- The list below includes 59 free or cheap things to do in or near Des Moines, Iowa, including 52 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, History Museums, Bike Paths and Bowling.
- From East Village to Saylorville Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Des Moines and in nearby cities within 25 miles like West Des Moines, Urbandale, Ankeny and Indianola.
The Springwood 9 Theaters, also known as Fridley Theaters, offers guests the chance to enjoy first-run movies. The location offers both 2D and Real3D viewing experiences and guests can also host birthday parties at this location.
Standard facilities such as a baseball diamond, picnic shelter that can be rented, a children's playground, and open picnic areas are available at Walker-Johnston Park. The city's skateboard park is held within the site.
Visitors can help out the students of Iowa Culinary Institute by attending one of their gourmet dinners and providing feedback. The instructors guide the students while they prepare a seven course meal for their guests.
As an indoor entertainment center, Monkey Joe's is filled with wall to wall bounce houses and other inflatables for children to play on. The center has a separate play area for toddlers with age-appropriate inflatables.
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Celebrate the sacrifice that men and women in the service gave our country at the Iowa Gold Start Museum. Learn about the history of the 'Gold Star Mothers' and the history of those who had a tremendous impact on our nation.
Learn about the cultural and historical development of Urbandale, Iowa at Living History Farms. Children and adults tour homes, experience a one-room schoolhouse, explore early farming techniques and enjoy interacting with costumed staff.
The mission of the Ankeny Art Center is to provide inspirational and educational visual art experiences to the community. To this end, the center hosts a variety of exhibits, offers classes, and hosts special events.