Rainy Day Guide for Keeping the Kiddos Busy

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With all the rain lately, parents around Central Iowa have been looking for fun indoor activities for the kiddos to do.  Here is a guide that might help you in that quest.

  1. Find a place to jump around.  It’s a great way to get the kiddos some exercise and tire them out.  We have lots of options to choose from here in Central Iowa.  Click here for the list.
  2. Swing and Slide on some indoor play equipment.
  3. Check out the giant aquarium at Bass Pro Shop.
  4. Head to Jordan Creek Mall.  Kids can play in the play area while you sip on your Starbucks and then you can head to Barnes and Noble upstairs for some reading fun on the stage in the kids area. Or head to Build-a-Bear and create a new friend!
  5. Eat and Play at Valley West Mall.  Kids can have some fun in the play area and then you can hit Chipotle for lunch (my favorite!).
  6. Stay dry at the Valley Community Center.  Indoor play area for the kids and a café to fuel up on some caffeine. (Open during the week days).
  7. Check out your local library.
  8. Stay home and make a tent out of chairs and blankets.  Pretend it’s a fort, the kids will love it.
  9. Get your pizza on and enjoy some indoor fun at Chuck E. Cheese’s.
  10. Get fizzy and have some fun with Baking Soda and vinegar.
  11. Check out the plants and get tropical at the Des Moines Botanical Garden.
  12. Explore the Science Center of Iowa.
  13. Make a homemade lava lamp.
  14. Go skating.
  15. See what’s playing at your local theater and go to a movie.
  16. Break out the board games and puzzles.
  17. Go Bowling.
  18. Create your own music videos to share with family and friends.  Get crazy with the kids!
  19. Eat Lunch at Chick-fil-a and let the kiddos play in the play area.
  20. Explore Art and check out the Des Moines Art Center.
  21. Explore the State Historical Museum. Lots of fun for the entire family.
  22. Check out a show at the Des Moines Community Playhouse or Des Moines Performing Arts.
  23. Get artsy and paint canvases or pottery at Glazed Expressions.
  24. Explore where rain comes from!

Thomas Brogan

Thomas Brogan, a native of Des Moines, was the original founder of Des Moines Parent and is a father to an 8 & 10-year-old. In his free time, he likes to explore nature, try new local restaurants and enjoy life as best as he can. Check out more of Thomas at www.broganlist.com.

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