10 Things To Do in Des Moines For Dads’ Night Out

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10 Things To Do in Des Moines For Dads’ Night Out

Guys night out?!? Why not, right? A night away from the wife and kids, whom you cherish every moment with I know ;), but always good to recharge the batteries with your friends. If you’re like me you’ve racked your brain with the question, “What is there to do in Des Moines besides go to Court Ave or West Glen?” Believe it or not, there’s a ton to do in Des Moines. And not just hang out at your buddies place and have a few brews; which I’m not against at all! We’re talking fun, off the beaten path, type experiences. Check out my favorite 10 below:

Dads' Night Out, Des Moines, Iowa

Ironside Axe Club – West Des Moines.  What is more manly than throwing axes with your bros? Think darts, but with actual wood chopping tools. Grab a couple of cases of your favorite brew (BYOB) and see who is the real Paul Bunin of your crew.

Smash Park – West Des Moines. When was the last time that you played pickleball? High school for to this guy. Winter or summer it doesn’t matter this is a year-round gym/yard games sanctuary. Grab your friends and spend the evening playing, eating and enjoying some beverages.

Range Grill + Golf – Urbandale. Missing the links during the winter? Good food, drinks, and non-weather impacted golf! Can it get any better? Oh, and the foods pretty good!

Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey Game – Urbandale. I  remember going to a Des Moines Bucs game 10+ years ago when we moved to Des Moines for Buc beer night. We watched junior league hockey dudes battle it out, literally gloves off battles, for bragging rights. Many of whom are now in the NHL. Cheap, simple, fun guys night out.

The Hall – Valley Junction in West Des Moines. German style beer hall with 54 beers on tap. Great patio. Great games. And food trucks. Come by car or bike. A great destination for a guys night out in West Des Moines.

Uncle Buck’s FishBowl – Bass Pro Shops in Altoona. We all have that friend that bowled a 300 10 years ago. Now make him prove it! Full bar and food, plus a great atmosphere in the manliest building in the Des Moines area. Sounds like a win!

Up-Down Arcade Bar – Des Moines. The arcade games you grew up with, plus the alcohol you can now legally consume! I can’t think of a better way to spend a night with your friends! Relive the 80s and 90s with over 20 brews on tap, plus more bottles/cans and 80s and 90s inspired cocktails.

Brewery Tours – All over the metro. Confluence, FireTrucker, Exile, Peace Tree, Court Ave, Madhouse, Fox Brewing, 515, Twisted Vine, and more. Need I say more? There are a ton of awesome breweries right here in central Iowa. Oh, and by the way, they brew some great beers. Hop on a bus and enjoy the night!

Mountain Biking – Des Moines. Mountain biking in Iowa, what?!? Yes! And man what an awesome way to bond with your brothers. Spend an hour riding the trails and then cruise down the street to Pal Joey’s or Sully’s on Grand and 63rd for a brew. Workout + beer = win for all!

Go Karting – Pole Position Raceway – Grimes. Put your racing skills to the ultimate test. Get your adrenaline pumping! We’re not talking go-karts like you rode 20 years ago on that family vacation to Branson; fast, quick, competitive karts. Rubbin is racin! Challenge your friends to find out who the real Cole Trickle is. 

About the Author

Guest Contributor, Des Moines Parent Luke is a father to 3 incredible young girls and a husband to 1 amazing wife. Luke currently resides in West Des Moines, Iowa. He’s passionate about child leadership development and in helping cultivate our next generation of leaders; our children. Other interests include agriculture, sports, and CrossFit.

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Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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