Des Moines Indoor Play for Kids!
A giant list of Des Moines indoor play for kids to run, play and burn off energy during the winter months. Make sure to bookmark our free event calendar for even more events and activities being offered in the Des Moines area.
Valley West Mall, Lower Level
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$6 for children 1-10; Punch cards $25 for 5 admissions
No admission is required for children under 1 or adults, but donations are very much appreciated.
This is a great place to come play, make-believe, explore and have fun. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for other fun activities including crafts, storytime, live music, and more included with admission.
3799 86th Street, Urbandale
Toddler Time: Tuesday & Thursday; 10 a.m. to Noon
Prices vary depending on age and time jumping.
This is the perfect way for little jumpers under 46 inches to enjoy Get Air without the big kids. Get Air is open daily for Open Jump for all ages. Hours vary.
Merle Hay Mall next to the food court
Monday – Saturday – Noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday; 12 to 5:30 p.m.
Monday – Thursday $6.00 / per person
Friday – Sunday $8.50 / per person
Ages 2 & Under $5.00 / per person
There will be one big open play area, one party space with two inflatables, and another party space with three inflatables. Open play will be open all day and only be closed for large private outings. We had a blast when we visited during winter break.
12130 NW 128th Street, Granger
Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Explore nature indoors. The Jester Park Nature Center is filled with tons of hands-on activities, books, fish, turtles, puppet theater and more.
10141 Hickman Road, Urbandale
Tuesday – Friday: 2 to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$20 per child for unlimited time + bounce
The hours listed above are for Open Gym hours. Kids Warrior Gym is for ages 3 to 12 years of age.
3580 SW Brookside Dr, Grimes, IA 50111
Mid Iowa Gymnastics offers various open gyms and camps for all ages. Take a look at their calendar for updated days and times.
2401 SE Tones Dr #7, Ankeny, IA 50021
October 1st – April 30th Hours: Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ; Saturday; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
May 1st – September 30th Hours: Monday, Wednesday Friday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday; 9 a.m. to Noon
2-12 years old $8.99
Walkers up to 23 months $5.99
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 Ballroom and much more. Check out when we visited.
11401 Meredith Drive, Urbandale
Open Gym: Saturday 1 to 2 p.m.
Open Gym is available for $5 members ages 5-18 and non-members for $8 ages 5-14. All participants must have a waiver signed by his/her guardian on file. During this semi-structured hour of fun, gems will have an opportunity to use the vault, bars, beam, and floor exercise equipment, as well as trampolines and tumble tracks. Staff is available to ensure the safety of participants and provide light spotting.
Family Fun Day: Saturday 1 to 2 p.m.
During this hour of fun, gems will have an opportunity to play in the preschool gym and utilize all of our tot-sized equipment! For ages 1 through 5 years. $5 members ages 5-18 and non-members for $8.
401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines
- Thursday 9:00-12:00 pm OR 1:00-4:00 pm
- Saturday 9:00-12:00 pm OR 1:00-4:00 pm
- Sunday 9:00-12:00 pm OR 1:00-4:00 pm
A limited number of tickets will be sold per timeslot. Visitors will be checked in at the start of the timeslot and will be asked to exit at the end of the three hours. SCI staff will then clean the facility before the next group is allowed to enter. Snag your tickets here.
1300 SE Gateway Drive, Suite 103, Grimes
Toddler Time: Wednesday & Friday: 11 a.m. to Noon; Saturday: 9 to 10 a.m.
$10 per child – Toddler Time
Toddler Time at Sky Zone is the perfect opportunity to have your children jump and play without the big kids. This is for ages 6 and under and the price includes guardian admission. Sky Zone offers open jump times for all ages. Hours and prices vary.
600 E Locust Street, Des Moines
Tuesday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
FREE – Masks required.
Discover Iowa’s rich heritage through a variety of exhibitions, tours, collections, and unique programs and events throughout the year. The museum has more than 80,000 objects and about 1,500 objects are on exhibit at any given time. More objects are on display in the capitol building and other museums in Iowa. The museum has a great children’s area. Check out our visit.
2202 SE Creekview Drive, Ankeny
Lunch Bunch: Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. OR 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Ages 3-8; $12/student
Bring a snack or sack lunch and join us for loads of fun! This is a great transition for kids preparing to attend school. They will play in the gym and take a break for snack/lunch
Parent & Tot: Tuesday & Thursday; 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. or Wednesday 10 to 11 a.m. ; Ages 1-5; $8/child
Open gym for young children accompanied by an adult. Come ready to run, jump, play and have fun! Great for playgroups!
LB & Beyond: Wednesday 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Ages 3& up $12/child
Bring a snack!! Drop off the kids to run, jump, play games and have fun. The instructor will also be there to help you out in your gymnastics.
2829 South Ankeny Blvd. Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Monday – Thursday; 4 to 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
UPDATED: April 2021