Kids Activities in Des Moines, IA


1.5 Hours of Laser Tag Game Play for Two, Four, Six, or Eight People at Escape Chambers (Up to 51% Off)

Escape Chambers - Des Moines

Escape Chambers

Puts your wits to the test in thrilling, realistic tactical laser-tag matches against your friends

$60 $39

Summer Bowling Pass for One or Four People at Bowlerama Lanes (99% Off)

Bowlerama Lanes

South Park

Gather with friends at this lively bowling alley, which offers open bowling time seven days per week

$2,457 $35

10- or 20- Minute Rides or Birthday Package for Up to 24 Kids at Plush Animal Amusement Rides (Up to 52% Off)

Plush Animal Amusement Rides

Merle Hay Mall

Cruise the mall in style aboard large plush motorized stuffed animals

$40 $19

Junior or Adult Go-Kart Races, VIP Track Pass with Race Discounts, or Birthday Party Package at MB2 Raceway (Up to 50% Off)

MB2 Raceway

Des Moines

High-performance electric European go-karts speed around quarter-mile indoor track at speeds of up to 45 mph

$69 $35

Three Rounds of Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Glowgolf (Up to 50% Off)

Glowgolf

Des Moines

Luminescent golf balls, lit-up putters, neon obstacles, and incandescent walls illume players negotiating tricky glow-themed landscapes

$18 $10

Admission for Up to Six to Living History Farms (Up to 49% Off)

Living History Farms

Urbandale

500-acre outdoor museum spans the history of Iowa farming with three working farms and a re-creation of a 19th-century village

$30 $18

Visit to 20-Acre Corn Maze for One, Four, or Six at Pumpkinville Corn Maze (Up to 50% Off)

Pumpkinville Corn Maze

Brook Run

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

Zipline Rides for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 at Mt. Crescent (56% Off)

Mt Crescent

Honey Creek

Zip through the air on a 1,600 ft. long zipline—the longest in the Midwest—and reach speeds of more than 40 mph

$75 $35

Two Admission Tickets to Crayola Experience (Offer valid through December 31, 2016)

Crayola Experience

Mall of America

Families explore over 25 hands-on attractions and enjoy over 60,000 sq. ft. of crayon-themed fun in this unique experience from Crayola

$39.98 $19.98

Guitar-Lesson Package or One Year of Online Guitar Lessons from Center Stage Guitar Academy (Up to 86% Off)

Center Stage Guitar Academy

Online Deal

High-quality video guitar lessons shot from many angles teach everything from guitar basics to specific songs

$40 $9

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

SkillSuccess

Online Deal

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

$199 $19

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

$42 $21

$8 for a Downloadable Online Guitar-Lesson Course from Outstanding Guitar Video Course ($100 Value)

Outstanding Guitar Video Course

Online Deal

Step-by-step coaching program teaches beginner/intermediate students how to master the acoustic or electric guitar and build basic skills

$100 $8

6 Months or 1 Year of Online Guitar Lessons from Guitar Now Online (Up to 75% Off)

Guitar Now Online

Online Deal

Step-by-step video curriculum teaches students using a personalized learning plan based on their goals and prior experience

$49 $15

$19 for a Beginner Children's Piano Online Course from SkillSuccess ($199 Value)

SkillSuccess

Online Deal

Online course uses video lectures to teach beginners how to locate notes, play with proper positioning, and effective practice techniques

$199 $19

Online Guitar Lessons with Option for Private Instruction from American Guitar Academy (Up to 76% Off)

American Guitar Academy

Online Deal

Learn to play the guitar and build speed and confidence in your abilities with online video tutorials and optional private instruction

$79 $19

1-Year, 6-Issue Subscription to a Kids' Activity Magazines (Up to 48% Off). Multiple Titles Available.

Blue Dolphin Magazines

Online Deal

Fun-filled magazines for kids as young as 3 feature collectible posters, engaging stories, and plenty of educational activities

$28.97 $14.99

Iowa State Cyclones Tickets

Iowa State Cyclones Tickets

Iowa State University

Find tickets for sports, concerts and theatre events on FanXchange’s secondary ticket marketplace and get the best seats for live events.

$20.31 $20.31

One or Two Hard- or Soft-Cover Personalized Children's Coloring Book from Dinkleboo (Up to 68% Off)

Dinkleboo

Online Deal

Put your child in a story with personalized coloring and activity books personalized with a child’s name

$24.99 $8.99

Zoobooks Dinosaur Prehistoric Pack

Zoobooks

Online Deal

Curious kiddos can learn all about prehistoric dinosaurs with posters, books, and activities

$55 $19.99

Zoobooks Animal Jokes & Activities 6-Book Bundle

Zoobooks

Online Deal

Package includes lighthearted animal joke books, activity books, and issues of Zootles and Zoobooks, plus stickers and posters

$53.69 $19.99

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  • 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 216-seat Blank IMAX Dome Theater, which features a six-story dome-shaped screen that surrounds your field of view and a 12,000-watt digital surround sound system that lets you hear everything from a tiny drop of rain to a huge clap of thunder with crystal clarity.
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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
  • Des Moines Art Center
    Ease your appetite with delicious bites from Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Des Moines Art Center's free wifi. For comfortable outdoor service, Des Moines Art Center sets up a seasonal patio. Comfort is prioritized at Des Moines Art Center, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game. Des Moines Art Center offers complimentary parking at a lot close by. Des Moines Art Center offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike. Meals at Des Moines Art Center are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
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    4700 Grand Ave
    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
  • Plush Animal Amusement Rides
    What if someone told you they could combine the gentle cuddliness of a stuffed animal with the motorized mobility of a go-kart? Sounds like a work of mad fiction, right? Well, thanks to the ingenious inventors at Plush Animal Amusement Rides, it's actually an undeniable fact. From their shops in malls around Des Moines, the team welcomes riders for motorized jaunts around safe, indoor environs. The animal-vehicle hybrids come in the likenesses of dogs and other four-legged animals, and feature soft, fluffy exteriors that never betray the mechanical inner workings inside. Like real animals, they come in different sizes, and can accommodate riders up to 250lbs.
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    3800 Merle Hay Road
    Des Moines, IA US

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