Things to Do with Kids in Des Moines, IA

  • TripBuzz found 62 things to do with kids in or near Des Moines, Iowa, including 41 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Urbandale, West Des Moines, Altoona and Ankeny.
  • From Blank Park Zoo to Plaza Lanes Family Fun Center, the Des Moines area offers 50 different types of family activities, including: Theaters, Amusement Parks (All Ages), Movie Theaters and History Museums.
  • As Iowa's capital city, the city of Des Moines offers a blend of urban cityscape, family-friendly suburbs and exciting attractions. Aside from the city's many museums, historical structures and art centers, tourists frequent the area for its many festivals, including the annual World, Food and Music Festival, Des Moines Renaissance Faire and many, many more.
  • TripBuzz found 62 things to do with kids in or near Des Moines, Iowa, including 41 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Urbandale, West Des Moines, Altoona and Ankeny.
  • From Blank Park Zoo to Plaza Lanes Family Fun Center, the Des Moines area offers 50 different types of family activities, including: Theaters, Amusement Parks (All Ages), Movie Theaters and History Museums.
  • As Iowa's capital city, the city of Des Moines offers a blend of urban cityscape, family-friendly suburbs and exciting attractions. Aside from the city's many museums, historical structures and art centers, tourists frequent the area for its many festivals, including the annual World, Food and Music Festival, Des Moines Renaissance Faire and many, many more.
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EC Tactical Laser Tag 338 Southwest 6th Street, Des Moines, IA MoreLess Info
Puts participants’ wits to the test in thrilling, realistic tactical laser-tag matches against their friends
5.7 Miles
See animals in their natural settings at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa. Along with animal viewing, there are a handful of kiddie rides like the train, carousel and camels.
3.0 Miles
25% 4 votes
Bowling 2701 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310 MoreLess Info
Plaza Lanes Family Fun Center is a bowling alley that also features outdoor volleyball courts and offers league play for both sports. They offer laser bowling, tournaments and they have an attached bar and grill.
1.4 Miles
90% 295 votes
Sports Facilities/Fields 1 Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309 MoreLess Info
Principal Park is a minor league baseball stadium located in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Clubs play at the stadium, which was rebuilt in the early 1990s at the same site it was in 1947 when it was called Pioneer Park.
6.3 Miles
77% 992 votes
Amusement Parks (All Ages) Des Moines, IA MoreLess Info
Adventureland is a theme park located in Des Moines, Iowa. The park includes thrill rides, as well as family and kiddie rides, and most recently added a water park called Adventure Bay.
1.4 Miles
77% 431 votes
Science Museums 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309 MoreLess Info
Science Center of Iowa includes a science museum and IMAX dome theater. Admission includes hands-on science experiments, as well as live demonstrations and programs about everything from chemistry to astronomy.
4.4 Miles
100% 32 votes
Movie Theaters 4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321 MoreLess Info
At Fleur Cinema & Cafe, visitors can watch a mix of independent, foreign, and blockbuster flicks in digital projection. In addition to movie theater popcorn, the concession stand offers alcoholic beverages and coffee to take into the theater.
3.6 Miles
96% 110 votes
History Museums 4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA MoreLess Info
The inspiration of the historic Salisbury House was the King's House that is still located in Salisbury, England. The Tudor style mansion is open for general tours that are self-guided or guided during certain days.
0.7 Miles
83% 121 votes
History Museums 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50319 MoreLess Info
The growth and development of Iowa is displayed through numerous exhibits at the State Historical Museum. Historic artifacts and documents show many stories of the people of Iowa along side the natural history of the region.
5.0 Miles
95% 22 votes
Bike Paths Des Moines, IA MoreLess Info
Spread over roughly 28 miles, the Saylorville Trail is a very popular bike ride path in the area. Since there are many places in which a biker can hop off then hop back on, the time for the trail can vary from person to person.
1.3 Miles
86% 7 votes
Movie Theaters Science Center of Iowa, 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309 MoreLess Info
The Blank IMAX Dome Theater is an IMAX movie theater that is situated within the Science Center of Iowa. The theater has seats that are angled at 35 degrees so that every seat in the theater faces the screen.
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