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Des Moines Indoor Play Guide

Des Moines Indoor Play Guide

Tired of being stuck inside? Des Moines’ weather may be unpredictable, but kids always need to get their wiggles out!

Des Moines has tons of fun and engaging places to play inside, so we compiled a comprehensive indoor play guide for Des Moines moms!

Whether it’s freezing cold, rainy, or hot we know what it’s like to feel like you’ll go crazy if you don’t leave the house. Get out and let the kids burn off some energy with our guide to indoor play places, playgrounds, interactive activity centers, open gyms, mall play places, and more — all updated for 2019. All you have to do is load up the kids and decide which indoor play place sounds like fun today.

We’re thrilled to partner with our presenting sponsor, Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Hang in there momma, we’re in this together!

Presenting Sponsor: Sky Zone Trampoline Park

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park provides an exhilarating and safe environment for all ages. Women and men, young and old, come to Sky Zone to exercise, play, and compete on one of the patented all-trampoline walled playing fields. The fields allow almost anyone to add a completely new dimension and element to any game or activity playable on a flat surface. Dodgeball, basketball, foam zone, and open jump are some of the exciting things available at Sky Zone! Come for Toddler Time on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for Toddler Time and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to let your little ones discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents without interference from the big kids Big kids (ages 8+) love GLOW on Fridays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. featuring lasers, music, and blacklights.

1300 SE Gateway Dr #103, Grimes, IA 50111

(515) 986-2524

Sapphire Gymnastics Academy

sapphire gymnastics academy

Sapphire Gymnastics Academy (SGA) is a place where children are treated like the gems they are! SGA offers gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and NinjaZone classes, as well as hosts birthday parties, clinics, open gym, and special events. Children ages 2+ are able to explore and learn on state of the art equipment, including foam pits, in-ground trampolines, climbing wall/ropes, monkey bars, and rings- just to name a few. 

Science Center of Iowa

science center des moines

The Science Center of Iowa is a great place for young explorers to imagine, experiment and play! Catch science in action in When Things Get Moving, meet Iowa’s native cold-blooded critters in What On Earth?, or make a splash in Bubble Bay. With hands-on exhibits, live science programs, and a 50-foot planetarium, there’s always more to explore!

Rainbow of the Heartland

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Rainbow of the Heartland has been helping families in Iowa raise happy, healthy kids for over 20 years. Swing by their brand new store south of Grimes off Hwy 141 and shop for a new swing set, basketball hoop, court, or trampoline for your backyard. Monday – Friday, they offer Indoor Pay To Play from 10-5 for $10 for 2 hours of play! Outdoor Play is also available on nice days. Discounted rates available with their new 5 & 10 Play Punch Cards.

Monkey Joe's

monkey joe's des moines

Monkey Joe’s is a fun and exciting inflatable-filled indoor facility that provides engaging and interactive activity and entertainment through bouncing and parties. Their play area of wall-to-wall fun features inflatable slides, jumps, obstacle courses, arcade games, and food guaranteed to keep your kids active, happy, and healthy.

The Playground For Kids

playground for kids

The Playground for Kids in Ankeny is here to give you a much-needed break while your kids engage their imaginations running, climbing, sliding, and creating memories. Ask about their new weekly Story Times and Craft Corner!

Complete Guide to Indoor Fun in Des Moines

Classes and Enrichment

Family Tree Yoga & Massage 

Lifetime Fitness Kids Academy | Classes vary by type

Pied Piper Studios | Classes vary by date and age

Triad Kids Campus | Classes vary by age 

Indoor Play Areas and Playgrounds

Backyard Adventures | Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Chuck E. Cheese | Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Get Air Des Moines | Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – midnight; Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Hop-A-Lot Indoors | Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5:30 p.m. (Hours vary due to Merle Hay Mall hours.)

Monkey Joe’s | Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pump it Up | Open jump times vary, see website for details

Rainbow of the Heartland | Open play is Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Sky Zone Trampoline Park | Hours vary, see website for details

The Playground for Kids | Monday, – Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Valley Community Center | Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Interactive Learning

Blank Park Zoo | October – April: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; May – September: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Des Moines Art Center | Monday closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 4 p.m. 

Des Moines Children’s Museum | Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Thursday 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Des Moines Botanical Center | Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Reimen Gardens | Open daily from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Extended summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Science Center of Iowa | Labor Day – Memorial Day: Monday closed; Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Summer hours: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5 p.m.   

State Historical Museum of Iowa | Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday: noon – 4:30 p.m.

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates | Tuesdays 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mall Play Areas

Jordan Creek Towncenter | Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Merle Hay Mall | Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5:30 p.m.

Southridge Mall | Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday noon – 6 p.m. 

Valley West Mall | Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Open Gym

Mid Iowa Gymnastics | Contact them for times

Sapphire Gymnastics Academy | Saturday 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Pioneer Columbus Community Center | Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Recreation & Activities

Bowling | Open bowl times vary, call ahead for lane availability. 

Climb Iowa | Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Glow Golf | Monday – Thursday 3 – 9 p.m.; Friday 3 – 10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Skateland | Tuesday — Thursday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Skate South | Wednesday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Skate West | Wednesday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Urbandale Community Indoor Pool | Public Recreational Swimming: Monday – Thursday 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays & Sunday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Summit Indoor Pool in Johnston | Public Recreational Swimming: Saturday and Sunday: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Retail Businesses & More

Bass Pro Shop | Fish Feedings: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, at 3 p.m.

Barnes & Nobles | Three Fountains Location: 4550 University Avenue West Des Moines, IA 50266 | Monday – Saturday 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Barnes & Nobles | Jordan Creek Towncenter: 101 Jordan Creek Parkway Unit 12170 West Des Moines, IA 50266 | Jordan Creek location: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Burger King | Indoor play in Ankeny, Indianola, Waukee

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

Chick-Fil-A | 4040 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310 | Monday –Saturday: 6:30 am – 10 pm, Sunday: Closed 

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

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

McDonald’s | PlayPlaces in Ankeny, Altoona, Des Moines, Urbandale

Do you want to be part of our Des Moines Guide to Indoor Play?

We want to connect our readers to your business! Partnering with us allows your business greater visibility with a large targeted market of local moms (and dads!). Join us and help enrich the lives of the residents of Des Moines. Email [email protected] to get started! 

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