Father’s Day in Des Moines

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Father’s Day in Des Moines

Father’s Day is a week away, falling on Sunday, June 16 this year. There are several ways to spend the day with your dad in Des Moines, Iowa. We have gathered a list of fun experiences to celebrate Dad and all the other fathers in your life. How are you celebrating Father’s Day in Des Moines? Share with us below!

Take a look at our full event calendar for a ton more ideas. Make sure you share this list with Dad too: 10+ Ideas for a Dad’s Night Out.

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Does the dad in your life enjoy a thrill? Adventureland is open for the season and is filled with tons of thrilling attractions. Grab the family and enjoy a fun day full of rides. Before you go check out all of our tips and tricks while you are there.

Movie Under the Stars

A bit of a drive from Des Moines, but worth the experience. Grab the entire family, chairs, and snacks, and head to a movie under the stars at the Valle Drive-In located in Newton, Iowa. While in the area make sure you buy Dad a brew from a local brewery Gezellig Brewing Company.

Can’t make it to the Valle Drive-In? Take a look at all these wonderful FREE options of outdoor movies throughout the Des Moines community this summer.

Jester Park Miniature Golf

Jester Park in Granger, Iowa is one of our favorite places to play and explore. Not only do they offer tons of hiking opportunities, bison, elk, water play, and more they also have a miniature golf course! This fun course is fun for all ages. Grab Dad and challenge him to a round of mini-golf.

Live Outdoor Music

Summertime in Des Moines is full of options for outdoor, live music including Sunday evenings. Do not miss wine and music at Summerset Winery located in Indianola from 2 to 5 p.m. Or head to the new Jamie Hurd Amphitheater in West Des Moines at Raccoon River Park for live music from 6 to 8 p.m.

Captain Roys 

Take Dad to dinner! Captain Roys offers great food, drink, and a fun atmosphere. Located right on the Des Moines River you may see a few boaters pass by and you are only a few minutes away from the infamous Rocket Slide at Union Park. Maybe Dad will slide down with you. 

Family Bike Ride

Stay active this Father’s Day! One of my favorite stretches of bike trail is the Waukee Trailhead to The Handlebar in Dallas Center. The distance is about 6 miles one way and mostly flat. It is the perfect stretch of trail for the entire family. Grab lunch at The Handlebar.

Take a Dip in the Pool

Take Dad for a splash at the local pool! All Des Moines Parks and Recreation pools offer free admission for dads on Father’s Day.


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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