7 Places to Shake Up Winter in Des Moines

7 Places to Shake Up Winter in Des Moines

Winter weather means something entirely different when you have children. The dream of cuddling up to a fire with a mug of hot cocoa is dashed when your kids are exploding with energy because of blustery winds and frigid temperatures. Have no fear! We’ve rounded up a list of seven indoor places where you can wear them out in the Des Moines metro. 

Get Air Des Moines

3799 86th Street • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 528-7549

Heat up chilly winter days and cure your cabin fever by bouncing into the newest trampoline park in Des Moines. The “Main Court” is covered wall to wall with trampolines.  You’ll find vertical trampolines, basketball courts, a dodge ball area and individual trampolines here.  Get Air also has a special area for the littles.  “Kiddie Court” is reserved for kids under 46 inches. They also host birthday parties.

Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to Midnight; Sunday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Price: “Big Air” One Hour – $13; Two Hours – $21; “Small Air” (Kids under 46″) One Hour – $8 Two Hours – $13

ICU Paintball

2220 E Ovid Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50313 • (515) 282-9089

Are your tweens or teens ready for a messy, fun, crazy challenge? They might like to check out ICU Paintball an indoor climate controlled, indoor paintball facility. It’s the perfect spot to take kids 10 and up for an afternoon of indoor fun – no matter the weather. The paint washes out, but participants will want to wear clothes and shoes that they’re ok with getting dirty.  ICU Paintball recommends they wear a t-shirt with a sweatshirt or hoodie over it, comfortable jeans, tennis shoes and a ball cap.  Participants are also required to wear a neck guard and goggles that are provided.

Hours: Friday: 5:00 to 9:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon to 6:00 pm.  Other times are available by reservation.

Price:  $18 per player or $16 per player for groups of 10 or more – includes gun, goggles, neck protector and air.  Paintballls are $20 for 500 rounds or $17 for 500 rounds for groups purchasing at least four 500 round bags.


5621 Meredith Drive • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 251-7655

During the winter weeks when it is too cold to be outside, Skateland is a good choice for some indoor fun.  New this year they are hosting Toddler Time on Wednesday mornings starting January 11th from 10:00 to 11:00 am.  You can bring along your kiddo’s ride toys and let them loose in the rink.  Of course they also host open skate times, skate lessons, roller derby and more throughout the winter months.

Winter Hours:  Wednesday 5:00 to 8:00 pm; Thursday 6:00 to 8:00 pm; Friday 6:30 to 9:30 pm; Saturday 11:30 am to 2:00 pm; 2:00 to 4:30 pm; 4:30 to7:00 pm; Sunday 1:30 to 4:00 pm

Price: $8 Admission and $2 Roller Skate, Inline Skate or Skate Mate Rental.  Check the website for specials, including Wednesday 1/2 Price Night

Sapphire Gymnastics

11401 Meredith Drive • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 276-2027

Sometimes all kiddos need to bring that cabin fever down is some good old fashioned run around time. Not registered for a class? No problem. Take advantage of Open Gym at Sapphire Gymnastics in Urbandale.  During the school year boys and girls ages 5-13, can participate in Open Gym and do not need to be gym members. The best part is parents don’t need to stay!  So scram and go get your weekend errands done while your kiddos have a blast in the gym.

Hours: During the School Year – Saturday 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Price: $5 per child for members or $8 per child for non-members (cash/check)

TGR Fitness

455 SW 5th Street • Des Moines IA 50309 • (515) 280-3903

1605 SE Delaware Avenue, Suite C Ankeny, IA 50021 (515) 964-5927

Looking for a little extra challenge to keep those kiddos busy and fit this winter? Let them hone their Ninja Warrior skills at TGR Fitness in downtown Des Moines.  They offer Ninja Kids classes and workshops for kids ages 4 to 14.  In addition to the Ninja classes they also offer birthday party and private party packages.

Hours: Classes are offered on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Price: 6 week classes are $75 per session

The Playground for Kids

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

The Playground for Kids’ sole purpose is letting kids go wild. If you’ve got a super-energized kiddo this indoor play space is sure to help them work up a sweat. This 9,000 square foot facility is filled with interactive inflatables, an enormous play structure, and kid friendly foods in their Treehouse Treats concession. For us Ps, they offer up comfy seating, WiFi, and televisions (so you don’t have to miss the big game:).

Hours: Open Play Time – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (watch their calendar for additional times)

Price:  2 – 12 years old $8.99; Walkers up to 23 months old $5.99; Special Needs – $5.99

Uncle Buck’s Bowling

Bass Pro Shops • 1000 Bass Pro Drive NW • Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 957-5500

A fun indoor activity for any time of year is a trip to the local bowling alley. Uncle Buck’s, which is located inside Bass Pro Shops, takes the experience up a notch with a unique underwater ocean experience and custom bowling balls that bear the likeness of octopus, mermaids, camouflage and more.  In addition to the 12 lanes of bowling they also offer billiards tables, a separate restaurant and bar and kids’ birthday party packages.

Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00am – 9:00pm; Friday through Saturday 11:00am ti 10:00pm; Sunday 11:00am to 8:00pm.

Prices: Monday through Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm $19.99.00 an hour; Sunday through Thursday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm $24.99 an hour; Friday 5:00 pm til Sunday 5:00 pm $29.99 an hour

Note price is per lane not per person. Around 6 people on a lane, no more than 8. $3.25 for every pair of shoes rented


To find more family fun in any weather, check out our calendar.



Where does your family go to shake winter up a bit in Des Moines?

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