Adventureland Park 266-2121
I-80 & Highway 65, Altoona www.adventureland-usa.com
Check out season passes. $85 per person (includes parking which is normally $4.00 per car). Children 3 and under free. $75.00 for season pass if purchased before Dec. 31st. Pays for itself in about three visits. Open May-September. Great way to spend a couple of hours without the pressure of "making a whole day of it" compared to buying a one day pass.
Art Center 277-4405
4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, www.desmoinesartcenter.org
Backyard Adventures 270-2433
3135 99th Street, Urbandale www.comeonletsplay.com $5 per child to play on all display swing sets. Two and under play for free. Great indoor activity - great exercise and way to use up all of their extra energy!!
Barnes & Noble 221-9171 (WDM), 453-2980 (Jordan Creek Parkway, WDM)
4550 University Ave, WDM, 101 Jordon Creek Pkway, WDM
Barnes&Noble.com Check out their website for listings of variety of story times. Also featuring new American Girl Story Time.
Boarders Books, Music and Cafe 223-1620
4100 University, West Des Moines Boarders.com
Check out their web site for listings of variety of story times and craft times.
Botanical Center 323-6290
909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, www.botanicalcenter.com
Chuck E. Cheese 223-9430
1431 22nd Street, West Des Moines, Iowa
www.ChuckyECheese.com. Also register online for coupons for good deals on pizza/drink/token deals, or good deals on buying just tokens. Fun place to have lunch or to just stop by and have a popsicle/ice cream bar from their vending machine for $1.00 and play a few games and have playtime.
Des Moines Children's House 277-6261
831 42nd Street, Des Moines www.dmplayhouse.com
Ask about their season tickets and various classes and summer day camps that they offer.
Des Moines Zoo 285-4722
7401 S.W. 9th Street, Des Moines, 50315 www.BlankParkZoo.com
Check out their website to learn about daily rates, season passes and a big variety of educational programs that they offer to various age groups.
In Play of Des Moines 333-5050
615 3rd Street www.allplaydm.com
Check out their website for coupons and information on what they have to offer...activities for toddlers and up. Over 100 virtual reality games, rock climbing walls and birthday packages.
Johnston Library (Library Hour) 278-5233
6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston JohnstonLibrary.com
Offers wide variety of story times. Baby and Books 6-24 months, We Read 18 month-3 year olds, Story Time 3-6 years old, and Stories and More 2-6 years old plus more.
Jumpin Jacks 727-5867 (Urbandale) 265-5867 Ankeny
2900 Justin Drive, Urbandale 4467 N.E. 50th St Del Twp.
Their website gives information on discounts and coupons on birthday parties or they offer set times for play time for a set fee per child.
Living History Farms 331-6524
2600 111th Street, Urbandale www.livinghistoryfarms.org
Great educational activity. They offer daily rates, season passes or combo memberships with the Science Center and the DM Zoo. Wide variety of special events and seasonal activities that children and adults can enjoy.
Pump It Up 270-5017
4069 121st Street, Urbandale, www.pumpitupparty
Offers birthday packages as well as set times for play time for a set fee per child. Print off coupons and times from their website.
Science Center of Iowa 274-6868
401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway www.madscience.org/centraliowa
Wonderful educational play and learning center for all ages! They offer a wide variety of scheduled daily activities or just take your time and explore at your own pace. Des Moines's only Blank IMAX Dome theater
Sports Plex West 987-0806
890 SE Olson Drive, Waukee
Offers wide variety of sports activities including rock climbing wall, basketball courts, baseball indoor practice (including pitching machines), classes, camps and work out room.
The Learning Post (Library Hour) 331-8008 (Urbandale) 964-3494 (Ankeny)
2761 100th Street, Urbandale/1802 SE Deleware Dr, Ankeny
Great place to buy educational items including large variety of books, educational materials, games, toys, crafts and gift items.
Urbandale Library (Library Hour) 278-3945
Call or check out website for daily listings of story times, craft times and other activities they offer.
West Des Moines Library (Library Hour) 222-3400
4000 GM Mills Civic Parkway, WDM wdmlibrary.org
West Des Moines library offers a wide variety of story times for various age groups. Also offers craft times and summer book clubs for children.