It is 3:55 p.m., and the final bell
of the school day rings loud and clear. You watch as your kids burst through the open doors and into the backseat of your car. As you make your way home, you are accompanied by the chattering sounds of lively children, just waiting for the after school fun to start.
After sitting in a desk all day, kids require an outlet to release all of their stored up energy. To keep our kids active and healthy, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines provides twelve things to do with kids in Des Moines.
1. Park It
Visit one of our favorite parks around Des Moines
for an active play date filled with swing sets, monkey bars, slides and more. Pack a healthy mid-afternoon snack to tide the kids over until mealtime.
2. Park It, Again
As the weather starts to change, bring your family over to the indoor playground at Backyard Adventures
where kids have fun, rain or shine.
3. Go Climbing
Engage mind and body at Climb Iowa
with open indoor climbing hours for rock climbers of all ages and skill levels. Rock climbing improves total-body health for the whole family.
4. Jump Around
Adults and kids alike are invited to discover high-flying fun on the giant trampolines at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
. Bounce your way to a better health!
5. Monkey Business
Kids under 12 years old love playing on Monkey Joe's
inflatable slides, jumps and obstacle courses. With staff supervision on hand, it is a safe, fun and active way to spend the afternoon.
6. Bowl a Strike
7. Tag, You're It
Laser tag at Tokens Family Fun Center
gets kids moving without them even realizing they are exercising. Their hearts will surely start pumping as they pursue their competitors along the course.
8. Do the Zoo
Summer might be over, but many of our furry friends at Blank Park Zoo
can be seen year round as you walk all the way from Africa to Australia.
9. Shoot Some Hoops
Whether you are playing in your front yard or through a YMCA basketball team
, playing basketball is a cardiovascular workout that will score big with your kids.
10. Miles of Fun
One of the best things to do with kids in Des Moines is take a family bike ride. Instead of simply cycling around your neighborhood, let your two wheels (or three!) take you to a new bike trail
close to home.
11. Groovy Moves
From ballet to hip-hop, dance is an excellent way to get your kids moving after school. Dance studios like DanzArts Studio
are still accepting students for the fall semester.
12. Game Day
Sometimes the best memories are created right the comfort of our own homes. Get the neighborhood gang together to play these backyard classics
, and let the games begin.
Finding things to do with kids in Des Moines doesn't have to be challenging. Des Moines is home to many after school activities that will help channel our childrens' loads of energy, keeping them feeling healthy and happy from breakfast to bedtime!