25 Indoor Places for Kids in Central Iowa


The cold has finally hit Central Iowa.  Playing outside is now only reserved for times when it’s actually above freezing.  So what do we do now?  Where do we take the kids to keep them entertained and from driving us crazy?  Well, here are 25 Indoor Places for Kids in Central Iowa that you can check out:

  1. Valley West Mall – Walk around, Play in the Kid’s Area, Eat at Chipotle
  2. Jordan Creek Mall – Grab some Starbucks, Play in the Kid’s Area and hit Barnes and Noble
  3. Merle Hay Mall – Bring some quarters for the little mechanical rides and walk til you drop.
  4. Barnes & Noble (University in WDM) – Grab some coffee and head upstairs to the kid’s area. Play with the train table, read on the stage and check out the toys.
  5. Pump It Up – Inflatable Jumping Fun
  6. The Playground for Kids – Inflatable Jumping Fun
  7. The Science Center of Iowa – Educational and Fun
  8. Climb Iowa – Burn Energy and gain confidence
  9. Glow Golf – Mini golf and glowing things?
  10. Chuck E Cheese – Games and Pizza
  11. Urbandale Indoor Pool – Swimming
  12. Monkey Joe’s – Inflatable Jumping Fun
  13. Valley Community Center – Coffee, Indoor play area for the kids, couches and warm fireplace
  14. Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  15. Des Moines Art Center
  16. Rainbow of Iowa – Indoor play equipment
  17. Bass Pro Shop – Bowling, Giant  Aquarium
  18. SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park – Jump away all the energy.
  19. Your Local Library – Stock up on books, music , nd movies for free.
  20. Waukee Tot Lot 
  21. Go Bowling.  Here are 4 places you can bowl with the little ones: Warrior LanesVal LanesMerle Hay Lanes, Great Escape.
  22. Skate West or Skate North or Skate South – Roll around the rink with your kids and relive your younger days
  23. Movie Theater – Catch a flick.  Lots to theaters to choose from around Central Iowa.
  24. Summit Indoor Pool in Johnston – Swimming fun
  25. Backyard Adventures – Indoor Play Equipment


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