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Kid friendly businesses, organizations and services in the Des Moines area.

Whether you live in Ankeny, Altoona, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Urbandale, Waukee, Windsor Heights, West Des Moines or beyond, find the local resources your family needs in in the dsm4kids Directory!

While all submissions are considered, inclusion in the Directory is based on relevance. Businesses or organizations outside of Central Iowa or primarily geared toward adults may not be listed.

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Adventureland Amusement Park contains over 100 rides, shows, and attractions including some of the country's most exciting roller coasters and thrill rides that can challenge the most avid amusement park enthusiasts. There are also plenty of rides for less adventurous guests including great water rides as well as a full compliment of children's rides spread throughout the park. But the entertainment doesn't stop with rides - Adventureland presents a full array of shows in the park - from live music to magic to song and dance - there's always something to suit everyone's taste. Simply the most fun you will have all year!

Address: 305 34th Ave NW, Altoona IA 50009
Phone Number: 515-266-2121 or 800-532-1286
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Aquatic Center in Altoona, IA.  Offers outdoor swim lessons, parties and events, and facility rental opportunities.

OPENING  Day: June 3rd 2015

CLOSING  Day: August 23rd 2015

Address: 1200 Venbury Dr, Altoona, IA 50009
Phone Number: (515) 967-6988
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We are an innovative visual arts organization providing gallery space for local artists and art classes for all ages. All exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. We are dedicated to supporting local artists, providing educational development and a diverse art experience for people of all ages.

 

Address: 1520 Southwest Ordnance Road, Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone Number: (515) 965-0940
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One of the world’s largest collections of flowering crabapple trees can be found at Water Works Park. The collection is properly named after its developer, horticulturist and author, Arie Den Boer; he was the collector and originator of the arboretum in 1930. He established a collection of 300 varieties of trees in his time, which Des Moines Water Works staff now maintains through pruning and propagation.

Arie Den Boer was perhaps the first successful nurseryman to popularize the crabapple tree with his bookOrnamental Crabapples, published in 1959. His book gave a nurseryman a different take on the crabapple, warts and all, and explaining the tremendous diversity of this plant in the landscape.

Today, the arboretum includes approximately 1,200 trees in the collection, with the youngest trees being planted through a donor tree program. At this time, we are no longer accepting donations for new trees in the arboretum; however, a donation can be made to the maintenance and care for the existing trees in the arboretum by contacting Des Moines Water Works at 515.283.8702.

The annual crabapple blossom usually blooms the last week of April and the first week of May, attracting thousands of visitors to Water Works Park.

 

Address: 408 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
Phone Number: (515) 283-8700
Business Description:

The Ashton Observatory building was a collaborative effort between Jasper County and The Des Moines Astronomical Society, Inc.

The Observatory is about a 20 minute drive northeast of Des Moines, near the intersection of Iowa highway 330 and county road F17. The site is nestled within the beauty of Ashton-Wildwood County Park and has superior viewing avenues in all directions. The observatory has two domes, one housing a 16 inch f/4.5 Newtonian style telescope, and the other has a research-grade 16 inch Meade LX200 GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

Address: Mingo, IA
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Swimming Pool managed by Des Moines Parks and Recreation.  Offers swim lessons, events, and facility rental.

Mon – Sat 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Open Wed, June 3 thru Sun, Aug 23

Address: 101 SW 45th Street
Phone Number: (515) 243-3567
Business Description:

We're an accessible local market with abundant produce, prepared foods and crafts, plus live music and fun activities, open June to mid-September. We welcome your ideas, comments or questions; reach us on Facebook or email info@beaverdalefarmersmarket.org.

 

Address: 3422 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50310 - Boesens Field
Phone Number: (515) 238-3245
Business Description:

Located next to the headquarters of Better Homes and Gardens' parent company, Meredith Corporation, our Test Garden serves as a display garden, a testing ground for plants, and a photography studio for our company's publications and Web sites.

The Test Garden is open to the public on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m., from May through September. Large groups may schedule tours during these hours.

For more information, contact the Test Garden Manager, at Better Homes and Gardens, 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309. The phone number is 515-284-3994.

Address: 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: (515) 284-3994
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Trails for hiking, biking & snowmobiling plus swimming, boating & fishing on the lake; no camping.

Address: 8794 NW 125th Ave, Polk City, IA 50226
Phone Number: (515) 984-6473
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Birdland is one of the biggest multi-functional parks in Des Moines. This park is a great place to host any occasion or to take your boat out for a spin. The off street parking and accessible playground make this park easy to access and utilize

Park Amenities:

picnic tables
grills
playground
open air shelter
enclosed shelter

Marina Amenities:

boat ramp
fuel dock
restrooms
off street parking
recreation trail

Address: 2100 Saylor Road, Des Moines, IA
Phone Number: (515) 237-1386