Indoor Play this Winter!

It’s cold and snowy here in Central Iowa! Here are some great places to take your kiddos to burn off some steam this winter. Some are free or require a small fee! Am I missing somewhere fun, you like to visit? Let me know! Check out our event calendar for all dates and times too!

Indoor Play This Winter

Backyard Adventures

3135 99th St, Urbandale, IA 50322

Admission is $5.00 per child age 2 and over

Monday – Friday 

10 am – 5 pm 

Their showroom and party room are open from 10am to 5pm weekdays (not including holidays) for children and their parents to come enjoy the great playsets that we sell. For $5.00 per child age 2 and over (adults over 18 don’t have to pay) you can play as long as you like during the open play hours. Groups of 8 or more children please call in advance of coming to open play. They also ask groups to plan there outings for after 1:00 pm when scheduling their group. Come have a great time in their clean, safe, climate controlled environment. At least one adult per four children is required for supervision purposes. There is NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED OUTSIDE THE PARTY ROOM. Footwear is encouraged to be worn by the children. Backyard Adventures provides their party room with tables and chairs for you to have snacks or lunch. Bottled water is included as well as the use of a full size refrigerator and freezer for any food and drink items you bring. Plain paper plates, napkins, plastic forks, plastic spoons, and plastic cups are also provided.

Grimes Community Center

410 SE Main Street, Grimes Iowa

Family Open Gym – FREE!

Wednesday – 9:30 am – 8 pm 

Sunday – 12 pm – 3 pm

Bounce & Play – FREE!

Monday & Wednesday 

10 am – 12 pm 

Imagination Playschool

Pioneer Columbus Community Center, 2100 SE 5th St, Des Moines

November – March

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 

9 am – 2 pm 

For children 7 years and under

$1.50 daily for 1 years and older to attend “New Season” & Imagination Playschool

Imagination Playschool allows kids 7 and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses, tumbling mats, and gymnastics.

We also have a bounce house on Friday only.

“Story Time”-9:30 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. on Monday’s in November only
Kids four and under are invited for stories, songs, rhymes and dance. Cost is $1.50 and Imagination Playschool is included.

“Creativity Coach” 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday in November
You and your child can dance and have guided play on the equipment and dance. Cost is $1.50 and Imagination Playschool cost included.

“VIP and Me” 9:30 am–10:15 am Wednesday in November $1.50
Exploring creative movement dance concepts through guided and free play, while enhancing the relationship between caregiver and child 5 and under.

Check out when we visited!

Playground for Kids

2401 SE Tones Dr #7, Ankeny, IA 50021

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

10 am – 8 pm

Tuesday & Thursday 

10 am – 4 pm 

The Playground For Kids was created by local parents with active children. “As parents, we were always trying to find local places to take our children to play where we weren’t handing out quarters the whole time, we were running out of options, so we created The Playground For Kids”. Parents will enjoy watching their children smile as they bounce on our five inflatables and crawl in our enormous Treehouse structure with a triple lane rainbow slide, cork slide, Wacky Ball room and much more.

2-12 years old $8.50 

Walkers up to 23 months $5.50 

Check out when we visited!

Rainbow Play Systems  

3946 NW Urbandale Dr, Urbandale, IA 50322

Monday & Tuesday

10 am – 2:30 pm 

Only $10.00 per child age 2 and over

Bring your child in for a fun-filled afternoon during Open Play in our indoor showroom in Urbandale, Iowa. Your child will love our Rainbow Play System play sets. They can swing, climb, slide, use the trampoline and our Goalsetter basketball goals. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon regardless of the weather.

Skate North Incrediroll 

5621 Meredith Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 


10 am – 11 am 

January 11th – April 25th 

Every Wednesday 10-11 am, starting January 11. Bring your toddler, bring his/her favorite ride on toy and let them loose before their nap. Admission $2, no charge for adults

Valley Community Center

4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Monday – Friday 

9 am – 1 pm

The Valley Community Center has so much to offer for everyone! It truly is a warm and cozy place to bring your littles when it’s cold outside. They have free wi-fi, a warm fireplace, Maplenol Cafe where you can purchase warm drinks and snacks, a large jungle gym where your children will spend hours playing! They also offer a variety of classes for a small fee of $5. Check out their schedule here! You can also check out all the fun on our event calendar. This winter they are offering Tot Town (we had a blast!), free movies and free story times!

Check out when we visited!

Waukee Tot Lot

Waukee Public Works Building

Mondays 8:30 am – 10:30 am 

Wednesdays 8 am – 10 am  

Head over to the Waukee at the Public Works Building for some indoor free fun for your little one. Let the kids run off steam and play where it’s warm.

Check out when we visited!

West Des Moines Community Center

217 5th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Monday & Wednesday 

October 10th – December 14th

January 4th  – April 5th

10 am – Noon

Bring your toddlers to burn off some steam! Toys, slides and riding toys!

Check out when we visited!

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