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Des Moines Moms Blog Indoor Play Area Guide: Presented by Backyard Adventures

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Iowa winters are long and the precious days of spring and fall are still sprinkled with rainy days and the occasional super hot and humid summer day. In order to survive the ups and downs of Iowa weather extremes with the kids, we’ve compiled a list of the best indoor play areas in Des Moines.  From mall play areas to indoor playgrounds, you’re sure to find something to keep you busy on rainy days, really hot days and all throughout the winter!

Des Moines Moms Blog Indoor Play Area Guide is presented by Backyard Adventures of Iowa

Along with Open Play and Birthday Party packages, Backyard Adventures of Iowa is your Family Recreation Store. They serve the whole state of Iowa and their highest priority is providing the best customer service for you and your family. In their showroom you will find Backyard Adventures Play Sets, Goalsetter Basketball Systems, Patio Furniture and Accessories, and Grills, to meet your family recreation needs. Plan your visit today!


Indoor Playgrounds

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Backyard Adventures | 3135 99th Street, Urbandale, Iowa 50322
Open play is Monday – Friday, 10am- 5pm | $5.00 per child age 2 and over

 

Chuck E. Cheese | 1431 22nd St., West Des Moines, IA 50266
Sun-Thur 11am-9pm; Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm | Varies

Monkey Joes | 1600 Valley West Dr. Ste. 100, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm | Varies

The Playground for Kids | 2401 SE Tones Dr. Suite 7, Ankeny, IA 50021
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-8pm; Tuesday & Thursday 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am-12pm | 2 – 12 years old – $8.50, Walkers up to 23 months old $5.50, Special Needs – $5.50, Non-Walkers free with a paying child.

Pump it Up | 4069 121st St Urbandale, IA 50323
Monday – Friday: Open jump 10-11:30am |$8 per child

Rainbow Play Systems of Iowa | 3946 NW Urbandale Drive, Urbandale, IA 50323
Open play is Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am to 2 pm | $5 per child age 2 and over

SkyZone | 1300 SE Gateway Drive Ste 103, Grimes, IA 50111
Monday: CLOSED; Tuesday: 3 – 8 pm; Wednesday: 1 – 8 pm (toddler time: 11 am – 12 pm); Thursday: 3 – 8 pm; (toddler time: 11 am – 12 pm); Friday: 3 – 8 pm;  (skymania: 8 – 10 pm); Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm (jumpapalooza: 9 – 11 pm); Sunday: 12 – 6 pm | Varies


Interactive Learning

Blank Park Zoo | 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315
October – April: 10 am – 4 pm; May – September: 9 am – 5 pm | 2 years and under – free; 3 – 12 years – $7; 13 – 64 years – $12; 65+ years – $10

Des Moines Art Center | 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Monday: Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11am-4pm; Thursday 11am-9pm; Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday: Noon – 4 pm | Admission is free

Des Moines Botanical Center | 909 Robert D. Ray Drive Des Moines, IA 50309
Daily 10 am — 5 pm | Members: free; Adults $6; Senior Citizens (65+) $5; Military Personnel $5; Students (ages 4-17) $4; Children 3 and under free

Reimen Gardens | 1407 University Blvd. Ames, IA 50011
Open daily from 9 am – 4:30 pm; Extended summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day 9 am- 6 pm; Summer Butterfly Wing hours are 9 am – 4:30 pm | $8 for adults ages 18 to 64; $7 for seniors ages 65 and up; $4 for kids ages 4 to 17; Free for kids ages 3 and under


Mall Play Areas

Jordan Creek Towncenter | 101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Monday – Saturday 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday 11 am – 6 pm | free

Merle Hay Mall | 3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday: noon – 5:30 pm | free

Southridge Mall | 1111 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday: noon – 6 pm | free

Valley West Mall | 1551 Valley West Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm | free


Recreation & Exercise Centers

Climb Iowa | 3605 SE Miehe Drive, Grimes, IA 50111
Monday – Friday 11 am – 10 pm; Saturday 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday 10 am – 6 pm| Day Pass $16, Harness Rental $4, Shoe Rental $5, Chalk Bag $2, Belay Device (ATC) $3, Daily Rental Gear Package $10

Glow Golf | 6925 Mills Civic Parkway, #120, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Monday – Thursday 3 – 9 pm; Friday 3 – 10 pm; Saturday 10 am – 10 pm; Sunday 11 am – 6 pm | Adults $9; Children (5-12) $7; Children (4 and under) $4; Seniors $4

Uplift Fitness Studio | 3000 SE Grimes Blvd #300, Grimes, IA 50111
Monday & Friday at 10:30 am – 12 pm | Free

Urbandale Community Indoor Pool | 7201 Aurora Avenue Urbandale, IA 50322
Public Recreational Swimming: Monday – Thursday 7 – 8:30 pm; Saturdays & Sunday: 1 – 4 pm | Single Admission 2 years of age & under: FREE with paid adult; 3 years of age & older: $4; Annual Pass: Resident, Individual: $110, Non-Resident, Individual: $140; Resident, Family: $200; Non-Resident, Family: $250


Retail Businesses & More

Barnes & Nobles | Three Fountains Location: 4550 University Avenue West Des Moines, IA 50266
Three Fountains location: Monday – Saturday 9 am- 10pm, Sun 10 am – 9pm | Free

Barnes & Nobles | Jordan Creek Towncenter: 101 Jordan Creek Parkway Unit 12170 West Des Moines, IA 50266
Jordan Creek location: Monday – Saturday 9 am- 9:30 pm, Sun 10 am – 7pm | Free

Chick-Fil-A | Ankeny: 2410 SE Delaware Avenue, Ankeny, IA 50021
Monday –Saturday: 6:30 am – 10 pm, Sunday: Closed | Free

Chick-Fil-A | Paradise Pointe, 6555 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Monday –Saturday: 6:30 am – 10 pm, Sunday: Closed | Free

Chick-Fil-A | 4502 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Monday –Saturday: 6:30 am – 10 pm, Sunday: Closed | Free

Now shake off your indoor blues and get your play on!

Have an indoor favorite we missed in the list above? Email Kara at advertise{at}desmoinesmomsblog{dot}com.

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