Toddlers and preschoolers can explore, run, tumble and play at community centers, gyms and churches in Des Moines. If you’re looking to wear out your tots, the following community hubs offer up indoor fun in the form of obstacle courses, tumbling, organized games, play equipment and more. Bonus: Your kiddos will be so worn out, they’ll be ready for a nap!
Ankeny Parks & Recreation
400 NW Lakeshore Drive • Ankeny, IA 50023 • 515-963-3570 • http://www.ankenyiowa.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation
Ankeny Parks & Recreation offers Parent/Child Tumble Tots and Tumble Tots classes for three to five year olds at their Lakeside Center. These action packed classes offer structured, age-appropriate classes where kids hop, skip, jump and run throughout the class. Kids will adore the never-ending fun fest while parents will love the balance, flexibility and hand eye coordination their little ones are gaining.
Courage League Sports
4405 121st Street • Urbandale, IA 50323 • (515) 421-4021 • http://www.courageleaguesports.com/
Children of all ages love to leap, tumble and roll! At Courage League Sports kids of all abilities can do just that. Courage League Sports is a recreational adaptive sports facility specifically designed for children not able to go “full speed” due to disability, illness, or emotional challenges. Their “Cub” programs are for two to six year olds. Programs include: Tumbling, EveryBODY Move Now, Tots in Action and more. Visit their website for specific programming schedules and open gym times.
Pioneer Columbus Community Center
2100 SE 5th Street • Des Moines, Iowa 50315 • (515) 248-6316 • www.dmgov.org
At the Pioneer Columbus Community Center kids ages 3 and up can bounce off the walls — inflated ones, anyway. Essentially, it’s a really large room practically stuffed with balance beam, climbing wall, tumbling mats, agility equipment, Imagination Playground equipment and other means for kids to burn energy. The sessions are on Thursdays from 9:00 am to 2:50 and the cost is only $2.50 per child.
Gateway Drive #103 • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-2524 • http://www.skyzone.com/desmoines/
Sky Zone in Grimes has Toddler Time on Wednesday and Thursdays at 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. This is a special time set aside just for the little ones, where they can explore exciting new ways to be active, all while staying safe. Toddler Time activities are specifically designed for kids under 40″ and all toddlers must wear SkySocks.
Valley Community Center
4444 Fuller Road • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 327-6000 • www.valleycommunitycenterdm.com
This West Des Moines Community Center has several indoor options to keep little ones entertained. They have a glass-enclosed Play Area that is conveniently located near their cafe. This space provides fun and engaging equipment for kids ages eight and under. They also offer up several activity classes for kids including: Zumba for Kids (Wednesdays: 10:00-10:45 am), Kids in Motion (Fridays: 10:00-10:30 am) and Mini Pretzels (Thursdays: 10:15-11:00 am). Activity Punch Cards can be purchased for either five classes ($15.00) or ten classes ($30.00) and can be used for any child and/or adult class offered at Valley Community Center.
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