20 acres, the fourth-generation corn and soybean farm’s maze often keeps adventurers exploring for an hour or longer

$14 $8

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Challenge Nation: $25 for Entry to SCI CAN Challenge Des Moines Charity Scavenger Hunt on September 20th, 2015 ($55 Value)

$25 for Entry to SCI CAN Challenge Des Moines Charity Scavenger Hunt on September 20th, 2015 ($55 Value)

Challenge Nation

Johnny's Hall of Fame

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

$55 $25

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Game On, LLC: Laser-Tag Sessions or Party at Game On, LLC (Up to 69% Off). Seven Options Available.

Laser-Tag Sessions or Party at Game On, LLC (Up to 69% Off). Seven Options Available.

Game On, LLC

Centerville

Drug- and alcohol-free arcade with a LaZer Runner laser-tag system; for parties, customers may bring outside food

$10 $5

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SkillSuccess: $19 for an Online Piano Course at SkillSuccess ($199 Value)

$19 for an Online Piano Course at SkillSuccess ($199 Value)

SkillSuccess

 

Online course teaches piano-playing basics, helping complete novices reach the level of early intermediate standard pianist

$199 $19

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Center Stage Ukulele Academy: $15 for One Year of Online Ukulele Lessons from Center Stage Ukulele Academy ($108 Value)

$15 for One Year of Online Ukulele Lessons from Center Stage Ukulele Academy ($108 Value)

Center Stage Ukulele Academy

 

Knowledgable ukulele expert teaches newbies the ropes with helpful, easy-to-follow instructional videos

$108 $15

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Rockstar Academy: One Year of Online Piano Lessons from Rockstar Academy (97% Off)

One Year of Online Piano Lessons from Rockstar Academy (97% Off)

Rockstar Academy

 

An experienced teacher helps beginner and intermediate students and musicians learn how to improve their piano or keyboard playing

$316 $10

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Rockstar Academy: One Year of Online Guitar Lessons from Rockstar Academy (96% Off).

One Year of Online Guitar Lessons from Rockstar Academy (96% Off).

Rockstar Academy

 

An experienced teacher helps beginners, intermediate students, and advanced musicians learn how to improve their guitar playing

$237 $10

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SkillSuccess: $19 for an Online Beginners' Guitar Course from SkillSuccess ($199 Value)

$19 for an Online Beginners' Guitar Course from SkillSuccess ($199 Value)

SkillSuccess

 

Online course teaches guitar-playing basics; students will leave knowing how to play a song

$199 $19

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Rockstar Academy: $15 for One Year of Online Ukulele Lessons from Rockstar Academy ($79 Value)

$15 for One Year of Online Ukulele Lessons from Rockstar Academy ($79 Value)

Rockstar Academy

 

An experienced guitar teacher helps beginners learn how to grip, play, and eventually improvise on the ukulele during online lessons

$79 $15

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Gravy For The Brain: $19 for an Online Drumming for Beginners Course from Gravy for the Brain ($219 Value)

$19 for an Online Drumming for Beginners Course from Gravy for the Brain ($219 Value)

Gravy For The Brain

 

Online course taught by an industry expert helps students learn the basics of drumming, eventually enabling them to play on a kit in a band

$219 $19

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Dangerous Guitar: $18 for One Year of Online Guitar Lessons from Dangerous Guitar ($134.55 Value)

$18 for One Year of Online Guitar Lessons from Dangerous Guitar ($134.55 Value)

Dangerous Guitar

 

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

$134.55 $18

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Dangerous Guitar: One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar or Bass Lessons from Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off)

One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar or Bass Lessons from Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off)

Dangerous Guitar

 

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

$134.55 $18

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Johnny Carson Birthplace Society: Visit to the Johnny Carson Birthplace for Two, Four, or Six (50% Off)

Visit to the Johnny Carson Birthplace for Two, Four, or Six (50% Off)

Johnny Carson Birthplace Society

Corning

Tour the recently restored childhood home of Johnny Carson, and watch video clips of his classic Tonight Show jokes

$14 $7

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  • Premiere Bowling
    Premiere Bowling and Entertainment features 24 pristine lanes with 32-inch LCD screens, new automatized QuibicaAMF scoring systems, and their own seating areas. Families and friends face off during 10-frame games as high-fives blend into the din of music and pin crashing, creating a lively, upbeat atmosphere. Things turn cosmic on weekends when Laser Bowl adds lasers, black lights, and fog machines to the mix until 2 a.m. Meanwhile, a summertime Millionaire League offers bowlers an excuse to escape the heat for a few hours and compete for a chance to win cash and prizes. Premiere Bowling also features optional bumpers to help kids have fun while offering great birthday packages.
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    655 NE 56th St
    Pleasant Hill, IA US
  • Blank Park Zoo
    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.
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    7401 SW 9th Street
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Science Center of Iowa
    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. Build and launch a rocket in When Things Get Moving, learn about Iowa's native animals in What On Earth?, and explore the night sky in the Star Theater planetarium. A favorite of SCI's youngest visitors, Small Discoveries exhibit features features a farm-to-table theme with a market and kitchen for interactive play. For the “full experience”, catch a film in the six-story Blank IMAX Dome Theater.
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    401 Martin Luther King Jr Parkway
    Des Moines, IA US
  • The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines
    As children and their caretakers enjoy a leisurely day at Union Park, a cluster of animals—storks, giraffes, brown bears, and ostriches among them —suddenly storms past. What sounds like a stampede is really the family-friendly site of The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines, which has been entertaining guests since 1998. For only 50 cents, participants can hop aboard the turn-of-the-century replica carousel, which builders hand carved from basswood and hand painted. As the dulcet tones of an old-fashioned band organ hum in the background, the carousel accommodates children, wedding parties, and bull riders in training. Elsewhere, riders can pause from carousel excursions to sample other Union Park attractions such as multiage play equipment and the Rocket Slide, whose recent repainting replicates its original look from the early 1970s.
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    1802 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Des Moines, IA US
  • The Ice Ridge
    If it takes place on synthetic ice, it's probably going down at The Ice Ridge. The Ice Ridge rink, made of eco-friendly panels that mimic real ice, hosts skaters of practically every age and experience level, whether they're taking classes or celebrating birthdays. The indoor space, encircled by the expansive square's blue walls, is kept safe thanks to the watchful eyes of instructors and supervisors. Skaters may embark on a variety of activities, learning to play hockey, socializing at on-ice fundraising events, or having an adventure after being kicked out for ice-fishing attempts. An onsite pro shop equips rink-goers with boots, blades, and services, such as repairs and fittings.
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    1111 E Army Post Rd.
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Des Moines Art Center
    Located a bit off of the beaten path, this museum is a haven for those who enjoy modern art. The architecture is world-class, and the exhibits within will exceed your expectations. Well-known artists from John Singer Sargent to Georgia O’Keeffe are available for viewing within the permanent collection, and temporary exhibitions are usually available to further enhance your experience. Donors keep admission to this fantastic collection free for visitors, so there’s no reason to miss it. For a bonus, check out the studio art workshops, which are available for all ages, to improve your own artistic abilities while learning from local art instructors.
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    4700 Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA US

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