2017 Ideas for School Holidays & Teacher Workday Fun in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

2017 Ideas for School Holidays & Teacher Workday Fun in Des Moines

Even if it feels like school just started, soon enough the kiddos will be enjoying a day or two off for a school holiday or a teacher workday. Some kids get Columbus Day off, others have a day off later in October. If you’ll be looking for something fun to do with them when they’re off, we have several fun ideas! From kid-oriented entertainment to fun events and other ideas for local sightseeing, below are some ways to make the most of a school holiday or teacher workday this fall in Des Moines.

Monday, October 9th – Columbus Day


1300 SE Gateway Drive, Suite 103 • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-2524

Come out to play on a day off school at SkyZone in Grimes.  They will host Open Jump from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm on Columbus Day.

Geisler Farm

5251 NE 94th Avenue • Bondurant, IA 50035 • (515) 964-2640

Geisler Farms will be open for business and ripe for fall picking on Columbus Day from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.  Explore the Maze and Hayride for $8.00 or the Fun Zone and Hayride for $5.00. Kids 2 and younger are admitted FREE.

Ankeny Parks & Recreation

East Elementary School • 710 SE 3rd Street • Ankeny, IA 50021 • (515) 963-3570

Ankeny Parks and Recreation will host an All-Day Athlete Lock-In on Columbus Day.  Boys and girls in 2nd to 5th grade will be exposed to a multitude of recreational opportunities during this one day lock-in which is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Friday, October 20th

Playground for Kids

2401 Southeast Tones Drive #7 • Ankeny, IA 50021 • (515) 965-9899

It’s Facebook Friday at the Playground for Kids in Ankeny. Visit their Facebook Page to find special code words and more! Open Jump is from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Fridays.

The Pumpkin Ranch

2425 Hiatt Apple Road • Winterset, IA 50273 • (515) 490-9281

Admission to the Pumpkin Ranch in Winterset is discounted on Fridays. Admission is $7.00 and includes all activities, like the corn maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch, jumping pillows and more on the day you attend. Children 2 years old and younger are ALWAYS free.

Blank Park Zoo

7401 Southwest 9th Street • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 285-4722

Get some use out of that Halloween costume and head out the Blank Park Zoo for Night Eyes. With school out, you can get to the zoo early to gather treats and meander through the not-so-spooky Halloween lights, castles and magical creatures.

Monday, October 23rd

Jester Park Equestrian Center

11171 Northwest 103rd Court • Granger, IA 50109  •  (515) 999-2818

Plan ahead and book a Small Group Horse Drawn Wagon Ride at Jester Park Equestrian Center. This is a fun fall outing for a group of friends or family, as a team of draft horses pull your open wagon down the beautiful timber trails of Jester Park.

Rainbow Play Systems of Iowa

3946 NW Urbandale Drive • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 327-8989

This playground headquarters hosts Open Play time in their show room from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday. Kids are invited to jump, climb, swing, and play for just $10 per child for two hours of fun.

Warren County Conservation

Annett Nature Center • 15565 118th Avenue • Indianola, IA 50125 • (515) 961-6169

Join Warren County Conservation for their annual Halloween Hike! Trek down the jack o’ lantern lit trail and meet several characters along the way. After your hike, you will enjoy a craft and a snack in the nature center. The event is $2 for children and $3 for adults and registration is required.

Friday, October 27th

Des Moines Playhouse

831 42nd Street • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 277-6261

Join the Clubhouse at the Playhouse Gang for Friday Funday as they dramatize a favorite story using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk. This month’s featured story is “The Little Red Hen”.  Admission is $6 and shows are at 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 1:30 pm.

Plaza Lanes Family Sports Complex

831 42nd Street • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 277-6261

Strike up some family fun bowling at Plaza Lanes Family Sports Complex.  You can have a great time at prices, that won’t break your family’s budget, with their Afternoon Happy Hour Special from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  They also have plenty of bumper bowling lanes just for kids!

Hairspray Jr.

Stoner Theater • 221 Walnut Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 •  (515) 288-0206

“You Can’t Stop the Beat” at Hairspray Jr presented by the Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre. Join spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, on her journey to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star.


For more family fun in and around Des Moines, check out our list of Fall Festivals, Apple Orchards, Pumpkin Patches and our Fall Fun Guide!


How do you entertain your kids over a long school holiday or teacher workday in Des Moines? Tell us in the comments section below.

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