While kids love unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning, sometimes that initial rush and feeling of elation is fleeting. If you’re looking for something more long-lasting, consider giving an “experience” gift this year. After all, the memories you make with an experience gift will last a lifetime. Read on for ideas about Des Moines experiences that make great holiday gifts for kids.
2901 Seniomsed Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 277-4198
Give your child the gift of learning a new skill this season with horseback riding lessons. Lessons may be bought individually or in packages of five lessons. Private Lessons cost $45 each or five (5) for $210 and Group Lessons cost $40 each or five (5) for $185.
3200 Adventureland Drive • Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 266-2121
With the addition of Bernie’s Barnyard playground next year, Adventureland is becoming even more kid friendly. A Season Pass or a Single Day Ticket will provide loads of family fun. Season Passes cost $125 and Single Day Tickets cost $35 for ages four and up. Both are valid through September 30, 2018.
7401 SW 9th Street • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 285-4722
Give the gift of adventure with an annual membership to Blank Park Zoo. A Family Membership starts at just $89.
Wells Fargo Arena 730 3rd Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 564-8700
The Iowa Wild hosts several games at the Well all winter long. Starting at just $12 per person you can purchase a Subway Combo pack which includes one game ticket and a hotdog and soda voucher. Please note this package must be purchased in advance through the Iowa Wild sales office and is not available at the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office.
3000 East Grand Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50317 • (515) 262-3111
The Iowa State Fair is hosting its first ever $4 Opening Day Cyber Monday Sale! Fairgoers can purchase Opening Day Admission (Thursday, August 9, 2018) tickets for only $4. That’s more than a 66% savings off regular admission. Cyber Monday Sale tickets are only available for purchase online.
Encourage your kids to learn to have fun in the kitchen with a cooking class at Real Food 4 Kids. They have Gift Cards available for purchase on-line. For Kids Ages 8+ the cost is $35 per class and for Kids Ages 5-7 the cost is $30 per class.
5621 Meredith Drive • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 238-1690
This season give the gift or roller skating. Skate North-Incrediroll has $5 and $10 gift certificates available to meet your gift giving needs.
221 Walnut Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 246-2300
If your kids have never seen a live theatre production, this could be the year for it. Des Moines Performing Arts recently announced three sensory-friendly performances that are part of the Wellmark Family Series. Single tickets start at just $5.
220 W 1st Street • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 963-3570
2018 Aquatic Center Passes make great holiday gifts! Beginning December 1, 2017 season passes for Cascade Falls and Prairie Ridge will go on sale. Passes are good for both pools and FlowRider usage at Cascade Falls. Passes must be purchased in person at the Parks & Recreation office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Wells Fargo Arena • 730 3rd Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 564-8550
Get great deals on Iowa Wolves basketball tickets November 23 through November 27, 2017 when they will be hosting a Cyber Monday Sale. Purchase Corner Seats for $5, Sideline Seats for $10 or Sideline Plus Seats for $16.
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